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We Fans Choose the Setlist Only In Dreams

This week I’ve seen a few tweets from Anna letting us know that she’s getting back into Duran Duran touring mode, posting songs and evening mentioning informal rehearsals. The band themselves have been very, very quiet – only Dom poking his head up long enough to post yet another RIP tweet, this time for Sir George Martin.

As I mentioned, Anna has posted a couple of songs on her FB page this week, and naturally those always seem to get responses from fans hoping out loud that they’ll play one song or another. Not much changes from tour to tour – fans want it all and then some. I would imagine the band could play for hours and we’d still be crying for more, wouldn’t we?

Just today, Anna posted Only In Dreams – a song that was not played here in the US for their tour in October.  I realize that some readers may believe I keep track of what is played and when, but the truth is that unless they’ve omitted Hungry Like the Wolf, added Secret Oktober, or played something else I haven’t heard in a while, I’m probably not going to notice, and certainly not when it’s a show I didn’t attend. So I’d forgotten that they’d played Only In Dreams on their recent UK tour in December as I thought to myself that it’s another song I’d really love to hear live. Just as I’d posted that though, another fan or two said that they didn’t think the song “worked” live and that there are plenty other, better songs, on the album.

First of all, I chuckled when I saw the comments because, let’s face it, if you’re Duran Duran – there’s really no winning this setlist thing. People like ME are always going to say they’ve heard certain songs entirely too much, people like some of YOU are going to say that it’s not a Duran Duran show unless you hear <insert any hit they’ve ever had here>. There’s no winning because someone is always going to be pissed off that they didn’t play one thing or another. And truthfully, that’s our problem, isn’t it?

I’ve spent more than my fair share of writing time campaigning for one song or another – I use my platform well (whether it’s effective or not!), but the reality is that the band is gonna play what they want and we’re going to like it and keep going, or we’re not.  And if I’m any proof, it turns out that many of us are going to grit our teeth and sing our way through as many shows as we can manage each tour.

Secondly though, I thought about what the person said about Only In Dreams not really “working” live. Interestingly enough, I saw more than one person mention that it’s a relatively slow song and  wanes in energy. That can be a hazard for live shows, I suppose. I remember seeing the Red Carpet Massacre tour, and there were a couple of songs from that album that created something of a vacuum in the venue, sucking the energy right out of the room. Once that happens, it’s very difficult to get the audience back “up”. It’s a vicious circle beyond that, because the band feeds off of the crowd’s energy and vice-versa. For me, Only In Dreams is a song I love because it reminds me so much of what it is like to be a fan, but that doesn’t necessarily translate well to others in the audience, and with the song being slower than say, “Pressure Off”…. Well, I can understand if it’s not the set list.

Another song that is often mentioned and hasn’t been performed (to my knowledge anyway!) is The Universe Alone. The song is huge, epic, and probably the masterpiece off of that album. I don’t even know if it is a song they can perform – but it is certainly one that they should. I could go on like this all day, but only the band knows what they are willing and ready to play, and I know that no matter what they play, many of us will be ready to tell them they should have played X, Y & Z instead!

So, if you could have them add a song or two from Paper Gods that hasn’t been played yet, what would you suggest and why?

-R

Question of the Day: Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Track Listing so far:

  1. Rio
  2. Planet Earth
  3. Lonely in Your Nightmare
  4. Careless Memories
  5. Hold Back the Rain
  6. New Religion
  7. Last Chance on the Stairway
  8. Save a Prayer
  9. The Chauffeur
  10. Mediterranea
  11. Only in Dream

Now, we have a another play-off between the last winner of the favorite 12th track and the winner this time.  Which do you prefer?

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Question of the Day: Monday, December 14, 2015

Track Listing so far:

  1. Rio
  2. Planet Earth
  3. Lonely in Your Nightmare
  4. Careless Memories
  5. Hold Back the Rain
  6. New Religion
  7. Last Chance on the Stairway
  8. Save a Prayer
  9. The Chauffeur
  10. Mediterrenea

Now, it is play-off time for track 11 with the winner before Paper Gods was released versus the winner after.  Which song do you like better?

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They Played…WHAT?!?

