Falling Down-An Interpretation

In yesterday’s blog, I mentioned that I believed that there were two basic camps of fans; those who want just fun and entertainment and those who want to analyze as well.  To me, the Red Carpet Massacre era showed this division clearly.  Many fans liked the music because songs like Tempted were “fun” and made them want to move, to dance.  Others recognized the music as lacking soul, specifically Duran Duran soul.  I was one of those fans criticizing the project.  Yet, for me, there was one glimmer of the Duran I knew and loved in the form of the video for Falling Down.  Thus, it seemed so strange to me that so many fans seemed to be disinterested in that video, at best, and hated that video, at worst.  I couldn’t figure it out.  I even posted my interpretation about what I thought the video was about in various message boards and still no one seemed to appreciate it more.  No one saw that it was filled with meaning and that the majority of the rest of RCM was empty.  Clearly, this animosity for Falling Down still exists.  Let me give you my interpretation and then we can ponder if my interpretation is crap or if it is just an example of the two camps of fans and that, in this case, the larger camp is one that just wants the entertainment.

On the surface of the video is the story of a celebrity entering rehab or some sort of psychiatric hospital with others like her.  She is resistant to go but does.  Inside the hospital, she meets others and is under the care of doctors played by the members of Duran.  At the end, she leaves the hospital and returns to her regularly scheduled life, including drinking champagne, hanging with a disinterested agent, and riding around in a driven towncar.  Thus, it appears to be about celebrities like Britney Spears and is once again filled with the model types that are frequently shown in Duran videos.  I saw something completely beyond or below this surface story.  I saw the bands’ story and I saw our story.

I have heard Simon introduce or discuss this song many times and he almost always states how it is about falling down in public.  It is about making a fool of oneself, becoming an embarrassment, falling from grace, etc.  I think many of us can relate to that idea, in general.  Yet, for the members of the band, they have made their mistakes in the public eye, for the whole world to see.  For them, they must live with what the public thinks of them and of their perceived mistakes.  The video showcases what their mistakes were or what their embarrassing moments are BELIEVED to be.  For Simon, he is surrounded by women and is clearly being tempted at all times.  This is shown by even the nurse who is showing quite a bit of cleavage.  Isn’t that Simon’s reputation?  To be a womanizer?  Someone who is focused on female bodies?  Then, there is John.  What does he do in the video?  He passes out the medication, the drugs.  Obviously, John is very open about his drug addictions.  Thus, the video shows that his public moment of falling down surrounded drugs and drug use.  What about Roger?  In my opinion, Roger is barely shown in the video and I believe that this was intentional.  After all, didn’t Roger seem to disappear for YEARS, for decades?  Roger was the quiet one who was rarely seen and heard from, at least “back in the day”.  Again, this video shows Roger’s experience.  Lastly, there is Nick.  What does Nick do?  He takes photographs of the women.  In many cases, Nick is taking strange photos.  Isn’t that what Nick is famous for?  He is known for not only taking photos but taking very strange photos.  Nick is believed to be not ordinary in any way and the video shows that. 

Now, the video also addresses the fans and our weakness.  The band and the fandom is our weakness.  Don’t we all go a little crazy when we become fans?  Don’t we leave behind our rational side for something emotional?  I keep thinking about how I will be going back to the UK in a couple of weeks and keep thinking to myself about how no normal person would do this.  Look at how much time and energy we spend on thinking about or discussing the band and everything associated with them.  Therefore, I believe the women really represent us.  Before you start typing about how you aren’t crazy or that you don’t spend that much time on the band; yes, I realize that this is a generalization and one that won’t apply to everyone.  Think about it, though.  What do the women do in the video?  They seem fixated on things related to how they look (like many of us before a show, for example).  Other activities include reading magazines (wonder what those magazines might be about…one’s chosen celebrities?!) and playing with their cell phones.  I’m sure that no Duranie ever plays with his/her phone.  Nope, I’m sure no one does.  😉  Towards the end of the video, these women all go to seats to do what?  They go to see Duran perform.  Then, you start to see the women smile for the first time.  You also start to see the women take pictures of each other.  Again, this is a common occurrence at every Duran show I have been at. 

