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Remember DD performing What Happens Tomorrow on GMA?

I’m sick. Not horribly so, but enough to where I’m having trouble staying awake and I’m fighting the urge to crawl back into bed. (although I’ll be honest: that last part is pretty normal for midweek!) As such, I’m keeping this post short and sweet.

On this date in 2005 – which was a very good year for Duranies, I might add – Duran Duran performed What Happens Tomorrow on GMA (Good Morning America), along with Save a Prayer.

I know from looking at our own “Day in Duran History” spreadsheet that there are a number of things that DD has done on the 1st of February throughout the years. Selfishly, I continue to keep picking THIS item because I remember that time period so well. It was exciting to be a fan. The original lineup was back together (as is evidenced by this video – fun seeing Andy on stage with them again), they had released a new album, and they were back on TV. It was like the 80s, without acne and frizzy hair!

So, forgive me as I spend another day thinking back to a really fun time in my life – and likely yours as well as I take another gander at Duran Duran performing What Happens Tomorrow on GMA!

-R

Do You Remember What Happens Tomorrow?

I remember the Astronaut era. Who doesn’t? Thinking back to 2005 (and even a bit prior), it was like a rebirth of my own fandom.  I discovered the online Duraniverse for the first time, I engaged with other fans, found a best friend, and found a real home in the community. I know that in hindsight, many think back on Astronaut as though it wasn’t a best effort by the band.  Some fans have said that the juicy, meaty stuff they like wasn’t quite there. I’m not entirely sure I want to agree, but that’s OK. For me, the album marked a new beginning.

One of my favorite songs off the album from the very beginning was a song that I first heard at the 78-03 show Duran Duran played in Costa Mesa, California on July 16, 2003 called “What Happens Tomorrow”.  It was one of two songs (“[Reach up for the] Sunrise” being the other) they played in their set that would eventually end up on Astronaut.  “Virus” was also played, but was not included on the US/UK version of the album.

One of the qualities I most enjoyed about the song was ultimately left on the cutting room floor. The middle section of the song – the “Silent Icy River” section was much slower than the rest of the song and served as a bit of a break. I liked it because it added some texture, but I can also see why the band decided to nix it.  The slower section probably would have been much tougher to “sell” for radio, and at the time, I think the band wanted support from radio. Taking the mid section out made the song pure pop, which is likely what they wanted and needed at the time. I suppose that is the risk of introducing songs to audiences so early in the recording process. If the songs end up being changed, the original audience can be put off – which may or may not have been the case with What Happens Tomorrow.

When the song was released in the UK on this date in 2005, it was done without the slow midsection, and the “Silent Icy River” portion was made into its own song and included on the single as a “B” side.

Oddly enough, in my search to find “What Happens Tomorrow” on YouTube, I ran across video of Duran Duran playing on NBC for New Year’s Eve in 2004, which I think might be the last time Duran Duran played on NYE prior to just recently. I’d forgotten, and maybe some of you have too.

Without further adieu…

-R

 

Astronaut Facts and Stats

Astronaut Facts:
Released on October 11, 2004
Produced by Dallas Austin, Don Gilmore, Nile Rodgers, Mark Tinley and Duran Duran
Had 12  tracks except for in Japan which had 13

3 different songs were released as singles:

  1. “(Reach Up For The) Sunrise” (Australia 20 September 2004, UK 4 October 2004) – Charted No. 5 in the UK on 10 October 2004; Charted No. 89 in the US on 13 November 2004
  2. “What Happens Tomorrow” (31 January 2005) – Charted No. 11 in the UK on 6 February 2005
  3. “Nice” (European radio release, iTunes download)

Personnel:
The band at that time was made up of John, Nick, Roger, Andy and Simon.  With backing vocals by Sally Boyden and Tessa Niles.

Videos:

Two videos were made from this album:

(Reach Up for the) Sunrise

What Happens Tomorrow

Electronic Press Kit (EPK:

The Tour:

The tour begin in January of 2005, despite having played a few gigs at the end of 2004.  The band played a show in UK before moving to North America for the spring.  The summer saw shows in Europe, the U.S., and Japan.  The band returned to the UK around Christmas.  Then in 2006, the band played in different cities in Europe before a doing a mini-tour of the U.S.

This album represents a significant time in Duran’s history.  The reunion that many of us longed for and never thought we would see come to fruition.  A lot of fans, including myself, jumped back in.  It began the second half and most significant part of my fandom.  I toured for the first time, really, and saw many shows.  I also made many friends.  It was a fun time!  My whole story will come next week.  Until then, I would love to read your stories surrounding this album!

-A