Saturday, June 7, 2014

A Parting bit of Gratitude

I would be remiss if I did not at least say some parting words to DDTTRH as an effort (and thank all the people who made it great).  As you may already know, we have decided to make DDTTRH a project under Duran Duran Worldwide (along with other projects we will be working on). 

So, to be clear...DDTTRH is not going away...its just being done in a different way.  Its definitely going a bit more under the radar...with more focused and targeted efforts.  Making it a project means it has a beginning and an end...the end being when Duran Duran makes it to the Rock Hall.  And don’t forget…if you want to help us with any of our projects (including DDTTRH), please friend Kirk DDWW or Christian DDWW on Facebook.

This thing started as an effort because I wanted to do something special for the band who means so much to me.  I had seen a list of Rock Hall inductees and noticed Duran Duran was not on the list.  How could this be? 

Jason Henry was the first that signed on to help.  Jason became a great friend and helped us out in many ways when we first started.  One of the highlights of working with Jason was him helping get us published about in an article in a Canadian newspaper.  Jason, when you read this…thank you for all you did for us.

Then Anitra came on.  Anitra was the force behind our artist and band interviews and helped us navigate the media waters as our publicist.  One of my fondest memories of Anitra was when she passed out fliers to people in Florida.  This, and some of the amazing interviews she did for us, including the likes of Erik Alexandrakis and Your Vegas.  Anitra was (and continues to be) a livewire.  We are grateful for the energy she brought to us at DDTTRH.

And along came Kandace, who we charmingly referred to as our ‘Petition Duchess’.  Kandace worked well with those that interviewed with us and thanks to her, we were able to get many quality signatures on our Petition (which is still ongoing—link here).  Kandace radiated positive, calm energy…creating many times the perfect balance we needed on our team in our ongoing efforts.  Plus, she helped us improve our communication lines, which sometimes were lacking.  When Kandace left, I received a binder from her which detailed all the contacts and work she did for us.  It was a LOT!  To me it represented the dedication and commitment she had to DDTTRH (as an effort) and its something I will be eternally grateful for.  Love you Kandace!

Christian…the man behind our websites.  At first impression, Christian may seem a little rough around the edges.  I remember my first experience with Christian…when I asked him not to be so hard on Madonna on our sites (btw…today I could care less about this…I suppose I was a bit nieve back then…LOL).  You may also know that Christian can be a bit opinionated when it comes to politics.  Behind all of this though is a fan passionate about Duran Duran, an online media wizard, a trusted adviser, and a committed friend.   Its these last two things I mention about Christian (being a trusted adviser and committed friend) that have meant the most to me.  I have had many a phone call with Christian…sometimes in my  ‘not’ finest hours.  He has always been patient and supportive of me and the DDTTRH cause.  I look forward to continuing to serve with Christian in Duran Duran Worldwide.

Josie I cannot forget to mention either.  Josie from Montana...the land of mountains.  In a way, Josie has been like a mountain…firm, steadfast and always there for us as our editor.  I have always appreciated Josie correcting our press releases and articles, making sure we come across the right way in our Facebook posts…and…just being there.  Josie has always told me that she signed on to help us because she wanted to do ‘something for the guys’.  Well Josie…you have…and its much appreciated.  And when Duran Duran makes it to the Rock Hall (which I am positive they will someday), you can add your name to the list of names that helped get them there.  Thank you Josie.  Feel free to correct the grammar in this article and get it back to me J.

Now for the special mentions.  The list for this one could be very long, but I will cover the most special ones.  Here goes…

Tracey Elena:  She will continue with us at Duran Duran Worldwide.  I am grateful to Tracey for the excitement, passion, and interesting wrestling stories she has brought to our team.  I look forward to continue to serve with you Tracey!

Andrew Golub:  I could say so much about Andrew and the support he was and continues to be to me through the years of DDTTRH and now DDWW (with DDTTRH as a project).  I have many fond memories of working with Andy and am happy to call him a friend.  He truly radiates an energy (definitely off-the-charts Duranium) that is more than catchy…to say the least.  He was an instant voice of support for DDTTRH when I first introduced it to him…he was there for me when it was hardest to deal with ‘crazy fans’…we explored the planet together and discovered Duranium...we have laughed and had fun, never at the expense of others but in the joy that comes from Duran Duran.  Love you Andy!

