Yesterday’s winner: Picture J
After last’s week excitement with Duran Duran performing at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, this week was bound to be calmer. While I loved, loved, loved the excitement, I knew that it might not stay that way. Nonetheless, there were some interesting happenings this week in the Duran Duran universe. As always, I looked into the official sites and the social media sites for my news.
First, there was a new Collector’s Corner published, which focused on the first album and the various releases of that first album, including re-releases, international releases, etc. I found it fascinating and highly recommend reading it here.
Second, there was a new jukebox up on duranduran.com, which includes some gems like Tel Aviv and My Antarctica. Check it out here.
Beyond official website updates, here are some other recent happenings.
Singer/songwriter, Tori Amos, covered Rio live in concert this week, which you can see/hear here.
Ask Katy has a new website! Go check it out and sign up for her newsletter here.
Another online place to check out is Anna Ross’s Facebook page, which you can get to here. You might just see a Duran clip or two!
Yet, I will finish this week’s summary with what I think is the best NEWS of the week! John Taylor sent out a little tweet yesterday, which got many a Duranie all excited! What was the big news? He was in the studio in London with…Mr. Mark Ronson! Now, it is no secret that the authors of this blog loved, loved, loved Duran’s last album and thought that the quality of the music proved that Mark Ronson was the right producer for Duran. Therefore, when reading this tweet, I can’t help but to feel like all is right in Duranland.
I can’t wait to see what next week will be!!!
On this date in 1983, Duran Duran played at the Dominion Theatre in London, UK. This show was one of two UK one off shows during 1983. This show, in particular, was pretty special as it was The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala in which Prince Charles and Princess Diana attended. The event was a charity event for The Prince’s Trust, a charity founded to help young people.
According to what I have read, the show was plagued by sound problems. Perhaps, part of the problem was that this was the first time Duran had played live since the end of the Rio tour in 1982. Another significant fact is that it was later discovered that the Irish Republican Army had plans to plant bombs in an assassination attempt but the plans were foiled.
Here is a news segment about the event that I found:
On this date in 2008, Duran Duran played at Milano Idr O Scalo in Milan, Italy. This show was part of the Red Carpet Massacre Tour. According to DuranDuranMusic, the set list for this show was the following:
SAVE A PRAYER
A VIEW TO A KILL
LAST CHANCE/ALL SHE WANTS/LEATHERETTE
I DON’T WANT/SKIN TRADE/TEMPTED
GIRLS ON FILM
DDM also included a note from the road for this show:
Milaaannnooo!!!! The fashion capital of the world, so one of the band’s meccas of course! We are minutes, literally, from the show starting, so I just wanted to check in and say hello!
Milano has been good so far, and the Idropark, while covered in mozzies, has been beautiful, hot and ready for the band. You should hear the crowd right now, the walk in music has not even started and you can hear them chanting and getting ready. Audiences in Italy are amazing, some of the most passionate you find!
The VIPs were lovely tonight and I am looking forward to taking them back to say hello to the band after the show tonight. Things are good here, I will check in with you tomorrow from the BEACH in di Jesolo!
Here is a clip from the show:
Did you attend this show? If so, how was it? If not, what is one song from this setlist that you hope appears in a future setlist?
On this date in 2005, Duran Duran played at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This show was part of the second set of shows in the US for the Astronaut Tour. It was also significant in that they played with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and included some real Duran gems, like Tel Aviv (which I would love, love, love to see at a show!).
The set list for this particular show was:
FRIENDS OF MINE
UNION OF THE SNAKE
WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW
SAVE A PRAYER
THAT FATAL KISS
VIEW TO A KILL
Here is a clip of the show that I could find on YouTube:
Were you there? How was the show??? How was it with the orchestra?
On today’s date in 2012, Duran Duran played at Verona Arena in Italy. This date was of course part of the most recent All You Need is Now World tour. Oddly, this is one of the very few dates in the tour archive on duranduran.com that does NOT have a setlist or tour notes included. My failing memory doesn’t allow for me to remember if this was a special show or if something bizarre happened that might account, so if you happen to have been there or remember the night, feel free to comment!
I found a clip of Mediterranea from that show to share: