1984

  • “New Moon on Monday” Filming

    Duran Duran film the video for “New Moon on Monday” in Noyers, Bercy, and Paris, France. They make both a short and long version of the video.

  • Single “New Moon on Monday” is Released Worldwide, with the B-Side “Tiger Tiger”

  • Seven and the Ragged Tiger Goes Both Gold and Platinum in the Same Week

  • Duran Duran Breaks all Tour Merchandise Records

    The SING BLUE SILVER tour continues as Duran Duran becomes the first act to utilize live video cameras and screens in their show. They break every existing merchandise record during this tour.

  • SING BLUE SILVER Tour of Japan

    SING BLUE SILVER tour of Japan; dates include:

    Sendai Sports Centre, Sendai, JapanBudokan, Tokyo, Japan

    International Exhibition Hall, Nagoya, Japan

    Fukuoka International Centre, Fukuoka, Japan

    Castle Sports Centre, Osaka, Japan

    Budokan, Tokyo, Japan – 2 Nights

  • Sing Blue Silver Documentary

    Russell Mulcahy begins to gather together a crew together to film the Sing Blue Silver documentary about the band’s North American tour.

  • Saddle Dome in Calgary

    Duran Duran’s full stage is set up at the Saddle Dome in Calgary two days ahead of time for technical run-throughs before the first North American date.

  • SING BLUE SILVER Tour North America

    SING BLUE SILVER tour North America; dates include:

    Saddle Dome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington

    Lawlor Arena, Reno, Nevada

    The Forum, Los Angeles, California – 2 Nights

    Arizona State University Activity Center, Tempe, Arizona

    Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas

    Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas

    The Summit, Houston, Texas

    Louisiana State University Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

    Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri

    Dane Co. Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin

    Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois- 2 nights

    Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan

    Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, Ohio

    Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia

    Roanoke Coliseum, Roanoke, Virginia

    Syracuse Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York

    The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (portions of the video for “The Reflex” are filmed during the show; “Cracks In The Pavement” recorded at this show later used as B-side to “The Wild Boys.”)

    The Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Civic Center, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine

    Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut

    Worcester Centrum, Worcester, Massachusetts – 2 Nights

    Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia

    Madison Square Garden, New York, New York – 2 Nights, one of which is broadcast live on Westwood One radio; the band’s families fly in from England to attend these shows.

    Carolina Coliseum, Columbia, South Carolina,

    Jacksonville Coliseum, Jacksonville, Florida

    Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida

    Hollywood Sportatorium, Hollywood, Florida

    The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia

    Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina

    Civic Center, Charleston, West Virginia

    Capitol Center, Largo, Maryland

    Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

    Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey

    New Haven Coliseum, New Haven, Connecticut

    Myriad Convention Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA – 3 Nights

    San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA – 2 Nights

  • Duran Duran Grace the Cover of Rolling Stone Magazine; They are Dubbed the “Fab Five”

  • Duran Duran Performs “New Moon on Monday” on Top of the Pops

  • Simon and Andy are Interviewed on Solid Gold, a TV Dance Show in the US

  • Artist Patrick Nagel, Creator of the Rio Album Cover, Dies of a Heart Attack at Age 38

  • Magic Castle Club in Hollywood, California

    The band holds a press conference at the Magic Castle club in Hollywood, California with an estimated 150 journalists in attendance.

  • “New Moon On Monday” Video Premieres

    The extended “New Moon On Monday” video premieres on MTV; the network soon switches to the shorter version.

  • Duran Duran are Made Honorary Citizens of Texas while Performing in Austin

  • Two Grammy Wins for “Best Short Form Video” “Best Long Form Video”

    Duran Duran is awarded two Grammy Awards for “Best Short Form Video” (”Girls on Film”/”Hungry Like The Wolf” Video 45) and “Best Long Form Video” (Duran Duran Video Album); the band, performing in Pittsburgh, is unable to attend.

  • Capitol Records Press Conference

    Capitol Records hold a major press conference in New York City; to preserve his voice, Simon does not attend.

  • “The Reflex” Single Released in the US, with B-Side “New Religion (live)”

  • The Band Begins Production on the Film Arena, with Concert Sequences filmed in Oakland

  • “The Reflex” Single Released in UK, with B-Side “Come Up and See Me (Make Me Smile)”

  • The Band Finishes Their North American SING BLUE SILVER Tour

  • “The Reflex” Reaches at #1 in the US, becoming the Band’s First #1 Single in the US

  • Duran Duran Performs “The Reflex” on Top of the Pops

  • “The Reflex” Reaches #1 in UK

  • Promotion in Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and Italy

    Duran Duran makes promotional appearances in Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy and more.

