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Today in Duran History – Argentina

On today’s date just a mere two years ago, Duran Duran played at Luna Park in Argentina.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but even though I know this was just two years ago at this point – it seems like so long ago now.  While I might be ready to consider the idea of going to some shows again, I suspect that the band has other plans given that there’s no end date in sight for the new album to be released…may as well get comfortable in those easy-chairs, I suppose!  🙂

-R

Today in Duran History – Tokyo

Way back in the dark ages…we’re talking 1982 people…Duran Duran played at Shibuya Kokaido in Tokyo.  I can honestly say that not only do I not remember this show (I definitely wasn’t there!), I really think that at that point in my life, my world began and ended at Sunflower Intermediate School in Glendora, California (a school that has since been closed).  I was eleven years old, and while I know I could have picked Japan and even Tokyo out on a map, overall the world felt an awful lot bigger to me then than it does these days.  I don’t know that I even dreamed about seeing the word beyond the US at that time.  There are moments when it is hard to believe there was once a time when the internet didn’t exist and we were forced to rely on radio, TV & magazines for our Duran Duran news.

Dark ages indeed!!

-R

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.  😀  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:

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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…)

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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 – where a fan get together had been planned by DDM.  It was a fascinating beginning to the weekend, I must say.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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!

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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!!!

-R

Careless Memories of a Mad World, LA style!

Yesterday afternoon, I packed up my Mad World book, picked up my own chauffeur from work (my husband!), some Daily Duranie wristbands (do you have yours yet?!?), my camera and made my way up to the Sunset Strip to one of my favorite bookstores: Book Soup!  My mission was to have my book signed by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein, authors of Mad World.  I’d never been to a book signing that had a DJ along for the ride, spinning tunes as we stood in line.  My husband Walt commented as we stood in line hearing Echo and The Bunnymen that it felt like we’d been propelled back in time to the early 80s. Observant, that husband of mine…. I loved the music, and yes, I did stay long enough to catch the familiar chords of Girls on Film flowing in the air.  But back to that signing…

Book Soup is not a huge bookstore. It is this fabulous, homey feeling bookstore in the heart of the Strip. Situated just up the street from the likes of the Key Club, Viper Room and The Whisky among others, it’s in an unlikely spot, which is very much part of it’s charm. It reminds me of the independent bookstores I’d find on the main street of Glendora or Covina – my home town(s).  Not only can one find books in Book Soup, but there’s vinyl as well – bonus!!

As I arrived last night and stepped into the store, there was no way you couldn’t be immediately swept away back to the 80’s. Kajagoogoo was playing, and no – I can’t listen to “Too Shy” without thinking of Nick Rhodes. I’m forever cursed. Thanks Nick. I wound my way to the line snaking around the perimeter of one side of the store, and as I stood in line, I dared myself to think back to what it was like listening to these songs in the 80s.  I was pretty young back then, and if I only knew where it all might lead me… (and if I could figure that out now, well, maybe I’d actually be making a decent living!!) I just remember a time when I could turn on the radio and song after song would carry me away from my teenage problems to a world of daydreams.  Nowadays I struggle to find a regular radio station that I can actually stand to listen to more than a song or two. The joys of aging, I suppose.

I looked up as I stood in line and caught the wandering eye of Lori Majewski,  as she glanced to see how far back the line began. She  waved. I started to wave back but then thought to myself, wait a minute. She couldn’t possibly recognize you, Rhonda. She doesn’t even KNOW you. Now you’re waving like an idiot. Awesome. So I looked around, only to find that no one else was looking up.  She was waving my way after all.  Great job, self-confidence.  *begin slow clap here*  I swear it was it was my own personal Ducky moment from Pretty in Pink.  (watch the end of the movie if you don’t know what I mean…and why on earth do you not know what I mean?!?)

