See any interesting tweets or status updates lately? Anything related to Duran Duran? I have!!! (This is a miracle, too, since I’m knee deep in material for my evaluation at work! By the way, if you know occupations that require more work, extra work than your usual job, in order to be evaluated on that job, could you let me know? I’m keeping a list! Right now, all I have is teaching.) Enough of that! Let’s return to the fun stuff, those tweets and status updates about Duran Duran! Here’s what has caught my attention and why!!
Duran Duran is playing/co-headlining at the Gibraltar Music Festival on September 5th! Tickets, I believe, went on sale yesterday! To read the full scoop and where to get tickets, head on over to the band’s official website! It seems to me that Duran Duran has a number of festivals booked this year. Want to see a complete list?! Of course you do!
June 20th: Sonar Festival in Barcelona, Spain
June 27th: Night at the Park in The Hague, Netherlands
June 28th: Killarney Festival in Kerry, Ireland
September 5th: Gibraltar Music Festival in Gibraltar
September 11th at the Bestival Festival in Robin Hill Park in Isle of Wright, UK
Now, will I be able to attend any of those? Unfortunately, I do not plan to attend any of those. Yet, I’m still excited about them! Why? Simple! I’m thrilled for those who will get to attend those! It also gives me a little bit of hope that an announcement of something that I could go to might just be around the corner! Heck, just this morning I caught a tweet or two about a possible festival appearance in Las Vegas…
Life is Beautiful Festival: Las Vegas–September 25-27???
According to this blog, Duran Duran is set to headline the festival along with Stevie Wonder! Now, of course, this hasn’t been announced by any official source. Therefore, it is always possible that this isn’t true but I suppose it could be. That could be exciting!
Of course, there is more than just the announcement of Gibraltar and the rumor of Vegas to increase my hope for a show for me! Can you guess the other reasons I’m hoping for more announcements of shows soon? I bet you can. First of all, as Rhonda mentioned in this blog here, Simon stated in a recent Kafe that there is something BIG planned for the U.S. and I doubt that it is this festival in Vegas. Thus, I cannot wait to find out what that is!!! Second, we know that there is usually a lot of activity surrounding a new single and album and those appear to be coming in the summer/fall. Finally, yesterday, Duran Duran tweeted about an auction, which you can see here. While auctions of this nature for a meet and greet for charity aren’t unusual, what caught many Duranies’ attention was this line: “UK tour dates will be announced within 2 months of auction end.” When does the auction end? In 3 days. That means that UK dates should be announced by July 19th. Will there be other dates for other places by that time, too??!?
Could the “B” be…
In this case, the tweets that caught my attention wasn’t by Duran Duran or a member of Duran Duran but tweets from friends about this interview here with Brandon Flowers. During this interview, he is asked about appearing on Duran Duran’s album. He denies it but “squirms”, according to the author of the article. Fascinating considering that in a recent Kafe, Roger mentioned that there was another surprise on the album and that his name started with a B. Brandon Flowers certainly does start with a B. As someone who loves Brandon’s music, I would be super excited if there was some truth to this rumor. Sadly, though, I’m doubting it based on this article on NME in which it is revealed that he has been working on New Order’s album, which I still am excited about. It isn’t Duran Duran but it is something!
How to Deal
Here’s the thing. I see many Duranies out there frustrated, annoyed, sick of Durantime and how long Duran has taken with this album. I can’t blame any of them for feeling this way. I’m more saddened by the people, the Duranies, I used to speak with frequently over social networking who seem to have just vanished since it has been quiet on the Duran front. To me, when people stop caring and walk away is way worse than those who complain/vent/express frustration. Durantime isn’t easy. No one wants Durantime. No FAN wants Durantime. So, I figure right now I have a choice. I could either complain or I could try to find a way to push through. I’m trying for the second choice. I’m opting for focusing on what cool things could be coming up. The assumption I have is that the album will be fabulous and that I’ll do my part to make sure that everyone I can reach out to knows that!
That said, let’s go, Duran Duran. We are ready.