There is a crazy drunk lady who has been following me to every rock concert all of my life. Undoubtedly, she sits in the row in front of me moving to a drunken dance and spilling her beer from her plastic cup as she sloshes around making a fool of herself. Of course, she, too, was at the Duran Duran concert last night. Here she is….a photo of crazy drunk girl:
Despite her antics, I am happy to say that hearing the classic tunes that have been with me for more than 30 years way overshadowed the dopey ditz. I walked into the concert talking to ladies sitting near me and professing that I was so in love with bassist John Taylor back in the day that I actually used to write letters to him. I described how there were posters plastering my bedroom walls and school locker, but today, though I still love the music, my crush for him has wavered. I was adament in my statement and felt that age had changed my tastes.
And then he walked onto the stage. In an instant, I was 12-years-old again, and my heart skipped a prepubescent beat. Duran Duran’s music has been such a huge part of my life for so many years, and hearing them putting it all together again was like coming home. It gave me the same feeling I get when I visit my old neighborhoods in Akron, Ohio and drive by the two homes that I lived in when I grew up there. You can see from the set list, that besides a couple of songs from their new album, these are songs that bring back memories and make you want to turn up the radio when they come on from time to time.
Last night felt like one big happy celebration. It was 97 degrees outside at 8:00 pm, and even Simon LeBon and the other Duran Duran boys shed their leather blazers to deal with the impossible heat. Despite the rows of sweaty bodies and one crazy drunk girl in the row in front of me, this music and this rock concert brought contagious happiness to an awful lot of people.
At every live performance I go to, there is always one song that takes on new meaning for me. Hearing a recording of it has not done it justice in the past, but seeing it live makes it become special. For me, that song was “Come Undone” last night. Though I liked the song before last night’s concert, it was not on the top of my Duran Duran list. I can now say my opinion of it has changed, because Duran Duran’s performance of it was spot on. That is why I chose it as my song of the day today, because it was a beautiful musical moment, and I am hoping to spread a little of it on to all of you. Click here for the Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICnlyNUt_0o
As Duran Duran played their final notes last night, an immense feeling of sadness came over me. I didn’t want the show to end. It was like saying goodbye to an old friend and not knowing when and if ever you would see them again. These gentleman really have and always will be a big part of my life, and I am so appreciative for all the good times they have brought to me. Rock on, Duran Duran, because I’ll be watching and will always be a pre-teen a little bit in love with all of you. xo