I suspect that many fans in the US will increase their demand about US tour dates now that the Fan Jam is over. The writing is on the wall. If the band is playing in the States between now and the UK tour, tour dates better be released soon. I have seen as little as 6 weeks in between the official press release and a show and as much as 3 months for the same. Duran should be announcing then anytime between now and the middle of March, unless they plan to come to the US later. As I type this, I can hear Duranies mumbling under their breath about the lack of advance notice. I would probably join in on that mumbling. Why must they wait until the last minute to announce a show(s)/tour? It seems like they officially announce only when they have to and by have to, I mean that the sale to the general public is happening within a few days. Look at the UK tour. They announced early on a Tuesday and the fan presale happened early the NEXT DAY as regular sales happened on the following Friday. Is that any way to show consideration to fans? I don’t think so.
Part of my problem with the lack of advance notice is that I don’t understand it. Why wait to announce? What purpose does it serve? Does the person/people making this decision think it will help ticket sales? Does it help to increase the fandom? Does it make new fans? Does it help to keep fans? Somehow, I doubt it. I think it works to frustrate us as fans. Worst yet, I think it makes the Duran Duran team look ill prepared. How is that good for anyone? Maybe I’m missing a key here. Yes, I realize that they don’t want to announce anything before it is ready but you can’t tell me that they only know a day or two before a tour is announced?! It doesn’t make sense to me and it doesn’t make sense to most of the other fans I know and come into contact with.
So, if I could offer advice to Duran’s people, have dd.com be the definitive source for news. Fans should not find out new and cool things that the band is doing from message boards or social networking sites. News should come from the official website. Also, news regarding tours should be given out as soon as everything is locked in. The outside world would perceive Duran Duran and their team as organized and prompt. Duranies will be happy to have the time to truly evaluate the dates and see what, if anything, works for them. I suspect that the longer people have with tour dates, the more likely they are to work something out and be able to do more, which would help everyone.