Like it or not, I continue with my favourite game, Duran Duran. But just a little bit. I was supposed to put a video in the last post, but I forgot. So here is a short video of the concert in Helsinki on June 2.
The long wait was over. Duran Duran arrived in Finland on June 2, 2022. It took 40 years. It could have been earlier, but it got cancelled. Better late than never. The timing was right because it was my 45th birthday. It was the biggest party I ever had. There were at least 12000 people there, so there was a lot of traffic at the gate. It took ages to get in, which was a shame. The warm-up band Nile Rodgers and Chic had already started their set when I was still outside the venue. Some people came to see them, so it wasn’t very nice for them to wait. Some of us had a priority ticket, but that didn’t help much. Nile Rodgers is one of the people who had helped Duran Duran and many others. He’s a legend. He had gone through drug addiction and cancer, and he’s still going strong.
The concert was held in Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki. The weather was rainy and chilly, but the music kept us warm. The rain held up at 8 pm when Duran Duran started. I stood pretty close to the stage, but thinking about it later, I could have stood more in the middle, so I could have seen the whole stage. It started to rain again about an hour later, but that didn’t let our spirit down. What bothered me a bit was that some people crowded themselves to get to their friends, some during the concert. Some of them had drinks in their hands. The place was crowded, for crying out loud. Before the band arrived, some young women started to smoke. Hate when people do that. They could have done it before getting to the crowd. The nerve of some people. I stood close to the loudspeaker, so it was pretty loud. Some people complained about the sound and about the scenery. It depends where you were standing, I suppose. It was just awesome to see Duran Duran. Simon (lead singer) mentioned the band’s last visit to Finland between one of the songs. He said something like, “How did you know about us? You weren’t born yet. Oh, from your parents” I don’t remember the exact words. At that point, I felt old. I was 5 at the time, so I was alive. I didn’t know anything about the band then. I listened to kid songs and had other things on my mind. I heard about them when my mother taped music from the radio and the song “A View to a kill”, but not the same of the band. It was only later that I started to listen to their music.
I don’t think I’m ever sung and moved to the music the way I did at the concert. There were so many people, and the music was loud, so who would have noticed anyway. Their focus was on the band. I don’t know how many sang along, but I did to almost every song. Hearing people singing the songs is the best feeling in the world. People singing “Notorious” Amazing. They had many of their biggest hits, a few new songs, and one cover version. Here is the setlist.
There was a video screen at the back of the stage, but I didn’t see much of it. There was a big screen on each side of the stage, so you could see a close-up of the band. We, the audience, were waving and clapping to the music. I made some whistling noises with my fingers after the songs. I wouldn’t normally do that, but this was a great place to do so. I loved every moment of it. Their biggest hit is probably “Ordinary world”, At least when it comes to radio play. Simon talked about the situation in Ukraine and about the people living there. He dedicated the song to them. I think people sang to the whole song. At least I did. The rain started to fall harder when the band performed “Hold back the rain” It didn’t hold back the rain. It was the other way around. I was glad I had a good raincoat and Goretex sneakers. Rubber boots could have been even better. The rain was also getting on stage, so Simon said it looked like ice. It was also windy, so the rain still got on the stage even if there was a roof.
“The Chauffeur” is a big fan favourite, so that’s probably the reason why they keep it on their setlists. It used to be my least favourite song, but I learned to love it. Simon wore a hat that reminded me of a police hat or something. At the end of the song, he played a flute instrument. I looked it up just now, and it’s probably called an ocarina. My favourite song is “Save a Prayer” Simon told us to put the lights on (mobile flashlight) to get some stars, and many did, including me. It must have looked amazing from the stage. The band seemed to enjoy the show despite the rain since they smiled a lot. Especially John Taylor. When the band was finished, Roger Taylor through his drumstick to someone in the audience. The person said on Facebook that she was the one. Kind of funny since she had the same first name as me. I don’t know if he does that in all of the concerts, but it’s nice of him to do so.
The concert ended before 10 pm, but it could have continued much longer. It’s like a date. You really loved the date, and you wish it could last forever, but your date has already moved on, so you feel empty inside. I don’t know how long the band stayed in Finland. Not long, I guess since today (June 4) they’re performing in the Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee concert. So pleased they finally came to Finland. I hope they return again. The concert should have been the next day because then the weather was much better. I was so happy to have been there. Some people complained about many things, but nothing would have stopped me from going to see them live. If I didn’t love the band enough before, I love them even more now. Many people took photos and videos of the concert, which was a little annoying since all you could see were mobiles in the air. I took some too, but I also wanted to enjoy the show. As a souvenir and something to remind me of the show, I bought a blue coloured T-shirt with the band on the front and the tour dates on the back. Or more laundry, like my dad, says.
To end this blog post, here are more photos.
I’m not allergic to food or animals but I am allergic to dust, sweat, strong smells and cigarette smoke. I’ve mentioned before about my atopic eczema. If I was allergic to food I could choose what to eat. But when it comes to fragrances, there are things and places that are difficult to avoid. When you’re around people, there’s always someone who wears too much perfume. Or a smoker who has just been outside. That’s the worse smell ever, a person who has just smoked. I can hardly breathe if someone like that is close by. When smoking was still allowed in pubs and cruise ships, my skin reacted to the smoke. It got itchy and I had dry skin for days. Luckily, they forbid smoking inside and now it’s much nicer to travel on ships. Except my skin still gets dry but that’s because of the bedclothes in the cabins that are washed with a strong detergent.
I can’t sweat so running and other “sweaty” things should be avoided. If I do run, my skin becomes itchy and it’s really unpleasant. That’s why I hate it if I’m late and I have to run. I can’t do physical work. Any job where you have to wash your hands often or use strong detergents is bad for me. Even hot weather makes my skin itch. I can’t stay in the sun for too long either. In winter the eczema is the worse. In the summer it’s not that bad. Some people think it’s contagious but it’s not. It doesn’t look very nice but you won’t get it if you touch someone. My allergy is mild compared to what others might have. Some have it on their hands but luckily I haven’t. Mine is mostly on my face and arms. Sometimes my face is so red, that I’m not very willing to go outside. I use an emollient cream which seems to work. Moisturizers that doesn’t contain alcohol is good for me. I have to use fragrance-free products but luckily there’s quite a lot to choose from. Wearing wool on bare skin makes me itchy. When I was younger, I was so embarrassed about having eczema on my arms so I wore long-sleeved shirts all summer. As I got older I noticed wearing short sleeves made it better. It’s the sweat that makes the skin itchy.
House dust and especially during cleaning makes my nose run. I begin to sneeze and sometimes I get 24-hour flu because of it. That’s the reason I don’t like dusting. Dust also makes my face itch. The dust outside in the spring also gives me mild reactions but not as much as inside. Sometimes I think maybe I should hire a cleaner because of my condition but I don’t like strangers touching my things. Besides, housekeepers cost money and I rather clean my flat myself. Anyone with an allergy of any kind knows life isn’t peachy but you learn to live with your imperfections.