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Guest Blog: Duran Duran Is

By PamG

Last week I saw the spectacular documentary David Bowie Is, a companion documentary and virtual tour guide about the museum exhibit of the same name.

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I admit that I was only moderately interested in seeing this film. I liked Serious-Moonlight-era Bowie. I know he was a major influence on a lot of musicians I like, including Duran. And since my local indie theater was one of the many across the nation to show the one-night-only screening (sound familiar?), I decided to take a chance.

My first Duran comparison came when I entered the theater and was pleasantly disappointed: the theater was almost full. Why was that disappointing? Because the recent one-night-only Unstaged showing (at a different theater in the same city) had probably only 1/10th of the audience that this film had. I couldn’t help but wish that Unstaged had a crowd like this, had received as much local advertising as Bowie’s film, and had been introduced by the theater’s program director who invigorated the crowd before the curtain went up.

Why was that a pleasant disappointment? Because it served as a reminder to me that we Duranies are part of a larger community. We’re not just Duran fans; we’re fans. Judging by the estimated ages of the crowd, I think most folks who came to see the film were around for the Ziggy Stardust era. This wasn’t much unlike when I looked around during the Unstaged screening. Or any of the Duran concerts I’ve been to. Or Durandemonium last year. For a lot of us, we’re fans of these artists because we grew up with them.

At some moments during the film, I witnessed some audience members bobbing their heads along to not-as-well-known (to me) Bowie songs. I instantly felt like I was on the other side of the looking glass. Were they enjoying their own Bowie version of Last Chance on the Stairway? Did I happen to catch them reveling in their own version of “switch it off?” Do they have their own inside Bowie-isms? Were they itching to get out of their seats to dance along to their version of “Rio?”

What dawned on me was that this film was not only a tribute to the legendary rock star and his influence in music, fashion, and art, but also a tribute to the fans. The exhibit is a befitting homage to Bowie’s life and career to date. However, the film adds a new angle: the reaction from those experiencing the exhibit. The film shows visitors inspecting the handwritten lyrics, watching the performance footage, inching closer to see the detail in the decadent costumes. The film editors could have easily filmed the exhibit when it was closed and simply relayed to us what was in the exhibit. But this way, we also got the fan perspective of the exhibit.

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As you might guess, my mind overflowed with the mere thought of what it would be like if Duran had a similar exhibit. We’ve already been lucky enough to have some impressive collections, such as Beautiful Colors: The Posters of Duran Duran from Andrew Golub (Durandy) and Denis O’Regan’s ‘Careless Memories’ book and exhibit. But could you even imagine an exhibit that would encompass the band’s history, videos, live performances, costumes (maybe there are some we’d rather forget), handwritten lyrics, Simon’s tiger baby necklace, or even one of John’s fedoras? (Side note: I think my favorite moment from the film was when the fan turned to the camera and proclaimed “Bowie’s DNA is in those costumes!” Duranies would swoon. Oh, now, get your mind out of the gutters … you know who you are!)

Something Bowie’s exhibit would have in common with Duran’s hypothetical exhibit would be the collaborations. The film focused a bit on Bowie’s artistic collaborations with the likes of Iggy Pop, Brian Eno, and Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto. Duran’s would have to include David Lynch, Mark Ronson, Nile Rodgers, Dolce & Gabbana, and more. Like Bowie, Duran has extended their artistic collaborations to more than just music.

The final piece of the exhibit was a Periodic Table of Bowie, created by Paul Robertson. Designed in the format of the periodic table of elements, this clever infographic depicts the influences on Bowie, as well as those who have been influenced by Bowie. Among those influenced by Bowie are Lady Gaga, Morrissey, and Alexander McQueen. I was shocked that Duran didn’t make the chart. Shocked. But hey, we know that if Duran had their own periodic table, we’d have to put Bowie as one of their influencers.

So who or what is David Bowie? The film and exhibit certainly provide you with many suggested ways to finish the “David Bowie Is” statement. Do I think David Bowie is Duran Duran? Nope. I think what matters is what Duran Duran is to you.

The David Bowie Is exhibit is at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago now through January 4, 2015. Click here for more information.

Read more about the documentary here.

Have any of you seen the exhibit in person? Anyone else see the film? We’d love to hear your experience!

