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    Posted September 26, 2012 by
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    Duran Duran Caravan

     
    Nigel John Taylor. Nicholas James Bates. Simon John Charles LeBon. Roger Andrew Taylor. Rio. Arena. Reflex. What do those words do for you? Anything? For me, they make my heart start to race a little bit, and bring a smile to my face. Those words, especially if accompanied with music, will brighten up my day.

    I have been a “Duranie” since I was about 12 -13 yrs old. I was totally obsessed with them. I could tell you the birthdays of each member, where they played their first gig, all that kind of stuff. Even had a Cabbage Patch Doll named after my favorite guy at that time. The one thing that was missing was that I never had a chance to see them in concert when I was growing up. I finally got to see them in 2008 on the “Red Carpet Massacre” tour. It was AMAZING! I even brought my 13 yr old son with me to that concert. I was hooked.

    This year though, was the year of the Caravan to Duran Duran! A bunch of us that are on in a fan based group on Facebook, were all going to the same concert in Durham, NC. A couple members who lived in the area, got together, and a pre-party was created. It was further helped out and promoted by the creators of the Daily Duranie Blog, a popular visiting place for us Duranies! A bar was found near the venue that created DD themed drinks for our group and played the band’s recently released DVD “A Diamond in the Mind”. There were 80+ people over the 2 hours of the event. It was my first time going to any kind of event like that, and it was wonderful. It was great to finally put actually faces with the names I had been chatting with online. It was a wonderful way for us to get all psyched for the show.

    While getting the event set up, people began to notice some of the group were also going to be at the Portsmouth, VA show the next night. Eventually, an event page was started for them, as the idea of a “caravan” drive to Portsmouth became more of a reality. When I able to secure my ticket for Portsmouth, I joined the caravan and even designed a t-shirt for the group, which several people loved, and purchased. Kim, a fellow Duranie I have gotten to know well, and I decorated our cars with window paint for the caravan. At the arena, people even recognized the “Caravan”, I assume from hearing about it on the Daily Duranie or the Facebook fan page, because there were several shout outs! Kim, who I still stay in touch with, and I, we decided that if we are going to do this, we were going all out. There is truth behind the acronym “YOLO” (You only live once) and I was going all out for this trip, having secured decent seats for the Durham show, and 2nd row seats for the Portsmouth show!

    While I enjoyed every moment of the Durham show, it can’t compare to the excitement I felt at the Portsmouth show, being so close to them. Not only that, but there was an energy around them that wasn’t present at the previous show. Or maybe that was because I was so much closer? Whatever it was, it made the night so unforgettable…I totally forgot that I was there pretty much alone. (All of us in the group had seats scattered across the arena, and nobody from home came with me) I forgot that the rude drunk lady next to me had spilt her beer all over me, I forgot that I was 5 ½ hours from home…it was just me and the music.

    Not only were both concerts better than any of us could have imagined, but to be able to meet other people with the same passion for the band, was a wonderful feeling of camaraderie. Several people were heard saying that was great to not have to defend their passion for the band. Some of the people that I met, it was like meeting long lost friends from high school, because we had so much in common. I came home from that experience having made a couple really good friends.

    Yes, I am an 80’s music nerd. I am a Duranie, and I am proud of it.
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