The Week in DD History: January 31 to February 6

Well, people, we are finishing up January and moving into February. I cannot say that January was as peaceful as I had hoped, but now we are moving on. Maybe February will be better! How was the first week in February for Duran Duran, historically? Let’s take a look!

January 31:

  • NME ran a one page feature on Duran Duran in on this date in 1981. I would love, love, love to see this if anyone has a copy of it!
  • The song, What Happens Tomorrow, was released in the UK in 2005.

February 1:

  • Duran Duran played at Olympiyskiy in Moscow, Russia. It was broadcast live on Russian TV and bootlegged on First Day on Earth and Moscow 20 in 2001.
  • On this date in 2004, Duran Duran played at Superbowl party in Houston.
  • The band performed What Happens Tomorrow on Good Morning America in 2005.

February 2:

  • Planet Earth released in the UK in 1981, 40 years ago! (You all knew that I had to post that, right? Not just for the Duran history aspect but also because it is my absolute favorite!)
  • The band appeared on the Rolling Stone cover as the Fab 5 in 1984.

February 3:

  • In 2005, Duran Duran appeared on the Carson Daly show. For the record, they did a ton of promotion during the Astronaut era and this week in history really shows that.
  • Simon and John attended a Grammy Week event honoring Nile at LA’s Village Recording Studio in 2015.

February 4:

  • Duran Duran played at Lawlor Arena in Reno, Nevada, in 1984.
  • Ten years later, they performed at Forest National in Brussels.
  • Dom Brown’s album, Between the Lines, was released in 2008. Who owns a copy besides Rhonda and myself?

February 5:

  • In 1989, Duran Duran played at the Civic Auditorium in Portland.
  • Five years later, they played Le Zenith in Paris.

February 6:

  • Duran Duran played at the Forum in LA in 1984.
  • They lip synched Skin Trade on German TV show called WWF Club in 1987.

I have to admit that this week in Duran Duran history feels pretty monumental to me, even though a lot of it appears as tv promotion and various tours. That 40th anniversary of Planet Earth is a BIG DEAL, in my opinion. What do the rest of you think?


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.

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