I have a notebook of blog topics that I keep handy as I never know when an idea, a topic might hit me. Of course, I don’t necessarily know when I might write about these topics as I will gladly move the more general, can talk about anytime topics out of the way for news or, at least, something new. This weekend, I had hoped to talk about the packaging in the TV Mania vinyl that US fans who ordered it are now starting to receive. Unfortunately, I can’t do that. Why? My vinyl arrived. Unfortunately, big time, I am missing the booklet that is supposed to be included. To say that I’m disappointed is an understatement. Rhonda tells me that this booklet is a must have. I’m sure. I emailed Vinyl Factory and hope that they can just send me a booklet. If they can, it will still take awhile to get to me. 🙁
As I thought about this last night, it dawned on me why this happened. It is karma. It is psychic ability. It is some supernatural power that Vinyl Factory or Nick or someone has. What sin have I committed? What crime have I done to warrant such a thing? What stupid loser move did I make? It is simple. I cheated. I have cheated on Duran. How did I do this? It is simple. I bought concert tickets to see some other band! Oh my gosh! The horror!!! It’s true. I did. I’m confessing. I bought tickets this week to see Depeche Mode in August in Chicago. Now, I’m sure it wouldn’t be that big of a deal but…Depeche hasn’t just been any old band for me. They have a special place in my heart. You see they were the first band that I saw in concert. There, of course, is a reason for that. As soon as I became a Duranie and saw Sing Blue Silver, I wanted to go to a concert. Yet, I didn’t know about Duran’s 1984 tour as that it is just when I was becoming a fan. By 1987, for the next Duran tour, I had moved further away from Chicago and knew that there was no way that my parents would drive me hours to go to a concert. Plus, there was no way that they were going to let their 12 year old go to a concert by herself and they didn’t want to go with. Nope. I had to wait until I was old enough to go to a show by myself. I was declared old enough by 1990 when I had turned 15. Duran definitely wasn’t touring then but Depeche was. I did what any inexperienced concert goer did in 1990 to secure tickets. I called Ticketmaster when the tickets went on sale. After calling for hours and getting nothing but busy signals, I got lawn seats for myself and two of my friends as every other ticket was sold. The plan had been made. My mother would drive us and drop us off. Then, we would meet up with my mom’s friend’s son who was also at the show. He would drive us back. The venue for this first concert ever was also the first venue I saw Duran play in 1993. Anyway, when I saw the Depeche dates for this summer/fall, I knew that I wanted to go, especially since they were returning that ever-important venue for me on a Saturday night. Perfect.
Now, of course, I’m a much more experienced concert ticket buyer and goer. Heck, sometimes, I think Rhonda and I should write a book about what we learned from being Duran fans. One whole chapter would be devoted to presales, concert tickets, concert venues, etc. When I was younger and inexperienced, I would just figure out the time the tickets would go sale then go online and let ticketmaster give me the “best available” and move on. I know better now. Research pays off. I truly do believe that. First thing I checked out was what were the presales and what did they offer. I discovered that Depeche was doing VIP packages. Hmm…how much were they and what did they offer? Now, as much as I like Depeche and I do, I knew that I wouldn’t be going for a VIP package unless it was truly reasonable and it offered just the right stuff. I wouldn’t want to break the Duran savings account too much for this. Here are their VIP packages:
VIP package: Around $350
One reserved ticket in the first 10 rows
Exclusive pre-show reception, including appetizers, beer & wine