Wow. Today has gotten away from me. After finishing up grading papers, ordering Christmas presents and doing some household chores, I realized how late it was! On to bigger and better things…did you get a chance to tune into the Duran show in Miami for SiriusXM last night? I did! I have to admit that it increased my productivity significantly, which is probably why I was able to get through all my grading! That’s the solution to my problem! Let’s have Duran play live every night with a live stream in order to get through everything I need to do. I love it! On top of my efficiency, what other reactions did I have? Here are my very random thoughts, in no particular order.
Super Small Show:
Based on the pictures of the venue and the pre-show with Lori Majewski and Richard Blade, it is clear that the venue was ridiculously small. I think they said something about how the capacity was around 250 before they added the mixing board. Wow. Lori commented about how she had never seen them in such a small place and how Simon would be able to see and touch each member of the audience. I am right there with her. I, too, have never seen them in such a small place. The smallest place I ever saw them probably held around 1500-2000 people. Obviously, I, for one, would love, love, love to see them in a venue this size. I haven’t had a chance to see/hear from anyone who was there, but I have to wonder. Was it amazing? Was it everything you thought it would be?
As I stated earlier, I loved that the show was live streamed for all of us to enjoy. That said, it only made me want to see them live more. It felt like a giant tease to me. I could sense the performance, the crowd, etc but it felt removed, through a filter of some kind, something. As someone who knows the power of Duran’s live show, it left me aching for the real thing. Sometimes, I could hear the crowd and sometimes I couldn’t so I couldn’t get a proper read of how the show went. For example, Simon encouraged the crowd to chant, “play the f’ing bass, John,” during the intros and I didn’t hear anything. I assume that some fans there were chanting but I don’t know. Likewise, I kept wanting to turn up the volume to get that all encompassing feeling that I get at a live show but couldn’t get there. Needless to say, I suspect that I will really let it go with excitement in Vegas.
I have heard that some fans were annoyed by the lack of set list changes as they played pretty much what they had been playing in the summer/fall with the exception of having Mark Ronson join them for Pressure Off (with a little extra of Uptown Funk. How cool!). I have two thoughts on that. First, this show, like the ones coming up in Vegas and Dubai, are not officially part of the Paper Gods Tour from what I understand. They are not part of something new either. I wouldn’t want something brand new to be attached at the end of a big tour. I would want something new as part of a new cycle or as part of some anniversary celebration. These shows are not that. Second, and probably more importantly, I could complain about the set list until the cows come home, but I won’t.. (For the record, people, when I left a note about Planet Earth, that was a joke. A joke. I was not really mad or upset. I just wanted to give a little grief. For fun.) It just isn’t worth getting upset over. Right now, at the end of 2017, I have WAY bigger issues to worry about. I go to Duran to have fun, to escape from real life, etc. I no longer want to ruin that fun with complaining about the set list.
3 Week Countdown:
Speaking of that escape from real life, I leave for Vegas in less than 3 weeks. I’m not ready. At all. I have some idea of what I will be wearing but not totally. My travel plans are generally set. But the tour binder has not been started and won’t be until the Christmas to do list is done or until winter break starts. Needless to say, I’m not feeling very ready. On the other hand, as my friend, Suzie, said last night, she is starting to get that Duran feeling. Last night, I felt that, too. My excitement level increased dramatically! I have started a countdown! I cannot wait to see my friends, to exchange gifts with Rhonda, to forget about reality for a few days. Our Late Bar party should be a blast, too, for those coming to the area for the show. Details can be found at our event page here! All in all, it should be an amazingly fun time! I cannot wait!!! I hope the city and the band are ready for us!!!