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Duran Duran Ballet? Duran Duran Musical?

Yes, that’s right.  I did say something about Duran Duran and ballet and Duran Duran and a musical.  This week, a couple of news articles popped up about exactly that.  The first article on billboard.com, which you can read here, focused on more than just ballet and musicals, but also mentioned American politics, interestingly enough.  The Contact Music article just summarized the Billboard article as did the NME article.  So, what is all this about and what do I think about it?  Let’s take one at a time.

Ballet

According to the Billboard article, the ballet is being developed from a song that was left off the album, Paper Gods.  I can totally see this as there are many tracks on that album that seem like long productions.  I’m thinking here of the opening and title track as well as songs like “Only in Dreams”.  Those seem to have many parts to them and a potential story line of sorts.  The original song, according to the quote from Nick Rhodes, was a “straightforward pop song.”  Apparently, the goal would be to expand it and to include another person in the piece, specifically a female.  This makes me think that the original song was about one person, a man.

Why are they doing this?  Nick mentioned how much they like the ballet, especially the one in London and the imagery that goes along with it.  I admit it.  This fascinates me.  While I know next to nothing about ballet and have never been to a professional one, I have seen college dance performances and many high school ones.  I think dance is a fascinating creative outlet and really do love the idea that one Duran Duran song could be expanded to become a full ballet performance in which a story is told solely through the music and the dance.  That’s pretty awesome!

The Musical

While the ballet news was brand new to me, the idea that Nick and John have been working on a musical isn’t a new one.  I have been hearing about this one for a while now.  The idea, from what I understand from the article, is that it will be set in the “art world”.  I assume then that the characters will be artists or people who work at art galleries or art buyers.  Nick said that they will be working on it in March and plan on finishing the first draft then.  He also commented about how different it is to work on versus working on a regular Duran Duran album.  That does not surprise me.  I would think it would be.  I compare it to the writing that Rhonda and I do.  We write here on the blog and that is very different than the writing that was done on our book or even the writing that we need to do on book proposals.  Each type of artistic project would require different skills, perspectives, creativity.

As for what I think about this one, like the ballet, I’m terribly fascinated.  I might be even more interested in this one simply because I love the idea that Nick and John would have to write the storyline, including plot, characterization, dialogue, stage directions, etc. as well as the music involved.  I like the focus on the art world as that is a world and culture that really interests me (having an artistic mother probably helps).  Plus, I love art and art galleries/museums.  Beyond the setting, I absolutely LOVE that they are pushing to expand themselves in this way.  They aren’t content to just sit back and rest during breaks but are still working, still being creative.  To me, doing extra projects like this can only help them get more creative when they work on Duran Duran.  It could bring them new life and new energy when they go back to work on Duran Duran material.  I know that there are fans out there who think that they should only be focused on Duran Duran music.  I disagree.  They should be able to do other projects.  They should be able to express themselves in different ways.  I know, from my own life, that if I just had to focus on teaching, I would suffocate.  Likewise, if I just focused on politics or on fandom, I would feel the same.  Like myself, John and Nick are complex people with a variety of interests and passions.  Let’s encourage them to embrace ALL of who they are and ALL of what they feel creative about.

What do the rest of you think?  Are you looking forward to their ballet and/or their musical?

-A

Paper Gods and Chart Success

I don’t pay a lot of attention to chart success, but occasionally something will grab my interest. This past week there were two things! First off, I couldn’t help but notice that David Bowie’s album Blackstar went to #1. I can’t imagine I’m the only one out there struck by the thought that this is his first #1 album ever.  Really?!?  (yes, really!) Secondly, I saw that Paper Gods re-entered Billboard at #45. The year 2016 seems as though it might be full of surprises…

