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From Wembley to Website – my family

Get out your Live from London DVD’s, everyone.

On this date in 2004, Duran Duran played at Wembley Arena in London. During their Reunion tour, they played Wembley five times in the month of April and first of May.

April 13, 14, 24, 30, May 1.

The shows were sold out (of course!) and, lucky for all of us whether we were there or weren’t smart enough to board a plane and get ourselves, there – we have the Live from London DVD to enjoy.

I wasn’t even there, and I still believe the shows were electric. The band was on fire, and these were moments to never forget. It is difficult to believe it has already been fourteen years since those Wembley Arena shows. Sometimes I feel like I just blinked and ended up in 2018. Other times, I think about all that has happened.

In 2004, I was a fan but I barely knew a soul. I hadn’t even really been  to more shows than I could count on one hand. I didn’t have fellow Duran fans as friends, and trust me – blogging wasn’t even on the radar. I knew nothing about fandom other than I felt really silly about admitting that at one point, I’d spend entire afternoons scouring magazines for pictures and information about Duran Duran, or that I mapped out my entire bedroom so that I could plan how I was going to rearrange my posters. In 2004, I regained my sanity by joining a message board, and making friends with people that had NO problem admitting that they too, loved Duran Duran.

I write about it all the time – and every single time I do, someone responds, thanking me for writing the words they couldn’t. Before I joined Duranduranfans.com – I was isolated. My world consisted of taking my two kids (who are now nearly 19 and 21…and have a younger sibling who is about to turn 10!) to and from school. My socializing consisted of the ten minutes before and after school where I would stand and chat with other parents outside of the classroom.  I didn’t have friends, I didn’t “do lunch” (I still really don’t do any of that OC “ladies who lunch” crap. My real friends don’t live here and I’m pretty proud of that, actually.) Even so, I can honestly say my life was pretty damn dismal at the time. I should have been very happy – I had two beautiful kids, I was going to school, which I enjoy – but I wasn’t. I didn’t feel satisfied.

(I still have work to do)

I was looking for something. Anything. I needed a hobby, an interest…(and probably a job but we’re not going to talk about that) I felt SO unsatisfied with my life. For crying out loud, I was the president of my local MOMS Club, and then became an Area Coordinator for them purely out of boredom. I needed something. It was by luck that I found DDF, and that I was even brave enough to begin posting there.

The first women who were there (and yes, it was all women for quite some time) – Robin, RovOstrov & JTDuran, they’re the first people I really “met” online. They made it OK for me to be a Duranie again. I will never, ever be able to thank them enough because what they really did was teach me that it was perfectly OK for me to be ME. In a lot of ways, they saved me, or at least they helped me to save myself.

The only way I can even sort of describe how I felt that year was to ask you to imagine being thirsty and finding a natural spring somewhere. At first, you ask yourself whether or not you should even drink the water. I mean, you might get sick, right? But then, you convince yourself that since it’s a spring – chances are minimal and it’s probably healthier than the tap water you’re drinking at home. So you take a tentative sip. You sit back and let the coolness wash over you. I mean, you can feel that water hit your belly as you swallow and it feels great. So you drink more. Before you know it, you’re grinning from ear to ear, and filling up your water jug. You’re contemplating how you might be able to take more of it home with you because that water is so good you’re never going to be able to go back to just having tap water ever again.

Finding this community was just like that. No, it’s not perfect and yes, the people have changed a lot. Even so, it’s home for me. It isn’t purely about the band, or about the message boards, and it isn’t even about this blog so much as it is that this is my family.

Not that long ago, I tweeted to Dom that he had been around so long that he was a part of this crazy family whether he liked it or not.  It is true. We don’t all get along, and we haven’t all been fans for 40 years – but we’re a family. It takes all of us, from the band, the touring band, roadies, and management to fans, bloggers, website owners and everyone else in between – to make this fan community a family. Through good times, and really bad ones, it’s home.

-R

Live From London, 2005. Do you remember?

On this date in 2005, the concert film, Live from London, was released.  This was filmed during the series of the five sold out shows at Wembley Arena in April of 2004.

I remember a couple of very basic things about this DVD.  First of all, I haven’t watched the video in a very long time. After Diamond in the Mind was released, I suspect I just sat this one aside.  Second, the deluxe version came with 3D glasses. While a bit blasé at this point, I thought it was super cool at the time. Don’t ask me what songs could be viewed with the glasses, which only serves to reiterate my first point.

The manga video for “Ordinary World” was also included, and I also remember that with the deluxe version I have, there were quite a bit of extras, such as interviews. I love having those, maybe even a bit more than the concert itself.

