This time of year always reminds me of two things: the Friends of Mine Convention in New Orleans, and the release of Astronaut in 2004. These two events took place just weeks apart from one another, and the whole fan community had a buzz of energy. Back in those days, I don’t think things were… Continue reading Just Before Liftoff: Astronaut in 2004
It is just music
What do you do if your favorite band puts out an album you don’t like? I feel like maybe this is a fair question that many of us have dealt with over the course of our lives. There are likely countless answers, some great, some fair, and others…well…we’ve seen some of the “others”, haven’t we?… Continue reading It is just music
Missing Post-Concert Let Down?
I haven’t been to a Duran Duran concert in two years. I realize that for many of you out there, that’s nothing. Some of you haven’t seen them in maybe six years, perhaps even more, so please don’t think I’m trying to make the point that I am somehow suffering. I can assure you, I’m… Continue reading Missing Post-Concert Let Down?
Not Quite Wallowing
I didn’t go to Austin. Funny enough, when they announced these ACL gigs, I shook my head and figured they’d end up canceled. Then I thought that they’d *have* to do other gigs. I mean, they were playing a festival two weekends in a row. Wouldn’t there be more shows announced?? Well, I was wrong… Continue reading Not Quite Wallowing
The more things change
Just six years ago today, I stood on a very hot sidewalk in Hollywood, waiting to be allowed past the gate to then stand on some asphalt in a back lot behind the theater where Jimmy Kimmel tapes his late night talk show. Those of us in line were there, of course, to see Duran… Continue reading The more things change
We Come Together
Expectations are future resentments. I am fairly certain that John Taylor did not coin that phrase, but I have to credit him anyway because I think the first place I read it was in his book, and if I’d read it before that, it certainly never stuck. It is a phrase that I’ve muttered to… Continue reading We Come Together
Dream Come True
This week, I had the pleasure of seeing pictures from friends who had traveled to Birmingham. What I enjoyed most was seeing places captured that reminded me of the trip I made to Duran Duran’s “birthplace” back in 2011. Going to Birmingham was a bucket list item for me in the same way some people… Continue reading Dream Come True
It’s Thursday! I am growing to love this day of the week. While I try to bring a part of myself and my own love of this band into most any post – these are special. This space is where I am just me, and I share whatever I’m feeling that week. This week, I’ve… Continue reading Feelings
Changed Honeymoon Plans Create More Joy!
By Nick Thompson Let’s set the scene: a Tuesday evening in a run down area one mile out of the Birmingham city centre. A venue capacity of 2500 people, with a full-queue around the block of an old converted church and assembly hall to see Duran play live for the first time in five years.… Continue reading Changed Honeymoon Plans Create More Joy!
Normally, I don’t blog on Mondays, other than write my portion of the review for the upcoming week, and whatever other posts I want to compose ahead of time. Today, however, I’m making an exception because today marks another year for Daily Duranie. On this day eleven years ago, I wrote and published the first… Continue reading Eleven