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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
I thought this would be simple when I decided that this would be a good blog topic and one that would renew my Duranie spirit. You see, last week I said that I would share my top ten favorite fandom moments, which you could read about here. Yet, it wasn’t that simple. At times, I struggled to think of anything and, other times, I had a huge list pop into my head. After thinking it over for a week, here is what I finally decided on. I attempted to put this list in order with the biggest moment being last. I doubt that I was successful, but I did try. I will also say this. I enjoyed doing this. I want to see Rhonda’s Top 10 list. I would also love to see our regular guest bloggers join in and any of our readers. I think we could all use this right about now.
TOP TEN FANDOM MOMENTS:
10. Falling in love with the Reflex at the age of 8 in 1984
How could I not include when and why I became a Duranie? After all, it started it all, right? This song and video were on constant rotation in the spring of 1984. While my best friend, at the time, and I liked Duran Duran before, this song made us addicts. We were so ridiculous that we would call each other each and every time we saw it or heard it!
9. John Taylor’s James Bond socks in 2006
How many of you were on DuranDuranMusic’s message boards in 2006? If you were and are a John Taylor fan, then, you probably hung out on the thread entitled, “Church of the Bass God”. Well, that year, the fans in that area of the board decided that we should send John Taylor socks for his birthday after he showed up wearing bright socks at the end of the Astronaut tour. Many pairs of socks were sent, including a pair from me. Pictures of John opening the box along with some of the socks made it back to the fans. I was super excited to see John with the pair I had sent him!!! Obviously, I sent James Bond socks! That isn’t the end of the story, though. Later, that year, at the Voodoo Music Festival, I held up a sign asking to see John’s socks. While he looked confused as heck when he read it, he still lifted his leg. Unfortunately, since he was right in front of me, all I saw was the bottom of his shoe! Fast forward to December of 2007 when Duran did an in-store cd signing in Chicago. When I got to John, I asked him about the socks. He clearly remembered the story and knew that we also sent scarves the next year! Very cool!
8. Walking around Birmingham in May of 2011
While my trip to the UK in the spring of 2011 did not go as planned because the shows got canceled, there was one important highlight. This highlight happened the first full day in the UK and was when Rhonda and I walked around Birmingham. I had done some research about where key Duran related locations were. We weren’t able to hit them all, but what we did see really helped us to see Duran Duran in a different light. I felt like I understood the band in a different way, in a more thorough way than I did before. It made them less celebrity and more human.
7. Seeing the band outside of their studio in May of 2011 when Simon lost his voice.
This highlight is connected to the last one. When we arrived in the UK in May of 2011, only the first 3 shows out of our scheduled 4 were canceled. We held out hope that the London show might take place. A friend of ours let us know where the band would be rehearsing. How could we not go? We were all the way over in the UK, right? Of course, we would not get in their way. In fact, we wouldn’t say anything unless they said something to us. I just figured it might be the only way/place for us to see them. When Simon arrived that day, he explained to the fans there, including us, that things were not looking good. At that moment, I felt certain that this was it. The end. I didn’t say anything to anyone–not even to Rhonda. I thought that if I said it, then it would be true. I couldn’t handle that. Yet, I had one comforting thought. If it was the end, then, I saw something historic, something important. I was there and we were able to give some support. Thankfully, it wasn’t the end and Simon bounced back, stronger than ever!
6. Listening to All You Need Is Now for the first time in December of 2010
It is no secret that Rhonda and I weren’t wild about Red Carpet Massacre. I was concerned that Duran might have lost their touch to make a complete, coherent album–one of quality and essential Duran elements. Yet, they did just that with All You Need Is Now. The album as an entire piece is fabulous. I still think that. It is one of the very best Duran albums ever. When I heard this album, I knew that Duran would have a great tour and I had to do as much as I could to participate. 2011 was a pretty tough year for me (cat died, grandma died, work was awful, had to participate in protests to defend myself, my colleagues, my profession, my rights). The only thing that kept me going was this album and the tour that followed.