More than just about anything else, I remember what it was like to be a fan at this point in 2005. I’d already seen the band in Chicago earlier that year, as well as gone to Vegas to see them perform in Andre Agassi’s Grand Slam for Children at the MGM Grand. I was still a neophyte when it came to the fan community, though. I had a very small group of friends, and was incredibly naive about the way things work. To me, the song “Everything is Awesome”, while not a favorite, is pretty appropriate to describe my feeling in 2005. The weekend I spent in Las Vegas for the Agassi show served as the beginning of my eyes really being opened to typical Duranie behavior, but even that was minuscule to what I would witness in coming years, both good and bad.

When I think back on the Live from London DVD, I can’t really say I’d be willing to go back. I see a lot of Duranies proclaiming 2005 to be a great time to be a Duranie, and it was. I had a lot of fun, and I appreciate the memory of everything feeling bright, fresh, and new. I couldn’t be standing where I am right now without those experiences. At the same time, I appreciate the present. While fandom is different now, I have seen too much to go back. I think that’s where I might be different from a lot of fans—I like seeing the fan community from this angle. Sure, there are a lot of cracks. It’s not all shiny or pristine, but that’s OK. I’ll describe it this way: diamonds are beautiful. When they are cut precisely and have zero flaws, they are sparkly and reflect the light perfectly. They are also incredibly boring to study under a microscope when they’re like that – which is almost never, I might add. There’s nothing much to see. A diamond with imperfections is still stunningly beautiful – but under a microscope they are far more interesting to look at, study, and learn from.

I’m going to go look for my Live from London DVD. It’s time for a refresher!

-R

Do You Remember? DD at Wembley Arena, 1983

On this very date in 1983, I was thirteen, which put me in eighth grade. (it took me a remarkably long time to figure that out this morning…) I was somewhere in the middle of “I’m nervous about growing up” and “I know more than my parents do about everything”.  Ah yes. When I put it in those terms, I remember the time and age perfectly! Additionally on this very date in 1983, Duran Duran played Wembley Arena.

Just a month earlier, Seven and the Ragged Tiger had been released, and this show was one date of five at Wembley Arena. The tour was named Sing Blue Silver….perhaps you’ve heard about it over the years.  Beginning in Australia, these dates in the UK took place just before the band headed off to Japan and then on to Canada and then the US.

(Sometimes, I just have to wonder how these tours get planned. First to Australia and then to UK and then back to Japan and on to the states?? Were they trying to kill the band??)

The excitement surrounding Duran Duran was nowhere near diminishing here in the states, and I have to imagine that also held true for the UK.  This is the part of my “Duran Duran history” that is foggiest for me. I lived in the states, far removed from the “inner-happenings” of Duran Duran.  I didn’t attend any shows prior to 1989, and for me, the Sing Blue Silver tour is still sort of an enigma. It’s like a dream that I’ve only witnessed from afar! So, if any of our readers went to the shows at Wembley Arena or were in the UK during this period—I’d love to hear from you in the comments. The memories weave a great story!

Duran Duran, Wembley Arena, December 20th, 1983.  Do you remember?

-R

 

Duran Duran History – Wembley 1998

Today’s Duran Duran History takes us back to 1998 when Duran Duran played at Wembley Arena in London.  This show was the second to last date in the Latest and Greatest Tour.  Most importantly, this show was filmed and aired on Japanese TV.

According to setlist.fm, the set list was as follows:

Planet Earth
Is There Something I Should Know
A View to a Kill
Come Undone
Careless Memories
Big Bang Generation
Save a Prayer
Friends of Mine
All She Wants Is
Notorious
Ordinary World
Out of my Mind
Wild Boys
Electric Barbarella
Hungry Like the Wolf
Girls on Film
Secret Oktober
The Reflex
Rio

You can find most of this live performance on YouTube.  I decided to include Out of my Mind here because it is the one song that I really love from the Medazzaland period and would love to see/hear this one live!

-A

Today in Duran History – Wembley 2004

On today’s date in 2004, Duran Duran played Wembley Arena in London, UK.  They played Wembley Arena five nights during this period in 2004: April 13, April 14, April 24 and then April 30 and May 1st.  I hear they sold the place out….

As you might recall, the band released a little DVD aptly named Live from London, which was recorded at Wembley during these shows… and if memory serves, there may have been a few theatre screenings of this DVD scattered across the US to celebrate it’s release.  Duran Duran on a big screen?  YES.

We should really do all that again, don’t you think??

-R