I have this really cute desk calendar that Amanda created for me. She took the same dates in history that we use for the blog, found photos for them, and then put them together. Each day, I enjoy looking at what special event happened in Duran history, and often times it gives me something to write about, too!
Over the weekend, on March 12, my calendar told me that in 2011, Duran Duran performed for One Night Only in the ITV studios in London. (Incidentally, on that same date Duran Duran also performed at the Rum Runner in 1979!) I was disappointed only because I really enjoyed One Night Only, and wanted to share the video.
So this morning arrives and I realize, “it’s my blog. I can do what I want.” So….I found the video, and here it is!
What can I say? It’s three days till #duranlive, and I am prepping myself!
On this date in 2009, the British Music Experience opened at the O2 in London.
Amanda and I have actually been to the British Music Experience! We visited the O2 when in London back in May of 2011 and went into the exhibit. Somehow, I think we felt that if we at least went to the O2, we’d feel better about the shows being cancelled (I am speaking for the both of us: it did not), and at least we would see the British Music Experience (wish it had been Duran Duran instead, but the BME was interesting).
Ok, so after writing that last sentence, I need to admit that I remember very little of the BME (and I really hope these memories are from the BME or else this entire post is about to get embarrassing) with the exception that I saw the blue suit that Roger Taylor wore for Rio (because really, isn’t that the most important thing anyway??) of which I recall two things:
- It was TINY. I mean seriously small. I couldn’t have fit one leg into those pants, much less the suit jacket. I consoled myself by saying that he was practically a child himself when he wore it.
- It was so SHINY. I wondered just how comfortable that fabric (silk) was in the blazing sun all day. Hot and sweaty I’m sure…
I also remember that there was some sort of wall outside that served as a timeline (and in this moment I’m really hoping that I’m remembering these things correctly or else I’ve recalled another part of our trip entirely, which would be embarrassing…but not really all that surprising for me.) *sigh*
Oh, I also remember there being some sort of map thing in the center of the exhibit. I want to say it included the cities in Great Britain along with the musicians that came from there. And that concludes my working memories from there unless I go dig through my pictures. I know there had to be a lot in there on the Beatles, and many other bands too, but you know….Duran Duran was on the brain. As usual.
Duran Duran History on this final Monday before Christmas brings us to London, of all places. On this date in 2005, Duran Duran merrily played a show at Earl’s Court in London. I KNOW some of our readers were there, so share your memories in between shopping, baking, wrapping or whatever else you’re doing today. Yes, it’s already been a whopping NINE years since that show and the Astronaut tour, of which this gig at Earl’s Court was part. Time flies!
I’m including a video clip of that momentous show, as merely a tongue-in-cheek warning…bad things can happen when you crowd surf. Especially if you’re Simon. 🙂
Today’s Duran Duran History takes us back to 1998 when Duran Duran played at Wembley Arena in London. This show was the second to last date in the Latest and Greatest Tour. Most importantly, this show was filmed and aired on Japanese TV.
According to setlist.fm, the set list was as follows:
Is There Something I Should Know
A View to a Kill
Big Bang Generation
Save a Prayer
Friends of Mine
All She Wants Is
Out of my Mind
Hungry Like the Wolf
Girls on Film
You can find most of this live performance on YouTube. I decided to include Out of my Mind here because it is the one song that I really love from the Medazzaland period and would love to see/hear this one live!