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Duran Duran History: In Concert – New Rock: 94-04

Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back to 1994 when Westwood One radio broadcast in New York aired a Duran Duran special entitled “In Concert – New Rock:  94-04”.  This featured live tracks that were recorded in Vegas at the Bally’s Hotel and Casino on August 24, 1993.

The broadcast featured the following tracks:

Hungry Like the Wolf
Rio
A View to a Kill
Come Undone
White Lines
Girls on Film
Ordinary World

There are some interesting tidbits to this recording.  Apparently, Simon’s voice sounds very strained and, if you know your Duran history, you know that Simon lost his voice completely 8 days later.  Rumor has it that this broadcast might be found a a bootleg, entitled “Live At Westwood One”.

-A

Duran Duran News: 12/22/14 to 1/4/15

It has been two weeks since I summarized all of the Duran Duran news that I could find.  The holidays are always super busy and this year I went on a vacation of sorts out of town for a week, which got in the way from staying in touch with Duranland.  Now, I’m attempting to catch up!  As always, do let me know if I have missed something!

Holiday Messages

Speaking of the holidays, did you catch the band’s holiday messages?  If not, you still can.  Just click on the link here!

Favorites

If you didn’t have a chance to listen to the band members’ visits in the Katy Kafe and, as a result, think you missed their favorites of 2014, think again!  The official website was kind enough to list of all of their favorites right here!

JT’s New Year Mix

Of course, if you are more focused on the present, you might be more interested in new music.  If so, John Taylor came to the rescue with a New Year mix.  After you listen to it, let us know which songs you like best?

Katy Kafes

Did you get a chance to listen to all of the Year-End Katy Kafes?  If you haven’t, Rhonda gave us the highlights:

Roger
John
Simon
Nick

 Top Moments

Duran Duran described their overall top moments on the examiner.com site, which you can read about here.

End of the Year Studio Shots

The fans received a small bit of a holiday present when the band’s social media posted end of the year studio pictures on Christmas Eve.

This doesn’t seem like a very long list.  Did I miss a bunch of Duran Duran news?  Was it relatively quiet because of the holidays?  Let me know!

-A

 

 

Duran Duran History – Simon Le Bon’s Marriage

Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back to 1985, 29 years ago, when Simon married Yasmin.  As you probably know, they also are proud parents to three daughters.  While their marriage might seem like a cliche due to their rock star/model status, clearly, they have done something right to have their marriage last for so long.  In my opinion, this is even more impressive considering how both of their professions have required them to far from home at times.

Of course, I had to include the Yasmin segments from Behind the Music.  Perhaps, the way she not only approaches the fans but also Simon himself has helped keep their marriage strong.

Happy Anniversary to Simon and Yasmin!

Daily Duranie Review – Duran Duran Calendar

I have spent a lot of time this week running to and from post offices and intensely watching tracking information on packages shipped.  ‘Tis the season.  One of the packages I have been watching for was the 2015 Duran Duran calendar that I knew had been shipped due to a appreciated email from the DD webstore.  I have already admitted in previous blogs that I do tend to collect a lot of Duran Duran merchandise.  I am not a complete collector, though.  I know that there are people out there who collect every piece of vinyl or every poster or every tour book, etc.  I admire those people, but I tend to buy a bunch of random stuff, including the calendars, most years.  I am not sure why I still choose to buy the calendar.  I have my own calendar that I make and love.  Still…I have a hard time resisting.  So what do I think of this year’s?  Was it worth it?

2015 calendar cover

The 2015 calendar maintains a lot of the elements of the calendar that we know and love.  For example, the calendar is large (about the size of a vinyl album) and the quality is fabulous with sturdy, glossy pictures.  As always, the band members’ birthdays are listed.  I gotta ask, though…why not include Dom’s birthday?  Of course, I could say that about Dom, in general, but I’m getting ahead of myself.  The other thing I do like about the calendar is the use of the gold font and the latest DD logo.  I like that the gold logo is on every month in the corner of a black header.  Yet, the one thing I do wonder is why the header has to be so large.  There is a lot of empty black at the top of the page.  That said, most people, most Duranies are really only concerned with the picture part of the calendar.

How are the pictures?  One thing I should say before I run through the months is that the focus is studio pictures while the band works on DD14.  The extra picture in the front is mostly equipment used with a small picture of the group working on the album that we saw so much on social media, earlier this year.  You know the one I’m talking about–the one with Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Mr. Hudson, etc.  I like that picture but wish that it had been a bit bigger.  January is Simon and the pictures of him are good ones.  In fact, I would say that he looks focused.  That said, like the first picture, this one’s main focus is equipment.  February’s focus is Nick and is very similar to Simon’s in that Nick looks good and seems very focused.  John has March and unlike the first two months, one of the pictures features a smiling John.  I’m definitely not complaining about that one!  Why couldn’t that picture have been bigger, though?!?  April is owned by Roger, no surprise there.  This is the first month that the picture of the actual band member is the visual focus.  I much prefer that.  May has more of Simon and I find this month disappointing.  The pictures are harder to see.  Nick is the focus of June.  At this point, I have to ask.  Does Nick always have June?  It sure feels that way.  I know that his birthday is in June, but so is John’s.  Can’t he have his birthday month every once in awhile?!  Anyway, I really like this one as the main picture is a cool shot of Nick.  July has more smiling John!  Yay!  The visual focus there is a shot of his hand playing bass.  While I would have preferred a cool shot like the one of Nick, this is good, too.  August is Roger’s and more like June with the focus being a big picture of Roger but it isn’t as cool as Nick’s.  September is a close up shot of Simon, which is nice but I have to ask.  Why is Simon on September and not in October?  That’s weird.  As for that October, it is a nice, clear picture of Nick.  I preferred the artistic June one, though.  How is November?  I’m not gonna lie.  It is my favorite.  There is a fabulous picture of John Taylor.  Every once in awhile, my inner fangirl comes out.  The year ends with Roger and it has a silly Roger picture and a more artistic one.

So, what do I think, overall?  There are a number of times that I wish there was less focus on equipment and more on the band.  I liked some of the artistic photos the best.  There was only one month that I found really disappointing and that was the one of Simon.  Likewise, I wish that they would just embrace Dom and include him in the calendar.  So, looking at some of the strange choices and the lack of Dom, was it worth it?  As a John fan, I have to say that November almost makes it worth it by itself!  Is it the best calendar ever?  Probably not but it is pretty good considering that the photos weren’t from photo shoots or live shows, but instead were from the studio.

Was it worth the purchase then?  I would say that I’m happy that I bought it but wouldn’t have been too upset if I hadn’t bought it.  What do you think?  Did you buy it?  Do you think it was a good purchase?

-A

Duran Duran News – 12/1 to 12/7

It is Sunday!  Time to recap any and all Duran Duran news from December 1st to December 7th.  This week seemed very quiet on the Duran front, from what I recall.  Am I right?  Was it a quiet one?

December Giveaways

DuranDuranMusic.com, the fan community site, is giving away something each week in December.  For the first week in December, they were giving away a signed CD.  I haven’t heard or seen if there was a winner yet, but if you were a winner, let us know so that we can cheer for you and with you!

Update from Simon!

Last week, Rhonda blogged about Duran Duran and Twitter.  Funny enough, Simon has showed up on Twitter the last couple of days.  Initially, these tweets were about Simon’s attempts to return to the “real world”, at least that is what I got out of them.  Perhaps, as part of this process, he even did a little bit of responding to people.  Then, yesterday, he posted a picture.  This wasn’t just any picture but a picture of Nick and Spike Stent (who mixes albums) with a message about how they were getting “deep in the mix”.  Now, I don’t know about the rest of you but this seems pretty exciting to me.  It means that the album really is close to being done!  Of course, they might need to deal with the record label part of the process, but it still gives me a little bit of hope that we really are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

 More Studio Time!

If Simon’s tweets weren’t enough, Duran Duran also updated the Facebook status to say, “More Studio time for Duran Duran today, #DD14 is coming! ”  Well then!  They even posted a picture.  I couldn’t resist bringing this one over here.  I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that it is of John Taylor.  😉

John Dec. 2014

 Careless Memories Gallery

Do you own a copy of Denis O’Regan’s Careless Memories photography book?  If so or if not, if you are in or near London, you might want to check out the Careless Memories Gallery from December 8 to December 14th from 9 in the morning to 9 at night to see his work and photographs of Duran Duran.

That is all of the news that I saw.  Did I miss something?  It is not shocking to any of you that the most exciting news is that the mix of DD14 is happening and they are getting work done on the album.  Truly, its release can’t come soon enough.  Although, a tour might make the wait a bit more bearable to me…

-A

Duran Duran History – Loose Ends

Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back just four years ago to 2010 when Simon was the guest on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends.  Based on the date (late 2010), I would assume that Simon was doing some initial promotion both for the All You Need Is Now single, which was released on December 8th, and for the album, which was released on December 21st.

Perhaps, some of you would be able to hear this here.  Maybe, others of you could check it out here.

What do you think?  How does this compare to how Duran Duran seems now?

