I'm on the road to Palm Springs to meet up with my friends Gina, Renee, and her husband David. My stereo is cranked up and I'm (horribly) singing along ~
"Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand..."
We have tickets to see Duran Duran tonight at the Aqua Caliente Resort and Casino, just outside Palm Springs. We are sooooo excited!!
For me, this is my 8th time seeing them. I have been a Duran Duran fan since the early 80's.
I arrive at the hotel and take advantage of the hotel's complimentary valet parking. I meet up with everyone at the front desk where we all start joking around with the lady who is unfortunate enough to have to check us in. We are like giddy teeny boppers as we tell her that we are here for the Duran concert and ask if the band is staying at the hotel. She leans in to us, and whispers, "I shouldn't tell you this, but yes they are."
Despite the squeal of a 13 year old me in my head, I am able to calmly say "I have a crisp $5 dollar bill in my wallet for you, if you give us their room number."
Wait, I was serious!
Renee calls me a dumbass (that's so Renee).
Gina and I get settled up in our room, which we are pleasantly surprised by. The room is spacious and the bathroom is amazing. I've never seen a bathtub this huge before!
I do point out to Gina that most likely the band is not staying on our side of the hotel, judging by our view.
It's just a hunch, though...
The concert venue, called The Show, is near the back of the hotel/casino. Side note about the casino: They do allow smoking inside despite the California state law prohibiting it, so take that how you like - if you're a smoker, SCORE, if not...it will suck for you.
The Show is surprisingly nice; better and larger than I had expected. They appear to have a steady stream of fairly decent headlining acts, including Matchbox Twenty, Tony Bennett, Kevin James, Jay Leno, and Alan Jackson. Our seats are in the 10th row, on the right hand side of the stage. There really does not appear to be a bad seat in this place at all. Also, bar prices are very reasonable. Gina ordered a cosmopolitan and I ordered a champagne (served in a plastic cup. Classy); both were $6.
Finally, after waiting for what seemed an eternity, the lights dim, the fog machine starts to billow smoke, and we can start to make out silhouettes on stage. Girls are screaming. I might be screaming too.
"Bow to the paper Gods in a world that is paper thin"
Duran Duran opens the show with the title track of their current album. They sound great, Simon sounds great. Who is screaming? Oh, it's still me.
They waste no time going into hit after hit: "Wild Boys", "A View to a Kill", "Come Undone"! It was during "View" that Gina and I decided to see if we could get closer to the stage.
We find that the security guard is pretty lax about people moving closer to the stage, so long as we don't block the aisles. We stay up there for a couple of songs and then decide to move back to our seats. 10th row seems so far away now!
"Searchlight the crowd, I'm fixed on your face
This song, also from their current album, was co-written by Nile Rodgers (from 70's super group, Chic). His previous collaboration with Duran Duran brought us "Notorious", which they sang, and this new song is one of their best since "(Reach Up for the) Sunrise", which they did NOT sing.
A big blast of confetti goes off near the end of the song and fills the air with colored bits of tissue paper. It is so colorful, so cool, but I am so glad that I'm not responsible for cleaning this up.
"I turned on the lights, the TV, and the radio
This is my favorite DD song. I absolutely love it. Ironically, if I recall correctly from JT's book "The Pleasure Groove", John did not play bass on the album version.
I Don't Want Your Love
"Because when you understand me
It is hit after hit from here on out. We are all on our feet, singing along. It's a great crowd, full of fans. When the band starts playing "White Lines", Gina and I make a break for the stage again. We get closer, about 3rd row now.
The concert fake ends after "Girls on Film" and while we wait for the band to return for the encore, Gina says "as soon as the security guard looks away, let's go to the stage." So, we wait and after what feels like an eternity, he finally turns his back!
We are on the move and HOLY COW (!!!) we are standing at the stage! My hand is on the stage! Unfortunately my right ear is pretty much touching the speaker as well, and I may have lost some hearing, but SO WORTH IT!!!
The band comes back on stage and Simon thanks the fans and dedicates "Save a Prayer" to us.
Save a Prayer
"Take a chance like all dreamers can't find another way
The final song is "Rio". It's loud, it's festive, everyone is on their feet and singing and dancing. There is more confetti being shot out. It's amazing. Great show! How can this possibly get better?? Uh, John Taylor can come over to us!!...Wait!!...He is!! He's shaking hands of people at the stage. He's coming our way!!
Oh my gosh, he's getting closer!! I reach out my hand, Gina reaches out hers. He gets to her hand first, shakes it and then...
HE'S TOUCHING ME!!!!!
JOHN TAYLOR SHOOK MY HAND!!
(His hands were exceptionally soft, by the way.)
I feel like Marsha Brady - "I'm never going to wash my hand again!"
We are covered in confetti, in shock and awe over the whole experience!
Best. Concert. Ever.
There is no living with me now.
Until next time, John, Simon, Roger, and Nick, we'll stay hungry.
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