PamG

PamG has been a Duranie since the early days of MTV. In addition to all-things Duran, she also enjoys music documentaries, pop culture trivia, and live concerts of any kind. Her Duran dream would be to journey across the pond and see the band play throughout Europe. After waiting over 25 years to see Duran Duran live, she saw her first show in 2011 and it changed her life.

Time is a River

I’m coming out of hiding today to make mention of a very special “anniversary” of sorts.  For those who have known me since the hallowed days of DDF – you might already be aware.  If not, allow me to age everyone properly.

On this date, TEN very short years ago, a little convention began in New Orleans called 78-04: Friends of Mine Duran Duran Fan Convention.  It began on what was a Friday night and went straight through to Sunday, and for me personally it was a completely life-changing experience.

I hear a lot of you right now: Who really says that?!? I mean, it was really just a big party, wasn’t it? Who checks out of their life for a few days to go have fun, only to come back saying it completely changed the whole course of their life?  Believe me, I see the irony there, and I would normally agree with the naysayers out there. Except of course, I was there, and through much soul-searching, I see how the event really did change me.

Maybe it wasn’t so much of a change as it woke up my “inner-Rhonda”. I’ve written about this so many times here on the blog now that I worry it’s lost it’s appeal.  All I really know is that I really do believe that there are moments in our lives where we come upon forks in the road, and the direction we choose makes all the difference. This convention, and choosing to not only attend but to help organize it, really did change my direction. I will always hold that weekend, along with the months of planning prior, very dear to my heart.  So much has changed since that weekend in 2004, and yet I can’t believe it’s been ten years since I met Jessica, Mac, Amanda, Mags, Lisa, Krissie, Carla…and so many others in person.

I spent time yesterday and last night thinking about the convention and specific little things that happened, hoping to come up with a list. Maybe those who were there that weekend will have others to share…but here are some of mine:

*Having Jessica meet me at our hotel room that night. From the very second I met her, I knew I’d done the right thing when I got involved planning the convention and flying to New Orleans to attend.

*Sharing a hotel room with Lisa, Mags, Jessica and Carla.  We all fit and had a great time! This was also, I believe, the first, last and only time that I attended a Duranie event without sharing a room with Amanda (she cannot say the same!)

* Seeing Jessica’s red hair and watching it fade throughout the weekend. I don’t know why that sticks with me so much, but I remember thinking that I wanted to be the type of person that would die my hair vibrant red. (I eventually did not that long ago…and my red streaks faded to magenta right away too. LOL)

*Laughing at Lisa and a few others suck helium and say “Good evening and welcome to our show!” as we decorated for the dance party on Saturday night.  Some might roll their eyes and say “because that’s never been done before”…but the thing is, for me, I’d never seen anyone do it before that night.

* Listening to Mac tell us how Bourbon Street roped her (and a friend) in and tied them up.  I think Mac became my hero that weekend.

* Displaying all of my Duranie pins and t-shirts with pride that weekend. It was the first time in I don’t know how long that I felt comfortable wearing a Duran t-shirt without people giving me strange looks, and if you know me – you know how self-conscious I can be.

*Listening to a copy of Astronaut before it was released *gasp* and declaring that the band “had ruined”  What Happens Tomorrow (compared to what I’d already heard them do live).  That’s right, even back then I was filled with nasty little opinions that I couldn’t keep to myself!

*Standing up and giving a speech in front of the crowd that night. Even though I had been president of my local MOMS club and involved in PTA for my kids school – I was nervous to be standing up there, but it was the very first time I can ever remember feeling like I really did fit in.

* Watching all of the men (both Duranies and Duranie husbands) grab chairs and sit down right directly in front of the screening area to watch The Chauffeur when the video played at the dance party.

*Buying drinks with Amanda at the dance party. I can’t remember if I was drinking gin and tonic or vodka and tonic that night (both are favorites)…but we very clearly started a tradition for ourselves.

*Commenting on Amanda wearing these boots with (what I felt were) high heels all over Bourbon Street. I don’t wear heels – ever – due to horrible neuromas on the bottom of my feet, so I marveled at how she could walk in those things. I was wearing flip flops, which are still my shoe of choice!

* Singing Rio on stage at what was then Howl at the Moon. (I’d say “Thank goodness there’s no video of that”….alas…it’s out there somewhere.)

