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The things we do to be together

It’s really that time, isn’t it?

After all of the planning, thinking, re-thinking and counting down, it is nearly time.

Of course, I’m not ready.  I never am until I get there, I suppose. There’s always one more thing I should have done or something that makes me reconsider whether or not I should be taking off for a girls’ trip right before a parent meeting for school…or an illness that just doesn’t seem to go away…it’s always something.  And, at some point, I have to just throw caution to the wind and know that, chances are, it will all be fine, and still here for me to deal with, when I get back.

So allow me a chance to fan girl now while I still can.

I AM GOING TO SEE DURAN DURAN TOMORROW!!! 

More importantly, I am seeing some of my favorite people on the planet this week. I can’t wait to find some friends at the Jimmy Kimmel show tomorrow night, and afterward I am picking up Amanda from the airport – it always feels the most “right” when we are actually in the same state!  Then on Wednesday, we are meeting up with a friend from Canada who is the third in our traveling trio for the week.

I am especially excited for this tour because a couple of years back, Amanda and I made a promise to someone who attended Durandemonium 2013. This person – who is from Canada – has never seen Duran Duran in concert before. Honestly, when she told me that, I think my mouth hit the ground. I mean, there we were, at a Duran Duran Convention of all things, where she had traveled a great distance to attend – and she’d never even seen the band live.  We had to fix this. Immediately. Amanda and I told her then and there that we were going to make sure she went on tour next time and that we wanted to be there to see her first show.

What an AMAZING first show it’s gonna be, too! Hollywood Bowl, seeing the DD star, drinks at the Hard Rock Cafe, the VIP reception, Nile Rodgers, Chic… and fantastic seats to boot. (When we do things, we do them right!) Our friend is flying into LAX, and we’re taking her on a whirlwind trip of California as we stay in Hollywood, drive up to Berkeley, back down to Rancho Mirage (which is really just a suburb of Palm Springs) and finally one night at Casa Rivera in lovely South Orange County before I send her back up to Canada!  We are planning for fun, music, driving (a LOT of driving), not much sleeping…and definite debauchery along the way.  I know she’s up for the adventure, and she’s probably more prepared for the trip than I am right now.  I’m still struggling with the concept that I need to be ready to actually leave my house tomorrow.  Ready to see Duran Duran?!? Always!  Is my household ready to manage itself for a few days?  Absolutely not.

So, while I am trying to not to pull my hair out as I work my way down the never-ending to-do list…I will try not to audibly squeal or giggle as I think about seeing Duran Duran on stage tomorrow night, their stage costuming, or sparkles of any kind.  <winks to friends>

-R

This is where it starts

This is one of those days where I don’t really know where to start. Paper Gods debuted at number ten on the Billboard Hot 200…I’m still wrapping my head around that wonderful news… Duran Duran played at Red Rocks last night for the first time…apparently Simon smooched my guy on the cheek (I am honestly not sure how I would have responded to that. I’m used to JoSi, but DoSi?!? WOW.)…I’m avoiding any and all YouTube clips of new songs because I want to be surprised…  and then comes my thought and preparation for next week…

There’s just too much…and yet I want it all!

I posted about the Billboard chart last night, and I’m still so incredibly proud this morning. To see this band back on the charts again is such an accomplishment. I’m happy for them and their team, but I’m also thrilled for fans around the world – we’ve all done our part to make this happen, and now the sound of that celebration is taking place!!

Yesterday, the band played their show at Red Rocks (if anyone wants to give a first person review of the show – our gmail box is ready!!). I have never been to that specific venue, but I’ve been to that area before – and it is beyond words. Stunningly gorgeous. Someone said to me last night that the venue is magical, and I think that’s the perfect word for it.  I’m aiming to live without regrets, but there is a part of me that does regret missing out on that show.

