5 Ways to Prepare Yourself for Tonight’s Duran Duran/Nile Rodgers Takeover at BB & T Pavilion

Spray in the Aqua Net, squeeze into those jeans, sew in the extra tall shoulder pads and shine those disco because tonight’s Duran Duran & Nile Rodgers takeover at BB & T Pavilion is about to bring even more heat into what’s already going to be a toasty summer evening. 

While we can never full brace ourselves to be taken in by all that music and all that artist legendary that will be owning that stage tonight, what we can do is do our very best to prepare ourselves for whatever is about to be delightfully unleashed into the sticky summer live music sky.

Of course, when it comes to concert of this caliber you need to be more than ready  (as we’ve seen with past Philly visitors Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen0, so here are 5 ways you can fully prepare yourself for the iconic music magic that will takeover BB & T Pavilion in just a short while. 

All you need to do is repeat steps one through five and not only will it make you forget about the $45 beer and Crab Fries combo you’re about to pay for, but it will you more than get you amped and ready (as if that was possible) for another handful of legendary music artists who are showing their music love in the City of Brotherly Love. 

Now, let’s groove. 

1.Dive straight into Duran’s Duran’s latest ferocious album, Paper Gods.. While anyone attending tonight’s concert can be sure than Mr. Simon Le Bon and his DD boys will be taking you through all of their hits (calm down, we’ll get to those in a second), much of the tour is in support of their fourteenth (!!) studio album, Paper Gods. Packed with plenty of punch, sexy synths and big ol’ plugged in guitar riffs, the swirling set takes you all the way in from start to finish, all while making you work on the dance floor of this thing called…life. 

Standouts include the clap-happy “Danceaphobia,” the delightfully spooky title track, the Kiesza owned “Last Night in the City,” and when Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers show up on the riveting, “Pressure Off,” you can bet that’s what the tantalizing track success in doing.

Let’s f#$king dance.

2.Prepare to get lost on the dance floor with CHIC and Mr. Rodgers…  Since you’ve already got those tickets for tonight’s show (if not, go, right now), there’s no need to explain the many, many ways that CHIC and Nile Rodgers changed the dance music landscape, well, pretty much forever.

Whether it was on their shimmering disco hits, “Le Freak,” “Dance, Dance, Dance,” “Good Times,” “I Want Your Love” (the Gaga rewerk is also to die for), or Mr. Nile’s work with Daft Punk a few years back (we’ll be sooo lucky if we get to hear “Get Lucky”), that one-of-a-kind CHIC sound will always be a force to be reckoned with.

And those basslines? Well, if you look up the word “classic” is the dictionary, they are the epitome of what it all means. Enough said. 

3.Get all up in the early ’90s Duran Duran love… Okay, so while everyone and their mother knows all of Duran Duran’s classic ’80s hits like “Rio,” “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “Girls on Film,” “Notorious,” A View to a Kill,” “The Wild Boys,” “Is There Something I Should Know?” and “The Reflex,” we must always show love to their ’93 self-titled set, (dubbed The Wedding Album), which not only introduced the English Breakfast tea sipping super group into a whole new fan base, but it gave them a pair of Billboard Top 20 hits–“Ordinary World” and “Come Undone” that sound just as ting-ly and ready as they did back when they were pumping through our Sony Walkman headphones back-in-the-day. 

And for that matter, we can also toss in their ’95 cover of Grandmaster Flash’s ’84 anthem, “White Lines” because….life. 

4.Get ready to dance, dance, dance like it’s nobody’s business… Since both of these iconic music acts take pride in having you (yes, you) get up to move and groove for all of music eternity, that’s exactly what you need to get ready for. So, please while you’re attending tonight’s funked up festivities, don’t be one of those people at a concert who just sits there (there’s one at every show) and does nothing while the music artists up on that stage are doing it all for you. At the end of the disco day, all you need to do is get the f#$k up and get down like it’s nobody’s god damn business….because it most certainly isn’t. Go. 

5.Just prepare to live it up… Life is short and there’s no further explanation needed….especially when it comes to this show. Ready? 

