The Week in DD History: October 25 – October 31

Let’s look at some of the key highlights from the last week in October in terms of Duran Duran history. Were there a lot of concerts during this week, traditionally? What about new music? TV appearances?

October 25:

  • Duran Duran appeared on the TV show the Late, Late Show on this date in 2004.
  • The DVD, Live from London, was released in 2005. How many of you own a copy of this? I must have watched this countless times during the Astronaut era. Maybe it is time that I bust it out after the election is over and give it a watch!

October 26:

  • Duran Duran played at the Sears Centre in Chicago. It was the first show after the band announced Andy Taylor’s departure. It was also the first show ever held in that venue. Rhonda and I were there. Anyone else?

October 27:

  • Some lead singer was born on this date in 1958. Enough said. Ha, I kid…Simon Le Bon celebrates his birth on this day! Rhonda and I talked about it on last Friday’s Vodka Friday!
  • Duran Duran played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto in 2011. Here’s a little video of Simon with a cake in his face! Priceless!

October 28:

  • Duran Duran played at the Center Stage in Atlanta in 1988. Anyone go to that show?
  • Duran Duran played at the Chevrolet Theater in Wallingford, Connecticut, in 2007 as sort of a warm-up show before the run on Broadway, celebrating the Red Carpet Massacre album.

October 29:

  • Union of the Snake peaked at number 3 in the UK on this date in 1983.
  • Duran Duran headlined the Sunday of Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans in 2006. It is, indeed, the topic of next Friday’s Vodka Friday!
  • John Taylor participated in a panel about the internet at UCLA in 2009. If you have not heard his presentation, I highly recommend it. It was well-worth the half hour! John was simply fabulous!

October 30:

  • Duran Duran played at Caird Hall in Dundee, Scotland, in 1982.
  • John Taylor held a book signing and talk at the City Winery in Chicago in 2012. As someone who attended, it was a night to remember. Not only did John wear the Daily Duranie wristband that I gave him but he nicely signed copies for Rhonda and myself.

October 31:

  • Nick and Stephen Duffy finished 12 songs in 12 days in 2000. This, of course, was The Devils album, which is really the first Duran Duran album. Who owns a copy of this side project?
  • Duran Duran appeared on the Howard Stern show in 2007. Honestly, it is one of my favorite Duran appearances ever. So funny!

Obviously, there is a lot more DD history during this week. Any event that was your favorite?


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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