This Week in DD History: August 1 to August 7

I am not excited to see the calendar turn to August. Summer is flying by and I’m very much not okay with it. That being said, August promises some excitement in Duranland as we know that this week will see an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, at the very least. Does this week in history also feature exciting events? Let’s take a look.

August 1:

  • MTV was launched in 1981. Duran Duran helped the cable channel get success and was in turn helped by the frequent play of the band’s videos.
  • Duran played at Chastain Park in Atlanta in 2000.
  • In 2015, the band played at Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY.

August 2:

  • Alex Sadkin, producer of the Seven and the Ragged Tiger album, was killed in a car crash in Miami, Florida in 1987.
  • Top of the Pops aired the band’s performance of their single, Violence of Summer, in 1990.
  • Duran Duran played at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California, in 2016.

August 3:

  • Power Station’s Get It On peaked at number 9 in the US in 1985.
  • In 2005, Duran performed at Harbor Center in Virginia Beach, VA.

August 4:

  • Duran Duran played at Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, MD, USA (with Tsar) in 2000.
  • The band played at the Annual Red Cross Gala in Monte Carlo, Monaco in 2006. It was Andy Taylor’s final show with the band.
  • In 2015, John and Roger participated in live Tumblr Q& A. How popular is Tumblr these days? Anyone use it?

August 5:

  • Duran Duran opened up for Blondie at the 5 Seasons in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1982. Ah, Cedar Rapids…what a place!
  • A lounge/jazz cover of “Hungry Like The Wolf” appeared on Just Lounging Around by Bambi & The Boys, on Hot Productions in 1997. Anyone heard this?
  • In 2016, the band performed at the Outside Lands Festival, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

August 6:

  • Duran Duran played at the World Music Theater in Chicago in 1993. This was my first Duran show!
  • Six years later, they did a show at the House of Blues, Chicago, IL, USA. There was no opening act for this show.

August 7:

  • John Taylor played at the Fenix Underground in Seattle in 1998.
  • Duran appeared live on CBS news in New York city in 2000.

Have a good week, everyone!

-A

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