As I recovered from that moment (there are just times when I’m glad the band ISN’T there, you know??), I saw Patty Palazzo walk past me – and so I did what any normal person might do any Duranie might do, I got out of line to go say hi! I’d never met Patty before, but I have exchanged emails a few times….and actually, we’d agreed to talk that night about setting up an interview for the blog!! (I’m so excited about this news that I might burst! No really. I just ate carrot cake. I might honestly burst.) I don’t know where my courage came from because I am really not this brave ever, but I walked up and said hello, and even dared to hug her.  *gasp* I don’t know WHERE that came from, because my friends – Rhonda is not a hugger. I like personal space. I am not touchy-feely.  But I hugged Patty last night, and I’m pretty sure I violated her personal space.  Maybe this is why I’ve never really gotten anywhere near the band…I’m a closet hugger!!! *gasp* This is really why I should never be allowed to go to events like this unattended. (meaning without Amanda) I even got Patty and a few new friends to wear our Daily Duranie wristbands! Amanda should be so proud…because I had those darn wristbands in my bag, and I kept thinking to myself: do I dare hand them out? Really? Should I? Will I look as super cool as I do right now if I hand them out?

(The answer is no. No Rhonda…you never looked super cool to begin with, so…you’re safe. Go with it.) So I did! Never mind that it took my darling husband three or four tries to get a decent photo…

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Before I knew it, we were up to the front and Jonathan Bernstein was doing everything possible to make sure I knew it was time to hand over my book. I was too mesmerized by the process to see that he was practically grabbing my book out of my hands. (so sorry!) The next thing I knew, I was being introduced to Lori Majewski by Patty, and we’d set up a time to get together for something I’m not going to talk about just yet…you’ll have to just watch this space! (Again, I’m really thinking I might burst. Remind me that carrot cake is never an acceptable breakfast substitute…)

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It’s blurry (sorry Jonathan…I hope your photographer was better than mine!)…but it is a very cool memory.  Admittedly I am fangirling just a bit over meeting Lori. Back in the day, before writing Mad World, before Teen People, she was the editor of a Duran fanzine. How cool is that?? I don’t know where in the hell I was back then, but I intend to ask her all about that…when we meet up for that thing I’m not going to talk about just yet!

If that weren’t enough, and it’s really not EVER enough (I believe there’s a John Taylor quote to be had somewhere in there), after I had my books signed I had the chance to run into Duranie friends.  I know that I’ve lamented here about how much I miss the band, and I do. Maybe that’s overly sentimental, but I miss seeing them play and I especially miss that sense of “one-ness” that we all feel with them when the show is going right. We’re all in that same place together feeling the same thing. It’s a remarkably cool feeling that I hope all fans get to experience at one time or another. However, it’s in moments like some that I had last night that I remember how much I miss my friends from afar. Friends from the UK, Europe, the midwest, east, northwest…southeast…I’ve been very lucky to have made real friends in a multitude of places, and last night I had just the smallest taste of getting to see some of them again. We don’t gather very often, and it was really nice to catch up with a few of them. Friendships are the one collective “thing” about being a Duranie I treasure most. Well, there is the music too…I mean, duh… (can’t really forget to mention the band, can I??), but I love seeing friends from all over.

The night ended relatively early for us, as we had to get back home, but it was really a great night and I’m glad I went to the signing. If you haven’t gotten your copy of Mad World yet, do yourself a favor and look for it on Amazon. I have read the entire thing once and am going back through it a second time.  Jonathan and Lori did a fantastic job interviewing all of the bands, and there is just so much information in there – things we never would have ever known about the music we grew up with.  It is genuinely worth the read.  You should see my book, I was telling Jonathan last night as we left that my book is all marked up, highlighted, red-lined, complete with notes in the margin!  (Note to self: next time, bring a book that is not already marked up with your notes in it…)

-R

 

 

 

Today in Duran History – The Reflex!

If you’re a Duranie and you have a heartbeat (which is likely since you’re reading), chances are, you already KNOW what today is in Duran history.  If you’ve been on Twitter or Facebook this week, you should know this, but I’m not into Pop (Ha ha, I made a funny) Quizzes, so I will spill: on today’s date in 1984, The Reflex was released.

