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.