Here's a little photo travelogue of my weekend
Duran Duran passed through our neck of the country and we went to go see them...twice...well, sort of. We took Friday off from work because they were playing at the MGM Casino at Foxwoods which is a few hour drive for us and we wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to get there. Thursday night had us making a trip to Target to pick up last minute things for the trip, including this guy...
|Not sure why it used a blue filter...|
We got to the casino in plenty of time, met up with a couple of friends who were also going to the show and did some gambling.
|Shhh! Casino security doesn't like you taking photos|
|This is looking up from directly below the...whatever it is|
Then we had to take the shuttle back to our hotel to pick up a $100 slot machine ticket that we'd forgotten when we went back to change before the show. Our hotel isn't that far from the casino but the whole process of waiting for the shuttle, running into the hotel, waiting for the return shuttle (with drunken party girls), going back to the casino, cashing the ticket, and waiting to go back to the hotel again was around an hour. By then it was time for bed so we could leave early Saturday. We'd been advised to leave early for Atlantic City as the Jersey beach traffic could be horrendous.
It wasn't that bad. It took maybe an extra 60 minutes or so with the traffic. After getting settled in our room, we went to scope out the hotel the concert would be at which is called Revel. The amount of open space inside reminded me of Cloud City. It's huge inside! There are a few roof decks that look out on the ocean but since we weren't guests there, we weren't allowed on them. Boo!
The waiting areas in the mani lobby had some interesting retro stylings.
So we sat down for awhile and chatted with other disappointed fans. We also got to watch other people see the sign and watch their reactions. We weren't the only ones that had travelled for this show, I heard someone came from as far as Denver! A couple people I talked to said this was going to be their first time seeing the band.
My wife had been texting with a fellow Duranie from NY who was upstairs at one of the bars so we went up to say hi before leaving the hotel. We got up to the bar and among the crowd there was Dom Brown (lead guitarist), Simon Willescroft (saxophone/percussion) and Anna Ross (backing vocals)! They were being very nice and talking to the fans and posing for photos. I talked to Dom for a couple minutes because I thought he was especially awesome the night before. He told me to check out his site dombrown.com for his solo work. He laughed and said he doesn't bother telling the girls about it because they're usually not as interested in the music as guys are.
|I don't get the whole nerdy glasses thing with celebs...|
After that, we wound down the night by going to the Steel Pier, which is a neat little amusement park area. They have helicopter tours of the Atlantic City Boardwalk during the day and night so it was exciting to see it buzzing around so close. In addition to the standard rides and games, they also have a motorbike stunt show. Unfortunatley, I didn't get to see it but would have loved to. I did snap a few pics of the stunt area including the Sphere of Death (at least, that's what I call it). You can see all my Steel Pier pics on Flickr.
We hit the road Sunday morning and after a drive that felt like it would never end, got home around 9 p.m. And for the record, Fred did not bring any wealth on the trip. Unless you want to count the 26 cents someone left in the hotel closet.