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A UK Duran Fan Convention – Your Thoughts Are Required!

DURAN DURAN FAN CONVENTION 2012

Another break from the norm of the Duran Diary! But I wanted to ask you – as Duran fans – what you thought of fan conventions.

A friend of mine, Dave Stott and I were chatting (in the queue as it happens for the Duran Oxford rehearsal gig) a few weeks back. We were discussing how nice it was to meet other fans for the first time and that it would be good to do that kind of thing properly – so we could all have a chat about our mutual interests. Dave told me that around 20 years ago he had set up his own Duran Fan Convention. That got us chatting about whether or not there should be a UK Fan convention in the near future.

I would be interested to find out what these conventions are actually like – so I thought I’d throw that out to you lot. Would you mind answering a few questions on this subject? Just post it as a comment and I will show them to Dave and then he can crack on (or not I supose depending on your answers) with Duran Convention 2012!

QUESTIONS

Have you been to a fan convention before? (Duran or otherwise)

If you have was it in the UK or USA?

If you have been to a convention did you have to pay an entry fee? If so how much (ROUGHLY)?

If there was to be a Duran Fan Convention, where in the UK do you think it should be?

Would you prefer to come to a convention for a day, or have a convention/hotel/dinner package?

What sort of things would you like to see at a Duran fan convention? (Not DD themselves unfortunately!) Merchandise/DJ’s/Live Acts/Speakers?

What would you NOT want to have at a Duran fan convention?

If you have any other thoughts or ideas do let me know – then I will pass them along to Dave. After that – I will let you know the outcome! Thank you! 😉

 

 

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A DDistraction from the DDiary – a DD Duranictionary

Duranictionary

The idea for this came about on Twitter recently as a bit of fun when some DD related words kept cropping up in tweets. This brought me to thinking that it would be amusing to compile them for this blog. I have tried to credit everyone that I can. If your Duranictionary word and definition is here uncredited then let me know and I will rectify it. Along with the Duranictionary there will also be explanations of some acronyms and silliness that DD members come up with themselves too. Remember this is a bit of fun…….

& – The latest way Simon leaves Twitter

aDDict – self-explanatory

Bass God – He Who Is John Taylor (Queenofthe80s)

Bonvultions – similar to JTingles (traceySMith71)

DeDDication – What is needed to be a fan of Duran Duran

Durama – Much used word about the drama surrounding Duran and their fans

Duranalin – DD version of adrenaline ie when you keep dancing through a DD gig even when in extreme pain

Duranasol – a medical preparation for soothing Hemorrhoids after much sitting on cold floors whilst waiting to get into general Admission gigs

Duranathon – A period of time, usually longer than 3hrs, during which one listens to/watches NOTHING but Duran. Common side effects include Duranorexia, Durowner & WithDDrawal. (Amanda Duffy)

Duranatic – Someone who’s looney over DD (TraceySmith71)

Duranapathy – Empathetic and supportive of ones love for DD (Margo_DD)

Durarmchair with PaDDing – Suitable chair for waiting outside all day on General Admission gigs. Very sort after (BarbaraWyett)

Durandemonium  (1) – a regular state on Twitter in which one of DD tweets and followers rush to reply first (Kazzikat)

Durandemonium (2) –  That girl panic excitement that occurs as the bWoys take the stage? (SimoneB444)

Duranorexic – Dangerous condition where need for DD surpasses need for food & water ( as seen in Q 4 gigs) may be cured with a Frontal LeBonomy

Durowner  – feeling down about lack of DD ‘I’m not going to see DD for a few months. I’m on a right Durowner now.’ (traceySmith71)

Duranporn –  Candid shots, staged photo’s, basically any images of Duran passed from fan to fan. ie  ‘Mimi shared some duranporn with me from the gig last night’ (Margo_dd )

DuranieSisterhood/DuranMoms – (US) those passing out love down to the next generation, or simply a DuranFan who is a mom  (SimoneB444 and many others!)

Durantastic, Duranilicious – describing Duran words (SimoneB444, ueenofthe80s, SirGuyOfNewWave and many more) ‘That gig was bloody Duranastic!’ ‘JT looked particularly Duranilicious today.’

