First, this goes without saying, but, we all want good music from them. Will we all agree as to what that is? Nope. Yet, how much of their material should be deemed good? Should we expect every album or every song to be at a certain level of quality? For example, not everything is going to be as good as Leopard but everything should be as good as All She Wants Is. I don’t know. Is it fair to expect, at least, every other album to be good? Perhaps, we want every album to have a certain vibe to it? I don’t know. This seemed to be a particular issue during the Red Carpet Massacre days. There seemed to be quite a bit of tension in the fan community. Yes, some of it was between the fans who liked the album and those who didn’t but there was another kind of tension as well. Some of that tension was between the fans who thought/felt we should always support Duran, no matter what, and others that thought we should be able to criticize the band and their music.
Second, should we expect the band members to be on social networking sites? If so, should they be on both facebook and twitter? Should they participate regularly; and how do you define regularly? What if they are only on social networking sites when they are going on tour or trying to sell an album? Is that okay with us? While this question might, again, seem like one with obvious answers, it isn’t. Some fans feel like band members should be on social networking sites as this might be considered part of the job in 2012. Others feel like it is a great thing that they are and that it enhances the connection between band and fans, but that it is not necessary. Their only job should be to make music and try to sell it by going on tour, promoting songs/albums, etc. So, I’m asking. What should we expect of them? Let’s have that debate about what is fair and reasonable.
Third, should we expect the band to want to meet fans? In what capacity should this be done? Should the band have meet and greets at every show? Some shows? Why or why not? What about in public? Should the band welcome fans when they are out at a bar or a club? What about at their hotel? Should they be approachable then too? Then, when meeting fans, should they be willing to sign autographs and/or take pictures? Should there be limits? Again, on the surface, this question about the band meeting the fans doesn’t appear to be one that would create friction, but it does. Some people feel strongly that the band should be left alone in public. Others are passionate about the idea that part of their job is meeting fans and being willing to sign autographs and take pictures. Then, likewise, those two sides may get annoyed or bothered by the fans on the opposite side. So, let’s really talk about what we expect from the band. It would certainly stop some potential bad feelings if we knew what people thought about the issue.
Lastly, what should fans expect when it comes to the team surrounding Duran? Should they be held accountable, even if they are far removed from organizations like Artist Arena, or should we understand that they don’t oversee every little aspect of Duran Duran? Some fans obviously expect that Duran knows and does something about the people that are working for them. Others think that they have a lot on their plate so they can’t pay attention to everything that is happening. Perhaps, both sides get annoyed with each other then. One side thinks that the fans who complain to Duran about their team are being negative and the other side thinks the positive fans are naive and being taken advantage of.
So, readers, I ask you. Where do you sit with the question of the day? What should we expect from Duran? What about those fans who don’t agree with you? How can we get consensus about issues regarding the band?