On this date in 2005, the concert film, Live from London, was released. This was filmed during the series of the five sold out shows at Wembley Arena in April of 2004.
I remember a couple of very basic things about this DVD. First of all, I haven’t watched the video in a very long time. After Diamond in the Mind was released, I suspect I just sat this one aside. Second, the deluxe version came with 3D glasses. While a bit blasé at this point, I thought it was super cool at the time. Don’t ask me what songs could be viewed with the glasses, which only serves to reiterate my first point.
The manga video for “Ordinary World” was also included, and I also remember that with the deluxe version I have, there were quite a bit of extras, such as interviews. I love having those, maybe even a bit more than the concert itself.
More than just about anything else, I remember what it was like to be a fan at this point in 2005. I’d already seen the band in Chicago earlier that year, as well as gone to Vegas to see them perform in Andre Agassi’s Grand Slam for Children at the MGM Grand. I was still a neophyte when it came to the fan community, though. I had a very small group of friends, and was incredibly naive about the way things work. To me, the song “Everything is Awesome”, while not a favorite, is pretty appropriate to describe my feeling in 2005. The weekend I spent in Las Vegas for the Agassi show served as the beginning of my eyes really being opened to typical Duranie behavior, but even that was minuscule to what I would witness in coming years, both good and bad.
When I think back on the Live from London DVD, I can’t really say I’d be willing to go back. I see a lot of Duranies proclaiming 2005 to be a great time to be a Duranie, and it was. I had a lot of fun, and I appreciate the memory of everything feeling bright, fresh, and new. I couldn’t be standing where I am right now without those experiences. At the same time, I appreciate the present. While fandom is different now, I have seen too much to go back. I think that’s where I might be different from a lot of fans—I like seeing the fan community from this angle. Sure, there are a lot of cracks. It’s not all shiny or pristine, but that’s OK. I’ll describe it this way: diamonds are beautiful. When they are cut precisely and have zero flaws, they are sparkly and reflect the light perfectly. They are also incredibly boring to study under a microscope when they’re like that – which is almost never, I might add. There’s nothing much to see. A diamond with imperfections is still stunningly beautiful – but under a microscope they are far more interesting to look at, study, and learn from.
I’m going to go look for my Live from London DVD. It’s time for a refresher!