On this day in 2001, Duran Duran played at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida. During this tour, the band often played at the House of Blues in whatever city they were touring. What else is interesting about this tour is that they would often play in the same city, same venue two or three nights in a row. For example, they played the House of Blues in Orlando on March 9th and March 10th. Later, they moved to play another House of Blues in Atlanta on March 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th. In this sense, they played almost a small residency in each city.
While I did not see the band during this tour, I have to admit that this type of touring really appeals to me and would have some definite advantages for the band. As someone who likes to see multiple shows on any tour, I would love to be able to pick a place to travel to, stay there long enough to actually see the sites and go to many shows. Throughout my years as a Duranie, I have been to a few places that I feel like I have barely been to because I was only there for one day. For example, during the winter 2008 tour, I was in Atlantic City less than 24 hours as I had a show in a different place the day before and the day after. I would have liked to have been there longer but I wasn’t missing a show!! I would also imagine that they might be good for the band as they wouldn’t have to travel as much or as frequently. That would have to make touring easier and less exhausting. Of course, on the down side, they might not hit as many cities, which could be tough on those fans who cannot travel.
What do you think? Which is the better way for them to tour? Multiple cities every week or mini residency in one city?
On this date in 2012, Duran Duran played at Sevens Stadium in Dubai. This was the first date after a month long break from touring. After Dubai, the band went on to East Asia to play dates in Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong. Anyone go to this show? How was it?
Here are a few clips from the show that I could find on YouTube:
Hungry Like the Wolf-
I have to say that seeing clips like this make me miss seeing the band live.
On this date in 2000, Last Day on Earth was released as a single in Japan. As far as I know, it was only released as a single there and marked only the second single off the Pop Trash album with Someone Else Not Me being the first. I wonder why they decided to release this song only in Japan. Anyone know? As for the song itself, it is a track off Pop Trash that I do enjoy and really seems to fit the Duran philosophy of living in the moment since this song asks what you would do if this was the last day left. It is all about the idea of seizing the moment and living one’s life fully each and everyday. The same philosophy was more recently heard in the song, All You Need Is Now.
Like All You Need Is Now, it is a song that often opened up the band’s shows on the Pop Trash tour. Here is a live clip of it here:
This particular clip was recorded at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.
What does everyone think of this song? What do you think of this live performance?
On this day in 1995, Simon, Nick and Warren were interviewed on KROQ radio. I was not anywhere around KROQ to hear this interview, but I’m sure it was an interesting one! I also wonder why John was not present. Anyone know?
While we are speaking of radio, Duran Duran posted the following on their Facebook page yesterday:
Calling all Audio Collectors – we have a task for you!
John is working on a sound collage project (more details TBA!) that requires Duran Duran stations IDs from 1981 to 1995. If you have a recording of a band member announcing themselves on a radio station (“This is John Taylor from Duran Duran and you’re listening to Z100!”), we’d love to hear it!
Please email Patty@punkmasters.com if you happen to have a cool collection of audio IDs… We won’t be able to respond to the emails to confirm receipt, but would really appreciate your help with this.
Thank you in advance!
Call me fascinated! What exactly will this sound collage project be?! I can understand why it starts in 1981 but why end it in 1995?
Anyway, I hope a lot of people help!!!
On today’s date in 1993, Duran Duran filmed the video for the single, Come Undone.
According to the wiki on Come Undone, this video was directed by Julian Temple and filmed at the aquarium at the London Zoo. So, what do you think of this video? It isn’t a favorite of mine despite the fashion nod to the New Romantic era and how good the band looks.
On today’s date in 1989, Duran Duran played at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines. They played there as part of their Big Thing tour, which had quite a few dates in many Asian countries, including Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, The Philippines and Taiwan. What I find really interesting about looking at the tour dates from that tour is that these Asian dates occurred in between dates in the States, meaning that they played in the States before going to Asia and after going to Asia. I wonder why they chose to do this. Does anyone know?
I was not lucky enough to see the band during this era. I was too far away from Chicago, my closest big city, and didn’t have means to get there. On top of that, I didn’t have anyone to go with me as my friends who were Duranies had moved on by then. I, of course, have seen concert footage from this era and I have to admit that the shows seemed pretty interesting. For those of you who did attend, what were the shows like?
On a less historical note, it seems that Duran has been busy thinking about charity and giving of themselves. First, on dd.com, there is a press release that the band is part of an auction that includes meeting the band and enjoying time in the studio with them to support the David Lynch Foundation. You can read the details here. Also, Simon and Dom performed at a fundraiser to benefit the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust in honor of Simon’s good friend and his daughter who had lost their lives in a boating accident. To read about this, you should go to Duran Duran’s Facebook page. Good deeds are a nice way to end the week!
On today’s date in 1995, the video for Perfect Day was filmed. In case you’re wondering and aren’t exactly caught up on your Duran history – Perfect Day was a cover (Lou Reed) included on the Thank You album.
Interestingly enough, Roger Taylor played on Perfect Day, and if you watch the video – you’ll see him back on the drums, which is of course, exactly where he belongs. I didn’t know that Roger had played on the song or was even in the video until the days of the reunion. Truthfully? I didn’t even know there was a video for Perfect Day (I guess you could say that I was busy back in 1995 and video watching was not on top of the list), and even when I eventually did see the video, I didn’t recognize Roger!
And there’s your Day in Duran History for this Monday morning.