Today in Duran History – Birmingham CD Signing

On this date in 2004, Duran Duran held a CD signing party at the HMV in Birmingham.  What were they signing?  They were signing copies of Sunrise (thanks for the correction, UK friends), of course!  They held a few of these for this album and did, at least, one for Red Carpet Massacre in 2008.  I am not sure why they don’t do more.  They are able to sell more albums that way, as attendees typically need to buy a copy in order to attend, in order to have something to get signed.  Then, it is a quick and controlled way for many fans to be able to have a moment or two of face-to-face time with their favorite band.  Positive interactions with the band, or any celebrity of choice, tend to reinforce fandom!!

Was anyone at this particular signing?  Anyone want to share their story?  I know that there are scenes of this signing on the Astronaut Dual Disc but it isn’t the same as hearing from fans who were there!  So, if you were there, start talking!


7 thoughts on “Today in Duran History – Birmingham CD Signing”

  1. I think it was Sunrise, not Astronaut? If so, I was at the signing the following day in London & met George for the first time in the queue. We shall have to toast our 10 year Duranniversary with a glass of port in Lisbon tomorrow if so! 😀

    1. Hmm…you are right that the CD of Astronaut hadn’t been released yet, but wasn’t the vinyl released in September? Maybe that was just here in the States. What do you have signed from the London one? Is it Sunrise? -A

      1. Not sure of UK release dates but if the Brum signing is the one Andy missed through illness, it was definitely Sunrise. We heard Astronaut for the first time inside the store just before the band came out, but had to wait a bit longer to get our hands on it.

        1. Yep, just checked Everyhit – definitely Sunrise as it was released in the UK in Oct 2004. Just checking the days of the week that year – have a feeling we met on a Thursday…

  2. It was definitely Sunrise as I was there! I’m on the dual disc too, briefly. Good atmosphere outside in the queue, lots of laughs, someone brought Duran a cake with photo’s of them on it, someone else chocolates!…Sunrise was being played in the store and local radio station ‘BRMB’ was being broadcast from there for the signing, and also local tv show Midlands Today filmed a little bit. Was all very quick once you were in there and cd’s being signed, but you could take pictures. Good memories.

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