Oh dear, a DD thread.
I have no idea how many Duran Duran concerts I have been to. TONS. From huge outdoor stadiums to small, 300 ticket shows in the "lesser" eras. They rise and fall but are always there. I really hope they make it up to the Pacific Northwest this year as they tour around, now that my kiddo is old enough for me to go out at night here and there. =)
Thomas has had to deal with me swooning over Simon for over a decade (they are less than 3 weeks apart in age). "What IS it about them?" he once asked, and in interviews often states he couldn't complete with Simon's looks, something I know many TD fans beg to differ on.
They had the looks of a boy band but they created themselves. Not some dream of marketing music execs put together to make cash.
It is not something easy to answer. I found an article once where someone said as a concert review, something to the extent of "and there they were, on the stage. It was FUCKING DURAN DURAN, right THERE."
For someone who is a fan looking out, that' nails it, without saying anything useful. It's FUCKING DURAN DURAN.
I was, am, and will long-time be a Duranie.
They just have a something that is special. And not just something the little girls understand, their music stands tall without their looks entering into it.
That said, they have had some REAL flops. I did not like Red Carpet Massacre at all...and there are a lot of folks who have never even heard of the "Liberty" album.
I am really happy with the new album, released digitally with more new material coming out on a physical version in a little over a week from now. They have embraced who they are and stopped trying, for now, to be something else. Hopefully that success is a fire to keep them going. For me it was going back in time while standing where I am now in my life, all at once. Bravo.
A show at the Fillmore in San Francisco that is coming up soon sold out in TWO MINUTES. Not bad for guys that age, still working hard and still creating.
They just have that magic, I don't know what it is, but they have it.
Simon's twitter account is HILARIOUS, and worth having on your list.http://twitter.com/SimonJCLeBON
I could go on, but I won't. I think they are fabulous, full of talent, willing to take risks and recover from them, and of course, all look fabulous in eyeliner.
Also, Stubbs and DD....perfect. I could drown in their bbq and with DD as a live soundtrack? Heaven.