At the end of the video, the main character seems to leave.  Let’s assume that the hospital represents fandom and being a Duranie, in particular.  Does she really leave her chosen fandom?  It certainly doesn’t seem like it, especially when Notorious begins playing when she enters the car and I think the choice of Notorious is intentional as well due to the meaning of “notorious”.  Perhaps, this is saying that even when a fan is away from the band and maybe away from a show, they are still connected, still part of the fandom.  One could go so far as to argue that the champagne and nice car represents the travel and the partying that Duranies often do when going to a show or going on tour and these activities remain as part of fans’ culture.

So, now that you have all read my interpretation, does that make you appreciate the video for Falling Down more?  Does it make you conclude that I think WAY too much and analyze things to do death?  Are you still just interested in watching the video for fun and this video isn’t fun?  What do you think?

-A

Girl Panic (The Shortened Version) and Entertainment

By now, I’m sure many (most/all) of you have seen the shortened version of the Girl Panic video.  I have seen many people say that they prefer this version over the 9.5 minutes of the original.  I can’t say that I have seen many reasons why they prefer this version.  A few people have mentioned that they feel like it showcases the song more since the song is played all the way through and it is a more traditional version of the song.  I suppose we are more used to this format of having the regular song being played the whole time.  As I ponder the differences and my preferences, I thought back to another Duran video from another era with different lengths and that is New Moon on Monday.

As a kid, for a very long time, I only knew of two versions of New Moon on Monday.  I knew the “regular” clip that was shown on MTV.  This clip was the exact length of the song and had no dialogue despite the very obvious storyline.  I was not sure exactly who the main female character was but I knew that there was some sort of protest being planned and that Duran had to hide from the totalitarian government.  This female seemed to be working with them, Simon in particular, but decided to turn them in, even though at the end, she rejoined their efforts.  The other version I knew was the one from Dancing on the Valentine.  This one was longer and had Simon by a big moon (the opposite of a new moon, ironically enough) and showed shots of John playing bass and singing that were to die for!  These additional shots did not enhance the storyline but they did add plenty of squee moments (ha!).  Later, I discovered the movie version and I thought I died and gone to heaven!  This had the storyline that I thought was fascinating AND it had dialogue!  It was 17 minutes of pure Duran gold, in my opinion.  I thought Girl Panic was going to be similar in that I would like one version and LOVE the long version.  It is not similar.

I hate the short version.  Hate it.  If I wasn’t a big fan, I wouldn’t have a clue that the supermodels were supposed to be the members of the band until the very end when they are “playing”.  Before that, I would just assume that the video was about supermodels.  The storyline was totally taken away.  I might not even know if was Duran, if I was unfamiliar with this song and their style, as we don’t see a band member until we see John driving about one minute and twenty seconds into it.  To me, the storyline was not maintained like it was in the shortened version of NMOM.  On top of that and more importantly than that, it took away literally everything I found fabulous about the long version.

The shortened version did not contain any interviews from the band members.  It did not and would not make me question stereotypes and assumptions about rock stars or celebrities in general.  Instead of showing how over the top and over-indulgent these assumptions are, they reveled in them.  The video became the stereotype instead of questioning the stereotype.  Early in Duran’s career, they got a lot of grief in the press and with music critics because their videos seem to be promoting a lifestyle that the common person could not relate to, which was seen as an insult to common people (at least by these critics).  While I obviously don’t agree with those negative reviews, in this case, it would appear to be true, in my opinion.  The longer version, however, showed that this lifestyle isn’t real.  I saw an interview with John and Simon where Simon says that everything was based on some experience in their lives and John responded with, “We wish.”  Enough said. 

This leads me to wonder why my response was so different than other peoples.  Is it because they felt comforted in the shorter, more traditional format?  Maybe.  It seems to me that there are two camps of fans.  One camp of fans just want the entertainment, the fun.  I can understand that.  The other camp is where I live.  I want something that makes me think as well as makes me feel.  I want my entertainment to be something that I can analyze and look for deeper meaning.  Obviously, Rhonda feels the same way or else we wouldn’t be writing this blog or our book where we analyze what it means to be a fan and a Duran Duran fan, in particular.  Tomorrow, I will talk about one other video that showed this division within the fandom and contained models!  Can you guess what that video is?
It is one that is usually talked about in a negative way as it seems that most fans hated but one that I thought was brilliant.

