The Current Band

Today, I’m continuing the discussion about the documentary included on A Diamond in the Mind.  Last week, the focus was on Simon’s vocal loss.  On the documentary, this leads right into a discussion on the current band, including the seven people on stage (the four band members, Saxy Simon, Anna and Dom), and how the sound is.  This, of course, leads me to think about the current live band and Dom’s role within it. 

On the documentary, Roger stated how the band was really a “tight unit” and John mentioned how this particular lineup has been playing together for 6 years now.  For John, this produces conditioning and a lot of fun.  As I listened to this, I was shocked that this group has been playing together for 6 years already!  It seems like just yesterday when Dom was filling in for Andy when he had to be gone due to his father’s death or his own illness.  It also seems like yesterday when Duran’s live saxophone player was fan favorite of Andy Hamilton.  This, of course, makes me realize that how quickly times flies!!  Of course, it also makes me think about if this is the best lineup, especially when it comes to that essential role of guitar. 

Roger discussed Dom at some length.  He pointed out that it was “tough” for Dom to come in and fill Andy’s shoes.  Yet, again, according to Roger, he came in “egoless” and just focused on his playing.  In Roger’s opinion, this focus rubbed off on the rest of the band.  Dom also spoke about great it has been for him, especially the last few months.  Obviously, I had quite a reaction to hearing this.  First, I thought about what I think about their live performance.  I have been seeing the band as often as I can since 2005.  While it is hard to objectively discuss the shows that I have been to since events surrounding the shows might affect my opinion, I have generally enjoyed every tour I have attended.  When I first saw Dom in the spring of 2005 when Andy was gone dealing with family issues, I didn’t notice him.  He didn’t take anything from the performances but I didn’t notice much to add to it either.  The summer of 2005 were the last shows I saw with Andy.  While I loved those shows, I noticed that there seemed to be a great divide between Andy and John.  There was no interaction and John and Andy seemed to stay just on their respective sides.  Then, 2006 saw the first shows after Andy, officially, left.  At this time, I did notice Dom and even welcomed him to the band (in my heart) after a fabulous performance in Chicago.  From then now, I have seen Dom step up and begin to own more and more of the show and become an equal participant on stage.  I, for one, love the DoJo (as I lovingly refer to it) or the interaction between Dom and John.  Clearly, the two love to play together and feed off of each other during shows. 

Another part of Roger’s statement about Dom is how he is “egoless”.  Now, obviously, I don’t know Dom, personally, so I cannot speak to the truth of this statement on a personal level.  As a player in Duran Duran, I think that the statement seems accurate.  As I stated earlier, the first times I saw Dom when he was just a fill in and I didn’t notice him.  I didn’t find myself saying that the guitar player was so awesome but I also didn’t say that the guitar player really sucked.  He faded into the background, then, and I appreciated that.  While I am glad that the sound was decent with him, I also found his performance respectful.  He didn’t try to step right into Andy’s shoes.  Instead, he understood the job and did just that, nothing more and nothing less.  Then, after Andy left, he started to inject himself more and more into the live performance.  This to me also felt right.  He couldn’t hide in the shadows forever.  I liked what he contributed then.  Now, of course, he has also been a writing partner for All You Need is Now.  Thus, to me, Dom has done what has been asked of him.  He held back when it was appropriate and stepped up as appropriate.  To me, it feels like he isn’t worried about himself as much as he worries about doing the job he was hired to do well.  I couldn’t ask for more, which is part of the reason I am definitely a fan and respect him.

When I watched the documentary and saw the discussion regarding the live show and Dom’s participation, I couldn’t help but to notice that the only people interviewed on this documentary were Simon, John, Nick, Roger and Dom.  Hmm…this, of course, kicks my overactive brain into gear.  How come they didn’t include Anna?  What about Saxy Simon?  Are their roles really that much smaller?  Could it be something else?  Could the band and their people be preparing the fans?  Could they be thinking about including Dom into the band as a permanent member?  Honestly, and this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who reads this blog, but I would support this.  We all know that Rhonda would support this.  Personally, Dom has paid his dues and proved himself to be a valuable contributor.  Now, of course, I know that there is a lot to this decision, including contracts, legal aspects, etc.  One factor has to be fan reaction and I, for one, is a fan who would welcome this. 

-A

4 thoughts on “The Current Band”

  1. I certainly think Dom should be made a permanent member of the band and I fully expect this to happen before the next album is released.

  2. Amanda,

    This is a hot topic since I know someone who is completly under a spell over Dom (dear Rhonda you know I always tease you on that). About the documentary as all DD's documentary you don't have to take what they say to reality. What can you expect? They just can say that “hey we were way better before” . For instance I remember clearly John saing during the recording of Red Carpet massacre that this was the biggest thing they have ever done…The same John on a Notorious documentary saying that the new songs were way better than what they have done before (Rio etc,) so documentaries and comentaries the guys said have absolutly no value. This is just marketing.

    Now… about Dom being a member, what will happen? Hard to say. The guy is nice. He play well, but no more than that. Like any professional guitar player. Maybe with time he will get better. He can't play Ordinary World, but Andy wasn't able neither… They had to modify the song. (ok I am with Warren like Rhonda with Dom, without the physical attraction…) 😉 But he did some quite good songs I love Mediterranea and really expect the band to put more guitar on the next album. Now the band came with so many different lineup that they seem not willing to make another one. It almost began to be ridiculous. At the same time Dom is there since a long time already. Time will tell I believe…

    Pat

  3. This is a hot topic. As for what they say on documentaries, yes, I'm sure that there is marketing and, often, I have called them out on that (*coughNickcough*) especially during albums like RCM. That said, I wouldn't say that they have no value since it is very possible that they believe what they say at the time. I can't imagine, for example, that they can really evaluate albums, etc. when they are fresh and just finished them. Now, as for these comments, I believe them to be true. Why? To me, they are playing great! Those UK shows in December of 2011 were out of control good!

    As for Dom's playing, I happen to think it is pretty dang good! Nope, he isn't Warren but that's good to me as I disliked Warren's style.

    -A

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