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The Ross Who Knew Too Much

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Duran Duran = Not Good Not Good

I am quite sad to report that tonight's Duran Duran show at the Xcel was a huge letdown. Guitarist Andy Taylor temporarily exited the tour last week to go back to England to care for his seriously ill father. And the guy that they got to replace him, well, he didn't really seem to actually know how to play Duran Duran's songs. Which led to some seriously lumpen moments. During "Planet Earth," in particular, it felt like he was about three measures behind the rest of the guys. I almost fell out of my chair.

I think the bigger problem may have been with the size of the audience, which was supposedly 6,000. There were some seriously hardcore fans up in front -- the type who paid big bucks via the fan club for primo seats. Beyond that, though, the crowd seriously thinned out, which was all the more apparent from up in the press box. I can't help but wonder if Simon and the boys took a peek from behind the curtain before the show and decided to slip into autopilot.

If you would have told me 15 years ago -- or 15 days ago, for that matter -- that Motley Crue would put on a better reunion show than Duran Duran, I would have fallen out of my chair (twice).

Anyway, my review is running on Wednesday's A&E Live page (and on the Web site as of the morning) alongside a brief story about the Turf Club. The rumors are, indeed, true that it's being sold to the owner of the Dubliner. But it's entirely not true that it's going to be converted into the Dubliner II. The new owner told me, emphatically, that he has no plans to change the Turf Club's music schedule. He's going to make some structural improvements, but that's about it. He says that most live music fans won't even notice the difference. And that's certainly great news to those who want to ensure they'll still have a place to see bands like this who seem to put on an extra special show whenever they're at the Turf.

In SXSW news, Kate Galloway has a few more festival updates here.

And in related news, I'm going to continue going with this whole blog thing. But now that SXSW is over, I suppose we'll have to change the name. Also, expect to read far fewer sightings of former MTV personalities.


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