5. The Chicago show in March of 2005
This was my first Duran show after the reunion. Interestingly enough, I believed that this would be the first time to see the entire Fab Five together. Andy couldn’t be there as his dad was very ill. Thus, it was my first show with Dom Brown. It was also the show that started most of my touring traditions that I still follow today, including touring with Rhonda. What are some of those traditions? Staying up really late, drinking all of the vodka in a city, eating at IHOP, laughing non-stop, keeping a list of quotes from the tour and more. On top of all of that, it was a great show!
4. Hearing/Seeing Duran performance Secret Oktober live in Brighton in November 2011.
I’m sure that we have talked about this moment on the blog before. Heck, we will probably talk about it again. After having seen Secret Oktober appear on set lists in various cities in the Fall, we were constantly hoping to hear it as it is a favorite of ours. When we got to the UK and to the show in Brighton, we were no longer focused on the setlist. After having gone to the UK earlier in the year only to have no shows and having fear that we wouldn’t even make this one due to a public union strike, all that mattered to us was seeing the show. Then, when those first notes began, I think our joy could no longer be sustained as we looked at each other and hugged. Like goofs. Then, we saw Nick look totally amused. It was a moment that represents our victory by getting to see the band play in the UK.
3. John Taylor wearing the Daily Duranie wristband at his Chicago Book Signing in October of 2012.
Another moment that I have blogged about here previously. This moment took place at John’s book signing in Chicago. When I got to the table to get John to sign my book (and Rhonda’s!), I decided that I should give him a wristband, a wristband about this little blog. After that, I walked away as my time was up and wasn’t going to think about it again. I’m a dork so I had to walk past his table one more time in order to get my coat. When I glanced over, what was he wearing?! The wristband!!! I couldn’t believe it! I never would have thought that he would have put mine on. After all, he was given a lot of stuff. I just assumed that he would have put it to the side. On days and moments that I allow myself a break from reality, I imagine that it means that he is supportive of the blog!
2. Creating this blog, finishing the draft of our book and successfully organizing Durandemonium in October 2013.
I don’t have much to say about this one. I know that Rhonda and I are a bit weird in that we have taken our fandom beyond what most people do. We weren’t content enough just enough to be fans. We had and have to do more with it.
1. Meeting Rhonda at the 78-03 Friends of Mine: Duran Duran Fans Convention in New Orleans in September 2004 and other friends then since then.
At the end, when the band ceases to create new music or play shows, this is what I will hold dear. I will hold my friendship(s) dear. What will live on will be these memories and my friendships. After all, really isn’t that what fandom is all about? Using an interest to make long-lasting connections to others? Absolutely.
I encourage each and every one of you to create your list and to send it to us as a guest blog!
One of the most delightful things about social networking (Twitter, Facebook, Google+…etc.) is seeing all of the birthday shout-outs, photos and messages. Today, my Facebook news feed and Twitter timelines are filled to the gills with shout-outs and photos from Duranies around the world, for Simon, who celebrates his 56th birthday today!
Amanda and I have done our share of good-natured teasing at Simon’s expense over the years, but yes – it’s good natured and we tease purely because we love. However, we also know the world would not be the same without him. After all, this IS Daily Duranie, which would not be in existence had he never graced this planet.
Each time I see the band live, or even on TV, there is something very comforting about seeing Simon take the stage with the band. It just feels right. Maybe it’s really just the familiarity with having him as the front man for so many years, maybe it’s that he feels like extended family at this point (that has absolutely no idea who the rest of us are), or maybe it’s just that for me, Duran Duran wouldn’t be Duran Duran without him. I’m not sure. I just know that I can’t help but smile when he is standing there, center stage, ready to go……(as long as he’s not coming towards us with a mouth full of water and they’re playing White Lines).
So, we raise our martinis (it’s REALLY early for this my time, and as dedicated as I might be to the cause…eek!) in a celebratory toast to Simon. We hope this next year brings plenty of health, happiness, love, music….and some damn shows!!!!
It is Sunday! It is time to recap the week! As always, please let me know if I missed anything!
“Lorde’s ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack featuring “Kingdom” with Simon Le Bon and Charli XCX
Lorde has curated the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1. This soundtrack will feature none other than Duran’s very own Simon Le Bon. Simon has teamed up with Charli XCX to do a song called “Kingdom”. This soundtrack is due out on November 17th. For all the details, check out the press release and this blog post. You can also read an article on billboard.com.
