In all of the discussions about Simon, I haven’t read many, if any, comments about how they should get someone to replace Simon for a few shows. Most Duranies agree that Simon is the voice of Duran and it wouldn’t really be the same without him. Then, the next comment is usually about Nick. Many people say that they couldn’t do without Nick, either. Some would say that they are the “heart” of Duran now. Let me dissect this idea. Why couldn’t we replace Nick? Is it because he has so much of what is needed for a live show on his computer? Is that why? Okay. That might make it difficult to have someone substitute for him for shows, but is it impossible? I don’t honestly know. I admit that I don’t really know what Nick does exactly on stage. Yes, sometimes, I see him hit the keyboards but there are other times that I see that he has time to take pictures or whatever. Would they be able to do shows without him? Apparently they don’t think so as shows were canceled in 2008 due to his inability to travel for an ear infection. As for replacing him in the band, I understand the idea that he couldn’t be replaced. Yes, Nick has been there since the beginning. Yes, he is often the one with many of their big ideas and the one to fixate over all of the details. Is Duran his? I have heard that he owns the name. If this is true, then, I guess Duran is legally his. Would the band be the same without him? Obviously not. Could it survive? I don’t honestly know. So, is Nick and Simon at the heart of the band? I don’t know if I would say that either. To me, that implies that John and Roger aren’t important.
I acknowledge that both John and Roger have left the band and have come back. Obviously, the band can and has survived without them. Would they postpone shows if they couldn’t play? Well, in 2005, they canceled shows in Japan because Roger had broken his foot. Clearly, they wouldn’t replace him anymore on stage either. This leaves John. Would they replace John now, even for a few shows? I can’t imagine. Why would he be any different than Simon, Nick or Roger? Now, I know what you all must be thinking. Then, what happened with Andy? Good question. I obviously have no inside track, no inside information. For whatever reason, they felt like they could or should replace him for shows. They decided this way back in late 2004 when Andy was replaced by Dom for the first time due to Andy being sick. Then again, Dom came in during the spring of 2005 when Andy’s dad passed away. What does this mean? I don’t know exactly. It could mean that it is easier to replace the guitarist for Duran than to replace a drummer. It could mean that things with Andy were always different. Maybe Andy wanted it this way. Maybe he didn’t. This leads me to wonder what they would do now in 2011 if Dom wasn’t able to play. Would he be just as easily replaced as it appeared that Andy was?
For me, personally, as much as I want shows to continue and did benefit from Dom filling in for Andy in 2005, I wouldn’t want any of them, including Dom, to be replaced for shows. Does that mean that I disagree with the statement that Nick and Simon are the heart of Duran? I guess in a way that I do. I don’t like the idea of leaving out John and Roger. Yes, I admit that they both left for awhile but they are in now. I wouldn’t want them to have secondary status. I would want the heart of Duran to be big enough for all four. Heck, maybe someday, the heart will be big enough to squeeze Dom in, too. To me, Duran is all of them.