photo courtesy of Duran Duran/Twitter
photo courtesy of Duran Duran/Twitter

Then of course comes the excited tweets/texts/messages from friends after the show…all basically warning me that I should probably begin making funeral arrangements because when I see them that up close and personal at the Hollywood Bowl next Thursday, I might die. This is true.  I did happen to see a clip of Planet Earth from Red Rocks (I didn’t say I wouldn’t watch clips from songs I’ve heard before!), and let me just say – as much as I try not to fawn and fangirl – if Dom and John come to center stage like that, it’s going to be REALLY tough for me not to scream my head off.  As Amanda said to me earlier this morning over email, “we are going to die.”  Well then. (PS – I really WILL die if Dom wears those leather pants…and then again, if it’s as hot that day as it is going to be this week, he really will too!)

photo courtesy of Getty Images (photoshop courtesy of Rhonda!!)
photo courtesy of Getty Images (Photoshop courtesy of Rhonda!!)

Anybody have video of Simon planting a big ole fat kiss on Dom’s cheek last night?? That moment alone may have been worth the price of admission… Well done, Simon!  I miss out on the best moments sometimes, but then, I’m trying to really not watch the new songs or arrangements because I really do want to be completely shocked and surprised next week. The waiting is really tough though!! I heard they played “What Are the Chances” last night, and I already know going in that if the song comes up in the set list, I am going to need to steady myself and prepare to have my mind blown. I accept the challenge willingly.  I also heard they’ve played Danceophobia a couple of times now….and yes, CK Shortell, I am well aware that Dom co-wrote it, thanks ever so much for the reminder. Again.  I’ll just say now, it’s not my favorite song, but we’ll see how it plays live.

I guess I’m really kind of dumbfounded that my adventure begins next week. Thanks to the kindness of a good friend, I was able to secure a ticket to the after show concert for Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday. I’m thrilled because I’ve never gone to anything like that before, and well – it’s Duran Duran.  I can’t wait to see my friends who are coming in early just to go to Kimmel, and I’m also nervous about how I’m going to take my kids out of school early so that I can get up to LA. (Before I am nailed with “bad mom” comments, I also home school. This is just their extra learning-center classes, so you can keep those comments to yourself unless you do what I do.) There is also a tinge of sadness because while I’m enjoying that concert, Amanda will be on her own “bus” to get to California. The band really needs to check with our travel schedules before planning these things….  I will pick her up after Jimmy Kimmel and then the fun truly begins. Not that seeing the band isn’t already going to be fun, but well…without Amanda it’s just a little different.

There is a lot for me to do between now and next week, not the least of which is getting the Daily Duranie-mobile ready for a road trip! That’s right – rather than fly from LA up to Oakland and back, we’re driving. We’re literally taking off after the Bowl on Thursday night, driving up to see the show in Berkeley, and then driving back down to Rancho Mirage (which is really near Palm Springs).  It’s just over a thousand miles, much of that driving will be done at night after the shows, because we’re really that crazy, and we had to do this trip as “cheaply” as possible so that way next year I can make it out to where ever we can for the larger tour that the band is planning for next year.  Before I get too far ahead, our blogs for next week/weekend will be posted…but the timing may be quite a bit different from what you’re used to. I imagine Amanda or I typing in the car, using my phone as a hotspot to get things online as we’re driving up the 5 freeway through the middle of California…. so we’ll see how this goes. It’s always an adventure!!

As for next year, I am seriously hoping, praying and ready to do sacrificial offerings if necessary so that we can travel during Amanda’s spring break in late March…or wait until Summer if that ends up being the case.  Long weekends are getting tougher and tougher to manage, so we’re hoping for a straight week that we can get together, unencumbered by work!

For now at least, I need to get my mind OFF of Duran Duran and back to work…they sure don’t make that easy, do they?!?

-R

Can You Hear the Planet Roaring?

Are we ready??

In what has felt like the longest summer on record, there have been a few festivals here and there, but this week feels like the starting point for the Duran Duran tour for Paper Gods. It is getting to the point where I am needing to refer to the events calendar (have you checked it out yet?) on a daily basis to know what is going on…and I like it that way.

