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Where in the World is Duran Duran?

I’m sorry I’m late today. I’ve been wrestling with Google and WordPress all morning. I want to make sure to get writing before the day gets away from me.

I don’t suppose anyone has noticed the “Where in the world is _________” pictures this morning? Simon seems to be missing so far, so we should all stay tuned. Obviously though, the band is in Russia! I had to check the calendar – I’ve lost track of when they were due in Iceland and Denmark – but it appears they have several days before heading to those places.

While the thought of the band vacationing together makes me laugh, I’m pretty sure they must be there for a private gig. Wealthy Russians sure seem to know how to throw a good party!

I’m envious of those who are making the trek to Iceland. Aside from a quick run down to Anaheim with my youngest for Vidcon, and to Vegas in September for this crazy band, my vacation destination for this year is our back patio. I’ll be spending warm summer nights barbecuing, building more fenced areas for our future livestock, possibly laying some concrete, and dreaming about the pool I’d really love to have put in. As my husband puts it, “You live here. This is your vacation every single day.” Yeah…..not exactly, but OK.

With the band out and about for the next week or two, hopefully there will be pictures and things to share, along with plenty of photos from those of you going. Safe travels and happy times ahead for all of you! Also, if you’re traveling to any of the upcoming shows and would like to be our special correspondents in the field, we would be thrilled to publish you! We’d obviously credit you with whatever you’d like to share – pictorials, reviews, diaries, etc. Send me a note to our gmail (dailyduranie at gmail dot com)!

-R

Hey All of You Lucky People Seeing DD in Iceland!!!

Yes you! Did you read today that the venue is changing? Duran Duran posted an update today for the Iceland show, explaining that the promoter had changed and that the new venue would be more intimate. Don’t take it from me, though – here’s the update straight from duranduran.com:

PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT

Sena Live has taken over as the local promoter of the upcoming show with British rock icons, Duran Duran, in Iceland on June 25th.

The show will be moved from the “New-Laugardalshöllin” venue to the 5.500 capacity “Old-Laugardalsöllin” so that fans will get a chance to see the band play in a more intimate setting.

Ticket prices will remain the same as before:
– A area: 18.900 kr.
– B area: 14.900 kr.

A’ area tickets are standing and on the floor closest to the stage. ‘B’ tickets are also standing, and general admission, immediately behind, on the floor. Grandstand seats opposite the stage will be used in the new set up, and available to ‘A’ ticketholders on a first come, first served basis, giving those with premium tickets two great options. 

All current ticket holders will receive an email that includes a new ticket to the show. If anyone for any reason wants a refund that will be taken care of right away.

All information about the show: www.senalive.is/duranduran
Ticket sales:
 www.tix.is/duranduran

What does it all mean?

Naturally, since there was announcement of the change, there’s even chatter…and many seem to believe that this announcement of a promoter and venue change have everything to do with a lack in ticket sales.

I have two main feelings about this:

  1. Sure, I wondered about ticket sales. After all, it is far nicer to say that they want to play in an intimate setting than it is to say they need to move locations due to lack of sales. I know enough about PR to know how to state a negative in a positive way. That said, I don’t know for sure what happened. I would doubt that anyone really does unless you are, in fact, the band’s manager. (In which case – hello, welcome, and please don’t shut us down. Thanks!) I do know though, that I am not the band’s manager. We should all be very thankful for that, because I do not have the slightest bit of expertise in this area. It would have been a cataclysmic fail by now if I were left in charge. I’m amazed by the fans who are brick layers, moms, teachers, postal carriers (or the like) by day and potential new managers for Duran Duran by night. I can barely manage being a mom and blogger. More power to ya.
  2. Why is it that whenever the band posts this type of an update, we are all—myself included—so ready and willing to assume the worst? I don’t have answers about this, it’s just something I’m thinking about today.

