Last night, Duran Duran posted the following on social media:
If you haven’t had a chance, read the terrific Yahoo Music interview with MNDR, where she talks about her experience touring with Duran Duran. We’re happy to announce she will be continuing on the Paper Gods tour for the remainder of the N. American dates!
As you might imagine, the fan community reacted. As I looked through the comments on both Twitter and Facebook, I found 4 basic types of reactions.
- MNDR was great at ____________ show and the keyboards are in “good hands”
- My worry has increased since Nick has been gone so long that it must be serious. Can we please have an update about what is going on?
- Happy? Why use the word ‘happy’? Who is happy about it?
- So upset that Nick won’t be at ______________ show. Expected him to be there when bought the ticket.
None of these reactions surprised me. Whenever some upsetting news is given, people respond with all sorts of emotions. It happened in July when the announcement first came that Nick had to return to the UK and it has happened now. I can’t blame anyone for his/her reaction as they are all very human responses.
MNDR Was Great:
I have to admit that I would probably fall into this camp. Both Rhonda and I have mentioned numerous times over our shows this summer that we thought she did a fabulous job. I still think that. Does that mean that I preferred her over Nick? Of course not. It just means that I was happy that the shows could go on and that the quality of the music was not harmed significantly by a replacement. Many of us have held tickets to canceled shows in the past. There is not much worse than that. If the band had canceled, when would they be able to return? Who knows? They might not have and if they did, would I have been able to attend the show(s) then? Who knows again? Having MNDR fill in was the best choice, I believe.
I totally understand people’s concern. We all want everything with Nick to be fine and for him to attend the shows. Yet, we know that he is physically fine based on the Katy Kafe that was posted on the 10th. Clearly, he wishes that he could be on tour but he has something to take care of. Who I know what that is? No. Do I need to know? Not really. I look at my job. Do I tell my students every time I need to be gone from work? No. I don’t tell them anything that won’t effect their classroom experience. If it doesn’t affect the job, it doesn’t need to be stated. I understand why people want to know. They care. They worry. Yet, clearly, this is something that Nick wants to keep private. As hard as it is for all of us who care about Nick a lot, I think we have to try and respect that wish. I know that it is much easier said than done.
Ah..word choice. As someone who writes a blog, I am well-aware of how ONE word can upset people. Those who are upset about the use of the word, ‘happy’, do you really think that DDHQ means that they are happy Nick is gone? Or do you think they are happy that someone good can stand in so the shows don’t have to be canceled? Again, as someone who writes and puts thoughts out there to be consumed by the public, I wish people were a less little critical and assume that there was nothing but good intentions behind it.
Again, I totally understand those people who have tickets to shows and expected Nick to be there. I, too, would be upset. Heck, I was upset that he wasn’t at my shows. Again, though, I ask that people assume positive intentions. Nick and the DDHQ didn’t do this to anger people or frustrate ticket buyers or to dupe people out of money. Things happen. We don’t have to like it and we can be angry at the situation but I don’t know that the anger should be directed at the band or their team. I also ask people about the alternative. Would people really prefer the shows be canceled only to possibly NEVER happen? Yeah, the situation sucks. For sure. Yet, I believe that something is better than nothing.
On that note, I continue to send love and support to Nick and his family with whatever it is that is being dealt with. Clearly, there are a lot of people out there doing the same.