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Facebook: Duran Related Pages

There is no doubt that social media has a lot to offer when it comes to fandom.  Duran Duran fandom is no different.  For one thing, social media might provide an opportunity to hear directly from the celebrities themselves.  Both Simon and Dom tweeted this weekend, for instance.  For another thing, social media can give fans the chance to catch something they might have missed.  There are endless examples of this, such as posting an interview or performance that aired on TV that people might have missed or might not have access to, depending on where they live.  Social media, specifically Facebook, allows for pages to be created and maintained with a more narrow subject related to specific fandoms.

We (Rhonda and I) have a Facebook page for the Daily Duranie.  We bet that most of you knew that and probably many of you have “liked” it at some point.  Others of you might have been “invited” while still others just read when something interesting pops up in their feed.  It goes without saying that we appreciate each and every person who has “liked” our page as the more people who do, the better our chances are at getting our blog out to others in the Duraniverse.  Of course, we don’t only post about our blog there.  At times, we will post something that fits music fandom or a question to start a conversation.  So, even if you get the blog through email or some other means, I would recommend liking our page, too.

Lately, I have found myself running across other pretty cool Facebook pages that are focused on Duran Duran.  Here are a few that I have found that I think are worthy of a mention:

Duran Duran Rarity

As many of you may know, I have a pretty large collection of Duran clips from over the years on DVD.  I have so much that I figured that I have seen most of the Duran clips that are out there.  Oh no, this page has proved to me that there are a lot more goodies that I haven’t seen.  The page describes itself as a “magazine and video archive,” which definitely suits it.  A few of the more recent videos include an interview from “The Music Factory” in August of 2000, an interview of Simon from Cannes in 1994, and a John Taylor interview from 1993.  I had never seen any of those before.

Your Daily JoSi

You can all imagine what the focus is of this little page.  That’s right.  It is all about everyone’s (or almost everyone’s) favorite Duran band member combination–John and Simon.  While the page may not be updated “daily”, the photos that are posted are always very, very…well…you know.  😉

Devoted Duranies

This page was designed simply for Duranies.  It gets updated pretty regularly with pictures, videos, etc.  I like that there is a mix of media, meaning that it isn’t just all about pictures like many other Duran related pages are as they post videos, articles, etc..  It is cool, too, that the posts combine both new Duran with older Duran.  For example, one of the latest posts features one of the new mixes of Last Night in the City.  Then, a few posts earlier was a performance of the Reflex from 1984.

JT Fans – Duran Duran

John fans, like myself, might be drawn to pages like this one that is specific to a band member.  I do like that this one includes Duran related posts while including lots of John Taylor pictures, .gifs, etc.  I’m sure that there are plenty of pages dedicated to Simon, Nick, Roger, etc., but for some strange reason I find myself going to mostly John focused pages.  Weird.

There are a TON of Duran related pages out there.  I could spend all day just liking them and looking through all of the various posts on all of them.  The ones I like tend to be updated frequently (strangely enough…we update ours daily!).  I also like the ones that offer something that I cannot see or read elsewhere.  Have I found all of the good ones out there?  No way.  Thus, if you have a page or you know of good ones, can you send them my way?!  I think my Facebook feed could also use more Duran!

-A

Chicago Show #2 Review!

I wanted to think of a catchy title but nothing is hitting me this beautiful Sunday afternoon.  I guess I could have named it the weird but wonderful Chicago show number 2.

The Smoke/Fog Machine:

Within the first few minutes, we knew that the show was going to be super entertaining.  The band came out to play Paper Gods with the smoke/fog machine enveloping the stage, creating a very cool atmosphere.  Yet, last night the smoke machine didn’t turn off when it was supposed to.  It kept going and going.  Poor Dom Brown couldn’t even be seen.  I was impressed that he could continue to play in the midst of it!  As soon as we all realized that the fog machine had a mind of its own, we started laughing.  Soon enough, Simon and John were laughing, too.  Thus, right away, we knew that this show was going to be a funny one!

Clothing changes!

I’m not going to lie.  My friends and I have spent quite a bit of time the last few days discussing John’s…pants, you know the ones he has been wearing most of the time at the shows.  They look like track pants with an orange stripe up the side and a length that is questionable at best.  Clearly, we do not love these pants.  Thus, as the pants came up in conversation, we began pondering whether or not we should offer to take him shopping or if we shouldn’t buy pants ourselves and toss them on stage for him to wear.  Yet, last night, the man wore different pants!  Text messages expressing our delight were quickly exchanged.  We all approved of these other pants!!!

Simon also appeared in a new white jacket, which also met our approval.  That said, the man wore a new hat during White Lines that we had to wonder about as you can see below.IMG_2747

Again, seeing Simon in this sparkly pink hat alerted us that this show was something to behold!  Perhaps, there is a connection between this moment and another Simon moment that happened on this exact date in 2009.

We have to wonder when is the madness going to end??????

Those Damn Beach Balls:

Speaking of madness, again, giant beach balls appeared during Rio.  Many of them found their way to the stage where the band would gleefully punch, throw, or kick them back out to the crowd.  At one point, John’s microphone stand almost fell over from one while he was singing into it.  Then, just a couple of minutes later, he sent a beach ball into the audience, knocking the stand completely over.  It was all distracting.  Where do I watch?  Am I watching the band?  Watching the balls to ensure that I don’t get hit on the head with one?  Even after the song ended, the crowd and band continued to toss them back and forth.  Craziness.

