All I Need is Vodka….

It is 2 o’clock in the morning.  I am probably still feeling the effect of many, many, many vodka tonics.  This was my response to a very unusual Duran Duran show.  In fact, I’m not sure how to feel about this show.  I will not be getting much sleep tonight as I’m going to finish this and get ready for bed only to get up in a few hours to drive 8 hours to Chicago.  Normally, I would be giving a review of the show but I don’t think that would be fair.  Let me explain.

We arrived at the venue at about 7:15 and the doors were to open at 7.  Why?  Well, I got a late start leaving from home.  Then, we ran into construction which added significant amount of time to the trip.  Then, we got food and got ready.  Our plan was to order a cab from my friend’s house so that we didn’t have to drive and worry about parking.  The cab didn’t come.  We ended up getting a ride from my friend’s husband.  We were late.  Okay.  I was determined to be okay with this.  I knew that I wasn’t going to be in front but then I wanted a spot where I could jam out at.  Initially, we seem to get that.  We had some space on the far right about 9 or 10 rows back.  I was good with that.  Well, it kept filling up and filling up.  Then, people started to be serious jerks.  What do I do?  Do I stay and hope that people give more space?  Do I leave in order to get more space?  I hated this.  I hated having to move.  I hated all of it.  Honestly, I just wanted to be somewhere where I could see some of the band and enjoy myself.  Is that too much to ask? 

I move.  I move many times throughout the rest of the show for a variety of reasons that I won’t get into.  The point is that I truly only enjoyed about 5-6 songs.  I won’t do this again.  Ever.  Not at a Duran show.  Especially not for Duran.  I’m either at a decent place or I’m not there at all.  I’m not saying that I have to VIP but I do want a decent location and I want to stay there.  When it comes down to it, I’m truly there to see and hear a performance.  I didn’t have that tonight.  I will have it tomorrow or I won’t do it again.

Now, it seems to be that the band sounded great from what I heard.  I was thrilled to hear real intros during Girls on Film.  I wasn’t all that excited with their lateness (they started at 9:05 for what was supposed to be a 8 o’clock start).  I also wasn’t all that excited by the “let’s play some of the fan videos while we wait thing”.  It turned me off and can’t imagine that it didn’t others.  As for the rest of the show, I honestly have no idea.  I don’t need to be moving around.  I don’t want to be.  I want to watch and listen to Duran Duran live.  Simple.  The rest of the crap doesn’t matter to me.

I apologize if this review wasn’t standard.  I wish that I could be providing one that is more like the Daily Duranie style.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have the experience that would warrant a review.  I wasn’t in a position to judge ANYTHING.  Obviously, I am hoping that I will have a chance to enjoy a show tomorrow and to give a real review for Chicago.

6 thoughts on “All I Need is Vodka….”

  1. hello

    i am in chicago and the crowds are worse here

    every year when dd comes we goto the house of blues…advice arrive early get dinner at hob
    you can go in 30 min early with dinner receipt from hob…BUT the annoying aholes who ruin concerts for everyone else will be out in droves here…my wife got shoved, stamped on and forced to move many many many many times during last 4 dd shows at hob…its scary now…..we didnt get tix but she really wants to go…….anyone got two
    tickets to sell? email me

    anyhow people are so rude
    beer spilled on us, the girls walking around with trays of beer spilling, sticky crap on the floor

    and during all concerts all these people appear out of nowhere pushing their way up front
    im going to see my friends
    oh they are up there
    like you are supposed to part the red sea
    and move for them and lose your space to see
    simon sweating

    otherwise the hob venue is awesome
    the people attending concert well
    you will have your diehards right up front and they aint moving
    then guys like me who love dd and are married to a dd nut hehehe
    then aholes who want to ruin things

    be tough
    look for me if i get tickets anyone anyone????

