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Happy Birthday, Anniversary, and thinking back to Ravinia!

Today is a very busy day in Duran history. The band must really LIKE July 9th or something, I have to say.  There’s a birthday, a big anniversary, and several “they played here on this date” mentions. So let’s get to them!

Happy Birthday Julian!

Roger’s son was born on this date in 2011. He’s seven today!  That seems impossible because I am still convinced that Elliot should still be twelve! A very happy birthday to Julian!

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What date do we really celebrate as “Day One” for this band? Is it the date they first rehearsed together as a five-piece? Is it the date that John and Nick agreed to start a band? Is it the first time the played with Simon as the singer?

I’ll let all of you hammer that one out, but in the meantime, I’m going to celebrate that on this very date in 1980, Duran Duran played at the Rum Runner, and it was the first gig with the classic lineup.  Thirty-eight years and counting.

Not that I’m counting. In fact, I’d rather not at this point. How about we all agree to forget the number and just wish one another a heartfelt “Happy Anniversary!” Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea that we’ve all been on this career-long journey with the band that has lasted the better part of 40 years. I don’t love the idea that somehow, I’m older than 40 now. Nope. Not gonna do it.

Two years ago today…

I saw Duran Duran at Ravinia, just outside of Chicago in Illinois. I vacillate between disbelief that it was only two years ago, and shock that it’s already been two years.

I’m ready for more shows, but I’m also willing to wait. Money…time…all that good stuff that I have none of.

Speaking of which, I’m off!

-R

 

Duran Duran History – Madrid

Duran Duran history for March 11 – on this date in 1993, Duran Duran performed at Die Mauer in Madrid Spain.  This date was included during the Dilate Your Mind tour of Europe, in support of The Wedding Album. Additionally, there is also a bootleg of this show that is floating around somewhere, titled Die Mauer, Madrid 11-3-1993.  

-R

 

Today in Duran History – Marvin Gaye

On today’s date in 1984, Duran Duran played at the Capitol Center in Largo, Maryland and dedicated Save A Prayer in memory of Marvin Gaye, who had been shot and murdered by his own father the day before.

Save a Prayer is a song that many Duranies have equated with uplifting spirits in times of sadness or crisis. There are a few DD songs that tend to be on the short list for those moments, and the band has been very kind in dedicating performances of their songs when appropriate.  Sometimes it’s the simple acknowledgment of grief that helps us get through the toughest of times.

-R