The Week in DD History: December 6 to December 12

We are finally getting close to the end of this pretty terrible year. Thankfully, most years are not nearly so problematic, to say the least. This means that Duran Duran has had lots of great events during the month of December. Let’s take a look at some of them and hope for more fabulous Duran happenings in 2021!

December 6:

  • The Notorious album peaked at number 16 in the UK in 1986.
  • Duran Duran played with Robbie Williams in Auckland in 2003 as part of their reunion shows.
  • The band played at Beau Rivage Theatre in Biloxi in 2008 as part of the Red Carpet Massacre Tour. Anyone attend this one?

December 7:

  • Duran Duran played at Kent University in Canterbury in 1981. I bet that would have been an amazing show to go to!
  • EMI released digital versions of early 80s concerts including the 1982 concert at Hammersmith in 2009. This is a great one and I’m so glad that I own a copy of it!
  • John Taylor had a book signing at Magazzini Generali in Milan in 2012.

December 8:

  • Duran Duran had the honor of introducing Gwen Stefani at the Billboard Awards in 2004.
  • The single, All You Need is Now, was released on iTunes as an exclusive download 2010. If my memory serves correctly, it was free for awhile. Can anyone confirm that?

December 9:

  • Andy Taylor opened the bar, Rio, in Whitley Bay in 1983. I never knew about this before seeing the special, Duran Duran Millions. Did others know about it in the 1980s?
  • Duran Duran played at Forum Horsens in Denmark in 2005 as part of the Astronaut Tour.
  • Duran Duran played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto in 2008.

December 10:

  • Seven and the Ragged Tiger peaked at number 8 in the US in 1983.
  • The Tony Danza Show broadcast, featuring the first US TV performance of “What Happens Tomorrow,” aired in 2004.

December 11:

  • Simon Le Bon appeared on the Jools Holland Show in 2000.
  • Duran Duran and others artists played at Spektrum Arena, Oslo, Norway in 2005. This concert was part of the Nobel Peace Prize awards.

December 12:

  • Meltdown Radio aired a preview of 6 new tracks from John’s solo album, Retreat Into Art, in 2001. Anyone remember Meltdown Radio?
  • Duran Duran played at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney in 2003. It was the first time for “Play the fucking bass, John!” Who doesn’t love that?!
  • The band played at the MGM Grand at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut in 2008. Rhonda and I were there! We had such a good pre-show dinner with friends that night.

Is there any special event that I missed that I should have included? Which of these mattered most to you and why?

-A

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