|Waiting in the VIP line|
Good Friday this year truly took on a new meaning for my sister and I. My Duran Duran Fan Club membership truly paid off and we were holding 2 of the 32 allotted tickets for the VIP section of the All That You Need Is Now tour at the Epic in Minneapolis on April 22nd. It was an absolutely nasty afternoon. Pouring rain. We pondered staying in our hotel for an extra 30 minutes but grabbed our raincoats and umbrellas and headed to the Epic. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity after all! We arrived an hour and an half before the doors were set to open and ended up 5th in the VIP line. The girl who was first in line got there at 1:30 pm so we felt pretty good about arriving at 5:30 and being fifth in line.
|Roger Taylor's drums|
|Growing crowd behind us. |
(Yes they are all old like me!)
After being absolutely freezing for hours, we were now feeling the heat from the growing crowd behind us. John Taylor tweeted that the band had just landed at the airport. We shed layers of clothing as more and more fans crowded into the club. We had a united front with a few of the other VIP fans and let no one up to the front of the stage. I befriended one of the security guards by chatting him up and offering him gum. It paid off to have a security guard on your side as he let me take pictures with the flash on and record parts of the concert.
At 8 pm All You Need Is Now started blaring from the speakers. The crowd went wild! But the crowd behind us did not have the inside knowledge that we VIP Duranies had about the band. They weren't Facebook or Twitter followers of John Taylor. They didn't know that the band wasn't even at the Epic yet. They didn't have a security guard friend telling them that the band plays a 45 minute video before the show—the entirety of their new album. The crowd managed to figure it out after 20 minutes of video and demanded the band. We learned that show was oversold so by the time the videos ended the place was teeming. Women were passing out around us. It was hot, loud, and the front row was more than ready for Duran Duran!
Next up . . . "What It's Like in the Front Row at a Duran Duran Concert" or "JOHN TAYLOR I LOVE YOU!!!"