The week in DD History January 24-30, 2021

Twenty-four years ago this weekend, I brought a newborn daughter home from the hospital. So, this week is a special one for me, but what about Duran Duran? What notable things have occurred for them during this week in their history?

January 24

  • Played at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan (1984)
  • Simon recorded the final vocals for “Big Bang Generation” (1997)
  • Nick and John were interviewed on Rockline for BBC Radio (1993)

January 25

  • Played at the NEC in Birmingham (1994)
  • Simon and Nick were interviewed on Richard & Judy for Astronaut promo (2005)

January 26

  • Sugartown (John Taylor) premiered at Sundance Festival (1999)
  • Billboard Magazine announced that Duran Duran is leaving Capitol Records (1998)
  • Played in Leipzig, Germany (2012)

January 27

  • Performed at University of IL Chicago (1989)
  • Honored with Midlander of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award (2005)

January 28

  • Appeared on American Top 40 with Casey Kasem and played NMOM and Union of the Snake (1984)
  • Played Wembley Arena (1994)
  • Songbook (show and performance) recorded (2009)

January 29

  • Dick Clark National Music Survey broadcast featured HLTW at #30 (1983)

January 30

  • Played at Saddle Dome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (1984)
  • Performed Electric Barbarella on the UK Lottery Show (1999)
  • Played in Kiev, Ukraine (2001)
  • Featured on VH1’s Top 20 with AYNIN video (2011)

January 31

  • NME ran one-page feature on DD (1981)
  • Skin Trade peaked at #39 in US (1987)
  • Simon plays “god for a day” on BBC radio – deciding who he would like on his cloud, who he’d make a saint, and who he’d hit with a thunderbolt. (1994)
  • What Happens Tomorrow released in UK (2005)

Busy week, and for the record – I’m going to need to do more research on Simon’s “god for a day on BBC” thing! -R

By Daily Duranie

Once upon a time, there were two Duran Duran fans. One named Amanda, the other named Rhonda. Over many vodka tonics, they would laugh about the idea of one day writing a book about their fan experiences. While that manuscript is still being composed...Rhonda thought they should write a blog. (What was she THINKING?!) Lo and behold: The Daily Duranie was born.

1 comment

  1. I attended the concert at U of I, and not only was it my first DD concert but first ever concert I attended without my parents. I had graduated that week from high school and turned 18 and when they announced the concert a month or so earlier I asked a friend if she wanted to go. She wasn’t a big Duran Duran fan but wanted to go to a concert so we went with her boyfriend there. This was around the time the state was trying to pass a lip synch bill so people knew who didn’t perform live and I asked someone who worked at a radio station if they knew if DD sang live. They assured me they did. It was a great show.

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