Category Archives: Duran Duran fandom

I Try to Hold the Rising Floods

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a little blog about how I am concerned that my fandom might be dying. In this blog, I explained how I wasn’t falling out of love with Duran Duran. No, I fully expect that I will always be a fan but I wondered if I was on my way out when it comes to the rest. What do I mean by the rest? Would I still want to go to shows? Would I want to talk about the band with other fans? Would I be interested in planning fan events? Would I stop buying Duran merchandise? Would I want to stop writing here? I could go on and on. The basic idea is that I might stop being part of a community of fans.

After that blog, I didn’t think too much about it. I didn’t worry or fret. I just decided to continue with what I needed to get done. After all, it was a busy time of year with my two jobs and planning for Christmas. Since then, though, I have taken some time to just get caught up. This means that I have really cleaned my house. The Christmas presents were purchased or created and shipped off, when necessary. I made appointments and planned out the next month or so. On top of that, I listened to some year end Katy Kafes and updated the day in Duran history that Rhonda and I keep for this blog. Every time I checked off one item from my do list, I felt better. My list isn’t done even with my almost two full weeks off but the list is a lot smaller. I’m feeling less overwhelmed.

Since my stress has eased some, I am better able to examine where things are in terms of fandom. Overall, I feel like things are better. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the Kafes and found myself smiling throughout them all. The idea of #DD15 gave me some excitement, no matter when it ends up getting done. Honestly, I think that is part of what has made this so tough for me. I have not had much to be excited about when it comes to my fandom. Now, I’m not new to this gig. I know how it goes. It isn’t like there is going to be something in Duraland each and every day that will thrill me. I know this. I recognize and even understand downtime. Heck, I’ve been so busy that I am almost glad that there hasn’t been a lot. I don’t think I would have been able to enjoy it much. It might have even added stress. Nonetheless, I miss having something Duran related to look forward to.

Now, those of you who have been reading this blog know that I do have something Duran related to look forward to. I have a couple of shows coming up in February. My friend, Lori, reminded me that there are less than 50 days until them even. I have to admit that I haven’t given them much thought. Again, I might give the lack of time as the reason and I wouldn’t be lying to say so. But it is more than that. I have missed the friendships that I have grown to associate with Duran Duran and my fandom. It used to be that when there were shows coming up that is all my friends and I would talk about. We became broken records with silly ideas and inside jokes. We had nothing but fun to look forward to. Now, it is different. We don’t talk very much. I wish that we did more, for sure, but I cannot control that. It is hard to develop those funny moments when there aren’t many chances to do so. It seems that we are all busy and have different priorities, for sure. That said, February will be fun. I have no doubt about that. I’m not sure it will be the same kind of good time. It might be more about that escape from reality rather than just letting it all go for a few days. It might be more about the lack of responsibilities as opposed to screaming for band members.

As I type all this, I cannot help but feel older, more settled, less wild. I have worked hard in the last year or so to find that ordinary world that we all crave. I think I have succeeded in that but the one I have made for myself doesn’t have a lot of time and space for my Duran Duran fandom. It felt like something that had to be pushed to the side. Yes, part of that is because I had and have more pressing concerns, but another part is that I didn’t trust that it would be there if and when I reached for it. It began to feel like something in my past rather than my present or my future. Listening to those Kafes made me realize that this feeling wasn’t about the band at all. I still love them to pieces. I look forward to seeing more Duranlive or hearing new music. It had more to do with my life and where I placed fandom in my list of priorities and why. It was still there but much smaller with little reinforcement besides what I got from writing on here.

I’m still not freaking out about any of this. This feeling I have may change. It may grow strong and fandom will take up less and less of my time and my heart. It could also be a situation in which the tiny flame that is barely there might be turned back up to a torch that all can see. Time will tell. Until I know which way for sure, I’ll keep holding the rising flood back from drowning what is left.

-A

24 Duran Duran Not Needed Results

About a month ago, I assigned you all homework. This assignment was relatively easy as I asked each of you to send me a list of twenty Duran songs that are not needed. A lot of people sent in lists, which was great fun to read and to calculate. Most people seemed to enjoy the idea as they understood that this task was not to criticize Duran Duran but to have fun with their vast catalog. Of course, some questioned my fandom by asking about this, but I don’t need to prove my love. I do it everyday here. Anyways, on to the results!

