On this day in 2001, Duran Duran played at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida. During this tour, the band often played at the House of Blues in whatever city they were touring. What else is interesting about this tour is that they would often play in the same city, same venue two or three nights in a row. For example, they played the House of Blues in Orlando on March 9th and March 10th. Later, they moved to play another House of Blues in Atlanta on March 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th. In this sense, they played almost a small residency in each city.
While I did not see the band during this tour, I have to admit that this type of touring really appeals to me and would have some definite advantages for the band. As someone who likes to see multiple shows on any tour, I would love to be able to pick a place to travel to, stay there long enough to actually see the sites and go to many shows. Throughout my years as a Duranie, I have been to a few places that I feel like I have barely been to because I was only there for one day. For example, during the winter 2008 tour, I was in Atlantic City less than 24 hours as I had a show in a different place the day before and the day after. I would have liked to have been there longer but I wasn’t missing a show!! I would also imagine that they might be good for the band as they wouldn’t have to travel as much or as frequently. That would have to make touring easier and less exhausting. Of course, on the down side, they might not hit as many cities, which could be tough on those fans who cannot travel.
What do you think? Which is the better way for them to tour? Multiple cities every week or mini residency in one city?