Thirty years ago, people.  Thirty years.

Now, I’m not saying you’re getting old or anything, particularly if you weren’t around to hear The Reflex on the radio the day it was released…but I was.  So….there’s that.  Happy days!!

For many Duranies, this was the song that made them cross the bridge, dance on the valentine, and swear they would be Duranies forever more.  I wouldn’t know about that, because well, I was already a Duranie for a few years before this song came out.  (again, we’re not saying old, but…)  My partner-in-crime claims this date as her Duranniversary (I have played around with the spelling of that word more than I ever care to count…I’m going with this one!), so Happy Anniversary, Amanda!!  Thirty years, thirty some shows??? (There would be more if the band ever decided to do some more shows. Just saying, because I can.)

Moving on…

I can remember hearing  The Reflex on the radio in 1984, but it really wasn’t until I was in marching band in about October of 1984 that other kids in band started telling me about the song. I would patiently stand there, listen, and roll my eyes back into my head when they would say it was new…because by then it was SO six months ago…but that Nile Rodgers remix did something special with it, and I can remember friends, even friends who *gasp* were not into Duran Duran, thinking it was cool.  Because it was.  Maybe it wasn’t the best DD song ever written, maybe it was.  One thing is certain: there was something special there…and here we are thirty years later.

-R

#DDReflex8414  (I probably don’t get extra brownie points for posting the hashtag on the blog, but that’s OK!)

It’s a very very MAD WORLD.

As promised, today I’m going to give a brief review (with no spoilers!!) of Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein’s new book, Mad World which is out today!

First of all (and most important), I want to disclose that Lori approached Amanda and I several months back about helping them out with promo for Mad World.  While the typical “Are you sure she meant to contact us? I mean…we’re just a couple of fans!!” were made between Amanda and I, we were (and are) extremely honored. I suppose we could act cool, calm, collected and professional and put off an air of “Well of course they’d want our help”…that’s not exactly our style. Amanda and I are simply fans. Like you. We began this blog from that very simple two word fact, and that’s how we’re going to continue, forevermore.  I should also disclose that I received a copy of the book early for review – and that has never happened before, so for us, this is a first, and we are completely honored by the opportunity.  Maybe that’s overreaching on our part, maybe we’ll be slammed for saying so; but for Amanda and I, the way we see it is that someone out there sees the good we’re doing, and we’re very, very proud of that.

However, that won’t stop me from bringing forth an objective review….just so we’re clear about how much I adore this book.

I don’t want to give a lot away about Mad World because I really want everyone to go get their own copy.  But, if you could see mine – you’d see it completely red-lined and highlighted. Yes, I still read as though I’m reading for a college course.  If you take away just one thing from my review – I want our readers to know that reading this book makes the songs sound new again.  Let me try to explain.  Let’s face it: these songs are around thirty years old now.  At one point or another, the songs started fading into the background. I might still listen to the music. I might (I do) still have nearly all of them included on my trusty mp3 player, but I don’t really hear them the way I once did.  I don’t pay attention to every last drum beat, or every single crescendo or synth loop.  I still love the music, but I don’t feel the music as much. It doesn’t completely consume me.  Or at least it didn’t before Mad World.  

Once I started reading though, that all changed. The book is basically divided into chapters that correspond with songs.  So for example there is a chapter called Girls on Film. I’m pretty sure you can guess what and who that’s all about.  Jonathan and Lori give their initial thoughts on the song (and band in a broad sense), then they include the interviews done with the band about that particular song – since this is an oral history. What I really like is the song is discussed in the original historical context – “How was it back in the 80s”, and then they have a section called “That was then, this is now”; and in that section the song is talked about from the present point of view.  So, I found myself listening to the song before reading the chapter, then reading the chapter, and going back to listen to the song again.  I couldn’t help but hear the song differently. It was as though my ears were reinvigorated!

