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Miami Open Proves Closed for Duran Duran!

Attention ticket holders for Duran Duran’s show at the Miami Open, Key Biscayne – this post is for you!

From duranduran.com:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the DURAN DURAN concert originally scheduled to place place at the Miami Open in Key Biscayne on Friday, April 1 has been moved to Bayfront Park Amphitheater in downtown Miami (301 Biscayne Blvd). Doors will open at 7:00pm and the show will begin promptly at 8:00pm with CHIC featuring NILE RODGERS who have been added to the show as the Special Guest (opening act). 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause – and please note you will be refunded in full for your entire purchase amount (a credit will appear on your credit card statement within 2-3 business days).

If you were a ticket holder and you still wish to attend the April 1 concert at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Ticketmaster has emailed information about a special pre-sale to ensure you have a privileged opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public. This special resale is set to begin on Tuesday, February 9 at 10:00am and will end on Friday February 12 at 10:00pm. 

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, February 13 at 10:00am via Ticketmaster:   http://duran.io/1SDeyTI”

So, why the change? Despite the astonishing amount of legalese that was being thrown around, it appears to come down to simple “Not In My Backyard” syndrome. The Miami Open is held in Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, which is a beautiful, very exclusive, very upscale area. There has been an enormous amount of push and pull back between the park’s developers, the family who once owned the land, the county…and naturally the organizers of the Miami Open.

To be certain, there have been concerts at the Miami Open in the past, but apparently this year the Duran Duran concert is being offered as a stand-alone event with a separate ticket… that “may attract patrons who did not hold tickets to the day’s tennis matches“.      Goodness. We can’t have those Duran Duran fans showing up. Those raucous, loud….music fans. No, absolutely not.  Miami-Dade county claims the concert violates the terms of use, but what comes across to me, Ms. Music Fan, is simply that the folks that sit on the board of the Miami Open are scared to death that people like me…or you… might actually show up in their space.  And we’re positively unsightly, you know. 😀

So, rather than force hands, Duran Duran did the smartest thing possible under the circumstances and moved the concert. Who really wants to be in the middle of a legal battle over a concert?? I don’t blame the band.

Naturally, moving a concert isn’t all that easy. For one, they had to find a venue willing and able to work with the band in relatively short order. It’s February 8. The gig takes place April 1st. (I find nothing at all funny or ironic about this show being on April Fools Day. Absolutely nothing.) And then, there are the current ticket holders. This is the part of the equation that, depending upon your point of view, either sucks or works out wonderfully.  Let’s look at that:

First of all, the current tickets are being refunded, but that will take 2-3 business days, and let’s face it: tour tickets this time are not cheap, particularly if you’ve bought VIP.

Secondly, Ticketmaster is holding a special pre-sale for these ticket holders….tomorrow….presumably so that they are able to have the first chance at tickets for the new venue. On one hand, this is a kind gesture and one I appreciate the band taking the time to put in place. On the other, I don’t know what kind of securities will be in place to ensure that only those current ticket holders will be able to buy during this pre-sale. I have to hope that Ticketmaster will have their act together.

Thirdly, back to those refunds and tomorrow’s pre-sale. What if you really can’t afford to buy these tickets until those are refunded? The good news here is that the pre-sale goes on until February 12 and the public sale doesn’t begin until the following day. Assuming that whatever password information isn’t distributed (and I really hope it is not), one should still be able to purchase good seats.

Lastly, I can’t help but wonder about the people who were lucky enough to pull front row to the original venue. Can you imagine how that must feel? You had these awesome front row seats, but because of things completely out of the hands of the band – now you’ve got to try again. Will you be so lucky a second time?  Ugh. That’s a terrible feeling. On the other hand, if you wanted better seats and couldn’t get anything closer than 32nd row – here’s your shot.

Duran Duran absolutely did the right thing by changing venues. No one wants to be embroiled in a legal battle – the band doesn’t have time for it, and the press would not have been favorable. If they’re going to be on the front pages, I am pretty sure they’d prefer it to be about their music and not a silly legal battle that has very little to do with Duran Duran, and everything to do with people of extreme wealth, power, and privilege.  That said, I do feel for the fans who are inconvenienced, because this could happen to any of us. When you’re the one holding the ticket that has been canceled, changed, or rescheduled, it really does suck and feels like an unnecessary hassle or shakedown.  All for the love of this band!!

I hope it works out well for everyone involved – best of luck for tomorrow’s pre-sale!

-R