Category Archives: Q&A

Facebook Q&A with Simon Le Bon

In case you missed it, Simon was on Facebook today, fielding questions from the crowd of Duranies, typing ever so quickly and creatively to get their curiosities answered by Mr. Le Bon (along with super quick typer Katy Krassner, of course!).

I always wonder how these things look on the other end – is Simon on the phone with Katy as she asks him questions and he answers? Is he looking at Facebook and telling Katy what questions he wants to answer? I have no idea, but it was those things that I was wondering about as I sorted through the hundreds of topics and fans, all wanting their moment of notoriety of having a question answered.  Not one to disappoint, Simon answered plenty of questions this morning, ranging from how it feels to have come all this way in Duran’s career (He said it feels “great”) to what songs he favors because of their importance to the band’s career (At least to me, it was surprising to read that he feels strongly about “Is There Something I Should Know” because it entered the UK charts at #1. Fair enough!).  I don’t know that there were any REAL surprises from the Facebook Q&A, except that having such things on Facebook is a challenge to follow…at least from my end.

That’s the one slight observation I made, and I’m wondering if others found themselves in a similar situation.  I had a difficult time following along – and my method sort of went like this: Read thread, hit refresh, read thread again…hoping to find any new question that had been answered. Get to end of thread. Sigh. refresh again. After a few passes through the content, I decided to just wait until I knew it was over, then go back through and find the answers. Thankfully, Katy (DDHQ) must have realized it was tough to follow and was nice enough to screen shot the questions he answered and put them all in the album on the band’s Facebook page. Easy!

I did see a few fans comment that the system on Facebook is just not user-friendly for something like a Q&A. I think that’s one of the main reasons Amanda and I decided to start a message board, because that way – threads are easy to follow and real discussions can be had.  That said, there are people who really enjoy the Facebook atmosphere, and this Q&A probably worked very well for those people. Social media is definitely not one-size-fits-all. While audiences tend to overlap to a certain degree, by reaching out to different avenues of social media such as Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter (among others I am sure), Duran Duran is much more likely to reach a wider cross-section of their audience – which keeps fans happy in the end.

You can find the full Facebook Q&A here, if you haven’t already taken a peek! I’ve linked the picture announcing the Q&A session, and from there, you just click on the forward arrow to see the questions one by one in Duran Duran’s photo album. Enjoy!

-R

 

Nick Rhodes – Still Denimless?

I love seeing things get shaken up every once in a while, and this morning was no exception. Today, most people on the planet should have felt a rumbling from deep within because Nick Rhodes…yes, that Nick Rhodes, was on Twitter, answering questions from fans like he’d been on Twitter all along….

The announcement of Nick answering questions on Twitter went over like a lead balloon in the Duraniverse…and even better, people continued asking Amanda and I if we were going send in questions as well. Amanda had other things to take care of today, and so it was left to me – which is always dangerous. This morning proved no different than normal in my crazy household, and I ended up not being around for 90% of his Q&A. I did attempt to quickly send in a couple of questions, but he was finished before he could even see them, much less answer. Alas.

That said, I did see all of the questions and his answers. Rather than just be serious and boring (Nick, boring?? Is that even possible?), he took the attitude I really expected and went another, far more creative and witty route.

For example, @SweetRose1993 asked “Hi Nick, what’s your favourite place to shoot a DD video? And what’s your favourite DD single so far?”

Nick’s answer? “To shoot a video? A virtual reality floatation tank with dancing girls and a pocket universe. – NR”

Not too shabby with the wit there, Nicholas (and somehow I don’t think you’re joking).  I appreciated his wit, particularly when answering questions about doing a memoir (He answered that he just needs to dig a worm hole in between minutes) or about the health of his trusty Jupiter 8 (“I am happy to report all three are fit and well at present, however the emergency room is never too far away. – NR”) .  I especially loved his answer to a question that a fan asked about his joining Twitter (“Look for me on Wednesdays at 3am, I’ll be “my head is full of chopsticks” – NR).

Is that 3am my time, or yours, Nick??

And my most favorite, although they were all really good questions and answers )with far less “Please say hi to my mum” comments than Tumblr had the other day with John and Roger), was from @mondaymoon7609 who asked about time travel and where Nick would want to go. His reply, “The future, then I could fix a lot of things in the past. – NR” will keep me thinking for a while.

But then on second thought, maybe I really loved the question about giving Simon fashion advice…. “Only when we reach crisis point.It happened with a particularly nasty pair of crocs once. -NR”  And I did wince a little when Nick said “No. Absolutely not” to owning a pair of blue jeans.

