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Immaculate Dream – First Duran Concerts by Years

The other day I asked the following question here, on Facebook and on Twitter:  When did you first see Duran Duran live?  Before I even asked, I figured that the responses would vary.  I thought there would be a large segment of the fan community who saw them during 1984, at the height of their popularity.  Then, I figured that 1993 and the Wedding Album era would be a big one.  Lastly, I thought 2003-2005 might also be popular years to go to one’s first Duran show as these years saw a reunited Fab Five.  I also thought that there would be a lot of fans who were too young to have seen them in the 1980s but would jump at the chance to make that dream come true once the reunion happened.

What did I find out?  I found out that I was right and wrong with my assumptions.  Yes, there were a variety of dates listed, which reinforces that the fan community is diverse in age, location, fandom, etc.  Yet, there were some tours that were listed more often than others.  Here is the order from most popular to least:

1987 Strange Behaviour tour

1984 Sing Blue Silver tour

1989 Big Thing tour

1993 Wedding Album tour tied with 2005 Astronaut tour

1981 tour tied with 1982 tour

1983 tour tied with 2008 Red Carpet Massacre tour

1998 tour tied with 1994, 2000, 2006 and 2011

2001 Pop Trash tour tied with 2007 shows

Lastly, 1992, 2003, 2004 and 2012 shows

After, I finished tallying the years, I wondered if I should have asked the question by tour as many of the years towards the bottom of the list were connected to larger touring eras.  I think I will so as to see which “tour” actually got the most new concert goers.  That said, I was surprised at how off I was in my assumptions about which years would get the most.  1987 got the most and I didn’t even consider that year, despite knowing that they were still pretty popular, especially in Europe.  I also would have thought that 2003-2005 would have been much higher than it was.  It will be interesting to compare the tours vs. the years.

-A

P.S.  Look for a poll in which I ask about tour vs. year!

Today in Duran History – I Do What I Do Broadcast

On this day in 1986, the Rock Over London broadcast featured John Taylor’s first solo song, I Do What I Do.  Like many Duranies then, when this song came out, I rushed to get a copy.  In fact, I still have my original 45 of this song.  As a John Taylor fan, it was a must have.  I knew that the song was connected to the movie, 9 1/2 Weeks.  I also knew that my 10-year-old self had no chance of actually seeing the movie.  Did I want to see the movie?  Of course, I did!  I didn’t want to see it because of the stars of the movie, the storyline or even the sex.  Oh no, I wanted to see it solely because of the connection there was with John Taylor and because he liked the movie!  Yeah, at that time, I really did think that anything the band was into must be good!  I hadn’t learned that I could still be a fan and not like everything connected to them.

As for the song itself, I remember just being so excited to HEAR John!!!  Before this song, every piece of video was watched and rewatched countless times to see if I could even SEE John sing.  I loved every video moment of him talking, whether it was in the video for Nightboat, an interview, or in the hallway scene of Arena.  Then, this song came out and I didn’t have to try so hard to hear him.  Of course, now, we have a large solo catalog in which to hear John.  I would also argue that he has come a long way from this song in 1986 to his solo career in the late 1990s.  If you don’t have John’s solo stuff, I would highly recommend hunting down each and every album.

What are your memories of this song?  What did you think of it?  What do you think of it now?  In case you forgot what this song sounds like, here’s the video:

-A

Question of the Day: March 16, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture YYY

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Today in Duran History – Atlanta 2001

On this day in 2001, Duran Duran played at the House of Blues at Center Stage in Atlanta.  This was one of the five shows that Duran Duran played there in a row.  Once again, I can’t help but to say that this sounds like a fan’s dream.  Who wouldn’t love to go see them five nights in a row without having to travel?!?  Probably, the only thing that I would change is the venue.  It isn’t that I don’t like the House of Blues.  It is more about general admission (GA).  I am definitely not a fan of that.  I don’t like having to worry about when to line up, fighting for personal space once you are in the venue, not being able to leave to go to the bathroom without losing your spot, etc.  While GA is not as bad as a festival show, it isn’t much better, in my world!

On a related note, I have been thinking a lot about Duran Duran concerts.  I’m sure that it is a sign of me missing them a great deal as well as me needing a big distraction.  Anyway, yesterday, I asked the question about when people first saw Duran Duran live.  I will look at the answers I got and discuss those in a blog, at some point.  Then, I will ask how old people were at their first show.  Lastly, a couple of weeks ago, one of our favorite readers and guest bloggers mentioned how varied the set lists were during this 2001 Pop Trash tour.  It made me wonder.  Is he right?  How many different songs were on those set lists?  How many different songs have been on set lists for other tours?  I will try to find that information as well.  I suspect all of these future blogs will show a lot about Duran fans and about Duran shows.  I look forward to them all.

-A

Question of the Day: March 15, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture WWW

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Today in Duran History – Paris 1993

On this date in 1993, Duran Duran played at La Cigale in Paris, France.  Whenever I read or see anything about the Wedding Album Tour, I immediately think about how I saw the band for the first time during this tour.  This idea seems to fit with yesterday’s day in Duran history as Rhonda mentioned about how she wanted to be able to see a show in 1984.  I certainly did, too.  Well, I did after I found out about the tour!  I wasn’t really a Duranie until after the Sing Blue Silver tour was over as I always put my Duranie anniversary as April 1984 when The Reflex hit it big.  Anyway, I didn’t get to see Duran Duran live until 1993.