Durthrone – a throne suitable for a superfan (almadonduran)

Duranonymous – you don’t want to be this if you want to be more than a face in the crowd (Beyonkers)

Durance – Duran Induced Trance. The kind that happens when watching the band onstage (Barberawyett)

Duranged – the mental state of the more crazier fan

Durantime – meaning anytime at all in the Duran World – used when fans are told info late ie when presale is announced one day before going on sale (Queenofthe80s)

Duranecstacy – The feeling you get when DD come onstage/JT smiles at you (1207Tiger)

Durangigsalotus – a serious disease in which Duranies are compelled to attend every gig in the tour run (DuranieSue)

Duranity – Similar to vanity but this matters more (GeorgiaBowring)

Durank – (1) ranking DD tracks (traceysmith71)

Durank – (2) When DD release not a very good track  ie ‘Can’t stand this song, it’s Durank.’

Duransperation – when you’re busting for the loo at a gig but refuse to leave your spot! (Cloudofutopia)

Duraniegasm – the sheer excitement and bliss that comes from seeing Duran Duran live (LadyGrinnning)

Duranimals – referring to wolves, snakes, leopards tigers & aphids; predominantly  used in DD songs (Vampyrusgirl)

Duranimal Husbandry – breeding rearing and caring for the children of the band members (boxfullohoney)

Duranista – Fashionable Duran fan, enjoys drinking champers from NR’s designer shoe (Kazzikat)

Duranalyst – Someone who analyses DD performances (traceysmith71)

Durannana – the term describing DD singing the Reflex (JOCATJO/1207tiger)

DuRun DuRun – what you do at DD standing gigs when the doors open

Durables – fans who survive the pointy elbows at General Admission gigs (LaodiceanDD )

Durantidepressant – DD music used to ease a period of depression (boxfullohoney)

Durantidote – Medicine taken to solve any DD problems (JOCATJO)

Durancation – Planning vacation/travel for as many DD gigs as possible (expired_data via durantigger)

Durantique – Old and treasured memoribilia (traceySmith71)

Duranwich – A photograph with two or more members of DD penned by Nick Rhodes himself via (BarbaraWyett)

Durarity – rare & collectible memoribilia (TraceySmith71)

dWogs  – The name Simon le Bon gives his dogs who by admission says his have a little more woof in them

EnDurance – what you need to have to queue all day long for General Admission DD gigs

Frontal LeBonomy – Seeing Simon strut his stuff front of stage

JTeased – being on the receiving end of a JT smile

JTensity – intense concentration by JT whilst slapping his plank (Kazzikat)

JTingles – What comes after being on the receiving end of a JTease (Kazzikat)

JTrance – description of the state some fans are in whilst watching JT onstage (Joanne_DD)

JTweet – when the Bass God tweets

LeBollox – pertaining to a lot of what Simon tweets ‘Did you see SLB’s tweet last night? What a lot of LeBollox’

LeBonade – refreshment needed after seeing SLB perform/an answer to JT’s KoolAid  (LaodiceanDD/AnneRedmond )

LeBonaholic – someone with a total love of SLB (LeBonRose)

LeBonchitis – what the fans get when SLB has a cold and inadvertently sprays over the crowd (kittyfunpuppy)

LeBonFire – The passion felt by fans when hearing SLB sing (Marg0_DD)

LeBonese – nothing other than that is the language one must speak to interpret LeBon tweets. (Otmomof2)

LeBonked – the SLB equivalent of being JTeased resulting in Bonvulations

LeBonkers – The grown women’s reaction to watching SLB dance ‘Seeing those hips sway drove me LeBonkers’ (Kazzikat)

MaDDness – word use to decribe various process of the Duran process (queenofthe80’s)

Nodurangigs Tildecemberitus – description of the recognised feeling of despondence between DD shows

Rhode-Hog – An agressive or selfish NR fan (Boxfullohoney)

Rhodesian – a Nick fan (GeorgiaBowring)

Rhodes Rage – Silly behaviour of NR fans in regards to his girlfriends (Kazzikat)

Rhodiculous – anything outrageous relating 2 DD.  ‘The price of AYNIN limited edition was Rhodiculous.’ (Kazzikat)

Rogerholic – A Roger fan! (Almadonduran)

Simonitus – Serious crush on SLB (duranieSue)

StampeDDe – Word to describe JT followers’ timeline’s when the Bass God tweets (Joanne_DD)

Taylorist  – a JT Fan (GeorgiaBowring)

Taylorleaks – when JT opens his mouth & tells us something he shouldn’t on Twitter

Taylormade – a fan who believe JT was made for her (DuranieSue)

Taylorterian -A fan that only likes JT (Kazzikat)

Whoosh – Simon’s way of saying goodbye on Twitter

WithDDrawal – horrible feeling caused to fans by lack of live gigs

ABBREVIATIONS

COTBG – Church of The Bass God; a place of worship for the discerning JT fan

Duran combinations: Can be used to describe…..well…..use your imagination!

