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Private shows, public gigs and reunion talks, oh my!

August 29th. You’d think that this date would be fairly quiet. It’s at the end of August.  It’s still summer and hot. It turns out that historically, the band always seem to be doing something on this date!

Just one year ago in 2017, the band played at the Salata Open Air in Zagreb, Croatia on this date. I had quite a few friends travel to Croatia for the show, and I can remember being very envious of their travels. Chances are, I missed out on something…

Anybody have the all-music issue of Vanity Fair from 2003? Simon was featured in it! His issue was released on this date. I own this magazine, although right now it is safely (I hope!) in storage, somewhere.

August 29th was busy in the year 2000 for Duran Duran.  Not only did the band play at the House of Blues in Hollywood on this date, but Nick and Simon visited John at his home to discuss a possible reunion.  Think about that for a second. They spent the day at John’s, talking about how it might be good to get the band back together. I’d have to think both Nick and Simon were at least a little optimistic about the idea.  Then that night, they go play a show at the HOB with Warren. I wonder if the thoughts of reuniting entered their minds at all during the show, or if playing the gig solidified whatever they might have been considering for the reunion. I have to wonder what may have been going through their heads that night as they performed and interacted with Warren. Did they know they weren’t going to include him?   Fascinating…

They’ve also played private gigs (they performed in Russia on this date in 2014), and a few other shows here and there.  So while we might think August to be a slow month, it turns out that might not always be so!

Did you see the bear that #FiveAlive Rescue named after (and by) Simon? His name is LeBON. He’s cute!! (The BEAR, Simon. The BEAR! I mean, you’re fine and all…..but its about the bear!!!)  Duran Duran has partnered with Five Alive rescue to secure donations for Animals Asia, which is a wonderful cause. If you click on the picture below, you’ll be taken to the donation site. Every bit helps!

click on the picture to donate to #FiveAlive rescue in honor of DD!

I’ve caused enough trouble for one day. Have a great Wednesday, everyone!

-R

 

Time for Temptation

It is back to work for Amanda and I (and anyone else who works in education) for the school year, which is painful enough, but this year we’ve the added bonus of the band starting back on the road again for a few more dates.  I laugh a little ruefully because while I really do love my job, I love the band too – and Croatia looks lovely this time of year! Alas….

So this is the annual announcement that from now until June, half of my blogs will be written ahead of time, meaning that every now and then, I may miss a worthy news item due to timing. Please be patient. Also, if there is no news, there may be days where there is no blog. We do our best to make this a rarity, but it does happen.

Coming up in September, our little blog turns SEVEN.  Can you believe we’ve been doing this for seven years now? We are going to celebrate this moment by looking back at our blog a bit, but in the meantime, I’m just going to sit back and marvel a teensy bit. I can’t speak for Amanda, but aside from motherhood and marriage – I don’t think I’ve ever held one job for that long!  The good news is that we plan to keep going. Our mantra is that we’re not done yet, so the band had better keep going too!

I’ll leave you with one final thought.  On this date in 2003, Duran Duran received the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award. Instead of showing the clip of them getting the award (which I post every year), I found a clip of the backstage interview after it was presented by Justin Timberlake.

Can you believe this was fourteen years ago?? Time goes by so fast now. I hate to blink in case I miss something!

Makes me wonder what the next fourteen will bring.

-R