Do you ever look at your Facebook memories? When you can look back at everything you posted on that date? I have to admit that I like to check out what was going on with me but I don’t always click the memories button. Today, though, I did. One memory that popped out was one that happened in 2012, seven years ago. Yeah, on this date in 2012, I landed in New Orleans, ready to begin a little tour of the Southeast. This particular tour took us to Biloxi, Mississippi, Atlanta, Georgia, Durham, North Carolina and Portsmouth, Virginia. It marked the end of the All You Need Is Now era as it was years until we saw Duran Duran play live again. Looking back, now, I want to acknowledge some of the joys in road tripping a tour and some of the fun we had!
The last time we did a road trip as part of a tour was in the summer of 2016, which in some ways feels like last year and in other ways feels like a million years ago. There are some aspects of road tripping that is tiring and other parts that I miss. Before the tour in 2012 even started, it wasn’t super easy to plan for. Where to fly in and out? Would it be the same airport? What about renting a car? Speaking of, driving from show to show can be exhausting. It means never being in one place for very long. Each day results in packing, checking out of hotels, driving, checking into new hotels. You never get settled and rest is not easy to come by. You always have to think about what time you have to go, how much time you need to drive to your next stop, etc. On this particular tour, we also held meet-ups for each show. While they were super fun, it also meant that we had to stick to our plans.
All that said, there are parts of the road trip tour that I miss. For the last few years, touring has meant flying somewhere (Usually Vegas. Usually to see a show at the Cosmopolitan.) then staying there. Again, there are lots of benefits to this. It gives more time to hang out and less time traveling in between shows but driving to shows with other Duranies can be fun. Rhonda and I have had some entertaining conversations and revelations while driving/riding. For example, we have definitely come up with a bunch of fun set lists while traveling. I remember this particular tour in 2012 when we started listening to Duran from the first album to the most recent. Driving a long distance provided this opportunity to listen in chronological order, which was cool and fed our excitement.
The other part about a road trip required tour is that you get to see multiple places and go to different venues. I like checking out different concert locations. On this tour, we saw a general admission show in a casino (thankfully indoors), outside amphitheaters and an indoor performing arts center. I like that we had different seats and experiences at each show. Audiences also changed which gave a unique vibe at each place, changing the concerts themselves.
I think the other part of a road trip tour that I really appreciate is the time to really talk. It isn’t that you cannot spend hours on end chatting away when you are at one place for a long weekend. You definitely can but there are more chances for distraction. When you are in a car, your focus is what is happening in the car. As I have gotten older, I have found myself really appreciating conversation. It is one thing, in fact, that I love when Rhonda and I are working on a project. We check in with each other consistently and can have better discussions than simply in an email, text or social media. That tour gave us lots of chances to chat about this, that and everything under the sun. On this tour in 2012, we road tripped with others and that setting helped us to get to know them better, too.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love any kind of tour but there is a part of me that wishes that I wasn’t just flying into Vegas and hanging out in our hotel but was traveling to different places. Maybe next time!