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As the Planet Turns Into the Light

I had a good day yesterday.

Before I dive into that statement, I want to acknowledge that I am lucky to live in the US. While I know why the band plays here, I can’t help but feel badly for the rest of the fans throughout the world. One can reasonably understand why things are the way they are, and still not like it. I am very lucky to live here, and I’m very sorry that business for the band is such that economically – they play here because they need to.  I wish it were different.

The crazy thing is, the real joy I felt yesterday wasn’t from scoring tickets to a show. Quite honestly, I didn’t get anything myself from the pre-sale but an empty basket. Over and over and over again! However, it is true that my friend Lori is a guru when it comes to getting tickets on Ticketmaster (and before her, it was Suzie that came to the rescue for last year’s show), and without them I’d be scrolling Stub Hub or even the reseller’s marketplace on Ticketmaster.  It definitely wasn’t the ticket buying that made me smile yesterday.

I actually spoke to Amanda for the first time since July! What was so strange, yet comforting, was that we dove back in without really even skipping a beat. It was as if no time had passed. We talked about the band. We talked about a possible meet-up/welcome party/mini-convention for the weekend. We talked about politics (we are more alike than different), we even talked about sexual assault and feminism. I think what made me smile most yesterday was how normal everything felt, particularly after nearly a year of life feeling everything but. I am lucky to have a friend like her.

We planned. We talked about what we’d like to do that weekend. Yesterday, we focused on something other than campaigning and moving. For me, that was glorious. It’s weird, because for the past eleven months, I haven’t thought too much about Duran Duran. Yes, I write the blog on the days I need to write it, but once I’m done composing a post, I really have to move on with my day. I’ve had to focus on my family’s needs and put my hobbies aside. Secretly, I’ve wondered if I was just over Duran Duran.

That’s the silver lining of hiatus, or quiet times when it comes to this band. For two straight years (if not more), I think both Amanda and I felt like we were “all in”. We lived, ate, and slept Duran Duran! Once the tour ended (and I mean the real tour – not these one-off, two off dates), we went back to our regular lives. We picked up on other things. Maybe that’s our idea of balance. I don’t know. We don’t even work for Duran Duran, yet sometimes I really wonder if it’s not some strange sort of indentured servitude going on here!

I think I’d forgotten the joy I get from just being a fan and doing my thing. Sure, we can talk about how the set list never seems to change these days, or take up bets on whether the set and costuming will remain. There are real discussions to be had about Ticketmaster, and ticketing in general, and how it ruins the experience for fans. I’m not sorry I’m going to see Duran Duran in Las Vegas though.

I’m excited to see my friends. It will be great to be with my people again, strolling around with our to-go cups and lids. Again, I feel so lucky to count these women within my small circle friends. I am eager to be in the audience for the gigs. My adrenaline will kick in, and I’m hoping the memory of my past year will be put to rest. I can’t wait to see Simon, John, Roger, Nick, Anna, and of course Dom. I’ve missed them. We’re definitely doing parties of some kind at the Hard Rock. Watch this space for details. If you’re not already coming for the shows, maybe a mini-Duranie convention will entice you to make the trip.

Yesterday was the most joyful I’ve been since last December. It hasn’t been an easy year, but I have real hope that things are beginning to look up.

-R

 

Happy Birthday Dom! (2018)

It is Thursday, June 14th…which means it MUST be Dom’s birthday!  Happy Birthday Dom!

I’ll be honest, I could gush about Dom all day, and that could be embarrassing (for me, no doubt). So I won’t. Much.

Dom first performed with Duran Duran in December of 2004, while Andy was out ill. That continued off and on into 2005, and in 2006 when it was announced that Andy would no longer be in Duran Duran, Dom stepped into the role recording the guitar parts for Red Carpet Massacre and as the band’s permanent touring guitarist. He’s been performing with the band now for nearly 14 years. I can say that for me, seeing Duran Duran would not be the same without him on stage with them.

Every single year, for each of the band’s birthdays – we try to write some sort of poignant blog about them. It’d be great to believe they read them, but Amanda and I both know that might be a little too lofty of a goal. So we write them to share with you, and hey – if they hear about them or see one eventually, fabulous. We’ve been publishing the blog for nearly eight years now, and to be honest – I’m not sure we’ve actually had enough personal experiences with the band to keep writing these birthday blogs (but we try!).  This year, I’m kind of struggling over what to write.

