Last week, I started my list of the top ten most joyful moments of my fandom. This week, I’m finishing the list. If you are interested in reading the first five examples of pure happiness you can go here. If you want to read Rhonda’s, you can go here. Likewise, I appreciated those people who shared their happiest moments in this Duran Duran fandom of ours and welcome more!
Nights That Last Forever:
One of the things I like the best about our fandom is that we have plenty of opportunity to go out and have fun! On occasions, this fun has lasted all night or almost all night. Rhonda mentioned one of those nights in her list, which was the Saturday night of Durandemonium, the convention we organized with friends in October 2013. Another night that comes to my mind is the night we saw Duran play a whole four songs at the Andre Agassi charity concert in Las Vegas in October 2005. After the show, we ended up at a club literally enjoying vodka tonics and dancing all night long. The fun ended with breakfast at like 6 am. Perfect.
Over the course of the years, Rhonda and I have spent quite a bit of time in nightclubs, specifically ones that have 80s nights. Durandemonium included one of those at Chicago’s Late Bar. Birmingham hosts an Only After Dark, an event to recreate the Rum Runner, both in style and in musical quality. Even our summer included a trip to San Francisco’s Cat Club that had a Duran focus after the show. Each and every time I find myself at a club like those I just feel happy. I let the music overtake me and I dance without any concern in the world.
Who doesn’t attend a Duran show hoping to have an interaction or ten with a band member or more. Over the course of my fandom “career”, I have been lucky enough to have a few. I think back to the Sears Center show in Chicago in October 2006 when I would swear that John Taylor told us to keep singing in our like 8th row seats. It also makes me think of all the time we have had the (mis)fortune of being victims of the White Lines spit moment from one Mr. Simon Le Bon. Heck, the show in Paso Robles in July 2016 featured that and more as Simon came to the front of the stage, looking as if he would spit any second before swallowing the water he had in his mouth. Good times.
Rhonda mentioned the Glasgow show in December 2005 when the entire venue clapped in unison to the Man Who Stole a Leopard. At that moment, I felt like I was only a tiny part of a much bigger and more important entity. I felt like I was part of something super special then. Other examples include every time I see the audience light up their cell phones during Save a Prayer or shout out “switch it off” in Planet Earth. Those magical moments keep me going to concerts.
More to Come:
I have to admit that one thing I really love about our fandom is planning for future events. Of course, every time we get to plan for a show or tour is special. I love every moment of the planning or plotting as we call it from announcing that there is an official Duran alert to making decisions about what we can and should do, to deciding hotels, ticket plans, etc. The flurry of exchanged messages make me excited for what is to come. Here’s the thing. Any Duran related event or happening brings the possibility of having another one of my most joyful fan moments. Heck, even less than awesome events, are still great. Those times of planning means that something amazing is just around the corner. They are the promise of future fun.
As I finish up my top ten most joyful moments, I realize the best part. I have a whole future of moments waiting to happen. I’m hoping that by the time this “ends” I have a whole series of magical moments that brought me joy. I feel very lucky that way.