Concert Review: Duran Duran - All You Need is Now is Right on Time - Page 2
I do know that they were not old enough to have driven themselves to the venue because one of the girls kept turning around to smile at me, her arms waving in the air, laughing and singing along, she saw in the smile on my face obviously, a kindred spirit to share in her joy. She was just a baby really.
The other two girls were gone--completely--from the moment Simon Le Bon wrapped his amazing album-perfect harmonies around Nick Rhodes' synths and Roger Taylor started slamming out his fierce, driving signature "nail-your-ass-to-the-wall" percussion on the opening beats of the title track for Duran Duran's latest album All You Need is Now.
*An absolute "must" to mention John Taylor's sick, nasty bass leads on this song as well. For those of us who prefer our pop music a little sick and nasty, John Taylor is a God.
For the entire show the three girls in front of me only stopped waving their fingers and fists between songs--and then they would break into screams as the next song started, hugging each other and jumping up and down, "Oh my God! I love this song!" And off they went.
I couldn't wipe the stupid smile off my face watching them, remembering when I was one of them, screaming with just the same abandonment--and to the same band.
The scene before me was not unique on that evening however, the audience for Duran Duran in Atlanta covered a wide range of ages, but veteran Duran Duran fans were definitely out-numbered.
Judging by the fans wrapped around to the back of the venue and the faces around me during the show, I'd put the ratio at about 25, college age and younger, for every one 80s era Duran Duran fan.
Watching the girls in front of me wave their hands to the beat of the music and looking down at the floor area which had become a rolling sea of waving arms is what prompted my thoughts of my mother and John Lennon. As I had not known my mother's John Lennon, these kids do not know my Duran Duran. They hadn't even been born when Duran Duran mania was at its height. They love Duran Duran's 80s music because it's great music. Timeless.
But they love their Duran Duran. It's the new music that they feel connected to. They would never refer to them as an 80s New Wave band, to call them that would make no sense. They know nothing of New Wave.Continued on the next page