I had a great blog about mid-life crisis all written and ready to go this morning. Then I woke up and checked my phone. I had no less than text messages (a rarity), and three of them had to do with Duran Duran.
In case you haven’t heard yet, and I’m doubtful that’s even possible given how quickly the news is spreading, Duran Duran is playing at Ravinia in Chicago on Wednesday August 29th. This is the first date we’ve heard, and yes – Daily Duranie has spies everywhere! (I’m totally lying about that, but we will gladly take any information that anyone wishes to share, anonymously or otherwise!!)
Let me give just a bit of background info on dear old Ravinia to set the stage. Ravinia is an outdoor venue just outside of Chicago. It’s a beautiful setting with lots of trees, a lawn area and of course a seated section. Typically people take a picnic basket and enjoy a meal before the show starts. It’s a lot of fun and a unique way to go to a concert. It’s very similar to what happens at the Hollywood Bowl near where I live in California. Due to the fact that Ravinia is seasonal and holds a special place in the heart of Chicagoland, they sell what are called donor subscriptions to seats in the venue. That means that a person can buy several tickets to shows (if not all of the shows) throughout the season and have the same seats for each show, basically. This also means that it’s very possible many of the best seats in the house will have already been sold to “donors” for the Duran show…assuming of course that the ticket holders for this show will choose to attend. That said, this show goes on sale at the Ravinia box office on April 26th.
Of course, as soon as I logged onto Facebook this morning, the complaints began filing in. Once again, people are annoyed that we’re getting dates one at a time verses being announced all at once. Others refuse to believe what is absolutely good information unless the band themselves announces. (It’s ON the Ravinia website. That’s pretty solid info if you ask me.) Still others are complaining that it’s a weeknight, and many many more are worried about presale dates.
Pretty standard fare for Duranies overall, don’t you think?
Naturally this one date being leaked now begs questions such as: when are the rest of them?? There are plenty of rumors flying around, including that there will be a very limited amount of US dates for this “tour”. I have no idea what that means exactly, other than I should probably rethink my plan to take 6 weeks and follow the band around the US.
(I’m totally lying about taking 6 weeks, too….but it sounded good, didn’t it?)
One thing I will say: I’m going on vacation from July 28 through August 11th. The band should plan accordingly, and contrary to popular belief, that does NOT mean to have a show in California during that time, thanks!
One more thing before I leave you all for the weekend, and that’s simply that Daily Duranie has hopes of doing meetups, pre and post show dinners and drinks, and maybe even a Duranie dorm or more for these shows. We’re hoping to bridge the gap that DDM left behind in 2005 when they stopped organizing things. As more information becomes available to us, we’ll definitely share and start planning in earnest!