*Saying good-bye to everyone on Sunday morning. I had such a great weekend, and I secretly worried about whether I would really see any of them again. How do you bond so quickly with people you’ve met in real life only once?  That Duranie connection runs very, very deep.

Thinking about that weekend makes me want to do it all over again. I swore I was done with New Orleans after Voodoo…but I don’t know….

Happy memories, everyone. I continue to thank my lucky stars that I met you all. Despite, time, distance and changes – my love and friendship runs very, very deep.

-R

1875 and counting…

1,875 posts. There is this nifty little tool here in WordPress where Amanda and I are able to properly track what is going on with this blog. We can see how many people subscribe by email, how many just read here online, what posts people tend to read most…and the list of stats goes on and on.  What I can tell you today is that as of the post I just published prior to drafting this one, we’ve written 1,875 posts. That is definitely a little more than a post a day, but we didn’t really start doing that until this past year when we moved to WordPress, so I’d say we’ve been busy.

If you didn’t already hear, we celebrated the fourth “anniversary” of this blog on Saturday. We call it a birthday because honestly, who doesn’t love a party?!? We celebrated with a online viewing party, utilizing a Daily Duranie Youtube playlist that Amanda and I had put together. We had a lot of fun, laughing at the comments and seeing friends who had stopped by to say hi and watch some videos with us!

Additionally, we had three fun little giveaways planned. The first two (one each for Facebook and Twitter) were based on people sending us their very best “DoJo” picture. Amanda and I each chose a favorite, which was a lot of fun because we had quite a few to choose from! Winners get their choice of a Daily Duranie coffee mug or a shot glass! The winners of that contest were Irene Turner and Leslie Kincaid! The second one, thanks to our friend Karen Booth, was  for a signed copy of her book, Bring Me Back. For that contest, we picked out a few blog titles we’d written over the years and had a bit of a scavenger hunt – all we really wanted to know was what the the blog that went with each title was about. The winner for that contest was Debbie from Twitter, so a copy of Karen’s book will be on it’s way shortly!

Winning DoJo entries:

 

I’ve said it before, but I am pretty sure I didn’t think about how long this blog would continue on the fateful day that I announced to Amanda, “Hey, we should do a blog since we’re working on this book!! Want me to get one together?!?” I’m also pretty sure that Amanda didn’t have any idea what I was getting her into on that day, because she agreed to try it! For me personally, the blog goes beyond writing a manuscript or being a fan. This whole “Daily Duranie” thing has taken on a life of it’s own. Some days, I feel like I’m dragging it uphill behind me, and on other days, I feel like I had better hold on tight because this thing is taking off like a rocket for a very wild ride. It’s been a crazy trip so far with much more to come, I am certain. However, for this occasion, I came up with four things about this blog (specifically the blog, not the book, not the band…etc.) that I am thankful for. My four “positives”, so to speak….one for each of the four “anniversaries” or “birthdays” we’ve celebrated thus far:

1. I would say that most people don’t realize that this blog shares it’s “birthday” with another birthday – my dad’s. He passed away in 2008, and he would have turned 75 this year. Rather than being sad on September 13, I am joyful because I’ve passed another milestone year with this blog. My dad was my hero in many, many ways that someday I might write about, but not now. I just know I’m so incredibly thankful that life has worked out this way, so that I don’t spend that day thinking of the what I’ve lost, but rather what I’ve gained.

2. There was once a period of my life, in high school no less, where I was so shy I had trouble working up the nerve to order my own food at McDonalds. I am not kidding, and I know I’m weird that way because while I couldn’t order my own food – I was drum major of the marching band, calling out commands to a group of 175 of my peers. Nutty, right? Talk about forcing yourself out of a comfort zone!! Nowadays I push myself to ask celebrities and important people for interviews for this blog – something that does not come at all naturally. Just last week I interviewed someone over the phone, and my nerves were at an all-time high, but I got through it, and more importantly, I really enjoyed doing it.

3. I should probably talk about my own fandom here. I think that without the blog, it would probably be fairly easy for me to just put Duran Duran on the back burner. I’m a busy mom, my husband isn’t really a fan, and I don’t have a group of friends here in California that are fans either. The blog forces me to stay in tune with what’s going on even when it might be easier for me to just focus on whatever is going on here at home. Sometimes that is remarkably easy, and other times – the band is in the middle of recording an album and there’s not a lot to keep us all going. I’ve learned to appreciate some of the smallest things – a tweet here or there, a news byte, or even unearthing a video I’ve never seen. I don’t expect all fans to be like that, but Amanda and I made a commitment to BE HERE even when the band is not, and we take that (although not necessarily ourselves) very seriously.

