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Today in Duran History – Happy Birthday Amanda!!

On this day in (a year I won’t mention today)…Amanda Pustz of Daily Duranie was born. ¬†ūüėÄ ¬†Happy Birthday Amanda!!!

Let’s take a look at some special Amanda/Rhonda memories over the years, shall we? ¬†In September of this year, I will mark 10 years as having known Amanda. Prior to our meeting in person at a DD fan convention, I did run into her posts from time to time on the DDF message board – but it was only after we met that I think she became more involved on the message boards and online communities for Duran Duran. ¬†One might say that I was a bad influence. ¬†However, I present the following as evidence in the contrary:




Quick question: which one of us is holding the vodka bottle?

I thought so.



But…rather than embarrass Amanda (primarily because she will get me back in spades…and who really wants that?!?), I decided to pick out a few of my better memories with a few stories that go along with them: ¬†(They aren’t in order. I’m not the organized one out of the two of us…)


This is on Bourbon street in New Orleans. The date is right, so we were there for the Voodoo Festival Let’s see if anyone can guess what we’re yelling. (I’ll never tell…)


Below is from the same weekend. Club Ampersand Рwhere a fan get together had been planned by DDM.  It was a fascinating beginning to the weekend, I must say.








We made it to the star in LA and took photos. This isn’t just about it being Duran Duran, this is a memory that (for me) showcases how long we’ve worked together on our manuscript, this blog…and bigger dreams.






Naturally, I can’t ever forget the trips we made to the UK. Who ever thought we’d go?? Twice?? In a single year?? Thankfully, I have a fantastic traveling partner.


Success!!! This is a photo of us in Brighton Centre – I won’t ever forget that night, and I’m sure Amanda won’t either.




And then there’s the night we finally found ourselves in front row!!




And lastly (for now), there’s Durandemonium. There is no way I would have ever attempted such a thing without her – and I can really say that had she not been there pulling me along – it likely wouldn’t have ever happened. ¬†And now we’re planning another!








We try to remind everyone that while the music is what brought us here, it really is the friendships that keep us coming back for more. Maybe I’m just a big sap, but as I was driving home in particularly nasty traffic last Friday afternoon, it occurred to me that if the band REALLY needs motivation to continue, or inspiration to write – they really need not look further than the real friendships that they, in an indirect sort of way, have helped to create.

Amanda, I hope you have a wonderful birthday – and next year, I hope we’re celebrating the release of some really fantastic music to add to the soundtrack of our friendship at the same time we’re celebrating your birthday!!!


Question of the Day: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Yesterday’s winner: ¬†Picture QQ


Going crazy, wanna come along? Daily Duranie Book Club – Mad World


Well, we’re not really going crazy…but we’re definitely taking a trip down the MAD side of things because for the next several weeks, Amanda and I are going to talk about Mad World each Monday here on the blog, and we’d love for you to come along for the ride!

Just as we’ve done in the past, we’re going to do this as a sort of book club where we take a chapter or three¬†each week (which amounts to discussing a few bands) and talk about them. ¬†We want to open this up to discussion – so if you want to follow along and participate, feel free to comment with your thoughts as we go along. We encourage that here!

This will begin next week on the blog – and we’ll do the first 3 chapters in the book. ¬†This gives you some time if you haven’t gotten your copy of the book yet!!


Today in Duran History

On today’s date in 1984, The Reflex hit the glorious spot of #1 in the UK.

Truth be told, this is one of those Mondays when I couldn’t decide if the historical waypoint should be about The Reflex hitting number one, or if we should celebrate that on this date in the year 2000, The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas with John Taylor was released.


Come on…who doesn’t want to start their Monday with that??


Question of the Day: Monday, April 28, 2014

Yesterday’s winner: ¬†Picture HH


Today in Duran History – Nagoya, Japan 1982

On this day in 1982, Duran Duran played at Kinro Kaikan in Nagoya, Japan.  This show was part of the Rio tour, which began in Australia followed by this show and others in Japan.  After Japan, the tour moved to the States.  Did anyone see a show on this tour?  If so, what was it like?

Like Australia in 1982, this was the first time Duran Duran was in Japan.  Yet, it seems to me that Japan has always been a successful place for them as they have toured there regularly and often release extra tracks on the Japanese versions of albums.  Even John experienced more success in Japan during his solo days than other places.


Question of the Day: Sunday, April 27, 2014

Yesterday’s winner: ¬†Picture K


How Many Shows of the Astronaut Tour (Jan. 13, 2005 – July 7, 2007) Did You See?

I am continuing my continuing series about fans and tours. ¬†It started out by my asking, “Which Tour Did You First See Duran Duran Play?”, which you can vote on here, if you haven’t. ¬†Then, I followed that with “How Old Were You When You First Saw Duran Live?”, which you can vote on here. ¬† Then, I thought it would be cool to try and figure out the popularity of the different tours. ¬†I started with the most recent one, All You Need Is Now, which you can vote on here. ¬†Last weekend, I then asked about the Red Carpet Massacre tour, which you can participate in here. ¬†This means, of course, that the next one I need to ask about is the Astronaut Tour.

The Astronaut Tour, according to dd.com, started in January of 2005 and lasted until July of 2007. ¬†This includes the Fan Show in NYC in June of 2007 as well as the band’s appearances for the Concert for Diana and Live Earth. ¬†So, fellow fans, I ask you. ¬†How many of those shows supporting Astronaut did you see?

Today in Duran History – Roger’s Birthday!!

As anyone checking out this blog knows that on this date in 1960, a certain drummer was born. ¬†That’s right. ¬†It is Roger’s Taylor’s birthday! ¬†Now, typically, when it is a band member’s birthday, we offer some commentary or some clips for your viewing pleasure. ¬†This year I’m going for some Roger clips. ¬†I figured that might be more fun than me going on and on about him in writing. ¬†My plan here is simple. ¬†Let me try to capture Roger in every era.

This first video really shows an image of Roger that I’m sure captured some attention.

Then, of course, we all could sense some of Roger’s shyness from this clip.

Of course, many (most?  all?) of us were deeply saddened when Roger decided to leave Duran in the mid-1980s.  Then, we were equally thrilled when we saw or found out that Roger appeared in this clip.

Then, the reunion happened bringing Roger back to Duran for good. ¬†Here is a fan favorite, Roger’s version of Sunrise.

As always, Roger’s drumming shines through. ¬†One of my favorite performances is in Before the Rain.

Ah, yes, Roger, certainly, has given us plenty of reasons to celebrate his birth each and everyday.  Happy Birthday, Roger!!!


Question of the Day: Saturday, April 26, 2014

Yesterday’s winner: ¬†Picture B


Round Four!