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Living for Another Day

Way down the lane away

April 17, 1984. Anyone out there (ha ha ha) know the significance of this date?

It was the final “real” date of the Sing Blue Silver tour. The show was in San Diego at the Sports Arena. While the band did do a show at the NEC in Birmingham – that was for the filming of Arena, and it wasn’t a proper performance. (according to duranduran.com – thanks again to that fantastic complete tour list that I consult several times each week!!) After these San Diego shows, the band performed together with this lineup one final time at Live Aid in 1985.

What glass splinters lie so deep in your mind

I just have to say it – I’m still a little blown away that we’re here, essentially 35 years after Sing Blue Silver ended – and I’m writing blogs including four out of the five in the original lineup! I’ve seen more shows since the year 2001 than I did in the decades prior. Perhaps that’s not a good thing to brag about at my age, but isn’t it crazy how life turns out?!

How many of us really thought they’d ever get back together and do a reunion tour or another album? It was something I think many hoped for, but didn’t really think would happen. I know I nearly fell off of my chair the evening I saw the initial splash page with all five headshots present. Even more significant – how many fans out there ONLY know Duran Duran as John, Roger, Nick & Simon?

Life is one hell of a wild ride. I’m a planner by nature. I like knowing what is coming, and how I’m going to get from point A to point B. I’ve learned that when it comes to this band, every time I zig – they zag, so to speak. Never count them out, and never think you know for certain what they’re going to do next.

All looking for a new place to drive

I don’t know how many years they’ve got left in them. Hopefully many more, but you never know. I’m incredibly thankful I stuck around for the extended version, and didn’t just cut out when it seemed like the B-side was coming to a slow end.

Here is the odd thing, at least to me: had anyone bothered to ask me at 12 or 13 about the significance of Duran Duran in my life, I’m fairly certain I would have gushed on and on about them at length, in that chatty, bubbly, prepubescent sort of way. Had anyone asked if I thought I would still love them at 48, I might have blushed (just about anything made me blush back then) and exclaimed, “Of course!” At 13, I highly doubt I thought much beyond the age of 16, and even that seemed a stretch.

I feel you smiling

Ask me the same question now, and I know Duran Duran matters to me more at 48 than it ever did when I was 13. Their significance is immeasurable. Not a single day goes by when I don’t think about them at least once – and typically it is far more often than that, thanks to this blog and social media. My trips to see friends are often planned around the band and their tours, and some of the greatest friendships I’ve ever found in my life are directly related to Duran Duran. That is just wild.

Yes, 35 years ago today, Sing Blue Silver ended. Who would have ever guessed that it was merely the beginning?

-R

LA Forum in 1984. Were you there?

Truth be told, I’ve been hitting you all with “This date in Duran history” posts lately because I haven’t had much to draw from in the inspiration department. I think it’s kind of quiet, and that always makes blogging a little more difficult, so I go to the past to try to give me something to say.

Today is not really much different. I hopped on Facebook hoping for something, and then realized that on this date in 1984, Duran Duran played at the LA Forum. This was a show I wasn’t able to attend, but I know plenty of people who did. I envy those that could be there, including my friend Karen from childhood. I remember hanging out in her bedroom for sleepovers throughout middle and high school. Each time, I would take a second to look at her ticket stub from the show. I had that stub memorized down to every last perforation. I was so envious. She was the youngest of three or four, and her sister was a lot older than her (probably the same difference in age as my two girls – 11 years). So, her sister took her to the concert. Sure, they were in $11.00 seats, which back then meant she was probably in nosebleeds – but she was there.  I was not. I don’t know what it was like to be a Duranie back in the 80s in that sense (of going to concerts), because I didn’t go to my first Duran Duran show until far later….1989.

Sure, it was only five years later, but I don’t need to explain to all of you how different of a time that was. We lived it, right?  So, in 1984 my Duranie-ness was expressed solely through the amount of hours I spent listening and watching DD on TV, talking to friends about them. (I won’t lie, in 1984 I spent most of my time talking to friends about how I was going to marry Roger Taylor. I was deep in the throes of delusional fairy tales, which were far more exciting than real life woes as an awkward thirteen year old.)  Going to shows and experiencing the frenzy first hand was something I never had the chance to do. By 1989, Roger and Andy were gone. The band was very different. The vibe had changed. I think the closest I’ve come to feeling that same type of energy (as 1984) was during the Astronaut tour.  Again, I can’t lie – that was good enough for me. I got it.

I think the one thing that strikes me between my being a fan back in 1984 and now is that never once during all that time that I spent memorizing every last movement Roger made in their videos, or listening to “Is There Something I Should Know” over and over again, never ONCE did I ever think that I would grow up to do what I’m doing right now.

What I mean by that is, I never once considered that at some point, I’d make something to the equivalent of my own fanzine. Never mind DAILY. I never thought I’d be a blogger (not that the idea even existed back then), but I never thought I’d even be in a fan club, much less write about it, or be anything but some face way way way back in the crowd at a concert.  I don’t mean that the band knows me personally, I mean that I never considered that any of YOU – my fellow fans beyond my close friends from grade school – might.

So, when I struggle with things like having a project rejected, or not knowing what to write about, I need to remind myself that I didn’t set out to do much of what I’m doing right now. Every single day is an  adventure, or an opportunity, to do more. I’m open to whatever comes my way, and aside from trying to reach a personal goal of being published (which really hasn’t got much to do with Duran Duran other than they were the inspiration for me to at least try), I don’t have any grand designs here. I’d like to have a few more hours during the day to spruce this place up from time to time and learn a little more – but other than that, I’m really good. I really LIKE being a blogger. Sure, I’d really like to have one of the two (or three) manuscripts Amanda and I have written to get published, but even if that never happens – I’m going to really work hard to appreciate my successes, and to me, this blog is a success. Why? Because I LIKE doing it.

February 6, 1984 was 33 years ago. I could have never, ever guessed where the band would go from there…nor where I might go.  The sky continues to be the limit from here.

-R

Duran Duran History: Worcester 1984

Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back 31 years to the Sing Blue Silver Tour when Duran played at the Worcester Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts.  In fact, the band played 2 nights there on this tour.

Did anyone attend this show?  If so, what was it like?  What songs do you remember being played?  Any special memories stick out for you?

-A

Duran Duran History: Ottawa 1984

On this date in Duran Duran history in 1984, the band played at the Civic Center in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  This show was part of the Sing Blue Silver Tour and the opening band was The Payolas.

What is particularly interesting about this particular show is that the radio station, CFRA 58AM had held a phone in poll to convince the band to come and play there.  Now, I have no idea what the results of this poll was or if it actually convinced the band to come or if they planned to come anyways.  Nonetheless, it is interesting to think that fans could have come together to achieve a tangible goal like this.  Do you think this kind of thing did and would work on Duran Duran?

-A

Duran Duran: Madison 1984

Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back to 1984 when Duran Duran played at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.  This show was part of the Sing Blue Silver Tour and a band called Combo Audio opened up for them.

To the best of my knowledge, this is the only time that Duran Duran has played in Madison.  Of course, they would never come here now since I live here and all.  Ha!

-A

Duran Duran History – Happy Birthday Andy!!

Andy Taylor playing live

 

 

 

Duran Duran history for February 16: On this date in 1961, Andy Taylor, the original guitarist for Duran Duran, was born.  A VERY happy birthday to Andy!!  We hope you are incredibly healthy and happy with many wonderful years ahead!

Additionally, on this date in 1984, Duran Duran played the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City with The White Animals.  Were you at this show? Let us know!!

-R