Holy JoSi, Batman!!!

Oh my.  I’m still reeling from all of the fabulous JoSi moments last night.  Honestly, there were SO many that I wondered if I had taken a time machine and it was 2005 all over again.  On top of the frequency of those John and Simon moments, they were also longer and…dare I say…more quality.  Longer eye contact, for example.  At one point, Simon walked over and kissed John’s shirt, which was the mouth from Rio.  Well, then.  Simon even grabbed at John’s collar to pull him closer.  Let this pattern continue for the rest of the tour.  Please.  I beg the Duranie gods!

Song Highlights:

Both Rhonda and I are REALLY loving New Moon on Monday.  For both shows, it just adds something to the show.  I love how it connects Duran’s history with more recent Duran.  I also thought Pressure Off was great, but I missed the confetti terribly.  Wild Boys was great fun!  I have also liked I Don’t Want Your Love both nights.  Last night, though, I noticed that while Simon introduced the song, John and Dom were mouthing the words that Simon was saying.  Clearly, they have heard it a time or two.

There were a couple of moments that reminded me of times past.  First, during Planet Earth, I had heard that the crowds had not been shouting “switch it off” anymore.  Well, we proudly did.  Last night, John saw us yell and responded by saying, “That’s right!”  On top of that, Simon ventured off the stage to encourage the crowd to sing the “ta na na” part of the Reflex.  If that wasn’t enough, Simon also messed up the lyrics to not one song but two (Hungry Like the Wolf and Save a Prayer).  Again, we wondered if we didn’t go in a time machine?!

Ravinia and the Crowd:

While these two shows were great fun, I’m for one glad to be moving on to different venues.  While last night’s crowd was way better, there were still so many people there who were NOT there to see Duran Duran.  It is hard to remain excited when you hear people say things like, “Who’s Nick Rhodes?”  On top of that, the venue is far from the city, from downtown and a serious pain in the ass to get to and from.

Overall:

I would have to say that Friday’s show was probably a better performance but last night’s show was way high on the entertaining side.  They seemed more relaxed and that they were having fun.  We look forward to seeing how things go for the next couple of shows in Detroit and Toronto.

-A

 

Top 10 Reasons for Tour Excitement: Part 2!

Last week, I gave a list of what I am excited about when it comes to touring.  The list included:  Our meet-ups, meeting new people, seeing old friends, having late nights at clubs and bars, following tour traditions, getting out of town, seeing new places, laughing with Rhonda and more.  If you want to read all of the details, go here.  That said, I promised a part 2 that would focus on what I’m looking forward to when it comes to the shows themselves.

Hearing new songs on the setlist (HA!)

Aww…I couldn’t resist.  I’m a hopeless optimist.  I will continue to hope until the very last song at my very last show that they will mix up the setlist some.  Adding in one new song a night, maybe?  Anything?  Please.  If you are reading this, Duran Duran, Rhonda and I will help you out.  We will tweet out some suggested set lists soon!

Confetti in Pressure Off

One aspect of this current tour and set list that I do love is the confetti during Pressure Off.

DoJo

You all knew that this was going to be on the list, right?  The DoJo (Dom and John for those not in the know!) brings together my favorite and Rhonda’s favorite.  It is so good that it actually makes a song like Hungry like the Wolf one to almost look forward to!

Laughing at John’s dancing in Danceophobia

Much like DoJo helps with HLTW, John’s dancing is what makes Danceophobia work for me live!  I am so very entertained by all of his moves!

Laughing at Simon’s dancing during the whole show

While John really only makes me laugh during Danceophobia, Simon’s dancing provides much laughter during the whole show.  Aww…you all know that I only tease because I love!

JoSi

As much as I like to tease and I do, I also really, really appreciate any and all moments of JoSi.  Perhaps, in fact, John and Simon might want to increase the JoSi during this summer leg of the Paper Gods tour.  Just sayin’.

Hoping for something extra to entertain 

Every show has a chance for a little extra moment of entertainment, of fun. For example, just recently in Italy, Simon lost the microphone.  While that is funny enough, I love that someone not only recorded the moment but enhanced the moment with this little video!

Hoping that we have perfected the ability to avoid

There are a couple of moments during the show that we don’t necessarily look forward to.  For example, I like to avoid the finger licking during Come Undone if that is even still being done.  I’ve gotten pretty good at recognizing when it is coming so that I can look away.  Likewise, Rhonda and I know exactly when Simon is going to spray the crowd in the “spit zone” during the song, White Lines.  Now, we just have to hope that we know exactly how to ensure that we don’t get sprayed!

Singing, dancing, clapping with the band and the rest of the crowd

Of course, one of the aspects of Duran Duran concerts that I love is that so much of any crowd not only knows the songs but can and do participate.  When it really works, it is magical.

Experiencing that concert high

Duran Duran concerts give the concert high like no other.  During the show, real life, problems, concerns all wash away, at least for a little while.  At the end, most people want more.  Another encore.  Another show.  Another tour.  I’m sure these shows will continue the pattern.

-A