The other day I saw a post from Star Magazine in the UK. What was the headline? Boy George eyeing joint tour with Duran Duran. Hmm…If you read the article which I have linked here, the basic gist that is that the idea of Culture Club touring with Duran is Boy George’s ideal tour and that he sees bands touring together to be the latest trend. Of course, I ponder why this might be the best touring line-up for Boy George and what the Duranies think about it. Before I do that, I have to acknowledge that this isn’t the first time the idea of the two bands playing together has come up.
Who here remembers Super Concert One? This was an event that was announced in 1985 but never happened. So what the heck was it? This video might give you an idea:
The New York Times described the event like this:
Pop music will join sports events as closed-circuit, pay-per-view entertainment Dec. 27, when a concert by Duran Duran, Culture Club and a third band to be announced will be transmitted from Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.
The show, ”Super Concert One,” will be offered to approximately 2,000 small theaters – with under 3,000 seats – and to the approximately three million cable subscribers equipped for pay-per-view programs. It will also be broadcast in FM stereo. Prostar Satellite Systems, which has transmitted world championship boxing matches, will carry the concert.
Funny enough, one Duranie asked Katy why the event never came to pass:
Hello everyone. I hope this email find you all in good spirits and health. My question is for any of the band that can remember it, I’m encoding an article about Super Concert One with Culture Club that was apparently to take place on December 27, 1985. I was wondering why it never came to fruition because I think that would have been a great show. I know whatever it was that got it cancelled took place before Simon and Yasmin’s wedding but I can’t for the life of me remember why. Thanks in advance. Anita
THE BAND REMEMBERS WELL…THE EVENT TURNED INTO A COMPLETE NIGHTMARE INVOLVING A DODGY ITALIAN HELICOPTER COMPANY. THEY SAID THEY SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THINGS WERE AWRY WHEN ONE OF CULTURE CLUB TURNED UP TO THE PRESS CONFERENCE WEARING THE SAME JACKET AS NICK – STILL, AT LEAST THEY ARE HAPPY THAT THEY WON THE TOSS AND HE HAD TO TAKE OFF HIS JACKET AND NICK KEPT HIS ON!
So, needless to say, this idea of Duran Duran and Culture Club is not a new one. Then, the question is why now and what do the fans think about it? From what I can tell, the reaction is mixed. Some people who are fans of both bands are excited by the idea. After all, it would allow them to see both bands at the same time. Perhaps, the cost of this one ticket would be less than two tickets for two separate shows. On the other hand, I see others questioning the motivation of Boy George specifically. Some wonder if this isn’t a way for Culture Club to sell more tickets, expand their audience. Likewise, some Duranies think that this would not be the best move for Duran Duran. They believe that Duran doesn’t need Culture Club fans to be able to sell tickets. (I have to agree on that. Duran sells plenty of tickets on their own.) To those fans, a tour with both bands would be a sign that Duran is in decline because they would be admitting that they needed other fans to sell out their shows.
I’m not sure what I think, to be honest. On one hand, I have seen double bills like Chic and Duran work really well together. I have to acknowledge that Chic played first and their set was generally shorter than Duran. Would I feel differently if it was the opposite, that Duran had opened for Chic? So, would I be okay with this idea as long as Culture Club opened up for Duran and played a much shorter set? Maybe. I do have to wonder how this type of tour would work for fans. Would fans of both bands have to fight for VIP packages? Would one band’s fans have less opportunity for good seats or would competition be even more fierce? If that is the case, that makes me nervous. Then, I fear what would happen to ticket prices. Would they be sky high because you are seeing two famous bands?
I don’t think that Duran needs to do this type of tour. While seeing both bands at one time might be fun, I worry that it would open a can of worms as far as details like the ones I mentioned go. Would fans of both bands suffer from greater competition and higher ticket prices? Would the benefits outweigh these possible negatives? I doubt it. What do the rest of you think?