All I know for sure is that seeing Duran Duran in an intimate setting, in Iceland, seems like a win. I’m still wishing I were going along for the ride. I hope that those going will be posting photos not only of the show, but of the gorgeous Icelandic scenery, so that I can live vicariously through all of you!

In the meantime – I’ve got one more week until we’re out for summer and I will have retired from homeschooling. (at least for now) Wish me luck!

-R

Duran Duran is Going to Iceland!

Packing up from the polar sheet

Wanna see Duran Duran this summer? Well, your options just expanded to include ICELAND.

That’s right! For the first time in fourteen years, according to DDHQ – the band is returning to Iceland. They will be performing at Laugardalshöll in Reykjavík, Iceland on June 25. Tickets go on sale April 24th through tix.is.

It’s funny because a while back, DDHQ asked where we’d want to see a show if money were no problem. The thought of Iceland went through my head – it is a place I’ve always wanted to visit. It’s a dream vacation spot for me, not somewhere I think I have a snowballs’ chance of ever visiting with two kids currently in college and one still at home. Regardless, Duran Duran has now upped the ante by announcing a concert in Reykjavik. Well done, my friends….well done.

While there’s little point of me even whispering the word “Iceland” in my husband’s ear – particularly today, the day after tax day, I can certainly encourage others to make great choices! (My husband took the day off yesterday to file our taxes. He never takes time off unless he has no other choice, and trust me it was not a happy day. That is how much fun we’re not having here…)

However, I am here to convince the rest of you to buy the damn ticket and go!

I am a signal somewhere in your bliss

I took the liberty (ha!) of doing an online search of things to do in Reykjavik during the summer….aside from seeing Duran Duran perform, of course! A list has been compiled, and while I know it would have been smart to link it all in a way where if someone booked something that Daily Duranie would make money off of it, that isn’t the case. The links are purely informational and fun…and I will never retire at this rate. Or travel, apparently!

If you want to stay the night…here’s ten things to see in Iceland!

  • The midnight sun!!! That alone is worth the trip, in my opinion. On the waterfront in Reykjavik (by the time I get finished with this post I hope to be able to spell “Reykjavik” without having to look!) there is the Solfar Sun Ship sculpture that puts on a fantastic light show.
  • Nauthólsvík Beach is a geothermal beach created by a large sea wall that allows the (very) cold sea and hot geothermal waters to mix. It is summer, go sunbathe, enjoy the hot tubs and check out the beach.
  • The Perlan Museum, right in Reykjavik has a planetarium, a man-made ice cave, and looks really cool for an afternoon of exploring.
  • If you’re staying longer, do me a favor and go visit the West Fjords – a place I’ve always wanted to see!! Waterfalls, wildlife, it looks amazing.
  • PUFFINS!!! Go to the Westman Islands for this, take a photo of the little guys and send it to me!
  • If you go early, you can check out Iceland’s National Day of Independence on June 17th. There are parties throughout the country on that day – and what Duranie doesn’t like a party?!?
  • Speaking of parties, ever heard of the Secret Solstice? Well, this Midnight Sun music festival takes place from June 21-23. Just in time!! If that doesn’t grab you, the nightlife in Reykjavik should! Check it out!
  • The Blue Lagoon! Wanna soak in a natural, geothermic spa right in the heart of a volcanic landscape? Yes. Yes I do. Duran Duran who??? Oh that’s right…we’re going for the party!!
  • The Reykjavik Food Walk. What better way to really experience a country than through it’s food? I hear the ice cream is fabulous – and I’m hoping someone checks on that for me! If that doesn’t work for you, do what Amanda and I would do, and check out the local distilleries!!
  • Glaciers! I’ve never been to a glacier. Most people think you can only see the glaciers during the winter, but this is untrue. If I were going to Iceland, I’d be taking a tour to a glacier for sure!

Nothing I would rather like

I think I’ve given enough suggestions to pack a week’s worth of activities in around the concert. I wish I were going, but I’m going to have to live vicariously through the rest of you, or win the lottery. Quickly.

-R