As always – we welcome and encourage show reviews of any kind from our readers! This review of the Niagara Falls shows was sent to us courtesy of one of our Canadian friends, enjoy!!
Last weekend I attended both shows in Niagara Falls. Originally I was only going to see the second show on Saturday night. Since we would already be there on Friday, I would see if I could get tickets for that show as well. I had been watching a couple of tickets through a private seller the week before the show. He lowered his ticket price, so I ended up getting some great seats – second row to the left – and we all know who owns that area of the stage!
Where to begin? It was quite an amazing whirlwind of a weekend! We stayed at the Fallsview Casino Hotel, which doubled as the show venue. Our room was on the 35th floor. As we went up to our room, we noticed a gentlemen knocking on the door two rooms down from ours. Who opens the door? Simon!! I was on the same floor as the band! I couldn’t believe my luck! I didn’t say anything to him, as we went into our room. Once the door was securely shut, I began to dance around like a 13-year-old girl. My husband found me quite amusing!
We went downstairs around 8pm as the show started at 9. I met one of my Facebook friends who was there from Colorado and we hung around for a bit before the show. It was great to finally meet her in person! The show started shortly after 9pm, and the band opened with Paper Gods. That was the perfect opener for the show. The background effects and lighting were just wonderful. The guys looked great and Simon’s voice sounded wonderful.
They played the usual classics along with a few songs from Paper Gods. They added a special homage to David Bowie by playing Space Oddity in with Planet Earth. It was so beautiful and moving! They had a picture of David on the big screen. Most of us there were also Bowie fans so I saw a lot of teary eyed people.
The show was short, which was disappointing. Apparently there was a time limit so were not able to play as much material as usual.
“Save A Prayer” was done during the encore, and Simon took a few moments to talk about the Paris attacks and the Eagles of Death Metal, who had been playing onstage at the Bataclan at the time of the attacks. Rio was also a part of the encore. As they were ready to leave the stage everyone started chanting “Reflex Reflex Reflex” So they stayed and granted us our wish! (The video for The Reflex was filmed at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, so Canadians obviously feel a special connection to the song. – R) I didn’t see any disappointed faces in the crowd. Everyone had a smile on their face as they were leaving.
My husband is not a DD fan and he even appreciated the show. This is his second time seeing them with me, and he seeing another DD show in Montreal with me on April 11th, so I think I am slowing turning him into a fan!
We waited awhile before we went upstairs to our room. When we finally went up guess who was going into his room? Simon! I didn’t say anything to him as he looked really tired, and I wanted to respect his space. A few minutes later, I decided I wanted to get something to drink so I went to the vending machine down the hall. When I came back who did I see? Nick! He was almost standing in front of our door with their manager Wendy. His room was in front of ours. I spoke to him for a minute and asked him if he would autograph my Paper Gods book and also got a picture with him. He was so nice!
The next morning we decided to go downstairs and shop in the mall part of the hotel. We were walking around and I see Simon and Wendy walking toward us. I went up to Simon, said hi, and told him that I have been a fan since ’83 and shook his hand. I asked if I could get a picture with him. He responds by asking, “Aren’t you the girl down the hall from me?” I was thrilled! He picked out a spot with good lighting and my hubby took a few pictures. He had just come in from seeing the falls and his hands were cold. He was rubbing my arm! It was such a thrill to meet him. I think I played it cool when I met him, but when we walked away I was overcome with emotion. I’m thankful my husband was there with me.
Saturday was such a wonderful day. It was great finally meeting some of my FB friends that are also DD fans, and I even made some brand new friends. We all had such a great time. At the Saturday night show I went solo and sat in left balcony. Once again it was excellent. If I were a millionaire I would go to every one of their shows in every city.
This was a very special weekend that I will always remember. I never thought in a million years that I would meet Simon and Nick or end up as hotel neighbours with them!
If you have never seen DD I suggest you see them. They do not disappoint. They are better than ever!
Janice has been a Duranie since 1983 and is from a small town north of Montreal in Canada where she lives with her wonderfully patient (and potential DD convert!) husband. She is excited for the upcoming show in Montreal this weekend, and says she will always love Duran Duran!