I cannot be the only one to regret things regarding Duran Duran, am I? Like many people out there, Duran Duran was placed on the back burner in the mid-late 90s. There were a variety of reasons for this, including not being wowed at a concert I saw in 1993, being and graduating from college, starting my career, and completing graduate school. I was pretty busy during that time of my life and didn’t have any extra money at all. Of course, it didn’t help that my favorite band member, John Taylor, left the band. I didn’t completely ignore Duran and Duranland as I watched shows like Storytellers when it aired and saw various TV performances during the Medazzaland era. That said, I didn’t follow a lot of what John Taylor was up to. In many ways, I couldn’t as I didn’t even have a computer at home when I graduated from college! That’s how broke I was!! Anyway, I regret not following his career at that point as I would have loved to see him perform during his solo days. Those gigs were small and looked to be a ton of fun. Thus, I have to admit regretting that. I wasn’t able to participate much during the reunion, either, due to finishing my master’s degree. Thus, when I had the chance to dive back in, I did in 2004. I was determined to do as much as I could. That motto remains with me to this day. I don’t want to look back and regret any other era of Duran even when I wasn’t excited about an album (*coughRCMcough*).
It seems to me that there are other fans who are like me in that they look back and regret their non-involvement. These regrets could be as upsetting as missing a whole era or they could be missing out on a tour. Based on today’s response to my question about a song to hear live, there are many people who missed a tour and missed hearing/seeing one of their favorite songs performed live. Obviously, Duran doesn’t play the exact same songs every night during a tour so it is possible that people saw a tour but didn’t have a specific song on the setlist(s) for the show(s) they went to. Yet, some songs were played consistently during specific tours. Then, what about this idea that Duran might be done in 5 or 10 years. While I don’t even want to think about it at all, I have to acknowledge that they cannot continue forever. They can’t. Thus, I can’t wait until the next show, the next tour. I have to do as much as I can NOW. I don’t want to have any regrets ever again when it comes to this band!
As Rhonda and I plan for the summer tour, I am keeping this in mind. There are many goals that I haven’t been able to fulfill yet. For example, I haven’t seen a show from front row. I haven’t gotten photos with the band except for one picture with Nick that I shared with my friend. I don’t have any guitar picks or drumsticks. Now, of course, I can’t control my seats or meeting the band, but I can only try and that means going to shows. I won’t regret if I don’t get those front row seats or pictures but I will regret if I don’t try.