    my wife will be downtown all day saturday scouring
    for simon and nick shopping…they always do
    and they always stay at the peninsula hotel close by fyi fellow duranies

    so if you go expect aholes
    expect crowd shovers
    scream security if anyone is a real asshole to you
    thats what my wife did…..they will kick em out
    BUT it can backfire if you are seen to be the ahole

    I just act like im deaf and use fake sign language
    I am hard of hearing but I ignore those cretin girls
    and guys who like to sneak up when the concert starts or when you least expect it….they are there…acting like your friend


    its general admission on the floor so
    first come first serve……..

    thank goodness no smoking yeah

    dont leave the floor anytime after you get your spot, yu wont be able to get back hence
    oh my friends are up there in front……good luck

    hold your pottying dont drink much other than bottled water
    and you will get beer and crap spilled on you and
    its very hot in here once show begins and the bright lights on simon and the guys it gets very hot
    so dont wear a ton of clothes
    watch your purse and camera some security guys take the cameras with too many flashes…….
    and try to enjoy the concert

    alot of vips are sitting up in 3rd and 4th level balconies usually billy corgan of the smashing pumpkins is in the house….and some other chicago celebs

    parking is awful there…its a circular ramp up and its valet
    dont bring a coat its too hot grab a cab
    less busy and easier to catch a cab on back side of hob…..there are some parking lots here its safe at night… on guard though…….
    what else?

    hope you have a great time and if anyone knows anyone selling two tickets on saturday
    and available and not too expensive then I would like to buy em from ya

    email me thanks sean


    ps nick gets blue jeans and simon does also at the levis store on michigan avenue

  2. First of all, I'm disappointed that the band felt the need to go on so late. That's just unprofessional and I refuse to hold back my annoyance at that. It makes ZERO difference as to why they were late – they knew they had a show to do last night, and being late is RUDE. Period. People get fired when they are late for work, regardless of the reason. Just saying.

    Secondly, before I say much more here – to the above poster, Amanda isn't a newbie concert-goer, although I'm sure she appreciates the time you took out of your day to post them. We follow many of the same ones ourselves when we are at shows together. As for posting where the band stays and shops (regardless of whether or not it's correct information) – I would appreciate it if, in the future, that kind of thing is left off of our blog. That's not meant to be public information, and even if you know where they are staying – have some respect for their privacy. Again, we appreciate your posting but we also appreciate that this is a public blog that anyone and everyone has access to reading, and that information simply shouldn't be posted.

    She's seen Duran in Chicago many times now and I'm fairly sure she knows what she's in for. I know Amanda well enough, and have been to enough shows with her to know that what she experienced last night in GA was vastly different from what she was used to – clearly more than one thing went awry, and that's unfortunate. I think last night was a very unusual occurrence, and perhaps the venue security is at fault – or maybe not – it's hard to tell, but I look forward to talking with her to find out exactly happened.

    May tonight be a better experience! – R

  3. I have to say your post was one of the reasons we decided to drive to CT to see them at Foxwoods (assigned seating, not GA) and are not seeing them in Boston at the Royale (which is GA) which is literally about a mile from where we live. I have this fear of being trampled in a crowd which goes back to an incident 15 years ago in NYC's Little Italy during a street festival. So dealing with jerks who are pushing and shoving their way towards the stage while spilling drinks on you is not my idea of a good time. I get that the band wants to play smaller venues, but it is also possible to play a smaller venue that has assigned seating not general admission.

  4. yeah, the minneapolis show was bizarre and i, too, was very angry at the late start. no excuses. how about don't travel on show day when you are off the day before?? anyway, because we're going to the UK next month (25 days to be exact) i've been able to brush off my disappointment from this show. i know chicago was much much better for them at least.

  5. @Susan, I completely agree the band could/should look into smaller venues WITH seats! Hope you enjoyed the Foxwoods show!!

    @Jessica, glad that I wasn't the only one that thought this show was weird. Luckily Chicago was VERY improved for me, in terms of my enjoyment! I know that the UK will be great!


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