Kitty Paige:  Kitty is brilliant when it comes to working with the media and marketing efforts.  I have bounced many ideas of off her, and she has always been a willing participant in our many machinations.  I had the pleasure to meet Kitty when I visited Seattle…she is even cooler in person.  I am happy to call Kitty a friend and look forward to continuing that with ‘this music between us’ for years to come.

Stefan LeClair:  From his interview with us to his words of support and friendship..Stefan has been there for us throughout DDTTRH’s time as an effort.  I am personally thankful that I can always count on Stefan to listen and provide words of wisdom to me.

Jake Crawford:  Jake has always been willing to help us with our Youtube needs and is continuing on with us at Duran Duran Worldwide.  He has been extremely helpful in creating promotional videos for us and most recently worked with me to create the Duranium videos you see on our Youtube site.  Jake's passion for Duran Duran has been evident in the videos he's worked on and I always appreciate his laid back Aussie demeanor...truly fun to work with.

M. Douglas Silverstein:  M, the producer of ‘Something You Should Know:  A Duran Duran fan documentary’ interviewed with us and was helpful in judging our first Youtube contest.  Further, M has been super supportive of our efforts and has just been a cool guy to hang around with on Facebook.  Thanks M for your support!

Hanna Cruz:  Hanna did some work for us with Spanish translations.  She was very excited to be helping us and it was nice to work with her for the short time we did.
Pranav of Radio Crème Brulee:  Pranav helped promote us on his radio station and helped generate ideas for some of our promotions.  I had the pleasure of meeting Pranav in Chicago...great times.  Thank you Pranav for being there to help us.
Nile Rogers:  For signing our petition!

Lynn Capirsello:  Although Lynn was with us a short time, it was fun to work with her.  She currently is doing the Art for Duran Duran Facebook site (please visit it!).  Lynn made us a cool promotion video that you can see on our Youtube channel.

Julie Ann Rhodes:  For her positive inspiration and words of support.

Iain Johnson:  When we released our Snow Leopards (in conjunction with the Snow Leopard Trust -, Iain was helpful in promoting them on his 'The Man Who Stole a Leopard Must get to No 1' Facebook site.  Iain also became a member of DDWW when we had members (now Friends).  Thanks Iain for all your help...and for helping to save the snow leopards.

Jeff Piorkowski:  For the fun interview he did with me for the local Sun Times paper.

Debbie and Emily Vernon:  This mother and daughter live in the Cleveland/Akron area and have been extremely supportive of me and our efforts (both with DDTTRH and DDWW).  They were instrumental in 'pulling the wool' over several of our fans' eyes with the Simon's Moustache infamous interview (Emily revealed herself as the Stache).  Debbie is always fun to talk with and makes a special point to make witty comments on our posts (which I always appreciate).

Maria Sbrocco:  I met Maria in person for the first time at the latest Duran Duran concert in Cleveland.  She stood out in the rain with me and passed out fliers for people to sign our petition.  A really fun lady and a huge fan of Duran Duran...I am grateful to know and associate with her.

Nabeel Shahid:  For making our first logo.

NUNO:  For creating our second logo and being a friend and supporter of the cause.

Vader Vader:  For rocking out in our T-shirt.

All the Bands, Artists, and Duran fans that interviewed with us!  Including some notables...Andrew Golub, Erik Alexandrakis, Nathan Stack, Salvo of Duranasty, Your Vegas, Sharmila Tredger, Marc Massive (Massive Ego), Jen Chaney (Washington Post), Scarlet Soho, Owen Paul Mcgee, Nuno, Gretchen Morganstern (maker of Lebon perfume, Adirondack Aromatherapy)

Please follow DDTTRH on Twitter @DDTTRH!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Duranium SPECIAL EVENT Contest

Contest starts:  May 24th, 2014
Contest ends:  June 7th, 2014

For SIGNED Duran Duran RCM promo poster (100% authentic!), name 10 places where Duranium can be found in high concentrations.  Submissions will be judged based on creativity by a panel of judges.  To enter, please visit us at and contact us with the email address on the site.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

My Archive Away Mission, Starring Andy Golub

One of the things I didn't share about my trip to Seattle was about my visit to Andy Golub's archive.  It so happened that I was also in town for a Star Trek convention, so I had my Star Fleet uniform with me.    Christine (not Chapel) was gracious enough to show me around while Andy 'geekily' and 'happily' hovered around me taking pictures.  Here are some of them...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Duran Duran dream - the Living Facebook post

I've had several Duran Duran dreams since I started this effort. I thought it would be fun to share them. If you have had a Duran Duran dream and you feel comfortable sharing it, please contact us through our DDWW site (

The Dream...

