Last night, I saw a clip on youtube of an interview with Simon in South Africa (Simon’s South Africa interview). During this clip, he says that the band plans to premiere a song or two during the shows there in December. My reaction to this is mixed. Of course, I’m terribly excited over the notion that they will be playing new songs. That said, I’m so jealous of those people who will be there and will get to hear the songs in person! Is it possible that someone will record it and put it on a message boards or three so that other fans can hear the songs, too? I hope so!
Many bands and artists have expressed their opposition to bootlegs, including Duran Duran, at times. In recent years, there have been online sites who have been told to stop hosting areas where fans can exchange or download bootlegs. I’m not sure I understand this. Do they think that the fans who download bootlegs won’t buy the official materials? I don’t know a single fan like that. In most, if not all, cases, these fans would LOVE to buy officially released live shows. Thus, Duran is missing a huge revenue source as they could be making money by selling bootlegs of their shows. Typically, fans download the shows in order to have as much Duran stuff as possible or to have a memory of shows they have attended. The bootlegs only serve to reinforce the fans’ interest. I know that the more I hear, the more I want.
As for the new songs, I can understand being concerned that if the songs were available online ahead of the actual release that people won’t buy the album. Yet, I don’t know any fan who would be satisfied with just a live clip of new material. Of course, they could just release the new songs that they may play ahead of time and then those particular songs won’t be an issue. If not, they should be aware that many of us are dying to hear the new stuff and will try to hear it anyway we can.