Last night, Duran Duran opened up their UK Tour in Manchester.  While that event would be significant enough to blog about, it became very clear that the focus of today’s blog would be something much more specific after seeing and receiving tweets, posts, etc. about last night’s setlist!  If you haven’t seen it yet, let me post it here:

Manchester Setlist

General Observations

Now, if you know anything about me, I could probably analyze this setlist for hours.  I will try to refrain from going overboard to just give a few observations.  First, before I even dive into the setlist itself, I notice that at the very top of this setlist are the words, “Version 7”.  I guess that means that there were 6 versions before that!  I am well-aware of how much debate, discussion, etc. goes into the band’s setlist and this just proved it to me once again.  I would love to know what was on the other versions!  Something else I noticed before I get to the songs themselves is the number of tracks and how some clearly blended into each other.  If you count each song played (partially or otherwise), the band played 22 songs.  Not bad.  That said, 5 of those songs were blended together.  The first one being Sunrise and New Moon.  My understanding is that they didn’t play  all of New Moon.  The other part of the setlist with blended tracks included Danceophobia, Too Much Information and Girls on Film.  They did the same for the US tour.  In that case, I have to assume that they played almost all of those tracks.  (If I’m wrong on this, Manchester attendees, let me know!)

Surprise Songs

By now, everyone in Duranland has probably seen or heard that Duran busted out some unexpected songs!  The first one, Only in Dreams, was a new one off of Paper Gods.  This brought the number of Paper Gods tracks up to 6 from the 5 that they had been playing in the US.  I have been anxiously refreshing YouTube to see if anyone has put this video up for the world to see.  So far, no Only in Dreams.

The next surprise song was Love Voodoo!  If someone would have said that they would have played this one without me getting lots of confirmations that they did, I wouldn’t have believed him/her.  This is not a song that often gets in my radar but, from what I could tell, people were absolutely thrilled that they decided to dive into an album track like this one!  Like Only in Dreams, I haven’t seen anything on YouTube but I did see a clip on Duran Duran Argentina’s Facebook page, if you are interested!

Of course, the biggest surprise and probably the most welcome for many fans was the inclusion of New Moon on Monday.  This is a song that many, many, many fans love and figured that they would never have a chance to hear live, including myself.  I would love to hear any or all of it live.  I know that some attendees were disappointed that the band didn’t play the whole song, which I can understand, but I figure that some is better than nothing!  This one I did find on YouTube and I have to admit that it sounds absolutely fabulous!!!

Other Reactions

In general, most fans seem to be thrilled with this setlist!  While, yes, some might argue (and probably rightly so) that there still could be more changes, fans do appreciate that they included these surprise tracks.  Many US fans, for example, expressed hope that they continue playing songs like New Moon when the band comes back to the States.  I can’t blame them as I feel the same way.

While most of the reactions were generally positive, there were still some fans who pondered the decision to include representation of some albums over others.  Let’s look at album distribution from this setlist:

First Album – Planet Earth, Girls on Film (2 songs)
Rio – Hungry Like the Wolf, Save a Prayer, Rio (3 songs)
Seven and the Ragged Tiger – New Moon on Monday (1 song)
Wild Boys and A View to a Kill
Notorious – Notorious (1 song)
Big Thing – I Don’t Want Your Love (1 song)
Liberty- (0 songs)
Wedding Album – Come Undone, Love Voodoo, Ordinary World, Too Much Information (4 songs)
Thank You – White Lines (1 song)
Medazzaland- (0 songs)
Pop Trash- (0 songs)
Astronaut – Sunrise (1 song)
Red Carpet Massacre- (0 songs)
All You Need Is Now- (0 songs)
Paper Gods – Paper Gods, Last Night in the City, Only in Dreams, Pressure Off, Danceophobia, What Are the Chances (6 songs)

Clearly, Paper Gods ruled the setlist.  What is interesting to me is how the Wedding Album wasn’t that far behind.  In fact, they played more tracks from that album than Rio!  That is a lot!  Then, of course, there weren’t any from Liberty, Medazzaland, Pop Trash, and Red Carpet Massacre.  Generally, none of those albums were fan favorites so that is not surprising that there wasn’t any representation in the setlist.  Some fans did wonder why there wasn’t any representation from All You Need Is Now.  That is a question I can’t answer.  Some fans felt strongly that this was an insult since so many fans loved that album.  While I, too, love that album, I have to assume that they aren’t playing anything off it for a good reason.

No matter the reaction to last night’s setlist, one thing is certain.  I’m anxious to see what the rest of the set lists looks like from here on out!

-A

Question of the Day: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Yesterday’s winner and the winner of the favorite song off of Paper Gods:  Only in Dreams

Today, then, we take the favorite songs off of each studio album, which had been voted on previously, and ask which song do you like best?

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Question of the Day: Monday, November 23, 2015

The winner from the full track list off of Paper Gods:  Only in Dreams

This matches the results in our usual two songs against each other, bracket type questions.

Some have asked us to create a poll with just the TOP FIVE off of the full song list poll so we did!  🙂

Which of these songs, the top 5 fan favorites off of Paper Gods, is your favorite?

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