It has been about a week now since we all read/heard that Duran has been forced to postpone their summer tour. There was a burst of shock and, now, people are coming to grips or questioning what all of this means. While I believe that most of the fans have reacted in a kind and considerate manner as most have put their concern for Simon’s well-being first, many are still wondering what the future holds. The specific elements of the future that they seemed to be focused on includes the future of the band, what to do about personal concert plans or the band’s tour plans.
I have seen many people begin to question if this is the end of Duran or the beginning of the end. I get this. It seems that no one knows exactly what happened with Simon’s voice other than it was damaged and no one knows when it will improve, of if it will improve. I think it is normal for people to worry because there are so many unknowns in this situation. While Simon did have vocal issues before, he was a lot younger then. This does not help people feel confident about the band’s future. Do I think this is the end? I have no idea. I sure the heck hope not. More than that, I’ll be beyond devastated if it is. In fact, it is so upsetting to me that I just can’t go there in my mind. Thus, all I can do for now, is hope for the best and offer support to the band.
Like many others out there, as much as I’m offering good wishes to Simon and the rest of the band, I can’t help but to think about upcoming concerts. As many of you know, we are planning on returning to England to get the shows that we didn’t get the first time we were there. Will there be shows? I don’t know. Will there be shows before our shows? I don’t know that, either. Many others are in the same situation. Perhaps, they bought tickets for the two US shows that are scheduled or bought tickets for the UK shows. Maybe they wanted to buy tickets but didn’t. The reality is this. We may not know if they are able to play any of the scheduled shows until right before they happen. We will not necessarily get a guarantee. For some people, this is enough to turn them away from buying tickets. For others, like us, we are proceeding with our plans. One thing I learned in May is that it is always a risk to go travel or to buy concert tickets. Things can happen. In our situation, something happened to the band. Next time, maybe, something will happen to me. There are no guarantees even if Simon was 100%. Whenever you travel, you risk something happening, something that can get in your way. Now, I support anyone’s decision to not take that risk. I can understand and appreciate that decision. For me, though, I am willing to take that risk.
While people are trying to make their own personal decisions about upcoming shows, I have seen some rumblings about the fact that the schedule now has 2 US shows and then the UK shows. This has not sat well with all Duranies. Some people are pointing out that the US has already had shows this year. This is true. Many fans in the UK point out that the next part of the tour should be there. This is true, too. It seems to me that this situation has opened up a constant debate within the fan community. Why should the US get so many shows? They aren’t from there and there are many locations that do not have nearly the same number of shows, if any at all. What’s the answer to this debate? I don’t think there is a good answer to this. I wish that the band could play everywhere that there are fans. Right now, though, I can’t help but to think that the focus should be that Simon gets better. Shouldn’t that be the only thing we worry about? Honestly, I don’t care if they play in Mongolia as long as they are able to play.
As more and more time goes by, I’m sure that people will settle their own issues related to shows. I’m hoping that the debate about US vs. the rest of the world is put aside so that we can also focus on what’s most important right now.