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How Old Were You When You First Saw Duran Live?

Recently, I started asking a lot of questions about touring, tours, and people’s personal concert experiences.  First, I asked what year people first saw Duran Duran live.  The results of that question you can see here.  Then, I realized that a better way to ask the question would be to ask which tour people first went to see Duran.  That poll is here.  It is still open.  Thus, if you haven’t indicated what tour was your first, please do!  Right now, we have had 169 people share, but I know that there are a lot more Duranies out there than that!!  Feel free to share the link with your Duranie friends, too!

So far, the results somewhat match the year question.  The Strange Behaviour Tour of 1987 led the way, followed by Sing Blue Silver of 1983-1984, All You Need Is Now (the most recent tour) and Astronaut of 2004 to 2006.  What is interesting to me is that people were motivated to go and could go see Duran for the first time during the height of their popularity of the 1980s or during the recent post-reunion years, basically.

Now, I’m finally getting to the next question.  How old were you when you first saw Duran live?  I suspect that there will be a lot of votes for late teenage years (15-19) for those mid-1980s shows and then a lot of votes for older (30-35) for the most recent tours.  In order to see if this is true, I ask you to vote and share among friends! Thanks!!!

-A

Today in Duran History – Perth 2008

On this date in 2008, Duran Duran played at The Esplanade in Perth, Australia.  Did anyone attend that show?  How was it?

I wonder how many times they have played in Perth.  While I know that there have been many tours to Australia, I wonder how often Perth and that region of Australia has been lucky enough to be  on the band’s chosen agenda.  I know that there are a lot of places, nearby, that long for shows and just don’t get them.  I have to give those fans a lot of credit as they remain fans despite not having that huge reinforcement of concerts.  Truly, I wish that Duran could hit some of those never played or rarely played places on the next tour as I know how happy those fans would be.

On a completely different note, I did want to remind everyone about sending in those 5 favorite John Taylor pictures for our daily questions.  You can send them in via email (dailyduranie@gmail.com) by DM on Twitter or by message on Facebook.  We have gotten some but I know that there are plenty more John fans out there!  We will collect them until April 19th.  Thanks!!!

-A

Question of the Day: April 6, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture FFF

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It’s a Chain Cuts Across My Soul

It feels like absolutely forever since I have written a real blog, a long blog.  There are many reasons for this, but I won’t bore you.  Let’s just say that there has been a lot going on in my life.  Yet, no matter what else has been going on, I still find myself thinking about Duran Duran, despite the fact that they are busy in the studio and away from public life.  When Rhonda and I were last writing a lot of lengthy blogs, we talked about or seemed to talk a lot about Durantime, how long the album was taking, the apparent shift from how things were going with the band during the All You Need Is Now era and other related topics.  When we did, we got a LOT of criticism.  A LOT (and I mean a LOT) of people disagreed with us.  That wouldn’t have been so bad, except a lot of the criticism was based on negative assumptions about us.  People assumed or seemed to assume that it didn’t matter to us what the album sounded like, that it was more important that the band get a new album out than it did about the quality of music or that we didn’t care about the band as people.  We weren’t acknowledging that they might have family needs or personal needs to take care of.  The assumption, again stated or otherwise, was that we just wanted them to be music making machines without concern about their needs and feelings and without care to their creativity.  For the record, let me be perfectly clear, that is the farthest thing from the truth.  We do want this album and future albums to be quality.  We do.  Of course, we do.  Likewise, we both care about them as people and understand that there might be other things for them to focus on, personally.

