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Simon LeBon and Geoffrey Dicker
There are some things you never get over and this is one of those things for me. I’ve been a fan of Duran Duran for all of my adult life (dating back to my childhood) and their music has been a constant source of inspiration for me for 30 years. Did I just say that out loud?! To think that I met Jane Fonda, whose film “Barbarella” inspired the name of this band a few weeks ago, and now this, sort of makes my head explode with delight! I’ve seen and met Duran Duran a bunch of times over the years, but all in the “pre-camera” days. June 20, 2012 brought my “Dur-man-ie” fandom into the new millennium as I was able to get photos with the Fab Four! Duran Duran is notorious (pun intended) for getting mobbed by hordes of ‘Duranies’ and one thing that I think is so cool of them (in the experiences I’ve had over the years) is that they try and be as accommodating as possible to their fans in the form of signing autographs, chatting with die-hards, giving hugs and taking photos.
Nick Rhodes and Geoffrey Dicker
I meet a lot of celebrities, rock stars and artists and few are as iconic to me as Duran Duran. I cannot express my gratitude enough to Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor for an experience I will cherish forever!
John Taylor and Geoffrey Dicker
It was John Taylor’s birthday and I wished him a happy birthday prior to this photo being taken. He thanked me and was very nice as were the other guys. Considering the mob-scene, I think I made out alright.
Roger Taylor and Geoffrey Dicker
For once in my life, I am speechless, so I will leave it at “WOW!” and “Thank you Duran Duran for making my life so much better!” Words cannot even express how much I love you. Thank you! Thank You! Thank You!
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Simon LeBon of Duran Duran
In one of the most random pairings ever, Trident Gum (no, I didn’t stutter) hosted an event at New York’s Terminal 5 on June 20, 2012 called “What Unfolds Live” and the 2 hour concert featured DJ Steve Aoki and “surprise guests.” The surprise guests were none other than Duran Duran! As you can imagine, the crowd was a mess! The audience consisted of Durannies and young ravers, which made for extremely interesting people watching (and in some ways, it was like mixing oil and water).
Steve Aoki took the stage around 8 pm, and while I really enjoyed a lot of the music he played during his seemingly never ending DJ set, I was prepared for all hell to break loose at the sight of the Fab Four and not by a guy that stood behind a laptop twisting buttons and continually showered the audience with bottles of water and champagne (sometimes sprayed directly from his mouth onto the crowd). Yuck, according2g. And he did it over and over and over again. He also brought crowd surfing to a new level as he literally had an inflatable raft that audience members passed around with people in it! The young raving crowd couldn’t seem to get enough of it and oldsters such as me and my friend literally couldn’t wait for Aoki’s set to be over.
John Taylor of Duran Duran
As Aoki “performed” his final song, he brought out the surprise guests – Duran Duran. They world premiered and performed a live version of the Aoki mix of the DD classic “Hungry Like The Wolf.” Duran Duran’s set was advertised as a 4 to 5 song set and not a full show, and that it was. As soon as Duran Duran hit the stage, a lot of the ravers split (bonus!). It was an extra special night as it was John Taylor’s birthday. Though the crowd didn’t sing to him, a lot of people had signs professing their love for the birthday boy. They began with “Girl Panic” off their highly underrated latest album “All You Need Is Now.”
“Notorious” was next, followed by a mash-up of “Sunrise” and “Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. I wonder if Duran Duran messed with the time/space continuum by performing “Relax” as I will venture to guess a lot of the crowd probably thought they performed the original version and will be telling all their friends about it! The final number of the set was “Wild Boys.”
Roger Taylor and Simon LeBon
I was fortunate enough to meet Duran Duran and photos of that will be coming soon! Book mark this site! After the jump, see the set list as well as a couple more photos!
Simon Le Bon and John Taylor
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From left: John Taylor, Nick Rhodes, Simon LeBon of Duran Duran
Duran Duran! The fab four (formerly five, but Andy Taylor is no longer with the band) made their long awaited return to New York with a show at Madison Square Garden on October 25, 2011. After an enthusiastic set from Neon Trees, Duran Duran took the stage at 8:30 PM. For nearly two solid hours, Duran Duran played so many songs that cemented their place in music history such as “Planet Earth,” “Hungry Like The Wolf,” “Rio,” “The Reflex,” “Is there Something I Should Know,” “Ordinary World,” “Come Undone,” and “Notorious.” As you can imagine, an arena full of people singing and dancing along to all of those songs is a guaranteed great time. But it was not all hits, many songs from Duran Duran’s latest album “All You Need Is Now,” their best album in years, made their New York live debut tonight.
The title track from the album as well as my favorite “The Man Who Stole A Leopard” were played as well as their new single “Leave a Light On.” Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters guested on stage to sing on “Safe” as she does on the album and the album’s producer, Mark Ronson played guitar on their new classic “Girl Panic.” There were some visuals projected on the screens behind the band, but who needs theatrics when you’ve got such a great catalog of songs? During one of the encores, “Wild Boys,” the band broke into another 1980s classic, Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “Relax,” which was a nice, if odd, surprise. Aside from “Careless Memories” and the instrumental “Tiger Tiger,” Duran Duran didn’t get into obscure songs and instead stuck mostly with big hits and new songs.
Nick Rhodes, John Taylor of Duran Duran
It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Duran Duran and I did not leave without a smile on my face. If you haven’t heard their latest album “All You Need is Now,” you should check it out because producer Mark Ronson got Duran Duran to return to their classic sound that made them so popular nearly 30 years ago! 30 years ago?! Wow. Where does the time go? It was interesting (and slightly depressing) to see that the crowd have traded in their 80s fashions for khakis, but what can you do? Because I love Mark Ronson and Ana Matronic, I’ll be posting videos of “Girl Panic,” and “Safe” soon, so stick around for that.
See the setlist and a couple more pix (including Roger Taylor) after the jump.
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So Red The Rose (Special Edition) by Arcadia. Out Now!
Duran Duran fans have been hitting pay dirt recently with deluxe reissues of their first 3 classic albums. In 1985, when Duran Duran was in the midst of a personnel change, Roger Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Simon LeBon formed a group called Arcadia. The side project only released one album, the classic “So Red The Rose,” and it has been remastered and been given the 2 CD / 1 DVD treatment. While this set does not include any previously unreleased music, there are 19 songs that have never been available on CD! All of the single edits and 12″ versions (which are all different than the album versions) for the songs “Election Day,” “The Flame,” “The Promise,” “Say The Word,” and “Goodbye is Forever” are finally issued on CD and they sound great. There are 4 additional remixes of “Election Day,” a dub remix of “Goodbye Is Forever,” “Say The Word,” and “The Flame,” an instrumental version of “The Promise,” and an extended version of “Rose Arcana.” The DVD contains videos and the makings of each video for “Election Day,” “The Promise,” “Goodbye Is Forever,” “The Flame,” and “Missing,” none of which have ever been issued on DVD before. The only thing that is disappointing about this package is a chintzy 3 page booklet that does not feature the lyrics (which were included in the original vinyl release). The deluxe edition of “So Red The Rose,” is certainly the definitive document for a side project whose only album is perfection with guest appearances from Grace Jones, Sting, David Gilmour (of Pink Floyd) and Herbie Hancock. “So Red The Rose (Special Edition)” is out now.
So Red The Rose (Special Edition) by Arcadia Tracklist. Click to Enlarge!