October Collector’s Corner
This month on dd.com, the collector’s corner focuses on Simon and all of his different projects outside of Duran Duran. If you are someone who is a big Simon fan or someone who wants to know the complete history of the band, I recommend checking it out here.
Live from London
Can you believe that it has been 9 years since Live from London was released? I was very lucky to be able to go see this live concert in the movie theater, which I wrote about here.
Apparently, Unstaged is now available on DVD in Australia. Has anyone in Australia purchased it? I would love a review!
Apparently, Roger did a little DJ gig at a charity event for the Duke of Edinburgh in London. This organization focuses on young people from 14 to 24 to help them gain the necessary skills for work and life. I would head to Duran’s Facebook page to see a picture of Roger at work!
Have you checked out the Ask Katy questions on dd.com lately? See what was asked about songs from Seven and the Ragged Tiger being played live and the band’s response here.
Making Patterns Rhyme: a tribute to Duran Duran
Did you see that the entire 22 track album is available for pre-order on iTunes? It is available October 28th!
John Taylor Supporting Henley Recovery Cafe
John was in the news this week for supporting the recovery and peer support program of the Henley Recovery Cafe as he visited and shared his experiences in recovery.
Yasmin’s Birthday Surprise
Check out the band’s Facebook page to see a picture of Simon and Yasmin at Yasmin’s Surprise Birthday Party! We wish her a happy one!
Next week should be a busy one with the release of the tribute album and Duran Duran in Austin! Until then…
On this date in 1985, Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon were on NRJ Radio in Paris, France. Based on the date, I assume that they were working on the Arcadia project, which was probably featured quite heavily in the interview.
Was anyone lucky enough to have heard this interview? Let’s watch a different interview from the same era.
It is Sunday, which means that I’m taking the time to summarize all of the official happenings in Duranland. As always, if I missed something, comment on this thread to add anything I overlooked!
Duran Duran’s Unstaged is now available for rental and download in the UK via iTunes, according to this press release.
Joe Vizvary from Images in Vogue Interview
DuranDuranMusic has a new exclusive interview up on the site. This time, it is with Joe Vizvary from Images in Vogue. For those of you who are wondering who Images in Vogue are, they are a band who, in fact, opened up for Duran Duran in 1984. The interview includes some background information on the band and the band’s experiences not only as their opening band for 3 shows but also the other connections they had.
Katy Kafe with Simon
Rhonda covered all of the highlights of this month’s Katy Kafe here. If you missed it, start with blog post then head over to duranduranmusic.com to listen to it!
Fashionista.com published an article with the title, “8 Game-Changing Guyliner Moments in Pop Culture.” Guess which band might have been featured? For the record, I, personally, am a big fan of guys in eyeliner.
A few anniversaries were celebrated this week. First, Medazzaland turned 17 on the 14th. Second, Big Thing turned 26 yesterday. Beyond album anniversaries, we celebrated one year since Durandemonium, the fan convention we organized in 2013 in Chicago. You can read about it on my day in Duran history post from yesterday. All of these are making me feel pretty dang old!
Speaking of anniversaries, Peavey, the musical instrument company, is celebrating their 50th. Apparently, John Taylor is helping them with that. This picture, posted on Duran’s Facebook, was taken for it.
Nile Rodgers is one busy guy! This week, he did another interview in which he mentioned his current work with Duran. Check it out here.
Duran Duran and Dell? What’s the connection? Rhonda covered it all here. If you missed that blog post, I’ll let you know that it has everything to do with Austin, Texas, in November.
It is Sunday! That means that it is time for me to summarize the past week in Duranland. What happened this week that you (or me!) might have missed? What do we have to look forward to in the weeks to come?
Nick as Curator
According to the press release on duranduran.com, Nick acted as curator for a set of artwork for the Parisian Galerie 1900-2000. This is for the upcoming Frieze Masters art fair that will take place from October 15th to October 19th in London. I wish that I was in London to be able to attend this fair myself, especially as Nick pointed out that this Galerie had a tremendous collection of Dada and Surrealist art!
It seems like there is more news about Unstaged each and every week! Now, the big news is not only will it be available On Demand in the US and Canada but it will also be available for download and rental on the same day (October 14th)! The press release has a list of where you can rent, download or watch via On Demand. Likewise, the same press release said that there will be news coming about international air dates and DVD releases.