It wasn’t the fact that Blackstar hit number one that surprised me. In many ways, I anticipated as much, and truthfully I think it would have disappointed me had it not charted that way.  No, what really surprises me is that this is his very first #1. I just don’t get it.  I’ve seen all of the love, the devotion, the sadness, the pure emotion…and yet there’s not been a number one hit for Bowie until this album. I guess that really just goes to show how incredibly screwed up the charts and sales can be. I am sure that I could invest many hours of time looking over the past charts, finding out what albums/singles did hit number one during the same periods of time that David Bowie had albums release….but I won’t.  I think we all understand, or we all should understand by now, that artistic merit doesn’t always equal commercial success…in fact it is rare when it does. On one hand, I’m thrilled to see Blackstar making its way into the playlists of so many (including my own), and on the other, there’s a niggling bit of sadness that it took so long and came so late. One might wonder if there would have been the same outcome had it not been for Bowie’s death two days after the album’s release. Another might say that we can’t think that way, because we will never really know. Truthfully, both thoughts run circles in my head today.  I suspect the real journey of Blackstar is only beginning, regardless of how that interest was originally fueled.

Then there’s Paper Gods and it’s chart success. Honestly. Sometimes, I just have to sit back and watch in wonder when it comes to this band. It’s no wonder I am rarely bored when it comes to Duran Duran. When this album first came out, I realized it would chart well, at least initially because of streaming and the sheer force of promotion. Katy’s hard work did not go unrecognized, and the album  was #10. It was a thrilling, welcome moment for the band, whether we fans want to admit that or not. When the album exited the top of the charts just as quickly, I tried not to notice or pay attention.

I know many fans will say chart success doesn’t matter, that they don’t care – they just love Duran Duran and the rest doesn’t matter. I get that. Fans are lucky in that respect. We can like what we like and not worry about the commercial aspect. I don’t personally believe it’s something that the band can or should try for when writing, but we’re all kidding ourselves if we think it doesn’t matter at least in some aspect. Sales matter. Money matters. The album needs to be able to pay for itself, otherwise we’ve all got problems. Let’s be honest: Duran Duran would like to know the album is getting out there to the people. I don’t pretend to know all the ins and outs of the music industry, but I do understand the basics. Gotta sell the music, whether by albums, by ticket sales, or something else… to make it all work. I don’t think Duran Duran sees the whole “music thing” as a hobby, and so there’s not much point in doing all of it for free. Hence…charts matter, at least to a limited extent to the band and their management. Let’s all take a moment to be thankful they don’t have to matter to the music lovers out there….

I don’t really know how “The Powers That Be” see the success of Paper Gods, at least not yet. I’d quietly wondered if they’d written it off when it left the charts, not knowing what they were planning next (keep reading). I knew we’d never really see (at least not until much later) if there was any disappointment, because it’s obviously not to the benefit of the band to mention worry when it exited the charts so quickly. In protection and promotion of the band, staying positive is key. Paper Gods hit #10. A Duran Duran album was in the top 10 for the first time in twenty years. Those are not bad notes to hang one’s fedora on, some thirty years into a career, and we cheer those things on. Even so, I had to wonder what the band  was feeling. Does it ever get a bit irritating to know you’ve worked your ass off, put out what you feel to be some of your best work ever, and have it drop off the radar so fast? Is that the way it happens with most bands? I don’t pay enough attention to really know….and we can’t all be Adele all of the time, can we? Nick has mentioned a few times that there’s just so much out there, it’s difficult to get the music heard. He’s right. For all the good that the internet does, I know that even personally, I feel like it’s a constant flood of information. I miss things. I don’t hear every single bit of new music that’s out there, and talk about being overwhelmed? Oh yes. Very. How can they possibly get their music heard? Land-based radio sure as hell hasn’t helped, so what can be done?