First of all, I could not limit the results to 20. There were too many ties. I could have stopped the list at 15 or go up to 24. I opted for the latter. Second, there were a lot of songs listed, 111 songs to be exact. They represent ALL the albums. Some were album tracks while others were b-sides, demos, etc. What also fascinated me as I went through the results was the idea that one person’s throwaway song might be someone else’s favorite. For example, the song Planet Roaring made it onto a list. While that person might think it is not necessary, I know other people who love it. (I do, in fact.) Now, I’m not saying that to criticize any of the choices but to show how diverse the fanbase’s tastes are, which I think is cool. What might be interesting is to compare this list with those songs who made it on the Top 40. Were there any songs in the Top 40 list that fans thought were not only top 40 material but ones that don’t need to exist period? What about the songs that didn’t make it on either list? Are there many of those? What does that tell us about Duran fans? Questions I suspect that I might explore in later blogs.

24 Duran Duran That Are Not Needed:

The results here are given in most frequently included to least:

  1. Hothead
  2. Danceophobia
  3. Bedroom Toys
  4. Hallucinating Elvis
  5. Undergoing Treatment
  6. Read My Lips
  7. Can You Deal With It
  8. Skin Divers
  9. Nite Runner
  10. Shotgun
  11. Yo Bad Azizi
  12. Medazzaland
  13. Fragment
  14. Downtown
  15. Venice Drowning
  16. Zoom In
  17. Breath After Breath
  18. All Along the Water
  19. Drowning Man
  20. Lava Lamp
  21. Prototypes
  22. Taste the Summer
  23. She’s Too Much
  24. So Long Suicide

As you can tell by the results that there were some albums that produced a lot of songs that Duranies feel are not needed. For example, there are a number of tracks off of Red Carpet Massacre and Pop Trash.

What do you think of this list? Were you surprised by any? Were you expecting different tracks? How did your list compare?

-A

As I Watch You Flickering Slowly

Lately, I have been thinking about how fandom dies.  In my experience, I have seen fans leave for a variety of reasons.  The most common ones that I have seen include their lives changing, fulfilling their fan dreams and not liking the direction of the subject of their fandom.

What do I mean by those?  As far life changing, sometimes, people get super busy.  They need to focus their time elsewhere.  It is simply hard for them to think about the subjects of their fandom much until eventually the love slowly fades.  I have also seen fans who have done what they wanted to do in their fandom and did not feel it necessary to continue.  That happened quite a bit after the reunion.  Fans came back to see the Fab Five live or to meet the band or relive their teenage years.  Once they checked those boxes, they were ready to move on.  Lastly, I have also seen fans turn in their fan cards when the subject of the fandom change.  In the case of Duran, maybe, people didn’t like Red Carpet Massacre or were so distraught over Andy leaving that they couldn’t stay.  I have seen it a lot with fans of TV shows when the storyline totally changes.  

These thoughts have risen to the surface because I am wondering if I am on my way out of the Duran Duran fandom.  It isn’t that I feel like I have done everything that I could do as a Duran fan.  If that were the case, I might have decided that after seeing the band in the UK or hitting a certain number of shows.  Yet, I don’t feel that.  I think there is still more that I could do and would want to do.

My thinking definitely isn’t because my love of the band has ended or that I’m concerned with the direction they have taken.  I may not always love everything that they have done but even in projects that aren’t my cup of tea, there is something worthy there.  No, I cannot ever imagine myself not being a fan.  I always will be that.  

I am wondering if I am stepping out of the fan community aspect of being a fan.  In thinking of academic terms, people in fan communities talk about the subject of their fandom and they pay attention to what is going on, news wise.  They are probably commenting on the social media presence of the subject.  For me, lately, I haven’t been very much of any of that.  Of course, a big part could be how busy I am.  (I took on another job on a campaign for the spring election.  It was a huge opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.)  Working two jobs is tough.  It is especially tough when one requires more than a 40 hour week like teaching.  On top of that, my jobs are stressful.  There is a lot of pressure to perform.  That definitely sucks the energy out of other aspects of life.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not complaining about them.  I’m just explaining.

The last couple of years have been tough.  There has been a lot that I have been worried about in terms of my community, both large and small.  It is hard to think about fandom when there are bigger, more pressing, more serious issues to deal with.  I have a hard time turning away from my responsibility as a member of the human race to look towards being a fan.  I try to because I know it renews me and makes it easier for me to face the tough stuff of life but it is hard.  On top of those concerns about the world around me, there have been more worries when it comes to the health and well-being of my parents.  That’s huge for me and definitely pulls me away, often times with less emotional support than I need.  This means it is harder for me at the moment and takes longer for me to bounce back.