We’ve been so busy, both with the blog as well as adjusting back to our normal “school-year” lives, that we forgot to do a review this past week…and no, we don’t need reminding that in a matter of days, Amanda and I will be together again for another Duran Duran tour. This time, we’ll cover about 1,000 miles in about four days, driving up and down the state of California to attend shows at the Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, and back down to Agua Caliente. Only three shows this time, but it’s just a taster for what we’re hoping will be a longer tour (for us) next year.

We’re crossing our fingers that the bands tour schedule for 2016 allows for us to do shows during our spring break, which is in the latter part of March this school year…or…that they wait until early summer to properly tour the US. Or…that we find ourselves winning the lottery and able to travel abroad again.  (dreams are still free!)

It feels like forever since Amanda and I were last together for a series of shows – this past April aside because it was only one show, three songs at that – and even longer since we last really mused over the possibilities for a set list. We can’t wait to hear some of the new music live and see the band in front of us. For many of you, the Duran Duran tour begins TONIGHT with a special show at Terminal 5 in New York City!!

As always, if you’re seeing the show tonight, or are going to be at ANY of the upcoming shows and/or appearances and want to write-up something for Daily Duranie – we will happily publish and credit the writer.  Even if you have photos and want to do a photo layout – we can certainly work with that. Contact us at our gmail (dailyduranie(at)gmail(dot)com), and let us know.  Amanda and I cannot possibly be everywhere, and yet we want to cover as much as possible, so we need help.

Before I forget, I want to thank everyone for the blog’s “birthday” greetings.  My husband has asked why we call it a birthday instead of an anniversary. That’s a good question. I suppose that at least to me, this blog really is like a child.  Amanda and I have created, nurtured and watched it grow. It seems strange to just call it an anniversary – because it’s really become its own entity at this point. Besides, a birthday feels much more like a reason for a party!

Yesterday, as I was watching some of the more recent videos we included in our birthday playlist (which is still online at YouTube), I had a bit of a “moment”.  It occurred to me that at the inception of the blog back in 2010, we were anxiously awaiting All You Need is Now.  Here we are, five years in, and now we’re writing about Paper Gods. We have come full circle, preparing ourselves for another series of shows and touring ahead. I did take a minute to marvel that not only are Amanda and I still writing, but we trust one another now more than ever, and this little blog of ours has grown by leaps and bounds. I really never thought we’d last this long, and I am extremely proud of what this crazy idea has become.

With that, I need to start my school day…and I’m sure those of you going to Terminal 5 tonight are getting very anxious to see the band. I can’t wait to hear all about the show.

The coming weeks are what we’ve all been waiting for, and now that they’re here, I can’t wait to get this party started!

-R

Paper Gods Tour – This is Happening!

I woke up feeling a change in the air this morning. Was it electricity? A difference in the air pressure?? Humidity??

Duran Duran is in the US doing promo in New York before they get the Paper Gods tour party started with their shows at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York; followed by Dock Rocks, and Nile’s FOLD fest next week.  I’m guessing it was the nervous excitement in the air…either that or it really was the humidity we’re currently experiencing in Los Angeles…

Amanda and I can’t WAIT to get this started! It’s been nearly three years since the band last toured here (longest three years of my life and I say that with all the love and sincerity in the world!), and we are excited to see what the band has up their sleeve(s) this time.

Amanda and I want to invite anyone who is seeing any of their shows, to please be our special correspondents on the scene and send write-ups, pictures, reviews, etc. to us at dailyduranie(at)gmail(dot)com. We will happily post anything we receive, giving complete credit to those who participate of course! This site isn’t just about Amanda and I, it’s about FANS in general, and we’d love to include experiences from anyone who cares to share.

Additionally, if you’re trying to keep up with where the band is at any given time, I’d like to point out our updated calendar – if you are on our home page, there is a navigational menu at the top of the page. Click on “Look into the Future” and that will bring you to our version of the band’s calendar. There are shows, events, any PR that we’re aware of, etc. As Duran Duran releases more Paper Gods tour dates, etc…we add them, and we try to include as much information as possible so it’s a one-stop informational hub for fans.