This is not a book that I would critique based on writing style, or how much “dirt” was drummed up about the subject…although I feel that the bands involved seemed to be incredibly forthcoming and honest about their work, which is refreshing.   Of course the writing is good. and I love that Lori and Jonathan are true to themselves. When they are fans, they say so and own it rather than try to play the “We are completely professional and above it all” card.  Their commentaries are rooted in reality, and it is obvious that they enjoyed the work that went into the writing.  However, the real star(s) of the book are the interviews. I learned so much in reading, and it wasn’t the big picture stuff that resonated – it was the little things.  I could really get a sense of the emotionality that some of the artists interviewed continue to carry with them about songs that were written so long ago. I felt some of the heartbreak that others had when they looked back.  I could even hear the anger, despair, distain and even apathy of others for their fellow band members.  Those points in the book make the songs whole.  It’s as though now I’ve got the full story – the 360 degree view.

This isn’t a book that could have been written as successfully even ten years ago.  So many of these people needed to get past their own egos, whether they were overly trumped up, or completely deflated in the years gone by.  It has taken this long for many of them to simply come to terms with what took place, which is why I really believe the interviews worked so well.  In all honesty, I think that I needed to become an adult in order to fully treasure their stories.

Lori and Jonathan say that they wanted Mad World to be a fan friendly book. They have taken the route of going directly TO the fans to answer our questions, and get us involved. I have to give them kudos for doing so, because I believe the evidence is clear: it worked.

I am an 80s kid. I was born in November of 1970 and so when the year 1980 rolled around, I was 9 years old. My formative years were spent in the 80s, and when I think about the music I love, New Wave from 80s is the first to come to mind. It is a vital portion of my personal soundtrack, my playlist.  Mad World fills in the gaps, the things I pondered while laying on my not-quite-orange but also not-quite-brown shag bedroom carpet listening to my stereo and staring at my green walls peppered with pinups of Duran Duran when I was a kid.  Definitely worth the read.

Amanda and I plan to do more with Mad World in the coming weeks – so watch this space!

-R

To order your copy: Mad World 

Today in Duran History – Glasgow and a bit of Mad World

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

On today’s date in 2004, Duran Duran played the SECC in Glasgow.

Do you want to know what I remember about Glasgow, and the SECC in particular?  It was bloody FREEZING in there.  I remember sitting and waiting for a show in December of 2011, complete with my down ski parka on…continuing to shiver.  I don’t think I completely thawed out again until I touched down back in California, a day and a half later.  Naturally, that was in the month of December…and this show took place in April.  So there’s that, right?  Who was there in 2004??

Also, today is officially MAD WORLD day!  That’s right, the release of Mad World – the book that all New Wave 80s music lovers should have, hold and caress fondly (but never nostalgically….no. We can’t have that…because we, my friends…are not old. We’re not nostalgic. We just know good music.), has been released today!!  If you haven’t already pre-ordered your copy and you’re not waiting by your front door to tackle the mailman or UPS guy, I urge you to rectify the situation immediately and order it from Amazon!!  Why, you ask?  I’m reviewing it.  Later today.

In the meantime, check out the Reddit AMA with Lori & Jonathan: Mad World Reddit

Need a link to grab the book?  Fear not, my friends.  I’ve got you covered: Mad World.

-R

Today in Duran History – John Taylor in Tokyo

On this date in 2001, John Taylor did promo work in Tokyo…and since I don’t have any other exciting information to add to that (if anyone else does, send it in!), I’ll also add that on this date in 2011, the band played the Fox Theater in Pomona California as part of their All You Need is Now Tour!  I was there for this one, and I can say – it was a great show.  They played Friends of Mine on this night and nearly brought the house down when it played.

Lastly, I have it on good authority from DDHQ that The Reflex has an anniversary coming up.  #30 is coming up on Wednesday.  If you’re on Twitter, they’ve been using the hash tag #DDReflex8414 to celebrate.

Busy week ahead – my kids are on Spring Break, so a very Happy Monday to you and yours!  If you caught the blog earlier, you may have noticed that I had the wrong month’s worth of dates today.