The thing with Dom is that I’ve been a fan since nearly the first time I saw him live. There’s something about his being the new guy, and realizing how difficult it was going to be for him to take over for Andy that made me pay attention. I liked that he didn’t seem overly confident. He was just trying to do a good job, and I knew that no matter how perfectly he played the songs, there were some fans he’d never win over.  I suppose I just wanted to encourage him, and yeah – I usually have seats close enough to where he can and does see me. I think he probably still sees me as that semi-crazy person that writes some silly blog for the band.  He’s probably right, but I can at least appreciate that he doesn’t call for security when he sees me!

One time, I got up the nerve to ask him to do a Q&A for us. Actually, I’d asked him to do an interview, which secretly freaked me out. The idea of actually speaking to any of the band on the phone?? Are you joking?!? Not this girl. I hate being on the phone with just about ANYONE, much less any sort of member of Duran Duran.

That’s right. I am a female who hates the phone. I’d rather email, text, send smoke signals…telegraph…sign language…anything but be on the phone. 

Back to my story – I must have spent an hour typing this ridiculous email, asking him for an interview. I assumed he’d have not a single clue of who I was, so I described myself (I have no idea what I said but I’m sure it was something dumb), asked if he’d be willing, and clicked send. The pit in my stomach was more like a sinkhole, and I just shut the screen to my laptop quietly, muttered something about how much of an idiot I was, and figured I’d never hear a word back.

Well, I was wrong. In what I would consider to be record time, Dom answered back. He knew exactly who I was (I still think it’s because it’s difficult to miss an insane person in the crowd, and I’m sorry about that), and he asked if we could do it as a written Q&A. I was RELIEVED. Like I said, not a phone person! This is also why we don’t do many interviews for Daily Duranie. I’d rather conduct an interview in person before I would over the phone or even Skype, and yes I know that’s weird. In any case, I wrote up the questions, sent them to him, and he sent answered them. I worked to edit it all up, and posted it as our very first interview. I really owe him for being nice to me when he could have easily just said no, your blog isn’t Rolling Stone magazine. 

(By the way, Mr. Brown….assuming you’re reading this…you owe me a Q&A. I sent it to you MONTHS AGO, and it’s super short. I think just five or ten questions. You’re not even touring right now…you could answer it over breakfast or tea or whatever you do these days, and send it back so I’d have something exciting to publish.  Just saying.  :D)

A year or two after that first interview, Dom and his dad recorded their Blue to Brown album. In short, I am not/was not a blues fan, but I wanted to help promote and support Dom. So, I dusted off a couple of textbooks I kept from college, and studied up on the blues. When his album came out, I reviewed it.  Here’s the thing: I am not a critic. I’m sure that is shocking to read. I’m not a journalist. (also shocking) I’m a music fan, but more importantly – I am a fan of Dom’s work, and I wanted to help him in some small way. I wrote up my feelings about his album, which to this day I will still take out every now and then and play. I tweeted the review to him, just because SOME people don’t really check out Twitter very often cough, cough. He commented back that it was great, and now if he could just get Rolling Stone to do one, he’d get somewhere.

Of course now when I tweet him about something to do with the blog, I always have to mention how we’re not Rolling Stone…but we’re not too bad for a fan blog!

Compared to many of you reading, I’ve spent very little time with Dom in person. I’ve seen him a few times in passing before or after a show, for example. I did see him one time at a rooftop bar in Los Angeles though. I’m here to tell you that if you are like me and cannot hear very well, it is almost 100% impossible to actually have a conversation with someone in a packed room. I’m self-conscious about my hearing even on a good day, and in front of him it was 10,000 times worse.  I know he said or asked me things during the two minutes I tried to talk with him and I just couldn’t make out what he was saying. That could be why the next time I actually stood in front of him, he leaned over and whispered directly in my ear. (Wait, how did he even know to do that? Does he read this blog?!?) He’s never forgotten my name, and he always has a smile and a nod for me even when I’m pretty sure on the inside he is thinking, “Seriously, you again!?!” (my husband says the same thing about me – so I get it. :D)

I have no idea when or where I’ll see the band again, but I do miss the  few moments during the show where I’ll catch Dom’s eye and make a face and he’ll laugh and do it back. He makes the shows fun. I hope that in some small way I made it easier for him to find a friendly face out in the audience when he first started with Duran Duran, too. There are plenty of people who adore Dom now, and I’m glad. He’s a good guy, and I hope he has a fantastic birthday. He’s loved by many.

