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Simon LeBon of Duran Duran and Geoffrey Dicker
Since you all know that Duran Duran is one of my all time favorite bands, I will take advantage of any opportunity I have to be in their presence. I guess that makes me a Dur-man-ie. In this particular case, lead singer Simon LeBon was in town (and 3 blocks from my house!!!) He signed several of my favorite DD cds and happily took a photo with me! Simon’s been doing a bit of jet-setting lately as he was recently performing at the Cannes Film Festival in France and will be back at a benefit concert in England tomorrow. Needless to say, meeting Simon again made my night and I just want to express my gratitude for countless songs and albums that have been a major part of the soundtrack of my life! Thanks again Simon!
Rio (alternate cover) signed by Simon LeBon
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Simon LeBon of Duran Duran
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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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