Yesterday, at work, I was frantically trying to help students finish a project while planning for next week when I got a twitter notification from Duran Duran. Normally, I take the time to look at the tweet but I just couldn’t right then. I took note that something was happening in Duranland and that I should look more closely later. I figured that was cool since Rhonda would send me a text if it was something that I had to immediately respond to. Needless to say, later meant today. Ouch.
So what was the big news? Duran Duran is going to be performing in Miami Beach on Saturday, December 9th. Here’s the full press release on SiriusXM’s blog:
GRAMMY Award-winning, iconic British band Duran Duran will perform a special invitation-only show for SiriusXM on Saturday, December 9 at the Faena Theater in Miami Beach.
The exclusive performance for SiriusXM will feature Duran Duran playing signature music from throughout their career, including songs from their most recent, Top 10 charting studio album, Paper Gods.
This very special performance for SiriusXM coincides with 2017’s Art Basel in Miami Beach, the world-renowned premier art show and gathering for modern and contemporary art. It will also be the penultimate show on the band’s two-year Paper Gods World Tour before they return to the studio in January 2018.
“As long-time fans of SiriusXM, we are really looking forward to performing this special show at such a beautiful and intimate venue in Miami,” remarked Duran Duran’s John Taylor. “It’s going to be an up close and personal affair, a truly one-of-a-kind evening, and we look forward to getting to know everyone who attends.”
The private performance will air live on Saturday, December 9 via satellite on The Pulse (Ch. 15) and 1st Wave (Ch. 33) and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at http://www.siriusxm.com.
SiriusXM subscribers since November 1, 2017, can enter for the chance to win a trip to Miami including airfare, hotel stay and a pair of tickets to the show! See Official Rules for complete details at siriusxm.com/DuranDuran
For more information on Duran Duran, visit www.duranduran.com.
Well then. Let’s dive into this piece of news, shall we? So, this show will coincide with a contemporary art show. That’s cool. John Taylor also made it sound like a pretty special show by saying things like “up close and personal affair,” “one-of-a-kind evening,” and “getting to know everyone who attends.” Well then again.
Here’s the catch. It is private performance. That doesn’t mean that all hope is lost for Duranies. First of all, SiriusXM subscribers have a chance to win a contest for airfare, hotel and a pair of tickets. That’s super cool, but the fine print says that the subscribers must have been subscribed before November 1st. While I’m sure that bothers lots of people who wanted a chance for that prize who weren’t subscribers, I can appreciate Sirius wanting to reward their members. That said, if you are a member with DuranDuranMusic, you also have a chance to attend this show. According to the site: “If you are a member in good standing and can ATTEND THE SHOW (so check on travel arrangements BEFORE you enter) then email DDVIP@magusentertainment.com with “SIRIUS MIAMI” in the subject line with your DD VIP Username in the email. FOUR winners will be chosen at random to attend the show with a guest. The Duran Duran VIP Fan Community is providing tickets only.” Last but not least, the show will be aired live on SiriusXM channels, The Pulse and First Wave.
I want to wish everyone who enters either the Sirius contest or the DDM contest good luck! Then, I will be super excited to hear how the show and the experience goes for everyone who gets to go. I, for one, will be at home, grading, lesson planning, preparing Christmas gifts, etc. On top of that, I’ll be getting ready to go to the show in Vegas. I, for one, feel VERY lucky that I get to see a Duran show at all this winter. So, I’ll be the cheerleader for all the Duranies who are trying to get to this show. I hope it is truly one-of-a-kind and very special.