I always have found it interesting when I hear/read statements talking about how Duran Duran exhibits Margaret Thatcher politics in the 1980s. I honestly have no idea what they thought of her or how they voted. I have often wondered where that assumption has come from and the only thing I can figure out is that people took Duran’s videos as reality. They believed that Duran really did live on big, beautiful yachts and drank champagne everyday. Obviously, Duran had plenty of money then and seemed to live a very glamorous life. Does that mean that they would support more Conservative politics? Who knows? Who cares? It certainly didn’t matter to us fans during the 1980s as those videos and images meant something different to many of us. Yes, they did show wealth and luxury but they also showed a world VERY different from the one we experienced. For many of us, these video clips allowed us to escape for a few minutes as we were transformed to their world of glamour. Now, of course, we attempt to reach the same type of escape by touring.
One element of touring that I love the most is the lifestyle I lead for that day(s). When I go to a Duran show, I must travel. I have never attended a Duran show where I live. Now, they have come to my city but it was in 1984 and that was before I lived here. Thus, I always have to go somewhere to see a show. It may be a close city, which I can get to in a couple of hours, or it could require a plane ride. Nonetheless, Duran shows mean that I get out of town, which is always a good thing. It is nice to get out of town and let it all go. Then, typically, a show always means that I get to stay in a hotel and, if I’m lucky, a half way decent one. (I am spoiled on this front!) Obviously, staying in a hotel is very different than staying at home. Of course, the show is (with any luck) a perfect two hours of escape. Let me ask you, fellow fans, do you ever think about your problems when you are watching a good Duran show? I don’t. Every problem seems to melt away, at least for a little bit! Then, if things go well, the escape continues after the show by whatever my friends and I do, whether it is going to a club or just hanging out in a nearby bar. In many cases, after show times means having a ton of fun by hanging and partying with my friends and fellow fans.
I long for this escape right now. I would love to have a show tomorrow. Unfortunately, I have to deal with reality for a bit longer. Perhaps, this will just make me appreciate this escape even more when it does come!