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Today’s Date in Duran History – John Taylor

March 18th is a huge day in Duran history for a number of reasons…but we’ll begin with the note I’m actually supposed to mention. On today’s date in 1997, John Taylor’s solo CD, Autodidact, was released through the B5 website. This CD has video for
“Feelings Are Good”. I can honestly say that I had no idea John had been working on a CD during this time – I was knee deep in sleep schedules, laundry and baby bottles for my oldest!

Additionally, in 2009, the band entered the studio with Mark Ronson for work that eventually became All You Need is Now. I don’t know about the rest of you, but after some initial skepticism (on my part), that album became one of my most beloved in their catalog. I’ll never be able to look back on this part of my life without thinking of that album or the tour that went along with it.

Lastly, and most selfishly I suppose, I think back to 2005. On this date, I sat in third row for the show at Allstate Arena in Chicago with some of my closest friends. It was the first show I’d ever attended with a group of friends, and it certainly was not my last. In some ways, it was the beginning of this journey.

-R

Today’s Date in Duran History – Minneapolis 1989

Where were you on St. Patrick’s Day in 1989?

I can tell you where the band was!  They performed at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis.  Did any of our readers go?

Let’s see, on this date in 1989 I was in college at lovely Cal State Fullerton.  I was a freshman in college, living in the dorms.  I don’t remember a single thing about St. Patrick’s Day in the dorms that year, so I must have been fastidiously studying, not paying a single bit of attention to the holiday or festivities.

You see, the bit about being the Patron Goddess of Vodka (long story) came MUCH later…. and besides, this is an IRISH holiday!!

Moving right along…anybody at that Minneapolis show??

-R

 

Immaculate Dream – First Duran Concerts by Years

The other day I asked the following question here, on Facebook and on Twitter:  When did you first see Duran Duran live?  Before I even asked, I figured that the responses would vary.  I thought there would be a large segment of the fan community who saw them during 1984, at the height of their popularity.  Then, I figured that 1993 and the Wedding Album era would be a big one.  Lastly, I thought 2003-2005 might also be popular years to go to one’s first Duran show as these years saw a reunited Fab Five.  I also thought that there would be a lot of fans who were too young to have seen them in the 1980s but would jump at the chance to make that dream come true once the reunion happened.

What did I find out?  I found out that I was right and wrong with my assumptions.  Yes, there were a variety of dates listed, which reinforces that the fan community is diverse in age, location, fandom, etc.  Yet, there were some tours that were listed more often than others.  Here is the order from most popular to least:

1987 Strange Behaviour tour

1984 Sing Blue Silver tour

1989 Big Thing tour

1993 Wedding Album tour tied with 2005 Astronaut tour

1981 tour tied with 1982 tour

1983 tour tied with 2008 Red Carpet Massacre tour

1998 tour tied with 1994, 2000, 2006 and 2011

2001 Pop Trash tour tied with 2007 shows

Lastly, 1992, 2003, 2004 and 2012 shows

After, I finished tallying the years, I wondered if I should have asked the question by tour as many of the years towards the bottom of the list were connected to larger touring eras.  I think I will so as to see which “tour” actually got the most new concert goers.  That said, I was surprised at how off I was in my assumptions about which years would get the most.  1987 got the most and I didn’t even consider that year, despite knowing that they were still pretty popular, especially in Europe.  I also would have thought that 2003-2005 would have been much higher than it was.  It will be interesting to compare the tours vs. the years.

-A

P.S.  Look for a poll in which I ask about tour vs. year!

Today in Duran History – I Do What I Do Broadcast

On this day in 1986, the Rock Over London broadcast featured John Taylor’s first solo song, I Do What I Do.  Like many Duranies then, when this song came out, I rushed to get a copy.  In fact, I still have my original 45 of this song.  As a John Taylor fan, it was a must have.  I knew that the song was connected to the movie, 9 1/2 Weeks.  I also knew that my 10-year-old self had no chance of actually seeing the movie.  Did I want to see the movie?  Of course, I did!  I didn’t want to see it because of the stars of the movie, the storyline or even the sex.  Oh no, I wanted to see it solely because of the connection there was with John Taylor and because he liked the movie!  Yeah, at that time, I really did think that anything the band was into must be good!  I hadn’t learned that I could still be a fan and not like everything connected to them.

As for the song itself, I remember just being so excited to HEAR John!!!  Before this song, every piece of video was watched and rewatched countless times to see if I could even SEE John sing.  I loved every video moment of him talking, whether it was in the video for Nightboat, an interview, or in the hallway scene of Arena.  Then, this song came out and I didn’t have to try so hard to hear him.  Of course, now, we have a large solo catalog in which to hear John.  I would also argue that he has come a long way from this song in 1986 to his solo career in the late 1990s.  If you don’t have John’s solo stuff, I would highly recommend hunting down each and every album.

What are your memories of this song?  What did you think of it?  What do you think of it now?  In case you forgot what this song sounds like, here’s the video:

-A

Today in Duran History – Atlanta 2001

On this day in 2001, Duran Duran played at the House of Blues at Center Stage in Atlanta.  This was one of the five shows that Duran Duran played there in a row.  Once again, I can’t help but to say that this sounds like a fan’s dream.  Who wouldn’t love to go see them five nights in a row without having to travel?!?  Probably, the only thing that I would change is the venue.  It isn’t that I don’t like the House of Blues.  It is more about general admission (GA).  I am definitely not a fan of that.  I don’t like having to worry about when to line up, fighting for personal space once you are in the venue, not being able to leave to go to the bathroom without losing your spot, etc.  While GA is not as bad as a festival show, it isn’t much better, in my world!

On a related note, I have been thinking a lot about Duran Duran concerts.  I’m sure that it is a sign of me missing them a great deal as well as me needing a big distraction.  Anyway, yesterday, I asked the question about when people first saw Duran Duran live.  I will look at the answers I got and discuss those in a blog, at some point.  Then, I will ask how old people were at their first show.  Lastly, a couple of weeks ago, one of our favorite readers and guest bloggers mentioned how varied the set lists were during this 2001 Pop Trash tour.  It made me wonder.  Is he right?  How many different songs were on those set lists?  How many different songs have been on set lists for other tours?  I will try to find that information as well.  I suspect all of these future blogs will show a lot about Duran fans and about Duran shows.  I look forward to them all.

-A

Today in Duran History – Paris 1993

On this date in 1993, Duran Duran played at La Cigale in Paris, France.  Whenever I read or see anything about the Wedding Album Tour, I immediately think about how I saw the band for the first time during this tour.  This idea seems to fit with yesterday’s day in Duran history as Rhonda mentioned about how she wanted to be able to see a show in 1984.  I certainly did, too.  Well, I did after I found out about the tour!  I wasn’t really a Duranie until after the Sing Blue Silver tour was over as I always put my Duranie anniversary as April 1984 when The Reflex hit it big.  Anyway, I didn’t get to see Duran Duran live until 1993.

In 1993, I was graduating from high school and getting ready to attend college, out of state.  Really, Duran Duran was the last thing on my mind.  I never stopped loving them but I didn’t have many friends into them by this point and was busy living life.  Thus, I didn’t even know that they were touring until my one friend who liked them told me about the show.  When she suggested going (and can you believe that she had to suggest it?!?), I remember shrugging my shoulders and agreeing.  I distinctly recall agreeing because the show wasn’t far away and that the tickets weren’t that much money.  Now, I laugh at this since I have traveled far and gone out of my way to go see them many, many, many times in the last decade!  Silly me!

What was your first show?  How did you decide to go to that one?

-A