4. Writing this blog has taught me a lot about friendship. To begin with, I have a group of friends that I may not have ever met had it not been for Daily Duranie. I have friends in different states, different countries and even different continents. I’ve also learned that my friends, the real ones, are there for me even if I don’t see them every day, every week or even every year. They are the people that make the effort. They show up. Who knew that writing a blog would do all of this? Certainly not me.

I only covered four things here, but as I continue to sit and reflect, I know these are just the tip of the iceberg, and these four positives aren’t necessarily even the largest positives I could choose. I didn’t even mention all of the traveling or the increased sense of self-purpose or just the personal acceptance I feel on a daily basis, and for someone like me, who spent the majority of her life as a “wallflower”, hoping to fade into the wallpaper and not be noticed, I would have never guessed that writing a simple blog would turn my life completely around.

I said it on Saturday but it bares repeating, I tip my glass (well, this morning it’s really my coffee cup) to my partner-in-crime, Amanda. I hope that this is really just the beginning and that we’ve got at least four more even crazier years ahead. It’s wild to me that we’ve already been writing this blog for four years. How did we ever come up with that much to say?!?

And again, thank YOU. We would probably write even if no one ever read the blog, but because people do, it makes the journey that much sweeter. We hope you find us funny, insightful, intelligent, and even exasperating at times, and we look forward to hearing from you when any or all of that happens!!

-R

Guest Blog – Duranie Positivity Challenge

By PamG

There’s one of those challenges/memes/chain letters/trends going around Facebook lately that asks you to post several positive things every day for a certain number of days, and then tag a few of your Facebook friends to do the same. I’ve seen quite a few variations of it, but the gist is the same.

I’m in the middle of this challenge on Facebook now. It got me to thinking: If I had to do this challenge and keep it Duran related, could I do it? Could I limit myself to just three things every day? Could I do it for seven days in a row? Heck, I know ladies behind the Daily Duranie website can do it because they’ve been essentially doing that every day! The website itself is a daily source for reminders of all the positive things that the band brings to our lives. I think I’m up for the challenge.

So here is my list of just three ways Duran Duran has brought positivity into my life.

  1. They still love to perform live. Whether you see them performing in a video, on TV, or live in person, you can tell that they aren’t just going through the motions. For a band to continue to tour like they do, they really have to love it.* I’ve heard many artists say they really feed off the energy from the crowd, and to me there’s no doubt that Duran is no exception. Maybe it’s because they have such a loyal fan base. Maybe it’s because they’ve been together so long. I’m not sure it matters. I think the audience brings so much enthusiasm to the shows that the band can’t help but feed off of us. And they reflect it right back to us. I’ve been to a lot of non-Duran concerts in my life, and by far the most engaging have been Duran shows. Whether it’s Simon demanding that the audience sing louder or John’s invitation to clap along during “Planet Earth,” they certainly pull the audience into the performance. They are seasoned professional musicians who know how to work a crowd, and I love every minute of it.
  • I bet there are some occasions where the live show has been less than stellar for a variety of reasons. Hey, they’re human. No, really, they are. I know we’ve all had “off” days at our jobs, right?
  1. They still make amazing videos. I don’t need to tell you about their historic video collection. When they released the video for Girl Panic in 2011, I was mesmerized. To me, all the parts fit together in this one: the role reversals, the black & white vs. color visual explosion, the interviews, the Swarovsky crystals, the wink-wink moments (“I am not a member of Duran Duran”), all of it. I’m not sure who gets the credit for the concepts, but my praise goes to Jonas Akerlund for directing such a classic and beautiful Duran video. I wonder what hypnotic video we will get for something from the new album?
  1. They don’t seem to hate photo shoots. We know that their good looks helped them rise to MTV fame in the 1980s. And along with that “pretty boy” image came many, many photo shoots throughout their career. We saw a glimpse of one of those photo shoots during “Sing Blue Silver.” And even recently they’ve shared some photos from an InStyle magazine photo shoot, in advance of the big Fashion Rocks show on September 9. From all of us who grew up with bedroom walls filled with Duran Duran posters and carefully torn-out magazine pages, as well as the those of us who have photos of band on our screen savers or phone wallpapers, thank you.

