After 27 years I FINALLY SAW DURAN DURAN!!!! The first show of their mini-US tour kicked off at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino this weekend. And even though we were in the last row of the section at the back – this was one of the best concerts I have ever seen! (and you know me, I go to A LOT of concerts 😉 )
It wasn’t just the anticipation of finally seeing a band I really love after so long – these guys are tight – this is NO nostalgia tour of tired rockers dutifully playing their greatest hits to an audience that only knows their 30 year old songs. Duran Duran are in fighting form right now. They’ve got a phenomenally good new album with songs that hold up just as well next to the classics. In fact, I would say some of the new tracks are pretty seamless with the old stuff which made for a damn exciting set list.
And the audience was great. I have to say I was a little concerned at first that it would be full of “sitters” – you know, those damn people that SIT DOWN for an entire concert, or only stand for the songs they know then sit for the rest. I was happy to be wrong and for the most part everyone was up and dancing their asses/screaming their heads off for the entire show.
And how could they not?? Planet Earth! (with us screaming “SWITCH IT ON!” if you’re a Durannie, this needs no explanation ;-p), Hungry Like the Wolf!, Come Undone! OMFG Careless Memories!!!!!! I knew they were rehearsing Friends of Mine because Simon was tweeting looking for the lyrics – but that still did not prepare me for HOW FUCKING EXCITED I was to hear it. The energy from both band and crowd was incredible – I kicked off my boots and danced around next to my mom who was so good to me – screaming “That’s DURAN DURAN!!!!” when they came on stage, and then getting me a keychain and tour book as presents for my nearly three decades of fandom.
Do yourself a favor – go see this tour. The new songs are great, the old songs will give you the energy and joy of a 14 year old, and trust me when I say there is no better time to be had than screaming “WILD BOYS! WILD BOYS! WILD BOYS!!” with a thousand or so other excited fangirls AND boys! (I met a guy who looked like he would be at home at a metal show. Except he’s seen Duran Duran 75 times! I shook that man’s hand.)
And check out this adorable shirt I got:
Also? I still ♥John Taylor 😉