Happy Birthday Dom – send me that Q&A!!!  😀

-R

 

Can’t We Just Love Them All?

I touched on the whole guitarist debate yesterday, and I realized I had something else to write.

Why does it really matter? What is it about Andy, Warren and now Dom that makes all of us feel the need to debate their worthiness?

Let’s face it, Andy was with the band during much of their climb to the top. He helped write many of the songs we continue to hear on the radio, and in their live shows. There’s no denying any of that, and I don’t think anyone is trying to rewrite that history. However, there’s also no debate that Andy has left the band at this point. He did his job, and from everything that I can see, it would appear that he’s happy to remain outside of Duran Duran.

On the other hand, Warren took up where Andy left off.  While Andy was chasing a solo career, Warren made himself available and willing. He wrote a lot of the music that many love most, and at least two of the songs that are still played most on the radio. No one is trying to rewrite THAT history, either. However he too is no longer in the band at this point, regardless of how that happened.

Lastly, there is Dom, who is not a band member in the same respect as the other two. He began as a studio musician, a hired “gun”, so to speak, standing in for Andy while he was sick. Then again as Andy was away due to his father’s death, and carried on after he quit. He has been given writing credit on a few of the band’s albums in the years since, and while many have settled in with his presence onstage, still others choose to ignore what they cannot accept.

After a lot of needless, useless time spent defending Dom over the years – he doesn’t need defending – I realized that it doesn’t matter.

IT JUST DOESN’T MATTER  (although sometimes I still forget)

Andy and Warren are ex-bandmembers. They no longer play with Duran Duran, no matter how amazing they were. There’s no debate there, even though I know that some fans are intent on having one.   Even if Dom weren’t with the band, it would still be someone else other than Andy or Warren playing guitar, and we would still be hearing that they aren’t as good as <fill in the blank here for whatever the reason>.

It is a pretty unfair battle when you think about it. Can’t we just love them all?

-R

 

Spring Break and Songbook!

Happy Spring Break to anyone is lucky enough to have this week off, and that includes Amanda and I! I’ve decided to take some time for myself this week, in which case my posts are likely to be shorter than normal.

With that in mind, do you know what was aired on Sky Works on this date in 2009? Anyone?  Songbook!  I didn’t see this until well-after its airing…but since it has been seven years since it aired, so let’s watch again!

In full-disclosure, I did not have time to watch both of these clips before posting. They were uploaded by two different people but one seems to have more the interview and the other looks to be more of the performances. That said, I can’t be sure they don’t overlap. So, my apologies if they’re not perfect. I’m going to watch now, and you know – if I have to see Duran Duran perform with Dom twice, I suppose I’ll manage. Somehow.  😀

In any case, enjoy!!

-R

Watching Over Lucky Clover

The other day Duran Duran tweeted a question about how they celebrate anniversaries of songs, albums, etc. and then asked fans what DD dates they commemorate.  Immediately, I responded about how I like to remember my concert show dates.  In fact, in our homemade Duran calendar, the dates and locations of each show that Rhonda and I have attended, together or separately, is listed.  Today is one of those dates for me.  On this date in 2005, I saw Duran play in Detroit.  It was the last of my spring Astronaut shows and the end of an amazing Spring Break in which I saw five shows that week.  More significantly than that, it was the first show I saw with all five original band members.

At the time of Astronaut’s release, I remember feeling so behind the curve because I had yet to see the Fab Five live.  It seemed so many other people I knew saw all of them in 2003 or 2004.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t in the cards for me so I had to wait until Astronaut.  In December, tickets were purchased and a countdown began.  January and February felt like the longest months ever.  During that time, I kept my excitement about seeing all 5 mostly to myself.  I didn’t want to point out that I wasn’t a cool fan like all those who saw reunion shows.  Then, finally, my part of the tour approached only to find out that Andy had to fly back to the UK to take care of his dad.  Obviously, I understood but was disappointed.  Others around me expressed that while I quietly convinced myself that I would still enjoy the shows, which I did.

