There are times when DDHQ will post something, whether it’s a video, a picture or even an article from an online magazine, and I’ll wonder what it must have been like in the room at the time. I’m sure a lot of fans have wondered what it was like backstage as the band hammered out the setlist…or how awkward it REALLY was for the band when they filmed Girls on Film. Maybe you’re more like me, and wondered what it was really like in the studio when they recorded with Timbaland. Or maybe you are curious about what it’s like in those few minutes right before a show when they’re all backstage but can hear the audience screaming?
Today, for #watchitWednesday (catchy hashtag!) DDHQ posted the video from the Steve Aoki “See What Unfolds” concert from Terminal 5 in New York City. I don’t even remember what year it’s from – but I can tell you it was during the All You Need is Now “era”, so to speak. We did a couple blog posts on it, here and here, where you can get an idea of the insanity that night. As a refresher to those who have forgotten, basically Steve Aoki did a remix of my very “favorite Duran Duran song ever” – Hungry Like the Wolf (what else could it possibly have been?!?) and then had a concert where it was performed live. I was not AT the show, but I can tell you what I know:
- The band was there. 😀
- A raft (?!?)
- There was pushing, shoving, and Duranies seemed to slip on the cake that was thrown AT them by Steve Aoki, and fell down (there’s a pun in there somewhere, I just know it.)
- MANY Duranies did not like the remix. (I did….I don’t know what that says, but I did like it, and I still do. It’s catchy and fun.)
Here’s the video from that night that DDHQ shared this morning:
Funny thing: I’m not sure I ever really watched the video until this morning. I must have at some point, I’d assume, but I’ve definitely forgotten. While I would not have wanted to be in the front…or anywhere on the floor for this show…I think it was fun for the Steve Aoki fans who were there. Expectations were both a good friend AND enemy for this show because while Aoki fans knew what was about to go down, Duranies had their own ideas…and the two didn’t mix well, particularly combined with champagne on a concrete floor.
Even so, as I watched the video, I wondered what the band thought while they were up on stage that night. I’d seen a few comments from the band (and I think even Dom may have mentioned the show – back when they all used to tweet and actually engage!) saying that they thought the night was fun. This is one of those times when I wish I were a fly on the wall backstage though, or in their heads as they happened to look up and see cake and champagne flying through the air at their fans…or when they saw people slipping and falling. Maybe they didn’t even see that happen, and to be clear: I am NOT finding fault either way, I’m just wondering what they were thinking as they watched it unfold on stage. I know in the video there’s not much shown of that sort of thing. All you see are people in the front (presumably Steve Aoki fans, because let’s face it: I’ve been to “a few” DD shows in my lifetime and I’ve never seen that many young kids up front at a gig unless it was a festival) being completely carefree and having a great time. Whereas most of the comments I saw and heard from Duranies after the show had come from a much more cynical place….presumably because we are not young kids used to going to see EDM gigs. We’re Duranies. We’re used to being up front. We are used to cheering for the band and having to stand our ground so that other Duranies don’t try to take our spot. We’re not necessarily used to battling it out with kids half our age who look at the idea of raving or moshing as a big love session. They live for “the drop” and we live for JoSi. It’s a very different thing.
Where IS my “Get Off My Lawn” hat, anyway????
Let’s take it from another angle: what did Nick think when the idea of Steve Aoki remixing Hungry Like the Wolf came up? Did he cringe or did he look at it as the opportunity to have the dust shaken off the song? I wonder about Simon – how did he feel about being autotuned so much? What about John? My guess is that to the band, this was just another opportunity to reach a new audience. I wonder how the rehearsals went – I mean, the remix is very different from the original song, so how did that work live? That said, I wonder how many of these “opportunities” come up where the band just has to say no. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
If you could be a fly on the wall at any point in their career…where would you have wanted to be and why?