Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand…

by Suw on December 10, 2003

Actually, his name is John Taylor and he'll be just a matter of feet (or maybe yards, who can tell) away from me on 13 April 2003 at Wembley Arena as Kate and I boogie on down in a rather manic fashion to the music of newly reformed Duran Duran.

Oh yes. JT. In the same room as me. Ooooh baby, I am so in the right demographic.

I've only seen D2 (Duran Duran, DD, D2, geddit?) three times – once at Earl's Court, then in Bournemouth and finally in Cardiff, back when D2 was just Simon, Nick and Warren. Warren I've met a couple of times, and although he's a strange lad, he's very friendly and charming. Simon bought me and Kate drinks at the hotel in Cardiff where we were drinking with the band who supported them on that tour, The Vegastones. Svet, The Vegastones' bassist, is an old friend of mine, so it was really cool to see her on the same stage as the Durans. Anyway, Simon's far nicer and more charming in real life than you expect him to be. The rest I’ve never met, and probably never will.

Simon, Damon, Svetlana, Wes, Nick, Tim, Warren, Joe

Whilst Kate has seen D2 in all their incarnations some twelve times already, I have never seen the full Duran Duran before, with all Taylors present. Finally and at last, some 20-odd years after everyone else, I'm getting to be in the same room as JT. Ooh, it's going to be so much fun. And the fact that Kate managed to book the tickets via the fan club means that we get let in before all the others so can pick our spot at the front.

Tee hee. I'm so excited! I'm going to play D2 all day…

I don’t remember quite how I met you
wasn’t long ago
I just get a picture of sun in your eyes
the waves in your hair
maybe it’s something said in a movie or
you could have said last night
you just took me out on a limb
and I don’t really know what I’m doing here

A visitor December 10, 2003 at 10:59 am

Have fun, the two of you 😉

Of course, it's not the same as the day after tomorrow, which will go down as the day Bram Janssen saw Return Of The King a week before the rest of the general public.
Yes, fanclubs are good. Although you can be glad no D2 fan is going to dress up as awfully as the people on that top picture there. I think I'll be irritated with bad Gandalfs en Orcs enough.

Bram [ungwendil@yahoo.co.uk]

A visitor December 10, 2003 at 11:00 am

I must add that the picture BELOW is what I meant, suits are fine.
Transparent pinky things aren't.


Bram [ungwendil@yahoo.co.uk]

Suw December 10, 2003 at 11:06 am

Transparent pinky things are wonderful! You have to remember, Brammetje, that D2 are still a new romantic band, and transparent pinky things are all just part of the style.

See, it's a demographic thing. You have to be a woman of a certain age to appreciate men in transparent pinky things.

A visitor December 10, 2003 at 11:27 am

I think I'll wear a black cotton blouse in February.


Bram [ungwendil@yahoo.co.uk]

Suw December 10, 2003 at 12:10 pm

Will it be seethrough?

A visitor December 10, 2003 at 12:54 pm

I know you're dying to tear the clothes off my body, but I'll wear it without tearholes on the way to London. We can always see from there.

Bram [ungwendil@yahoo.co.uk]

Suw December 10, 2003 at 1:17 pm

Ooh you're such a tease, Bramski.


Guess I'll just have to contain myself, won't i?

A visitor December 10, 2003 at 1:38 pm


or Jerry Goldsmith has to cease his conducting half-way through because of floating strands of clothing getting stuck in trumpets and tubas.

Bram [ungwendil@yahoo.co.uk]

Suw December 10, 2003 at 1:42 pm

“Excuse me, Sir,” said Jerry Goldsmith halfway through the concert, “but is this your blouse stuck up my horn? Please, keep your clothing under control…”

A visitor December 10, 2003 at 1:45 pm

“your horn that stuck up my bl-”

oh nevermind.

Bram [ungwendil@yahoo.co.uk]

Suw December 10, 2003 at 1:52 pm

Excuse me, is your spitvalve full or are you just pleased to see me?

A visitor December 10, 2003 at 2:11 pm


Milady, I've only just been playing an intricate solo on my recorder.

They have no spitvalves.
I am however, pleased to see you. Oh and I hope you don't mind me bringing my bagpipes along?

Bram Janssen

Suw December 10, 2003 at 2:13 pm

Why sire, I would be most delighted to see you demonstrate your prowess on the bagpipes.

A visitor December 10, 2003 at 2:20 pm

Sire? You're begging for it already? How disappointing.

Bram Janssen

Suw December 10, 2003 at 2:23 pm

Begging for it? Only if you're JT in disguise…

Ember December 10, 2003 at 2:25 pm

love this band! I just bought their greatest hits cd… which I'll be reviewing soon!

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Suw December 10, 2003 at 2:29 pm

Yes, they are rather spiffy, aren't they? And ol' Si is still rather good at the ol' jumping about on stage bit too. quite energetic for an old geezer.

A visitor December 10, 2003 at 2:30 pm

If “disguising” entails wearing pinky transparent clothes you can rest assured I'm Bram Janssen, thank you very much see you later.

Bram Janssen

A visitor December 10, 2003 at 6:10 pm

I think you'd look rather fetching in transparent pinky things, Brammie, but I guess I'll just have to hope our Durans are wearing them instead, eh? 😉

Suw and I have promised to behave like overgrown teenagers for the entire evening, so I'm getting in the mood now… Suw! I bet I'm more excited than you! *sticks fingers in ears & waggles fingers @ you*


Suw December 10, 2003 at 6:27 pm

Ooh, I bet you're not! I've been listening to Rio and Seven and the Ragged Tiger and Like An Angel all day, and I seriously doubt that anyone could possibly be more excited than me right now.

So there. Nyer.


A visitor December 10, 2003 at 6:38 pm

*pokes tongue out @ Suw & dances on the desk* “This is Planet Earth, bop bop bop bop bop bop bop bop bop bop bop…”


Suw December 10, 2003 at 7:28 pm

Ah yes, not one of Simon's deepest lyrics…

A visitor December 10, 2003 at 11:27 pm

True, but it beats “La la la la Lava Lamp”, right? Gotta love our Durans 😀


Suw December 11, 2003 at 9:24 am

ah, yes, Lava Lamp is quite possibly the worst of their songs ever. I wonder what the new stuff will be like.

A visitor December 11, 2003 at 12:24 pm

Crazy chicks.


Josh December 11, 2003 at 2:02 pm

You either caught Simon in a blink or he's staring at your friend Svet's arse.

Either is possible and either I'd believe. But just an observation

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Suw December 11, 2003 at 9:26 pm

You know, Josh, I'd never noticed that, but I think you might be right…

Svet is a babe, though, so I can quite understand.

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