If you’re like me, I’m sure you could come up with three (thousand) more sources of positivity for you. How does Duran Duran bring positivity to your life? Tell us in the comments!

PamGPamG has been a Duranie since the early days of MTV. In addition to all-things Duran, she also enjoys music documentaries, pop culture trivia, and live concerts of any kind. Her Duran dream would be to journey across the pond and see the band play throughout Europe. After waiting over 25 years to see Duran Duran live, she saw her first show in 2011 and it changed her life.

I’ll Drink It Up, Drink It Up, Drink It Up (Daily Duranie Birthday Drinking Game)

Tomorrow is our birthday!!!  I’m super duper excited about it!  I think this really is going to be the best birthday yet to start what I believe is going to be an amazing year for us!  As Rhonda mentioned earlier this week on this blog post, we are having a party!  This party will take place online in both Facebook (our event page is here) and Twitter (@dailyduranie, using the hashtag #DailyDBday14) at the following time:  Time: 11:00am-3:00pm (PDT); 1:00pm-5:00pm (CDT); 2:00pm-6:00pm (EDT); 7:00pm-11:00pm (UK time zone UTC+0.00).

When the party time hits, we will direct everyone to our YouTube channel to check out the party playlist!  We have taken quite a bit of time this week coming up with our favorites!!!  Can you guess ahead of time what any of them will be?!?  Of course, as the video clips change, we will alert people on Facebook and Twitter.

Beyond the video watching, we promised a drinking game!  Of course, we did!  How could we not?!  We have a reputation to uphold, after all, don’t we?!  (Our favorite drink is vodka tonic.  We hope that you might choose that one, too, in celebration!)  What does the drinking game entail, you might be asking!  I have that answer for you here:

Daily Duranie Birthday Celebration Drinking Game Rules:

Take one sip/drink (depending on your preference) every time one of the following takes place!

*A DoJo Moment (Dom and John)
*A JoSi Moment (John and Simon)
*Simon doing one of his humorous “dances”
*When Dom shakes the neck of his guitar
*When John claps to get the audience clapping
*When someone does or says something to make you laugh
*Anytime the word “fan” is said
*Anytime the footage causes you to “squee”
*Anytime Nick takes a picture
*Anytime Roger twirls his stick

10 items!  That isn’t too bad, right?  I’m sure that we will all be reminding each other of this list as we watch and celebrate!

We are also set with giveaways!  In fact, we have 3 things to give away!!!!  We figured this number made sense since there are two of us, doing this one blog and two plus one equals 3!  (Yes, we are dorky.  I completely admit it.)  Seriously, we are WAY too excited about these giveaways!!!  Here is how they will work.  Soon after the festivities begin, Rhonda and/or myself will announce the giveaways.  Then, there will be time for people to complete the necessary tasks before we declare the three winners.

I am SO looking forward to this!  Who doesn’t like to watch Duran videos all day?  Who doesn’t love to hang out with other Duranies?  The giveaways are going to be ton of fun!  I cannot wait!

Until then, we want to thank those of you who have supported us, in any way, shape or form, including buying something at our Cafe Press store.  We appreciate each and every one of you!

On that note, rest up.  Saturday is going to be a ton of fun!!!

-A

 

It’s our party!!

I have something shocking to share with all of you.  I think that in the interest of safety, everyone should probably sit down while they read this next sentence.

The Daily Duranie is turning FOUR YEARS OLD on Saturday.

I don’t know where the last four years have gone. I can remember the very day I started this blog (on Blogger, we moved to WordPress this past January) as though it was just last week.  Furthermore, I’m really kind of shocked people still READ the blog…and even more so, I’m surprised Amanda and I have found that much to write about.  Four years of writing a blog every single day.  We started off writing one blog a day, and now we’re up to writing at least two, and sometimes four or more.  It’s as though we’re addicts!

So, in honor of this occasion, in true Duranie (or Daily Duranie) fashion – we’re having a party, and we’re inviting all of you!  This Saturday, September 13, we’re having an online party using Twitter and Facebook.

