Friday, October 28, 2005

Duran Duran Live in London

"How do I love thee, let me count the ways". Elizabeth Barrett Browning puts this so eloquently and for me, I just can't say it enough about Duran Duran. I know, it sounds crazy, and maybe it kinda is, just a little. But I don't care.

Last night I turned on the TV just after 10pm and started flicking through the channels. Hit Much More Music and stopped as I heard the opening drum beats to Please, Please Tell Me Now. Ahhh how the memories came flooding back. 15 years old again. Me and each of my friends madly in love with a different member of the group. Screaming and laughing ourselves into hysterics. Does life get better than that?

Anyway, in the last 20 years the band has of course aged. What I found remarkable (or scary) was that Nick still looks the same age - and you're not gonna tell me it's his clean living or something. That "man" must have had some work done. Second on the scary list is Andy, who used to be such a cutie. What is with the sunglasses ALL the time? All I can think at this point is that he had a botched eye lift. Next, Simon - starting to look a little thick necked.

As for John and Roger - they looked the best. Roger, despite the craggy face, was lookin' f-i-n-e!!! Finally, my very own heart throb, John, looked as wonderful as ever. My opinion is probably biased, but so what! He's got some wrinkles and I don't care. His eyes shone as brightly as ever, his smile was as genuine and his attention to the audience endearing. Phew! He still makes me smile and giggle even when I'm all by myself.

The crowd was a testament to the times as well. No more teenagers in the audience; now it's all women in their mid-30s and a remarkable number of men (perhaps the husbands of these women). One of the best moments was during Save A Prayer. During the chorus, Simon turned the mic to the audience and they all still knew the words! Interesting to note though, not so many lighters being held up in the air, rather more cell phone lights being waved around! Sign of the times, or what?

Now I figure there were 2 reasons they played that last night:
1) The Duran Duran Live in London DVD is coming out on Nov. 1 (just in time for Christmas ... ;)
2) It was Simon's birthday yesterday. Am surprised I actually remember that, but there you go.

5 comments:

Why said...

Thought I'd leave a post that doesn't have to do with bicycle repair kits or scented candles. Those two things certainly belong on a post about Duran Duran.
I would LOVE to see some old Duran videos with you. Next time I visit? Roger is still a hunk. Eventhough "someone" once said he was insane...

Stef said...

Sorry about the spam, I deleted those comments.

Oh God - did I really say Roger was insane? Surely not. Well, possibly. But yes, we will definitely have to watch some D.D. As incentive, I have Sing Blue Silver on DVD and Duran's greatest hits on VHS ... tempting enough?!

Why said...

I have ON TAPE that you said Roger was insane! AND you laughed about it. Unfeeling wench.

Stef said...

What??? Really? When was that?

Why said...

I still have that Goodbye Tape that you, Lynn, Andrew and Pierre made for me before I left for Switzerland in 1987. I could quote you BIG TIME on various subjects. Just make sure you never piss me off...