All I will say is that it’s Monday and my children are home on break.  I think that explains it all.

-R

I’ve got something to say

Did you know that on this date in 2009, Simon blogged that the band had left Sony records?

In 2009, I was still very active on duranduranfans.com…and once in a while, we’d have a visitor on the message boards named Moocher.  I remember Moocher well.  Why? Moocher liked “actively debating” with me.

It was no secret on that board that I was no fan of Red Carpet Massacre. I was positive that the band would leave Sony, or Sony would leave the band. I didn’t know how or when, only that it was inevitable. From my point of view, it felt to me as though the band was poorly mismatched with the producer of choice for Red Carpet Massacre (and as I write this I remember Moocher giving me grief for always calling the album RCM as opposed to writing it out), and given the sales of that album as well as Astronaut – it seemed likely that one way or another, the band would part ways with Sony.

The day before Simon blogged about the parting with Sony, an interesting post showed up on ddf written by none other than Moocher. That poster and I had words more than once on the board,  our disagreements always remained respectful, but we were both passionate about our feelings. On this particular day, Moocher said that news was about to hit that the band left Sony – and my comments about the band, their attitudes (in fact Moocher quoted me several times) and what I felt lay in their future, were called on the carpet. I know that I had upset Moocher by saying that RCM wasn’t up to par over the prior months – our discussions had generally centered themselves around that topic. Moocher went on to describe the great love s/he had for Red Carpet Massacre, and that no label could ever take that from them. Grinning broadly as I read Moochers smack down, I agreed, and I still do.  For example, there are times when I complete a post for this blog, but I know it’s not my best work. That doesn’t stop me from loving my work – but I know in the back of my mind that I can still do better. I can’t imagine it’s much different with the band and their music. That said, I’ve never been shy about my opinion, even back in 2009. I loved the band, enough to be honest about what I saw, heard and felt. Moocher loved the band just as much if not more, and I respected that.

So that day, I chuckled when I saw Moochers post. I knew much of the post was directed solely at me, and that I deserved some of that ire. The next day, when Simon’s blog appeared at dd.com, it was strikingly similar to what had been written on ddf by Moocher.  Coincidence?? We will never know….

This story brings me to a similar point I want to make about this blog.   I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I was taking a bit of a hiatus from the rigors of writing lengthy blogs each day. The truth is, I was very burned out. I was becoming increasingly negative about everything from the band themselves to the fans…emphasis on the fans.

I’m not sure if other fans really understand what it’s like to write a blog. I know that when we started this insanity, I had no idea what I was really in for. One day, I just started writing without a lot of thought as to whom might be reading. In hindsight, I think our “blog” really started back when I was still posting on ddf. I think the very first “post” was likely my review of the fan show in NYC 2007. (It was not a good review) The only difference between that first post and now is the web address, really.

The way the blog is supposed to work (for me), is that I sit down and begin writing without a lot of thought into how the community-at-large will react. For a long time, that worked. I would write and either no one would comment, or the only people that did comment were those who agreed. About the time that the blog started getting notice from other fans, the first dissenting opinions showed up. They came as a surprise, in moments I wouldn’t have expected, but I never minded having a discussion. Sometimes I learned things, and sometimes I changed my mind about things I’d written. Those comments broadened my view. In a lot of ways, I was thankful for those discussions, because they made me see that people were reading and reacting, which was fantastic.

Naturally, things didn’t always stay so friendly. Some people took my opinion extremely personally…and maybe that was needed. Maybe some didn’t like the mirror I was holding. I don’t know for sure, but it’s impossible for me not to notice the reactions: I’ve been kicked out of private online communities of “friends”, I’ve been blocked from people who I thought mattered (to me), I’ve made business decisions for the greater good that ended up ruining friendships, I’ve had complete strangers call me everything from “bitch” (probably accurate and I don’t apologize) to “cunt” (totally uncalled for), and I’ve been called a “sad loser” more times than I can count. (Whatever. I was in band all through school. You think I haven’t heard that one before? Get some creativity.) Oh yes, there’s also my very favorite…”Durantard” (that one earns a slow clap for brilliance.)

