The other day Duran Duran tweeted a question about how they celebrate anniversaries of songs, albums, etc. and then asked fans what DD dates they commemorate. Immediately, I responded about how I like to remember my concert show dates. In fact, in our homemade Duran calendar, the dates and locations of each show that Rhonda and I have attended, together or separately, is listed. Today is one of those dates for me. On this date in 2005, I saw Duran play in Detroit. It was the last of my spring Astronaut shows and the end of an amazing Spring Break in which I saw five shows that week. More significantly than that, it was the first show I saw with all five original band members.
At the time of Astronaut’s release, I remember feeling so behind the curve because I had yet to see the Fab Five live. It seemed so many other people I knew saw all of them in 2003 or 2004. Unfortunately, that wasn’t in the cards for me so I had to wait until Astronaut. In December, tickets were purchased and a countdown began. January and February felt like the longest months ever. During that time, I kept my excitement about seeing all 5 mostly to myself. I didn’t want to point out that I wasn’t a cool fan like all those who saw reunion shows. Then, finally, my part of the tour approached only to find out that Andy had to fly back to the UK to take care of his dad. Obviously, I understood but was disappointed. Others around me expressed that while I quietly convinced myself that I would still enjoy the shows, which I did.
By the time the third show came, I stopped hoping that Andy would return. I reassured myself that this was just one tour and that the band would be back around. Yet, I was stunned when my friend called the day of the Detroit show telling us that Andy would be there for the show! I cheered along with my friends and my excitement of the show increased immensely! Indeed, it was a special show and have a fond little spot in my heart for it. As I drove home the next day, I found myself feeling very, very lucky to have been able to see the Fab Five live and it didn’t matter that it was in 2005 rather than 2003 or 1984. I did it.
Speaking of lucky, I believe that I have been a very fortunate Duranie in that I have had the opportunity to see the band live with not only Andy, but Warren once and Dom a bunch of times. The debate of Duran’s guitarist will probably never die. While I personally love Duran as it is right now and feel strongly that Dom should definitely be there, I appreciate the history that came with Andy and the creativity that came with Warren. I know that each guitarist has brought something to Duran that cannot really be measured. So, on today’s date, I celebrate not only the Detroit show that took place 13 years, but also the guitarists that have been a part of the Duran story.