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Friday, May 20, 2016

Cherry Ice Cream, SMILE

Duran Duran came to New Orleans the end of April. They were my favorite group of the 80's. John Taylor could do no wrong and I strongly stated to my mother ... I am marrying him LOL. Way older than me, I was merely in Elementary School when I became a Duranie. Too young to go to their concerts. All I could do was watch their Arena concert on HBO and flip through the teen magazines they graced. Several years of this and POOF ... Duran Duran went away. I went on to love other artists & music. The last time they were in New Orleans, was in 2006 for a VooDoo Concert. Somehow I missed it. I wasn't going to miss them this time! I got my Duran Duran official cherry ice cream tshirt all the way from England. Got some lavender Converse and a purple jacket. For no reason, I was in PURPLE. I was in PURPLE! I was in PURPLE! The concert was Sunday and the Thursday before, I learned PRINCE DIED :( It hit me like a ton of bricks. I loved Prince and I took it just as hard as when Michael Jackson died. I was numb Thursday, Friday & Saturday. I somehow got myself together Sunday and went. When I got to the Smoothie King Center (Next to the Mercedes Superdome) others were dressed in purple :)

Nile Rodgers (Chic) was the opening act (He has a long & close history with Duran Duran). They needed help with "The Reflex" and he pulled the song through for them. Do you know the record company (US based) didn't want Duran Duran to release "The Reflex" because it sounded "too black"? Duran Duran & it's British parent company threatened the record company to release it or else (I'll tell you more in a later post .. I'm reading both Andy & John Taylor's book right now). Nile Rodgers is the 70+ million dollar man (so he's having the last laugh LOL)! Every artist seeks him. You see he writes, plays & produces music! When you can do all of that! You're worth a lot! He has produced notables such as Pharrell Williams & Daft Punk (Get Lucky), David Bowie (Let's Dance), Duran Duran (The Reflex, The Wild Boys, Notorious, Pressure Off), Rod Stewart, Madonna, Eric Clapton, B-52's, David Lee Roth and I could be here all day listing artists. He performed with Prince two years ago at Essence fest. So he was also upset about his death, the night of the concert. The week prior to the concert, I asked him on Twitter to play a song "Everybody Dance". Do you know he responded? He said, "DEAL" :D He dedicated his performance in New Orleans to Prince and then "Everybody Dance" was the first song he played. I felt so special, because he didn't always start off with that song in concerts. Very nice & talented man. He also played the song he produced for David Bowie "Let's Dance" (in the video below).

After Nile Rodgers, Duran Duran played. If I had to sum it up in one word, it would be FUN! Duran Duran, knows how to have a great time. For anyone that doesn't know the aesthetics of Duran Duran, they've always been a VISUAL group. They're known for their VISUALS! Their videos were the epitome of exotic lands, fancy clothes, beautiful models and a hypnotic sound. Their concert was no different! There was exploding confetti, huge beach balls, and a screen that displayed so much wonderment. It was awesome. I love their NEW song "Pressure Off" with Janelle Monae & Nile Rodgers. I love "Notorious". I love their classics such as "Planet Earth", "Hungry Like The Wolf", "Rio", "The Reflex", "Is There Something I Should Know" and "Girls On Film" (which I used in an Aveeno post). Duran Duran also paid tribute to both David Bowie (Ground Control To Major Tom) and Prince (Save A Prayer). You'll hear me singing in the video and I appear twice in the Duran Duran set. If you're a fan, definitely go and see them. It's definitely worth it.

"Moving on the floor now babe you're a bird of paradise
Cherry Ice Cream Smile I suppose it's very nice
With a step to your left and a flick to the right you catch that mirror way out west
You know you're something special and you look like you're the best" - Rio

The beginning of the year, I mentioned (when I saw Chaka Khan here) to GO to your favorite artist's concerts whenever you can. I don't know what is going on this year, but too many artists have left us. Below are clips from the concert. With only so much battery, I only taped my very favorite songs from Nile Rodgers (1st Half) & Duran Duran (2nd Half). This video is unlisted. Enjoy. Happy Friday!



Margo @ PrettyPanda said...

I love this! I adore your music-based posts and this one was so fun. I love Duran Duran! :)

Jackie Harrison said...

Cool Love Duran Duran so does my office I left it on and plenty of co workers came to sing along thanks Kim for bringing the concert to all of us.

Miss LovelyAttitude said...

so cool :) I like to read music based posts :)

Vale ♥ said...

I was a Duranie just like you in my early childhood ! John was also my favorite, he was my prince charming, LOL =) and I am still so sad Michael Jackson died, and wasn't ready at all to let Prince go...Kisses

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Lilli said...

They are great! Kim, you must have been so cute all in purple, loving ur tee and converse! Happy weekend! xo

prudence yeo said...

I have never heard of this group but the members look cool!


* Helen * said...

