Over the years, we are continually teased (or tortured if that’s where you reside) by the idea of the original band getting back together. Naturally we had our opportunity to witness that back when they reunited for Astronaut, and then we all had the pleasure of once again being tortured (or perhaps that’s we had the pleasure of seeing Andy leave again, if that’s what you’re feeling) when Andy left the band. The reasons and all of that nonsense don’t really matter at this point, although I’m once again certain that there are many of you that are still wishing the band and Andy came completely clean and told us everything. You keep wishing for that….. in the meantime….
Since Red Carpet Massacre, there has been a rather persistent and driving rumor that Andy is going to return to the band. There will be a flurry of posts and threads about it, then the rumor dies down again….then it returns. It’s like a bad penny at this point, it keeps coming up! This time, the source of the “rumor” is pretty obvious – Simon and Roger did an interview on Sirius radio last week before the Super Bowl, and they were asked the question of the day “What about Andy returning?”
I am almost positive they groan before they have to talk about this, and at this point – I can’t really blame them. I’m an Andy fan. I’m a DURAN DURAN fan – I even lived through Warren being in the band. I am almost as sick of that question as I am of the one where they ask (why people still ask this, I just do not know) “Are the Taylors brothers?” *deep, deep sigh* Regardless, Simon answered the question extremely eloquently, and as I listened, it made perfect sense to me, and as far as I could tell – it really didn’t leave much room for interpretation. I’ve provided the link so that you can listen for yourself: Simon & Roger on Sirius
Of course, I severely underestimate the fan community when I say that. We’re a very talented bunch, and we can find loopholes in just about anything. No wonder the band is afraid to talk to us at times. 🙂 Even after Simon’s explanation, and even after Roger agreeing….there are folks who wonder if the door is open for Andy to return. I don’t suppose Roger helped matters any by saying that while right now they feel good about where they are, and they feel complete with Dom on guitar, who knows about the future. A fair statement – but one that always leads hopeful Duranies to wonder if he’ll ever come back, or if there are truly plans for him to return.
In all fairness, I think that door really IS open, but as Simon says – it would require some changing on Andy’s part at this point. That isn’t an assumption on MY part, it’s exactly what Simon said on the radio that day. I’m actually shocked that there’s even a door at this point – because I suppose in my head, it was a brick wall. Yeah, they might be able to tear it down, but it would take some real work to do. I guess time heals all wounds. I’m not going to even begin to guess what Simon means by Andy needing to change – I only know what I myself saw going on with the band during shows and things, but I’m sure that’s only the tip of the iceberg. All that in mind, I do know that I’ve heard some real softening in words and attitudes on all sides within the last, well…few months.
Does that mean that Andy would decide to return? I really doubt it. My head says probably not. In the writing that Andy has done as of late seems to indicate that he’s very happy where he is, and honestly – he should be. I also think that there’s some indication that he has sincere fondness of his history with the band, and he might even be wistful of that time – but that doesn’t mean he wants to do it again. I get that. I feel the same way about my college days. Occasionally. In the last few months I’ve read some things from John that would indicate much of the same. It wasn’t long ago that I read something John had said during an interview- and I am paraphrasing his words….I still love Andy and I know he still loves me. Of course then John follows that sentence up with saying that he hadn’t spoken to Andy in years, to which I know many fans scoffed at – and even chalked the entire comment up to grandstanding in order to sell more tickets to their show in Newcastle this year. That may be so, but it might also have been the fact that since the interview was done for media in Newcastle, which is where Andy comes from – Andy was the topic of conversation. In other interviews, Andy might not necessarily be as much of a topic. Ultimately, fans are going to believe what they want to believe.
The item of real interest here is that even after the years without Andy in the band, and even after a shortlived reunion, and consequential departure, the idea of Andy returning to the band once again is STILL a hot button topic. Rumors persist, and hopes (both for and against) continue. Is the Fab Five still the ultimate goal after all this time?