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Today in Duran History – Exit Festival 2012

On this date in 2012, Duran Duran played at the Exit Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia.  This festival appearance was in the middle of the European portion of the last summer of the All You Need Is Now tour.  The setlist was as follows:

BEFORE THE RAIN
PLANET EARTH
A VIEW TO A KILL
ALL YOU NEED IS NOW
REFLEX
COME UNDONE
GIRL PANIC
SAVE A PRAYER
NOTORIOUS**
WHITE LINES
ORDINARY WORLD
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
SUNRISE
WILD BOYS
[Encore]
GIRLS ON FILM
RIO

**special appearance on “Notorious” by Beth Ditto from The Gossip

One significant part of the show was the appearance of Beth Ditto, known for her voice as part of the group, Gossip.  This was not her first appearance with Duran as she also performed “Notorious” with them for the Unstaged show in March of 2011.
Like many shows of recent years, there are a number of clips on YouTube.  I am including one of Save a Prayer.

-A

Question of the Day: Saturday, July 12, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture C

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Do You Believe In Shame – Halo Circus (Making Patterns Rhyme Tribute)

Today we’re finding new music from Halo Circus in the form of Do You Believe In Shame.

I loved the deep bass line as the intro, and hearing Alison Iraheta’s vocals with the addition of a different musical element throughout the first verse was particularly effective, bringing the song to a full crescendo. Once again, just as I settled in for the ride, I was dropped head first into the full power of the chorus.

There is a lot I really like about this cover. The simplicity of adding the musical elements throughout the verses really works for me. I’ve always liked the message of this song, and the power of her vocals really brings that home and enhances what was already a very strong song. I am not quite so crazy about the wall-of-noise that seems to hit me in the chorus, like everything is turned up to “10”, but I can forgive that for the new journey this cover carves for the listener.

As always, I look forward to seeing what you think!
-R

Give Me a Sign: White Knights Festival 2014

If you were following Duran Duran’s social media last night, you would have seen a little announcement that they would be performing at the White Knights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday with more details to follow!!!  (From what I could find online, this is an arts festival.)  Normally, an announcement like that might prompt me to criticize the very short notice, but these days have seen such little Duran news that I just can’t go there.  I won’t go there.  Instead, of course, I’m THRILLED to see that they will be playing LIVE somewhere, anywhere.  Then, of course, I wonder if this isn’t the first drop of news before the flood of excitement of more news, more shows, etc.  Could it be the drought is ending?!?  With the incredibly good week I am having, I believe it is possible!!

As soon as I saw the news, I emailed the other half of this little blog and immediately we discussed how there were signs.  Many of them.

*John’s instagram picture with the caption:  “Visa me!”

*Dom’s canceling of his gig due to scheduling conflicts

*Anna’s update that she would be working with Duran again soon

*Even the updated official website

Did we miss them completely?  Are we that out of practice???  I know that it has been awhile but still!?!  We know better.  We know how to do this.  We are experts, right?

While I’m sure that we are slightly rusty, could it also be that we noticed each of the signs, but didn’t put them together?  I know that we did see them.  On Wednesday, we talked about John’s picture and commented about Anna’s updates.  I know that both of us saw Dom’s statements about having to cancel his show and the update to dd.com.  Why didn’t we put them together?  Could it be that we didn’t want to have hope and be disappointed?  Could it be that we had Duran no longer consumed the same level of our thoughts?  A little bit of all of the above?  Possible.

Here is what I know.  We will be better from now on.  Our Duranie sense has been turned back on.  We will be paying attention from here on out.  We will be looking for signs and putting them together.  Oh, yes, Duran Duran, we will watching your every move.

-A

Today in Duran History – Birmingham 1981 & Simon’s…Dancing 2009

On this date in 1981, Duran Duran played at the Odeon in Birmingham, UK.  This, of course, was the summer that John Taylor started his autobiography with as it was the first time that their shows included serious screaming!  Clearly, those attendees knew that this band was something special!