Lastly, if you are attending the Hollywood Bowl show in California, I want to make you aware that Amanda and I are planning a Daily Duranie fan pre-show party/meetup for the afternoon of the show. Currently it looks as though it will be at the Hard Rock Cafe at the Hollywood/Highland Center around 3pm or so, and will go until 5 or 5:30. Please plan on joining us – I will have more detailed information up on all social media once plans are set.

There is a shuttle that goes directly from the parking lot at the center to the Bowl (you buy tickets onsite, not online), so it should be convenient for everyone. Just a tip, the parking at the Hollywood Bowl itself is limited…and it is stacked parking, which means once you’re in, you’re not leaving until the show is over and everyone around you has left. You can plan on the exit from the lot at the Bowl taking up to an hour. So, the shuttle might be a better option for you – there are several lots for park and ride as well as shuttles like the one I’m describing – check out the website for the Hollywood Bowl for more information.

In the meantime, I’m off to see Spandau Ballet tonight; and I’m looking forward to posting all kinds of Duran Duran news in the coming weeks!

-R

Duran Duran History – Universal Amphitheater

Duran Duran history for February 3rd has Rhonda recalling her very first time experiencing #Duranlive. On this date in 1989, Duran Duran played at the Universal Amphitheater (later renamed Gibson Amphitheater, which was torn down recently) at Universal City (Universal Studios), Los Angeles, California.  This date was included on their Big Live Thing tour.

My memories from the show include dressing up…because of course the band was going to see me from my seats in the very back of the theater, and the fact that I was astonished to hear how differently they sounded live (as opposed to the album).  Concert newbie – how little I really knew back then!!  I also remember feeling that somehow I’d really missed out because it was no longer “The Fab Five” up on that stage.  A feeling I would have to settle for until 2003.  Anyone else at this show?

-R

Duran Duran History – UIC Pavilion

Duran Duran history for January 27th takes us all to university – The University of Illinois, Chicago, where on this date in 1989 Duran Duran performed at The Pavilion on the U of I Chicago campus (UIC). The Pursuit of Happiness was the opening band, and the show was a part of the Big Live Thing tour.

-R

Amanda Wins!

I have the best friend ever. You all can stop competing for the title, because Amanda wins, hands down. I pale in comparison.

This past Saturday, Amanda and I finally got down to exchanging holiday gifts, because you know, the holidays are year round when you’re Daily Duranie. (I don’t know why. I just wrote that because it sounded reasonable at the time.) I will not tell a lie, back when it really WAS Christmas, I had no interest in any of it. If I could have gotten away with forgetting the whole deal and just ignoring the festivities, I would have gladly done so. It was just one of those times, and unfortunately – much of that feeling continues around my home these days. I go through the motions of each passing event, hoping that I will come out the other side with my typical sunny and rosy…hmm….reasonably positive…ok…my normal “hoping for the best, expecting the worst” attitude restored.  So far, I don’t think I’m there yet. I’m trying my best. No, this is not chronic depression, this is just me trying to get through a very stressful time at home. We’ll just leave it at that and move on.

As I was saying, we Skyped and exchanged gifts. I am here to tell you that Amanda has “won” Christmas. The rest of us, including Santa Claus, can quit right now. Amanda took it upon herself to create a book commemorating the ten years of friendship she and I have experienced. The good, the band (that’s not a typo), and the downright hilarious.

This is no ordinary book. This is a full color, hard-bound 154-page (including our picture on the last page) printed book in a  8.5×10 landscape format. It has a full dedication that I won’t copy here, and the book includes photos, pictures of our concert tickets, quotes that we’ve said over the years to one another, anecdotes that she found and copied from old message boards that we were a part of, old blogs that we’d written, emails and private messages.  It is truly a complete representation of most everything that she and I have been together in the very short ten years that we’ve known one another. I was completely flabbergast when I opened the package, and I pretty much remain that way this morning. I spent much of the past two days reading every single word in the book – I can’t believe she put this together (but now I know why she’s been so busy!!!), and mostly – I can’t imagine why she would do this for me, but I’m awfully glad she did.

