It’s that time of year again!!!
I don’t know what it is with Simon and the fan community, to be honest. I know that within my group of friends (including Amanda) – Simon has always been the band member we’ve “picked on”, so to speak. I can’t really answer why, but perhaps it’s because he’s out in front, he’s generally not afraid to tell a fan to take a hike. (in much better words I’m sure – but surely you get the point) ….and he likes wearing that Eagle belt buckle. 🙂 For every good fan story I’ve heard about Simon, I’ve heard and read just as many that paint him to be “not the nicest” band member to meet. On a personal note, I’ve never really met him – other than at the signing in Hollywood. I don’t even think I’ve ever seen him out in public after shows that I can think of offhand, so I have no idea how he “really” is. My guess is that he’s human…and very much a scorpio.
The thing is, at least in my case, I love Simon. I also love to tease him. I have to think that if he knew me – which he does not – he’d probably give me a hard time right back, and I’d enjoy that. I also know that he is at the heart of Duran Duran. The band would definitely not be the same without him – in the same way that it wouldn’t be the same (and isn’t the same) without all original 5 members. Some will argue that certain members, such as Simon, can’t be replaced at all, and while I would wholeheartedly disagree (everyone can be replaced, but it would change everything about the band, and that’s really the point in question.), I wouldn’t want him to leave. I need to see him in front of the band, I enjoy watching him banter with John (those infamous JoSi moments!), I would miss watching him “dance”….well, we won’t get into that. (note to self: must learn how to upload video to blog.) Have you watched yourself dance to Skin Trade, Simon???
My oldest daughter has met Simon. She was seven at the time (she’s now 13), and it was when we went to the signing for Astronaut in Hollywood. She remembers it very clearly and it ranks right up there with Andy jumping out of his chair to shake her hand on the same night. She was carrying a book with her in line, it was a Nancy Drew book – and he was very interested in what it was about. I think she might have impressed him when she stood there and told him what it was about, and whether or not she thought it was worth reading. (she did, as I recall – it was her favorite series at the time!) Then she told him she really liked the album, and with a twinkle of mischief in his eye he asked her what her favorite song was on the album. I kind of think he thought she was just being kind when she said that, and that she wouldn’t know what to say. She smiled and said “Sunrise”, because it’s the happiest song on the album. He grinned and signed her CD. Of course, Simon didn’t look twice at me as I went through the line right behind her – but that’s OK. I enjoyed watching him with my oldest!
The second time my daughter saw Simon in person, it was from the audience at the Pearl. (The Palms show in summer of 2009) We were up close to the front, and during Tempted, Simon flashed his devil horns. Keep in mind, at this point – my daughter was then 12 and full of mischief herself! Well, she flashed them right back at him, to which he rolled his eyes. She turned around with her eyes as wide as saucers because she thought she’d offended him, which amused me all the more!! What Simon doesn’t know is that we coaxed her to do it back at him, and we ALL laugh when he does the devil horns. It’s right up there with the “karate” moves at the end of Notorious – and it’s what makes Simon, Simon.
I’ve even had my proverbial ass handed to me by Simon on occasion. Some would have been mortified – but I LOVED it. I’m not entirely sure he even really meant his comments for me, but I will say this – they were extremely timely. As I’m sure most of our readers have figured out by now, Red Carpet Massacre isn’t my favorite Duran Duran album. Last year at some point, we had gotten into quite a discussion about it on DDF . We were talking about whether or not they’d lost their label (they hadn’t announced they’d parted with Sony yet), where they seemed to have gone wrong, and what would lie ahead for the band. I was pretty candid with my comments since it’s my home board – and apparently sometimes I forget that anyone could be reading. Within the next day or so, lo and behold a blog pops up from Simon about parting ways with Sony AND that “for the record” he was still very proud of Red Carpet Massacre. I didn’t save the entire blog, but when I read it, it seemed very possible that he’d either read my mind, or my post on DDF. (which I am sure isn’t the case – it was just very, very coincidental.)
As far as the fan community goes, I hear the stories about his escapades after shows. I’ve been told that if you ever want to attract Simon’s attention – ignore him. I suppose the bad stories tend to go along with the good, and it’s not up to me or anyone else to judge. Simon is who he is, like it or not, and that’s one reason why I do like him. I know how much we poke fun at him for tripping on stage or for attempting to crowd surf, or for putting on a hat and sunglasses that make him look like a pimp. I suppose it’s all part of our relationship, if you can call it that, with Simon. I sincerely hope that he recognizes that most of it is done out of fun, and love.
As much as I complain about how some of his blogs in the past have almost driven me to drink because I couldn’t understand what the hell he was saying, and as much as I cringe when he decides to spit water on the audience (I swear I’m bringing a poncho and umbrella next time!!), he is part of what makes this band so terrific. He is the reason my friends bring air horns and tambourines to shows, and without his amazing voice, we wouldn’t have songs like Ordinary World, Rio, Chains, or even Red Carpet Massacre.
So, to my fellow scorpio – a VERY happy birthday. I didn’t send you a card or an expensive prezzie…but you get a blog instead. 🙂 Tomorrow it’s back to my endless teasing and ridicule, so enjoy, buddy.
Oh and Simon, you CAN eat Elderberries, but only if they are very ripe and/or have been cooked VERY well. Don’t eat anything “green”. (leaves, stems, etc.) You can make elderberry jam, wine, tea and brandy – I’m sure you have time to make that jam or brandy while you’re waiting for the album to be done, right? That said, apparently elderberries contain cyanide…and I sure as hell do not want to be responsible for the lead singer ending up in the hospital. Hmmm…yeah I’d probably just skip the elderberries altogether and go with raspberry tea!!