A Duran Duran Fangirl Dream Come True

If you’ve ever read this blog or met me, you know that not only do I love music but that I have a very special devotion to Duran Duran (my child is only referred to on the blog as “Wild Boy”).  In the early 1980’s, I was one of those crazy teenaged girls that showed devotion to her favorite band by way of posters, albums, 12″ remixes, imports, VCR tapes and of course, magazines.  My family was always under a barrage of all things Duran Duran.

Duran Duran, Simon Le bon

Found during my cross country move – a sweatshirt I had made circa 1985 (forgive the wrinkles)

I was the one who would make my friends watch MTV until a Duran Duran video came on screen.  It was more than easy to be captivated by the music, the visual artistry and (for me), the ridiculously handsome and charismatic front man.  The era and band left an indelible impression because more than 30 years later, I’m still a Duran Duran fan with a special admiration for Simon Le Bon.

But just as the music and the members of Duran Duran has evolved over time, so have I.  The days of screaming and crying at a television screen have passed and I’m pretty sure that my husband wouldn’t find posters of Simon Le Bon posters on our bedroom walls as acceptable pieces of art.

As a grown up, my Duran Duran admiration is now is expressed via listening to the vast musical catalog, buying select pieces of memorabilia and following social media channels for news of music to be released, upcoming tour dates, connecting with other fans (some who have become friends beyond a shared love of the music).  I also run my own 10K on Duran Duran Appreciation Day every year (here are my posts detailing the 2013 and 2014 runs).

Duran Duran, DuranDuranAppreciationDay, #RunHappyRaces, running , 10K

A photo on the Brooklyn Bridge where I ended my Duran Duran Appreciation Day 10K 2013.

The 80’s are back in a big way and these days, it’s almost chic to be a geeky fangirl.  I’m ok with fangirl status because I’m confident that know that I clearly understand the line between being a fan and Crazytown.  The members of Duran Duran may be musical legends but at the core of it, they’re human beings.  Good looking and talented human beings, but human beings all the same.

While much of me has grown up and let go of the teenaged frenzy surrounding my love of Duran Duran, the desire to actually meet Simon Le Bon never faded with time.  Even though I’ve felt foolish about it, I’ve mentioned this dream here on the blog more than few times (like here and here).  It has always been a wish, a hope – something you put into the universe but you don’t really believe will ever happen……

But on April 1, 2015, my Duran Duran fangirl dream came true.  

I got to meet Simon Le Bon….and it was glorious!

(Yes, that is Simon Le Bon hugging me – ME!!! – after the David Lynch Benefit concert)

Simon Le Bon, Duran Duran, The Ace Hotel Los Angeles, David Lynch Foundation,

Want to know what the best part was?

Besides being undeniably drop dead gorgeous, Simon Le Bon was astoundingly nice, funny and gracious.

You’d never guess that a ridiculously famous rockstar who has been meeting adoring fans for over 30 years, would be a such charming guy who would warmly take photos with a 45 year old fangirl in geeky glasses.

People, Simon Le Bon was definitely that guy.

Thank you Simon, for proving that meeting people you admire doesn’t have to be disappointing but instead can be wonderful.

 

I’m not normally very shy but on the evening of April 1st, I was a mess of nerves.  I’m usually talkative but on this night I could barely speak.  I’m lucky I didn’t need assistance to inhale and exhale.  I’d been second row at a Duran Duran concert (Terminal 5, June 2012) but there was never a chance of actually meeting any member of the band and the fact that Simon Le Bon was mere feet from me was overwhelming.

There was a lot of liquid courage that was required to get me to that photo above but even the hangover the following day was worth it.  It might sound ridiculous but even now, even without the alcohol, the buzz is still in effect.  I could give every small detail of the few minutes that I spent with a man that I’ve admired for years but instead, I’d like to keep those few special moments my own (or at least out of print).  Honestly, I could not have dreamed up a better experience than what reality provided and I’m exceptionally grateful to two very special friends (C & S) who helped this dream come true.

Duran Duran, David Lynch Foundation

Duran Duran fans, all I can say is get ready for #DD14 (the new album) to drop and the tour to be announced!  The boys looked and sounded quite fabulous at the David Lynch Benefit concert (the review in Rolling Stone said, “On this night, there wasn’t anything more hypnotically captivating than watching these four Brits stick out like a sore thumb but nonetheless absolutely burn the place down.” !

