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Is Anybody HUNGRY?

I think I’ve possibly sunk to a new low in using a line from my least favorite Duran Duran song ever as a title.

That said, my point in using that line was to bring up touring, or in this case – a lack thereof!!  Yesterday it was announced by duranduran.com that they are going to be doing two UK dates with Mark Ronson, the producer of their next album which is still being mixed at the time of this writing.  After cursing briefly, I thought about how long it had been since I last saw them.  You would think it had been 12 years based on how much I’ve complained recently, but the truth is – I last saw them in July of 2009.  Yes, that was just last year, and yes, I DO realize that I could probably get therapy for this affliction that I seem to have.

The truth of the matter is, touring is like my drug.  I’m completely addicted to it as long as the music is good and the crowds are supportive.  I’ve been to shows where the crickets in the building have been louder than the audience on hand, and those shows can take the wind out of you like nothing else.  I’ve also been to shows where the audience has been so wicked crazy for more that the pure rush I get out of just standing there almost brings me to tears at the end of the night when the band leaves the stage.  I walk out of the venue with enough energy to keep me going the rest of the night into the following morning – which I HAVE done before – and I’m ready for more the next night.  It’s those shows that keep me coming back for more.  It’s a high like none other that I’ve ever experienced, and I’m happy to say that it is a Duran Duran show where I’ve had that high the most often.  The interesting part of this whole equation is that it is absolutely not every single Duran Duran show where I get that incredible rush or high.  I’ve walked out of some Duran Duran shows almost completely deflated, and some others – I’ve just felt “eh”.  So, that makes the chase even more interesting, and even more so like an addiction.  When you first take a narcotic for the first time, regardless of what it is – it takes very little to make its effect known, and typically the high is so great, that every single time an addict chooses to take drugs again and go after that high – they are truly chasing after the same high they experienced the very first time they took the drug. It may take more of that drug to create the same experience, and it’s likely even more frustrating when the high isn’t as intense.  For me, this silly band provides the exact same experience. So, when it’s been over a year without a decent show in sight – keeping in mind that I have been to a couple good concerts since my last Duran Duran show – asking if anyone is a little hungry almost seems like a tease!

Today I ventured over to the fan community to see the boards and read what’s been going on, and it appears that I’m not the only one chomping at the bit for a Duran Duran show.  There are more than a few that would love even ONE show to go to, and naturally – most of us are here in the good old US of A, where the band is NOT doing shows with Mark Ronson.  Of course, I don’t think anyone really faults the band for playing the UK and we certainly don’t blame the UK fans for being excited – they should be!  I just think we want our turn.  Over, and over and over again like the truly addicted folks we are.