Today, Duran Duran is playing at the Night at the Park festival in The Hague, Netherlands. I hope that everyone going has an absolutely fabulous time and that Duran plays an awesome set there! Lately, when thinking about Duran playing shows, I have been noticing where a lot more than I have in the past. Earlier in my life and like many fans, I went to shows only near my house. In the last ten years, though, my desire for Duran shows has meant that I have been willing (and thankfully able) to travel. Therefore, I have started to think about shows in slightly different ways than I used to.
First, I pay attention to WHERE Duran is playing. Let’s face it. There are cities that I would love to see them play for various reasons. For example, in the U.S., I wanted to see them in cities that I knew would be fun and would provide a good time. These cities included places like Vegas and Atlantic City. Perhaps, some cities you want to see them play in just because the city is significant. For example, I thought it was super cool to be able to see them in New York City. Of course, many of the cities that people might want to see Duran might be out of the U.S. Like many, for me, the ideal was to see the band play in Birmingham. I know someday I would love to see them in places like Manchester. Certainly, the Netherlands, like today’s festival would be a fun place to see them! Of course, the venue might matter, too.
Is there a particular venue that you think might be really great to see them in? Maybe, it is a place like Madison Square Garden in New York City. For me, I am super excited to see them play at the Hollywood Bowl. Some people really like the idea of small venues. I can understand that. Therefore, there is always more excitement when Duran plays theaters over arena shows.
Then, of course, there might be other factors that might enhance one’s desire to get to a particular show. Am I the only one who is super excited to see Duran Duran play with Nile Rodgers?!? To me, that is a once in a lifetime sort of deal, something extra special. I remember really wanting to go see Nine Inch Nails with David Bowie because that was a combination that too weird not to see! Plus, David Bowie is a legend, right? Maybe a festival catches your attention. Sometimes, a festival might have such a line-up that really appeals to you.
So, what factors make a show must see for you? Is it the city? If so, which cities are on your list? The venue? If so, what are special venues to you? The line-up? Maybe, it has to do with the fact that your friends are all able to get to a specific show and it is the company that matters more to you. Do share–where would you want to see the band and why?