I, now, realize that I wasn’t doing a very good job explaining where I was coming from.  Yes, of course, I want the album done as quickly.   Of course, I do.  Do I want it without concern of quality?  Of course not.  Do I care more about the album than I do about them as people?  Absolutely not.  Yet, I’m a fan.  Fans like new products of their idols, don’t we?  We want to hear new music—that is what being a fan is, isn’t it?  I thought it was about liking their music.  I also want them to be able to experience more of the success that they had with AYNIN.  I worry that the long interval won’t give the results that they want or that we want and I don’t mean that in some commercial success way.  For me, personally, there is also the fact that I have decided to make Duran Duran such a big part of my existence.  There is not a day that goes by without me thinking about them.  I have to put up the daily question, for example.  Yet, even without that, I would think of them.  This blog exists because of them.  Our book exists because of them.  Durandemonium 2013 happened because of them.  My dreams shifted due to them.  Please, don’t misunderstand what I’m saying.  I’m not saying I’m a bigger and/or better fan.  No way.  I’m just saying that I have a personal commitment.  This commitment I made myself.  Willingly.  I could stop, but I don’t want to.  I never want to destroy what Rhonda and I built up here.  It is more than just this blog or our book or meet ups or conventions.  It is now something PERSONAL to me.  While I will always defend fandom, what we have here is more than fandom.  It is tied to personal pride, to my identity.  How can it not be?  I think anytime that someone puts forth a lot of effort, dedication and themselves into a project it becomes tied to pride and identity, to emotions.  Do these emotions stop me from being objective?  No, I don’t believe that.  Yet, I am acknowledging that my experience and perspective is going to be very different from most people.  I didn’t understand where they were coming from and they didn’t understand where I was coming from.  Instead of assuming the best of intentions, everyone started to assume the worst.

Beyond this daily focus on the band and everything connected to this blog, I can also acknowledge that I miss touring.  I miss it intensely.  I miss touring the most when life is full of problems and complications like my life is now.  What do I miss?  I miss traveling.  I miss planning how, where, when we would go.  I miss seeing new places or places that have represented good times in the past.  The longing I have to escape real life, as everyone does once in a while, was fulfilled by touring.  There is nothing better to forget one’s problems and live in the moment than touring.  It is an amazing experience and one that cannot be replicated by simple traveling.  There are elements that are missing.  Of course, there are the hours spent with the band in front of you on stage, but more than that, there is the adrenaline of the concerts, there is the excitement, the utter JOY that comes from being surrounded by Duranies, by people who GET you.  Yes, I’m sure that some of you will point out that I have been very spoiled by the touring I have done.  I have been very, very, very fortunate to have been able to tour as much as I have.  My fortune doesn’t make me miss touring less and I absolutely wish that everyone could the joy from touring as well.  This is where the album comes in.  I know that Duran typically doesn’t do large tours unless it is followed by an album.  Thus, a new album means touring or, at least, a break from the “we don’t need to tour” vibe coming from the band.

More than all of this and something that I think every single person can relate to is that I miss the people.  I miss sharing experiences with other fans, with my friends.  Most significantly, I miss Rhonda.  I miss my best friend, my partner-in-crime.  While we are often in touch, it is so not the same as touring.   All of those shows, those experiences have been what they were, not just because of the band, but also because of being able to be together.  Could Rhonda and I get together without a tour or a convention?  Of course and we have, but it isn’t the same.  We don’t have the same motivation.  We don’t have the same desire to sacrifice.  Without something Duran related, we are too practical, too logical.  During a tour, we become a lot more passionate and emotional.  We embrace fun, which we aren’t good at doing in real life, away from each other.  We are much more willing to sacrifice for a tour.  Yet, even now, despite letting the practical side dictate, I still don’t regret any of the tours or shows that I have done.  No, I find myself appreciating them all the more.

