When I first got home, as much as I tried to keep up with the Duran goings on, I had family schedules to contend with, and I swear the month of December went by as a blur. I blinked and it is now over. I guess it didn’t bother me so much when the band “signed off” for the holidays because I kind of needed a break too! It’s tough to be a blogger sometimes! (whine, whine, moan…wine! Yes, that kind of wine!) So all went quiet. Even our blog stats went way, way down. Scarily so, to be honest….but we forged on!
It’s now January 4th. I have not heard hide, nor hair of that band for a couple weeks now – aside from a few facebook postings from the batcave, or “headquarters” as the rest of you might call it. Oh, and one curious posting from Mr. LeBon on New Years Eve… We’re not fooled, the band is still on holiday, and I say – it’s time to get back to work! Do you hear that whip cracking? Of course I’m joking. Mostly.
Fans are fickle. We love the band to pieces because it’s what we do, but then the band goes quiet for a while, and we become uneasy. Some move on to whatever other obsessions they have. I actually do a lot of reading in my *laughs* spare time. HA. I have now read every e-book I had ready to go for my trip. (clearly didn’t do much reading in the UK…) I’m finding myself googling each and every band members name simply to see if news pops up that I’m somehow missing elsewhere. I have now read every single biographical essay that seems to exist for each band member, including Dom Brown. (be afraid) We’re bored now, and as such, we’re now in danger of chewing one another up just for the sheer sport. Sometimes I wonder if the band sits and reads their Facebook and/or Twitter feeds for the fun of it….then I realize that only other fans could possibly find our drivel amusing. It’s sad, but it’s reality. I suppose I could be cleaning my house….but really what fun is there in doing that all day?? It’s a good thing that as of tomorrow all of my kids will be back in school, because I need to get out of this house, even if it is just to drive them all over the county!
Amanda and I were once called “impatient” by one of our most favorite readers. That person was right. I’m not really looking for new US dates (although hey if someone wants to clue me in to when those will be, I won’t turn you away!)…I’m just looking for activity. The thrill of seeing some tweets from John Taylor, perhaps. Some joyous postings from Roger Taylor. How about some posts from Simon that need deciphering?? I am up for that challenge! Yesterday while on Twitter, I came across a couple of comments that saddened me just a little and smacked me right back into reality mode. I won’t quote, but it was intimated that perhaps the band only posts when they want to sell concert tickets. I can’t argue that – because let’s be fair – does anyone aside from my husband go to work even when they aren’t being paid?? The band is their “job”, in the same way that my husband’s job is to sit at his desk and be on conference calls all day, go to trade shows, or fly to the Far East for meetings with clients. The difference of course is that we’re the bands customers, and we’re far more demanding than any client my husband might have (Granted, I do not call John, Nick, Simon or Roger at 1:30am and expect them to answer their phone…then again, I don’t EVER call them….and yes, that really does happen in my house on a regular basis…). Still, the reality can be sad (for lack of a better word) at times. The band doesn’t necessarily chat us all up because they really want to know us. They chat occasionally because we’re a big part of the machine that is their career. Where you and I might very well wish to be on Twitter chatting with people, they might not. While Facebook is how I keep in touch with my friends – Duran fans and otherwise – perhaps maybe the band doesn’t bother, and certainly not with us. Once again I’m reminded, and fairly so, that the line between fan and friend is very defined, and I am squarely on the appropriate side of that line.
The one concern with the internet that I continuously see fans struggle over is that line. We know the band. We know the John Taylor that is up on the stage that he cares to share with us. We know Simon, Nick and Roger in the same regard. There has got to be a difference between those personas and their private lives – I just can’t see any of them surviving celebrity any other way. I would imagine it’s a very compartmentalizing life at times. That said, it is very, very easy to forget that fact as a fan – especially having been fans of the band for 30 years. It is easy to assume we must know one another. Well, we know them. They, however, do not know us at all. Sure, I’d love to think the band has checked out my personal Facebook, they read the blog, they read my Twitter – but none of that is true. It’s just not reality. I am one of a million faces they see (maybe) on tour from the stage. With the interaction we’ve had from the band, however little it may seem at times, it’s difficult to remember that while we might be following them, they are not (for the overwhelming majority) following us.
Maybe they damn well should! I am fascinating, aren’t you??? (that should be read with dripping sarcasm)
Time for another walk down memory lane for me…I have a few more CD’s to play!