Duran Duran in Concert

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, I went to see Duran Duran with Chic – Nile Rodgers at the American Airlines Center in Dallas with my friend, Debbie.

She called me a couple of months ago to see if I wanted to go to see Duran Duran with. I said yes, I have always been a Duran Duran fan. So brought the ticket, I sent her the -money for the ticket and I made my travel plans to drive from San Antonio to Dallas for the concert.

Here are some of the pictures I took. Debbie was ale to get floor seating tickets, about 17 rows away from the stage.

Here are my favorite songs from the concert:

  Tribute to David Bowie

Opening act was Chic with Nile Rodgers.

Although he recorded three solo albums during the 1980s and 1990s, and one as part of the short-lived group Outloud, Nile Rodgers has found more success in collaboration as producer and performer with many artists including Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Tina Arena, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Madonna, INXS, Britney Spears and more recently, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Avicii, Disclosure, Sam Smith, Pitbull, Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue.

Its commercially successful disco songs include “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” (1977), “Everybody Dance” (1977), “Le Freak” (1978), “I Want Your Love” (1978), “Good Times” (1979), and “My Forbidden Lover” (1979).

Overall, it was a great time with my friend, Debbie and Duran Duran will always be one of my favorite bands.

Check out this picture that was on the Duran Duran Facebook page. Its a picture that Nick Rhodes took of the crowd.

Look at Simon’s left wrist. A guy with a blue shirt, follow that row to the left and back one row. I think that is me sitting there. I made it on a Duran Duran picture!!

What a great adventure to have with a friend that I’ve known since the 2nd grade!

What’s next?

 

30 Days Of Blogging Honesty — Day 12

Day 12 — My favorite song to dance and sing to when no one is looking…

Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975) by Queen.

Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality

 

 

Not sure when I first heard this song. But it’s one of my favorite songs to let loose and sing like no one is watching. I sing all the different parts of the songs — the slow parts and the fast parts. I even sing the wrong lyrics to the song. I could have sworn that they said “Mitch Miller” when they sang “Bismillah” (see below), anybody else think that??

And also I have no idea what “Scaramouche! Scaramouche! Will you do the Fandango?!” means! (Just in case you were wondering: “Scaramouche, is a roguish clown character of the Italian commedia dell’arte who wears a black mask and black trousers, shirt and hat.” — from wikipedia.com) But I sing it loud and like I know what I am singing. I even pretend to hit a chime like they do in the song.

When I’m driving and I hear this song, the windows come down, the volume is turned up and there is no stopping me. OK, maybe I do stop singing when I get to a red light and other cars are around me.

This is one of the songs that I would have loved to see Queen sing live in concert.

Nothing really matters, Anyone can see,
Nothing really matters,
Nothing really matters to me…

Anyway the wind blows…

Queen

Side note from Song Facts:

  • Freddie Mercury wrote the lyrics, and there has been a lot of speculation as to their meaning. Many of the words appear in the Qu’ran. “Bismillah” is one of these and it literally means “In the name of Allah.” The word “Scaramouch” means “A stock character that appears as a boastful coward.” “Beelzebub” is one of the many names given to The Devil.
  • Mercury may have written “Galileo” into the lyrics for the benefit of Brian May, who is an astronomy buff. Galileo is a famous astronomer known for being the first to use a refracting telescope.
  • The video was very innovative. It was the first where the visual images took precedence over the song. It was based on their album cover, with the 4 band members looking up into the shadows. It was shot in 3 hours for $3,500. Effects were achieved by using camera feedback and prism lenses. At the time, it looked high-tech. It was also the first music video in the sense that it was shot on video instead of film.
  • This got a whole new audience when it was used in the 1992 movie Wayne’s World, starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey. In the film, Wayne and his friends lip-synch to it in his car (the Mirth Mobile), spasmodically head-bobbing at the guitar solo. As a result of the movie, it was re-released as a single in the US and charted at #2. “Jump” by Kris Kross kept it out of #1.
  • Weird Al Yankovic took the entire song and sung it to a Polka tune, called simply “Bohemian Polka,” which is on his 1993 album Alapalooza.
  • In 2009, The Muppets Studio released a video featuring the Muppets performing this song. It was first web video for The Muppets, and it was extremely popular: the video was viewed over 7 million times the first week it was up. The furry ones changed the song a bit, omitting the lyrics that begin, “Mama, just killed a man” with Animal screaming “Mama!” (Click here for video)

 

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