I have seen Duran Duran in all sorts of venues. I have seen them at large outdoor venues, at arenas, at smaller theatres, at places like House of Blues, and more. I don’t really have a preference other than the fact that I like seats. I know that I have mentioned that a million times before but I’m not a fan of general admission. I hate standing for hours and having to fight to keep my spot. I’m sure that a lot of people have a preference for a specific type of venue because they have seen better shows there, especially if they were better Duran shows. I can get that. Yet, I have seen really great shows at all types of venues. For example, I loved the Chicago show in the spring of 2005, which was at a large venue. I also really liked the Broadway show that I went to in 2007, which was at a small theatre.
What I find particularly fascinating by this preference isn’t that it is there, but that it has been a factor in some people’s decision to go to a show or not. Obviously, I can understand other fans wanting to go to the best Duran show possible. For me, though, I think all Duran shows have the chance to be really great–no matter the type of venue. A show is more than a venue or even the sound quality that comes from the right type of venue. A good show for me depends on the crowd, the band’s energy, interactions with the band and other fans. Yes, bad sound quality could definitely have an impact on a show (I won’t ever forget the 2007 fan show…). Yet, I haven’t seen much of that. Of course, I have seen not great performances and some problems with the sound but, typically, they haven’t been that bad and they don’t usually last long. I don’t know. Generally, I guess I feel pretty lucky to be at a Duran show at all.