I’m convinced there is a conspiracy to keep me away from the local beaches. For the third time this summer, I announced to my 3 children last night that we would be going to the beach today, and for the third time I woke up to see increasingly cloudy skies. I hear there’s a threat of thunderstorms as well. I would have thought we were close enough to the beach for it not to affect our weather (here in So Ca it’s the inland valleys and deserts that tend to get the thunderstorms), but apparently not. As I’m writing this blog I’m looking out my back window and see the sky getting more and more cloudy and grey. If only it were about 20 degrees cooler and little less humid! Ah well.
Of course, as I’m writing this, I’m thinking all about the trip I have coming up in August. I’m excited that I will be seeing the band yet again – I’m rather spoiled at this point and I know that, and I’m going to be seeing them in places that I’ve never been before. I fly into New Orleans and then Amanda and I will pick up our rental car and drive to Biloxi to the Hard Rock Hotel to meet up with fellow fans that night for dinner. For info on that meetup, see our FB event page. I think that night will be a lot of fun – I’m looking forward to meeting new friends! The next day of course will be spent in the line for General Admission to the show that night. I am not exaggerating when I say that I’m deeply concerned about sitting outside in that heat all day. Amanda keeps telling me that all things Duran are worth it. I sure hope so, and I also hope I don’t end up with heat stroke. That’s not a good way to start a trip!
After the show that night, assuming that I in fact DO survive the GA line, we’ll be leaving to begin our drive to Atlanta, which is the second stop on the Final Daily Duranie All You Need is Now Tour! (Yes, I’ve named it. No, we’re not touring “with” the band…trust me, this is OUR tour because no one else would be crazy enough to drive the amount of miles we’re going to be driving). Yes, we’re insane to leave right after the show. I know this, and Amanda knows this. You have to remember though that my body time clock will be three hours behind, and this gives us a chance to make it part of the way since it’s a pretty long drive between Biloxi and Atlanta. (about 6.5 hours) Yay for Starbucks and adrenaline!!
So we’re on to Atlanta for a couple of nights. The first night, we’ve organized a meetup for fellow Duran fans before the show at a place called “Shout”. Want to come along? See our Facebook event page for info here. Another thing we’re trying to work out for that night is transportation to and from the show. Apparently (and keep in mind that Amanda and I have never been to a concert at Chastain Park Amphitheater), this venue is in a sort of neighborhood, and taxis are slow to come out there. So, we thought about getting a car service…which then turned into finding a Duranie party bus! If you are going to the Atlanta show and don’t want to worry about parking or finding a taxi, we’ve got the answer for you! For $45.00 a person the Duranie party bus will whisk us away from Shout, take us to the venue in style , and then be waiting for us after the show to take us back to the Buckhead area of downtown. The party will be non-stop, and it’s a perfect opportunity to meet new friends besides. Hit us up on the Atlanta preshow meetup page (link is above) for info on the party van to the Atlanta show!
The day and evening following the Atlanta show, we’re staying in Atlanta. I’ve never been there, and there are a few things I’d like to see and absorb before moving on. (Truthfully, it might also be a day of detox. One just never knows.) If there’s anything you think we absolutely must see, send us a note here on the blog (dailyduranie(at)gmail(dot)com)!
The next day is our travel day to Durham. In the meantime we will have picked up one additional passenger and roommate, and are looking forward to continuing the party from here! Once again, we’ve got about a six hour drive ahead of us. Yay for more Starbucks, adrenaline and good tunes!!
Once in Durham, we meet up with another roommate, and head on over to our Durham Pre-Show meetup at West End Wine Bar. Again, if you’re not involved on our event page, let me direct you here for info! We are very excited about this get together because it appears we’re going to have a huge crowd. Besides, it’s at a wine bar. Next to Duran Duran, what could really be any better??? By the time we get to the venue it’s going to really be rocking, and I have high hopes to continue the party after the show! Since there are so many people coming for the show, we were able to set up a true Duranie Dorm for this stop – check out the event page for info. There are so many people coming from all over the country for this gig, and I’m thrilled that Daily Duranie is a part of it!
The very next morning – we have helped to organize a caravan to the next and final final stop for Amanda and I, which is Portsmouth. That’s right – are you driving from Durham to Portsmouth?? You should check out the event page for the caravan and come along with us – we’d love to have you!! One of the girls involved with the planning has come up with a wicked design that she’s looking into having screened on t-shirts as well as something we can put on the windows…it’s bound to be a crazy drive and we invite you to come along with us!
In Portsmouth, we have yet another meetup planned at Griff’s Restaurant and Sports Bar in Olde Town. If you’re going to the Portsmouth show and want to meetup or find out where everyone is staying – check out the event page for this meetup, we’d love to see you! Since this is the last night of our tour, I plan to end the evening out right with friends, laughter and plenty of fantastic music before I turn into a pumpkin and fly home the next day.
So basically, there is going to be plenty of meeting up with friends – both old and new, plenty of driving, plenty of laughter, and of course plenty of outstanding music. It’s hard for me to believe that this little tour will be it for a while, so we are planning to do it all up right. It’s true that the organizing and planning have taken us time and patience, but Amanda and I think it’s worth every moment. We’ve read many times that people want these experiences – they don’t want being a fan to be quite so singular, and neither do we. We want to bring fans together so that when any of us go to a show – whether it’s in the US, the UK, South America or even Istanbul, that there’s always someone there we know. Talk about celebrating the band – we envision a fan community where no matter the show location, there’s a FAN family reunion celebration going on right under the band’s nose(s). Many argue that we can’t all be friends. That’s true, and it’s ridiculous to assume that can happen. Our goal is simply to bring people together. You all can handle the drama side of it all on your own.
Naturally, there is a budget to adhere to – and sadly, Amanda and I have probably far exceeded that limit at this point. We just can’t do it ALL. (But hey – if someone wants to pay or bankroll the deal for us to go to these shows and host fan meetups, you just let us know!) There are only two of us here at Daily Duranie, and there are literally thousands of fans and places to go out there. (And quite frankly if I even breathe word of traveling and spending money on another DD show for a while – I am liable to be single again!!) We just hope that in seeing how much two little fans can do, some of the rest of our readers will see that things really CAN get organized, and take on a little something for themselves. We also want the band and their management to see that yes, things really can be better – all it takes is a couple of fans who insist on it.
Next year, it’s liable to be pretty quiet on the band front…which is why the gears in my head have already been turning and collecting ideas for weekend meetups! We can’t let the party stop now, can we?
Off to find a movie and herd my children….