I don’t have a lot of time to write this blog. We had internet issues earlier today and have been traveling to Birmingham on a long train ride from Bournemouth. Now, we are getting ready for the show and we are meeting people beforehand. Nonetheless, I did want to summarize the Bournemouth show. It wasn’t like Brighton, which was an amazing, well worth the wait, once in a lifetime sort of show. Bournemouth wasn’t that. It was a learning experience, though.
Many of you might have heard or read that there were many technical issues with the show. Most of them were surrounding John’s bass. It wasn’t his fault and he did the best that he could. After the technical difficulties, the band had a hard time getting back on track. I have to admit that we did as well. Of course, if we had the same setlist as we had the night before, that would have helped as well as we were missing Secret Oktober, greatly. On top of those technical problems, the crowd also sucked. Seriously sucked. We were 4th row but off to the side. Too much to the side. Anyway, our area SAT for a lot of the show, including the first number. Who the hell sits when Duran is on stage?! I don’t get that. The other thing is that we have a lot more fun being around people who are our friends. During Brighton, we were in a section with a bunch of totally fun people who we have now gotten to know. It was way better for that reason alone!
Thus, the lessons learned were less about the band and more about the circumstances surrounding a show. It matters where we sit. It matters if the setlist is long and varied. It matters who we are around. It matters what the crowd is like. It matters if the techs can do their jobs properly to ensure that the band sounds as good as possible. That said, we are here in Brum and we cannot be more excited!!! We had a good pizza and some champagne to celebrate this show. We have waited a hell of a long time for this show and have been through a lot to get here. No matter what happens tonight, it will be a night that Rhonda and I will never forget.