Then, of course, there is the band.  It has been quiet.  I don’t blame them at all.  They need and deserve a break, but it does make it harder for me.  Instead, my mind goes elsewhere.  It also means that there is a lot less conversation between me and my Duranie friends.  In fairness, some of that is on me because I just don’t talk about the band as much as I could.  Nonetheless, it is a bad combination of blah. 

Let me be clear.  I don’t want to lose my Duranie card.  I’m trying hard to hold on.  I wore a Duran shirt to staff development day last week and brought them up at meetings, hoping to breath a little life into my fandom.  I’m determined to keep writing because that ties me to the fandom even if I don’t tweet or post responses on the band’s social media.  I’m planning on being excited for the shows in February.  But I’m worried that I need more.  What suggestions do you all have?  What should I be doing that I’m not?  I need ideas that don’t take up a lot of time but keep my Duranie fires burning.  What do you do to renew your fandom?

-A

Wish List 2018

‘Tis the season for wish lists, right?  They could be specific to one of the holidays celebrated in December or they could be in reference to hopes for the following year.  Some people create and share them and others feel strongly against them.  In my family, we create and share them.  I like giving gifts but I like to give ones that people actually want.  On top of that, I have no idea what people have so lists are helpful.  I do understand that it feels selfish to ask for specific items or that you are forcing people to buy you something by sending a wish list.  For me, though, it is about giving gifts rather than getting gifts.  

My dad usually has the world’s worst list.  For example, in the past, he literally had down toothbrushes and shaving cream.  Okay.  That’s super not fun.  Sometimes, though, he has put something on the list that is bigger, more serious and usually unable to be acquired.  We just have to wish for them.  For example, for the Christmas of 2004, he put down a world series championship for the White Sox.  We got it in 2005.  This year he asked for no serious health concerns as my dad was hospitalized twice this year.  I want the same thing for him.  

This got me thinking, though.  What would I put on my fandom related wish list.  What do I hope for both in terms of tangible items and beyond when it comes to Duran Duran?  I probably shouldn’t put things that are totally crazy like having John Taylor come over to my house but at the same time…my dad did put down a championship and got it.  What would be the fandom equivalent?  Here’s what I came up with:

New Music

I know what you are all thinking.  You expect me to say that I would love for the band to release #DD15 next year.  Well, you would be right…sort of.  Yes, of course, I want new Duran music.  Who doesn’t? Yet, at the same time, I recognize that I cannot force the creative process.  No one can.  What this means is that I promised myself that I would be patient and understanding.  Would I love for the whole album?  Sure.  But I also get that it might be asking too much.  Would I settle for a single/song?  Sure.  Absolutely.  I would definitely be down for that.  I’m good even with little snippets of what they are working on.  I think we would all understand that whatever we would hear would be a work in progress.  I just would love to feel that excitement of having new music around, in some way, shape or form.

More Studio!

I don’t know about the rest of you but I simply adored seeing any and all pictures from the studio!  I probably didn’t comment on much but I certainly felt a warm glow each time a picture was posted.  It reminded me that there were still some things in the world that were good and positive.  It gave me something to look forward to.  I would love more of that.  Again, I’m trying not to be too picky or demanding.  I would take a little something every once in awhile.  Please and thank you.

February Shows

I am very much looking forward to seeing the band play live in February.  Rhonda and I will be at the two shows in Las Vegas.  Now, again, people might think that I’m requesting a new setlist or some different songs or something along those lines.  I’m not, though.  I feel like I should just be happy that they are playing and that I get to see them.  That’s enough for me.  Sure, I would love some different songs that we don’t usually hear, but I’m good with the same Paper Gods setlist.  That said, I hope that they play more shows in 2019.  I know that there are lots of places that they haven’t come to in awhile that would love shows.  (Heck, even the Midwest would love some shows.  Hint hint.)  I hope that those fans get that chance to see them in 2019, too.