Here’s the thing, Nick. I own enough pairs for both of us. You’re welcome. 

I had a few people ask Daily Duranie how we thought he did, and I thought he was great. He didn’t answer questions that probably couldn’t get a quick 140-character answer, and yet he did answer a fair amount of serious questions. In all fairness, I had no doubt that he’d do well. Nick is extremely quick-witted, and that works very well with an environment that can feel a little like a mass feeding frenzy. So yes, he did extremely well and I’m surprised it’s taken him this long to participate. I had to laugh because he answered a question about his favorite song off of Paper Gods by saying that on Thursdays it is “You Kill Me With Silence”, but if you’re in Australia it’s already a different song.” I sat there for a couple of seconds longer than I probably should have thinking, Wait, is it really Thursday already?!? 

(Yes, that is EXACTLY the type of week it has been.)

-R

Duran Duran Answer Time

Yesterday afternoon I noticed a tweet from DDHQ about John and Roger answering questions on Tumblr this morning (or afternoon if you’re on the east coast!), dubbed Duran Duran answer time. I quickly shot a note over to Amanda saying that we should prepare some questions, which led to a fairly productive brainstorm session.

We weren’t sure how the questions would be selected or answered, but we just figured that we’d send in a bunch and hope for the best. DDHQ wasn’t very clear about WHEN to send in questions, (a tip from me: if they ever do this again – just understand that the band probably isn’t going to go back very far and find questions that were sent in say, 24 hours earlier. It’s like tweets…who really goes back that far and reads the thousands they get each day?) so we sent some in last night, and then again this morning, hoping something would get their attention.

What Amanda and I both liked about the format was that it was controlled. I didn’t have to see the thousands of other questions that came in, and while it appeared that John and Roger just took questions they saw and answered them with no real regard to the subject matter (there was more than one request for them to say hi to moms, for instance), it still probably gave John and Roger a little control and comfort as opposed to the tweetfests where John likely felt bombarded at times. Tumblr didn’t work fantastic for me this morning because I was on Skype at the same time and my aging computer hates doing video calls and pretty much anything else at the same time, but it still worked.  And let’s face it: it was something.

I refuse to believe that I’m the only fan in the world that misses seeing the band on social media, even IF I understand the reasoning behind the lack of activity. DDHQ handles social media for the band, and they do a great job keeping us informed these days….but the personal accounts for the band members are still theirs to control, and it seems to me that pretty much all of them have sort of backed off from using it.  This wouldn’t be so bad if we had never experienced that sense of connection, but naturally since we have, I think many miss it.  I know I do.

So, the idea of having band members answer questions on Tumblr isn’t a bad deal at all. It was still very exciting to see them answer people, even if plenty of the questions were downright silly.  I saw two people ask if they were hungry like the wolf, for instance. (Yes, I groaned. John and Roger dutifully answered, but I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall….)  I think that no matter the forum, you run the risk of silly questions, and even though I didn’t enjoy those questions – I’m sure the people who asked them loved seeing them answer.

But then, there was our moment of excitement when John (EXACTLY the person we were hoping!!!) answered a question that Amanda and I had submitted under our Tumblr name “dailyduranie” (unique, no?) Oh yes, I have the screen shot to share:
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Sometimes, Amanda and I feel like we’re on another planet.  She and I will feel one way about something or other, post our feelings and have the fan community come down on us hard. Both she and I have posted a little frustration about some of the media coverage they’ve received, including the article in Billboard.  You see, we want the best for this band. We love them, and we want them treated with the respect they deserve. If that’s wrong… well, I’m not all that interested in being right, I guess. I’ll leave that to other people.  So, Amanda and I decided to take a chance and send in a question about it. I figured that the worst case was that it would be ignored or that maybe John would have words of wisdom from being in this business for so long. We very much value his opinion and experience.

Lo and behold, he not only answered us, but we also got a little validation as well. It’s not just us that feels the way we do sometimes, and I appreciate that. I have no doubt that John’s used to it by now and like he says so aptly – yawn.  It isn’t worth the time to try and force people to learn how to write about in the present, it just boggles my mind a little that people still care about the drug use, the fact that the band is aging (seriously?!?), Andy Warhol’s preoccupation with Nick and whatever else.  The difference of course is that John has learned not to bother….whereas Amanda and I have a blog.

The Duran Duran answer time session ended after about an hour. While I am sure they could have answered questions for many, many, hours…it was nice of them to give an hour of their time. It wasn’t quite a tweetfest, but I still love the idea of connecting with them directly, and I like the controlled setting.  I hope they offer to do another!

-R