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Not Knowing Where You’re Rolling

The other day, I saw a meme on Facebook about concert withdrawals. That same day, a fellow Duranie posted a question as her status update, asking if anyone else was having Paper God withdrawals. I enthusiastically responded, “YES”.

I don’t know what is going on with me. Maybe it is the time of year. Perhaps I just don’t have enough to do here at home. I do miss that band more now than I have in months, though. Apparently, I’m not alone. That’s comforting.

As I wrote in an email yesterday, I have no business wishing for concerts right now. I really don’t. It is tough finding a way to sneak out of this house during daylight hours to get groceries, much less escape for an extended period to see a band perform somewhere in this country. However, the heart wants what it wants, right?

If I could go anywhere in the world to see Duran Duran play – OUTSIDE of the state I live in, where would I go?  I’d love to have the money to go anywhere I wanted, but like everyone else – my responsibilities and budget keep me tethered.  Even so, if I could…where would I want to go?

Worldwide, there are a few places I’d love to see Duran Duran again. Oddly, I have yet to see the band play in London. I love the UK in general, and I will take advantage of any excuse I can find to go and explore more of England in particular. I’d also love to see them in Sicily, since my dad’s family is originally from there. The last choice is really a toss-up because there is so much of Europe I’d love to see. Switzerland, France and Austria are at the top of my list. Klosters in Switzerland looked like a snowy-dream world, Carcassonne, France seemed like somewhere I’d want to escape on vacation, and even my husband can attest that I bring up going to Vienna every time the idea of going on a real, extended, holiday comes up. (Maybe once the kids are out of college!)

Even here in the states, there are places I’ve yet to see, and shows I regret not being able to get to. Red Rocks, for instance. That was a once-in-a-lifetime gig that I missed out on. I’m still kicking myself about that. I’d love to go to Florida and see them play, and definitely Boston.

Fantasy time!! What about you? Where would you go, outside of where you currently live, if you could go anywhere?

-R

 

 

U2 Tour Schedule 2015 – The Ideal?

Duran Duran fans are waiting.  We are waiting for the new album.  Just as importantly to some of us (many of us?  few of us?), we are also waiting for tour dates.  Truly, it has been too long.  Yet, this week, another musical fandom’s waiting has ended.  That’s right.  U2 announced tour dates.  Now, I’m not a big U2 fan but I couldn’t help but see the news on my Twitter timeline.  Since I am interested in  music fandom, though, I had to look.  I had to see what their tour looks like, especially when the tweets I saw said something about how they are going to 19 cities.  My initial reaction was, “That’s it?!  Only 19 cities?   That is for both North America and Europe?  If that was Duran, people would be pissed!”  Then I looked at them.

NORTH AMERICA 2015
May 14th, Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
May 15th, Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
May 18th, San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
May 19th, San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
May 22nd, Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
May 23rd, Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
May 26th, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
May 27th, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
May 30th, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
May 31st, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
June 12th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 13th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 24th, Chicago, IL, United Center
June 25th, Chicago, IL, United Center
July 6th, Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
July 7th, Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
July 10th, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 11th, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 18th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 19th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 22nd, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 23rd, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
EUROPE / UK 2015
Sept. 4th, Turin, Italy , Pala Alpitour
Sept. 5th, Turin, Italy, Pala Alpitour
Sept. 8th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sept. 9th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sept. 16th, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
Sept. 17th, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
Sept. 24th, Berlin, Germany, O2 World
Sept. 25th, Berlin, Germany, O2 WorldOct. 5th, Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
Oct. 6th, Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
Oct. 13th, Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis
Oct. 14th, Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis
Oct. 17th, Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena
Oct. 18th Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena
Oct. 25th, London, UK, O2
Oct. 26th, London, UK, O2
Oct. 29th, London, UK, O2
Oct. 30th, London, UK, O2
Nov. 6th, Glasgow, UK, The SSE Hydro
Nov. 7th, Glasgow, UK, The SSE Hydro
Nov. 10th, Paris, France, Bercy
Nov. 11th, Paris, France, Bercy
As I look over U2’s tour dates, something immediately jumps out at me.  No, it isn’t that they are playing super duper, super sized venues, even though they are.  It is that they are playing each and every one of those cities multiple times.  All cities are seeing two shows and some cities are seeing as many as four.  It seems clear to me that they were able to do this by sacrificing the number of cities they could and would do.  Is that fact a problem for fans?  I have no doubt. If I lived in a smaller city away from the BIG cities, I would be upset. If I couldn’t travel to get to a show, I would be very upset.  Yet, if a fan could travel, this type of tour might be perfect.  In fact, I would go so far as to say that if Duran decided to tour like this, it would be perfect (at least for us!).
Rhonda and I, along with other fans we know, are willing and able to travel to see Duran.  (I acknowledge that not everyone can.  I know that.  I wish that everyone could travel.  Heck, I wish that everyone could go to every show.  I would love if someone wanted to develop a transporter so that travel was easy and super quick.)  Anyway, we like traveling, but we aren’t super big fans of traveling between each and every show.  That is exhausting.  We aren’t spring chickens anymore so it takes a lot out of us to drive or fly between shows.  We would love to be in the same city for a few days before traveling to another city or calling the tour done.  It would certainly give us more energy, which would help us be more energetic during the shows, which could only help the band.
This type of schedule would help them as well.  If the traveling exhausts us, I’m sure that it exhausts them, too.  Yes, I’m aware that they have transportation (plane and/or driver) that makes traveling much easier than driving five or six hours each day or more like we have done.  Yet, playing shows must take a lot out of them, too.  They have to give it their all and perform for over two hours under the heat of the stage lights.  Clearly, touring like they have been doing hasn’t been working in the way that it once did.  Both Simon and Nick suffered, physically, during the AYNIN tour and dates had to be canceled.  Thus, wouldn’t a schedule where they didn’t have to travel as much in between shows help them, too?
Truly, for the band’s sake, I hope that they come up with a tour that works well for them and ensures many more tours in the years to come!  Perhaps, then, they might consider a tour schedule like this.
-A