JoSi – John/Simon

RoSi – Roger/Simon

JoRo – John/Roger

JoSiRo – John/Simon/Roger

JoSiRoNi – John/Simon/Roger/Nick (not used as much as the above)

If you have any of your own, feel free to let me know and I will put them on! 😉


02 Shepherds Bush Empire – A One Off Gig

7th March 2011

Arrive early-ish and went to Westfield Shopping Centre before going to the gig. Al was already there queueing  as she has VIP standing tickets. Andrew had seats, Sam, Julie, Amy, Frank, Kelly, Lorraine and Gary and I all had standing.

The gig was amazing. The new stuff sounded brilliant. The old stuff sounded EXCELLENT! Friends of Mine was particularly superb. Did lots of dancing, laughing, singing. It really was a fab gig. Then we went to the aftershow.

Rocks had asked me to pass on his number to Nick so I did and had a brief chat. Simon had blocked Sam on twitter. Sam had been particularly sarcastic to his tweets of late. When Sam and Simon met up he took her to one side for a chat. He had apparently been upset with her comments on twitter, so much so he blocked her! Can’t believe Sam’s sarcasm had hit him so hard. Bless. I hope he lets her tweet him again!

We had a group pic taken with Nick, then with Roger. Roger’s sons were ther as well as Nick’s daughter Tatjana. Didn’t see John but stood talking to his driver for a bit.

rogershep

It was a fun night. Gig sounded brilliant, it was vibrant and energetic. I think the band enjoyed it a lot. Going to go to a lot of the tour……Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton, Bournemouth. It’s going to be an expensive one!

Notes on this Entry

Once again reading back on diary entries for gigs annoys me! One song I mention. ONE! I really need to do a set list, or at least try to review a Duran gig but I get so excited and involved, singing and dancing with my friends that I simply forget! So hats off to all those people that do gig reviews. I wish I could stop behaving like an excited puppy for a second during gigs to do one like you!


We’ve Come A Long Way! Christmas Concerts – December 2005

21st and 22nd December 2005

Earls Court

The first gig (on the 21st) had a great atmosphere – they played really well and seemed to enjoy themselves. The gig was packed out. Met up with Rocks and Elena too which was really nice.

Second gig was not so good. It hadn’t sold as many seats as the first night and some of the arena was curtained off. It really showed in their playing, the gig just wasn’t the same.

I went to the after show though – that was a laugh. I got quite drunk! I was with Amy, Frank, Jo and Sam – who had given birth to twins only a week before! She’s MAD!

The highlight of my night was John saying to me ‘We’ve come a long way from the BBC haven’t we? And you came to the USA too!’ YAY!

(Amy was the only one to have a picture with John. I asked if he would pose with Amy, at first he said no. He said ‘If I say yes to Amy then I will have to do it for everyone’. So I said ‘It’s Amy, please???’ and he said OK! Bless!)

One more thing. I met Matt Willis! He must have thought I was a right mad old drunken loon! I had my picture taken with him. How sad!

Matt Willis at Earls Court After Show for Duran Duran copyright Michelle-Coldwell-Simons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes About This Entry

I remember the atmosphere at that second gig. Going into the arena the day before and seeing it packed out then coming back the next day to a half-filled auditorium must have hit Duran quite hard, therefore the gig didn’t have the same energy. It was probably one of those things where they released the one date at Earls Court, near to Christmas and people treated themselves or family members to a Duran gig as an early Christmas present. I might be wrong but the second gig was probably added without much fanfare and people didn’t know about it. Shame really.

I remember that day going to see Sam with her newly born twins and she was saying – ‘I want to come with you to the gig tonight’. We kept in touch throughout the gig and then towards the end of the show Jo went out and came back in with Sam! I never would have thought that she would even want to come – she had just twins by a c-section so should have been in bed – but not Sam! She came and partied with us! Mad Woman!

 

And Matt Willis was in a band called Busted, for those who don’t know!

 


28th May 2005 – Homecoming Stadium Show

28th May 2005

Birmingham City Football Ground, St Andrew’s

Duran played a one off gig as part of their tour in Birmingham City’s football ground.

Lisa F drove us down there and we managed to get to the Hyatt Hotel where we wanted to stay. When we pulled in their were lots of people hanging around – all of which looked like fans. It seemed that Duran were staying there! We managed to get a fantastic room for the four of us – me, Lisa Jo and Sam with stunning views over Birmingham. I found out later that the Hyatt stood where the old Rum Runner Club once had – how cool!

We drove to the gig and once inside it was a great show. Met up with Frank, Gary and two of Gary’s friends and saw Julie M too as well as a few old faces from back in the day. Was a really lovely atmosphere.

