No one could be more thrilled than I am to see Duran Duran selling out concerts in a matter of moments again. The band always came first in our lives. Our family motto was “have baby, have nanny, will travel.”

Simon LeBon and Tatjana Rhodes on tour

I’m sorry if it sounded cold when I tweeted “the answer to your question – can you get me tickets is NO!” The truth of the matter is you’d probably have better luck asking the janitor than an EX wife! I wasn’t sure if I would have a ticket, especially in a small venue in LA where the band have more friends than seats.

Duran Duran at the Mayan Theater

Then I got an urgent message from Tatjana yesterday telling me her father said there would be one ticket waiting for me at will call, but I had to let him know if I wanted it right away. “Do I really want to run downtown in the pouring rain, alone, to see the band?” I pondered momentarily, “Yes!”

A photo even Nick would be proud of
They were my family for too many years, not to be there for their latest moment of glory. This may sound odd, but I felt like a very proud mama last night. They sounded so great, looked like they were really enjoying themselves, and I LOVE the new album!
Duran mania returns with fervor
I’m obviously not the only one who thinks so judging by the star studded line-up that joined them on stage, David Lynch streaming their concert live over the internet, and the cover of L’uomo Vogue about to be released.

Kelis, Gerard Way, Mark Ronson, and Beth Ditto join DD onstage
Then of course there were the hugs and waves of fond memories backstage…
John Taylor with stunning wife Gela Nash
… and the shocking realization of years flown by. Amber LeBon all grown up and glamorous!
Julie Anne Rhodes and Amber LeBon
Although not surprisingly, she was the only four year old I’ve ever known that could rock a pair of high heels like she had been born in them.
Julie Anne Rhodes and Nick Rhodes
Having Tatjana there was the only thing that could have made the evening more perfect. Thankfully she will be here next month when the band plays Coachella. In the meantime I sent her this photo to let her know her parents both miss her. Thank you for the invite Nick.
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  • March 24, 2011
    9:13 pm

    Those are some fabulous pics Julia Anne – thanks for sharing them with us!! I watched the show online and it was so amazing. I'm glad you got to go and see it in person. Also, it is so nice to hear that Nick left you a ticket – he is such a class act. I've been a fan since I was a young girl, and it's nice to know that not only is he talented, but he is super classy too. I'm hoping to try one of your fab recipes this weekend!! xx oo

  • March 24, 2011
    9:29 pm

    Thank you Julie. You're right: I feel like good old days, just like you. Giuliana

  • March 24, 2011
    9:47 pm

    What a lovely post Julie-Anne. Thanks for sharing! Tatjana is lucky to have you both :)

  • March 24, 2011
    9:49 pm

    Julie Anne,I love Duran but you are just hands-down awesome. As a long time Duranie, I thank you for this awesome post. All the best to you.Amy Castellani

  • March 24, 2011
    10:22 pm

    That was such a beautiful post! Family is always family no matter how the world around changes! It is such a great pick of you and Nick! Tatjana is a very blessed young woman to have two incredibly loving parents!

  • March 24, 2011
    10:35 pm

    TY for sharing Julie Anne. You dont know it but you and Nick were a wonderful part of my growing up years. YOU were the most stunningly elegant couple and I admired you both. Nick was my crush of all crushes..yet I admired you so I never thought to be jealous.I was to busy loving your style and fashion. After all these years it does my heart good to see that lovely picture of you two together. Your daughter must be so proud of her wonderful parents when she sees that picture. And YES DD is and always will be my FAVORITE BAND…and Nick my FAVORITE crush. After all…he has talent, good looks,class,and he married you didnt he?? :) xo

  • March 25, 2011
    12:03 am

    It's a gift to your daughter that her parents remain friends. Wow fantastic you were there. I LUV DD!!! Whats your fav song Jewels?Cupcakexo

  • March 25, 2011
    12:32 am

    Wow Julie Anne ! Thanks for sharing the pictures and story . Awesome xooxo You my dear rock :)

  • March 25, 2011
    12:36 am

    I'm so glad you went! I hope you remembered to tell John that I'm still waiting for him to run away with me.