What I’m truly excited about though, is that I have finally tested the YouTube Channel waters, and am in the middle of compiling and devising a special playlist for our birthday party!!  (No fair peeking ahead of time!)  Our playlist is going to be made up of lots of footage and videos, interviews, concert clips that we love most! (Amanda and I. It’s our party, we get to choose. LOL)  You should probably prepare yourselves for a lot of John Taylor, JoSi moments, DoJo moments, and Dom Brown.  It’s going to be a really tough day for Amanda and I, as you can probably tell.

Things you should know:

Date: Saturday, September 13

Time: 11:00am-3:00pm (PDT); 1:00pm-5:00pm (CDT); 2:00pm-6:00pm (EDT); 7:00pm-11:00pm (UK time zone UTC+0.00)  

We tried to make a time that would be at least semi-convenient for as many Duranies as possible (we’re shooting high hoping that it’s not just going to be Amanda and I chatting with one another all day, but if it is…we’re gonna have fun anyway!), and the party is four hours long because well, the blog is turning four!!

Activities: Amanda and I will be live-tweeting and on Facebook during that entire time. The hashtag for the event is #DailyDBday14, and we will begin the “Happy Birthday Daily Duranie” playlist on our YouTube channel right at 11am. We will tweet or post what video we’re on so that if you come in at any time during the party, you can find the video in our playlist and join in. 

Drink of the day: This is Daily Duranie. Did you think there wouldn’t be a suggested drink?!?  We drink Vodka Tonics – so that’s the drink.  In case you need a recipe:

Vodka Tonic
Vodka (We like Tito’s and Grey Goose , but it’s your choice)
Tonic water
Ice
Lime (this is really important, IMO.)

Pour at least a shot of vodka (I said at least, but this is purely up to you – remember life is a marathon, not a sprint.) in a short  glass with ice. (or a tall one if you’re like us and prefer doubles. I don’t know what that says about us. :P).  Fill the glass the rest of the way with tonic water. Finish with a squeeze of lime and then stir.  EASY!

Games: This is a birthday party, of COURSE there are games!!  We are going to have a drinking game that will be announced in the next couple of days, and we are also going to have two (one on Facebook and another on Twitter) super-special giveaway contests that will be announced AT the party!  

We really appreciate the support we’ve gotten from the community over the years. We realize that not everyone appreciates or likes what we do, but we hope that for those who do choose to read each day or each week that we’re making fandom fun. We really want to do more to make this into a sort of “fan club” that many of us have envisioned over the years, but that takes money and time.  We do what we can, but we really need your help!

If you really want to support us, come hang out on Saturday, check out our Cafepress store and support Daily Duranie if you haven’t already, watch some videos, and let’s have some fun!!

-R

 

Airports and Code Purple

So this Tuesday finds me wondering about my fellow fans out there.  How many of you have gone to an airport to wait for the band to arrive?

Let’s face it – I’ve never done it, and not entirely because I didn’t want to go, but rather, because I’m not that good of an investigator and never really know when and where to go.  The few times I’ve had great information – I’ve been 600 miles away, and I’m not just talking about yesterday when I may or may not have seen a tweet from a certain band member mentioning where he’s flying in today.

Truth be told, I’m desperate.  If desperation had a stench, I’d be stinking up the place by now.  I miss the band. I’m sure many of you are also raising your hands in unison. I have absolutely zero chances of attending a show any time soon – I can’t afford a $300 ticket to see them in Austin, and I certainly am not going to be driving up to Monterey today to go see them at the Mazda show tomorrow.  Like most of the Duranie world – I’m stuck watching them at home, and I’ll just pretend it’s going to be the greatest thing ever.

So when a few of us were discussing the potential elations and pitfalls of meeting the band at the airport yesterday, I wondered how many other fans still go. I won’t lie – I’m torn. On one hand, the part of me that is still feeling young thinks it’s a fantastic idea. You go, you see the band…it’s like getting a fix!  On the other hand, the part of me that battles hot flashes and wonders just how much longer I can really keep pretending I’m in my 20s when we all know I’m cruising into my mid-40s thinks I’m insane for even thinking about it.  I mean, just last night I laid awake (while trying to survive another hot flash) wondering just how much longer I can really keep going to shows. Is there really a place for a woman at a show that needs a personal cooling fan, and not just because of the band being right in front of her?!?  Probably not.  Can you imagine what I’d look like when I finally DID run into….well…any one of the band members?  As a good friend of mine mentioned on Twitter last week (regarding something else entirely), I’d go Code Purple.  And sweaty. Ick.  Seriously?!?  I think more could have been done to warn me that this was coming, because maybe then I would have taken more of the opportunities that came my way back then…assuming that there were some. (there really weren’t, but let’s just pretend for a second.)