Merchandise

Should I ask for Duran related stuff?  I like getting and collecting Duran stuff.  I’m not that serious of a collector like I know others are out there.  (More power to you, by the way.  I don’t have time to do all that.)  In all honesty, I feel like I’m pretty good with my Duran related stuff but I do keep waiting for the Live from Japan DVD.  It would bring back so much about the Paper Gods Tour that it would be a must buy.  (I wish that they had a live DVD and album for each touring cycle.)  I would be able to put that on and just let the absolutely fun memories engulf me.  It would be good.  I also noticed that there is a new t-shirt design on the band’s official web store.  Even though, I have a lot of Duran shirts, I like it.

Fandom Renewal

Do you know what I would love more than anything in 2019?  I would love to fall in love with being a fan, a Duranie all over again.  Lately, I have found myself drifting away from Duranland.  There are a variety of reasons for this but it makes me sad.  Being a Duranie brings me such joy and if I don’t feel that…well, it isn’t good.  So, I’m hoping that no matter what else is fulfilled on my fandom wish list, I hope for this.  I know that I need it.

So, that’s my Duran Duran fandom wish list.  What would be on yours?

-A

As I walked on, I realized I was going up

Happy Monday! 

I can already tell how this week is going to go, because today I needed to update WordPress, which is the editor, along with the engine that makes our website work (kind of).  This new version of WordPress is significantly different, and there’s a bit of a learning curve for it. I can hardly wait for Amanda to try it out this weekend. Or tomorrow morning when she posts the daily question! EEK!

We’re moving, moving, moving

Up until now I’ve had to be pretty vague about my plans for the last half of December. Planning was a bit up in the air, and I didn’t know how or when things might happen. As most know, my family has been in the process of moving….for the past six months. I know, it’s been the longest move EVER. (Oh believe me, I know.) Well, the time has come, *cue Sunrise*, instead of music between us – it is a sea of plastic bins (not rubbish bins, storage bins!). We move next week! Tuesday and Wednesday, the furniture will be moved out of my house and then we move in to the new house that weekend. 

Timing is incredibly tight. The man in the red suit absolutely MUST visit on Christmas Eve, because our ten-year old still believes in the wonder of the holiday with all of her heart. I love that innocence about her and I refuse to let her down, one way or another. We get the keys to the new place on the Friday before Christmas at 6pm. That gives me three days to pull it together and make magic happen. I’ve got this. Probably. 

So where is my family headed? We’re moving from a suburb in Orange County about five hours north to the hills on the west side of Atascadero. We will be 15 minutes south of Paso Robles, and 20 minutes from Morro Bay – we timed it just the other day! Here in the OC we are in a tight neighborhood, and up there we’ll be in an enclave of ranches, where populations of chickens and goats outnumber humans. Down here, people collect Teslas and BMWs. Up there, folks are more concerned with what kind of coop you’re using for your chickens or what kind of small tractor or mower works best for clearing land. I’m not panicking. My nails are bitten down to the nubs, and my shoulders feel like bricks, but I’m fine. Probably. 

A holiday break 

So that leads me to this: I’m taking a little time off from blogging. Not because I need a vacation or because I’ve fallen off of the bandwagon (HA!), but because of logistics. So this will be my final week of blogging until after the new year. Assuming all is well (and it will be!), I’ll be back writing on Wednesday, January 2nd. If you don’t think you can manage that long without hearing from me, check me out on Twitter. Oh believe me, I’ll tweet the insanity. S news?

Studio Update?

Meanwhile, I heard that Duran Duran is finished in the studio until springtime, so those of you who thought 2019 might be a good year for a new album will likely be waiting a bit longer. I’m still going with 2020 as the possible target, at least for now.

Limitless Idolization

One more thing before I leave you for today – I saw that a fellow Duran blog is ending. Headfullofchopstick, artfully written in a way I can only envy, has published its final post. Fandom is a strange, wild trip. I won’t fault anyone for choosing to step off the path, nor would  I judge the reason why. There is a lot of talk about idolization, faith and glorification within fan studies. Unfortunately, many fans buy into all of that and more, at the risk of losing themselves in the aftermath.

The one thing I know from my own experience as a fan is that in order to last here, I needed to have my feet, head and heart planted firmly elsewhere. I love Duran Duran, and by that I specifically mean the music. Sure, I’ll say on occasion that I love the band members, but it’s different. I don’t know them that well. The love I have for friends and family is on another level entirely. Sometimes, I fear that some fans mix the two, at the peril of anyone else who happens to be in the way.  I too, recognize the crossroad. There isn’t anything, including being a die hard Duran Duran fan, that should be controlling or confining unless you allow it to be so. 

I wish Ruth well. 