  • March 25, 2011
    1:00 am

    I am so glad you got to go and enjoy the evening! What amazing parents you both are, that you have been able to make a friendship for your daughter, and what an amazing woman you are that you revel in the success of your former spouse's endevours. Makes me want to do a whole new WWK profile on you!Seriously, I wish my parents were able to be in the same room with one another. What you have done for your daughter is beautiful.Lane Morris Buckman

  • March 25, 2011
    1:00 am

    That was a nice blog. Thank you for sharing :)Vanessa Solis

  • March 25, 2011
    1:01 am

    I wondered if you were there! I so wanted to be.Jenny Ison Wan

  • March 25, 2011
    1:02 am

    endeavors. I never get that right the first time.Lane Morris Buckman

  • March 25, 2011
    1:02 am

    I'm watching it now :) Its Amazing I'm in UK so couldn't watch it liveDebs Everill

  • March 25, 2011
    1:03 am

    New follower here. Can't wait to try many of your recipes, they look amazing. You and Nick seem to have raised such a cool young lady. Tatjana seems mature, smart, and well-adjusted, not to mention very pretty. Actually all the Duran kids seem to have come out very nice. Thanks for sharing. It's nice that you and Nick have maintained such a close friendship.Shyla Bisonette

  • March 25, 2011
    1:03 am

    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!Regina Goduto-Hershberger

  • March 25, 2011
    1:04 am

    Glad you got to go and had such a great time! Its brilliant that you still have a good relationship with Nick and the others.Venice Drowning

  • March 25, 2011
    1:04 am

    You look so happy. Thanks for sharing. :)Mark Downie

  • March 25, 2011
    1:05 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this story. Made me feel all dewey and delighted. :) ♥ ♥ ♥ Duran Duran!!! ♥ ♥ ♥Kim Phillips Cuccia

  • March 25, 2011
    1:05 am

    What a great story! You are beautiful!Dawn Marie Whitmarsh

  • March 25, 2011
    1:05 am

    Nice reading Jewels. You are a lucky woman and a very nice "soul".Silvia Zilio

  • March 25, 2011
    1:06 am

    Great photos and especially nice to see a photo of you and NickRachel Day

  • March 25, 2011
    1:06 am

    Very cool post also. I think it is also refreshing to see ex's not going after each others neck.Carmen Hoehne

  • March 25, 2011
    1:07 am

    Wonderful blog with fantastic pics! ♥ Thank you so much for sharing,Julie Anne! ;) xxxAlessia Save A Prayer

  • March 25, 2011
    1:07 am

    Time teaches us everything. Thank you for sharing your night. I was really thrilled to see Kelly Still's face in the painted faces background!Ramona Leigh

  • March 25, 2011
    1:08 am

    That was so thoughtful of you to share! It was an excellent show and I know I'm not alone when I say that I'm so proud of the guys and the new music!!! They sound better than ever and that pic of you and Nick is priceless!!!Jules Demmitt

  • March 25, 2011
    1:08 am

    OMG Jewels you always write such lovely and amazing blogs,and this one is a special one for sure.Last night show was fantastic,I saw it online from Argentina and sometimes I felt like I was back in time.Glad you could go and enoyed yourself,thanks for share your feelings and your pics they're all lovely!!!!!!!XXXMariFer Cruz Ortega

  • March 25, 2011
    1:09 am

    Oh Jewels, that's so cool. I have to admit I got a little teary when I couldn't get a ticket at the Fillmore in SF. That show must have sold out in 10 seconds!!! But it's great to see so much excitement and the band is still as fantastic as ever. You are a lucky woman, indeed!Amilee Kelly Hodge

  • March 25, 2011
    1:44 am

    Julie!!! Congratulations for your blog,for the pictures and all you are teaching and sharing everyday!!! You do an amazing job!!!!!!!!THANK YOU VERY MUCH :DDenisse!!!

  • March 25, 2011
    2:02 am

    Thank you Julie Anne! As a long-time Durannie,I appreciate the pictures and the nice things you said about last night's show. I was watching online..and WOW,what a performance indeed! (Beth Ditto was magnificent too!)Aesea..

  • March 25, 2011
    2:26 am

    Jewels – you have me smiling. Love you.Mikki Pallas

  • March 25, 2011
    2:26 am

    Hang on, I can't believe I didn't get my usual phone call … "MIKKI, WHAT SHOULD I WEAR!?" mxMikki Pallas

  • March 25, 2011
    10:46 am

    My husband and I will be going to the show at Foxwoods Casino next Saturday night in CT, and we are really looking forward to it. So thank you for sharing and giving a sneak peek-it's been over 20 years since I saw them last perform live!

