The Week in DD History: June 13 to June 19

Technically, this is the last week of Spring as Summer Solstice is on June 20th. For me, though, it feels like the first week of Summer as my school year officially ended. I’m slowly decompressing and moving into summer mode, which includes getting into some sort of routine. This is never easy and this year, I’m allowing myself space to do this slowly. Enough about me. What does this week represent in Duran Duran history? Let’s find out!

June 13:

  • Additional crowd and concert footage for Arena is filmed at the Birmingham National Exhibition Center. The 2,000 free tickets were only available through the newspapers Birmingham Evening Mail and London Standard. Numerous fans wind up dehydrated and somewhat crushed during several hours of filming in 1984.
  • The video for Someone Else Not Me premiered on shockwave.com on this date in 2000. The video was the first one to be made entirely using Macromedia Flash animation.
  • Pop Trash album was released in the US in 2000.

June 14:

  • Duran Duran’s long time guitarist, Dom Brown, was born in 1972. Happy Birthday, Dom! 🥳

June 15:

  • Huge anniversary alert! Duran’s first album, the self-titled debut, was released worldwide in 1981! 40 years!
  • The single, Pressure Off, was released worldwide in 2015. It was the first single off of the Paper Gods album.

June 16:

  • Duran Duran played at Music Hall in Cologne, Germany, in 1993, as part of the tour to support the Wedding Album.
  • In 2005, Duran Duran played at the Museumsplatz in Bonn, Germany as part of the Astronaut Tour. Apparently, the band likes to play in Germany in June!

June 17:

  • In 2000, the band participated in a record store signing at Virgin Records in Union Square New York City. Did anyone attend this?
  • Duran Duran played at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City as a fan show only in 2007.

June 18:

  • The band played at Koninklijk Circum in Brussels, Belgium in 2008, as part of the Red Carpet Massacre Tour.
  • In 2012, the band appeared on GMA in the U.S.

June 19:

  • Duran Duran spent their first day at Westside Studios in London to work on Notorious album in 1986. They will work on the album at several studios in London (Abbey Road, Maison Rouge, Skyline, and AIR).
  • The filming for the Electric Barbarella video completed on this date in 1997.

Overall, a pretty monumental week with the 40th birthday of the band’s debut album. Every Duranie out there should make a note to listen to that album on the 15th. It is where the story began.

-A

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