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Amanda’s Five Joyful Moments of Fandom

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about an idea I had. This idea was a simple one–that I was going to take time to think about moments when I experienced real joy, related to my fandom. These moments might happen when the band is around and they might occur when they are not around. The idea was to acknowledge those times when I stopped for a second or two, looked around and realized that, in that moment, I was truly happy. Those moments might not be big or small and they might not have been perfect but something was happening that made my heart feel full. I have taken some time in the last two weeks to think of these moments. Some of them I knew right away and others took longer to pop into my head. Here are five of those moments, in no particular order. I’m certain that there were more but I’m going with these. Then, next week, I’ll share five more.

1. Singing Hungry Like the Wolf at Howl at the Moon on Bourbon Street in New Orleans in September 2004.
This moment happened on the second night of the Friends of Mine Convention.  At the time of the convention, I had just returned to the Duran fandom and felt like I had taken a huge risk in going to this convention. After all, I had never traveled for fandom before and didn’t really know anyone except for the person who went with me. I knew that this would be a moment that would either cause my fandom to grow or to fade. Luckily for me, I had an absolute blast and met so many amazing people, including Rhonda. It was a turning point, indeed. While I didn’t know that at the time, I knew that I was having an absolutely amazing time when we were at the piano bar, Howl at the Moon. We had finally convinced them to play some Duran and there we were, late at night, singing loudly and proudly to Hungry Like the Wolf. I felt like I had found my people.

2. Secret Oktober in Brighton in November 2011.
As many of you know, Rhonda and I flew to the UK in the spring of 2011 to see Duran play in their home country, only to have the shows canceled on us due to Simon’s lost vocal range. At the time of that trip, both of us felt fairly certain that the band was done and Simon would never sing again. Of course, we didn’t dare utter that thought from fear that it would be true. Thus, when the band was able to perform again, we didn’t hesitate to go back, to try it again. Brighton was our first show of that tour, which will always make it magical but when we heard the first notes to Secret Oktober, it transcended even that. Rhonda and I looked at each other in shock and awe before hugging like goofs and turning our attention back to the stage. Magical, indeed.

3. Agua Caliente show in March 2017.
This has been a tough year for me and it was especially tough in those first couple of months. One reason was that Rhonda and I weren’t communicating as we normally do. We felt distant from each other and I desperately fretted that our friendship was slowly dying. When the shows at Agua Caliente were announced, I knew that I had to go. I figured it might either be my last tour or it would turn things around. Both shows were amazing but the second night, up front, felt like everything was right again. At the end of the show, I posted the following on my personal Facebook, “The truth is that I love this band more than I can say. I can’t imagine never seeing them again. They bring me joy…” Indeed.

4. Laughing hysterically at Tempo Cafe in Chicago in March 2005.
While the convention in 2004 brought me my people, the spring Astronaut tour made Rhonda and I touring partners for life. We saw two shows that weekend in Chicago and Milwaukee. After the second show, we ended up needing food and caffeine at like five in the morning. Tempo Cafe was the only place in downtown Chicago that we knew was open twenty-four hours a day. After waiting for forever to get a seat, once we got our food, Rhonda and I could not stop laughing. I have no idea what the heck was so funny but we laughed and laughed and laughed until tears were flowing. I knew then that when we get together, laughter will always follow.

5. Hail storm in Brompton Cemetery in London in May 2011.
When Rhonda and I went to the UK for shows that did not happen, we promised ourselves that we would not just sit around and feel sorry for ourselves. We were going to make lemonade out of lemons. Thankfully, friends took sympathy on us and gave us some info on where some Duran landmarks are located, including Brompton Cemetery, the one featured in the All You Need Is Now video. We spent one day following this mini-tour, including stopping by the very cool cemetery. The funny part is that every time we got near a Duran specific place, it would thunder and rain like you would not believe. We wondered if the gods were trying to tell us something. By the time we hit the cemetery, we were ready for whatever. Whatever is what we got. No sooner had we entered through the gate when it started to storm. This storm included some significant hail. We ran until we found shelter, laughing all the way, as we were certain that we looked like drowned rats.

Now that I have five of my fandom moments that have brought me joy, I ask that all of you do the same.  I want to read everyone’s very cool moments related to their fandom.  I guarantee that my week will be better off because of them.  Then, next week, I will share five more to round out my ten joyful fandom moments.

-A

 

Happy Birthday Nick!!

Nick Rhodes wanted sleep for his birthday. We wouldn’t dream of interrupting his rest, but we wanted to take a moment to wish him a very happy and healthy birthday!!  Hopefully at this very moment he is reclining comfortably on a sofa in his home, feet up…maybe even reading a book.

Yeah, I can’t see that happening either.  But it was worth a shot. Somehow I suspect that resting is one of the last things he’s done today…but we wish him happiness and health all the same.

It is nearly impossible to forget that today is in fact Nick’s birthday, because most of my friends have reposted their favorite pictures with The Controller for all to see.  It can’t be a bad Monday when Nick Rhodes is floating around Facebook with abandon!

I decided to celebrate Nick’s birthday by posting a favorite Nick Rhodes video…it’s actually an Arcadia video, but it’s one of my favorites with Nick.

And because I can’t stop myself…I’m also posting a couple more recent…

Falling Down (Extended Version) on Vevo.

 

http://http://www.vevo.com/watch/duran-duran/falling-down-(extended-version)/USSM20702942

and All You Need is Now

I do have a teensy story about All You Need is Now that sort of involves Nick. When Amanda and I went to London together in May of 2011, we found ourselves with about a weeks worth of extra time. 🙂  So instead of seeing four Duran Duran shows, we tried to take in a lot of the area. We followed a tip that took us to a studio Duran Duran used for rehearsing. The first day we went, accompanied by a dear friend who knew the area much better than Amanda and I could ever hope (we still joke about being lost for hours in Birmingham, much less London!) the band was not there, but a very kind person in the office took us to see the actual room because it was where they filmed this very video. The foil was still on the walls!  The room itself was pretty small, but to think the band had actually filmed in there…well, it wasn’t a bad five minutes of our time in London, that is for sure.  I am pretty sure I stood there completely shell-shocked because I haven’t a single photo, but it’s a very cool memory from my time over there.

Later that day, we found ourselves walking through Brompton Cemetery, which in fact is the same cemetery that Nick walks through in the video. Not only did we walk through the cemetery, but we were also caught in a tremendous downpour, complete with lightening, thunder and hail. We half-joked that we’d upset the gods by our mere presence and waited it out under an alcove.

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It isn’t often that I can say I visited somewhere that the band filmed a video…so every time I see All You Need is Now with Nick walking through the cemetery, my mind immediately flashes back to running for cover to escape the massive downpour that day. Seriously though, if you ever find yourself in London, you should definitely go to see Brompton Cemetery. We have nothing quite like it in the US, and it’s  beautiful. (and probably wickedly scary at night, too!)

With images of Nicholas in my head….a VERY happy birthday to you, Mr. Rhodes!  Rest up!!!

-R