  • March 25, 2011
    11:17 am

    so many comments!! no wonder, this post is lovely and a real treat to read. wishing you all the best.

  • March 25, 2011
    12:40 pm

    Thanks very much for this entry, Julie Anne! The warmth of it all really comes through in your words and pictures, really lovely all around. Also, thanks for posting that second picture, that's my ginormous head behind Nick and yours is the only picture I could find of it!(Thanks to Ramona for the tip ;)From one native "Des Moinesian" to another, be well and take care! :)

  • March 25, 2011
    1:06 pm

    Family is family, like you said. It's great that you can still hang with the family, despite what's gone on in the intervening years. Tatjana is lucky to have such great parents. Glad to see that DD is having a resurgence. They've earned it. Hope to get to see them when they do a "big" tour. They're at Ultra MusicFest today, just down the street from me, but, alas, it's sold out. Thank you for the pictures. I'm still amazed that random strangers from the internet would ask you for tickets! Cheryl

  • March 25, 2011
    2:13 pm

    Another great blog post by you Jewels. Your posts are full of such great heart felt shares. You look so healthy and happy. Thank YouMelinda

  • March 25, 2011
    2:22 pm

    I watched the live streaming show … oh how it made me yearn to be there in person. They did look like they were enjoying themselves and they have always been a superior live band. They have always gotten better live over the years! Some great photos too jewels! And it was delicious of Nick to invite you to the show… such a lovely gesture. Love your blogs Jewels they always brighten my day!

  • March 25, 2011
    3:16 pm

    How wonderful you were able to go, enjoy the show and relive fond memories… I'm off to see them in Miami tonight.Erin Starks

  • March 25, 2011
    3:17 pm

    Brilliant blog! So good that you enjoyed it and decided to go! :)Isabel Ortiz Bernad

  • March 25, 2011
    3:17 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I watched it online and it was fabulous – I can only imagine how much better it was in person. Love the pic of you and Nick too:)Stacy Greer Feifel

  • March 25, 2011
    3:18 pm

    Fabulous Julie Ann!! I was at the The Mayan it was an amazing show!Josie Elder- Chow

  • March 25, 2011
    3:43 pm

    You are such a warm and classy woman, Julie Anne. To share all these wonderful pictures with us is above and beyond the call of duty. So happy that you had a fun time. You set such a great example, it's no wonder that Tatjana is the lovely young woman that she is, both inside and out. Have a wonderful weekend!

  • March 25, 2011
    5:20 pm

    it was such a great night! the guys were so on!!!Marcia Dixon

  • March 25, 2011
    7:30 pm

    Good girl,well done! I love this blog…I'm sooo happy they're sold out….can't wait for may to come to attend THE SHOW.Martina D' Epifanio

  • March 25, 2011
    7:31 pm

    Hi Julie Anne. Thanks very much for this blog, and I have to say, I love the fact that you get along so well! Even when your daughter is not there to join you, you are all amazing. Thanks very, very much for everything you share with us all.Faby Le Bon

  • March 25, 2011
    7:32 pm

    Love this man… :) ♥Kim Phillips Cuccia

  • March 25, 2011
    7:32 pm

    Love this couple!Giuliana Iannotta

  • March 25, 2011
    7:33 pm

    We were there too! They look fabulous….as usual.:))Cheeky Cosmetics – Make Up

  • March 25, 2011
    7:33 pm

    What a beautiful couple! :-)Kylie Kristiansen

  • March 25, 2011
    7:34 pm

    There's that winning smile.Denise Lingbeck Crawford

  • March 25, 2011
    9:30 pm

    glad you decided to go and had such a good time :) and yes, I got a little emotional seeing that pic of you and Nick togheter, .. It brought me back to my teenage days, when you both inspired my hair and make up.. LolNicoletta Appodia

  • March 25, 2011
    9:44 pm

    OMG I am so happy that you got to be part of such an amazing evening. Cool that Nick left you a ticket and I really love that photo of the two of you. I watched last night and the band sounded totally awesome, but some of the David Lynch stuff was a little confusing and gave me such a headache. I've been a huge fan for 30 years now and the boys keep reinventing themselves, this album is brilliant, by far their best. So happy you got to share such a stella evening with your "family" and thanks for sharing the lovely photos (I'm a John fan and I adore that picture of John with Gela)

  • March 26, 2011
    12:00 am

    So glad you got to go! I was watching, singing along & dancing in my chair – Tweeting with other friends who were watching. It was a GRAND show, the boys all looked great and sounded fabulous.

  • March 26, 2011
    12:05 am

    thanks for sharing this everything with us!!!Sandra Lai

  • March 26, 2011
    5:58 am

    How exciting! Love the blog Jewels.Great to see that the lads of DD are still looking fab.Lovely pic of you and NIck.Aussie Mum

  • March 26, 2011
    6:53 am

    That makes me smile :)Shannon Gallaway

  • March 26, 2011
    11:23 am

    Fabulous photos JulieAnne. I'm so glad you got to go. Just because there is a divorce doesn't mean you have to forget the past or your friends. Lots of time has passed and I'm sure it was a bit nostalgic for you to see them in their element again. The new album is fantastic and I bet you're quite proud of them.

  • March 26, 2011
    2:52 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing so special photos and for your report about your feelings in this DD concert ! :o)(Silvia from Portugal, who met you several time in London, back to 1989/1993)

  • March 26, 2011
    5:28 pm

    Lovely! Great blog!Lee Ann Groff-Daudet

  • March 26, 2011
    5:29 pm

    Isn't she beautiful! It was a highlight of the night for me to see Amber – she's one of my favorite of Tatjana's friends, and I hadn't seen her since she was ten – all I could say was WOW!

  • March 26, 2011
    5:30 pm

    Glad you had an awesome time, Julie Anne…thanks for the pictures also!Laurie Vassallo

  • March 26, 2011
    5:30 pm

    I know somewhere in my house are the Hello / OK magazines with your wedding spreads,,:) that was quite the affair! I hope you still have your dress!Pamela Mountain

  • March 26, 2011
    5:31 pm

    This was so great to read! i wish that I could meet you at one of the shows!!Rhonda Griffith

  • March 26, 2011
    5:31 pm

    Great picture of both of you!!Cristy Francis Lourie

  • March 26, 2011
    5:31 pm

    I love this pic Julieanne!Isabel Ortiz Bernad

  • March 26, 2011
    5:39 pm

    It makes me very happy to see that you're still so close to the Duran Duran family, and that you and Nick have remained friends. (And I can't believe people would have the nerve to ask if you could get them tickets!)Thanks for sharing these pictures!-Kathy

  • March 26, 2011
    6:40 pm

    Very sweet Jewels! ♥

  • March 26, 2011
    7:29 pm

    WOW you are correct Julie Ann…….. Must be the water.Stuart Drexler

  • March 26, 2011
    7:33 pm

    You both are great people!!! Very sweet and humble!!! I remember you have been really very kind with me and my twin… ♥ ♥Fabrizia Ribotta

  • March 26, 2011
    7:34 pm

    Love that picture of you both. I also really love the pic of Tatjana as a little girl with Simon. Something tells me he's great with kids.Stephanie Quinlan

  • March 26, 2011
    7:35 pm

    Great pic! Anxiously awaiting their new cd via mail.Lisa Van Ore Thompson

  • March 26, 2011
    7:35 pm

    Fantastic!! Thank you for sharing this!Giuliana Iannotta

  • March 26, 2011
    7:36 pm

    Great pic, Julie Anne. Looks like you had a great time. Thank you for sharing with us.Karen Gilbert

  • March 27, 2011
    3:03 am

    I must say I love your ex Julie :D…you look fab! xHeliana Castelazo

  • March 27, 2011
    3:04 am

    I admire a former couple that can remain cordial. You deserve a lot of credit for being that grounded.Rachel Cree-Lowe

