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California Midstate Fair Show Review

Leg 2 for Daily Duranie has begun!!

We are in Paso Robles, California…and we just got back to our hotel room from the California MidState Fair.  Duran Duran played to a packed crowd of 16,000 very friendly fans, and we had a TOTAL BLAST.

I kid you not, despite a set list that has not changed in I-don’t-even-know-when, we had a fantastic time. We laughed (I practically cried I laughed so hard), we sang along, we smiled until our cheeks hurt, and we can’t wait to do it all again.

But first, there might be a video.

Yes my friends, it is another video blog, lovingly recorded and prepared by Amanda and I.  At over 23 minutes, it is not short, but we had a lot to say, and I’m fairly certain we didn’t cover everything we were supposed to cover. (It is late, I am tired, and quite possibly a little drunk. Good times!!)

So, we’re off to bed in search of sweet dreams before we head out at the crack of dawn in order to get to Vegas as early as possible.  We have things to do, people!!!

Cheers!

-A & R

The Ticket Gods Were Kind!

This week the phrase that happens to be the title of this particular blog post was uttered one or two or a hundred times by my partner-in-crime and myself.  We said it over and over again in hopes that the ticket gods, indeed, would be kind to us on Tuesday morning when the tickets for the California Mid-State Fair went on sale.  Were they kind to us?  Well, it was an interesting pre-sale…

That morning, I woke up, posted the question of the day, got ready for work and proceeded to feel really sick.  I sighed heavily and assumed that it was just pre-sale nerves.  After all, the last pre-sale that happened was through Ticketmaster and it was rough, to say the least.  That pre-sale resulted in not getting the tickets we wanted.  Therefore, I assumed that my sick feeling was like bad deja-vu and off to work I want.  By the end of second hour, I desperately wanted to curl up in a fetal position and lay down.  Instead, I do what most teachers do and push through, as I wandered around the room, helping students with their research.  I had planned on leaving school under the guise of getting “supplies” (tickets are supplies, right???) right at 11 when the tickets went on sale at 12.  Unfortunately, my body was definitely NOT cooperating at that moment.  I couldn’t believe it and began to sweat as I worried that I wouldn’t make it home on time on top of being sick.

Somehow, though, I managed to get myself to my car and drove home.  I logged into DuranDuranMusic and anxiously awaited presale time while trying to ignore the very sick feeling at the pit of my stomach.  So, in order to pass the time, I did what I usually do.  I texted Rhonda.  She assured me that I would be fine.  I tried to respond in agreement but…I was worried that I might not make it.  I watched the minutes slowly go by as I started to worry that not only would the ticket gods NOT be on our side but that they were actively working against us.  Finally, the hour struck 12 and ticket options appeared after frantic refreshing.  Yes!  I got tickets in my cart that were pretty damn good!!  I completed the purchase and texted Rhonda.  I try to draw out her anticipation with some cryptic texts but soon enough I came out with it.  We got good seats!!!  Really good seats!  To say that I felt relief was an understatement.  I still felt like crawling into bed and dying but I didn’t have to worry about missing the presale.  Let’s face it.  That was the important thing.  Of course, instead of being able to do that, I forced myself to go back to work with a promise to Rhonda that we would celebrate later!

Now, a few days later, I’m still thrilled with the results of the presale. Do I think we were lucky because the ticket gods were on our side?  I don’t know.  Was it luck?  I’m sure there is a little bit of that.  Was it to make up for my being sick?  I doubt it.  No, I think the results of this presale were for three big reasons that I have outlined below.

No Ticketmaster

For this presale, Ticketmaster was not ticket outlet of choice.  It was Tickets Today.  When I realized that it was not Ticketmaster or some outlet I knew, I worried but I shouldn’t have.  It was SO easy.  I went to DuranDuranMusic.  I logged in which allowed me to click on the link for the presale.  From there, I was able to refresh the Tickets Today site until the VIP packages showed up.  I was confident that the only people with access to this presale were people who were DDM.  People couldn’t get a password to use.  No, they had to go through the fan club.  It was the only way, from what I could see.  On top of that, the Tickets Today website was so clear and easy to see and deal with.  With Ticketmaster, I had too many drop down menus to deal with in the heat of the moment.  I had to decide if I wanted Ticketmaster to find me tickets or to use the map.  Then, each VIP package required a different drop down menu to search for them.  In this case, I could easily see where to buy VIP packages and my request went through without a problem.  Needless to say, I couldn’t be MORE thrilled that they used someone else and I SO hope that they continue with Tickets Today for the Chicago presales coming up in April.

