On today’s date in 1989, Duran Duran played at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines. They played there as part of their Big Thing tour, which had quite a few dates in many Asian countries, including Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, The Philippines and Taiwan. What I find really interesting about looking at the tour dates from that tour is that these Asian dates occurred in between dates in the States, meaning that they played in the States before going to Asia and after going to Asia. I wonder why they chose to do this. Does anyone know?
I was not lucky enough to see the band during this era. I was too far away from Chicago, my closest big city, and didn’t have means to get there. On top of that, I didn’t have anyone to go with me as my friends who were Duranies had moved on by then. I, of course, have seen concert footage from this era and I have to admit that the shows seemed pretty interesting. For those of you who did attend, what were the shows like?
On a less historical note, it seems that Duran has been busy thinking about charity and giving of themselves. First, on dd.com, there is a press release that the band is part of an auction that includes meeting the band and enjoying time in the studio with them to support the David Lynch Foundation. You can read the details here. Also, Simon and Dom performed at a fundraiser to benefit the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust in honor of Simon’s good friend and his daughter who had lost their lives in a boating accident. To read about this, you should go to Duran Duran’s Facebook page. Good deeds are a nice way to end the week!
We used to play a game on my old DD message board called “Things Nick Rhodes would never say”. As follow ups, we also had games like “Things Nick Rhodes would never wear”. I can remember wickedly cackling out loud as I tried my hand at coming up with the most outlandish ideas.
Today’s item for this date in Duran history would have EASILY been one of those things I never thought I’d hear of the band doing. On today’s date in 2001, Duran Duran played the Houston Rodeo.
I’ll just let that sink in for a second. It’s still early my time and I’m not even done with my first cup of coffee. That’s right – the band known for champagne, yachts and models actually played a rodeo, and lived to tell about it. Maybe this was a particularly glitzy sort of rodeo.
Bonus Duranie points* will be awarded to the lucky fans who have photographic evidence of this show. Send ’em in!
Ahh…makes me miss those days of one-upping each other with wild tales of what we thought Nick wouldn’t ever caught dead doing….
*If you thought Duranie points were actually worth anything…well….no. Yay!
On today’s date in Los Angeles, 2005 – Duran fans were anxiously awaiting the evening’s festivities at the Staples Center. This is a show that I missed, even though I live here. You see, while the band was playing their heart out on stage – I was “very busy” on a cruise ship somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. No, I wasn’t working, I was vacationing. It’s a tough job.
As much as I enjoyed that trip, there is a certain part of me that wonders what it was like to see the band at Staples Center that night. Unlike a lot of fans, I actually do enjoy the arena shows from time to time – there’s an excitement in the air that is just very, very different from the shows at smaller venues. I love turning around at the arena shows just to get an idea of what the band sees – I really liked doing this during Leopard on the last tour, for instance.
Oh, let’s face it: I like ALL the shows, as long as I’m near the front. Don’t we all?
Nick Rhodes was presenting a Grammy Award to Sheena Easton for Song of the Year!
On this date in 1986 I was 15 years old and in the 10th grade, which meant that I was a sophomore in high school. I can remember seeing Nick give the award – I liked his hair. (An important note, right?) And that was the most exciting part of that entire evening for me….and probably a lot of you. Little did we realize (Maybe some knew. I’ve thought about this and I don’t believe that at the time of the Grammy’s I really knew/understood that Andy & Roger weren’t coming back.) that later that year Notorious would be released (November of 1986) and the Fab Five would really and truly be down to just three.
It has been awhile since I took the time to showcase a fan and how she expresses her fandom. Since I started this series, we have learned about fans who create art, participate in a tribute band, collect memorabilia and more. This month, we share Diana’s story through her words and learn how she expresses her fandom, which is through a Facebook page and making banners.
How do you express your fandom?
I express my fandom through social networking, in this case my page on FB called: Duran Duran on the road.
This page is dedicated to all fans who like to see Duranlive pictures. I´m moderator on this Fan page.
Why did you choice this means of expressing your fandom?
I choose this way because I love to see Duranlive pictures and I´ve collected many ones recently. I think pictures have capacity to catch your attention and bring to you good and unforgettable moments especially if you went one of DD live shows.
Tell me your fandom story. When did you become a fan? What drew you to Duran Duran?
I grew up in the decade of the 80s, so I´ve listened bands from this era since 1982, but I became fan when I was looking for something new to buy and listen to in 1993. Consequently, Ordinary World, Come Undone and Too Much Information were played a lot on MTV and Brazilian radios. I had heard of DD before these success, but these songs caught my attention and I decided to buy Decade and The Wedding Album vinyl for Christmas. Unfortunately, I didn´t find both, as a result my father decided to buy Big Thing and Liberty tapes for me. I still have them today; they´re still working, believe or not.
Well, because of these different Christmas gifts, I learned to listen DD songs and I started to like their songs. Obviously, in the same period, I was very curious about who the DD members… I was looking for some pictures on magazines, and “ta da”, I found some DD photos in Letras Traduzidas magazine (this magazine was published fortnightly) and brought pictures and lyrics translated to Portuguese. Unfortunately, it isn´t published anymore. Maybe, you’re thinking… her “problems” were solved as she found pictures and she liked their songs. No way! I needed to know their names. This part is funny because for me I didn’t have an idea as to who John, Nick and Simon were…. I saw pictures and I tried to guess their names… when I discovered their real names, or correct names I was very surprised!
How else do you participate in the fandom? Attend shows, meetups, conventions? Discuss the band on message boards, facebook, twitter?
I participate more on social networking for example: facebook and twitter than meetups and conventions.
What has the reaction been to your expression of fandom? What do you people think of your work?
My page has had good acceptance among Duran Duran fans all over the world because I think everybody likes to remember good memories through pictures. It was created on 3rd August, 2013. DD On the road had more than 200 “Likes” in 2 weeks after its creation, I was very surprised and proud of it. Consequently, it has encouraged me to upload more and more pictures there. It´s a hard job because, sometimes, you need to pay attention to give credit and other important information. For example, when and where these shows happened, but I have fun! Speaking of that: “ the music is between us”.
Do you use your means of expression outside of fandom?
Yes, of course I like to create new means of expression. For example, I enjoy creating banners or some kind of art that reminds me of DD. I make this only for entertainment; I´ve never thought earning money.
Where and how do you share your expression? Please show us some of your work, if you can, or where we can find it!