I was on a Facebook page and there was a picture of Simon with red hair and he was facing a door with another older shorter man coming out of it. It was almost like a picture taken off the set of a soap opera. There were several comments about the picture, I added a question like 'What is Simon doing here?'.

Then, the picture came alive and my point of view was as if I was watching the soap opera. Simon pushed through the door with the man and the two were arguing about something. They were then both standing on a sidewalk on the border of a small town by the ocean. The man asked Simon a pointed question and Simon answered by starting to sing the song 'My Own Way'. The funny thing was is that it wasn't his voice, he had a deeper voice, and I'm pretty sure the song was in a different key (and to the tune of a different song).

On the second line of the song, the camera zoomed out and it showed Roger and Nick walking towards Simon, singing the same song.

Then I woke up!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

From an Effort to a Project, Whats next for DDTTRH

Its with joy, feelings of nostalgia, and humility that I announce that DDTTRH (Duran Duran to the Rock Hall) will now become a project under our newest effort, Duran Duran Worldwide.  This means that DDTTRH will no longer be its own effort, with its own supporting staff, and its own mission…but will be an ongoing project to be worked on at Duran Duran Worldwide and its mission…To raise awareness of Duran Duran and their importance to music, to energize, connect and excite the Duran Duran fan base all over the world, to boldy go where no Duran Duran effort has gone before (cue Star Trek theme music).  It also means that DDTTRH will be alongside other projects that DDWW will be working on, to be announced in the coming days.

Changes to DDTTRH

·         Making DDTTRH a project implies a start and an end to it.  When Duran Duran is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, that’s when the project will end.

·         We will be shutting down the DDTTRH Facebook page as of June 1st.  We invite you all to join us at our Duran Duran Worldwide Facebook page.  It is from here that we will continue to provide you original content and will give you statuses of the projects we are working on.

·         The DDTTRH Twitter site will remain open and will be the way we inform you of specific developments in regards to the DDTTRH project and its progress.  Please follow @DDTTRH on Twitter to keep informed.

·         Any DDTTRH email addresses will be shut down by June 1st.  The website with details about the project (and any news) will still be accessible through DDWW (under Projects).

·         Meaningful interviews and blogs from the Blogger website ( will be moved to our Duran Duran Worldwide website and be posted with our DDTTRH project work.  The Blogger website will be shut down after this happens.

·         Any supporting staff that are currently helping DDTTRH are now a part of DDWW.  We continue to appreciate the efforts of Christian Helwige (our First Officer), Tracey Elena (our Rock Hall Liaison—she’ll need a new title now!), Jake Crawford (who provides us Youtube support), and Josie Beaudoin, our amazing editor

·         Because DDTTRH is now a project and isn’t going away, we still need your help!  If you would like to help us get the word out and continue to support us, please friend Kirk DDWW and Christian DDWW on Facebook.  Through this medium we can organize projects directly with you and give you any marketing materials you need to help us out.

Changes to DDWW

·         We have decided that there will no longer be ‘Members’ of DDWW, but ‘Friends’.  We still will enjoy cross-promoting those who are our ‘site and effort friends’ (and we hope they will continue to do the same with us).  If you have a Duran Duran page, effort, etc. and would like to become a ‘Friend of DDWW’, please contact us through our Duran Duran Worldwide site (  Being a friend implies not being formally connected to DDWW, but as a friend who we keep in contact with and promote through our site.

·         As mentioned, we will be adding other projects in the coming days to DDWW.  If you would like to help us in any of our projects, we invite you to connect with us personally through our Kirk DDWW and Christian DDWW Facebook profiles.  We have already connected with many of you through this more direct and personal medium and we look forward to continuing to do so as we work on projects and roll out original content from Duran Duran Worldwide.

·         We will continue to do interviews, but under DDWW instead.  In fact, we are coming up with a list of those we would enjoy having podcast interviews with us a new way to bring you original content.  If you have something to say about Duran Duran and would like to interview with us, please contact us through the DDWW site, our DDWW email, or our personal DDTTRH or DDWW Facebook pages.  We will also reach out to many of you personally about this.

I would like to personally thank all of you for making the DDTTRH ‘effort’ (while it was a formal effort) a special one.  I have enjoyed associating with all of you and look forward to seeing many of you on Twitter (@DDTTRH) and Duran Duran Worldwide (and lets have some fun together!).

Notorious-ly and Duran-fully yours,

With much love,

Kirk Harrington, Captain, DDTTRH