-A

This Week in Duranland – November 10 to November 16, 2014

I figured that this week in Duranland might be kind of quiet since they had their big public appearances last week.  Yet, it turns out that the week was plenty busy!  Did you catch everything?  Did I?  Read on to find out!  As always, I checked their official website, their official fan community website and their social media.

“Soul Boys of the Western World”
John Taylor wrote a couple of short notes this week on the band’s official website.  The first note was about this documentary, which is about Spandau Ballet.  In the note, John raves about the documentary and encourages everyone to see it.  I would think that any Duran fan would be interested since they were their “rivals” of sorts and could enlighten people about the music and fashion of the early days of both bands in the UK.

Teenage Cancer Trust
The band did perform this week!  Many of us were wondering if there was a show somewhere as Simon had tweeted about Movember and about how he can’t have one on stage but can shave everything else after the 15th, which indicated that there was a show in the works.  While it wasn’t a public appearance, they played in London for a fundraiser.  I love that the band wants to give their time and energy to causes like this one.  Read John’s complete note about it and see a picture here.

November Katy Kafe!
I’m sure I’m not the only one who looks forward to these each and every month!  I, especially, can’t wait if it means getting a scoop and we definitely got one this month!  Rhonda covered it all in her post earlier in the week!

Kingdom!
The song by Charli XCX featuring Simon is out tomorrow!  What does everyone think of it?!  I have to admit that I’m pretty excited about being able to buy new music featuring anyone connected to Duran!

Unstaged
The live performance directed by David Lynch played yesterday in Portugal at a film festival.  Read about it here.

More Anniversaries!
This week saw the 7th anniversary for Red Carpet Massacre and the 30th anniversary of Arena that Rhonda discussed here!

2015 Calendar!!!
As Rhonda talked about here, the Duran Duran calendar for 2015 will be available on November 27th!  I have to admit that I’m looking forward to this one!

Okay, Duranies, what did I miss?!

-A

This Week in Duranland – November 3rd to November 9th, 2014

What happened last week in Duranland?  It was quiet, right?  I don’t think so!  I know that I had a hard time keeping up with everything.  Anyone else?  If so, this is post is for you and for me!

Wild Boys Anniversary
Despite all of our efforts, time has not stood still.  This means that Wild Boys really did just turn 30!  It is hard to believe that it is 3 decades old.  Rhonda discussed all of this as well as the video posted of John Taylor talking about the song and video on dd.com on this blog post here.

Austin
Obviously, there was a ton of activity regarding Duran Duran’s performances in Austin.  First, they played at the Formula1 Fan Fest.  Then, they played at Dell World.  If you want to catch up on those performances, I recommend reading the following blog posts:  I Wish I Was On That Plane and You’ll See I’m Right Some Other Time.  The posts give links to reviews and a playlist of video clips, which is perfect for those of us dying for a show!!!  If that wasn’t enough, DuranDuranMusic has exclusive photos for members.

Press Clips
Duranduran.com has a new gallery!  It is a collection of press clips.  If you have some, you should definitely send them on to Duran Duran!

Simon and Hunger Game Soundtrack
Lori Majewski, author of Mad World, wrote a little article on Yahoo! Music News about Simon’s appearance on the upcoming Hunger Games soundtrack.  If you didn’t check it out, do it here now!

Countdown
According to the post on Duran’s Facebook:  Countdown’s 40th Anniversary special is airing next week in Australia.  Duran Duran is featured on part 2, which will air on Sunday, November 23rd at 7:40.  Hope someone will share with the rest of us!

Finishing Up DD14!
Speaking of Duran’s Facebook, more studio photos were posted.  These were posted with the statement about how they were “finishing up DD14”!  Let’s hope!  I think we are all dying for it!!!

Careless Memories and Nick:
Nick Rhodes was interviewed this week on the webiste, BlackBook, to discuss the book of photographs called Careless Memories, by Denis O’Regan.

An Illustrated Guide…
Duran Duran was featured in “An Illustrated Guide to Every Animal in Rock Music”.  Before you read the guide, can you guess which animal might be featured?  After all, Duran Duran mentions quite a few animals in their songs…

Today Show Mention
The Today Show discussed who should be the next artist to do a James Bond theme this week.  This, of course, led to a Duran Duran reference along with a brief debate about who is the better band member:  Simon or John!  It is a fun watch!

Gavin Elder
Does that name sound familiar to you?  If not, let me catch you up.  Gavin is Duran’s videographer!  Thus, if there is a video put out by the band, it is usually done by Gavin!  This week, he got a little recognition on the Between 10 and 5 website.  Learn more about Gavin and his work here!

It definitely wasn’t a quiet weekend in Duranland!  It was so busy that I wouldn’t be surprised if I missed a thing or ten!  If so, drop me a comment here!

-A