Most of the fans seemed excited over hearing songs like Leopard, Too Bad You’re So Beautiful, Secret Oktober, Tiger Tiger, and Shadows Are on Your Side. Strangely enough, though, there were still many fans who complained about the setlist. I can’t really understand that for three big reasons. First, shouldn’t the best part about the show be that it happened at all? They haven’t played since May and we were facing an uncertain future. Did those fans forget that? Or is it that they are never satisfied? Second, it was a rehearsal gig and not a full set. There are other songs that can be played at the next show. This isn’t exactly the definitive setlist for the upcoming US tour. Will they play some of these songs? I bet they will since they are practicing them. Will they play songs that they haven’t publicly practiced? Quite possibly. Lastly, it seems to me that Duranies are constantly complaining about the setlists. Most hardcore fans want something other than the big hits. This setlist is exactly that. Again, I have to wonder if people would ever be satisfied. I know that I didn’t love every song played but was still way excited about it for the reasons I have already mentioned. They were able to play at all and they chose non-standards. Yay!
Based on people’s reports and the setlist, I was terribly excited by the fact that it seemed that Duran had returned and returned in a way in which they will really please their dedicated fanbase. Then, I saw Simon’s tweet about being on “vocal rest”. Am I the only one totally worried about that? Granted, I don’t know exactly what it means to be on vocal rest. Does it mean that he can’t sing at all? Does it mean that he shouldn’t talk? Maybe to keep things to a minimum? I don’t know. Nonetheless, it scares me because he needed to be on vocal rest after just ONE show and it wasn’t a full show, either. How is he going to do in a few days when they are due to perform 3 shows in a row? How will he do with the upcoming US and UK tours?
Perhaps, I’m being overly concerned and for no reason. Maybe I’m trying to protect myself by thinking the worst now in case it goes badly, it won’t come as a complete shock. It’s possible that this is just my crazy reaction after flying all the way over to the UK for shows and didn’t get any. Nonetheless, I’m a little surprised that I don’t see many people sharing my concern. Is it because they want to believe that everything is cool? I can certainly understand that. There is a part of me that desperately wants everything to be great (and maybe it is). I can’t imagine how I will deal if it is not. I have plans for Chicago and for the UK. Beyond that, a lot of my life is focused on their band and the fan community. That said, I’m sure that I’m over-reacting. Someone please come and reassure me. Please!
No matter what, I will be looking forward to the upcoming shows at the end of the week. If those go well, I will feel much, much, much better. Then, I, too, will feel much more like celebrating!