Enter in ticket sales. Remember those Ticketmaster or Land Nation purchases we all just made (and probably have now seen on our credit card statements)?? Each ticket came with a copy of Paper Gods. Obviously someone in marketing is fully committed to the success of Paper Gods. At the time, I wondered out loud to Amanda if those albums would in fact count towards album sales. To be completely fair, I am still not entirely sure…but from the reading I’ve done, it appears that yes, they would. I think. The “rules” seem sketchy at best, and they seem to vary based on chart. That said, the proof seems to be in the pudding, and Paper Gods re-entered the charts last week at #45…12,000+ units having been sold.  Was it the upcoming tour that really provoked the sudden buying spree, or was it that the tickets each came bundled with their own copy of the album that are counting towards those chart sales, and… is it artificially inflating the chart position if in fact that is how those CD’s that came bundled with the tickets are being counted?  Does it matter?

For what my own opinion may be worth, I think any time Duran Duran is able to get themselves onto the charts, it is ultimately good.  I have no issue with “artificially” inflating the charts because the bottom line is that if a copy of the album was purchased – then it was purchased, whether with a concert ticket or without; whether due to an upcoming tour or not.  The method makes little difference. After all, what is really the difference between buying an album with a concert ticket as a bundle or going up to the merchandise booth after a show, or going to iTunes, and buying a copy?  All DD has really done is speed up that buying process, and given someone the opportunity to listen. Truthfully, this is indeed the playing field the band has been set on in the year 2015 and 2016 – they have got to get their album heard by as many people as possible. Never mind that I personally have approximately seven extra copies of this album that I really do not need. The idea, of course, is visibility. The band cannot possibly hope to get the album noticed unless they do something to force that exposure. Putting the album in the hands of people who cared enough to buy a tour ticket but maybe didn’t care enough about the new music to make the purchase seems reasonable. Will it convince a casual fan to put the CD in their music player and tell others?  Those chapters have yet to be written in the tale of the Paper Gods, but I look forward to seeing where it all goes.

-R

Duran Duran Answer Time

Yesterday afternoon I noticed a tweet from DDHQ about John and Roger answering questions on Tumblr this morning (or afternoon if you’re on the east coast!), dubbed Duran Duran answer time. I quickly shot a note over to Amanda saying that we should prepare some questions, which led to a fairly productive brainstorm session.

We weren’t sure how the questions would be selected or answered, but we just figured that we’d send in a bunch and hope for the best. DDHQ wasn’t very clear about WHEN to send in questions, (a tip from me: if they ever do this again – just understand that the band probably isn’t going to go back very far and find questions that were sent in say, 24 hours earlier. It’s like tweets…who really goes back that far and reads the thousands they get each day?) so we sent some in last night, and then again this morning, hoping something would get their attention.

What Amanda and I both liked about the format was that it was controlled. I didn’t have to see the thousands of other questions that came in, and while it appeared that John and Roger just took questions they saw and answered them with no real regard to the subject matter (there was more than one request for them to say hi to moms, for instance), it still probably gave John and Roger a little control and comfort as opposed to the tweetfests where John likely felt bombarded at times. Tumblr didn’t work fantastic for me this morning because I was on Skype at the same time and my aging computer hates doing video calls and pretty much anything else at the same time, but it still worked.  And let’s face it: it was something.

I refuse to believe that I’m the only fan in the world that misses seeing the band on social media, even IF I understand the reasoning behind the lack of activity. DDHQ handles social media for the band, and they do a great job keeping us informed these days….but the personal accounts for the band members are still theirs to control, and it seems to me that pretty much all of them have sort of backed off from using it.  This wouldn’t be so bad if we had never experienced that sense of connection, but naturally since we have, I think many miss it.  I know I do.

So, the idea of having band members answer questions on Tumblr isn’t a bad deal at all. It was still very exciting to see them answer people, even if plenty of the questions were downright silly.  I saw two people ask if they were hungry like the wolf, for instance. (Yes, I groaned. John and Roger dutifully answered, but I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall….)  I think that no matter the forum, you run the risk of silly questions, and even though I didn’t enjoy those questions – I’m sure the people who asked them loved seeing them answer.