By the time the third show came, I stopped hoping that Andy would return.  I reassured myself that this was just one tour and that the band would be back around.  Yet, I was stunned when my friend called the day of the Detroit show telling us that Andy would be there for the show!  I cheered along with my friends and my excitement of the show increased immensely!  Indeed, it was a special show and have a fond little spot in my heart for it.  As I drove home the next day, I found myself feeling very, very lucky to have been able to see the Fab Five live and it didn’t matter that it was in 2005 rather than 2003 or 1984.  I did it.

Speaking of lucky, I believe that I have been a very fortunate Duranie in that I have had the opportunity to see the band live with not only Andy, but Warren once and Dom a bunch of times.  The debate of Duran’s guitarist will probably never die.  While I personally love Duran as it is right now and feel strongly that Dom should definitely be there, I appreciate the history that came with Andy and the creativity that came with Warren.  I know that each guitarist has brought something to Duran that cannot really be measured.  So, on today’s date, I celebrate not only the Detroit show that took place 13 years, but also the guitarists that have been a part of the Duran story.

-A

All You Need is Now, out on CD in 2011

On this date in 2011, All You Need is Now came out on CD…for those of us who still like actual, physical, music to have and hold.

I’m having a difficult time with the idea of that happening seven years ago today. Is that even possible?

I can remember driving down to Best Buy that day. Originally, I wasn’t going to get a copy. I’d already heard the album, I’d already reviewed it, and I didn’t see a point. But the night before, something stirred in me. I had to have that CD! So, I got up in the morning, took my kids to school and made a quick trip down to our local Best Buy.

I searched the shelves, hoping to find the treasure. It was the Best Buy “Exclusive” edition I wanted, and I looked to no avail. There was no way they could have already sold out, so I asked a sales associate to look it up. Sure enough, they’d gotten a whopping three copies in stock. Ok then, where were they, I wondered?  I had two sales people crawling on their hands and knees, going through shipment cases before finally one of them sat back triumphantly with a copy in hand.

I marched over to the cashier and walked out of the store with the last CD I ever purchased at a Best Buy. (I just order off of Amazon now and have it sent to my house if I really want a CD! Yes, I could truly come a hermit if I wanted.)

I know that a great deal has been said about All You Need is Now. Those who once proclaimed its greatness now talk about it as though it was “just” a Rio reboot. I have a tough time seeing it quite so simply. Regardless of what the band and others might say, I love the album. I like that they tried to provide an answer to what Rio or a follow-up might sound like in 2011 – in some sense. I still believe it was the perfect bridge between Red Carpet Massacre and Paper Gods.  And, since I’ve already spent some of my week being unabashedly biased – I like that Dom received writing credit for a lot of it.  So there.

I fell in love with All You Need is Now from the very first listen.  It is an easy album to like, and there are times when I miss that easiness. Sure, technically speaking, Paper Gods is probably a more superior album. I can admit that. However, when it comes to me and my moods – sometimes I just need a little All You Need is Now.

And by the way – there is NOTHING that makes me smile more than when I watch this video. That alone is worth its weight (and mine) in gold.

-R

I Want a Miracle: making a difference

Just when you think your own problems suck, life has this crazy way of giving you a good kick in the pants. I probably should just say me. Life has a crazy way of giving me a good kick in the pants. The kick was much needed, and probably well-deserved.

I have really cut back on reading Twitter lately. I know that for many, it’s the way they catch their news and sound off on politics. I’ve grown increasingly uncomfortable by the tone of incessant anger on Twitter, so I’ve just stopped reading. I do spend a few moments catching up each morning, but that’s about it. I’m happier that way, but I also miss things on occasion.

The other day as I scrolling through, a tweet caught my eye that I hadn’t seen before. Dom had retweeted something from Fred Rister about an upcoming documentary, as well as a song, “I Want a Miracle”.

First of all, I am betting that some of you are asking, “Who’s Fred Rister?” Have you ever heard of the song, “I Gotta Feeling?” by the Black Eyed Peas?  What about David Guetta?  (If neither of these ring a bell…you need to spend a little QT with Google, Spotify, and maybe even some YouTube.) Fred Rister is a record producer, and he is also a business and writing partner with David Guetta.

