On this date in 2013, I was in Chicago…and so was Roger Taylor! I was there visiting Amanda, and we had the good fortune to be able to see Roger DJ at SpyBar in the city. He called his set “Do It In Heels”. I purposefully ignored that directive, because let’s face it – I am really bad at following directions anyway. However, we did call ahead to get a table!
Amanda loves this picture…as do I. I look positively angelic compared to Miss Grey Goose next to me! I’m not even sure if you can see Roger in this photo…but I don’t think so. Clearly we didn’t care at the time. WOW. Good thing we don’t still behave like that, right Amanda?
I will openly admit that had Roger not been the DJ that night, there is about a 0% probability that I would have gone to that club. While I spent a fair amount of my time at clubs in college, I had kind of given up on them. I’m not really down with most of the club music, although some of it is fine (particularly when being played by Roger. I’ll just own up and say that here). In hindsight, it was a fun night. I hung out with friends, I danced, and yes – we drank. Surprise!
The one memory that stands out from that night is that we tried to hand Roger a wristband. Ah yes, one of our infamous Daily Duranie wristbands. The platform/table that he was at was quite a bit higher than the ground, so we had to kind of toss it up there. Amanda couldn’t quite get Roger’s attention, and so she asked the guard who was standing there to tell him it was for him. Roger saw it and kind of tossed it aside. Not the best reception we’ve ever gotten for one of our wristbands (hey, we’ve even given one to Nile Rodgers and he wore it!), but in fairness to Roger – he probably had no idea who we were or what we were doing. Maybe next time!
I haven’t heard too much about Roger doing many DJ gigs in the years since. I suppose it might be one of those things that is difficult to concentrate on or do when you’re touring the world and recording albums. It is also a very different kind of lifestyle, and I suspect that Roger has changed some since then. Overall, it was a fun night, and I’m glad I took the opportunity to see him do something different.
Were you at SpyBar Chicago that night?