-A     

Should I be relieved…or sick?

I’m on a ride and I wanna get off….

Forgive me.  I heard The Reflex on the radio this morning and I can’t get it out of my head. (thank you very much 93.1 JACKFM in Los Angeles – it’s the only station I can hear The Reflex and Back in Black by AC/DC in one 10 minute car ride to and from my son’s school!)

However, better lyrics could not possibly have been written for how I am feeling this morning.  All I’m asking for are my four shows.  Is that really so incredibly wrong?  Am I not allowed?  Is there some sort of embargo in place somewhere that requires every single damn show I wish to attend (never mind the buying tickets, selling the original tickets, buying new tickets since the original shows are on dates I can’t be out of the country…) outside of the US be somehow plagued by bad news??

If you are scratching your head wondering what I’ve taken this morning (the answer is nothing, I swear!), there was an article in The Argus that was posted by our good friend Kitty from Gimme a Wristband.  The article is here for your reading pleasure.  As of this moment, the venue staff will not be under strike and the show should go on.  However, if you read the article – I daresay that the wording doesn’t sound all that solid for the show.  It’s a little unnerving for people who, oh, I don’t know….are traveling all the way from California and Wisconsin for the show!  Then of course there’s the issue of other public worker unions deciding to strike in support.  I don’t even know if that sort of thing happens in the UK, but it does happen here, on occasion.  It gets my paranoia going on overdrive, that is for sure.  I can’t even imagine going through what we did in May again.  I just can’t.

Might I suggest that perhaps the strike take place a week or so earlier?? 😉 Far be it from me to tell people that they shouldn’t strike – I wouldn’t dare be so bold – but I would absolutely be bold enough to say that I’ve already gone through the insanity of dates being postponed once and that I’d REALLY like to be able to attend the shows this time, thanks!

And to think I was going to talk about the shortened version of Girl Panic that is popping up…
funny thing…I’ve got a completely different type of Girl Panic going on right here.  *headdesk*

I will say one thing about the shortened version:  NOT ENOUGH BAND.

There you have it from me!
-R

If I ruled the world

Yesterday I stumbled onto a post on a message board that I can’t stop thinking about.  I don’t know who posted it, but they were asking how fans would feel about an intimate show.  What would we pay?  What would we want for merchandise?

At first, I honestly thought the post was a big joke.  I don’t know about any of you dear readers, but I am sick to death of people coming onto message boards, pretending that they are someone important and asking silly ass questions about getting a “private” show together.  Here’s a clue: if I knew how to get a private show together (aside from collecting the million bucks to pay the band), I’d have already done it.  I think most of us would have by now, no?  So, my initial response was to point out the obvious.  People pay for VIP tickets for every single show they play.  In doing so, we’re paying to sit near the front (sometimes rows 1-5.  other times it’s rows 1-10.) and we get some merch with the price.  In the past we’ve been entered into some sort of lottery to win a 30 second backstage meet and greet with whichever band members they can drag out into the hallway to say hi and pretend they are actually interested in the fans.  We all know they are not and that they’d really rather be just about anywhere else in that moment, which is EXACTLY why I never felt bad about not winning.  I don’t know how many VIP tickets they actually sell for each show, but the section always looks filled when I get there.  Anyway, the answer would seem pretty obvious to me – of course fans would pay for an intimate show!