  • March 27, 2011
    3:04 am

    Wonderful photo!Gwen Jno-baptiste

  • March 27, 2011
    5:12 pm

    Lovely picture – two gorgeous girls! xAmanda Kyme

  • March 27, 2011
    5:13 pm

    le-sigh~ xxoxoAnitra DeLorenzo

  • March 27, 2011
    5:13 pm

    Love this pic! It's like I was reading my blog :)Martina D' Epifanio

  • March 27, 2011
    5:14 pm

    Cool pic.i noticed dd had the la show and a few show tapings.i never seen them live.i wanted 2 do the jimmy kimmbel but i just didnt get around to it.one day i will go.hope u had fun.lauraLaura Lynn

  • March 27, 2011
    5:24 pm

    love the look on both your faces…. :-)Linda Lyon

  • March 27, 2011
    5:24 pm

    Fabulous pic JulieAnne thank You, hope you are having a lovely weekend :)Debs Everill

  • March 27, 2011
    5:53 pm

    Cor blimey!. XXXXXElayne Griffiths

  • March 27, 2011
    6:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing , my camera died just at the very end but I was able to get one last pic like this also, Amazing show!Lisa Buckles-Onsurez

  • March 27, 2011
    6:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing , my camera died just at the very end but I was able to get one last pic like this also, Amazing show!Lisa Buckles-Onsurez

  • March 27, 2011
    6:20 pm

    Jewels, the guy with the red hair looks like Nick. (well in this size pic!)Mikki Pallas

  • March 27, 2011
    6:20 pm

    Jewels,,,,are you and Nick thinking of getting back together???? Yes or No. XxHester van der Poll

  • March 27, 2011
    6:21 pm

    No! Just working at being friends again. We share a daughter, and too many great memories not to.

  • March 27, 2011
    7:53 pm

    LOVE the happy photo of Taj … and you and Nick still look like a good fit.

  • March 27, 2011
    8:27 pm

    You both look fabulous! I wish much success to DD on this brilliant album!Colleen Algonas Leonard

  • March 28, 2011
    2:15 am

    Jewels – what an amazing post, great photos and that one of Tatjana with Simon is precious! I caught some of the show online and it was impressive to say the least. I was hoping that you were there and so glad you made the trip downtown. Also, I have to commend you and Nick for being there for your daughter and forging a friendship – that speaks volumes.

  • March 28, 2011
    7:18 am

    love it thanks for sharing JulieanneJaxx Hedley

  • March 28, 2011
    7:18 am

    Good answer!Isabel Ortiz Bernad

  • March 28, 2011
    7:19 am

    The show was awesome, I was there! Glad you got to go too. :)Denise Costa-Morris

  • March 28, 2011
    7:20 am

    OMG Jewels please tell me they let Kelis sing her song Trick Me to them playing Notorious behind it! That would have been awesome liveRenee Young

  • March 28, 2011
    7:20 am

    I enjoyed your blog. Very well said and so nice to see that to people can remain cordial and thoughtful. Not enough of that in the world!Heather Harmon Beck

  • March 28, 2011
    7:21 am

    Going to see them on Saturday….CT!Pam Hodges-Schock

  • March 28, 2011
    7:21 am

    ‎….also love the pic!Pam Hodges-Schock

  • March 28, 2011
    7:22 am

    I love this photo!Heather Harmon Beck

  • March 28, 2011
    9:05 pm

    nice photo!! :-)Nienna Calmcacil

  • March 28, 2011
    9:05 pm

    Cute!MariFer Cruz Ortega

  • March 28, 2011
    9:06 pm

    she is soooooo beautiful :)Steffken le Bon

  • March 28, 2011
    9:06 pm

    Beautiful shot of both of you. AxxxAnita-Dian Bennett

  • March 28, 2011
    9:07 pm

    Such special shot !! :o)Silvia Inacio

  • March 28, 2011
    9:07 pm

    She is the face of Forever 21 here in the UK. She opened the flagship store in Birmingham, but I missed that event due to work. She really is a lovely girl.April Crocker Boyd

  • March 28, 2011
    9:08 pm

    Two beautiful girls!Kylie Kristiansen

  • March 28, 2011
    9:08 pm

    She's beatiful even if I 'prefer ' ATLANTA!!!Sandra Lai

  • April 5, 2011
    9:36 am

    Fantastic post Julie Anne! I so enjoyed seeing the pictures and reading your commentary. I hope they'll come to Australia and work their magic again!

  • September 25, 2012
    9:37 pm

    You are such a beautiful person, both inside and out. Tatjana is so lucky to have such awesome and caring parents.

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