I found myself clicking on the video link in the tweet, which took me to a trailer for a documentary on Fred Rister. From listening to what his peers have to say about him, he is not only well-respected, but very loved in the music world. I didn’t know this, but he has cancer. From the way the documentary sounds – he doesn’t have much time left. He is writing, composing and recording “I Want a Miracle” and donating all the proceeds to the Kidney Cancer Association. Mr. Rister wants to see this project through to the end, and I have to applaud him for that. If I were in his shoes, I suspect I’d want to bury my head and hide. He’s far braver than I could ever hope to be.

I’ve watched and listened to the trailer several times now. I don’t know why, really. Granted, “I Gotta Feeling” could probably make anybody dance, including me. I know a little about EDM, primarily because my son Gavin loves it, and of course…there’s Duran Duran, who is responsible for a great many dance remixes out there, and I believe they were and ARE still trailblazers.

And in this case, there’s Dom’s involvement…oh, did I not mention that??  Dom actually plays on “I Want a Miracle”, and if you listen to even the short bits that are included in the background of the trailer, he’s easy to pick out! A few weeks back, Dom tweeted about being in the studio with Fred Rister. I saw the tweet, and as is typical, I marveled at how many people Dom seems to know in the industry. Let’s just say that if he wanted, he could probably leave Duran Duran tomorrow and not be out of a work for a single day. It’s impressive, and so few fans actually see and know that about Dom, assuming that the band is all he has going on. Not so, my friends. Not so.

Even better than knowing he played on the trailer, and the part that really stuck with me, I guess is witnessing the love and respect that Dom and Fred Rister seem to have for one another. Like anyone else on Twitter, I’m just an outsider with my nose pressed to the glass.

Dom retweeted the link to the documentary with these words, “To the bravest person I have ever met, Fred Rister, who continues to fight his cancer with such strength and positivity. I’m so happy to have played on this track. Looking forward to the full length documentary.”

Fred responded, saying “Thank you so much man… I think exactly the same about you, and when you played guitar on “I Want A Miracle “ it was awesome 😱 I allways have our studio session in my mind… Love”.

I mean, come on now! When I read that, I had to go investigate and see what it was all about. Sure, it could have all been play-up in order to draw attention to the release of the song (March 16), but I am not quite that cynical.

So the purpose of my blog today is two-fold: one, I want to everyone reading to buy Fred Rister’s “I Want a Miracle” on Friday. It’s not just about the love for music, although “I Want A Miracle” has a great message, hook and it’s totally danceable with a certain recognizable guitar in its depths… Even better, it is idea that we could do something beneficial and worthwhile. Two, of course I want to support Dom’s work. I do admire his work ethic, talent, and overall sense of gratitude, and yeah – I’ll probably want to punch you in the face if you call me a fangirl or groupie. The truth is, the guy does a TERRIBLE JOB of promoting and marketing himself. So I here I am, doing my (extremely little) bit. I hope it makes a difference on all counts.

If there’s anything our readers should know about me, is that beyond  the music, I love a great story. That’s probably the avid reader and writer in me. I also don’t like being the person “out front”. I would much rather be in the back, unnoticed, just doing my bit to make things work. Yeah, I write this blog four . I occasionally will do videos and host gatherings. I also like being the mom, taking care of people, and just making everything work seamlessly without a lot of fanfare. However, I’m no fool. The Daily Duranie isn’t going to change anybody’s life. It’s not going to suddenly propel anyone’s career—least of all my own—but it might just sell a few more copies of a song and make people feel good about being a fan of something.

That works for me.

-R

The Extraordinary Magic of Ordinary World

This month, DDHQ is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Duran Duran, or as most fans call it, The Wedding Album. 

I’ve struggled with a topic for this particular post, primarily because as much as I’d like to celebrate The Wedding Album, I don’t honestly remember a lot about that period of time. I was in college, and my mind was about as far away from Duran Duran as possible. So much so, that I was actually shocked the first time I heard “Ordinary World” on the radio. I didn’t even know they had been working on an album, although I suppose I must have assumed they would be. I just don’t remember.