Well, today I went back to the board in preparation for writing this blog, and the initial poster commented that no, the answer really isn’t that transparent.  That’s when I started really thinking because maybe this person is “for real”.  (Hard to believe these days, but OK…let’s just pretend he is for a second.)  To begin with, this person is only talking about one show in the US and another in the UK, I believe. (Hey you, the person who is already clicking “comment” ready to tell me about how you live somewhere else in the world and that the band NEVER does shows there, much less intimate fan shows and that it’s ridiculous that the US continues to get their undivided attention….I KNOW.  I’m not the organizer, I promise!  I am simply answering this man’s questions here and I completely get the injustice – I really do!!)  So, not only would people need to be willing to pay – I believe he threw out the number of $250 – to see the show, but they would likely need to be able to travel to see it.  How many folks travel to shows?  All I know is that I travel, and that there are a handful of other Duranies that I know will regularly travel for shows.  I know the fan show had quite a few people traveling great distances to get to NYC.  I also know that in order for ME to travel to NYC to do a fan show – it’d have to be something extremely monumental and cool because I’ve been there, done that and still have the emotional battle wounds to prove it.  So do many, many others.

That brings me to what I would require if I ruled the world….or at least had control over one truly special fan show. The original question posed was would you pay to see an intimate fan show, and what about special merchandise, such as a USB drive with the show on it or something like that.  I kind of have my own ideas as to what I’d like – what about you?  I encourage you to come up with your own ideas.  BE REALISTIC.  The band is not going to agree to meet you in your hotel room after the show, nor are they going to be willing to do a private show for just you and a friend.  I already asked.   Ok, not really…but wouldn’t it have been funny if I had?  

I will gladly direct the thread at the board I visited – it’s www.duranduranboard.proboards.com to see our lists if there is any kind of participation.  Why not?

To begin with, I think a fan show that is touted as being special should truly be just that – special.  What if, rather than just a show, we call it a fan EXPERIENCE?  Not really a convention of sorts, but definitely something that takes place over a weekend in a cool city somewhere.  (I’m not even going to begin to guess where it should be.  Let’s pretend it’s somewhere we all want to go here in the continental United States)  Why not work to get a group rate at a hotel – keep in mind that this is meant to be a nice weekend – not a “let’s get in, get out and do it for super cheap because we’re touring” experience.  Therefore, it should be at a decent hotel, maybe even a “resort” style hotel.  Yes, this might mean that you need to share your room with 3 of your best friends.  For example, my husband’s company is having a holiday party.  It’s at the Pelican Hill Resort here in Newport Coast, CA.  It’s a pretty expensive hotel at $395 a night for a room.  (told ya it’s pricey)  Well, for that weekend the rate is $225.  Not cheap.  Not horrible if you’re sharing a room, even if it’s with 10 friends I guess, and like I said, this weekend is SPECIAL.  Just think of the in-room parties you could have.  😀

So let’s say this starts on a Friday (show is on Saturday).  Friday late afternoon/evening is a very casual get together in the bar downstairs.  People are there, drinks are on tap (or mixed)…it’s no host so you’re on your own to pay up, but it’s about meeting other people who are there.  No, I don’t know if the band is staying at the hotel, but if they are – they are smart enough to stay the hell OUT of the bar at this time.  Maybe later on they’ll sneak down, who knows?  Assuming the bar closes at some point earlier than we want it to – perhaps it would be fun to have a nearby club that has a Duran Duran night on tap for us.  The club would need to close very late (or early) at like 4am.  Then it’s a late night breakfast before we reach up for the sunrise and head back to our hotel rooms.

Saturday just after noon – maybe 1pm because we’re talking about Duran Duran here – there’s a panel “discussion” starring none other than the band.  I mean all of them.  (that means YOU Mr. John Taylor – everyone must be there and I promise we won’t bite.)  Since this is a pretty intimate (and completely fictional at this point) weekend, I’m guessing there are only a couple hundred people at the panel discussion.  I would think that in a situation like this perhaps the topic of the panel would be decided earlier, and then maybe questions could be submitted early??  I think I’m taking into account that people who would be going to this sort of thing would be polite and gracious, especially since you’ve got the band right in front of you answering good questions and talking to us as the 30 year fans we’ve been.  This panel might last what – 90 minutes to two hours?

Then after the panel, there’s another get together in a bar for fans that might last a couple hours, giving just enough time to go and get ready for the show!

The show itself must be held at a venue close to the property – I have no idea where because well, this is not my job.  🙂  I’m simply the dreamer here.  It should probably be walking distance, but if not – there should be chartered buses for those of us who want to go.  I’m thinking of the buses we had taking us from the hotel to the grounds for VooDoo in New Orleans back in 2006.  Anyone need a wristband???

