In The Pleasure Groove

It’s been a while since I’ve updated. I’m trying to get out if that habit and in one of writing at least 2 or 3 times a week like I used to. My main reason that I haven’t yet is work, of course. Usually, once I get home, I don’t feel like doing much of anything at all. This is a very busy time for my line of work, though, so once things settle down after the holidays, I think I’ll feel like doing more.

Not too much has happened since my last update, but one very big event for me was going to see John Taylor (Duran Duran) at his talk and signing event in Chicago on October 30th. The trip there was a bit exhausting as most car trips are. Chicago is 5 hours away from where I am, so it’s not really a short ride. The event itself was at the City Winery, which is a very nice place! I would love to go there again when I have a bit more time. It was nice inside and one thing I really liked were the wine bottle shaped lights.

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Later on, when waiting in line for the signing, we got to see them close up.

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My friend and I shared a plate of cheeses, which were delicious. I’m not big on blue cheese, but it tasted rather good with honey.
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The talk and reading session with John was very good and amusing. Musically speaking, John has always been someone I look up to, so getting to listen to him talk about and read from his book and meet him was a dream come true for me, even if the meeting was a bit rushed due to time and how many were there. I enjoyed it!

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I also had a book autographed for a friend in Japan. It’s a surprise present, so I hope she’ll like it. She’s a fan too, of course. John had some fun with her name though, haha. She goes by Chicako, so since we were in Chicago he was amused and wrote hers “To Chicako, From Chicago”.

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I think she’ll like it!

Anyway, the book is good, so go buy it!

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Ending here for now, but I have more to post later today.

Duran Duran @ Botanical Gardens

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As far as outdoor concerts go, this one was fun! I’m not one for outside venues, but it wasn’t too bad. I already knew I wouldn’t have as awesome a spot at this one that I had had in Chicago last year (3rd-ish row), but I had a pretty good view for being so far back. Of course it was kind of useless, but I took one picture anyway.

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Setlist:
OP: A Diamond In The Mind
1: Before the Rain
2: Planet Earth
3: View to a Kill
4: All You Need Is Now
5: Being Followed
6: The Reflex
7: Come Undone
8: Safe
9: Union of the Snake
10: Girl Panic!
11: Notorious
12: Save A Prayer
13: White Lines
14: Ordinary World
15: Hungry Like The Wolf
16: Sunrise
17: Wild Boys

Encore
18: Girls On Film
19: Rio

I was excited to finally hear their cover of White Lines live! The only other one that would have made it perfect would have been Too Bad You’re So Beautiful, but maybe next time, haha.

Overall, it was a great concert and well worth the 5 hour drive from St. Louis to Memphis.

I will say that I’m done with outdoor venues, though. Bugs. I hate bugs.