It isn’t surprising to anyone that I would include this in my list, is it? I openly admit that it is my favorite song. Each and every time I hear it performed live, I am reminded why and I can’t say that I have seen a tired performance of it. This past tour has reinforced this idea. I love that both John and Simon clap in the beginning to get the crowd into it and I will never complain about the DoJo (Dom and John jamming) or the JoSi (John and Simon singing together). This particular clip is from Biloxi in August 2012. As someone experiencing front row for the very first time, this performance was overwhelming but I would welcome another chance to experience it, for sure!
This is one of those songs that should only be heard live. Whenever I run across the recorded version or even single version, it sounds lifeless compared to hearing it live. I loved it live the first time I heard it live and still love it today. I’m particularly keen of the addition of “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood in the middle of it. Of course, I won’t ever complain about the JoSi, either. 😉
Who doesn’t love this song live? While they don’t play it at every show, they really should. It ALWAYS gets the crowd rocking, even if not everyone in the audience knows this one. In 2004, this song was enhanced with the introduction of Japanese anime that told a story of the band being heroes in a significant battle. In 2011, I saw a new anime that told a similar story. This time, the fans were also heroes in the story. This clip from Glasgow from December 2011 shows just a little of it. I so, so, so wish that I could get a nice, clean copy of this version of the anime. Anyone out there have a copy??
The Man Who Stole a Leopard-
I haven’t seen this one live much. Of course, I have some fond memories of it already, though. First, there was Bournemouth in which Simon sang, “Do you know where you are?” I responded a way that made perfect sense by saying, “No,”with all seriousness. This, of course, made that partner-in-crime of mine laugh and laugh hysterically! I’m sure that anyone who saw us that night must have thought we had lost our minds. We probably had a LONG time before that. By the end of that UK tour, though, this song showed the power of Duran live as thousands of fans clapped along in Glasgow. This clip is from A Diamond in the Mind and shows exactly what I’m referring to.
Hold Back the Rain-
This song was never a favorite as a kid but definitely is as an adult. I think seeing/hearing it live really did it for me. Now, I know that they haven’t played it for awhile but they definitely should whether it is combined with Sound of Thunder or not. My favorite moment was when John would be singing along even when he was not around a microphone. Perhaps, I enjoy that moment knowing that the song was written by Simon about John.
In many ways, this song represents not only the reunion of the band but my reunion as a real, die hard Duranie. When this song came out, I knew that they had me hooked, again. Then, of course, who could forget hearing this one live the very first time when all five stood on stage with that dreaded heartbeat. I thought I might have a heart attack myself and die on the spot. Since then, it is still a song that gets people excited and includes audience participation. The JoSi isn’t bad, either. 😉
Intros (Girls on Film)-
Girls on Film isn’t a favorite of mine. Sure, I like it fine but I wouldn’t miss it if it was taken out of the set list. That said, I would miss the intros–the full on intros in which each person is introduced in a thorough way and in which each person is allowed a moment to shine. This last tour really showed me how much I appreciate them. In Biloxi, Simon came out and literally just said everyone’s role and name. It was such a let down. In Durham, the intros rocked and the whole venue was into them. I like hearing how Duran has the beat in Roger, how Nick is the future of the human race, how electric guitar equals Dom and how John should play the f’in bass.
Hungry like the Wolf-
Surprised that I include this one? I did for two very good reasons. First, I love to harass my best friend. Don’t we all?! Of course, we all know how much Rhonda LOVES this song. It always makes me laugh just to hear that deep sigh of frustration from her as the song begins. Of course, the second reason really has two parts as in the DoJo. Seriously, seeing Dom and John jam together in this song makes it all worthwhile!
Before the Rain-
This song tugs at my heart strings. It always has since December of 2010. This was a time of grief and loss in my life and the song seemed to represent my feelings well. Fast forward to the spring of 2011 when Rhonda and I along with some friends traveled to the UK only to have the shows canceled. In the back of my mind, I worried that this was another huge blow, another huge loss to grieve. Thankfully, Simon recovered. Even better, the band decided to use this song as an opening. It seemed so fitting to me and truly is a phenomenal piece of music to begin a show with.
Friends of Mine-
Last but not least is this one. This song, so rarely played live, is such a moment for lifelong Duranies. It always feels like an acknowledgement of those of us who have been fans that long to love this song. Every time it is played, someone will always say that it was the best song of the night. Truly, it usually is among the best.
What are your favorite songs to see/hear performed live?