We managed to get some aftershow passes which was basically the changing rooms at the back of the stadium! We met up with Koron again which was mental! We had a really long chat – some of which got a bit emotional. Chatted to John for a few minutes. John’s dad was there……they are so alike! Saw some of the Duran’s kids around too.

John with Sam Jo and I at the after show Birmingham 2005 Copyright Michelle Coldwell-Simons

Back at the hotel it was mental. Lots of fans had figured out that Duran were staying at the hotel too. It got very crowded. We went for a walk up the street to get some food – it was too mad in the hotel to hang out there so we went back to our room.

Some news…Sam is pregnant with TWINS!!!!!

NOTES ABOUT THIS ENTRY

I think this was the first time I had seen Duran in a stadium venue. I remember that there was quite a bit of space where we were standing to the left of the stage and Sam and I were doing cartwheels – we had just found out she was pregnant with twins too!!! I remember laughing a lot at the gig and that there was a great atmosphere at the gig. Once again I cannot tell you the set list or anything else about the actual show itself – having too much fun! One of these days I really must take note of the show itself and try and write a proper review!


Madison Square Garden Here I Come – April 2005

April 2005

I had been to the BBC at White City a while back to see Duran on Top Of The Pops to do Sunrise. Went back again to see them do What Happens Tomorrow. There was a lot of hanging around. We sat outside on the benches. John was out there too on the phone for ages so we just left him alone. I had made up this book thing about what some of us old fans were up to now along with pictures of us lot with Duran from the 80’s. I gave it to John and he looked through it with me. He commented that I was ‘cute’ back in the old days! Cheers John! He also commented that my daughter and Roger’s daughter had nearly the same name. (spelt differently but sounds nearly the same.) I also got talking to him about Amy and that she was at home and couldn’t make coming to see him that day. So I said ‘If I phoned her would you have a quick word?’ He said ‘Of Course’!

It was really funny. I phoned and said ‘Hi Aim, how’s it going’ She started asking me how it was, how was Duran. So I said ‘Oh hang on a minute’ and passed the phone over to John, who was grinning. They had a chat for a bit and he passed me back my phone. You should have heard Amy screaming down the other end of the phone at me!!! She was very thankful, let me say!

So after we asked John if we could get to Toronto and New York, could he get us concert tickets for us? He was extremely lovely and gave us an email address for his assistant to contact. We thanked him profusely and just carried on the chit chat. The TOTP was great, right at the front.

5th April 2005

We got the concert tickets from John! Can’t believe how lucky we are!

Sam and I flew to Toronto and we stayed with Jo who lives out there. Our friend Janice came from Pennsylvania too. We went to the gig at the Air Canada Centre – and it is huge! I was so nervous. I walked to the box office fully expecting there to be no tickets. But there they were waiting for me. IN MY NAME! The concert was superb. I can’t really remember much of it but it was great. We didn’t have aftershow tickets but I didn’t care!

After that we spent a few days in Toronto. We went to see Duran the day before the gig on MuchMusic Canada though. That was funny. Strange set up where the studio was inside and there was an audience in there too but the front was open to the street. We went along and got in the crowd. A researcher came outside to ask a few people if they would ask Duran specific questions that they had written down. They asked me, I said no but Sam said yes. The question was about what stuff was on there rider I think. So when it came to asking the questions Simon and John came outside. As soon as John saw Sam he laughed! On mike he said ‘We know her!’ It was hysterical. You can search the clip on youtube I think!

The Tour Bus outside the ACC in Toronto. Copyright Michelle Coldwell-Simons

The Tour Bus outside the ACC in Toronto. Copyright Michelle Coldwell-Simons

After that we (Sam and I) boarded a Greyhound bus to Pennsylvania. We met up with Janice and stayed at her house. We had bought tickets for a gig that Duran were playing in a place called Wilkes Barre. It wasn’t the best gig, but we had excellent seats. There just wasn’t much atmosphere. Shame that.

After that we boarded another Greyhound to New York! Jo C flew in from the UK and Jo CR flew in from Toronto, Janice came from PA. Me and Sam from the UK too. It was great. We stayed in the Hotel Pennsylvania which was right opposite Madison Square Garden, it was brilliant!

We did some touristy NY things like Canal Street! I called Christy and she invited me to her apartment in Brooklyn. The others were all tired and wanted a rest before the gig so I had to go on my own! I felt very brave negotiating the subway on my own to Brooklyn I can tell you. So I hung out with Christy and she played me some stuff on her iPod (it is AMAZING!) and I played with her cat and we chose outfits for the Duran gig night. I then got a yellow taxi over bridge (not sure which one but it was iconic!) and went to get ready for the gig.