-R 

Duran Duran Fans’ Behavior: Tickets

After about a year of polls and posts regarding Duran Duran fans seeing Duran Duran live, including asking when people saw Duran Duran perform live for the first time, how many times they have seen Duran live, how many shows they saw per tour and more, I’m finally reaching the end of my questions, the end of my wonderings.  A couple of weeks ago, I asked about distance to see shows, including how far people have traveled and how far they usually travel.  This week, I want to examine tickets and ticket purchases.  Where do people usually buy tickets to see Duran Duran?  Do they use the paid fan community?  Do they use usual ticket outlets, like the U.S.’s Ticketmaster?  Do they go through ticket brokers or online auction sites like eBay?  To end that, I have a poll that allows for ease of answering!  While I have attempted to include the most common ways, I acknowledge that my list is not complete.  There is an option to indicate a way that is not listed.  Please, then, go ahead and comment about where/how you normally get your tickets.

After this week’s poll, I will go ahead and look at everything I saw and write up some observations in a future blog post.  I appreciate everyone who has participated!

-A

Duran Duran Songs over Pictures

After months of asking people to choose favorite pictures of individual band members in our daily questions, we have finally chosen a favorite picture for each former and current member.  We wouldn’t be who we are if we didn’t then ask people to then choose between those favorites!  Now, of course, we aren’t really asking people to choose between the band members but between the selected favorite photos of individual band members.  As soon as I posted the very first poll, a response came through calling it “stupid”.  As always,  if people don’t like what they do, they are welcome to not participate or start their own blog to do what they want.

It amazes me that these picture polls have gotten so much attention after months of being asked.  In fact, yesterday’s question that asked people to choose between the pictures of Simon and John resulted in a ton of views!  A ton!  We had more page views yesterday than we had one the days that Rhonda covered the highlights of the Katy Kafes.  What is that about exactly?  Now, obviously, I think these polls are fun and I enjoy seeing the results but are they more interesting or important than what might be happening with the album, with the music?  Based on our page views, it seems like many fans think so. Perhaps, though, there were other factors like the holidays that affected people’s ability or chance to read the blog.  Thus, maybe, these page views aren’t indicative of the fans’ focus on image and looks over music.

To that end, after the individual band member pictures, we will pause on the images and focus on the music.  (Don’t worry, we will do group pictures later.)  In order to focus on the music, we, the fans, will create the ultimate Duran Duran album by deciding the best first track ever made, the best second track ever made, the best third track ever made, etc.  We will start by asking about all of the first tracks on albums until we get the favorite first track in the same method we always do the daily questions.  Then, we will start on the second track, etc.  Obviously, not all albums have the same number of tracks but that just means that there will be less songs to ask about for that track number.  All studio albums will be included, including Thank You, but greatest hits albums and live albums will be excluded.

I am looking forward to seeing what the fan community comes up with as the best album possible!  I’m also hoping that the song questions are just as popular, if not more popular than the pictures.  After all, we all love the band because of their music, right?

-A

I Shed My Skin

 

DDMonium_Group
NEW “old” friends

 

By PamG

It’s been a year since Durandemonium. Obviously Rhonda & Amanda have shared their journeys and feelings about it with us, and I wanted to share what that weekend meant to me as one of the attendees. As they have have both said, their primary goal was to bring people together. And boy they sure did.

I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t even know if I wanted to go. I had only been to three Duran shows, and they were all just within the two prior years. My primary fandom had been in the early 1980s as a young teenager, but my fandom had reignited with the All You Need Is Now album. From what I read on this website and social media, so many other people had been to a lot of shows, through different albums and tours. How could I fit in? I was afraid that I’d be the freshman at Duranie High School and all the senior Duranies wouldn’t talk to me. Would everyone else be like those truly diehard fans I’d seen in “Something You Should Know?”

Fortunately I had some encouragement from two friends. My first connection was Lori. We had chatted online through the DDM forums and met up at the ill-fated Atlantic City show in August 2012. Yes, that pun was intended because the show was cancelled just before showtime because of Nick’s illness. Even though she’s West Coast and I’m East Coast, we’ve remained friends since that night (sound familiar R & A??). A few months later she told me she was on the convention planning committee, so I felt relieved that at least I’d know someone else there. If I decided to go, that is.

