For instance, and I *am* embarrassing myself by putting this in written word for all of the Duranieverse (a new word) to read; it wasn’t until I had been a member of DuranDuranFans.com for more than a few months that I came to learn that there even WAS an album called “Thank You” put out by the band. (hey, I was a little busy back in the 90’s…and typically I don’t like cover albums!) Not to mention that Roger Taylor, my self-described favorite, performed on not only the album, but the video for Perfect Day. I’ll never forget that moment because I was on the phone with a friend, watching the video (keep in mind the video was very low resolution – it’s my story and I’m sticking to it) when suddenly it occurs to me that the drummer is someone I recognize. I blurt out “Oh my god, Roger Taylor is IN this video!”, to which my friend on the phone cackles with laughter and proceeds to educate me on Duran Duran history. It was a beautiful moment, and yes, at the time I did have blonde hair. Thankyouverymuch!
A month, or maybe even two months back, there was an article in a magazine that I honestly can’t remember the name. (Again, see the laziness? I could research the name, which most times I do, but I’m in a hurry here today so it’s not going to happen. Bonus points for the fan – Amanda doesn’t count – who can post the magazine name in our comments) In this lovely article, Dom Brown was interviewed. There were a plethora of fantastic questions asked and answered, but one tidbit struck me enough that day to where it’s been nagging at me ever since. The interviewer had asked Dom if there was any piece of information that the fans didn’t know (or something to that extent). Dom answered that he didn’t think most fans knew his birthday or his age.
I read that article and realized he was right. I’d been screaming for Dom at shows since 2005 and had no clue about his age. Secretly I hoped that he was closer to my age than say…in his young 20’s…there is a story behind that comment that I won’t share here, but I really didn’t have any idea. I felt bad in some ways because a few birthdays had past and I’d never sent a “Happy Birthday” his way. In odd, random moments here at home I’d consider ways I could find out his birthdate, but I never did much. I could say that there’s too much going on around here for me to remember much besides the names of my children, my own home and cell phone numbers, (don’t ask me about my kids’ cell numbers – thankfully those are written down. Somewhere.), and occasionally I might even remember my husband’s work phone number and possibly even the last 4 digits of my credit card number. The reality is, I’m lazy and I didn’t look up Dom’s birthday anywhere.
Flash ahead to this morning when I checked Facebook. The day seemed pretty uneventful. I checked my personal and Daily Duranie email, where I found some communication from Amanda. She lets me know that fans are wishing Dom a happy 39th birthday and wants to know what I think of that.
Well, to begin with, I pretty much suck. (That’s American for I inhale quickly, loudly and strongly through a straw. Suffice to say I’m really bad.) I should have really been better about being a fan. Damn it.
I know that Dom is not a Permanent Member of the Band, and somehow that alleviates the pressure from me having to know his exact height, weight, hair color, birthdate, place of birth, favorite color, food, etc. Reality for me is that I fell in love with that guy from the moment I saw him on stage in 2005. Now, before you Andy-fans come out of the woodwork with scary looking things to beat me with – I love Andy too. Andy IS the guitar player for Duran Duran. I’ve never, ever said otherwise. He is the guitar player that was with the band when I fell in love, and as such he will always hold that place in my heart. I have total respect for Andy, I read his book, and I still read his blog whenever he chooses to post. Andy decided to close his chapter on life in Duran Duran, and I respect that decision completely. I’m still a Duran Duran fan though, and as such – I exercise my right to learn to love the band in their varying forms. Some more than others. When Dom first took to the stage in 2005, I thought he did a fine job. He stayed out of the limelight, played the notes as written, and didn’t make it into the Dom show. He’s a session guitarist and that is what they do. Extremely well, I might add. In 2006, when after an official announcement that came WEEKS later than it EVER should have come from the band (yes, that is indeed this half of Daily Duranie saying that the band and their management screwed up royally), Dom had to play the show at the Sears Center in Chicago, knowing that Andy would never be returning, that fans were not pleased by the news, and that he had extraordinarily large shoes to fill. In my opinion, he exceeded my expectations. Again, he played the songs, stayed out of the spotlight and seemed to be respectful of the task ahead for the band. I couldn’t have asked for anything more, other than to have Andy back. Since that night, he has quite honestly grown more and more comfortable in his position within the band. He obviously loves the work, he enjoys being onstage, and he seems to really love the rest of the band as well. I’ve never, ever heard him say one tiny cross word towards Andy – regardless of how he may feel privately (and I have no idea how he really feels, I hope it stays that way permanently to be honest) – and I have to give him credit. It would have been far easier to come in and smear Andy’s reputation just to make himself look good. I daresay that other guitarists have done similar things in the past, and it’s not even remotely close to attractive. Overall, I think Dom has done a great job.
Do I think Dom should be “in the band”? My question in return is “Does it really matter, and if so, why?” I think that the current situation seems to work for all of them. Whether or not that’s the real truth or just the current line that is being used to appease the fans, I don’t know. Some fans can’t stand Dom. I’m not surprised. As I said before, those were incredibly large shoes to fill, and in MY opinion, only Andy can fill them completely. There’s always going to be something missing for some people unless it’s the original 5. All I can say to that, is that I respect your opinion and your feelings. How could I not?
Ultimately, I am glad that I’ve had the opportunity to see Dom onstage with the band. He is charismatic, fun to watch, and darn it – the guy is cute. When he looks out into the audience and sees someone he recognizes, he does his best to indicate as such, which is really kind of cool. Yes, I guess you could say I’m a fan. (I’m not straying Roger!! I promise!)
Speaking of being a fan – I really need to get back on the horse and stop being so lazy. The time for not knowing which drummer is in their videos, or whom is on guitar, or whose birthday it is today must stop! With that, I say a very loud and hearty “Happy Birthday Dom!” I sincerely hope you enjoy your special day with your lovely wife and those two adorable kids of yours! (and by the way – 39 goes super fast – so enjoy that last year of being in your 30’s while you can, you youngster!!)