I also have to thank Amanda’s sister, Jenny…more than I could ever put into words here.  Her company, Interwoven Heritage Services, puts projects and oral histories like this together, and I know her help was invaluable, as was her time. If you ever consider putting your own story in print like this, I highly, highly recommend checking them out.

If I could, I would scan the entire book and show everyone right here on the blog. The reality is, I think we’d offend a great many of you in doing so. My husband, for instance, was quite surprised (not pleasantly, I might add) to read that his wife curses like a sailor, and drinks like a fish. (I really don’t. Much.) The fact that he was surprised by such things doesn’t really worry me as much as his actually reading this book does, to be honest! The band might not enjoy knowing that we have actually considered suing them for emotional distress more times than I can count. Fellow fans? Well, you’ve been the source of many a good laugh over the years. As have Amanda and I ourselves, I might add. We’re damn funny, at least in retrospect.  That said, I do want to show off my gift, at least in part.

Front cover of my gift
This is the front cover

So as you can see, Amanda chose some of the pictures we’ve taken over the years – you have probably seen most of them on this site.

But then there are the pages themselves. Like any good book, she starts at the beginning….

From the Astronaut tour that started it all

While this wasn’t the first time we’d met – it was the first “tour” we ever did together. Two whopping shows (together – Amanda did a few more with other friends while I went back home!) and we were hooked, both to getting to as many shows together as possible and touring together…because as I say here, “Once you find people you can tour with – you stick with them.”

John Taylor page

 

Our next tour together was for Chicago in 2006, right after they’d announced that Andy and the band had parted ways again. As you can see here – John Taylor is one full page, while the memories of that show, written by Amanda on the other side. Again – that story is from this blog.

Durham page from my book
Amanda tried to include as much as possible – including a screen shot of John’s response to something I’d tweeted him about our travels!

She really did her best to tell the full story of what we’ve done so far…with hopefully more to come!

Convention pages
She even spent time looking back at the convention, since that took up the better part of a year to plan!

So those are just a few pages from what I think is the kindest, most thoughtful gift I have ever received and certainly do not deserve. I’ll let you all in on a little secret – I have to give Amanda a huge apology. For the past several months, probably since late-September, I’d really lost hope that we’d ever find a publisher for our manuscript. It was just too large of a project for me to compile on my own and send, and it seemed to me as though Amanda had no interest or time to put into it once she got started in her new job. Sadly, I put the book on the very back burner, and chalked it up to being yet another experience I had only seen part of the way through. I was disappointed that I didn’t see it through, but I felt like my heart wasn’t really in it if she wasn’t able to be dedicated to it either. It never occurred to me that the reason she wasn’t working on it was because she was basically writing and editing an entirely different BOOK!  So, I have to apologize to her. I’d lost faith in our project at a time when I really should have been asking more questions!  Someday that monster manuscript is going to be printed!!

We talked a little on Saturday about what might be coming next. Only the band knows for sure (and I honestly have my doubts about whether or not they even know!)…but I have to thank Amanda so much for this gift. It not only reminded me of just how much fun I’ve had over these past ten years, but it also rekindled a bit of my love for the band. I’d really kind of forgotten…which is EXACTLY why they shouldn’t wait so long between tours and albums, but at this point I think it’s like herding cats to get them to really see. Either they can’t see it because they’re so stuck on the whole “we’re a rock band and you are just fans…what could you possibly know?” thing….or they just really cannot even begin to understand how integral THEY are to OUR lives. Their history is really OUR history, and if nothing else, the book Amanda created for me really demonstrates that point. Someday, I hope to show at least one of them this creation and maybe then it’ll hit home. Here’s hoping they won’t be offended my my creative use of the word “bastards” in there…. 😀

-R

 

 

 

 

 

January 2015 Katy Kafe – John Taylor

There are times when I’m really nervous to listen to the Katy Kafe. Chalk this up – the January 2015 Katy Kafe – as being one of those times. I know what I’ve written lately here on the blog. I know that while my heart is definitely in the right place, sometimes my faith in the band is shaken, and I just wasn’t up for more of that. But I listened. My comments are typically in parentheses and italicized, in case you’re curious.

