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!