But then, there was our moment of excitement when John (EXACTLY the person we were hoping!!!) answered a question that Amanda and I had submitted under our Tumblr name “dailyduranie” (unique, no?) Oh yes, I have the screen shot to share:
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Sometimes, Amanda and I feel like we’re on another planet.  She and I will feel one way about something or other, post our feelings and have the fan community come down on us hard. Both she and I have posted a little frustration about some of the media coverage they’ve received, including the article in Billboard.  You see, we want the best for this band. We love them, and we want them treated with the respect they deserve. If that’s wrong… well, I’m not all that interested in being right, I guess. I’ll leave that to other people.  So, Amanda and I decided to take a chance and send in a question about it. I figured that the worst case was that it would be ignored or that maybe John would have words of wisdom from being in this business for so long. We very much value his opinion and experience.

Lo and behold, he not only answered us, but we also got a little validation as well. It’s not just us that feels the way we do sometimes, and I appreciate that. I have no doubt that John’s used to it by now and like he says so aptly – yawn.  It isn’t worth the time to try and force people to learn how to write about in the present, it just boggles my mind a little that people still care about the drug use, the fact that the band is aging (seriously?!?), Andy Warhol’s preoccupation with Nick and whatever else.  The difference of course is that John has learned not to bother….whereas Amanda and I have a blog.

The Duran Duran answer time session ended after about an hour. While I am sure they could have answered questions for many, many, hours…it was nice of them to give an hour of their time. It wasn’t quite a tweetfest, but I still love the idea of connecting with them directly, and I like the controlled setting.  I hope they offer to do another!

-R

 

“After” Fan Fiction: Once a Fan, Now Celebrity

I love reading. In fact, my other “hobby”, positioned right next to writing blog posts for this very blog, is running a street team for my friend Karen Booth, who is an author. I enjoy running the street team, although I am definitely in the learning curve of finding what works and what does not, but it’s a good challenge, and I’m also learning a lot about the world of publication. What does it really take to sell a book? How do books end up on the New York Times Bestseller List?  Like anything in life, it’s complicated…but this blog isn’t about me, so keep reading.

Time and time again here on the blog I’ve attempted to skip lightly across the waters of fan fiction. It is not an area that I’ve spent a ton of time examining, particularly because just as in other fandoms, our fan fiction seems to have gone underground. Just as some see writing a blog about a particular band to be something that I should have grown out of by now; others see fan fiction as something that psycho people do. There’s the whole “You’re writing about an actual person!” thing, coupled with the whole “You’re writing about your own fantasies, aren’t you?” question.  The funny thing is that fan fiction is  huge business in fandom these days. Pick a subject, TV show, band, video game, book series, etc…and there are entire websites devoted to such delights. To many people in the academic world, fan fiction IS fandom. Any literary agent with half a brain would likely be staking out such places to find the “next best thing”.  My point? Many will scoff at fan fiction, point and call names; but you can’t really deny the marketability if you’ve spent any time at all looking into the subject.

A friend of mine tagged an article for me that ran on Billboard.com about Anna Todd. She is a One Direction fan who has written fan fiction in a series called After. It’s gotten a staggering amount views and follows (something like a billion reads??), and earned Todd both book and screenplay deals. The fiction is based on Harry Styles (whose name has obviously now been changed in the books. Legalities, you know.) and a few of his buddies.  They are marketed as New Adult fiction, with plenty of sex scenes (in fact Simon and Schuster asked Todd to include more for publication), and are large books at about 550 pages. Todd went from fan to published author in the blink of an eye, so it may seem.

To hear Anna’s story, it might sound remarkably familiar, if we erase the part about being offered a $500,000 book deal and screenplay, of course.  She liked reading, found that she enjoyed One Direction, stumbled onto a fan fiction website (iPhone app Wattpad) where she spent her time reading (amongst sending out resumes and looking for a job). One day nothing was being updated and she decided to write her own story. Something about that story resonated with someone, who told her friends, and so on and so on. A billion reads later and she’s got her OWN fandom. She spends her time writing, responding to her own fans, creating her own community.  Her participation in 1D fandom has really become participating in her own fandom at this point.  And result? A very vocal (and not quite so small “minority) of fans hate her.