Personally I think that there should be only 2-300 people max for the show, and given the type people I’m talking about here, it should be SEATED.  There should be no reason for fans to have to camp outside of the venue all day to get that “front row” spot.  Yeah, that means some people might be in the first row, and some will be in the last – but my guess is that with that few of people, everyone is going to have a great spot.  The setlist will have been determined by the fans and Hungry Like the Wolf will have absolutely NO PLACE on the setlist.  In fact, if they start to play the chords, Rhonda will give the band a very stern look and they’ll stop, smile and play Late Bar instead.  (it’s MY dream people…)  The types of songs I’d like (this list is not even remotely close to having everything on it – it’s a good start though):

The aforementioned Late Bar (I still love that word)
Secret Oktober
Fallen Angel
Too Bad You’re So Beautiful
Sunrise (gotta have it)
Sound of Thunder
Friends of Mine
Careless Memories
Rio (again, gotta have it)
Last Chance on the Stairway (last chance to know the words Mr. Le Bon…)
Shadows on Your Side
The Edge of America (it’s MY dream dang it….)
Serious
Planet Earth
Make Me Smile
All You Need is Now
Red Carpet Massacre

Obviously, there are some that I couldn’t part with – but the fact is, if they don’t typically play it at a show, I’m willing to hear it, and I’m guessing that most of you are with me on that.  Perhaps you have your own favorite to add – fantastic!!

After the show, we head back to the hotel to freshen up, and it’s onto another club for a night of dancing, partying and other debauchery.  I don’t know that the club has to play only Duran Duran – I think it would be fun for it to be a mix, but the club should be prepared for 200 of us to descend upon it, and it should be somewhere that has that exclusive Duran Duran feel to it.  Again, must be open VERY LATE…and afterwards, yet another infamous late night breakfast before back to the hotel.  Does the band show?  Who knows – will we bite them if they do??  I hope not.

Next morningish – it’s time for goodbyes.  Maybe there could be a breakfast/lunch thing for those of us who aren’t leaving until later in the day.

One thing I forgot: special “Duran Duran experience” merchandise that is included in the cost of the experience.  Hmm.  What about a photo book of the show and the weekend?  Signed pictures?  USB of the show on some sort of cool keychain or something…  I think it would be fun to have a roving photographer around the whole weekend – you get a certain amount of these casual pictures in the weekend package but if you want to order more later you can or something like that.  I also think that a t-shirt for just that weekend is in order, and yes – I want a picture that isn’t going to be on any other merchandise, ever.  🙂

Yeah, it sounds a little like a convention, but I wouldn’t bill it that way and I’d make it feel exclusive, yet not stuffy.  As you can see, the weekend isn’t just about having access to the band – in fact, I don’t think it should really be about that at all aside from the show and perhaps the panel discussion.  It would be about having a lot of fun at a show and making a weekend about being a fan.  We want the band to feel comfortable being there and know that they aren’t going to be mobbed if they walk around – the understanding being that their time really is their own, and its appreciated.  It’s also about recognizing the fans and appreciating them as well though.

And now it’s back to reality….although it was fun dreaming and I’m sure I forgot about things I could have added.  It’s your turn though…what would you want out of a special show, or a full weekend??

-R

Girl Panic video – The Daily Duranie Review

What a morning.  I need a drink.  Hey Roger, can I get a dirty martini over here – Grey Goose, four olives and so icy cold I can see icebergs, please!  (and yes, he can be *my* bartender ANY TIME.  ANY TIME.)

Here’s the reality: Amanda and I can’t review this in quite the academic sort of way that we normally might.  Every single time I’ve watched the video today, I’ve seen something different and new that makes me see the whole video in a completely different light…not totally unlike the way I might look at a crystal or a diamond, come to think of it.  With that in mind, you’re going to get a review unlike any other we may ever do here at Daily Duranie, and we may end up needing to revisit this subject several times before it’s finished.  That said, off we go and it’s my turn (Rhonda) first!!

