Category Archives: shows

A Field Trip

Today Amanda & myself are going on a little field trip with two friends of ours to see Duran’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  For those who aren’t aware, their star is just outside of the doors to Capitol Records.  We briefly considered walking on in to Capitol and requesting that they confirm the rumors about whether or not the album is to be released on their label…but then shelved that idea in contemplation of doing a little “construction work” outside of Capitol…

we’re not doing that either, so please don’t send the cops for us.  🙂

Last night, we watched three Duran Duran concerts – one was Working for the Skin Trade, the show that was included with the remastered Big Thing package, and then Budokan from 2003.  Those shows included some of the best and worst of Duran’s history, but still very much a part of their history; the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.  By going to the star today, we’re acknowledging their history, but also the fact that the band has had quite an impact on popular culture and music, despite (or in spite!)  of their not-so-glamorous or not-so-proud moments.

-A & R

Dying for a Show!!

I am dying for a show.  It is as simple as that.  My desire for a show is increasing with every piece of news and every rumor about the new album.  Non-fans might think this is silly or obsessive but I’m willing to bet that most other Duranies are feeling like I do (except those lucky fans in South Africa!).

The last show that I saw was in July of 2009.  It is simply unacceptable that I have gone almost a year and a half since I have seen the band perform live.  To me, there is nothing better than a fantastic Duran show, one that is filled with energy and includes lots of fun interactions with the fans.  I miss singing with John Taylor, screaming for Dom, laughing at Simon’s classic moves, and grabbing Rhonda’s arm during all JoSi moments.  I’m longing for those pre-show meetups when Duranies gather in some restaurant or bar to meet each other for the first time or to see people you haven’t seen for awile.  Those post-show gatherings are great, too, as we are ready to have more fun to burn off the energy we got from the show!

I miss making all of the plans in regards to shows, to tours.  I love that moment when the tour dates are announced and I can begin plotting about which shows I might be able to get to!  My partner-in-crime and I then get to *squee* together as we begin to formulate our plan about which tickets to buy, which hotels to stay at, how to travel to each show, etc.  The message boards are usually full of activity as everyone posts which shows they are going to and meetups discussions start, which works to build everyone’s anticipation!  I miss all of this!  I long for all of this! 

To me, this time in Duranville is much like a long road trip.  On a long trip, I’m usually good for the first few hours but the last half hour is simply unbearable.  I know that we are close but aren’t quite there yet.  I am beginning to see the exit and can’t get there fast enough.  My patience is almost gone.  I need something to keep me going.  I don’t care if it more snippets of new songs or an actual release date or an updated website but I need something!!!  (Although, I would really like some dates…)  😀

-A

The Limit of Fandom

I am a huge Duran Duran fan, which is pretty clear by the amount of time I spend on message boards, on social networking sites and on this blog.  I have spent quite a bit of money over the years on shows and on their products.  It is not uncommon to hear my stereo playing something Duran related or seeing a Duran show or dvd on my television.  When I’m with my Duranie friends or talking to them on the phone, they are always part of the conversation.  I memorized as many facts as I could as a fresh, new Duranie in the 1980s and I like to share that knowledge when I can, even now!  As I type, I have no doubt in my mind that I will buy the new album on the day it comes out and will plan to travel as soon as tour dates are announced.  I am a big fan, but, even I have my limits.

Four years ago today, Rhonda and I were among the thousands standing on a muddy field in New Orleans waiting for the headlining act to appear.  Initially, we thought we were so smart as these general admission tickets to the Voodoo Festival cost us around $25 a piece.  We arrived early in order to stake our spots in front and we managed to do just that by being about two or three rows back from the center walkway.  Before arriving at the festival site, we bought a blanket to sit on as we knew that it would be hours before Duran played.  Again, we thought we were so smart!  By two or three in the afternoon, there was no longer room to sit down and we were struggling to maintain our position as more and more people were pushing their way to the front.  Then, the crowd surfing and moshing began.  As most Duranies know, this is not EVER something that happens at a Duran show and we like it that way.  As a short female, I appreciate knowing that I am not risking injuries by attending a show.  We literally spent the next four or five hours watching and guarding against getting kicked in the head or face and against losing our spots.  This was not at all enjoyable.  We were no longer feeling so smart.