I ended the conversation yesterday encouraging my friend to go run and free her inner Duranie. Go to the airport. Say hello to all of them. I’m sure they’d be thrilled to know they still have support from fans…even the fans who didn’t win tickets to see them at their only show on the West Coast this year.

In the meantime, I’ll continue pondering this as I consider desperation, hot flashes and fandom.  (that really could be a whole new blog for me…)

-R

 

 

We’re In Business, You’re On the Hit List

You can file this under the ever-growing “Can’t we all just be HAPPY?” tab in the Duranie cabinet.

Today’s news brings the tidbit that alas, I will not be making a hasty drive up to Monterey next week. I will not be missing the chance to  walk my youngest into her new first grade classroom on the first day of school, and I will not have the incredible opportunity to (probably) hear Hungry Like the Wolf again.  *deep, sigh* (whether that’s a sad sigh or a cleansing one clearly depends on your point of view. I’ll let you decide)

Seriously though, I’m OK. Sure, I was disappointed when I didn’t win, but I kind of figured it was a slim chance anyway. I got over the idea that I wouldn’t be driving five hours up and then another five hours back home within a 24-hour period pretty darn quickly. My luck is pretty terrible by nature, and I’ve gotten used to the fact that “many enter, few will win”.  I hope the winners all have a great time!!  I just don’t have time to be negative, you know?

On the upside, Duran Duran announced something today that I think could be fun –  the show they’re playing at next week is for Mazda (I love it when my detective work pays off and is correct!) to unveil the Mx-5 Miata in Monterey. The good news is that the show, or highlights thereof, will be filmed, and WE can view it online at Mazda’s YouTube channel.  Check out the details here on duranduran.com I don’t know how much of Duran’s performance will actually be shown on YouTube, but given that most of us haven’t really seen them play since 2012 – we’ll take what we can get! Daily Duranie will set up a viewing party very similar to what we did for Duran Duran Appreciation Day…so be on the lookout for information in a future blog. We’re looking forward to “seeing” all of you!

Back to the point of this post though, why can’t we all just be happy they’re playing?? I’ve seen so much negativity today, it’s really kind of pathetic. Much of it comes in the form of “You’re totally selling out by doing shows like this.”  Really?  Could someone please explain to me how playing shows they’re being paid to play is selling out?  ‘Cuz…you know when YOU buy a ticket to see them play somewhere, they’re being paid, right?  That’s kind of the way this all works. Is it just a matter of who is paying them?  So it’s OK for the band to make money off of the people who love them and have worshipped them forever, but it’s not OK for the band to make money off of brands and/or products.  Interesting. Or, it’s OK for the band to make money off of fashion, perfume, maybe even alcohol brands (because you know they’ve done shows sponsored by Baileys and Smirnoff among others)…but not cars.  You also know that they’ve done private gigs for people able and willing to pay them before, including corporations, right??

*scratches head*

This is all ridiculous. While I wouldn’t necessarily argue that yogurt felt a little weird – the point is that the band is being paid to play, and I’d probably guess they’re being paid a lot of money to play. Good for them. It costs real money to create and record an album. Nile Rodgers doesn’t work for free. Neither does Mark Ronson. I’m sure Ben Hudson isn’t free….and for that matter, neither are Dom and Anna, or management or their team or the many, many other people that work for Duran Duran.  I’m well-aware that the band doesn’t NEED to record albums and they don’t NEED to play live. But the fact is, they choose to do those things, and it costs money to do them….and we’re VERY glad they do! This is a BUSINESS. The band doesn’t put their own personal paychecks or savings right back into the band to pay producers or put on tours…not after 30 years of being a band.  The business has to self-sustain, so in order to make those albums, they’ve got to have money. In order to tour, they’ve got to make money, and that’s not exactly as easy to do now as it was back in 1985. Before fans say they shouldn’t act as shills for cars or anything else, perhaps fans should take a basic business economics class and understand what they’re saying first.

