National Duran Duran Appreciation Day
annually on August 10th
Duran Duran Appreciation Day celebrates the English new wave and synthpop band, Duran Duran. It has been celebrated since at least 2003 when YM Magazine declared the day. Some sources say the day was created by a Michigan disc jockey and is celebrated on his birthday. Other sources say it takes place on August 10 because it was on that date in 1985 when lead singer Simon Le Bon was involved in a near-fatal boating accident. Fans celebrate the day, and the band has also been involved, by hosting trivia contests on their Twitter, posting messages to their fans, and sharing videos, song snippets, and MP3 downloads with them.
As of 2018, four members have been with the band for most of their existence: Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, and Roger Taylor. The band was formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England, and they were pop stars by 1982. Their rise coincided with the rise of MTV, and they were one of the main bands of the "Second British Invasion." As of 2018, they have had 21 singles in the Billboard 100, and have sold over 100 million albums.
How to Observe
Spend the day listening to Duran Duran! Put on one of their albums, or watch one of their video compilations or concert films. Check the band's website, Facebook, and Twitter for possible messages or music.