My evening at the David Lynch Foundation benefit was a fabulous one and even though I do not meditate, it is something I’ve considered trying and therefore, I am making a donation to the David Lynch Foundation for Transcendental Meditation.  I was moved by David Lynch’s message about TM being “life changing for the good”.  My night was certainly life changing for the good and the idea of helping those with trauma and toxic stress by helping them to learn to meditate is cause worth supporting.  If you’re interested, you donate via the link above.

Ever have a long time dream come true?  Was it a positive or negative experience?  

Do you meditate?  

Happy Birthday To Me! It’s Time For #stachingonthevalentine

Happy Birthday To Me!

Forget Kim K’s ass and let’s #breaktheinternet with Simon’s ‘stache!

#stachingonthevalentine

#stachingonthevalentine #breaktheinternet, Simon Le Bon, Duran Duran, moustache

To participate:

  1. Find a fake moustache and take a selfie.
  2. Post said selfie on Twitter or Instagram tagging @duranduran, @simonjclebon and #stachingonthevalentine.
  3. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!

 

Tell me how you’re spending your Valentine’s Day! 

I’ll be listening to this (as I do every birthday):

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Duran Duran Fans

Valentine's Day, Gift Guide, Duran Duran

It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day is my birthday and that I absolutely adore Duran Duran but let it be clear that this post is NOT a plea for Duran Duran related birthday gifts!

As I’ve gotten older, instead of ditching the Duran Duran fan memorabilia type of collecting, I seem to have gotten worse.  Diehard fans know that there’s always great stuff to buy at the Duran Duran Official web store via CreweIssueUK and the Duran Duran Collector’s Mega Store but I’ve gone off the beaten path for some of my collecting and figured I’d share what I’ve found.

Here are my top fun and funky finds that might delight your favorite Duranie this Valentine’s Day.

1.  Duran Duran Phone Case:

Duran Duran Phone Case

This classic pose from the 1984 cover of Rolling Stone Magazine is one of my favorites (I have it on my business card holder as well).  I had this cover in white and now I have it in black.

For around $18, you can purchase this cover in white for the iPhone 6 or in black for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5C iPhone 6 and even the iPhone 6+.  

You can also find some cool double D Duran Duran phone designs (~$20), a modern band line up case (8.99 in Pounds Sterling via a British website), a single member black and white photo case by David McKenna ($35) or a variety of shots via YesMyIdol (not sure about this site but the variety drew me in to search).

My phone is rarely out of my hand and being able to see Duran Duran often makes me smile.

2.  Duran Duran Jewelry

Etsy stores have been very, very good to me in terms of Duran Duran paraphernalia.  The first thing I bought on Etsy was a glass SLB pendant.  This obnoxiously big pendant goes along with me to many conferences and it has often have it as my Facebook avatar.

SLB pendant

The Etsy store where I bought it has since disappeared but it looks like a new Etsy store, RetroactiveStyle, has a few options for $4.99+ of John Taylor, Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon or these group options:

I also found these Rio earrings for only $6.50 (plus shipping) or Rio cuff bracelet ($12.99) via Revinylized Madison on Etsy:

Revinylized Madison, Etsy, Duran Duran

 

There are quite a few cute options like a mini Rio album necklace ($10), a Hungry Like The Wolf” pendant ($16) and even a sterling silver interlocking double D necklace ($69).

If you’re a runner or fitness enthusiast, you might also enjoy creating your own Motivate Wraps, Suede Cuffs or Foot Notes from Momentum Jewelry.  I adore my Duranie Forever Foot Notes.  They’ve gotten me through a number of hills and valleys in fitness.

New Balance Shoes, Reach The Beach Relay, Momentum Jewelry, Foot Notes

3.  Duran Duran clothing

All fans usually have Duran Duran t-shirts from concerts or find vintage stuff on eBay but finding something unique is always kind of fun!

I found Nicole of Rainbow Alternative on Etsy (it really is a treasure trove) and fell in love with her idea of “social change through wearable art”.  The hand stenciled and spray painted t-shirts, buttons, accessories and even baby onesies of Rainbow Alternative features a mix of politics and pop culture.

Duran Duran Appreciation Day, DDAD14, 10K, running

I’ve worn my RA Duran Duran tank top a million places and always get compliments on it.  See what the Rainbow Alternative Etsy store has in stock now.