Bottom line, be glad the band is still playing.  Who really cares where?  It’s one show of many to come. Pay attention to the music, support the band however you can, and BE HAPPY.  Life is incredibly short, stop wasting time with negativity.

-R

 

 

 

 

Let Me Know if You’re Coming Down to Land

Can’t we all just be happy?

Amongst all of the excited chatter on Twitter and Facebook yesterday regarding the upcoming promo, Fashion Rocks, the “secret” show in Monterey, the Formula-One FanFest in Austin and anything else, it was clear that not all fans are quite so happy to see the band out and about.

If it wasn’t the ticket prices, or the secrecy about a private show, the glaring complaint was that the UK is being overlooked again. I’m assuming this means that since these first two shows aren’t in the UK, those fans feel kicked to the side. Remind me again, where exactly does the band live and record? How long has it been since the band has actually been to the states for a show – and actually played that show?  And what about the rest of the world, while we’re at it?

The band obviously cannot be everywhere at once. Many, MANY corporations are headquartered in the states, and corporate promotion is done here as a result. The band doesn’t pick show locations based on which fans they want to hang out with – those locations are based on where the money comes. This is a business and if the band isn’t making money, it’s just a hobby.

These are the first shows of many, and before anyone reminds me once again that “they always play more in the US”….you should probably reacquaint yourselves with the size and area of the US. It takes about 6.5 hours to fly across the US – on a direct flight. If you did that in the UK, you’d end up somewhere in Europe. We can’t travel the states by train – it would take a week to get from one side to another. So, no matter how many shows they play here, they can’t get everywhere there are fans.

Bottom line, we are lucky that the band is still playing and doing what they do. I will continue to say that whether they are in the states, the UK, Japan, or anywhere else. It’s a shame that after being home in the UK for an extended period of time to record, and seeing fans on a regular basis,one of the few times they dare step foot out of the country to play a few shows that they are likely being paid very well to play, there are already complaints about fairness.

-R

 

With You My Friend

So…I’m sitting in Amanda’s living room right now.  I arrived here yesterday afternoon after what felt like a long day of travel, probably because by the time I’d arrived here I had a migraine and was starving.  Gotta say, it’s nice to be Daily Duranie together in the same room for a change…and once again I put out a plea to my husband to please move us back to the Illinois/Wisconsin area.

Last night was spent reacquainting ourselves with our muse(s), in the form of bonding over a bottle of wine and laughing (I mean watching…just watching…) the band in some video footage we have from our last few “tours”.  Well, the band was touring. We were just following, I guess.  We also laughed at ourselves, because unbeknownst to all of you, Amanda and I take the time during each of our “field trips” to see the band in order to record our thoughts. We call these moments “Press Conferences”.  They aren’t open to the public (although we have definitely had them in public areas, and they are definitely not items we’ll be sharing on the blog any time soon. Or ever, really.  During these conferences, we talk about what we liked, didn’t like, or as was the case in May of 2011… they serve as therapy.  We laughed as we watched how far we’d really come since those days, and yet many things haven’t really changed. That saying, “The more things change, the more things stay the same”??  It applies.

I suppose that to a large extent, this blog is a natural, more public (and sometimes kinder) extension of those press conferences. This is where we share our thoughts, feelings and ideas.  Yes, we’re outspoken, but we also love this band beyond measure. That’s the one constant, and that’s the reason we keep going.

This week we plan to lock ourselves in here and work to finish book proposals that should have been done months ago.  We’re also likely to do quite a bit of laughing and cursing at this beloved band.  When it comes down to it, the friendship Amanda and I share is a direct result of being fans of this band. That friendship fuels the fire that keeps this blog going, even what the two of us openly refer to as “The Sahara Desert” of time between albums.  That friendship has taken a back seat many times to whatever work we’re doing at the time, and it’s nice to have a week together. While we’re absolutely working (I am not leaving until the proposals are done, and yet my husband is pretty insistent that I be on a plane back home to Orange County next Tuesday night), we’re also nurturing our friendship for a change. No shows, no driving at “stupid o’clock in the morning” to get to the next show, no staying out all night to catch a glimpse of a band member or two at a bar after the show.  It’s just us.

-R

PS – send vodka.  I believe there might be a shortage by Friday!!!