  • Pop Quiz, the UK Show

    The band appears on the UK Game Show Pop Quiz, where John is the team leader. The band compete against Spandau Ballet and win.

  • Tiger Tiger! EP Released in Japan

    The Tiger Tiger! EP is released in Japan with the songs “The Reflex,” “Union of the Snake,” “New Moon on Monday,” “Is There Something I Should Know” and “Tiger Tiger.”

  • Arena is Filmed at Birmingham National Exhibition Center

    Additional crowd and concert footage for Arena is filmed at the Birmingham National Exhibition Center; 2,000 free tickets are given away via Birmingham Evening Mail and London Standard newspapers.

  • Studio Footage for Arena is Filmed at Twickenham Studios in West London

  • “The Wild Boys” Single

    Duran Duran records “The Wild Boys” single for their live album Arena at Maison Rouge studios in southwest London with Nile Rodgers producing.

  • Sister Sledge’s “Lost In Music”

    Simon and Andy perform backup vocals for Sister Sledge’s “Lost In Music” since Nile is producing their album as well.

  • Dr. Duran Duran

    The video for “The Wild Boys,” and additional studio footage for Arena, is filmed in London; actor Milo O’Shea, who played Dr. Duran Duran in the film Barbarella appears in the Arena footage.

  • John Meets James Bond Producer, Cubby Broccoli

    John runs into James Bond film producer Cubby Broccoli at a party and suggests Duran Duran to write and record the next Bond theme.

  • MTV Video Awards

    Simon and Nick attend the MTV Video Awards and present Cindi Lauper with the Best Female Music Video Award for “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.”

  • Dancing on the Valentine

    The Dancing on the Valentine video EP is released with videos for “Union of the Snake,” “The Reflex” and “New Moon On Monday.”

  • “The Wild Boys” Single is Released with B-Side “Cracks in the Pavement (live)”

  • The Band Performs “The Wild Boys” on Top of the Pops

  • Duran Duran’s Arena Live Album is Released Worldwide

  • “The Wild Boys” Single Reaches #2 in Both the UK and the US

  • Sing Blue Silver Documentary is Released

    The band’s documentary on their North American Tour, Sing Blue Silver is Released on VHS, Beta, and Laserdisc. The band also release Arena, a concept/concert film from the same tour.

  • As The Lights Go Down

    As The Lights Go Down, a one-hour concert video created from the concert portion of Arena is shown on MTV along with an hour-long version of Sing Blue Silver.

  • Nick Releases Interference, an Art Book of Polaroid Photos He Took of TVs

  • Arena Reaches #6 on the UK Charts

  • “Do They Know It’s Christmas” Recording

    For two days, Duran Duran participates in Bob Geldof and Midge Ure’s Band-Aid project by recording “Do They Know It’s Christmas” at Trevor Horn’s Sarm West Studio in London. Simon is a featured vocalist.

  • Arena Reaches #4 on the US Charts

  • “Do They Know It’s Christmas” with B-Side “Feed The World” is Released

  • Duran Duran Goes to Spain on a Promotional Tour

  • Tony Thompson and Bernard Edwards

    John and Andy become friendly with Chic drummer Tony Thompson, who in turn introduces them to Chic bassist (and John hero) Bernard Edwards, who is now a successful producer.

  • T-Rex’s “Bang a Gong”

    John, Andy, and Tony record a demo of T-Rex’s “Bang a Gong” with the goal being that the three of them record an album together with different guest vocalists. Robert Palmer comes in to sing, and Producer Edwards is so blown away he suggests that they keep him as the vocalist for the entire project.

  • The Power Station

    John, Andy, Tony and Robert dub themselves The Power Station after the New York City recording studio; Capitol/EMI sign the band.

  • “The Wild Boys” Reaches #1 in Germany

  • The Source Radio Show

    The Source syndicated radio show airs a one-hour special live across America featuring tracks from Arena, a call-in Q&A with Simon and Nick and the US premiere of “Do They Know It’s Christmas.”

  • Sing Blue Silver Premieres on ITV

    Sing Blue Silver premieres on British station ITV with an airing of As the Lights Go Down the following night.

  • The BBC Air Special Christmas Edition of Pop Quiz with Duran Duran Defeating Spandau Ballet

  • MTV New Year’s Eve Bash

    Simon and John attend the MTV New Year’s Eve Bash and join Frankie Goes To Hollywood on stage to sing “Relax.”

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