I’m a little over ten days away from leaving for the first part of my summer tour! I have a list of touring things to do like getting the oil changed in the car and getting my hair cut. I’m starting to think about what clothes and other items to bring. My dreams are even starting to reflect the upcoming tour. (Last night, I dreamt that a bunch of Duranies I know decided to go Trick or Treating the night before a show, which means I thought the tour was happening around Halloween?? Weird…) All in all, I started to think about what I’m really looking forward to with touring. Here are the Top 10 things I can’t wait for!
10. Our meet ups:
This summer, we have four meet ups planned in Chicago (both nights), Toronto and Las Vegas. Who doesn’t love seeing Duranies meeting each other or seeing each other after a few months or a few years? Stories get shared. Pictures get taken. Everyone gets more and more excited for the show. If you are going to these shows, we would love to have you join us! Links to the details and the place to RSVP:
Friday Night Ravinia Pre-Show Party (Facebook)
Saturday Night Ravinia Pre-Show Party (Facebook)
Toronto Pre-Show Party (Facebook)
Vegas Pre-Show Party (Facebook)
9. Meeting new people:
Each show and meet up brings the opportunity to meet new people. In many cases, we get to meet people we have talked to online, putting faces to names. Other times, we meet people who have been reading this little blog for years who come and introduce themselves. Of course, we meet people waiting in line or sitting in our seats. I still love that moment when you are talking with someone and you realize that this person loves the band like you do.
8. Seeing old friends:
Of course, each show brings the chance to see people you haven’t seen in a long time. For this tour, for example, I know that I’ll see people whom I haven’t seen since 2006 or 2009. Yet, I’ll also see friends who I haven’t seen since the fall shows. I can’t wait to see everyone!!
7. Late nights at clubs and bars:
For Rhonda and myself, touring means that we will be spending quite a bit of time in clubs and bars, talking, laughing, drinking, dancing, etc. The extroverted part of me really loves going out like this and I certainly don’t get much time to do that at home. You know what else is really fun? Blogs written late at night after we have consumed an adult beverage or two are usually a pretty fun read. I’m thinking of blogs like “WHAT DO I DO, AMANDA…I CAN’T GET AN INTERNET CONNECTION!!” or “ALL I NEED IS VODKA….” If you all are really lucky (or unlucky, depending on how you look at it), you might get a couple of those this summer!
6. Following touring traditions:
Over the years, Rhonda and I have developed quite a few traditions while on tour. Some of these you might be familiar with like drinking vodka tonics or creating set lists that we share on social media. (Fair warning, Duran Duran, this tradition will live on this summer and I’m sure we have plenty of suggestions for you!) Others are simply behind-the-scenes, so to speak. For example, we try to find a takeout menu in which we record funny quotes, moments, etc. It is a silly way for us to document the tour.
5. Getting out of town:
I don’t know about any of you but I like to get out of town, sometimes. While I enjoy where I live, I also like a break from the usual household chores, making dinner, etc. When I get out of town, I come back fresh and appreciative. I haven’t really been out of town much during this year at all. I have been too busy with work and book writing. Thus, a change of scenery will be really appreciated.
4. Seeing new places:
One of the biggest reasons I enjoy touring is that I get to see places I haven’t seen before. The shows give me an excuse to travel to new places. In fact, this fandom has forced me to travel about 1000 times more than I did before. While flying still isn’t my thing, I have learned to tolerate it. Other than that, I have found that I enjoy traveling. This time around, I will get to see Toronto for the first time. I have wanted to visit this city for a number of years and now will get to! Better than that, I’ll see it with my good friends, Rhonda and Heather!
3. Being in places I haven’t been to in a long time:
Of course, touring also means going to places I have been to before and have good memories of. This year, we will spend a lot of time in Chicago, which always makes my heart happy since I grew up around the city. Then, we will travel through Michigan, which also brings back good memories of my grandparents who lived there when I was a kid and going to college in Kalamazoo at Kalamazoo College. Likewise, on the second part, we will spend a couple of days in Vegas, which definitely brings up some crazy Duran-related memories.
2. Laughing with Rhonda:
As you all know, Rhonda and I live pretty dang far away from each other so tours bring us an opportunity to actually be in the same city at the same time. No matter which tour we look back on, there is one certainty on tour. We will laugh. We will laugh a LOT. Sometimes, we laugh at absolutely nothing as we sit in a restaurant booth at 4 in the morning. Other times, we laugh we drive or run through major downpours. We can even laugh when Rhonda busts her head open on a soap dish or when I fall flat on my face on the streets of New Orleans. Thus, I’m sure that there will be plenty of laughter coming up for us this summer!
1. Seeing shows:
Last but certainly not least, tours mean seeing shows. The reasons that shows are awesome are too numerous to mention in a short little paragraph. Thus, I’ll cover all of those details in part 2, which I will write next weekend!
No matter what, there is still nothing that gets me more excited than touring. It isn’t just about the shows, but about everything that I mentioned here and more. When I’m on my deathbed (hopefully a long time from now), I’ll look back to touring fondly knowing it was the most fun I ever had. So, what about the rest of you? Why are you looking forward to going on tour or seeing a show(s)?