Here’s the thing, not all fans want to see great things happen to other fans. It’s a fact of life. Jealousy easily flows and divides. 1D fans who originally liked her story now swear they hated it from day one. As Anna Todd has evolved from fan to celebrity, a certain faction within the One Direction community that once supported has turned against her. They don’t believe she was ever truly a fan and argue that she’s simply using the band’s success in order to cash in.

Todd herself claims that she was never, “psychotic obsessed with One Direction”. As someone who studies fandom, I find this particular characterization and description interesting. There’s always this need to equate the sort of passion that fans exhibit with crazy behavior; as though since 1D fans question the validity of her fandom, they are crazy.  It is a mechanism designed to dismiss their concerns, whether valid or otherwise, one we see used in fandom debates over and over again.

Fans particularly do not appreciate the “bad boy” characterization Todd has given to Styles, even though at this point Harry was simply the beginning “muse”. The character in the book is now named “Hardin”, and all other band member names and/or likenesses have been changed.  This is something that I’ve seen mentioned across all fandoms with regard to fan fiction. Fellow writers and readers forget that this is fan fiction. The band, the subject of interest, etc, are used purely as muses. They are starting “platforms” and those characters are typically expanded to be something quite different than how they began. Besides, who is to really know what Styles or any other band member is really like? This type of argument, over what is or is not “canon”, is common. I can only imagine what Twilight fans must have said regarding 50 Shades…

Jealousy flows readily within even our own fan community when stories of success are told. Rumors fly. Some may be valid, others couldn’t be farther from the truth. The bottom line is that it’s all fine and good until somebody gets an extra hug from LeBon and Co…and we’re in our forties at this point. The demographic of One Direction fans is decidedly younger, in more of the teen-range. Oh, the drama!

I have no way of determining whether Anna Todd is in fact a real fan or someone with enough marketing genius to see that if she could get her stories read, followed and supported by the legion of 1D fans out there, she’d have half a shot of getting a book deal. In the end, I really doubt it matters much. Someone commented to me earlier on Facebook, “Too bad the subject of our fanfic probably wouldn’t garner quite that many readers!“, and that’s really the truth, as much as I dislike admitting it. That’s really more than half of the equation here. It might not even be that her writing or the story is that compelling – it’s that she got it read by a billion people before it ever became a printed publication. In the short time that I’ve dabbled amongst street teams and have witnessed the victories and defeats of fiction authors, talent rarely has anything to do with getting published. It’s who you know, who saw your work, and in the case of Anna Todd…building a community of people willing to support you.  Billboard characterizes Todd as a lifelong fan. Perhaps a fan of many things, although we all know that One Direction has not been around quite that long. Anna Todd has gotten a billion people to read her work. How many of us can say that?

Fan or marketing genius….we may never really know.

-R

 

I Don’t Want Your Love – The Daily Duranie Review

Today we are reviewing “I Don’t Want Your Love”, the second song on  Big Thing and the album’s first single. The song debuted and peaked at #14 in the UK, but did much better throughout Europe, particularly in Italy where it spent 6 weeks (non-consecutively) at #1. In the US, the song also did well, where it peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play. The chart success of the song is evident, but what do a couple of US  fans think?

