Lately, my questions of the day have focused on which songs people have seen Duran Duran perform in concert. This idea came from the ever-frequent discussions regarding set lists and how there are many within the fan community who are tired of hearing the same old songs when they go to Duran Duran shows. For example, I could do without Come Undone and Ordinary World, just saying. Yet, as I started this set of questions, I heard from some fans that they have not had the opportunity of seeing Duran Duran in concert. After hearing this more than I would have thought, I did what I usually do and began to wonder why, especially as someone who would like to understand fans and our fan community, in particular.
Could it be Duran Duran’s fault that some fans have not seen them i concert? Are they a band that don’t tour much? While there definitely has been times that they haven’t toured much, those dry spells don’t last forever. Now, of course, the band tours in some places more than others. For example, we are all aware that Duran Duran tours the U.S. a lot more than they do…many other places like South Africa or New Zealand. So, I can definitely understand that for fans living in those rarely toured countries that they might not have had an opportunity to go. The same is obviously true for those fans living in countries that the band has never toured. Yet, it seems to me that there are many people living in the United States, for example, that haven’t seen Duran Duran. Perhaps, for some of those fans, they might say that while Duran Duran comes to their country, they don’t come where they live. That’s true for many states in the US. For example, I don’t think Duran Duran has ever played in Alaska or Montana. Heck, I live in Wisconsin. The last time they played in this state was in 2005. The last time they played in my city, though, was in 1984. Therefore, if I want to see the band live, I know that I have to travel. I have to.
This leads me to wonder if everyone can travel. I’m sure that there are some reasons that might truly stop people from traveling. For example, there might be some physical limitations due to health conditions that might stop people. What else could stop people from traveling? In the US, the main means of traveling are car/bus, train or plane. Are those options all available to everyone in the hopes of getting to where Duran Duran might be playing? For the most parts, cars/buses can get you anywhere you want to be in the lower 48 states. You might need a lot of time, though, to get to where you want to go. Trains would be a good alternative but they really aren’t available everywhere. Planes are available in decent sized cities but do cost the most. It is clear that traveling isn’t always super convenient either due to time it takes or the cost. Many Duranies do accept this as a price to pay, though, in order to experience Duran live. I know I do. Ask anyone. I’m not a fan of plane travel but…I do it. I do it for Duran Duran concerts.
Speaking of prices to be paid, clearly, there is a cost involved to going to a Duran show. Ticket prices have gone up since the first time I saw them, especially if one is interested in a VIP package and the opportunity for a really good seat. That said, there are usually cheaper tickets available. For example, the California Mid-State Fair that just went on sale had tickets starting at $41, which isn’t too bad. I suspect that most people have to actually save money in order to go to any concert, but especially when it also requires money for traveling. Speaking only for myself, I have to admit that I really do prioritize Duran Duran over lots of other things. For example, I desperately need new carpeting and a new fridge. Yet, those will get funded only AFTER my Duran fund has been met. Some might think that it is crazy but that is my preference. I figure that I can put a little bit away each month to feed my fandom.
Another aspect of going to Duran Duran concerts that I have is the fact that I have a touring partner, a buddy, a partner-in-crime. I have someone to go to shows with and someone who I travel with. That is huge. Here is a little secret. The main reason that I started hanging out at Duran Duran message boards was to find someone to go to shows with. I knew that none of my close friends where I lived was into Duran. Thus, I had to seek elsewhere and was lucky to find someone I have a ton of fun with! Could this be the problem for some fans? This is part of the reason that Rhonda and I do what we do here. We are hoping to help others make connections and friendships with other fans. We were lucky that we did.
What am I missing? What else might stop someone for going to see Duran Duran live in concert? To me, there is nothing better than going to see Duran Duran live. Nothing. I would love for everyone to be able to experience a Duran Duran show for themselves.