Cover photo courtesy of Idolator


10 Classic Dave Matthews Band Singles

Get ready because Dave Matthews Band are coming to take over our mid ’90s music souls once again. 

Tomorrow night, Mr. Matthews and his merry band of drummers, saxophonists and violinists are set to take the stage at BB & T Pavilion in Camden for not just one, but a two night stint as part of their current U.S. summer tour, which will roll all the way to Sept 17th in California. 

Getting their start in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991, DMB formed after singer-songwriter and guitarist Matthews linked up with bassist Stefan Lessard, drummer/backing vocalist Carter Beauford and saxophonist LeRoi Moore. (Sadly, Moore died suddenly in August 2008 due to complications from injuries sustained in an ATV accident and Grammy Award-winner Jeff Coffin has since filled Moore’s spot as the band’s saxophonist). 

After the success of the ’93 release of their live independent E.P., Remember Two Things, the group rose to greater heights after their ’94 record, Under the Table and Dreaming, took over college radio stations everywhere and soon became the go to album for all of those who weren’t down with the alt rock movement that was pretty much everywhere on radio at the time.  

From the very first moment the bear ate his head and thought it was candy (Werther’s Original, maybe? This was the ’90s), DMB has succeeded in not just selling thirty million albums worldwide (a good portion of those being live albums…lots and lots of live albums) while delivering light, breezy singles like “What Would You Say,” “Ants Marching,” “Satellite,” “Where Are You Going?,” and sigh, “Crash,” but they’ve also become entrepreneurs in their own touring game with annual summer-long tours of the U.S. and Europe which feature lengthy improvisational renditions of their songs, accompanied by an elaborate video and lighting show that is guaranteed to cure your cataract. 

In fact, there might be some of you out there who aren’t just going to both shows at BB & T Pavilion this weekend, but will be following the band around all summer long, because that’s just what you do when it comes to DMB. Another thing you most certainly do when you see these plucked up music gentlemen live is familiarize yourself with the words to their most regarded melancholy melodies, so here are ten of them to get you more than ready (as if that were really possible) for the inevitable DMB takeover that’s about to occur in both Philly and in Camden this weekend. 

Not to worry, there’s still time to get those tickets, which you can grab right here. 

And for for much more Philly summer ’16 concert truth, check this out. 

“What Would You Say” The one that started it all. 

“Ants Marching” March on. 

“Satellite” That acoustic laced intro, though…

“Too Much” This one’s never enough.

 “So Much to Say” Enough said. 

“Crash” Lighters up, please. 

“I Did It” Yes, you did, Mr. Matthews. 

“The Space Between” Get lost again. 

“Where Are You Going?” Go on, Mr. Deeds. 

“American Baby” Peaking at number sixteen, this was actually DMB’s highest charting Billboard hit. So, you can absolutely expect a stellar live performance of it this weekend. Ready? 



Philly Groove of the Day/Hall & Oates/”Maneater”

Perhaps the most recognizable song out of Philly’s Hall & Oates‘ extensive music catalog, “Maneater” was featured on the local music duo’s chart busting eleventh studio album, H2O. Becoming an instant smash from the moment it hit Sony Walkman headphones (and in dentist’s offices all over the know it’ true), the sax-ed up sonnet strutted it way to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four weeks, topping their earlier hit, “Kiss on My List” (which made out with the top spot for three weeks) as their longest running number one smash. 

In an interview during the song’s chart reign, Daryl Hall had explained that while it’s easy to assume that the lyrics are about a woman, he spilled that it was originally written “about NYC in the ’80s. It’s about greed, avarice, and spoiled riches. But we have it in the setting of a girl because it’s more relatable. It’s something that people can understand. That’s what we do all of the time,” after Hall described that him and Mr. Oates took a similar approach with the earlier hit song,  “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do).” Classic. 

In just a few months, Hall & Oates will be heading across the bridge to Camden for a sizzling show at the BB & T Pavilion (they visit Philly quite a few times a year), and if the still riveting smooth flow of “Maneater” is any indication, this is one show that will certainly be the highlight of what’s already an action-packed Philly concert season

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