Last night after being questioned about the Chicago date, Duran Duran’s facebook status was updated to say that the Chicago show was on the continuing All You Need is Now tour but that they still had some details to work out with the promoters for that show. I, of course, found it interesting that they did come to confirm that this date and location were true and to give an explanation as to why the information was not provided by them. What was more interesting than that, however, as a student of fandom was the reaction from other fans. Obviously, the reaction varied from excitement to frustration to disbelief.
Many fans were excited by this news of a date in Chicago in August. Of course, the fans that are close to Chicago were overjoyed as were other fans that might be able to travel to the show. The other group of people who seemed thrilled with this news are other US fans who now know that they are, for sure, coming back to the States and when. For those fans, they want to know the rest of the dates and they want to know them yesterday! Obviously, this Chicago date wasn’t released by Duran and the only reason the information got out was because the venue itself shared it. August is still a long way off, a full five months away, in fact. I get why people want the dates, though. People want to plan. For some people, this planning might be as simple as I need to know to ask for this date off. For others, it might be to avoid dates for a vacation. Still, others want to know to figure out what dates they can and will attend. What will be interesting now that we have one date are how quickly the other dates, no matter how many or how few there are, will be released in some fashion. Will Duran headquarters feel it necessary to speed up the process in order to control what gets out, when? I don’t know. I guess for those of us who are waiting for the rest of the dates, we can only hope.
Other fans used the opportunity to talk about their neck of the woods. People commented on the status update to request shows in their location. Some of these locations included big cities and some included smaller places or places that Duran has never played at. Some people even suggested specific venues or dates. Of course, many European fans were thinking about their part of the world and wondered why they haven’t received any information regarding shows there, especially since they are supposed to be happening in the summer and many were rescheduled shows from last summer. I can understand this feeling. If I was in Europe, I, too, would want to know the dates. After all, everyone has to plan! That said, I hope that they realize that the release of this US date had nothing to do with the band or their team. It got out because of the venue. Now, if they want to complain about the lack of dates to Europe or how they seem to be taking a long time with that in general, I totally get that! Complain away as I’m not sure what is taking so long with those dates!
The European fans were not the only fans to voice negative reactions. Obviously, there are many other parts of the world that don’t have any shows to look forward to, no matter when they are announced. Many of the fans in that situation were gracious, though, and expressed happiness for American fans. Yet, many American fans did not seem happy, including some located in or near Chicago. Complaints about the venue were heard. Now, for all of the venues I have been to in Chicago, believe it or not, but I have never been to the Ravinia. Thus, I cannot speak about the venue. It may be a bad choice or not. I don’t know. Some of the criticism I saw included that the people who attend shows there are “snobby”. Others said there are many areas in the venue where you cannot actually see the stage. Some did not like that it would be outside. Suggestions about other venues were made. I can appreciate making suggestions, but this appears to be definite since the venue and many news outlets have reported this. Duran isn’t going to change it. Nonetheless, while reading these reactions, I cannot help but to think of the other group of fans I mentioned earlier, the fans that get no shows. None. Zero. I suspect that they wouldn’t complain about the venue or location if they got even one show that they could go to. Likewise, I’m sure that the European fans would love to have some show to plan for, no matter where it was. At the same time, I can understand those fans that are unhappy with the venue or date. The date isn’t great for me, either, as I’m required to be at work the next day. A week earlier or a weekend would have made a big difference for me. However, I do understand and acknowledge that there are fans that do not have this opportunity so I should appreciate what I have. I have to put myself in their shoes for awhile.
The last kind of reaction I saw was disbelief. People doubted it because it didn’t come from Duran headquarters. Even when they confirmed the date and location, people still question it since there was a statement made about details to work out. Could the date fall through? Sure. Anything is possible. We have learned that. Yet, this date and location seems locked in and I bet those details are ones that we won’t even see or hear about.
The varied reaction among Duranies tells me a lot. It tells me that we have been doing this for a long time. It tells me that the Duran machine isn’t always good about sharing information. It tells me that when a show is announced, we almost all struggle to look beyond ourselves and our own wants and situations. It tells me that really not all fans are going to be happy at the same time. It tells me that as crazy as yesterday was in Duranland, it is still the same old Duranland!