Duran Duran fans spend hard
As the British rock band tours North America, long-time Duran Duran followers – mostly women – are crisscrossing the country and dolling up to watch their greying idols up close.
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Kasandra O’Connell lives in Dublin, Ireland. At the end of October, she will travel to New York on business. The trip, however, coincides with Duran Duran’s Madison Square Garden show. Ms. O’Connell has seen them in previous years but will see them four times this year. She plans to travel to Venice, Italy, in the spring for a concert.Skip to next paragraph
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"I never would have traveled like this to see them before Twitter but I've met so many ‘DD sistahs’ that I feel perfectly happy traveling and meeting up with new friends,” O’Connell says.
Jen Cutler of Cleveland, Ohio, feels the same way. The trip's end purpose is hearing hits like “Rio” and “Hungry Like the Wolf” and screaming like a 14-year-old at lead singer Simon Le Bon, bassist John Taylor, drummer Roger Taylor, and keyboardist Nick Rhodes. But new friends are also part of the fun – and cost.
Ms. Cutler will travel to Atlanta this week to see the band then to Chicago and Canada later this month. She has brought pricier VIP tickets to get closer to the band and friends. “Yes, my finances took a hit,” Cutler says. “But I knew that if I was in the sixth row, it just wouldn't feel the same.”
“There’s something about looking good and staying at a nice place while going to see Duran Duran that makes you feel better about yourself and who knows, maybe you will run into them,” says Lamar, who will also travel to Chicago. “Not to mention expensive VIP tickets so you can be close enough to (hopefully) let their sweat sprinkle you.”
Then, there’s Andi Luna of Austin, Texas. She waited nearly 30 years to see the band that she worshipped as a teenager. In the last few weeks, she has traveled to San Francisco, Las Vegas, Dallas, and Baton Rouge to see the band and spent thousands of dollars. She spent $55 on a Duran Duran T-shirt at the Saratoga show.
“The shirt was too small but it was the last one of that design and I bought it anyway,” says Ms. Luna. “Yes, I have lost my mind.”
She is currently pondering her finances to see if she can afford two more trips to Chicago and New York before the band ends their North American tour.
“Seeing them on stage brought back all those feelings of a young girl who had hopes and dreams and hearing Simon sing made my heart soar to new heights,” she says.
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