By the time Duran appeared on stage, we were more relieved than anything else.  After all, we had been standing in a tiny spot for literally hours with no room to move, no chance for food or drinks and no way to even think about going to find a bathroom.  I do remember that at the end of Duran’s set, Simon dared to ask the question, “Do you have time for one more song?”  Dear Rhonda screamed back at him, “Do I have time for one more song?  I have time for 50 more songs, now sing bitch!!”  as she, like me, felt like we had deserved to hear thousands of songs for all that we had suffered through. 

After that show, I discovered that I, too, have a limit as a fan.  I’m willing to do a lot in the name of being a Duranie.  I’m willing to put up with not-so-good albums *RCM* but I am no longer going to be attending any festivals featuring Duran Duran or anyone from the band unless I get a seat ON the stage.  I don’t like, literally, fighting for survival.  I can’t say that I’m a fan of standing on my feet for HOURS or not getting anything to eat or drink.  Bathrooms are a necessary part of life that was sacrificed that day.  So, never again will this Duranie attend a festival.  That is my limit.  What’s yours?

-A

How do they do it?!?

Last night, I had a splitting neck and headache.  One muscle in my neck was truly throbbing – so I took some Advil and went upstairs to bed.  I have a special pillow that I have to use because of this neck pain – and typically after a good nights sleep, I’m fine in the morning.

Well, at some point last night or very early this morning, I went to roll over and felt what I can only characterize as a Charlie (no pun intended on this one!) Horse in my back.  It was a muscle between my spine and shoulder blade.  I tried moving – and the pain only got worse.  Eventually I did fall back asleep, but I woke up this morning and the pain was horrific.  I look like a 90 year old woman trying to move. (and even then, my mother tells me that she knows 90 year olds that are moving better than I am this morning.  Thanks Mom!)

Originally I wasn’t going to blog – I can barely hold my head straight enough to stop my back from killing, so blogging wasn’t a big priority – then I started thinking about the band.  How on earth do they do it?!?  I will be 40 in just 19 days, and that makes me younger than the band, and yet I haven’t ever seen Simon stop and think before jumping off of the drum riser or dancing on stage.  (some might say that perhaps he should have! :D)   I suppose that by continuing to work out each night doing shows, they stay in a lot better shape than I am right now, but even so, I have to hand it to them.  I’m not sure I could do as active of a show at their age, and they do it almost every night when they’re touring!

Over the weekend, I went with my husband and some friends of ours to a Ragtime festival in Fullerton.  My husband is a piano player, and he loves Scott Joplin. The festival was fun, obviously completely different from a rock concert, and what struck me upon getting to the small club where the festival was held was that the audience was made up  almost entirely of senior citizens.  Many of them had to be in their 80’s, and as I watched – many of them were smiling, bouncing with the music and just enjoying themselves.  To many of these people, this WAS their rock music.  Ragtime, Tin Pan Alley, Dixieland – all of them are forms of jazz that were popular back in their day.  Rock and Roll didn’t even begin until the 50’s, so to this generation – Ragtime was it!  The beauty of this music is that even at their age, they can sit and listen to piano players recreate the sounds of their youth.  (many of whom were in the same basic age range as the audience!)  I’m just wondering if Simon, John, Nick & Roger are going to be OK with coming to play for all of us as they reach their 70’s and 80’s…even if we’re all sitting in chairs while they do it!  😀   Better keep working out guys, because we’re going to keep needing our “group therapy” for quite a while!!

Now, if you all will excuse me, I’m going to hobble on over and get some Advil!

-R