We went out for a meal first. We had a few to drink and Sam was a bit tipsy. Was a bit late arriving at the gig, went up loads of escalators and then bumped straight into Ana Matronic! It was so lovely seeing her, she gave me massive hugs. Then her and Christy went into the gig.

Again I can’t remember much about the gig. We had a couple of aftershow tickets so Sam and I went. It was in this swanky hotel just off Times Square. There was a strange swimming pool on the stairs with models in gold bikinis swimming around. Sam stood and talked to Simon and Yasmin. It was very very packed!

It was the most exciting time of my life though. I can’t thank JT enough. I had the most fun in TO, PA and NY. Being with great people and seeing a great band! Even though I am 34 and shouldn’t be doing this anymore! IT WAS GREAT!

GIG DATES 5th April Air Canada Centre Toronto, 9th Wilkes Barre PA, 13th Madison Square Garden, NY

NOTES ABOUT THIS ENTRY

I don’t know where to start. This was a great time to be around John. He was mellow, fun and friendly. He enjoyed chatting to us. He was very very generous – we realised later. We found out later that on the Astronaut tour there weren’t many ‘free’ gig tickets and that John actually paid for our Toronto and Madison Square Garden tickets out of his own pocket. I know he can afford it – but that made it even more special.

I had a couple of ambitions when I was a teenager. I got myself a copy of Fodor’s New York and I read up on the places that I wanted to go to. One ambition was to see a concert at Madison Square Garden – any concert! The other was to go somewhere on a Greyhound bus. At 34 years of age I achieved these dreams – and the gig was a Duran one to boot! It was a great achievement to me.

One last quick note. Don’t ever ask me to review a Duran gig – I’d be terrible! I am too interested in enjoying myself and dancing my arse off to remember much about the gig itself!!


Duran and The Scissor Sisters – April and May 2004

Wembley Arena – 24th April, 30th April and the 1st May

Fantastic set of concerts. Best i’ve ever seen them. Went backstage after the 30th April show and met Roger for the first time in 18 years! What a sweetheart! I also met Jake from the Scissor Sisters.

I met Ana from the Scissor Sisters on the 24th show. She was so lovely. So I called her over on the 30th’s show too and she introduced me to her best friend Christy. We had a great time.

On the 1st May show – it was a fantastic night. It was the last show of the tour and the atmosphere was superb. Met Ana again and Christy and we chatted for a while. Then we went backstage and we found out we can use our  passes to go to the party to celebrate the end of the tour at the Cafe Royal on Regent Street.

Wembley Pass 2004

Wembley Pass 2004 Copyright Michelle-Coldwell-Simons

It was so cool. Got a smile and a wink from John but the place was so full up – it was like a cattle market! Simon was huge headed, Roger was cool and Nick was laid back.

Met up with Rocks which was lovely. Fantastic set of gigs. Superb!

Notes About This Entry

The five dates of the Wembley tour was supported by Goldfrapp for the first few and the Scissor Sisters the last. For my birthday that February my husband Gary had bought me the Scissors CD. He had heard Comfortably Numb on Jo Whiley and thought – ‘My Michelle would love them!’ He was so right. No-one else had heard of them in my circle of friends except perhaps Frank so I, for once, was so excited to see a support act. It was amazing to meet Ana for the first time. She had finished her support set and came to the side of the stage to watch Duran – she is a MASSIVE Duran fan. I was standing at the front left of the stage on the barrier so called her over for a chat. She was so lovely. The following gig she did the same but this time came over to chat to me! She had been so excited to meet Duran – even got things signed! It was so refreshing!

Another after show party – I was so lucky to go to them I can tell you. In reality there really isn’t much reason for going. Duran aftershows are normally jam packed to the rafters with industry people, models (of course), some fans (how the hell did they get in!!) and sometimes the band themselves. Not all band members would go to some aftershows. This one was attended by all although I don’t remember Andy being there…..I sat and talked to Rocks (DD’s roadie from the 80’s) and his girlfriend Elena most of the night!

(I have also written a small piece on the back of this entry where there once was a backstage pass – it had been ripped off and some of my diary entry was missing too. I had gone to see the Scissor Sisters perform in Brighton at the Concorde 2. All I can make out of the entry was that it was a sweaty gig. Ana came out to say hi, we spent half an hour chatting and she persuaded me to never get a tattoo! She also gave me an email address to keep in touch.)

There is another gap of nearly a year or so in my diary. The next entry will be from 2005 – the year I get to fulfill one of my dreams!!