Thus, the reality is that I miss my best friend.  I miss screaming at Dom, singing with John, and giving LeBon a hard time on stage.  I miss late night conversations filled with analysis about the show and hours and hours spent giggling.  I miss having my only calorie intake be from caffeine and alcohol and wondering why I don’t have a voice.  I miss the planning and plotting that goes along with any and every tour.  I miss it all.  I miss the lack of sleep, trying to get around work and other responsibilities, spending money that shouldn’t be spent and more.  I miss it all.  Thus, don’t be angry at me for wanting to cheer on my favorite band, their music and their live performances.  Don’t be angry with me for missing my friends and what has become such a big part of my life.  Trust me when I say that my concern and frustration over the time with the album truly just masked a lot of anxiety that I wouldn’t have any more of those amazing experiences or that I wouldn’t be able to take those opportunities when they came or that what we have done here doesn’t matter.  It also came from sadness—from missing my best friend, from missing them.  While I don’t know them, personally, I still miss their presence in my life.  Looking at the past is fine and should be appreciated but it isn’t the same as having news, something current.  I just long for the next chapter and hope that I can enjoy it at least half as much as I did this last one.   What is wrong with that?
-A

Today in Duran History – Miami Signing 1995

On this date in 1995, Duran Duran did a record signing at a Blockbuster Music in Miami.  Based on the year, I assume that this signing was for the album, Thank You.  Did anyone go to that signing or another signing of that year?

Having only been to one signing, I have to wonder how different they are.  Obviously, in 1995, Warren would have been there.  Rhonda went to a signing for Astronaut so Andy was at hers.  Mine took place in 2007 for Red Carpet Massacre so it was just the four of them.  Despite the line-up changes, are there many differences?  Yes, I am sure that different stores having slightly varied rules and procedures for how to get to go, what could be signed, etc.  At the end of the day, though, do all signings feel the same?  Let’s face it.  The point of going to a signing is to get those autographs but also to have a minute or two with the band.  I also have to wonder how they decide these are the albums that should have signings and these aren’t.  Why not do more of these kinds of things?

By the way, if you want to read about our experiences at our signings, you can link here for Rhonda’s and here for mine.

-A

Question of the Day: April 5, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture AAA

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Today in Duran History – Behind the Music 1999

On this date in 1999, VH1 aired the episode of Behind the Music on Duran Duran.  I have to admit that I’m a complete sucker when it comes to documentaries on Duran Duran.  Even though, I feel like I could tell their story myself (and probably have to some poor sucker who got stuck talking Duran with me!), I still love how documentaries present their story.  I love to see who they are going to interview, what visuals they will use and what parts of the band’s story will be focused on.  For a time, I had a friend who would watch a lot of these with me.  We started to make predictions.  The people interviewed usually included Nile Rodgers, one or both of the Berrows brothers, the band, someone representing MTV, and Russell Mulcahy.  Some of the standard video footage would include videos of Rio, Hungry like the Wolf and Girls on Film along with scenes out of Sing Blue Silver.  The side projects of Power Station and Arcadia were always featured as was the success of the Wedding Album.  Despite being able to predict what was going to be shown and said, I still love watching them and this one is one of the best out there.  I suspect that I like Behind the Music so much because they made it all sound so dramatic.  Plus, I love what Richard Blade, the famous LA DJ said at the end.  He said something about how we weren’t there for The Beatles but we were there for Duran Duran.  Exactly.  They were/are that huge to all of us.  *sigh*

Of course, this episode of Behind the Music was redone or remastered as the band was finishing up All You Need Is Now.  I love that one, too.  Yet, I did find this original one on YouTube, in case you haven’t seen it or haven’t seen it in awhile.  What do you think of it?  What is your favorite part?

-A

Question of the Day: April 4, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture UU

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Today in Duran History – New Orleans

On today’s date in 1989, Duran Duran played at Saenger Theater in New Orleans.  Were you there??

I remember New Orleans…I’ve been there twice now, and both times were because of Duran Duran.  The first time was for a fan convention in 2004 (can you believe that in September of this year it will have been TEN YEARS since Friends of Mine in New Orleans?!?), and the second time was for the VooDoo Festival in 2006….or as I like to call it “The Day I Discovered What It Is Really Like to Have Your Face Smooshed Into a Hairy Man’s SWEATY Armpit…All For The Love Of A Band.”  😀  Good times.

*shudders*

-R

 

Question of the Day: April 3, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture QQ

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