I mentioned on Tuesday that I just bought this vintage shirt made into a tank top from Time Travel Tees:

Time Travel Tees, 7 and the Ragged Tigger, Duran Duran

and for all of the John Taylor fans out there, this tank via ShirtByHome is available on Etsy ($14.99):

John Taylor, Duran Duran, clothing

Many die-hard Duranies are eagerly waiting the re-opening of Patty Palazzo’s Punk Masters shop soon for additional fun t-shirts!

 4.  Duran Duran Computer Accessories

Maybe you don’t want to use that vintage Duran sticker on your computer but you do want the world to know your love of your favorite band, you can utilize the Skin Trade (computer skins, that is – bad Duran Duran pun, I know but I had to go there).

For $30 you can add some flair to your lap top with this computer skin via Redbubble.  It features all the members of the original band (except Andy) and is definitely unique.

RedBubble, Duran Duran lap top skin

If an iPad is more your thing, you could order the above Redbubble design for $45 or if your pocketbook is a little deeper ($170), you could go classic and sleek with this Rio iPad cover via Vindicated Vinyl:

Duran Duran, rio, ipad

Maybe you want to cover your Nook, Kindle or iPad mini, there’s always this $30 Seven and The Ragged Tiger option from ThreeRDesigns:

ThreeRDesigns, Etsy, Duran Duran, & and the Ragged Tiger

 

4. Duran Duran Pocketbooks/Bags:

If you want to carry your love for Duran Duran in something other than your heart, there are a few handbag/pocketbook designers willing to help you out.

Two of the iPad cover designers,  Vindicated Vinyl (from above) and Red Bubble have bag options of their covers but if you’re looking for more options, try CoverStory Purses.  This is their tote:

Duran Duran, CoverStory

and this is their clutch ($18):

Duran Duran Clutch, Cover STory

Musicpurse.com has a mini Rio bag ($20) and a full sized Seven and the Ragged Tiger bag ($50).  Examples featuring the self-titled album, Arena and The Reflex, are also featured but unavailable per the website at this time.

Musicpurse.com

Bandinmyhand.com also has a record shaped Seven and the Ragged Tiger purse for $60.  I recently stumbled upon Dayna’s Duran Designs (Facebook only) and her bags are amazing!  Dayna is exceptionally creative – just check out her Come Undone shoes below.  I’m dying to work with her on something soon!

 

5. Duran Duran themed books

Anyone Duran Duran fan who tells you that they don’t want the Denis O’Regan book, Careless Memories, is lying.  I want this book desperately but 250.0o Pounds Sterling is a bit above my pay grade – even with the Valentine’s Day Golden Ticket drawing available to meet the band during the 2015/2016 tour!

 

 

Instead, I think I’ll finally get myself Beautiful Colors ($75) by Andrew “Durandy” Golub.

Durandy is known within the Duran Duran community as the curator of all Duran Duran posters available and when this book was put together most of die-hard fans ran out and got the book.  I’ll admit that I’ve been behind the 8 ball on this one.  I’ve conversed with Andy via email but he not only seems like a really nice guy but his dedication to Duran Duran memorabilia is admirable!

If these books aren’t in the cards for you, there are many Duran Duran themed books out there including:

Katy Krassner’s Would Someone Please Explain

Katy Krassner, Would Someone Please Explain, Duran Duran

John Taylor’s autobiography, Into The Pleasure Groove

Into The Pleasure Groove John Taylor

Andy Taylor’s Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran

Duran Duran, Wild boy, Andy Taylor

 

There are tons of other books as well such as

6.  Duran Duran Art

How about some Duran Duran inspired art?  These are some of my picks:

Duran Duran Recycled Record Bowl ($10) from Records and Stuff on Etsy:

Record Bowl, Records and Stuff, Etsy

Duran Duran Minimalist Heads Poster Print ($22.68+) by Posteritty on Etsy:

Posteritty, Duran Duran

 

There are a million more things if you really looked that are Duran Duran themed but DarkDiva on Crafter.com takes the cake IMHO:

Duran Duran Candles

 

What I’m really waiting for are some Duran Duran fitness clothes – a tech shirt, tank, capris or a headband – anything really.  Why they haven’t been made yet, I’ll never know.  When someone makes those, I’ll be the first on line to buy them.

I’m sure I missed more than a few Duran Duran unique collectible sources.  Which ones do you love?

One more thing!

I’m trying to #breaktheinternet for my birthday on Saturday.

Won’t you help with #stachingonthevalentine?

#stachingonthevalentine #breaktheinternet, Simon Le Bon, Duran Duran, moustachesee here for details!