What sealed the deal for me was my friend Stephanie. We’ve been friends for a few years now, but we didn’t know we shared the Duran fandom until after we were already friends for a while. Until then I didn’t have anyone whom I could talk Duran stuff with, at least not in the present tense. Of course I had friends who liked them back in the ‘80s too, but when I mentioned Duran’s great new album, they either rolled their eyes or redirected the conversation back to our poster-boy crushes. Stephanie and I were curious about the convention, and we both read Daily Duranie pretty regularly. After some deliberation and clearing some vacation time, we finally made the commitment to go.

After a little pre-gaming at a nearby bar that afternoon, we arrived at registration. I guess I hadn’t pre-gamed enough because I was still nervous about meeting these people we’d committed to spending the weekend with. But in retrospect, this convention’s reception was like most others I’ve been to: some people walk in the door with someone they already know, some people squeal with delight when they see someone for the first time in years, and others simply take a seat and quietly begin to get comfortable with the people around them. Some of the games felt a little awkward at first, but after a while I relaxed because we were all in it together and that felt pretty awesome. I could finally let my Duran-freak flag fly. It was fun to find out how far people had traveled to be there. And I felt relieved to know that I wasn’t the only one who had seen fewer than 5 shows. They still let me hang out with them!

Next up Stephanie and I decided to meet up with bunch of others at Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano bar. I’m still torn as to what the best part was: either the gang getting up on stage to sing along to Rio and HLTW, or the double-D ink stamp we received at the door! I actually have a double-D tattoo on my wrist, so getting the stamp at the door blew my mind. I tried to explain to the stamp-giver how cool it was that he was stamping a “DD” on my wrist and I already had a “DD” on my wrist! He didn’t get it.

Pams tattoo and stamp
How did the stamp guy not see how cool this is?

 

I really enjoyed Saturday morning’s author panel with Rhonda, Amanda,  Elisa Lorello, and Karen Booth. Seeing four women who had combined writing with their passions for the band, the music, and the fandom was truly inspiring to me. I thought combining your job with something that you love was something only a few people in the world are able to do, but now I know that it is possible. Thank you all for sharing those insights and experiences with me.

My highlight of the weekend was definitely the private viewing of A Diamond In The Mind. To the convention committee and everyone else who was involved in presenting that: I can’t thank you enough. I’d never been to a private screening of anything before, so that was pretty cool. But watching the live concert film on the big screen was like being at a show again: we danced and sang along and had a ball! I think the only thing that could have possibly been better would have been a private concert by the band. That’s how awesome the experience was for me. In hindsight, this experience was probably the moment when I knew that I belonged. Knowing that everyone in that audience is there for the same reason I was, and had the same excitement that I did was affirming. I didn’t feel weird, or immature, or like someone who was stuck in the past. I felt like I had found my people.

The rest of the evening confirmed those feelings. At the banquet people dressed up in a variety of ways to represent their favorite song. I generally don’t enjoy wearing costumes or dressing for themes, but I put on my leopard blouse and went with it. By this point in the weekend I shouldn’t have been surprised that another person (or three) had the same idea as me. I was among a like-minded group of friends. Later I boarded the party bus bound for la-la-la Late Bar. The folks there gave us such a warm welcome and even had a specialty Sing Blue Silver cocktail ready for us! I’m not sure if the bar always plays new wave music on Saturdays but I loved it. They had their blocks of Duran videos and music ready for us, and showed us much love while we were there. Like any offbeat club, there were some offbeat characters there too. I can only surmise that they were part of the local Chicago culture and I’ll leave it at that. (Those who were there know what I am talking about.) In all I think it was a fun way to top off the night.

Sunday morning arrived and I was surprised that I was sad to say goodbye to new friends. The weekend had gone by too fast. I’m happy to say that I’m still in contact with several friends I met that weekend (thank you Facebook) and can’t wait to do it again! If anyone else feels that way, I recommend you lend your support by visiting the Cafe Press store. (This message was not approved by the Daily Duranie campaign; it is truly from my heart!)

Before Durandemonium, I was still a bit shy about my fandom for the band. When people asked why I was going to Chicago for the weekend, I avoided the truth and simply said I was going to catch up with some old friends. Turns out that was exactly what happened, only I hadn’t met those old friends yet.

 

 

PamG

PamG has been a Duranie since the early days of MTV. In addition to all-things Duran, she also enjoys music documentaries, pop culture trivia, and live concerts of any kind. Her Duran dream would be to journey across the pond and see the band play throughout Europe. After waiting over 25 years to see Duran Duran live, she saw her first show in 2011 and it changed her life.

