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Happy Birthday Simon!

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!!!!

(I couldn’t resist.  Sorry.)

Happy Birthday Simon!!

-R

 

Today in Duran History – The Spit

Betcha think this blog is gonna be about White Lines….

WRONG!

On today’s date in 1981, Duran Duran played at The Spit on Long Island. That’s right folks, they played at what was a club named The Spit.  That’s friendly and fun for the very first show played in the US, isn’t?  This is was the band’s first visit to North America, where they thought they’d be IN New York City rather than driving away from it, and this was also the trip where John announced that they should be on the “expwee” (expwy = expressway) Yep, here in the US we devise the signs so that way visitors….and the occasional US resident…get lost. Welcome to America!!!

And to think that one show…at The Spit…started all that we know here in the states from this band.

-R

 

Today in Duran History – Live 105 BFD

On today’s date in 1995, Duran Duran headlined the Live 105 BFD show in Mountainview, California.

According to what information is available online, the show featured Duran Duran, Bush, Chris Isaak, Better Than Ezra, Matthew Sweet, Elastic, Belly and General Public.

Duran Duran appeared with special guest Melle Mel of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five to perform White Lines, which must have been very cool.  Anyone there to see it?

-R