This Week in DD History: January 17 to January 23

I don’t know about the rest of you but I have been looking forward to this week for what seems like forever. I am hoping this is when the tide will turn towards a more positive future; one filled with family, friends and fun. Anyway, did this particular week render any amazing Duran moments throughout the band’s history? Let’s find out!

January 17:

  • Duran Duran played at the Sendai Sports Centre in Sendai, Japan, in 1984, as part of the famous Sing Blue Silver Tour.
  • John Taylor and Simon LeBon interviewed on Z100 in New York City in 1989. My guess is that they were doing promotion for Big Thing album and tour.
  • Simon is a guest on Steve Wright In The Afternoon on Radio 2 at 2pm GMT in 2011. Anyone remember listening to this interview?

January 18:

  • Electric Barbarella, the single, was released in the UK in 1999.
  • Greatest went platinum in 2005. This album, of course, was the second greatest hits album. Perhaps, it is time for another one?

January 19:

  • On this date in 1989, Duran Duran played at the Spectrum in Philadelphia as part of the Big Thing Tour.
  • DuranCon took place in Santa Monica, CA, in 1997. John played and announced that he left Duran. I have seen the video, which is hard enough to take. I cannot imagine the devastation for those who attended in person.

January 20:

  • The Jack Docherty show aired in 1999, which featured an interview and performance by the band.
  • In 2014, “Anyone Out There” is used to wake up the European Space Agency’s vehicle “Rosetta” which has been in space for 10 years. This vehicle lands on a comet later this same year. I love all the connections that Duran has had to space programs.

January 21:

  • Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor are guests on Robert Elmo show on BBC London in 2011.
  • Duran Duran played at theAlpine Polo Club in Klosters, Switzerland, in 2012.

January 22:

  • The band played G-Mex Centre in Manchester in 1994. Anyone attend that show?
  • Simon LeBon and Nick Rhodes presented an award at the British Comedy Awards in 2011. Personally, I think that is pretty funny. ?

January 23:

  • German TV chart show Formel Eins airs a lip-synched performance of “Union of the Snake” (probably filmed late 1983) in 1984.

On that note, I hope that everyone has a good week.


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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