Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back to 1998. Seventeen years ago today, Simon, Nick and Warren reconvened to start working on new material. This new material would eventually result in the album, Pop Trash.
Here’s a live clip from one of those songs from that album:
Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back three years to 2012 when an American rock band named Adrenaline Mob released the album, Omertà, which was their debut album. On that album, they featured a cover version of the Duran Duran, Come Undone.
Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back two years to 2013 when John Taylor was named the “Greatest Bassist of All Time” in a MusicRadar.com poll. He received 30 percent of the public vote. I found the list here. They included the top 60 bassists! The fact that John was on the top is pretty impressive!!
The website included Rio as the example of great John Taylor bass playing! It is a good one!
What would you include in great John Taylor bass playing?
On this date four years ago, Duran Duran performed two songs on an Italian entertainment sports show named “Quelli che il Calcio e”. This show was broadcasted live from Milan on Rai 2. Rumors have it that the performance was featured on a video bootleg somewhere. Based on the date, the band was probably promoted the album, All You Need Is Now.
Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back to 1984 when Duran Duran played at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin. This show was part of the Sing Blue Silver Tour and a band called Combo Audio opened up for them.
To the best of my knowledge, this is the only time that Duran Duran has played in Madison. Of course, they would never come here now since I live here and all. Ha!
Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back 4 years to 2011 when John and Simon presented an award at the Brit Awards. These awards took place in London at the O2 Arena and it aired at 8 pm on ITV1 (UK).
Here are some videos I found from the event, including one on the red carpet and the actual presentation:
Nine years ago today, in 2006, the compilation album entitled “Dream Boyz” was released. What is this album and what does it have to do with Duran Duran? This was a limited edition album that featured band and band member recordings. Here is the track listing:
Magic Bus (mixed by Akaku) – Simon Le Bon
Already Gone (demo) – Simon Le Bon
Dream Boyz – Simon Le Bon and Nick Wood
Save a Prayer – Simon Le Bon and Silvio Anastacio
Tell Me All You Know – John Taylor
Silent Skin (featuring Shayne Blue) – John Taylor
Planet Earth – Neurotic Outsiders
Dead on the Money – Andy Taylor
Winner With You – Andy Taylor
Lightning – Andy Taylor and Luke Morley
Can’t Stop the Rain – Andy Taylor and Luke Morley
Love Is Like Oxygen – Roger Taylor and Freebass
Softunderfoot – Roger Taylor and Freebass
International Lover (produced by Nick Rhodes) – Riviera F
Studio 54 (demo) – TV Mania and Blondie
Pop Trash Movie (demo) – TV Mania and Blondie
Ordinary World (featuring Wes Wehmiller and Joe Travers – Warren Cuccurullo
This album appears to be really tough to purchase. If you find a place to buy it, let us know and we will post it here! Meanwhile, I did find this clip of the song, Tell Me All You Know. I do enjoy this one!
Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back 10 years to 2005 (Really??? That was 10 years ago?!?), when Duran Duran played in Jacksonville, Florida. They played at the Jacksonville VM Arena as part of their Astronaut Tour.
DuranDuranMusic has the following setlist posted for this show:
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
HOLD BACK THE RAIN
UNION OF THE SNAKE
I DON’T WANT YOUR LOVE
WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW
SAVE A PRAYER
THE WILD BOYS
WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT)
GIRLS ON FILM
Anyone at this show? Any special memories from it?
Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back 20 years to 1995 when Nick and Simon were interviewed on Rete 105 radian in Milan, Italy. The band was doing promotion work for their album, Thank You. They probably mentioned their upcoming appearance at the San Remo Festival in San Remo, Italy, at the end of that month.
Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back to 1993 when Simon was on the show, Hitline USA. This particular show was a radio show in which people/fans could call in to the show. Obviously, Simon then answered questions from fans during his time on the show. During this time in 1993, the band was deeply involved in promotion for the album, The Wedding Album.
If Simon was on a show like this now, what question would you call in to ask him?
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