I wanted to think of a catchy title but nothing is hitting me this beautiful Sunday afternoon. I guess I could have named it the weird but wonderful Chicago show number 2.
The Smoke/Fog Machine:
Within the first few minutes, we knew that the show was going to be super entertaining. The band came out to play Paper Gods with the smoke/fog machine enveloping the stage, creating a very cool atmosphere. Yet, last night the smoke machine didn’t turn off when it was supposed to. It kept going and going. Poor Dom Brown couldn’t even be seen. I was impressed that he could continue to play in the midst of it! As soon as we all realized that the fog machine had a mind of its own, we started laughing. Soon enough, Simon and John were laughing, too. Thus, right away, we knew that this show was going to be a funny one!
I’m not going to lie. My friends and I have spent quite a bit of time the last few days discussing John’s…pants, you know the ones he has been wearing most of the time at the shows. They look like track pants with an orange stripe up the side and a length that is questionable at best. Clearly, we do not love these pants. Thus, as the pants came up in conversation, we began pondering whether or not we should offer to take him shopping or if we shouldn’t buy pants ourselves and toss them on stage for him to wear. Yet, last night, the man wore different pants! Text messages expressing our delight were quickly exchanged. We all approved of these other pants!!!
Simon also appeared in a new white jacket, which also met our approval. That said, the man wore a new hat during White Lines that we had to wonder about as you can see below.
Again, seeing Simon in this sparkly pink hat alerted us that this show was something to behold! Perhaps, there is a connection between this moment and another Simon moment that happened on this exact date in 2009.
We have to wonder when is the madness going to end??????
Those Damn Beach Balls:
Speaking of madness, again, giant beach balls appeared during Rio. Many of them found their way to the stage where the band would gleefully punch, throw, or kick them back out to the crowd. At one point, John’s microphone stand almost fell over from one while he was singing into it. Then, just a couple of minutes later, he sent a beach ball into the audience, knocking the stand completely over. It was all distracting. Where do I watch? Am I watching the band? Watching the balls to ensure that I don’t get hit on the head with one? Even after the song ended, the crowd and band continued to toss them back and forth. Craziness.
Holy JoSi, Batman!!!
Oh my. I’m still reeling from all of the fabulous JoSi moments last night. Honestly, there were SO many that I wondered if I had taken a time machine and it was 2005 all over again. On top of the frequency of those John and Simon moments, they were also longer and…dare I say…more quality. Longer eye contact, for example. At one point, Simon walked over and kissed John’s shirt, which was the mouth from Rio. Well, then. Simon even grabbed at John’s collar to pull him closer. Let this pattern continue for the rest of the tour. Please. I beg the Duranie gods!
Both Rhonda and I are REALLY loving New Moon on Monday. For both shows, it just adds something to the show. I love how it connects Duran’s history with more recent Duran. I also thought Pressure Off was great, but I missed the confetti terribly. Wild Boys was great fun! I have also liked I Don’t Want Your Love both nights. Last night, though, I noticed that while Simon introduced the song, John and Dom were mouthing the words that Simon was saying. Clearly, they have heard it a time or two.
There were a couple of moments that reminded me of times past. First, during Planet Earth, I had heard that the crowds had not been shouting “switch it off” anymore. Well, we proudly did. Last night, John saw us yell and responded by saying, “That’s right!” On top of that, Simon ventured off the stage to encourage the crowd to sing the “ta na na” part of the Reflex. If that wasn’t enough, Simon also messed up the lyrics to not one song but two (Hungry Like the Wolf and Save a Prayer). Again, we wondered if we didn’t go in a time machine?!
Ravinia and the Crowd:
While these two shows were great fun, I’m for one glad to be moving on to different venues. While last night’s crowd was way better, there were still so many people there who were NOT there to see Duran Duran. It is hard to remain excited when you hear people say things like, “Who’s Nick Rhodes?” On top of that, the venue is far from the city, from downtown and a serious pain in the ass to get to and from.
I would have to say that Friday’s show was probably a better performance but last night’s show was way high on the entertaining side. They seemed more relaxed and that they were having fun. We look forward to seeing how things go for the next couple of shows in Detroit and Toronto.