Silver VIP Option

Another aspect of this presale that worked well was the fact that there was a Silver VIP option.  Silver, in case you are unfamiliar, includes the following:

The SILVER VIP Experience $150 + Ticket Price (No Additional Ticket Master Service Charges) 

– 1 Premium Seat in Rows 1-6 
– Custom-designed Canvas Bag 
– A copy of Duran Duran’s “Paper Gods” CD 
– Custom designed Duran Duran beach towel  
– Commemorative VIP Tour Laminate and Lanyard

For many of us, good seats up close is what matters the most.  This package allows that possibility for a reasonable amount of money compared to Gold or Platinum package.  Gold gives the same possibilities for seats in rows 1-6 but costs $260 plus the ticket price.  Yes, I realize that there is a VIP party with food and beverages.  Generally, I don’t need that.  I would prefer to go to meet ups that Rhonda and I organize.  Therefore, Silver offers the best chance for good seats at the best price.  Unfortunately, Silver has rarely been offered during this tour.  I hope that DDHQ considers doing more Silver packages in the future.

Other Factors

Besides the two big factors of Silver VIP and Tickets Today, there were a few other factors that helped the ticket gods help us.  First, I was able to leave work in order to complete the presale.  I didn’t have any interruptions or have poor wifi.  That was huge.  Second, this show was the only show that I or the system had to worry about.  I remember how in 2005, presales for various shows and locations were staggered.  This would work better for people buying for more than one show and I would think it would be easier for the system and DDHQ, too.

On that note, maybe the ticket gods were on our side.  Maybe they helped with having the presale go through Tickets Today.  Maybe they helped with the types of packages.  Next time, though, I would love for them also to help me not be sick at the same time.

-A

Another Show: 2016 Mid-State Fair

This weekend, Duran Duran announced another show as part of their Paper Gods Tour!  This show is on Wednesday, July 27th in Paso Robles, California, at the 2016 Mid-State Fair.  Here’s how the official press release on duranduran.com describes it:

“PASO ROBLES (CA) – The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that multi-platinum superstars Duran Duran will perform in concert on..July 27 at 7:30pm. CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers will open the show. The concert is part of the annual Bud Light Concert Series and will take place in the Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center.

The 2016 California Mid-State Fair runs July 20 through July 31. This year’s theme is “The Adventure Continues…”

Of course, what people probably really want to know is about tickets, including when they go on sale, how much are tickets, etc.

Fan Club Members:

Members of DuranDuranMusic received an email with the following information regarding ticket packages:

Duran Duran VIP community members will have exclusive access to pre-sale tickets beginning at 10am local venue time on February 16 until Noon local venue time on February 18.

1) The SILVER VIP Experience. $150 + ticket price 

– 1 Premium Seat in Rows 1-6
– Custom-designed Canvas Bag
– A copy of Duran Duran’s “Paper Gods” CD
– Custom designed Duran Duran beach towel 
– Commemorative VIP Tour Laminate and Lanyard 

2) The BRONZE VIP. $65 + ticket price 

– 1 Premium Reserved Seat (usually in rows 7-19)
– A copy of Duran Duran’s “Paper Gods” CD
– Custom designed canvas bag
– Commemorative VIP Tour Laminate and Lanyard. 

3) Fan community only regular pre-sale tickets (without VIP packages) will also be available. The best available “other” seats at all price levels. 

Non-Fan Club Members:

According to the press release, which I recommend reading here:

“Ticket prices for the show are $41, $56, $66 and $116 and will go on sale Friday, February 19, 2016. Tickets will be available starting at 10:00 am online at www.MidStateFair.com or by calling 1-800-909-FAIR, and at 1:00 pm at the California Mid-State Fair box office (2198 Riverside Avenue in Paso Robles) or any ValliTix location.”

Show announcements are always so exciting to me!  I like to hear that Duran Duran is making more plans and Duranies can make more plans as well!  Yet, it is interesting to me that they are still announcing some shows in the States as it really seemed that all possible shows were already listed.  This makes me wonder if there could be any other shows added to the pretty dang full tour schedule.  Let’s list what we know in order to figure this out.

The North American Tour 1st Leg starts on March 25th.  Could they add dates before that?  I suppose it is possible but it would be cutting it pretty close.  In fact, I can’t remember a time that they announced a show less than 6 weeks before the show happened.  It is a little over 6 weeks now until that first show so I’m doubting that they would add anything before the March 25th show.  The other pattern I have noticed is that they don’t play more than 3 nights in a row.  Maybe, they did at some point but I don’t think they have since the reunion.  With those factors in mind, when could they add other shows in North America?  There are a few dates here and there that they could add more shows but really not many.  The other question is–should they?  I think about the legs of All You Need Is Now Tour in which Simon had those vocal problems or when Nick got sick, both resulting in canceled shows.  Therefore, on one hand, I would worry if they added a lot more.  On the other hand, I like seeing show announcements like this one.  I’m sure that they want to play everywhere for everyone but, realistically, they can’t.

Will they add more shows after this one?  I have no idea.  Obviously, there are a few dates they could.  Will they?  Should they?  I do not have a good answer to that, either.

-A