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post but there are Amazon Affiliate links within this post.  If you buy anything after clicking some of the links above, a few pennies toward my Duran Duran 2015/2016 Tour Fund (or Careless Memories book fund) will be earned (and greatly appreciated).

A Playlist For My Runway Runaway to Reach The Beach

Yes, the post title is taken from the Duran Duran song “Runway Runaway”.  I’m running away (well flying and then running) to Boston today and since the guys played “Fashion Rocks” last night, I thought the title was appropriate.

Fashion Rocks. Duran Duran

For all of my Duran Duran friends going to see “Unstaged” tonight, have a blast and scream super loud for me.  I’m still sad to be missing this event with all my Duranie brethren.

Duran Duran Unstaged

Image: Duran Duran

 

It’s been a whirlwind getting ready for Reach The Beach and I hope you’ll follow along on the journey via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  I’ll take any and all words of support where I can get them.

 

My playlist since SoCal Ragnar needed an update so I’m adding the following dozen songs for my Reach The Beach playlist:

Reach The Beach, Playlist, music

1.  “Runway Runaway” by Duran Duran

2.  “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People

3.  “Pompeii” by Bastille (it’s my 2014 theme song)

4.  “All About That Bass” by Megan Trainor (can’t stop singing this one)

5.  “Happy” by Pharrell Williams (the theme for SoCal Ragnar)

6.  “She” by Green Day

7.  “Highway To Hell” by AC/DC

8.  “Unbelievers” by Vampire Weekend

9.  “You Take Me Up” by Thompson Twins

10.  “Human” by The Killers

11.  “Roam” by B-52’s

12.  “Who Needs Sleep” by Barenaked Ladies

 

 

Is there a song I NEED to add to my playlist?  Tell me quickly! 

 

 

There Is Something You Should Know

Yes, it’s a lyric from a Duran Duran song.  

If you’re a Duran Duran fan living in the US, you’ve been waiting for September 2014.

The new album isn’t out yet but Duran Duran are out in full force preparing the masses for their presence with 3 different events:

 

 

Tonight at 6pm PST, Duran Duran are going to be live in Monterey, CA promoting the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata (click here for link to reveal video).

  • The fact that the band are here in my new state and I won’t be driving the 5 hours to the private show is sad. What’s worse is that 6pm is in the middle of Wild Boy wrangling so I won’t be watching the performance live….but my father-in-law (who owns a Miata and is a huge fan of the car – not the band) will be.  Here’s hoping he’ll fill me in.

 

On September 9th, Duran Duran will be performing at Fashion Rocks on CBS at 9:00PM EST/11:00PM PST at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

  • To say that the Barclay’s Center is mere blocks away from the Brooklyn apartment that we just sold in May adds unnecessary insult to an unhealed injury (I’m still mourning the apartment).  A part of me still hasn’t gotten over the fact that I wasn’t at the Nov 2013 MoMA event where it seemed like every Duranie I knew got a chance to be up close and personal with the band.  I know there are plenty of Duranies who feel my pain though.  I won’t be at the show but I will be watching.

 

On September 10th there will be a one night only screening (in 300 theaters nationwide) of the David Lynch directed concert film, Duran Duran: Unstaged.

Duran Duran Unstaged

Image: Duran Duran

  • First the MoMA even in New York and now even though a screening is being held right near my house, I’m not going to this event either and I’m truly gutted.  Even my new California friends recognize my Duran devotion because a relatively new friend of mine gave me info about this special screening even before Duran Duran announced the one night only show.   There’s an excellent reason why I won’t be attending the screening but only some readers will understand (reason will be revealed next week but this photo has a hint).
Duran Duran, Awesome 80's, 5K

7 And The Ragged Tiger 1984 Tour shirt

 

I know that Duran Duran are playing in Austin in November (have you seen those ticket prices?!  Ouch!) but I’ll need to wait until the album is released and the next tour is scheduled (unless the concert fairy exists and decides to bestow a gift of lottery winnings upon me).

It was a #14in2014 goal to meet the band this year but that’s not looking likely.  This image will have to do until then.

 

Simon Le Bon, Duran Duran

Simon Le Bon at Terminal 5 June 20, 2012 (the closest I’ve ever been).

 

Here’s hoping my 3 things of bad Duran luck will end here

and

cheers to a 2015 Duran Duran album and tour, fellow Duranies!

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Duran Duran (except as a fan) and was under no obligation to write about or promote any of these events.