Duran Duran just announced three September Hollywood Bowl shows. Some of us thought the
band should commemorate their fortieth anniversary with a special event. Several band members
expressed their thoughts on the matter. Then, Duran released the Anniversary video which felt
celebratory of their lengthy relationship. Perhaps these shows could suffice as a quasi-
anniversary show or perhaps the band really want to launch the Future Past Lp in North
American boldly. I may never find out Duran Duran’s true motivation for these shows but my
initial thought was, “Uh oh! I’m about to go ‘on cycle’ again.”
As a long time Duran concert attendee, I find myself experiencing the same cycle of emotions.
My parents bought my first Duran Duran tickets (Notorious era) as my eighth grade graduation
gift. My thirteen year old heart swooned. My late father once drove me and my fistful of
allowance cash to the local shopping mall where I purchased Duran tickets (Big Thing era) at the
Ticketmaster kiosk as he swilled coffee bemusedly. Nowadays, I am happy to report that I buy
my tickets independently. Yet, for me, it’s not the calm process that others may experience.
Stage One: Optimism
This is the joyful period when I’m glad there’s another opportunity to see the band.
“Danceophobia” became tolerable after I saw John on keyboards under pulsing strobe lights.
You look forward to the potential magical stage moments as they arrive.
Stage Two: Indiana Jones
Now, I’m searching maps ala Nick unfurling one in the Union of the Snake video. Where will
this show be? If it’s nearby, my costs lower and my chance of attending increases. The upcoming
European shows require less travel for the band. These shows would require me to cross the
globe. Is this show feasible?
Stage Three: The Justifying Accountant
Remember when Bugs Bunny put on a pair of glasses to read? This is how I examine my
banking statement. Then I tell myself all the reasons why I deserve to attend a show regardless of
cost. The numbers laugh at me. But I am determined.
Stage Four: Exasperation!
Why must pre-sales occur during the work day?! My job has a security lock on the computers to
prevent personal purchases such as concert tickets. I have found myself at home “unwell” on pre-
sale days on multiple occasions. I make do.
Stage Five: Anxiety
What are my passwords? Why are credit card numbers so long? What’s DDM pre-sale code?
How does this venue label the left side of the stage (otherwise known as John side)? What time
zone am I operating in? What does a VIP package contain?
Stage Six: Acceptance
It is done. Hopefully I’m in the first five rows. If not, I’m grateful that I obtained a seat. I will
start perusing resale sites for better options if needed. Now I can circle the date on my calendar
and address my transportation and hotel needs.
Stage Seven: Socialization
Who else is going to the show? Will there be a fan meet up? What outfit will I wear?
I don’t know if I will attend any of the Hollywood Bowl shows yet. I’m currently in Stage One.
In the perfect scenario, I would attend all three in the middle of the front row. September is my
birth month; I once treated myself to a September Red Rocks Duran concert. A California show
is on my “Places to see Duran Duran” bucket list. Perhaps I might. Here’s to hoping anyone who
wishes to attend gets great seats. Let’s Stay Tuned.