Rumor has it that it is a show day! A Duran Duran show day! Woohoo! Yes, that’s right. Duran Duran is playing tonight at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. They are playing a New Year’s Eve show, in fact, with the show starting at 10:30. Therefore, fans in attendance will actually ring in 2017 with Duran Duran. This significant event pulled a lot of fans like myself to the Washington DC area. Has Duran Duran ever played a New Year’s Eve show? I don’t think so. They have done TV appearances for New Year’s (MTV, Carson Daly, etc.) but I don’t think they have played a whole show on this date. (That said, someone correct me if I’m wrong!)
As this show has loomed closer, my social media focused on Duran started hopping. A few days ago, an article, which you can read here, was shared by many fans planning to attend tonight’s and/or tomorrow’s show. The two big pieces that most focused on were the cost to get in and the dress code. According to the article and the email that ticket holders received, the casino is charging $75 on New Year’s Eve, in order to enter. These tickets must be purchased in advance through (my favorite) Ticketmaster. Good news is that ticket holders to the Duran show just need to show their tickets to enter WITHOUT paying this $75 charge. This is a good move for the casino since our tickets weren’t cheap! I, for one, will be interested to see what the crowd in the casino will be like with this additional cost.
The other big piece of news that attendees is focusing on, which is the dress code for the weekend. According to the article,
“MGM is also instilling a dress code for New Year’s weekend. Visitors are asked to wear “upscale or semi-formal dress, suitable for the occasion.”
MGM also points out that “appropriate attire will be required throughout the weekend, Friday through Sunday. No athletic gear, T-shirts, shorts, torn or cutoff clothing, offensive prints on clothing, baggy clothing … athletic shoes, flip-flops, sneakers, chains, ball caps.”
What exactly does that mean, people wonder? I question it myself. My assumption is that you can’t look like a bum. You have to look like you wanted to look nice. For tonight’s show, I’m wearing dress pants. After that, I’m planning on wearing nice jeans to the New Year’s Day show. I’m sure it will be fine. If not…well, then, I will deal. Unhappily.
If anyone was on social media on the 29th, the big topic of discussion was the Cancun show, specifically the lack of Nick. As far as I know, there was no announcement saying that he was not going to be there nor was there an announcement saying that he was. Yet, many/most people expected him to be there because he had just played with the band in London not that long ago. If he was able to perform then, surely, he would be able to perform now, right? Once people realized that he wasn’t there, speculation grew. Why? What is going on? People wanted to know. From what I could tell, it wasn’t out of a desire to be nosey or to violate Nick’s privacy. No, it was more about wanting to know what to expect from Duran Duran. Could people expect Nick to be at upcoming shows? If not, shouldn’t fans know that before buying tickets?
It didn’t take long before DDHQ responded with the following tweet:
Obviously, this is what all Duranies wanted to hear. We all want Nick there. It doesn’t feel like the same band without him. While I was relieved to see that tweet, part of me will still worry until I see Nick on stage for myself. I’m a little paranoid.
If anyone is planning on going to the show tonight or tomorrow night, come join me at the Lobby Bar (that’s the actual name of a bar in the casino) before the show. I am planning to be there a couple of hours before show time. After all, I want time to see people, have good conversation, and maybe have a drink or two!