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First Celebration – Anniversaries

This has been a crazy week.  I have had a lot of meetings after work, which means that I have been away from home a whole lot of time.  It also means a heck of a lot less sleep than what I need.  Why share this?  Pretty simple.  I’m asking a little for your forgiveness ahead of time.  This isn’t going to be the deepest, most serious, most thought-provoking blog ever.  Heck, I’ll be lucky if I spell everything correctly and manage to write in complete sentences.  


Did anyone read this press release published on December 9th on Duran Duran’s official website?

December 9th, 2019

Duran Duran has announced their highly anticipated return to Ireland with an outdoor performance at St Anne’s Park, Dublin on Sunday 7th June 2020, in support of the release of their next studio album. 

Tickets priced €59.90 inclusive of booking fee go on sale at 9 am next Friday, 13th December via www.ticketmaster.ie.

Duran Duran have sold over 100 million records, had 18 American hit singles, 21 UK Top 20 tunes and have continued to perform to huge concert audiences around the world since the band first formed in 1980. 

Consistently fusing art, technology, fashion and a signature sense of style with their unique and infectious brand of music, singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor have proven themselves timeless, always innovating and reinventing, to remain ahead of the curve.

Their last album, 2015’s Paper Gods, was the band’s highest-charting release in 22 years and has been hailed by critics and fans alike as their best body of work in more than two decades. Produced by Mark Ronson and Nile Rodgers, alongside Mr Hudson and Josh Blair, the record features collaborations with Janelle Monáe, John Frusciante, Kiesza and Jonas Bjerre (of Mew) A global, three year, sold-out arena tour followed.

Duran Duran is currently in the studio working on their follow-up to Paper Gods with several exciting collaborators, to be announced soon. This, their fifteenth studio album, is slated for release in the Spring of 2020, alongside a series of 40 thrilling projects and live events that will celebrate their long and illustrious career.

Tickets for DURAN DURAN go on sale Friday 13th December at 9 am

I didn’t see many comments about that press release when it came out but have seen more comments since parts have been discussed elsewhere.  (By the way, it doesn’t mean much that I didn’t see many comments.  There could have been some and I just missed them.)  When I read the press release, the part that caught my attention was about the series of 40 thrilling projects and live events.  40?  That sounds like a lot. (I get that it connects to their anniversary. That isn’t my point.)  More than a lot, really.  What all could that be?  My mind jumps to lots of good ideas that could possibly be and could possibly not be true.  The possibilities are endless.  Are they including the three dates they have announced?  If not, goodness…what the heck could they be?  Of course, could I participate?  If so, how many?  When?  I suspect that I’ll be lucky to hit ten or two or any.  No matter how many I can and am able to do, my plan is simple.  I want to celebrate the band and their anniversary.  


This got me thinking, though.  Do I really need to wait?  Do I have to be at an event to do so?  I don’t really think so.  What happens if I cannot go to any?  Will I not celebrate this monumental birthday?  That is unacceptable.  No, instead, I would like to celebrate them as much as possible.  Umm….what if I try to do my own little 40 event commemoration?  I could come up with 40 different tasks/methods/events, right?  I’ll accept that challenge.  Now, I recognize that I some of these 40 might not be super huge.  After all, I’ll have to squeeze some of these in a short amount of time or cheaply.  Besides, it isn’t a bad thing to cheer the little things, right?  So, let me start now.


Rhonda and I have a daily calendar about Duran Duran.  I can look at today’s date, for example, and find out that Duran Duran played in Japan in 1984.  Recently, the daily calendar highlighted New Moon on Monday and the video that accompanied it.  So, as a means of celebrating the band, I promise to take time out of my life when those types of anniversaries come up to watch or listen.  On that note, let me share the lovely New Moon on Monday.  After all, it is my favorite video of all time.  Maybe it ranks on your favorites, too.

-A

New Moon on Monday Video Geography

Well, hello there, Monday! I wish I could say I was happier to see you. Alas…

I know that there’s a birthday coming up later this week. Right now, I’ve got my own birthday boy with his own monster-sized birthday to celebrate. I also have entirely too much school paperwork, and teaching to do today. The Katy Kafe with Simon will need to wait until a bit later, unfortunately.

HOWEVER, I do have a treat to share. I don’t really know what it is about October, but I tend to associate New Moon on Monday with October, or just Autumn in general.  I listen to Seven and the Ragged Tiger quite often, right along with my Union of the Snake/Secret Oktober single. (naturally!!) I haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit the little town in France where the video for New Moon on Monday was filmed (I know a few of you out there have had the good fortune to explore Noyers). It is one place of many on my bucket list, and I’ve always been a bit curious about what it might really look like, aside from the “Hollywood magic” they use during filming.

Imagine my delight as I checked our messages this morning and noticed that our friend Jason had sent us a link to Revolutions Per Minute, a blog hosted by Hard Rock (as in Hard Rock Cafe).  Not only is the post topic New Moon on Monday, it was authored by Jason himself! Click on the heading below to open the link!

New Moon on Monday Video Geography

As Jason instructs, his article begins with the video, because “some of you (all of you?) may not have seen it in a few years.” Of course I watched the video. It’s easily been a week or two since my last viewing and I’m pretty sure I’ve forgotten the expression on Roger’s face as he passes out his propaganda, or the way the band looks as they’re dancing at the end. Due diligence, you know??

From there, Jason takes the video apart, deconstructing the scenes and finding current day photos to show how each locale currently appears. I loved it, since it is the closest I’m likely to come to Noyers until I’m finished paying for college…and paying off the loans for college!  (Good times!!) For those of us with all the wanderlust in the world and no way to fund it, his post gives us the tiniest glimpse behind-the-scenes into a beloved, iconic Duran Duran video.

Video geography, indeed.

Take a look and enjoy!  Thanks for sharing it with us, Jason!!

-R

 

 

I light my torch and wave It – video for New Moon filmed 34 years ago!

Not even gonna lie, I love to light my torch and wave it for the New Moon on Monday.

This darn song. It got me from the very first listen. The video certainly did NOTHING to stop me as it was filmed in France on this day in 1984.

Yes, I know the band apparently hates this video. “The dancing” they say. Oh please, Simon. We see you and Mr. “Danceophobia-arms” John Taylor at every single show. Yes, the dancing. We love you for it.

I. Love. It.

Naturally, it’s not JUST the video. I adore the anthemic nature of the song. It is like a giant “call to arms” for all Duran fans.

(note to band: Planet Roaring could have TOTALLY been the follow-up. I’m sad you missed the opportunity to send the song blazing at every single show. Alas…I’ll get over it. Eventually.)

I did love every single second of singing New Moon on Monday at the top of my lungs on the Paper Gods tour, though. There was something very special about hearing the absolute roar go up from the crowd when Sunrise would morph into New Moon. It woke the crowd up as we were transported back to 1984. I felt my teenage energy bursting at the seams, and I just know that the crowd must have been glowing for the band every single night when they’d sing this song. So sure, I’m going to watch the video today. I need no excuse, but anytime I can celebrate another year of my torch being lit because of this song and video in my life, I’ll do it!

-R

I Light My Torch and Wave It

It is lyric Friday!  As usual, I shuffled my iPod until I came across my first Duran related song.  Today, the first song was New Moon on Monday, which made me smile.  I knew immediately which lyric I would use for the blog post.  My favorite lyric in this song is definitely, “I light my torch and wave it…”  I have said it before and I’ll say it again.  It absolutely reminds me of fandom.  Once you become a fan, a significant fan of someone or something, you light that torch, so to speak.

Call me sappy, but that is how I view fandom.  When you fall in love or become a fan, it does feel like something has been awoken or lit inside.  It makes you feel warm inside.  It makes you feel good to watch or hear or read something you are a fan of.  In those situations, you cannot help but to smile.  Of course, that leads people  to read, watch, listen, etc. again and again.  It is like the light from good feeling continues.  It burns on.  At least, that is how I feel about my fandom.  Yes, there have been times that I have been disappointed or frustrated with something related or connected to my fandom, but overall, it still begins me joy and happiness that I rarely get otherwise.  Therefore, I cannot imagine my torch ever being extinguished.  The flame will always burn.

As for the second half of the lyrics, to “wave” that torch seems to me to be about being out and proud of one’s fan status.  There are many in fan studies who talk about fan coming out stories and how it is common for fans to share one’s fan story when first meeting other fans.  I feel lucky in that I often get to share my fan story here on this blog, in person at various meet ups and other events and more.  I love to hear other people’s fan stories, including when, why, how they became fans.  I also like to hear about how fans “wave” their fandom.  How do they show it?  How do they share it with other fans and non-fans?

I think about how I “wave” my fandom.  Clearly, one of the biggest, most obvious way is through this blog.  The fact that I am one half of the Daily Duranie, a blog that posts daily about being Duran fans I think shows how much and how often I’m cool with waving my Duran fandom.  Other fans certainly see my fandom beyond this blog.  For example, any fellow fan that comes to my house would see my office, which is nothing but Duran.  That fan might also see or hear my collection of CDs or of DVDs.  Heck, they might even get a chance to play Into the Arena or the trivia game I wrote.  But, is that really waving my torch, so to speak?  Maybe with other fans but I don’t think that qualifies with non-fans.  How I am doing with them?

I don’t think I hide my Duranieness but I acknowledge that it isn’t something I discuss when first meeting people.  I recognize that fandom is very much misunderstood and that there is a lot of stigma connected to being a fan, especially as a forty-something year-old woman.  Thus, I tend to wait a little while before sharing.  Once I do, though, I tend to be pretty open.  It isn’t uncommon for me to be seen with Duran a related mug or one of  my 850 (kidding!) Paper Gods canvass bags or a t-shirt.  I think once I get out the fact that I’m a big Duranie, then I am constantly waving that torch.  What about the rest of you?  Do you wave your fandom torch?  If so, how?  When?

-A