So today was the day I’ve been waiting for since June 6 – the day they FINALLY released the video for Girl Panic.  I almost wish I’d never known they’d filmed it in many ways, and try as I might – I had so many thoughts running through my head before I actually saw the video in its entirety.  It was very difficult to discern what the final cut would look like, but all I knew was that there were going to be supermodels and the band.  I don’t mind saying that I felt like that premise was so ridiculously overdone that it was cliche.  I was hoping for the best, expecting the worst – even though I wasn’t quite sure what that would mean.  Even this morning as I cautiously got onto Facebook, I saw that the video had been posted in 1,000,000 different places and instead sat absently biting my nails wondering if I should watch right then or later on.  I wasn’t prepared for what I might find, but watched anyway.  Turns out, I really was not prepared!
Initially, I will tell you all that I rolled my eyes not once, but SEVERAL times.  I had a very difficult time grasping the concept of the supermodels being the guys, and I have to admit that I’m still not sure.  I think that at least for right now, it feels very much as though the band – while interviewing each of their corresponding “supermodels” is almost looking at themselves through a mirror of sorts.  That had to be a very strange moment or several for each of them.  I also rolled my eyes at the girls, the black leatherish lingerie, the girl on girl action, the champagne, the idea of “Roger” being rolled in on a luggage cart…of course Yasmin’s role in the entire video as the unnamed guitarist, several comments from the band – in particular “Roger’s” comment about wanting to be a drummer because drummers are cool…”Nick’s” comment about writing the final song and taking full credit (OK, seriously who wrote that?!?  Hilarious one there), there’s just so many completely over the top moments in this video – how can you not roll your eyes?  Am I right??
Hardly…and isn’t that the point?  
The beauty of Duran Duran, and the overriding theme of their entire careers is that primarily all that is ever seen by critics…the public…and an overwhelming majority of even their fans is what’s ONLY at face value.  My gosh, most of us had them up on our bedroom walls and regularly admired their outward beauty.  I never even considered what the song Friends of Mine was really even about until I was an adult!  Interestingly enough, there is so much more to this video than what you see initially, and I really think that’s the entire point the band (and director) is trying to make.  
This video is quite the parody on the band themselves.  It’s a view of what the band thinks the public really sees and believes about them – the stereotypes that continue to follow them to this day – and I think they nailed it in almost every way.  Yes, a lot of it probably has happened over the years, and I’m sure that quite a bit of it is true to form in one aspect or another.  Believe me, I don’t want to paint the band as being completely misunderstood or perfect – if you’ve read this blog over the past year, you should know that about me by now.  Honestly though, how many of us don’t think or thought about the “afterparties”…past or present… as wild orgies of women?   That’s why there ARE girls on girls in the video.  The supermodels are playing the band – because that’s how you and I: the FANS – see them!  For us, they ARE our supermodels!  They are our idea of perfection and fantasy.(or at least they were when I was 12)  The other girls in the video are probably playing roles of both the gorgeous women we assume must be at the afterparties in their hotel AND the fans.  Did you notice the girls simply just waiting on the stairway or the girl waiting in the hallway, with that familiar expression of “I probably shouldn’t be here but maybe if I just act like I belong no one will notice”??  That’s a fan, a stalker…maybe even a groupie *gasp*!   Oh, and I recognized that expression because yes, I’ve very much HAD that expression at some point(s) that will-not-be-named-here.  (rest assured, I’m going to start practicing the “I belong here” look from here on out)  The video is so smartly tongue in cheek.  Well done.  Well done.  You can’t watch this video for simply the “squee factor”…and if you are, you’re about to be very disappointed.  
There are some very telling moments throughout the video, and most of them are included in the dialogue of the “band” when they are being interviewed…by the real band members.  “Simon’s” comment about how lonely it is when there aren’t hundreds of thousands of people screaming for you on stage.  “Silence doesn’t mean you’re forgotten”.  The moments at the very beginning of the video when they talk about the last night of the tour – there’s this beautiful, poignant moment where you see “Simon” waking in his room, looking at the remnants from the night before (including the women all over), “Nick” walking over the city – it’s almost as though they seem lost within themselves.  Fascinating if not extraordinarily telling.  Then there were times that I am still trying to understand – why is it that Roger asked “Roger” about addictions and why didn’t “Roger” want to talk about it?  As I understand, it was never Roger who had those issues, so I thought that was kind of funny.  I thought it was funny then that “Roger” was being wheeled in by Nick on a luggage rack, only to fall off the rack and then dial up room service for champagne.  I thought it was also funny when John asked “John” about the guitarist…and of course “John” answers that “As you know, we’ve had more than a few guitarists and so it’s gotten to the point where I never really know who is going to show up.”  A Spinal Tap moment??  Yasmin was also funny when she says she’s not a member of Duran Duran…but if you watch her closely at the end of the video she has Dom’s stance down to a T. Yes, maybe I’ve watched him too often at shows…but so what? 😀  Well played.   I will even say their choice to go with Swarovsky Crystal is incredibly over the top – but also poignant is it is indeed considered to be a diamond simulant – something that LOOKS like diamond, but really is not. (it also photographs and films much better than real diamond…but that’s another subject for a different blog!)  
For all of the good that this video is, and it really and truly IS good with all of the sex, overconsumption, girls, bling and unabashed decadence that we’ve always loved about Duran Duran, along with quite a bit of hidden intelligence that somehow never quite gets noticed, there is at least one thing that I believe the band completely missed: and that’s the opportunity to promote the song AND themselves.  Maybe they didn’t feel they needed to do that, but I have to pan them for the missed opportunity.  The very best moment to have done this would have been during the last minute to perhaps minute and a half of the video.  The money shot here would have been to allow Naomi and Co time to sing Girl Panic on the set as though they were doing the video, only to end up with the real band finishing it, thereby showcasing themselves and the song properly. (complete with the fabulous guitar straps and microphone because I loved them).  They needed that moment to bring the video full circle, and to give the song the full credit it so deserves.  Other than that detail – and make no mistake I think it’s a big detail that should have been done, the video is good and worth watching over and over again.  It’s no New Moon on Monday, but it’s definitely better than Girls on Film for me.  😀