It is an accurate statement that Duran Duran hit it out of the park with “Ordinary World”. That iconic guitar line, along with Simon’s voice, makes the song. Any fan could be just about anywhere—the grocery store, in the car, at a mall, just about anywhere—and with the first note we are awakened like a dog to Pavlov’s bell. It is THAT kind of melody, and yes, we have Warren Cuccurullo to thank for it. There is no arguing that at the time, he brought something new to the table for the band to feed from, and it worked. The song remains fairly permanent on set lists, despite constant complaints from Warren fans about whomever is playing guitar. No one plays it the same way as Warren, and no one ever could. I don’t know why that is. Another guitarist could play the exact notes in the same way, and still not have the feeling quite right. It is something that only the most passionate of fans pick up on, and yet, it makes all the difference. I can only explain it by describing it as magic.

While I don’t remember a lot from that time as a fan, I do remember hearing “Ordinary World” on the radio. I remember how well it did as a single, and how utterly surprised I was to see Duran Duran back on the charts. That wasn’t because I didn’t think they were capable, but because the time was so different. Yet, hearing “Ordinary World” on the radio didn’t energize or excite me in the same way it probably did for many of you reading. I felt wistful for a time that had passed. In 1993, I was getting ready to graduate from college, I had no real plan for what would come next. My father was out of work, my parents were in the process of losing their home, and I bounced around from friend to friend so that I wasn’t another burden on my parents. Anxiety was not ever a welcome, close, friend; but it sure seemed to be looming around every corner, chasing after me with every step. I missed the carefree days of youth, and this song reminded me of that every time I heard it.

There are many people who are huge fans of Warren in the same way many are of Andy, John, Roger, Nick, Simon and yes, even Dom. For those people, The Wedding Album might be the equivalent to Rio, or perhaps even more aptly, their Duran Duran. (given its name and all…)  I try very hard to remember that these days, because while this time period was not my personal favorite, for many of you—it was. I can appreciate that, and I’m trying my best to do it justice here.

In 2012, Duran Duran played a gig in Durham, North Carolina. I was there, and as Simon introduced “Ordinary World”, he explained the importance of the song for the band. The band had been at a fork in the road, basically. Either they were going to keep going, or they were going to hang it up. “Ordinary World” was the song that convinced them to keep going. I’m not doing any sort of justice to Simon’s eloquence that night, but his explanation convinced me – Ms. Doubter – of its permanence in the set list at the time.  The word “convince”, isn’t right. That word makes it sound as though I’m an owner of the band, when I am absolutely not. I think the right word is “respect”. I have deep respect for the song, and obviously the band, and yes, including Warren for writing it. How could I not?

In years since that gig, I’ve witnessed “Ordinary World” do extraordinary things to people. Regular people sob openly when it is played. I’ve watched it heal, and I’ve seen it bring people together. I have also seen the song give someone strength when they needed it most, and create the strongest of bonds between relative strangers. There is indeed something very special about that song, and there is no denying it’s magic, even 25 years later.

-R

 

Simon and Dom on Jack Diamond, 2008

Every now and then, something comes up in Duran Duran history that I haven’t heard or didn’t know about. Today is one of those days! On this date in 2008, Simon and Dom appeared on The Jack Diamond Morning Show on WRQX – Mix 107.3, in Washington DC.

A couple of things about this appearance jump out at me. The first being that Dom was on the show with Simon. He was there to play acoustic guitar, which is really pretty cool! The second is that there’s a bootleg album of this appearance out there in fan land…and I need to find it!

In addition to an interview, they perform “The Chauffeur”, “Ordinary World”, and “Falling Down”, which was the single off of Red Carpet Massacre, which they were promoting at the time. I looked on YouTube, hoping to find a snippet, but I came up empty.

If you happen to have the bootleg of this appearance – let me know!

-R

Gig Review: The DB3 at The Barley Mow

In full disclosure, I was able to see Dom play last Friday. One of my friends from Facebook decided to stream the DB3 set live, and as it so happened, I came across her post just in time! As I baked gingerbread at home in Southern California, I watched Dom and DB3 play live in the UK.  I love technology. 

