On today’s date in 2004, Duran Duran played the SECC in Glasgow.
Do you want to know what I remember about Glasgow, and the SECC in particular? It was bloody FREEZING in there. I remember sitting and waiting for a show in December of 2011, complete with my down ski parka on…continuing to shiver. I don’t think I completely thawed out again until I touched down back in California, a day and a half later. Naturally, that was in the month of December…and this show took place in April. So there’s that, right? Who was there in 2004??
Also, today is officially MAD WORLD day! That’s right, the release of Mad World – the book that all New Wave 80s music lovers should have, hold and caress fondly (but never nostalgically….no. We can’t have that…because we, my friends…are not old. We’re not nostalgic. We just know good music.), has been released today!! If you haven’t already pre-ordered your copy and you’re not waiting by your front door to tackle the mailman or UPS guy, I urge you to rectify the situation immediately and order it from Amazon!! Why, you ask? I’m reviewing it. Later today.
In the meantime, check out the Reddit AMA with Lori & Jonathan: Mad World Reddit
Need a link to grab the book? Fear not, my friends. I’ve got you covered: Mad World.
On this date in 2001, John Taylor did promo work in Tokyo…and since I don’t have any other exciting information to add to that (if anyone else does, send it in!), I’ll also add that on this date in 2011, the band played the Fox Theater in Pomona California as part of their All You Need is Now Tour! I was there for this one, and I can say – it was a great show. They played Friends of Mine on this night and nearly brought the house down when it played.
Lastly, I have it on good authority from DDHQ that The Reflex has an anniversary coming up. #30 is coming up on Wednesday. If you’re on Twitter, they’ve been using the hash tag #DDReflex8414 to celebrate.
Busy week ahead – my kids are on Spring Break, so a very Happy Monday to you and yours! If you caught the blog earlier, you may have noticed that I had the wrong month’s worth of dates today.
All I will say is that it’s Monday and my children are home on break. I think that explains it all.
On this date in 1995, Simon and Warren appeared on Later with Greg Kinnear Show. This was a late night talk show hosted by Greg Kinnear that aired in the US from 1998 to 2001 . Obviously, the band was promoting their album of covers, Thank You. What I find fascinating is that Nick and John weren’t there. I did find a clip of this interview and performance of Crystal Ship on YouTube, which I included here.
I have to admit that I love when the band appears on talk shows. I love the interviews and always enjoy performances even if I rarely think that the performances equal what we know Duran is capable of at a concert. So, what do you think of this interview? What do you think of this performance?
I am continuing in my quest to find out about Duran Duran fans and their touring experiences. First, I asked about what year people first saw Duran. Then, I asked which tour people first saw Duran. Now, I will break it down into specific tours. People wondered which tour was most popular. This is my attempt to figure that out. Thus, I am curious how many shows people went to during the All You Need Is Now Tour, which lasted from February 11, 2011 to August 24, 2012. Please note, I’m not trying to make this a competition or show that some fans are better/bigger than others. This is part of the reason I created a poll. All you need to do is indicate how many shows you went to on this poll.
On this date in 1986, American Top 40 featured John Taylor’s I Do What I Do. In the past, when we have mentioned how certain songs were featured, people weren’t sure what we meant. This means, in my understanding, that the song was played or mentioned during this broadcast. It doesn’t mean that the song was number one or even in the top 10. It was just played. For those of you who are not familiar with the American Top 40, it is a radio program that began in 1970 to count down the songs on the charts. Over the course of its history, I’m sure there were plenty of Duran Duran songs or Duran Duran related songs played. I know that I often listened to it when I was a kid, during the 1980s. Now, I could care less due to the songs that actually chart these days.
All of that said, how did John’s first solo song do on the charts? Here is what I found, which may or may not be accurate.
According to Wikipedia, it reached number 23 on the Billboard Top 100 and number 42 on the UK singles chart. Does this seem accurate?
On this date in 2011, Duran Duran played at the National Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. Did any of you attend this show? This show was one of the first shows of the long All You Need Is Now Tour. I remember April of 2011. I was so anxious for my shows. I kept hearing about other people’s shows, which would only increase my excitement. Why was I so excited? Simple. I loved this album and so could not wait to hear/see the songs performed live. I already had my favorites and was intensely watching the set lists, wondering which songs from they were playing and which they weren’t. I didn’t see all of my favorites performed but I did see quite a few.
Speaking of All You Need Is Now, I am continuing with the poll questions about how popular various tours were. In looking into tours, I discovered just how many Duran tours there actually were. I also found out that some tours were super short and some were super long. Most recent tours have been lengthy and early tours were often really short. Thus, when I beginning to compare which tours were more popular, I will do it by simply counting the number of shows people attended and the percentage of shows people attended. Thus, watch this space to let us know how many shows you saw during the All You Need Is Now tour.
An outspoken examination and celebration of fandom!