I hate February. I think I say that every year. If you went back and looked at blog plots from February from last year or the year before or the year before that, etc., I’m sure there are sentences that are very similar to my first sentence. My students are going a little stir crazy as it has been months of cold temperatures and little sunshine. I’m dying for spring break but it is months away.
In thinking about this, I realized that the last few Februarys have also been quiet on the Duran front, too. The band has not toured during the month of February since 2005. Yes, they have played a few shows here and there in February but not a real tour. Before that, they did play a few shows in February in 2001 and 1993 with longer tours only during the years of 1994, 1989, and of course, 1984.
Ah, yes, 1984 is the year of Duran-mania. We all know about that year, that tour. After all, we all saw Sing Blue Silver, right? This scene always pops in my head when I think about Duran touring during the winter:
I bet that drive to Pittsburg (That is where they were headed in that scene, right?!) was a tough one. (I recently drove right past Pittsburgh in the middle of the night in the worst fog ever so I can relate.) In watching that scene, I always wondered if they feared that they wouldn’t make that show. This, of course, makes me consider why they might not schedule many tours during February.
Winter can be harsh. Traveling is certainly unpredictable during the this season. I worried about the weather in making plans to see Duran around New Year’s in DC. What if the weather sucked and flights got canceled? What if I couldn’t get to O’Hare? I had the same concerns in 2008 when I went to a few shows in the Northeast during December. Luckily, the weather cooperated both times.
I guess the band could tour just in warm places during the winter in order to avoid potential weather pitfalls. Then, they would be assured that they could get to the shows without a problem. That said, others might not be able to get to those shows as easily. Perhaps, they realize that there is a group of Duranies who are willing to travel to see them when they can. Their audiences are not just made up of local or nearby fans. Some part of the crowd consists of people who traveled to go. Therefore, tours during the winter could be problematic.
Really, I have no idea why Duran has not toured in the winter in the last ten plus years. It could be that weather factor or something else. As much as I understand the potential reason(s) why, I find myself wishing that there were shows coming up in a week or two. Maybe, it is just that I’m anxious for the shows in March. Perhaps, I just want a break from a reality that is beyond exhausting at this point. Whatever the reason, I’ll try to hang in here until the shows get started.