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Question of the Week: Which Tour Would You Prefer Part 1?

Last week, I shared the results of the last set of questions we asked in our weekly poll. That question focused on picking the songs that most represented each of Duran Duran’s major tours. At the end of the blog post, I asked if people were still interested in doing these polls and many said that they were. Likewise, I asked for suggestions for questions, which included something about fashion and lyrics. I liked those ideas but it will take me a bit to figure out how best to ask about them, but I will get to them! I promise. For now, I went with a question that seemed to fit nicely with the last set, which is about which tour people wish they had attended or could attend again. I figured for this set of questions, I might go back to the original format with one tour against each other rather than the complete list to find which tours are most popular. I will include the dates of the tour and, in some cases, I’ll include locations as well.

Let’s start at the very beginning! Which tour do you wish you could have attended or attend again? I would love to hear why people chose one tour over the other, too!


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Which Tour Do You Wish That You Could Have Attended?
Which Tour Do You Wish That You Could Have Attended?
Which Tour Do You Wish That You Could Have Attended?

The Calm Before the Storm

This week in 1980, Duran Duran were finishing up a tour supporting Hazel O’Connor with shows in Leeds, Norwich, and the grand finale at the Dominion Theatre in London on December 6th. It was during this run of shows when war broke out amongst the record labels for the band’s signature. After that London show, the band would sign to EMI and record their debut album. Life would never be the same again.

For those fans lucky enough to see them before they graduated to a major label and started headlining clubs, it must have been a special time. The band would have been a lot more accessible and the sheer energy of a band about to break feels like the undertow of a giant wave about to rise up from the ocean. I imagine that a lot of people at the shows were there to see Hazel O’Connor and left with a new favourite band. It has happened to me more than a few times!

One show that has stayed with me a long time was The Killers supporting Stellastarr* in April of 2004 at a bar in Denver, CO. At the time, The Killers had just released “Somebody Told Me” but there wasn’t a lot known about them. I mistakenly assumed they were from England because they reminded me of New Order with a hint of Duran Duran. They played with an energy and determination that made it clear where they wanted to go. There was no denying that the band had the frontman and the hooks to make it huge. And they did.

stellastarr* and the killers flyer still on the wall of the club when I went back in 2011…..

On Sunday, I was lucky enough to end up on a radio show discussing Duran Duran and other 1980s bands. As I arranged the songs for the show, I realized how quickly it happened for bands like Duran Duran. From supporting Hazel at the end of 1980 to becoming the stars of MTV a little over a year later, time was moving faster than light (hehe). For the most part, the energy and excitement of the Second British Invasion was starting to wane by the end of 1985.

I’ll leave you with a taste of that final Duran Duran show supporting Hazel O’Connor in 1980. And if you need an 80s fix this week, you can stream a replay of my radio show here. I snuck three Duran Duran songs into the show and talk about our Daily Duranie leaders Amanda and Rhonda a few times.

Duran Duran History – Norwich

Who is ready for some Duran Duran history?! On today’s date in 1980…only about thirty-four years ago now (anybody feel especially young yet?!?) Duran Duran opened for none other than Hazel O’Connor during the Hazel O’Connor and Megahype tour in Norwich.

What’s fascinating is that even now, thirty-four years later, both Duran Duran AND Hazel O’Connor are still touring and doing their thing. Flash in the pan? I don’t think so!

Happy Thursday!




Duran Duran Tour History – Hazel O’Connor

This week, in the continuing series about Duran Duran tour history and their fans’ participation in various tours, I am asking about the Hazel O’Connor Megahype Tour in which Duran Duran was the support band.  This tour took place between November 14, 1980 and January 4, 1981 in the UK, Ireland and Scotland.  As always, I refer you to the band’s official website for all the specific dates and locations, which you can see here.

If you missed any of the previous polls about other more tours, the links can be found below:

1st UK Tour (February 27, 1981 to March 8, 1981)

Faster Than Light Tour (June 29, 1981 to July 11, 1981)

1st European Tour (September 7, 1981 to September 12, 1981)

1st North American Tour (September 16, 1981 to October 10, 1981)

1st German Tour (October 30, 1981 to November 6, 1981)

Careless Memories Tour (November 29, 1981 to December 23, 1981)

Rio Part 1 (April 15, 1982 to July 27, 1982)

Blondie Support Tour (August 2, 1982 to August 21, 1982)

Rio Part 2 and 83 One Off Shows (September 23, 1982 to July 23, 1983)

Sing Blue Silver (November 12, 1983 to April 17, 1984)

The Strange Behaviour Tour (March 16, 1987 to August 10, 1987)

David Bowie’s Glass Spider Tour (August 12, 1987 to January 15, 1988)

Nine City Caravan Tour (October 19 to November 4, 1988)

Big Live Tour (November 11, 1988 to March 4, 1989)

Big Electric Theatre Tour (March 10, 1989 to April 26, 1989)

June 30, 1989 to February 21, 1993 dates

The first half of the Dilate Your Mind Tour (March 4, 1993 to May 9, 1993)

No Ordinary Tour (May 13, 1993 to December 10, 1993)

The second half of the Dilate Your Mind Tour (December 1993 to April 1994

The Thank You Tour (February 1995 to May 1995)

The Radio Festival Tour (May 1995 to November 1997)

The Ultra Chrome Latex and Steel Tour (Nov. 1997 to Oct. 1998)

The Latest and Greatest Tour (Dec. 1998)

Let It Flow Tour (Aug. to Oct. 1999)

Overnight Sensation Tour (Dec. 1999 to July 2000)

Pop Trash Tour (July 2000 to Feb. 2001)

The Up Close and Personal Tour (Feb. 2001 to June 2001)

The Reunion Tour (July 2003 to Dec. 2004)

The Astronaut Tour (Jan. 2005 to July 2007)

The Red Carpet Massacre Tour (Oct. 2007 to Oct. 2010)

All You Need Is Now Tour (Feb. 2011 to Aug. 2012)

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Which Tour Did You See Duran Play for the First Time?

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