Before I dive into the January 2015 Katy Kafe, I just want to say that if you haven’t listened to it yet, I really think you should. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something there in John’s voice that I haven’t heard in a long time. Maybe it’s passion. Maybe it is that he isn’t bored, maybe he’s just thankful they aren’t still writing music??? Whatever it was, I’m glad I heard it. Do yourself a favor, get yourself a membership to DDM and listen to the January 2015 Katy Kafe. My highlights here aren’t going to do it justice, and if you’re planning to see any shows this year…and I hear that there might be at least a couple this summer, you’re going to want pre-sale ticket access anyway.

New Album

John is in LA for a couple of weeks, having flown in after New Years. He’s recharging a bit, and if the band holds up to what I (Rhonda) have seen historically – they take January off and reconvene in February.  (This is my own guesstimate!!)  So what about that new album? John says they are excited, and this time – I can hear the emotion in his words. It isn’t an “excited” like you’d hear at a show, it is more of a passion-filled urging us to stick with them.

“We’re facing up to an end-of-summer release” 

Not the greatest words any Duran fan – least of all myself – is ready to hear, but it is what it is at this point. (I still say it will be Autumn before that album ever sees its way into the hands of fans) John says they are still in process, having finished the first round of mixes in December. Katy chimes in, saying that she’s heard the album (And no Katy, it is NOT unfair that you’ve heard it – don’t let a few wayward fans railroad you into believing that. How can you honestly promote an album you haven’t heard? ) and that she was “pleasantly surprised at how funky it was.”  She comments to John about how it must have been great to record this type of album. John is quick to say that especially today, records have to be molded and shaped, but that the groovy feeling there is inherent…quintessential Duran Duran.

“This is a very important album for us” 

John says that at this point everyone really has to love what they’re doing or else it’s not worth it. He comments that it was never their intention for people to think they’re in it for the money (he may have said “still” in it for the money but I’m not positive) or that they’re not totally committed to their craft. (As a blogger, there are a lot of times when I wonder if anyone is reading this blog. I mean, I can see our stats, but I really mean I wonder if the BAND reads. This is one of those times, as I’ve commented about both of those topics before. I am not without a conscience when I write – I don’t say things purely to hurt anyone, least of all Duran Duran – but yes, there have been times as of recent when I’ve put the thought out there. I suppose I’ve written what I’ve written as a sort of “nudge” to the band, because quite frankly if I’m thinking it – I KNOW others are as well. It’s tough love, but if I can’t be honest, who really can?!? That said, I also know what I hear, and I believe John’s passion.)  John also comments, and he stumbles a bit here, but he says that “There aren’t that many…..they don’t come every year.”  (Let’s just be clear, I think most of us know there aren’t THAT many albums left to be made here. If you’re not already realizing that, you should be. Even if they made FIVE more albums, which might be a stretch to say, that’s a lot less than the 13 or 14 they’ve already released. Capiche??) He goes on to say that he thinks they might even care more today than when the band started out. Back then, there was no sense of legacy, which is challenging for the band. He says the band wants to play to their best. Be their best.

“…struggle to make something that is classic Duran Duran but current.” 

Katy asks a question that I think is brilliant and worthy of a blog all on its own. “Do you think there’s a difference between being relevant and being current?”  John answers the way I would suspect, but suggesting that not everything that is current is good. (100% agreed. I have plenty more I could add here, but I will refrain. I’m already at just under 900 words and there’s more to be written. EEK!) 

