The Week in DD History: June 20 to June 26

Happy first week of Summer to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere! Happy Father’s Day to everyone who is a father, in some way, shape, or form and big hugs to those missing their dad on this special occasion. This week in Duran history starts out with another big celebration so let’s dive in.

June 20:

  • In 1960, our favorite bass player and yours, John Taylor, was born. Happy Birthday, John!!! 🥳
  • Working for the Skin Trade concert video was released in 1988, showcasing the Strange Behaviour Tour of 1987.
  • Duran Duran played at See What Unfolds Live at Terminal 5 in New York City with DJ Steve Aoki in 2012. From what we heard, this was quite an event with birthday cake and more being thrown into the audience.

June 21:

  • Jools Holland interviewed the band in France for UK TV special, A Midsummer Night’s Tube, which included Faith in This Colour in 1983.
  • In 1987, the band played at Center Stage Theater in Atlanta.

June 22:

  • John Taylor and Simon LeBon were on the Howard Stern radio show in 1987.
  • Duran Duran Universe opened in Second Life in 2011. Anyone on here join this universe? What was your experience like?

June 23:

  • Duran Duran played at Meadowbrook in Cedar Groves, New Jersey in 1982, as part of the tour supporting the Rio album.
  • In 1987, The Strange Behaviour Tour brought the band to New York City where they played at Madison Square Garden.

June 24:

  • Duran Duran and others play at KIIS and Unite at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in Irvine, CA, USA with guest Melle Mel. It was John’s last live date with the band before his departure in 1995.
  • Roger and John do a bunch of interviews including The Wave in South Wales, Swansea Sound Gem in Nottingham, Read Radio in Newcastle, Pure 107 FM in Manchester and Sky News in 2011.

June 25:

  • Duran Duran performed for VH1’s story, Storytellers, in 2000. The show featured artists telling the stories behind the songs before they play them for an audience.
  • The episode of the TV show, Samantha Who, that featured John Taylor as a guest star aired in 2009.

June 26:

  • Duran Duran played at Mann Music Center in Philadelphia in 1982.
  • John Taylor played at Radio Antenne Bayerne in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1997. It was his first solo live gig.

Lots of good stuff in Duran history this week! What event was your favorite?

-A

Comments

  1. Thanks for posting these; I was at the event at Terminal 5 with my cousin! I hid under a guy’s T shirt to avoid getting hit with the cake! I was not going to get my hair or makeup messed up before seeing Simon; ha ha! The one thing that was a bummer was we were standing right in the front with all of the other Duranies before the show started. I had never been right up to the stage like that. Then, this security guy tells us we all have to step back to let the fans that had headphones on the front for when Steve Aoki perform ed.( I am guessing this had to do with the Trident corporation and VIP folks). Imagine the reaction when all of these ladies were told that! We were peeved! We got our spots right back the second Duran Duran hit the stage, a bit chaotic as the Steve Aoki fans were trying to move out of our way. To top it off, the video they produced when he mixed Hungry like the Wolf while Duran Duran played on stage with him just showed the younger Steve Aoki fans in the front; they had cut out the footage of the Duranies who were actually the ones in the front at the time! You can only see them from behind when they pan the audience from far back. I guess we were too old to be in the video! It really was a neat show, and so cool to be that up close! Nick came out and took photos of the crowd at the end.

    1. Author

      Thank you for sharing your story! It sounds like quite a night! -A

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