Speaking of something special, five years ago today, I had the opportunity to witness some of Simon’s…err…dancing.  The song was Skin Trade.  The venue was in Orange County, California.  Before I post the clip, I’ll be perfectly honest here.  This is exactly how I want to remember Simon LeBon!!  After all, I can’t remember laughing SO hard at a concert before or since!!!!

We tease because we love!

-A

Question of the Day: Friday, July 11, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture A

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Hungry Like the Wolf – Covers!

I’m a day behind with my weekly post on Duran Duran covers, and I apologize. I could lie and say that I was really busy yesterday afternoon, but the truth is that I didn’t realize it was Wednesday until far too late in the evening to even try putting something together. Yes, that really IS what happens when you’re at home with the kids all summer. I live and breathe by the texts asking me to take them/pick them up from somewhere, and that’s about it!  After today, I’m going to take a two-week break from my blogs on DD covers, and so look for one again the week of July 28th!

When I first heard about the Making Patterns Rhyme tribute album, I’ll admit, I filed the information into the back of my head and went on my way. I didn’t know if I’d be that interested, because in the past, I hadn’t heard many covers that seemed worth my time. Like many, I felt that the only people qualified to do a Duran Duran song was, well, Duran Duran, so to hear someone else try – well, it almost always fell flat (for me). I’m really not sure when and where that really changed. It could have been when I first listened to Moby’s Rio. Now, don’t get me wrong – that song is about as far away from what I know to be Rio as possible, but I think when I started reading all of the negative and poison-filled comments, I recognized two things: 1. Fans can be very, very cruel. 2. I didn’t want to be negative.  I challenged myself to find at least one positive from every single cover on the album.  That doesn’t mean “Be fake and love it all”, it means “widen your effing ears and mind… and TRY.”  So I did. That doesn’t mean I’ve loved everything I’ve heard, but I can say that there have been elements within each song that I’ve enjoyed.

What really shocks me, and by now it probably shouldn’t…is what people will say directly TO the band (You think they’re not reading or noticing, and maybe you’d be wrong.). No, of course you don’t have to like what you hear, and I’m sure that various members of the band would agree.  There’s not really a lot of point in being flat-out mean, nor is there much point in listening to the first 10 seconds of a song, realizing that it’s not Simon singing and saying you hate it purely because it’s not Simon. We all get it: you’re loyal to this band. *I* am loyal to the band. Three decades as a fan would indicate that from all of us, yes! But it’s the band who is calling attention to these songs. It’s not hard to see this because they put the links up on their very own Facebook page, they tweet them out…and Patty Palazzo did the artwork for the album, for crying out loud. They’re proud of the fact that others are covering their music, and they should be! It’s OKAY.

So with that, let’s find some covers to listen and enjoy!

Let’s pick my favorite song this week…Hungry Like the Wolf.  (Heather, this is for you!) I was challenged to find one I like….let’s see if I can!  My challenge here is that there are about 50,000 covers of this song on YouTube.  It pains me to see that many, actually. (they DO have other songs, people…)  I trudge on…

I did hear that Dave Grohl did HLTW once.  I haven’t found it on YouTube. If you have it, send it!  Moving on…

Hungry Like the Wolf – Incubus

I smiled when I saw this on YouTube, because who would ever think – Incubus? Oh why the hell not?!?  They stick very close to the original (surprisingly), and while the song has a harder guitar than the original and the intro to the song goes on until the 2:10 mark…it’s not all that different. Huh.

Hungry Like the Wolf – Reel Big Fish

This one has been around for a long time now.  I’d come to the point where I could at least acknowledge it’s existence without needing therapy…a far cry from the days where I’d cover my ears and run screaming, but I pressed play with nervous trepidation.  I have to say, it’s not bad. I kinda like it even.  It’s very ska, and if you like ska – which I actually do – this might tickle your funny bone a bit.  If nothing else, applaud the musicianship, because they can play your face off.

Hungry Like the Wolf – Hole

 

I don’t really know what to say about this one…other than she doesn’t know the words much, and I am pretty sure it’s not the entire song (or else I phased out halfway through).  But hey, it’s acoustic.