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I’ve been friended solely because someone has thought I knew the band and could get them into shows or backstage (If only!!), I’ve made many, many other friends because they started reading the blog; found me on Twitter and became more than just a screen name, I’ve had drinks bought for me many times (those are ALWAYS appreciated, I promise), and I’ve learned so, so much. I have learned to have much respect for the band’s management, friends of band members (you know who you are), and other journalists who were once bloggers like me. That doesn’t mean that I always agree with decisions that are made or methods with which things are done. I just have deep respect for the fact that they have a much different view on that side than I might here, and I definitely do not know it all.

I never meant for this blog to become a career, so it’s a good thing that it isn’t! It was really meant to just be fun. I wasn’t thinking ahead when I started writing posts for the blog. Clearly not! It’s name alone should have made me take a pause and think of the implications. One of the kindest compliments I’ve ever gotten about the blog was simply that they could tell I write from a very authentic place. I do. Right or wrong, on any given day when you read this – they are my real feelings. This blog is a reflection of what I really think. If you want to really know me, this is a very good place to begin. While I’m quieter and a lot more shy in person, this blog (my posts, anyway) is still me. I guess I’m just brave enough to put it out there and allow it all to be picked over. Funny, I never thought of it being brave until I realized that so many others are even afraid to sign their names to a silly comment. (again, that earns a slow clap)

The real trouble with putting yourself out there though, is that over time, it begins to feel as though you’re on a slow simmer over an open fire. I started worrying about what to say here that wouldn’t cause a riot on Facebook. I started worrying about what other people were saying about me, and most importantly – I started wondering about whether I was really still a fan of Duran Duran. Then I remembered what one of the people I admire most in this world – the fandom world – said to me.  She said to me, “Rhonda, it’s clear that you and Amanda have fun with the blog, and that’s part of it’s charm. When it stops being fun, then it’s time to go.”  You see, she knows of what I’m writing because she’s been there herself. It is unbelievable how you can have plenty of people “following” you, and yet feel so incredibly alone as though you’re on a quickly shrinking iceberg in the middle of a boiling pot of water. I didn’t want to give up the blog completely, but I needed a break. So I took one. If the band can be on hiatus, then damn it, so can I. So I am. Or I was. I’m not really sure.

There is genuinely no winning this game until you can stop feeling – and if I stop feeling, then I can’t very well still be a fan, and if I can’t be a fan, what in the hell am I doing here? That’s the question I ask myself as I write. Daily.

What I’ve derived as the conclusion for now is that I’m going to keep writing my opinions here. I am probably not always going to like what Duran Duran says or does. I’m probably not going to make any of you very happy with me. I’m going to poke fun, be demanding and impatient, be snarky, laugh at myself, love on the band, and then turn around and gush over Dom Brown because darn it – that’s what I want to do. I don’t care that the rest of you don’t think he’s a member. It’s MY blog. It’s Amanda’s blog. If you don’t like it, then stop reading.

Daily Duranie is not going to be a reflection of what anybody else thinks, says or does in this community except ourselves, and we really don’t care if the rest of you don’t like it. We ARE anxious for the next album. We DO want them to hurry. We DON’T like it when John Taylor says they don’t need to tour. We’re FANS. Of course we want all of those things!! When the day comes that I sit back and blog here that I don’t care if the band ever tours again or that I’m happy to sit back and wait a few years for the next album, one of you had better come take my pulse, because I may have died. It’s not out of greed I say those things, it’s out of love for them. I’m a big fan and I want to see them again! I am exactly who I say I am.

The comments are still going to be open, and if you’ve got something to say that can be written respectively and thoughtfully for discussion, we’ll be happy to respond. Otherwise it’s probably going to get tossed out with the garbage. I’ve never said that before, but I am now. Amanda and I don’t need to put up with the nonsense, and we’re just not. This blog is ours. I’m going back to having fun now!

-R