|Sing Blue Silver|
|video by Duran Duran|
|Released||Late 1984 (VHS, LaserDisc)|
April 5, 2004 (DVD)
About the video Edit
This is a sixty-minute edited version of the video originally aired on MTV (and later other music channels) under the title Blue Silver.
Sing Blue Silver was originally released on videotape (in VHS and Betamax formats) and on laserdisc, near the end of 1984. It was re-issued on DVD in April of 2004. A 1984 book called Sing Blue Silver: Photographed Around The World 1984 accompanied this video, featuring still photography by official tour photographer Denis O'Regan.
"18,000 miles, 51 shows, 79 days, over 500,000 fans..."Edit
Filmed at the height of their fame, Sing Blue Silver follows Duran Duran around Canada and the United States for three months from 30 January - 17 April 1984 as they toured in support of their Seven and the Ragged Tiger album.
Primarily, Sing Blue Silver is about the job of making music, so live musical performances feature quite heavily throughout the video.
The documentary features many other standout moments, including a Francesco Scavullo photo shoot in New York, meeting the L.A. Raiders backstage, and a Beatlesque press conference tinged with a bit of comedy. It also captures the band in more candid moments, from backstage antics to trying to stay entertained on the journey between cities.
All the while, the documentary doesn't attempt to gloss over the problems and pitfalls of trying to put on such a large scale show. Professional to the last, tour manager Spy Matthews manages to keep the show running even when the venue won't accommodate the band's stage setup.
The film also documented the band's teen idol status, showing hordes of hysterical young — mainly female — fans attempting to cope with seeing their heroes in a live arena.
Live footage from this tour was later used for the Arena (An Absurd Notion) long-form video and the As The Lights Go Down concert video. The video for "The Reflex" was shot during the tour in Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens in March 1984.
DVD Track ListingEdit
- Press Conference
- Load In/Backstage
- Is There Something I Should Know?
- Meeting the L.A. Raiders
- On The Road Again/Planet Earth
- John on touring
- Simon and Nick on image and recording in New York
- Francesco Scavullo photo shoot
- Back on the road
- Girls on Film
- Coca Cola press conference
- Visit to F.B.I.
- Discussing Filming/The Seventh Stranger
- In New Orleans
- Save a Prayer
- Oakland, California
- Hungry Like The Wolf
- Careless Memories
- The end of the tour
Band Line-up Edit
Simon Le Bon - Vocals
John Taylor - Bass
Andy Taylor - Guitar
Nick Rhodes - Keyboards
Roger Taylor - Drums
- Denis O'Regan - official Sing Blue Silver tour photographer and author of Sing Blue Silver official book
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