Rhonda

Musicality/Instrumentation

From the first notes, you can tell this is going to be a big dance track. I very much like the “empty space” between the staccato notes and the way the song opens into a full, bright chorus with deep grooving bass to support the melody, and there just is no mistaking that this is Duran Duran. The guitar solo is gritty and adds just the right amount of texture. This is a song that very much feels like a natural progression from Notorious, keeping the heavy background vocals and even the horns as a hold-over, but still continuing to evolve the sound. The band did right by this song, because it would have been very easy for IDWYL to have gone too far over the edge into club/dance music for my taste. Touches like the bass, the rock guitar solo and the bits of horns help to keep the song from feeling too synthetic and –wait for it — contrived.   🙂

Vocals

I like the vocals on this song because of the effect that Simon puts on them. His slight staccato (tenuto?) in the verse leaves this fantastic silence in between the notes that is really catchy.  I also love the harmonizing because it provides a bit of depth.  Then in the chorus, it is as though the floodgates fully open and you get an incredibly full music/vocal melody that I don’t think you can NOT physically react to by dancing. I’ve tried. Impossible.

Lyrics

There are so many lyrical “hooks” in this song…how can you not love it? The song as a whole though…it’s great writing. I think it’s pretty clear that the song is about a little something-something on the side between two people, really. (Yes, I’m really saying it’s about SEX this time.) Simon is saying that it’s not about “love”…and that whatever this person has to give is OK by him, even if it’s secret.  Some favorite lines? “My obsessive fascination is in your imagination”…”I like noise, cuz I like waking up the house” “The rhythm is the power, to move me, it’s something you control, completely.” Whatever, Simon.  I don’t know how you do what you do, but I love it.

Overall

Confession time – this is not one of my personal favorites, believe it or not. I’d actually forgotten how great the song is, primarily because it’s gotten to the point (for me) when they play it live, I nearly tune it out. That’s the risk when you overplay the songs in your set list that have been in the Top Ten. That said, it’s a great song. Well-balanced between melody and rhythm, fantastic lyrics, a great guitar section that I only WISH they’d allow to happen today, and if you can’t dance to this song…I just don’t know what your problem might be.

Cocktail Rating

4.5 cocktails!4.5 Cocktails

 

Amanda

Musicality/Instrumentation

This is one of those songs that just screams “typical Duran dance/pop” to me.  It feels like what people think of when they think of Duran.  Instrumentation is present, meaning that it isn’t just a bunch of beats but uses actual instruments in order to create the  predominant mood/feeling.  In this case, the mood that is created is an uplifting one, a happy one, a get-up-and-dance one.  A little more than half-way, Warren’s guitars are really present during the bridge of the song, which reminds me of what is done to John’s bass in a much later song, The Valley, on the Red Carpet Massacre album allowing the instrumentation to be placed in the musical spotlight.  During the bridge, the music seems louder and more aggressive and I always wonder the same thing every time I hear it.  Does it fit with the rest of the song?  It isn’t the first time that Duran has had different instruments step into the spotlight during a bridge.  Heck, the song, Rio, features saxophone.  The question is does this particular bridge fit the song?  I can’t imagine something different there and I do like that there is a bridge.  I think that it’s good and provides the necessary contrast.

Vocals

This is an interesting song, vocally.  First of all, the verses are clearly Simon with cool vocals effects.  Then, the chorus feels very full with Simon and backing vocals.  I like that, at times, one of the two backing vocalists (Janiece Jamison or Carole Fredericks) is clearly heard, creating an additional element to the vocals.   The different vocals fit well with the lyrics about a person of two minds or of two love interests.  Overall, I think the vocal style of this song encourages people to sing along and join the party, so to speak.

Lyrics

The lyrics to this song don’t seem super deep or thought provoking.  They don’t create a lot of emotions in me.  That said, I love the lyrics as they are sort of a twist on a regular love song.  The story here is obvious, right.  There is an interest (*wink wink, nudge nudge*) between two people.  One of those people is attached to someone else or can’t completely commit for whatever reason.  Clearly, the narrator isn’t looking for “love”, per se, but some sort of understanding, some sort of affair, some sort of action.  The narrator isn’t looking for a commitment as much as a good time.  I also love the idea that the narrator feels it necessary to explain that this isn’t an obsession…yet, this other person still has an effect on him.  I like that the lyrics don’t tell of a simple love interest or romance.  No, it is about a complex attraction.  While the song could just be your basic pop song, they didn’t just go for the obvious with the lyrics to match.

