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John Taylor 10-23-11I’ve mentioned several times here that Duran Duran is my favorite band of all time. A couple of years ago, I saw them in concert for the first time ever. It was better than I could have imagined. My friend Amy and I had third-row seats on John Taylor’s side of the stage, the band was awesome, etc.

But it wasn’t enough. We wanted to go again! So when more concert dates were announced and one was within four hours’ driving distance, Amy and I decided to take a road trip. We got third-row seats again (!) on John Taylor’s side of the stage.

The concert was set for August 28 (the day after my birthday), and we got the tickets in April. So we four fun months to plan and anticipate our road trip.

Then … horrors! A few days before the concert, keyboardist Nick Rhodes got sick. First one concert was canceled, then another. At 10 p.m. on my birthday, I read the Facebook message saying that our concert was canceled. I was heartbroken. I cried. Dare I say it – I was disappointed. I posted as much on Facebook and Twitter, even using the word “disappointed … ”

… and was scolded by other fans! It wasn’t Nick’s fault, they said, and his health should come first. People had no right to say they were disappointed.

Well, duh. Of course the band’s health comes first. I wasn’t angry that the concerts were canceled. Obviously I wanted Nick to get better. But I was hideously disappointed that the concert was canceled. Not angry – just disappointed.

Anyone else find that – the idea that one can’t be disappointed without being angry – rather absurd?

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Around the time I went to the Duran Duran concert back in October, I watched a few of their videos on YouTube. As anyone familiar with YouTube will know, whenever you watch a clip there is a list of related videos on the right side of the screen. And as anyone who has ever watched a video on YouTube will know, that can lead to a fun meandering through all sorts of fun clips.

Basically, I’ve been catching up on the past 30 years of Duran Duran interviews, features, and other videos. Back in the day (i.e. the 80s), you couldn’t just hop on the internet to find the latest interview with your favorite band. You just hoped you caught it when it was on TV. If you were lucky, you knew about it in advance and were able to watch it and maybe even videotape it for future viewing. But most of it, you just missed. If you were really lucky, you or a friend had the money to buy your favorite band’s concert tape, which you watched over and over until you literally wore it out.

I’ve watched their very first interview, done on the fly when an American film crew literally bumped into the band after an early photo shoot and figured they must be somebody. I’ve found other video clips from the concert I attended. I’ve come across an episode of a silly game show called Pop Quiz, pitting Duran Duran against rivals Spandau Ballet. A Japanese interview with John Taylor where he reluctantly samples Japanese food and explains why he declined the sake. Several multi-part documentaries from various times in their career (particularly good ones from 1984 and 1987).

Heh, just found a multi-part concert video from earlier this year. Must resist watching it tonight!

The moral of the story is … hop on over to YouTube and look up your favorite band or singer! What are you waiting for? (I’m looking at you, Gal – I bet you can find tons of new stuff from your Sir Paul there!)

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The Concert That Keeps On Giving

Another little teaser for you … I’m IN this picture of John Taylor! Imagine my surprise to see it posted on Duran Duran’s Facebook page today.

(Lower right corner, with my arms up and open.)

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Best. Night. Ever.

Will post more tomorrow, but perhaps this will hold you over until then:

The Duran Duran concert was totally worth the 27-year wait.

(I only wish I had known how camera/video friendly they are – I could have brought my good DSLR camera and gotten some really good pictures. Next time!)

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I Feel Like I’m 15

Why do I feel like I’m 15, you may ask?

Tomorrow night, I’m going to Windsor. For a concert.

A Duran Duran concert.

They’ve only been my favorite band since I was 14. (Which means, oh, say, 27 years.)

I’ve never seen them in concert before. Not exactly sure why – I guess by the time I was old enough and had the funds for concerts, they weren’t really touring. When they really started touring again as at least a foursome, I was a mom without lots of extra funds.

A few months ago, I decided that it was ridiculous that I’d never seen my all-time favorite band in concert, and vowed to go the next time then played in my area. Then – tragedy! Simon Le Bon lost his voice, and the entire European summer tour was canceled. Obviously I wasn’t planning to see them in Europe, but I was worried that they’d never be able to tour again. Imagine my delight when, on the way to a car seat check event in Detroit, I saw a billboard advertising a Duran Duran concert in Windsor.

As soon as I got home that day, I emailed a new friend (Allie’s favorite friend’s mom) who I know loves Duran Duran, asking if she’d like to go. She enthusiastically said yes, and here we are, all set for tomorrow’s concert.

Oh, and did I mention that we have THIRD-ROW seats?! Guess that’s what happens when you’re a grown-up and can spend a little more on a ticket. I think it will be worth the 27-year wait.

(For those who are Duran Duran fans, check out their new album, All You Need is Now. It’s available for download from Amazon for just $5. I like the album a lot – it’s very reminiscent of their early albums.)

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See this “Don’t Vote” video:

Then register to vote (find out how at http://maps.google.com/vote ), and pass this information along to your friends.
Fellow bloggers, will you help to get out the word?  Tag five of your friends and ask them to share this information about the “don’t vote” meme.

I’m tagging:
The Gal
Jen at The Road Less Traveled
Malcolm at Pop Culture Dish
More Than an Electrician over at Naked On the Roof

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Mine’s 80s music in general, Duran Duran in particular. (Love their most recent two albums, too, although I could give or take the ones from 1990 until recently.) They are a staple on my iPod, and it drives me crazy that I have several Duran Duran CDs that I can’t fine and thus don’t have on my iPod.

Oh, and I love the Monkees. Their music never really got the respect it deserved. Musical genius? No, probably not. Enjoyable, well-produced pop music? Most definitely!

What’s YOUR musical guilty pleasure?

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