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Living for Another Day

Way down the lane away

April 17, 1984. Anyone out there (ha ha ha) know the significance of this date?

It was the final “real” date of the Sing Blue Silver tour. The show was in San Diego at the Sports Arena. While the band did do a show at the NEC in Birmingham – that was for the filming of Arena, and it wasn’t a proper performance. (according to duranduran.com – thanks again to that fantastic complete tour list that I consult several times each week!!) After these San Diego shows, the band performed together with this lineup one final time at Live Aid in 1985.

What glass splinters lie so deep in your mind

I just have to say it – I’m still a little blown away that we’re here, essentially 35 years after Sing Blue Silver ended – and I’m writing blogs including four out of the five in the original lineup! I’ve seen more shows since the year 2001 than I did in the decades prior. Perhaps that’s not a good thing to brag about at my age, but isn’t it crazy how life turns out?!

How many of us really thought they’d ever get back together and do a reunion tour or another album? It was something I think many hoped for, but didn’t really think would happen. I know I nearly fell off of my chair the evening I saw the initial splash page with all five headshots present. Even more significant – how many fans out there ONLY know Duran Duran as John, Roger, Nick & Simon?

Life is one hell of a wild ride. I’m a planner by nature. I like knowing what is coming, and how I’m going to get from point A to point B. I’ve learned that when it comes to this band, every time I zig – they zag, so to speak. Never count them out, and never think you know for certain what they’re going to do next.

All looking for a new place to drive

I don’t know how many years they’ve got left in them. Hopefully many more, but you never know. I’m incredibly thankful I stuck around for the extended version, and didn’t just cut out when it seemed like the B-side was coming to a slow end.

Here is the odd thing, at least to me: had anyone bothered to ask me at 12 or 13 about the significance of Duran Duran in my life, I’m fairly certain I would have gushed on and on about them at length, in that chatty, bubbly, prepubescent sort of way. Had anyone asked if I thought I would still love them at 48, I might have blushed (just about anything made me blush back then) and exclaimed, “Of course!” At 13, I highly doubt I thought much beyond the age of 16, and even that seemed a stretch.

I feel you smiling

Ask me the same question now, and I know Duran Duran matters to me more at 48 than it ever did when I was 13. Their significance is immeasurable. Not a single day goes by when I don’t think about them at least once – and typically it is far more often than that, thanks to this blog and social media. My trips to see friends are often planned around the band and their tours, and some of the greatest friendships I’ve ever found in my life are directly related to Duran Duran. That is just wild.

Yes, 35 years ago today, Sing Blue Silver ended. Who would have ever guessed that it was merely the beginning?

-R

San Diego Sports Arena, 2005

I’m not going to lie. As you read this, I am doing one of two things:

  1. I am acting administrator for my school while my boss in on a week-long field trip to Catalina Island. I could be either pulling my hair out, rocking in a corner, figuring out why the high school kids continue to use the bathroom for the little kids (which isn’t allowed), ordering supplies, or breaking up a fight. Or everything at once!
  2. I’m sitting in my school’s office, which is really a library with a folding table in it that acts as my desk…reading James Comey’s book, which is out today. Yes, I pre-ordered it, and yeah – I’ve been anxiously awaiting its delivery. No, I’m not a politically active person, but I do love reading personal accounts of historical periods. This will go down as one “legacy” (of many) during the era of Trump, no matter how one feels.

Chances are, I’m probably doing more of the first than the second. This is going to be a rough week in more than one way. I may need to play “Pressure Off” on repeat just to remind myself to keep breathing.

On this date, Duran Duran played at the San Diego Sports arena in 2005. This was one of the dates during the Astronaut Tour. Although it was fairly close to me, I wasn’t there. Oh yes, I know why – this was during the time where my husband felt it was “insane” to go to more than one show on a tour. “Aren’t they all the same?  Why go more than once?”

Funny. I went to two shows during the Astronaut tour: Chicago and Milwaukee. Even that was out of line as far as he was concerned. Oh, honey. Fast forward to Paper Gods. Over the course of the entire tour – multiple legs – I believe I attended seventeen shows.

Yes, it was excessive.

Yes, I’d do it all again, too. “Just buy the ticket” is a good motto, because you just never know if you’ll have the chance again.

However, the point is that I was not in San Diego in 2005. Were you? Let me know!

-R