One of the things I typically do while waiting on tour dates is to speculate. I like to have an idea of what they might look like. Where will they go? How long will they be there? How many shows will that include? I try to take all of the rumors and organize them. Then, I also look at past touring history then I combine the rumors and the history to make my best guess. Sad, isn’t it? I want to be prepared, though, as best as possible. Of course, saying this, I know that I will be surprised or shocked by something. I suppose then it is a false preparedness. It also helps make the time go faster and increase my excitement. So, what is known about the upcoming tour? What are the rumors? What is the recent touring history?
Here is what I know:
Coachella Festival in California on Sunday, April 17th
14 dates in the UK in May
ITunes Festival in London on Saturday, July 16th
Some of the rumors:
Italy show on Monday, July 11th
Original rumors listed the US from March 31st and the UK/Europe starting in June
Special show in New York City based on a tweet from Wendy Laister, their manager
Touring history for the US and Europe (yes, I realize that I have left out a HUGE chunk of the world but I had to focus on what I might be able to do!)
2003: Random shows through the summer and fall in the US to equal about 4 weeks worth
2004: About 3 weeks in the UK (could this be similar to 2011?)
2005: About 11 weeks in the US (6 at one time and 3 at the other) and 8 weeks in Europe (6 at one time and 2 at the other)
2006: About 1 week in Europe and 3 weeks in the US
2007: About 2 weeks on Broadway
2008: About 6 weeks in US (4 at one time and 2 at the other) and about 7 weeks in Europe
This leads me to wonder when exactly they will be touring the US. Will they do US around Coachella since they and their equipment will already be here? If so, then, they better announce those dates as well. Will they squeeze in the US dates in between the UK and the ITunes festival? Maybe later in the summer? Your guess is as good as mine. (Although, if you do know something more and would like to share it with Rhonda and I, feel free to email us at email@example.com. Thanks!)
Beyond speculating about what the tour might actually look like, I have been talking to my friends, specifically my touring buddies. Part of those conservations have included developing an ideal plan. What does your ultimate tour look like? Do you want to do a show in your city or one nearby? Do you want to travel? If so, where specifically do you want to go? How many shows do you want to do? Obviously, in these discussions, we are all aware that the ideal probably won’t happen as we are not financially independent and do have other responsibilities but it is fun to think about!
Now that I have used up both of these methods of distraction, I’m forced to rely on the usual methods, which include frequent check-ins on the band’s official site, other message boards, and social networking sites to try and learn the latest info! I will also make myself available to receive phone calls, emails or text messages as it is quite possible that I won’t be the first one to get the “Official Duranie Alert”. So, readers, how do you plan on making it through this most anxious time? What are your secrets?