 

 

 

Dream Teams, Unstaged.

Big announcement today in Duranland!  If you wanted the chance to see David Lynch’s Unstaged on a big screen – here is your opportunity!  On September 10, for “One Night Only”** you can see Unstaged in the US on a theater near you!  While it might not be the same as a live show, it’s about as close as we’re going to get for a while…and for those of us who are STARVING for a show…we’ll grab at the tickets as though they were a lifeline!

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Reactions to this announcement have been rather mixed throughout the community (as they always are).  I’ve seen everything from people excitedly posting that they will scream and dance in the aisles with friends to those who seem to think that having the screening just once, in NYC, was enough (I might say that is an incredibly selfish comment). I hope that the rest of the world gets the opportunity to see Unstaged on a big screen…although I know the process for making that happen can be rather daunting.

For tickets to Unstaged, click here

**interestingly enough, in some areas, you can also catch Unstaged on September 14. I don’t know why this is, but I’m not complaining!

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About those dream teams…

We’ve been seeing all sorts of photos with Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and the band, but there’s another dream team in town this week! Anna Ross is working on her own solo album, and this past week she’s been in the studio with Dom, and they sent out their OWN dream team photo on Facebook today:

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photo Facebook/Anna Ross

Looking forward to hearing what they’ve been working on!  

Lastly, Amanda and I have been doing a little work of our own this past week, which included (but by no means was limited to) editing our entire manuscript…all 260+ pages. We edited for grammar and content, and then worked on our sources, which was a sorry mess due to our lack of attention.(which will NEVER, EVER happen again…)  We have a plan going forward, things we want to focus on, and projects that we want to start.  I also want to move my family to Madison…so there’s also that.  

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photo Amanda Pustz

I’m still trying to get myself back together here at home after being gone for a week…and I had quite the adventure getting home in between a monsoon that hit Phoenix which delayed our stopover there, and the crazy imposed 11pm landing curfew at my home airport (John Wayne). Eventually, the plane made it here though, and now it’s back to reality.  Yay?!?

-R

It’s Loaded with Fame: Conventions and Celebrities

People go to conventions to connect with other fans, to participate in activities not readily available in daily lives and to escape reality.  Another very significant reason that people go to conventions is for the celebrities.  Many conventions, most conventions, have celebrity or “special” guests.  Some conventions might have just one or two special guests and others have many.  Typically, these celebrities interact with the fans in a variety of ways, including participating in panels or question and answer sessions in which fans can ask questions, holding autographs sessions in which fans can get an autograph and/or holding a photo opps session in which fans can get pictures with the celebrity(s) of choice.

In my experience, people do seem to like going to conventions to meet and see celebrities.  At the Wizard World convention I went to in Chicago, in August, a lot of people I talk with came to meet one or two of the celebrity guests.  Some people came back year after year to see the same celebrity.  Sometimes, the bigger name celebrities had very long lines to get autographs and pictures.  The lesser known celebrities still had people who were interested in getting pictures or even just an opportunity to exchange a few words.  Yet, it did seem that anyone interested in a particular celebrity could get to that celebrity eventually, especially if the fan had the time and the money for one of these extras.  Of course, many of these celebrity focused activities have specific times.  For example, if you wanted a picture of person X, you had to get it done between 1 and 2 pm.  Thus, people scheduled their convention activities even around the celebrities.

I wonder how important these celebrity appearances are to the fans attending a convention.  Do they get people in the door?  Do they get people to pay the money for a ticket?  Would people go if there is just one celebrity or one celebrity who people really cared about?  Is it the fact that there might be many celebrities at a convention that you like?  Does it matter which type of fan activity is possible–meaning that getting an autograph might be more important to some than a question and answer session or vice versa?  In many cases, autographs and photos are extras.  They do not come with the ticket.  You pay for each autograph and each picture.  In some cases, you might pay to attend a panel.  Would those additional costs matter?  Would it matter how MUCH those extras were?

Seriously, I would love to know.  Would you be more likely to go to a convention if there was a celebrity you liked?  What about many celebrities?  Would you want panels/Q&A sessions, autograph sessions and/or photo sessions with the celebrities?  Would you be willing to pay extra for those sessions?  How much for a celebrity you love, love, love (like a member of Duran Duran!)?  How much for a celebrity you like a lot?  Would you go to a convention if there weren’t celebrities there?

-A