I am going to blog as quickly as I can here. I apologize that this blog post is pretty late. While I had good intentions on getting this done earlier or even last night, it didn’t happen. I suck. Unfortunately, I don’t have a great reason for that. Life is both busy and not and I’m struggling to find a good rhythm during the summer. That said, two things I wanted to address here. First, I know that I’m typing this a few minutes before Duran Duran “takes over” BBC Four. Second, it appears that Duran has been busy playing a gig! Let’s talk about these one at a time.
In case you have been busy, away from all social media, living under a rock, on vacation, abducted by aliens, or anything else that equals missing out on Duran news, BBC Four in the UK is the channel to tune into (if you can!) as the night is all about Duran Duran on film! The official press releases describes the event in the following way:
In Boys on Film – A Night with Duran Duran, iconic British rock band, Duran Duran, are set to take over BBC Four on Friday 29 June from 9pm. With exclusive access to the band, the night features two newly-filmed documentaries which showcase incredible insights, previously unseen archive footage and rare demo tapes, as well as the group’s thoughts and inspirations across the decades since they first formed in 1978 in Birmingham.
In Duran Duran: There’s Something You Should Know (9-10pm) Back2back Productions has been granted exclusive access to the legendary group. Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor open up about their extraordinary career, talking more candidly than ever before about the highs and lows they have endured together over the years.
Duran Duran: A Night In (10-11pm) sees the group talking about their early inspirations, as they look back together at the television programmes, music and film that they grew up on from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Now, I don’t know about the rest of you, but if I were in the UK, I would probably have some friends over, pour some drinks and enjoy these two little programs together. I suspect that there might be squeeing along with various commentary and an overall sense of excitement and joy. I could use a little bit of that now. That said, many of us are not there. As an optimist, I’m hopeful that it might be available outside of the UK sooner rather than later. (Please and thank you.)
On a different note, yesterday, I was trying to organize and clean my bathroom when I noticed Duran’s official twitter become pretty active. I stopped and pondered…what the heck is that all about? The tweets feature pictures and videos with the hashtags #wildpop, #bulgari, and states “when in Rome.” Huh? According to an article on WWD, which you can read here, Duran played at this Rome based company’s celebration of their jewelry collection. Apparently, this jewelry is inspired by the 80s, which is cool. If you are missing Duran live as much as I am or want to see some of the videos from this private party, I recommend flocking over to the band’s official social media!
Watching the clips from this show/party reminds me that last year at this time I was counting down the days to see Duran in Oakland and San Francisco. It amazes me how different things feel in just a year. Yet, Duran is a constant, a positive constant. While I always appreciate them, I suspect that that feeling will only grow from here.