Overall

Is this song the most sophisticated?  No.  Is it the most intense or most beautiful?  No.  Is the production a bit too slick?  A bit too polished?  Perhaps.  Yet, despite its faults, it is a fun song.  It makes you want to dance and sing along.  While I feel like the song was an attempt at some commercial success and/or radio play, I appreciate that they didn’t stick to some formula about what the song should be about or like.  It still feels very much like Duran, as does each element of the song.

Cocktail Rating

4 cocktails!

4 cocktails rating

 

Duran Duran History – Capitol Records

Duran Duran history for January 26 reminds us that much of the time – we get rumors and “possible” news from many other sources than just the band. On this date in 1998, Billboard runs a story that claims Duran Duran will be leaving Capitol records, but of course (and I’ll bet you can guess the ending to this little tale…) the report is unconfirmed by either party.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m looking forward to some rumors about CONCERT DATES…especially since the band has been particularly stingy with not sharing even the slightest of snippets from their new album…at this point I’d be delighted to mull over the possibilities of tour dates, maybe the name of the artist who is working on the cover…perhaps even some new band photos…I’ll take anything!! (But I’m not desperate, you see…)

-R

This Week in Duranland – October 27, 2014 to November 2, 2014

It is Sunday and time to summarize the past week in Duranland.  As always, I will pull together information from duranduran.com, duranduranmusic.com and Duran’s and the members’ various social media.

Simon’s Birthday
Monday was Simon’s birthday!  As always, he had a message for everyone in response to all of the birthday wishes.  Did you check it out?  Did you also check out his birthday playlist on Second Life?  What did you think of his choices?

Nick’s Frieze Collection
Like art?  We certainly do and were excited to see some photos from the collection that Nick curated for the Galerie 1900-2000 at Frieze Masters on duranduran.com.

Austin
I’m sure, by now, each and every one of you are aware that Duran played in Austin last night as part of the Formula1 Fan Fest.  Social networking sites have been plastered with pictures and videos of their performance.  What does this say to me?  It is really very, very simple.  We are dying for #duranlive.  If this is how the fan base, both in person and not in person, react to one show, imagine how it would be for a few shows, a mini-tour, or a full-blown tour?!  Anyway, from everything I have seen, the show was a success and the band sounded and looked fabulous!  Seriously, I could spend all day just looking at the pictures and watching the videos posted both by Duran Duran, by fans in attendance or by fans sharing what they have found online.

Here is the setlist that Duran Duran posted:
Austin setlist 14I was surprised to see Psycho Killer on the setlist.  While it is nothing unusual for Duran to throw in a brief cover, this is a new one.  I will be on the lookout for video of that one.  How well did Duran cover Talking Heads?  Did it blend well with Girls on Film?

Now, readers, I encourage you to post the best pictures and videos here! Let’s see the best that is out there!!!

Russell Mulcahy
I love to see Russell Mulcahy get the credit he deserves for being a fabulous music video director.  Billboard.com discussed how important he was to the medium this past week, which you can read here.

1984
Billboard was busy this week!  On top of discussing Russell Mulcahy, they also published the Top 10 Pop Albums of 1984.  Can you guess what made the list and where?!  Check it out!

WIRED Magazine
Nick will be in the December issue of WIRED magazine.  He will be discussing GENEU.  It should be an interesting read!

Rehearsal Pictures
Who doesn’t like to see pictures of Duran Duran rehearsing?  Who doesn’t like seeing new pictures of the band?  I think many fans get particularly excited about seeing pictures when the band has been away from the spotlight.  It reassures all of us that they are alive and well.  Plus, I’m sure that it worked to get everyone excited for that show in Austin!  Check out the latest in dd. com’s gallery!  While you are visiting, check out how the gallery is organized now.  I like the changes!

Alright, Duranies, what did I miss?!

-A