Awesome post, looks like a lot of fun! :)

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Nerline Germain said...

I love your outfit, Kim! Purple is my favorite color. What a treat it must have been for you! So cool! I'm so, so happy for you.

Ela BellaWorld said...

I used to listen Duran Duran non stop, it has been ages since I've last listened. Happy Friday!

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Miss Val's Creations said...

It looks like the concert was a blast Kim! I'm jealous! How awesome they did tributes to Bowie and Prince. Both such phenomenal artists! Every time I hear The Reflex I think of Zoolander. :) Your outfit was so cute.

Cee said...

I'm a few years too young to really remember Duran Duran, but reading through this post, it surprised me to realize how many songs of theirs I actually do know just from hearing them on the radio over the years. I'm glad you finally had a chance to see them in concert, Kim, and what a perfect outfit for so many reasons!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

OMigosh I loved this post! My best friend and I were total Durannies growing up and my first concert ever was Duran Duran. I still remember that we screamed so much we lost our voices but it was worth it ;p I totally wanted to marry John Taylor too and my friend wanted to marry Simon LeBon. My musical tastes are different these days but I still love listening vintage Duran Duran. Thanks for sharing your experience Kim! Your concert outfit was super cute and you brought back such memories for me!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Btw my friend is still a crazy Durannie and her kids are totally into them too now XD

Lorena said...

I like their songs and am really glad you got to see them. Specially after missing them before and the passing of Prince :(

Ashley Sue said...

That outfit is so cute!! I love the ice cream! The purple blazer is so cute too! I'm so glad you got to go to this concert and see a band that you love! I agree that we should take chances to see our favorite artists if we can!

Clare said...

can't say I'm a fan of duran duran but my mum definitely is!



I remember listening to Duran Duran, it was my sister who really got me on to them in the eighties. This was a fun post to read Kim, and you had me nostalgic, thinking about old songs and concerts. Your outfit is adorable as well. I hope you're doing well and enjoy your weekend. x/Madison
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Jacquard Flower said...

Very cool post! I love your purple inspiration! Gemma x

Emmylou MW said...

Oh Kim! Talk about blast from the past! I used to love Duran Duran too, but probably not as big as a fan as you:D I really loved Hungry Like A Wolf for some reason. Thank you for sharing your concert experience with us. So awesome that Nile Rodgers played Everybody Dance first. I'm sure it's because of your request!

PS Cherry ice cream shirt=awesome

Tanya Dufour said...

Your outfit was super cute. I know the song Hungry Like a Wolf. I remember seeing that music video on tv as a child. I think I have heard girls on film before too. It sounds like you had a good time at the concert.That so cool Nile replied to your tweet and kept his word. I didn't realize you lived near New Orleans. I would love to go there one day.

LBG said...

So cool! I loved Duran Duran and saw them once! Wow, brings back memories! Amazing post!


Jalisa G said...

Aw, Kim, I'm so happy that you were able to enjoy yourself at this concert and how awesome that Nile Rodgers responded to your tweet AND actually came through! Your outfit was so cute and stylish, I want that shirt now, haha! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend!



Shireen L. Platt said...

OMG, I love Duran Duran and I still do! We subscribed to Sirius FM in our car and we usually listen to the 80s channel and both my husband and I will rock out whenever it's Duran Duran playing. Their music is timeless and still as good today!

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Pamela RG said...

Duran Duran is my one of my favourite 80s band too, John Taylor was my favourite in the band. Funnily enough, he married a Pamela, just like my name! 😉 Then one of my friends love Nick Rhodes that she used to copy his make up.

Tania Franco said...

That's awesome about Nile responding to your tweet, even better that he played the song!!!! I know Duran Duran was a big group and that when their music is played I do enjoy it, I was always more into Hip Hop...but can totally appreciate their music. Super cool that you got to see them live!


Mica T said...

Love your outfit Kim, pink and purple are great together and that's such a nice blazer!

I'm glad you had a fun time at the concert, although you're right it is sad how much the music scene has had a lot of high profile losses this year. Definitely worth seeing your favourite bands when you can!

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The Dragonfruit said...

I had to look up The Reflex song after reading that - that's crazy! Aha glad it got released.
Yes, I don't know what's going on but I plan on going to see my favorite artists every chance I get because you never know what may happen.

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Diva Desle said...

I was so shocked when Prince passed away. He was such an amazing talented artist. Wow the Duran Duran concert must have been really special and wonderful to attend. So cool that Nile Rodgers tweeted you and played the song you requested :-) xoxo

Lauren Carter said...

That's so awesome! I love Druan Duran! That outfit is super cute! That's amazing that Nile Rodgers responded to your tweet and played your request. Glad you had a fantastic time!

little luxury list said...

Ahh Duran Duran was part of my childhood too! That is so awesome that your request got played as well. Woohoo!

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Jane said...

woot woot! very very awesome kim!

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