Too Old for This???

Lately, age has been on my mind and not in a happy sort of way.  First, I have been watching my father deal with his getting older and not being able to do as much as he once could.  Second, while I think I am immune to the aging factor, clearly, I’m not.  Last night, in my infinite wisdom, I decided to go out with a couple of people I worked on the campaign with.  These campaign staffers are a lot younger than me.  A LOT younger.  While it was great fun to drink, tell stories, and remind each other of the fun aspects of working on a political campaign, it hasn’t been so fun today for me.  Let’s just say that when I was 20-something, the hangovers weren’t fun but tolerable and were short in duration.  Now, the hangovers are horrible!  I still feel like hell and I stopped drinking 18 hours ago!  What the hell was I thinking?!  Then, of course, age also seemed to come up in Duranland, especially in connection to Wednesday’s performance for Trident Gum with Steve Aoki.

From what I have been reading about Wednesday’s event, there was a mosh pit on the floor, which included a lot of pushing and shoving.  If that wasn’t bad enough, I heard things about cake being thrown and champagne being poured.  Oh boy.  In reading these stories, I saw a number of comments mentioning about how they were “too old” to deal with those kind of concert antics!  I have to admit that I had the same thoughts!  Heck, I felt like I was too old way back in 2006 at the Voodoo Festival where we had to deal with the crowd surfing, trying to keep our spot and more.  I knew then I was too old to stand for literally hours in the exact same spot without food, water or bathroom breaks in order to be up front at a festival.  This experience was so bad, for me, that I made a silent vow that I would and should seriously not go to any Duran event in which they were playing with someone else (unless that someone was Duran like).  I realize that if everyone followed my rule then Duran wouldn’t have any supporters at various events.  That is unfortunate, but I have to look out for my rapidly aging body!  Am I the only one who has this rule or wants to avoid any scene with crowd surfing, mosh pits and flying food?!

Of course, the band has to deal with aging issues as well.  Just the other day, I posted a picture of John on my personal facebook and got comments from non-Duranie friends about how he is “an old fart now”!  Wow.   Don’t think that is really necessary.  Of course, many other friends responded with how good he looks, though, and he does.  They all look good for their age.  Of course, the media can be just as unkind as my friend.  Just today, we were sent the link to an article in the Daily Mail about how Simon is way too old to wear what he wore on Wednesday.  If you feel like reading this horrendous article, it is here.  I am always irritated by this kind of thing.  First, as I mentioned before, they still look damn good.  We could only be so lucky.  Second, that’s the only kind of insult you can give, media person?  It is unintelligent and shows a true lack of effort to find a real criticism to make.  Here’s a new flash:  Duran Duran is a band.  They make and play MUSIC.  Why don’t you focus on that?  No, that would require work and an IQ above 70. 

As much as I acknowledge that I can’t and/or won’t do things like I did when I was younger, I am constantly motivated by the band.  Just when I think I can’t tour like I use to.  I remind myself that the band can still do it.  Thus, I should be able to as well!  Today was definitely a reminder about how I can and should approach our little tour in August.  I can still do shows and hopefully survive a GA show, too!  I can still travel through the 7 states that we will pass through.  Yet, I need to do this with more moderation than I would have when I was younger.  This won’t make the tour less fun, just more successful for us! 

-A

4 thoughts on “Too Old for This???”

  1. Age is such a number in my book. I am on the cusp of 40 and I don't feel that bad! I look at the guys and hell, we're all getting older, got some wrinkles and gained some weight. (That makes me feel better!)But yes, I should only be so lucky to look the same caliber of 'damn good' as the band does at 50!
    'Age' has changed a lot-people are living longer. Having babies later in life, etc. If my fave band is a bunch of mid-lifers, so be it. They freakin' rock. I love em!
    When DD was making a 2nd round of shows after the initial Astronaut tour, hubby said he'd take me to Vegas for a show! They were gonna be at the House of Blues and tickets were like, $100 each. “Ok, fine,” we figured (obviously before kids). Then we found out it was standing room only. WHAT?! 100 bucks AND no seat? Sure, I danced and sang a lot, but umm, I still appreciate the seat! LOL!

  2. I can totally relate! I am always happy to have a seat! I may be up and dancing during the show but beforehand…I like to sit and don't like to fight for my space!

    -A

  3. Re: Media person who made fun of Simon's clothes, even my hubby said, “Doesn't Simon always wear stuff like that? It's his job as a singer, right?” Yay for hubby sticking up for the “competition” LOL This article mentions Simon's bright pink pants, but the pants were white, NOT pink (just looks that way in the photo) Also, this review, along with two others I have read mentions “Rio” being a part of the set list…. which it wasn't!!!!! Argh! Perhaps instead of ripping on Duran those guys should make sure they have their facts straight!

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