In 1993, I was graduating from high school and getting ready to attend college, out of state.  Really, Duran Duran was the last thing on my mind.  I never stopped loving them but I didn’t have many friends into them by this point and was busy living life.  Thus, I didn’t even know that they were touring until my one friend who liked them told me about the show.  When she suggested going (and can you believe that she had to suggest it?!?), I remember shrugging my shoulders and agreeing.  I distinctly recall agreeing because the show wasn’t far away and that the tickets weren’t that much money.  Now, I laugh at this since I have traveled far and gone out of my way to go see them many, many, many times in the last decade!  Silly me!

What was your first show?  How did you decide to go to that one?

-A

Question of the Day: March 14, 2014

Yesterday’s winner: Picture UUU

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Today’s date in Duran History – Hartford, CT

On today’s date in 1984, Duran Duran played at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford CT. This was of course, during their Sing Blue Silver Tour…or as I call it…the tour I’ve only been able to experience on DVD.  Tiger Tiger has always given me bittersweet chills of a tour I missed as well as a DVD (well VHS tape to begin with…the DVD came later) I adore.  I consider that DVD a part of my adolescence.  For that matter, maybe the band does too!

-R

Question of the Day: March 13, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture TTT

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When you think of Duran Duran, what is the first video to pop into your head?

Yesterday, I was avoiding real work and looking over Facebook. I’d posted a link to an online poll regarding iconic 80s videos, and the subject got me thinking.  What is the FIRST video that comes to mind when I think of Duran Duran?

For me, it’s Rio. Keep in mind, I wasn’t considering my favorite video, or what might have been the first video I ever saw for Duran Duran – but rather the one that comes first to mind.  When I think of Duran Duran, I can’t help but think of that yacht, the gorgeous water, the neon “champagne”…the pink rotary telephone…the sun, those silk suits…Andy being thrown overboard… it all reminds me of the band.

I wondered about other people…did it make a difference as to when people became fans?  What about male/female choices?  Would they be the same?  So I decided to conduct an off-the-cuff, completely scientific poll.  I asked a simple (or what I thought was simple) question: What is the first video that comes to mind when I say Duran Duran.

In asking, I made a couple of assumptions: ONE – that people who answered knew their videos. TWO – that people could actually understand what I was asking.

Thankfully, I didn’t have anyone ask about the band. So there’s that.

However, as always – a few people couldn’t come up with one video. I’m usually amused by the people who simply refuse to make a choice. Even if I promise that Duran Duran isn’t reading, that they don’t care and that this is NOT going to be sent to them as some sort of “A HA!!! Just LOOK at what your fans are thinking!” Some people just cannot choose. The band should be immensely proud that there are folks out there that just want them all.  All the time. Everything must be equal. I had someone tell me that making them choose one video is like choosing between children.  After I uncrossed my eyes, I contemplated the comment.

To begin with, I’m not in that camp. I will openly tell you what song is my favorite, what albums I feel should have been discarded before they were released, I’ll even go as far as to say what band member is my very favorite and why.  I don’t even KNOW the band personally and I still have my favorites.  I am obviously completely heartless.  AND opinionated.  I’ve been called a bully before, by fellow fans, because I have told them they have to choose or they can’t vote.  I’m really not a bully.  I grew up being the one who was bullied much of the time – but I do insist that if you’re gonna play, you play by my rules.  This is my blog post, these are my rules.  Simple.

My bark is much worse than my bite, but don’t tell anybody that.  It’s OUR little secret.

I really didn’t ask anyone to choose, though. I just asked what video came to mind first. That doesn’t mean it must be the favorite video, or even the video you happened to see first, although I can certainly agree that perhaps the very first video ever seen could possibly be the one that comes to mind first. That makes sense.

Someone else mentioned that the video that comes to mind for them first isn’t necessarily the most iconic. Fair statement. I’m going to ask that very question at some point and see if the answers differ.  Why? Because I have real work to do and I’m looking to avoid reading about patents and types of corporations for as long as possible.

So what about those answers?  Rio was the runaway answer here, earning nearly four times as many votes as anything else mentioned. I don’t think that would necessarily surprise the band.  I once received a comment from an entirely anonymous person, explaining the band’s image to me.  Yachts, supermodels…SEX…(gasp!!).  If it weren’t for that image, maybe things would have been different for the band. Yes, that one decision may have made all the difference.  Maybe they would have continued opening for bands like Fashion, for instance.  I really don’t know.

What I did find interesting was that even with a question like this, there were a plethora of answers. Everything from Rio to Girl Panic was mentioned.  The top answers were: Rio, Girls on Film (yes, I did pay attention here and most, but not all votes on this one were from men.  I can’t say I blame them.), Save a Prayer, Planet Earth, The Reflex and yes…Hungry Like the Wolf.  And we wonder why those songs are on nearly every set list…

What I couldn’t really tell from the votes and would really like to know is just how much the timing of when someone became a fan (meaning what album was out at the time) and what the first video someone saw had to do with the video chosen. Not that it’s all very scientific – I just like doing these polls.  There’s something therapeutic in counting hashtags instead of reading up on LLC’s, I guess.  Now I see why Amanda does them every day.

This is the first real blog I’ve written in a while. I don’t know if anyone has really noticed, but I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus of my own as of late.  I needed a break.  I still wrote (and will continue) the Day in Duran History during the week as a short blog, but other than that – I was living Daily Duranie “free”.  There’s a number of reasons for this, but I figure if the band can take breaks and take years to put out albums, I can take breaks too.  When they start breaking news for us, you can bet I’ll be back to posting on a daily basis. Until then, when I have something to say, I’ll post it.

-R