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2006年 07月 12日
2005年 02月 09日
Duranies in Japan must be ambivalent toward watching Duran Duran perform WHT for the recent TV programs in the States. The footage seems to be recorded live in early February. The fans in Japan have had hard time trying to convince themselves that Duran Duran cancelled the Japanese tour because of a member's injury.
Ironically, it looks as though the band is testing the fans by giving them an equivocal situation and assessing their faith in the band.
I have seen a couple of posts from Japan in a discussion board abroad pointing out the briefness of the period that the drummer needed to recuperate. My impression is, however, outside Japan, few pay attention on the matter.
Does it mean we have become peripheral? Perhaps in terms of quantity, yes. Many here don't think the risk that Japan is dropped from their world tour schedule is trivial. Then how about strategically? I hope not. While concert goers here are very much focused on the quality of performance, the almost only way to feedback their evaluation is through their decision on whether they purchase the tickets for the future gigs. I believe the band have interpreted the feedback properly this time and will come back with the shows that come up to our expectations.
2005年 01月 24日
Back in spring 2003, Duran Duran announced Japanese shows including only one show in Tokyo for Friday 11th July. After selling out the tickets for the Tokyo date instantly, they announced an additional show in Tokyo for the next day. That was a very sensible approach to test the waters.
This time, in November last year, the band surprised us with an aggressive Japanese tour schedule which begins with 3 shows in Tokyo. Until then we had believed they were planning to visit Japan in Summer after the North American tour according to their comments during the promotional tour.
I hope my impression below is not so different from other fans here;
- They seem to have booked more capacity than demand.
- Technically speaking, some of the performance in their previous tour may have been not so impressive.
- The announcement of the tour was at short notice. The tickets had not been on sale for general public until only one and a half months before the first show.
- Some venues they booked are remote and not easily accessible.
FYI, cancelled dates and estimated approx. seating capacity
Sat. January 22 Tokyo NK Hall 6,500
Mon. January 24 Nagoya Geijutu Hall (a.k.a. Aichi Geijutsu Gekijo) 2,500
Tue. January 25 Tokyo Budokan 14,000
Wed. January 26 Tokyo Budokan 14,000
Fri. January 28 Kobe World Memorial Hall 8,000
Sat. January 29 Fukuoka Zepp 2,000
( total capacity: 47,000)
Previous Japanese tour in 2003
Mon. July 7th - Osaka - Jo Hall 11,200
Tue. July 8th - Fukuoka - Zepp 2,000
Thu. July 10th - Nagoya - Century Hall 3,000
Fri. July 11th - Tokyo Budokan 14,000
Sat. July 12th - Tokyo Budokan 14,000
(total capacity: 44,200)
2005年 01月 08日
14 days away and my trivial findings
Many years ago, I asked a friend of mine what is the difference conductors make when they play the same old number such as Beethoven's #5 Symphony. She said, "Simply put, for example, it could be whether they start with 'dadada, DAA.' or 'Da, Da, Da, Daa'.
Last December, I was listening to the recording of Duran Duran's VH1 live, thanking the awesome fans abroad who generously shared this great opportunity with us by posting a wmv file. Though I was working on some other thing while I was listening to the live, when it came to Girls on Film, I had to stop working and replay the song again and again. The live performance featured the stand-in guitarist, Dom Brown. It was no surprise he played his solos but it was rather striking that his version of Girls on Film had a different groove from the one played by Andy Taylor. I do not play the instrument, but obviously, this difference comes from the timing to mute.
I dug up my files in the PC and found a file of the song played with Warren in the late 90's. My conclusion is that Dom's interpretation is more like that of Warren's. It was interesting listening to the same song played by these three outstanding guitarists.
2004年 12月 28日
The tee I bought from TTP's "own it" section arrived today with a tiny card which has John's autograph on it. Thanks, John and Patty.
2004年 12月 17日
36 days away
I have got more and more obsessed with a little thing that sticks in my mind.
Are they taking a backing vocalist and a sax player with them or just going to do without them like they did for the last time?
As for their Japan tour In 2003, Duran Duran did some trick on "Come Undone" so the audience could hear backing vocals but they did not see the singer herself (I wonder what the Hello Kitty was that). And we were all thrilled with Simon's harp solo on Rio.
I have seen people discussing on a bbs whether Tessa Niles and Andy Hamilton are coming with them. Is it too bold to say if it is announced that they are, tickets could go faster?
2004年 12月 13日
I won a lottery for an admission to their second gig in Tokyo last Friday. While I had known nothing about the Swedish band until a few days before the show, as some of the songs they played during the show were familiar to me, they must have been used for TV ads or soundtracks. First-class song writers. If you are addicted to guitar riffs, try their site below.
Also try some more tunes here:
Audio-Bad Taste Records
2004年 12月 09日
44 days away
I have to confess that I am not a born Duranie. I sort of converted in 2003 shortly after seeing their show in Budokan, which was one of their sold-out-in-30-minutes reunion concerts in Japan. Then I frequently visited duranduran.com and John's official site and found Latebar Radio where you can listen to JT's works on internet radio. I stupidly got myself brainwashed by tuning in to the station while at work. (hopefully to be continued)