Traditions. It is a word that often makes people think of awkward or silly family habits surrounding holidays. For some, the word might equal boring, stuck-in-the-mud, unafraid of change. The word doesn’t always have fun connotations. Yet, for us, traditions do because they are all about touring traditions!! What are some of those tour traditions? We bet you can guess some without even thinking too hard…Yes, one of them is about drinking all of the vodka in the city. Another is reaching up for the sunrise! Many of our traditions have been around for 10 years, since the spring 2005 Astronaut trip. Others have been created VERY recently. You all will get the good fortune of seeing one of the traditions here. Although, we must warn you. It will probably amuse no one but us. Well, it might amuse our friend, Heather, who was stuck with us for this tour. What is this probably-totally-lame tradition? Summarizing the tour through numbers. What are we hearing?! groaning Why add math to fandom?! I thought this was supposed to be fun! Oh…just wait…Duranies! You are in for the really-not-that-exciting CA Paper Gods Tour by the numbers that we promise has NO math to it!
Beginning about 20 minutes south of Disneyland in California where Rhonda lives, up to Hollywood, on to Berkeley CA, back to Rancho Mirage and ending at LAX airport. Good times!!
50 People at the Hard Rock Cafe
We were really excited to have so many people join us at the Hard Rock for an official Daily Duranie Pre-Show Meet-up!
We were hunted down 50 times!!
We heard everyone’s favorite song, Hungry Like the Wolf, about 50 times between all the shows, every single time we turned the iPod on, and the two times Rhonda had to watch them perform it at Kimmel (Even weirder: we’re starting to look forward to hearing it!!)
This band drives us to drink!! (18 times!)
Ok, so this number really isn’t so bad considering we were gone for 5 days. Of course, much of that time was spent driving up and down the center of California….but let’s just not talk about that.
We lived in 4 hotels (…and on the aforementioned cocktails…)
It’s always fun to pick hotels…and then find out that the hotel you thought was fine was actually a motel in disguise with a big bug in the bathroom…but you know, always an adventure!!
We spent an average of 4 hours a day commuting on the “bus”.
Oh my gosh! Someone forgot to reserve our seats on Duran Duran One…can you believe it?!? The audacity!!! So, we took Rhonda’s car instead. (thank goodness it proved as reliable as always!)
3.5 hours of sleep!
Sleep?!? We can sleep when we’re dead!! We treated ourselves to about 3.5 hours of sleep each night. Or morning if we’re being honest….
In addition to the meet-up at Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, we had two smaller meet-ups: one at Gypsy’s in Berkeley for dinner, and another at Rendezvous at the Agua Caliente Hotel.
We “fixed” Duran Duran’s set list 3 times
And they ignored us…three times…and we can’t even imagine WHY!!
That’s right, kids. We did three shows on this tour:
Greek Theater in Berkeley–
Agua Caliente in Rancho Mirage–
2 fantastic performances by Nile and Chic!!
We danced 2 times to Danceophobia!
We were obviously cured!!
2 Post Show Gatherings!
You didn’t think that we would be satisfied with just a drink or two before the shows, did you?! No, we needed to celebrate fabulous shows with friends!
1.5 Meals Per Day!
Here’s the thing about touring and us. We often forget to eat or don’t eat complete meals. Are we too busy going from place-to-place? Do we have too much nervous energy? Do we drink our dinners? Whatever the cause–it still equaled an average of 1.5 meals per day on this tour, which isn’t really that bad!!!
1 Familiar Looking Security Guard
Are we the only ones who think that this guy looks familiar?!?
One “Play the Fucking Bass, John!”
Clearly, we were not the only ones who found ourselves missing John’s little intro as people chanted, “Play the Fucking Bass, John!” in Agua Caliente both in the beginning of the show and at the intros. Sometimes, change is embraced and welcomed and other times, people long for those traditions!!! Just sayin’!!
When on tour, it is essential to do anything and everything Duran related. Since we were in Hollywood…a trip to the star was a must (especially for our dear friend, Heather, who hasn’t had the chance before!). This picture, of course, proves us to be the dorks that we really are!
1 Amazing, Awesome, Durantastic Trip!!!
While this wasn’t our first Duran tour and hopefully, not the last one, it was one of the best!!! We have had some amazing tours over the years and this one ranks right up there! If we had ANY doubt that we still love this band, love our friends, and love touring, this trip pushed all of that right out the car window! Oh, yes, our love was renewed and then some! So, anybody know when we can go again!?! We have had almost a week to recover so we are ready!!!
-A & R