Is it wrong that I was very much blown away by the Duran Duran concert last night? Is it wrong that when Simon LeBon took off his jacket with the suggestion of a strip tease that I swooned a little? Is it wrong that, when he came into the audience to find someone to introduce him, I really wished he could have found his way up to the upper tier to pick me?
Seriously, I am still in a bit of shock over how honestly fabulous that concert was. (Made all the more fabulous by the fact that I didn’t have to pay for the tickets!) I’ve seen a couple of shows in the past year or so where the appeal is very much rooted in nostalgia and little else, and I sort of expected this show to be the same. I was very wrong. Amazing show… Simon LeBon really is still a hottie, as are most of the rest of the band. The sound was tight and solid, and the showmanship and energy was beyond that of a lot of younger bands. There was only one real faltering moment in the night, when Simon’s monitors went out and he couldn’t hear himself for the first verse of “View to a Kill”… poor thing was off key pretty badly… but he recovered for the second verse quite nicely. Besides, at least we know the man is still singing live, not to a “guide track”.
The crowd was very into it, at least for the old stuff. Sadly, it seems that not many people have caught up with their latest album, which I will admit I like a lot more than I thought I would. They actually played a number of songs from the new album (about 6 or 7), but still managed to play all the old hits, with the exception of “Reflex”.
VHS or Beta, the opening band, was interesting too. Hailing from Kentucky (of all places), they struck me as what would happen if Duran Duran and Joy Division had children and raised them listening to nothing but the Cure’s Robert Smith singing a cappella. Strangely, that all came together to make something that sounded pretty damn good.
It’s amazing to me how much music can still lift my spirits, can make me forget about the worries and the problems, can force me to let go and enjoy it. That was just what I needed last night.