Amaru – Hungry Like the Wolf

So this version is pretty true to the original, except for the mid-section.  Then they go all out on their own here.  I have to say that the sound of this band sounds very much like any other 90’s “hard rock” (not grunge) band I’ve heard.  It’s not awful, it’s just not very original.

Gothic Nights – Hungry Like the Wolf

This cover is proof that there really doesn’t seem to be a way to un-pop this song. I was truly expecting some crazy-ass metal with this one, but even here – it’s pop…like “The Nelsons” brand of pop (if you haven’t heard of them, Google!)  I’ve always wanted to hear the song without the “doo doo doo” and now I have.  *blinks* Funny how I didn’t think I’d miss it.  Until I did.  Damn.

Act as If – Hungry Like the Wolf

Talk about a surprise. It’s pretty much all electronic with a male singer and a female backup.  It’s a very different (yet similar) feel to the original…and after hearing Gothic Knights “nelson” this song to pieces…this isn’t half bad.  They keep the spirit of the original but play it in their own style, and it’s original.

As I said, there are thousands of covers out there. If you’ve got one that is incredibly different that I’ve got to hear (seriously, if you have that one of Dave Grohl, please send it!), definitely post it in the comments.  These are just a few that I found along the way.  In my quest, I found a jazz version (I would have posted it if I knew who was performing it – but there was no credit given.), an angry metal version (just…no.), and a TON of acoustic versions.  But one that I liked?!?

*sigh* this was a hard task, Heather…but Reel Big Fish might actually win that contest.

What say you?  Send in your favorite, even if it’s not listed here!

-R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today in Duran History – Nagoya, Japan

On today’s date in 2003, Duran Duran played at Century Hall in Nagoya, Japan.  Fans will remember that these shows in Japan were the first shows of the band’s reunion, and this show at Century Hall was #3. Many fans and Duranies traveled from all over the world, including the US, to go to see these first shows with the Fab Five back together again.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any clips from this particular show (plenty from Budokan, though, which leads me to believe that: A. they were able to get cameras into the Budokan but not others. or B. They had finally recovered their senses enough from seeing the other shows that they could take video of this one!!)…but I do have the set list!

Friends of Mine
Hungry Like the Wolf
Planet Earth
Come Undone
What Happens Tomorrow
New Religion
Virus
White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It)
(Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel cover)
Night Boat
Still Breathing
Is There Something I Should Know?
Save a Prayer
Ordinary World
A View to a Kill
(Reach Up for the) Sunrise
Notorious
The Wild Boys
Careless Memories
The Reflex

Encore:
Girls on Film
Rio

Question of the Day: Thursday, July 10, 2014

Yesterday’s winner and overall Roger Taylor winner:  Picture J

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Today we begin John Taylor pictures from the 1990s!

Today in Duran History – Mexico

On this date in 1993, Duran Duran played at the Plaza Monumental in Monterey, Mexico.  This date was included in the No Ordinary World tour during the summer months of 1993.

I was looking at the dates they played in 1993, and aside from a couple of very short breaks along with some dates that had been cancelled/rescheduled/etc from mid-September to mid-November of that year, the band went non-stop, beginning in February of 1993 in Ontario, Canada (One of their acoustic shows dubbed “An Acoustical Evening with Duran Duran) and ending in April of 1994 in the Dominican Republic.  When you sit back and look at it, that is a LOT of shows. Granted, it’s the life they chose, but wow. I’d be tired too. The traveling is rough on your body. This is why I’m still a big proponent of doing residencies, primarily as a way to solve the problems with touring the entire US. Pick a few major cities, do several shows within each city and make the fans do the traveling. I think a lot of fans would applaud such a plan (this fan included).  I’d love the chance to go see the band and spend actual time in a new city with friends…wouldn’t you??

Also, we would be remiss if we didn’t send happy birthday wishes to Julian Taylor (Roger and Gisella’s son) who will be celebrating his 3rd birthday today!  I remember having a 3 year old…. they’re fun at 3.  Active. Very, VERY active.  🙂

-R