I cheated on Duran Duran last night. (and if you believe I am actually taking it that seriously – you have clearly not been reading this blog with the proper tone of sarcasm that is intended.) I went to go see The Killers last night at the Honda Center in Anaheim. I really didn’t have a lot of expectations going into the show – it was the first time I have seen The Killers, even though I have each one of their albums. I adore Hot Fuss and it is probably near the top of my most favorite album list of all time. (which include Duran Duran’s first album, Tears For Fears Songs from the Big Chair, Tears For Fears The Hurting and AYNIN.) The problem for me has been that I loved Hot Fuss so much that I think it set the bar way high – and they’ve never been able to reach that pinnacle since. (for me) Regardless, for one reason or another I’ve not seen them live until last night.
They came onstage with full house lights and they opened with Mr. Brightside – with full house lights up. They could see us, we could see them, and Brandon Flowers is even more beautiful in person. The energy from that ONE song and the fact that we all sang it together with all of the lights on as we, the audience, were jumping up and down created an energy that lasted the entire show. (oh yes, yes I did jump….and at some point my body said “Um Rhonda? Yeah…you’re not 20 anymore.” I’m being punished rather severely as a result today.) I know DD is a little more dramatic with their openings these days, but I have got to say, the experience was so unique and cool – it might be worth a try. There were lights, there were lasers, there were pyrotechnics and there was a ton of “k’s” and lightning bolts showering down on us like confetti.
Two more exciting points in the show came when Brandon decided to sing “When You Wish Upon a Star” (due to the proximity to Disneyland)…at which time I announced that Brandon could sing anything he wanted, any TIME he wanted…and when the band played “I Think We’re Alone Now”, a song originally done by Tommy James and the Shondells in 1967, then made famous again in the 80’s by the artist Tiffany. Yes, I even sang that right along with him and smiled the entire time.
I am still marveling over the sheer amount of energy in that arena last night, and I won’t lie -the idea of a Killer’s road trip is suddenly becoming more appealing. (I’m more addicted to the live shows than I thought, apparently.) I came out of the show completely drenched. I danced and sang the entire time, and truthfully, I don’t know when the last time that happened with Duran Duran. but I look forward to giving them the opportunity. SOON.
As promised, I am excited to announce the winner of our Bring Me Back contest. Entries were to include a your favorite “Duran influence” moment from the book. The winner will be receiving a signed copy of the book directly from it’s author, Karen Booth, as well as a Banks Forest t-shirt (fictitious band in the book) We had many fantastic entries, but one stood out among the crowd!
Debbie Craggs wrote the following for her entry: