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Stones and Glass houses: DD to play BraVo Awards in Russia

In what has got to be one of the shortest lead times to #Durantime ever – Duran Duran announced today that they will be performing at the International Professional Music awards – the “BraVo” in Moscow, Russia on March 10th.

For those of you who are saying “Wait, what’s the date today?”. It is March 5th.

When I saw the announcement, I was a bit curious, if not dubious. I’ve never heard of the BraVo awards. Aside from understanding that they take place in Russia, I knew nothing.

I looked at the awards website, and this is the first BraVo Awards, which explains why I’d never heard of it before. It was difficult to read the site due to some rather unfortunate banner placements, but it sounds like the awards are supposed to celebrate the musical “elite” from virtually everywhere in the world, other than America and probably Canada, and maybe Mexico. The site claims that the event will be attended by representatives of world music and film industry, media executives, cultural and business elite, ambassadors of partner countries, and famous celebrities. Sounds pretty fancy!

Let’s face facts – this is in Russia. Inevitably, there are always going to be concerns with that. Is it really just about getting paid?  For that matter, are the band being paid for this gig or are they also being honored? Does anyone know?

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: the band has the right to make money. I support that 100%. Artists can and SHOULD be allowed to support themselves through their art. Yeah, Duran Duran have made millions off of their music. Yep, they get paid to play, whether private gigs or on tour. They always have in one way or another. That’s not a crime and we need to stop acting like it is. Art isn’t free. It SHOULDN’T EVER be free. Art is the product of someone’s blood, sweat and tears, it isn’t free. Let’s get that out-of-the-way right off of the top. I believe the band has the right to make a living, even if they are making far more than I could ever hope to earn myself.

Is this really just about making a living, or is this about where they’re being paid, and by whom? Let’s face it, Russia isn’t known for being the greatest advocate or proponent of human rights in the world. Their government has been known to meddle in an election or two, as well.  It is difficult to support the idea of playing in a country that has that kind of track record, isn’t it?

Yet, I need look no farther than my own country as I consider my own feelings on the subject.  Right now, the President in my country is someone who is not well-liked around the world. Some might say that he has a pretty dismal view of human rights – to say the least, I might add. Others might say he is on the cusp of impeachment, insisting that he is one step away from being thrown in prison. Or maybe to some he already is a criminal. Should Duran Duran stop playing shows here in the USA until our President changes? Some of you reading might very well be saying yes.

Those of you who are saying the band shouldn’t play in Russia because of their government might also be saying the band shouldn’t play here in the USA because of the views of our own.

It feels a bit like a slippery slope when discussing where the band should or should not play based on the convictions of a country’s government. I remember a Katy Kafe where the subject of where the band would be willing to play was discussed with Simon. I don’t have the exact quote, but he basically said they’d play anywhere unless there was a specific regime in power somewhere that the band didn’t agree with. I’ve come to realize that the decision, in many cases, just can’t be that black and white.  The country where I live is far from perfect. The band has played here numerous times for award shows, even thought I am fairly certain they haven’t always agreed with our government, or its stance on human rights, including LGBTQ rights and immigrant rights. The band has come here and played for the elite in our music, film and fashion business in the same way they will on March 10th for Russia, or anywhere else in the world they decide, for that matter.

I’m just not sure about throwing stones while sitting in this glass house.

-R

 

White Nights Festival

I am supposed to be packing.  I have two rooms to finish and my storage unit to clean out before the movers show up on Monday.  Yet, what am I doing?  I’m doing what many people in Duranland might be!  I’m searching, searching, searching for anything and everything from Duran’s little visit and performance in St. Petersburg, Russia!  I didn’t realize how thirsty I was for something, anything until this!  Now, I can’t get enough.  Here is what I have found.  It is probably not complete but I am happy to add and edit as more is found!  If you found something I didn’t, please share!!!!

First, from the band’s social media, I have seen a few photos from Dom Brown’s twitter account (@dombrownmusic) of some sites in the city itself, including Split Blood Church and St. Issac Cathedral.  Likewise, Duran’s twitter (@duranduran) and Facebook has posted a picture of Nick walking around the Hermitage Museum.  John posted the view from his room on his twitter (@thisistherealJT) and his instagram.  Lastly, Anna Ross’s Facebook page  has been filled with pictures and updates.  She alerted us to sound check and posted a couple of pictures, including a group shot that could have been after the performance.

Second, from other fans, I have seen some photos and some very short video clips.  For the rehearsal picture and video clips, head over to duranasty’s Facebook page, which you can get to here.  By the way, if you haven’t already like that page, I highly recommend it.  Another Facebook page to include photos and video is Duran Duran Argentina, which you can get to here.  This page not only included a group picture (with Dom, as it should be!) with some unknown guy, which you can see below, but also short clips of rehearsal, All You Need Is Now, Sunrise,  and Notorious live as well some other pictures!

White Nights1

I highly doubt that this is all there is all there is on the internet about Duran’s little visit and performance.  I would love to know the set list and to see and hear more clips!  I have missed them terribly!  Thus, if you have something or have found something else that should be shared, please let us know!!!

-A

 

Give Me a Sign: White Knights Festival 2014

If you were following Duran Duran’s social media last night, you would have seen a little announcement that they would be performing at the White Knights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday with more details to follow!!!  (From what I could find online, this is an arts festival.)  Normally, an announcement like that might prompt me to criticize the very short notice, but these days have seen such little Duran news that I just can’t go there.  I won’t go there.  Instead, of course, I’m THRILLED to see that they will be playing LIVE somewhere, anywhere.  Then, of course, I wonder if this isn’t the first drop of news before the flood of excitement of more news, more shows, etc.  Could it be the drought is ending?!?  With the incredibly good week I am having, I believe it is possible!!

As soon as I saw the news, I emailed the other half of this little blog and immediately we discussed how there were signs.  Many of them.

*John’s instagram picture with the caption:  “Visa me!”

*Dom’s canceling of his gig due to scheduling conflicts

*Anna’s update that she would be working with Duran again soon

*Even the updated official website

Did we miss them completely?  Are we that out of practice???  I know that it has been awhile but still!?!  We know better.  We know how to do this.  We are experts, right?

While I’m sure that we are slightly rusty, could it also be that we noticed each of the signs, but didn’t put them together?  I know that we did see them.  On Wednesday, we talked about John’s picture and commented about Anna’s updates.  I know that both of us saw Dom’s statements about having to cancel his show and the update to dd.com.  Why didn’t we put them together?  Could it be that we didn’t want to have hope and be disappointed?  Could it be that we had Duran no longer consumed the same level of our thoughts?  A little bit of all of the above?  Possible.

Here is what I know.  We will be better from now on.  Our Duranie sense has been turned back on.  We will be paying attention from here on out.  We will be looking for signs and putting them together.  Oh, yes, Duran Duran, we will watching your every move.

-A

Today in Duran History – St. Petersburg

On today’s date in 2009, Duran Duran played Ledovy Dvorets in St. Petersburg, Russia.  This is one of the saddest shows I’ve ever seen video from, because it is very clearly POURING rain, the audience is covered in umbrellas, and the band looks like they’re freezing too.

And as a bonus…we found video of John and Nick in St. Petersburg too, a couple of days prior to the show….on a “family outing”.

The set list:

A View to a Kill
Hungry Like the Wolf
The Reflex
Come Undone
Nite Runner
Notorious
I Don’t Want Your Love
Save a Prayer
Red Carpet Massacre
Planet Earth
The Chauffeur
Ordinary World
Is The Something I Should Know?
Girls on Film
(Reach Up for the) Sunrise
The Wild Boys
Rio

-R