They finish this topic in the January 2015 Katy Kafe by talking about the pressure and anxiety of putting out this record. (Again, I’ve talked about this right here on the blog. I have to admit I wonder if the pressure gets to them. The anxiety of having something worthy, and believing they’ve got something to prove – does it get to them and that’s why they’ve recorded and re-recorded?? John clearly doesn’t buy into this theory. He says that at the end of the day, they’ve got to let it out. They had an album they could have released a year ago, but they kept reworking it. (I guess my question is, how do you know when you’re done???) John likens it to cooking a stew, you keep toying with it, adding more salt, more chile, until it’s gotten down the essence of what you want.  (I get it. Kind of…)

Before I forget, they did talk a little bit about the business of releasing a record these days. The fact is, it is a very different planet than it was back in the day of Ordinary World…and a completely different galaxy from Planet Earth. As they finish the record, they do have to think about how they are going to release it. How will they make the biggest impact – the maximum impact.  (Well John, I have a few ideas…one of which involves a listening party for fans…)

War Child Gig in London

This will be a super intimate show that I personally will try not to be jealous that I cannot be in the audience to enjoy. John says that this is a really nice way to play London for a charity, a feel-good all-around event. One thing that concert-goers should know though is that there will be NO NEW MUSIC played. (Don’t say I didn’t warn you!) John talks about the various one-off shows they’ve done lately – like those in Austin or the one in Monterey, CA and says that they keep the blood pumping.  He still holds firm to the fact that these shows satiate the band.

Touring

“None of us are dying to get out and do lengthy tours.” 

John is quick to say that whatever shows they do for this album – and he does say they’ll make it around the world…eventually – won’t be like old tours. The way John spoke, it was as though the band is looking for more quality, less quantity when it comes to touring. (Given what John is saying, I would venture to guess that if you’re a fan who has never traveled for a show and expects the band to make it to your town or close to it – you are bound to be disappointed. I am fully expecting to hear whining like I’ve never heard or seen before when dates are announced. Duranies – get your travel funds ready and be willing to go out of your comfort zone a bit. This is your warning!) 

Now, if you were looking for some hints as to what might be coming – John and Katy were kind. They didn’t say WHEN, and they didn’t say WHERE, but they DID say in this January 2015 Katy Kafe that there might be a couple of shows this SUMMER (THIS IS YOUR OFFICIAL DAILY DURANIE ALERT!). Katy has the dates, and while she said she was being as nebulous as possible – the fact is people, shows are coming. Shows are coming!!! (and as a personal aside – if you’ve been reading my personal twitter lately, you will know that these shows will be announced soon. Not because I have an insiders knowledge, but because I just SPENT MY DURAN FUND on a brand new kitchen mixer. That’s right, you all go and buy your summer show tickets. I’ll be making baked goods in my kitchen. Crying.) 

Denis O’Regan’s Careless Memories

Katy comments a little on this book, talking about the “Then” and “Now” statements that John includes throughout the book.  I did not know this, but John and Denis are best friends. John talks about how seeing Denis with a camera makes him smile, and that he was a bright spot during a very stressful time.  John calls himself a sharer, and introspective by nature, and that the book opened him up (I wasn’t sure if he meant this book or his autobiography, but in either case – it does make me at least wish I could afford THIS book.) Katy expands, saying that the book is the most exhaustive photo book she thinks she’s ever seen, and she again calls it a piece of art, saying that she was completely blown away by how well put together and thought out it was. (I have no doubt that the book would be a wonderful addition to any fan’s collection – my only problem with it is that it’s extraordinarily priced, and while I’m sure the most exclusive editions are truly “art” – even the most “mass-marketed” version, which really isn’t meant for mass market at all – is far too much money for most fans to purchase. It becomes a case of the haves and have-nots, which is unfortunate, especially since for many fans, their history has in a sense been our OWN history.)

The January 2015 Katy Kafe with John rounds itself out by the final comments that John thinks Birdman should get Best Picture at the Oscars, and that the album….forever entitled DD14 (in MY head, anyway!)….still does not have a title.  I suppose though, if it’s not done, the band doesn’t think they can name it yet.

Late summer….although John thinks we’ll have new music in the spring….  But hey, there will be a few summer SHOWS!!!

Words and hopes that will get us through the doldrums of Winter, I am certain.

-R