At the time, I didn’t really think about reviewing his show. Admittedly, I was enjoying the rock and blues, as well as appreciating his OWN music for a change. I know this changes the narrative for a lot of Duran fans who insist otherwise, but Dom can play. DD’s music does not highlight his talent nearly enough and a lot of people make assumptions based purely on how he plays music that other people wrote. It is an impossible task at best, and as I always say – he does a fantastic job, but it is nothing like how he plays the music he is most comfortable performing. But, you don’t have to take my word for it. Go check DB3 out the next time they play and see for yourselves. I sure wish I could! 

Much to my surprise, a Daily Duranie reader was in attendance that night  who was willing to take up the challenge and write a review.  A hearty thank you to Laura, whose review is below! -R 


 

By Laura

No sooner had Dom Brown tweeted a couple of weeks ago that he would be playing The Barley Mow, a lovely country pub in the quiet village of Tandridge in Surrey with his new Blues-Rock combo The DB3, we had our motorhome(RV) packed up and headed the 140 miles from our home in Bristol.

We had brought along our little Yorkshire Terrier puppy, Rio, and she was able to stay for the pre-gig food and drinks, although she had to retire to the motorhome during the sound check as it was VERY LOUD, as one of the waitresses had indeed warned us it would be.

The audience was made up mainly of Duranies, all of whom seemed to know each other and the affection between them was clear to see. It amused my husband, who has himself been to quite a few DD shows over the years, to overhear one lady mention that her own husband had been subjected to so much Duran Duran over the years that he could probably answer questions on the band on Mastermind (British TV quiz programme) himself. Like him, my husband is glad that I have other friends to “spread the love with” so he doesn’t have to go to all the DD concerts with me!

As we were eating our meal there were two chaps discussing the vagaries of the music business on the next table. They turned out to be Ian Thomas and Phil Spalding, respectively the drummer and bass player of The DB3, and Dom Brown greeted them like long-lost friends when he arrived – very appropriate as it turned out, as they had apparently not been in the same room together for 6 months-not that you would have known it from the tight, extremely enjoyable set they played. 

The band played two sets of about 45 minutes and featured storming versions of songs by Cream, The James Gang, Jimi Hendrix, The Average White Band, and B.B.King amongst others, finishing with a couple of Rolling Stones’ classics. The audience clearly knew this would not be a night for Duran Duran songs and responded enthusiastically to the bluesy rock music served up by the band, demanding two encores at the end.

For Dom Brown the gig could hardly have been more of a contrast to the big, recent arena shows with Duran Duran  – no roadies to unload the van and set up the equipment here! Dom put as much into this show in front of the thirty or forty of us there as he does in front of the thousands who fill some of the world’s largest arenas. The gig gave him a real opportunity to showcase his exceptional all-round guitar skills. In addition, Dom shared vocal duties with Phil Spalding and, despite their quip that the band had “two non-singers”, they both produced authentically bluesy vocal performances that fully complemented their playing.

Dom was in no rush to get away after the gig and happily chatted with the audience, posing for photographs and signing the CD’s which had been sold by his niece (obviously something of a family affair!) He came across as a thoroughly lovely chap—genuine, authentic and someone who really cared for the fans and who wanted them to have as great a night as he clearly had.

High praise should be given to Dom’s amazing band mates who gave him great support and who were clearly similarly enjoying themselves. Special mention to Phil Spalding who, despite clearly suffering from a heavy cold, gave it his all on vocal duties.

I hadn’t known what to expect from the show but I can honestly say it was one of the most enjoyable evenings I’ve had in a long while. It seemed that the rest of the audience did too and the band clearly had a ball. 

Many thanks to The DB3 and to Nicky of the Barley Mow for letting us camp out in the car park !

 

Laura has been a Duranie since 1982 when she was in the second year of secondary school and her friend Claire introduced this amazing new band to her that she had discovered. She’s lost count of the number of times she has seen them in concert over the years, but she’s guessing it’s been about thirty, including those abroad. She’s been lucky enough to have various friends come with her too, giving her husband Alan a night off now and again. Although he too enjoys DD, just not night after night! Her favourite concerts were the small fan club gigs which the band played after Simon’s recovery.  She never believed she’d see them in such small intimate venues and certainly not within walking distance of her home! In between tours she loves reading Daily Duranie (we didn’t even pay her to say that! – R)  and travelling. She teaches French at a secondary school in Bristol in the UK.