This weekend marks the 10 year anniversary of the release of Astronaut. TEN YEARS!?! I can’t believe it. To me, it feels like it was just yesterday when it was released. Roger wrote a very nice piece about his remembrances from the reunion and from making Astronaut. It is definitely worth a read. The best line, in my opinion, is the last line about how it worked for a period of time. It definitely did!
Pictures from Duran Duran’s Facebook page–Simon from a recent photo shoot and John in the studio!
Nick Rhodes & Lori Majewski
This week, Nick was interviewed along with Mad World author, Lori Majewski on the Robert Elms show on BBC London. Rhonda covered this interview well on this blog post.
Simon, Lorde and Hunger Games
Like the Nick and Lori interview, Rhonda covered this here and gave all the details! To summarize, Lorde picked Simon for the next Hunger Games Soundtrack!
What did I miss? While I might have missed some stories on the Duran front, I will tell you what I definitely miss. I miss seeing the band. I miss going on tour. I miss Duran shows. I miss my friends. These news tidbits are good but I want more. Am I the only one?
I’m hoping that this post comes out coherently and clear. I apologize, in advance, if it doesn’t as I’m typing this with a significant fever. For the record, I never get fevers and I hate being sick. Despite my illness, let’s check into Duranland this past week. What happened? What did you miss if you weren’t paying attention or if you were sick like me!?
Unstaged On Demand!
According to the press release on duranduran.com, Duran Duran’s Unstaged will be available On Demand in the United States and Canada on October 14th! Thus, you can watch it from your own living room then! I would also recommend checking out the band’s YouTube page for extras!
Duran Duran was one of many artists featured in a little news article on famous bands/artists coming from the city of Birmingham, which you can read here.
There are two online auctions to meet Duran and to get 2 VIP tickets for their show in Austin as part of the Grand Prix Formula1 Fan Fest. This auction is in support of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. The other auction is for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
Geneu Beauty U
Nick has a new project! He is the creative director for Geneu, which is a beauty company that focuses on anti-aging products, in particular. Read about it here!
Duran Duran & Nile Rodgers Billboard.com featured an article about the collaboration of Duran and Nile for the upcoming Duran Duran album. I highly recommend reading this article. I loved reading about Nile’s excitement about working with Duran but I learned some things, too, including that John views this album as one with “various formulas” while Nick sees it on the dance floor. According to the article, they are also in discussions with various labels. Interesting.
Simon on ESPN Radio
Did you get a chance to listen to this interview? I love how Simon puts these interviewers in their place right away! Obviously, though, he did this interview to advertise Unstaged coming to On Demand. Nonetheless, he certainly gave them a run for their money, which I have to admit entertained me greatly!
John posted a couple of pictures this week from a little record store shopping at Antone’s Records in Austin, Texas. Dom also mentioned being in Austin. Apparently, they were playing a private gig there and, luckily, there are some videos of the performance floating around the internet.
On todays date in 2011, Duran Duran played at the Trinity Center in Bristol , UK. This date was the third show to be played after Simon LeBon’s vocal chords healed enough to be able to perform after having to cancel 47 dates included in the All You Need is Now World tour in 2011-2012. This show, along with three other very small UK gigs, were dubbed “the rehearsal gigs”, as the band prepared to go back out on tour. Duranies were elated that Simon’s voice had returned, seemingly stronger than it had ever been prior.
I’ve found a video clip to share (thanks to Mimi!!) and you BET I’m gonna show Secret Oktober!!!
On this date in 1987, Simon Le Bon was interviewed on CFNY 102.1 in Toronto. This interview took place a couple of days before Duran Duran played in that city as support for David Bowie’s Glass Spider Tour. Did anyone see a show from that tour? I would be interested to see how both Duran was received by serious Bowie fans and vice versa. I saw David Bowie when he toured with Nine Inch Nails in the mid-1990s. I was shocked and appalled that the audience stood and were into Nine Inch Nails but sat or left during Bowie! I wonder if other people noticed something similar with Duran Duran during this 1987 tour.
Of course, when I think of promotion from this era, I think of Three to Get Ready. Part One is below and shows the band communicating with the media!
An outspoken examination and celebration of fandom!