Amanda’s turn:
I have to write this review fairly quickly in between work and another meeting, but I will do my best to give anything Duran justice.  That said, let me tell you that I watched the video this morning and HATED it.  It is interesting that the initial reviews of it from other fans I saw, talked about how they were worried it was going to be like Falling Down, which apparently they all hated, whereas I LOVED and will blog about this weekend.  What is funny, though, is that this stayed in my head and made me what to watch it again, which I did at work.  The strange thing is that I found myself noticing SO much and thinking SO much that I began to think it was genius.  Clearly, this isn’t going to be a basic video of Duran’s where the fans who are attracted to men will watch and squee.  It isn’t one that is filled with a significant plot but one that I will watch over and over again just to try to see everything!

The video begins with a throbbing sound of sorts and a stark, black and white view of a city.  Then, of course, this is followed up with the statement “tour’s over”.  Is this how it feels to the band?  Is this how it feels to the fans?  Is this how we are supposed to think they feel?  The video does not stay black and white and does shift back and forth between color and black and white.  With this video and everything about it, I have to believe that it was intentional and one element that I hope to see what the connection is.  Is black and white used to show reality and color used to show the perception?  Yes, obviously, before I go much further I absolutely believe that this video is about perception and stereotypes.  It is about stereotypes of the band and about rock and roll in general as they even used those words, “rock and roll”.  Do I think that this is what it is like to be Duran?  No, sorry, I don’t.  Are there elements that exist?  Sure.  It’s possible.  Is that what it was like back in the day?  Maybe.  Obviously, though, we are supposed to be thinking about the present as one of the first questions has to do with being a band for 30 years. 

Speaking of the questions and comments, I thought they were brilliant and all of them from what I could tell could be broken into two camps:  rock and roll, in general, or Duran, specifically.  Some of the specific Duran questions:  Nick was asked about being a metrosexual, Simon was asked about playing a role on stage, Roger was asked about addictions, John was asked about fashion.  Even the question and statement about guitarist is very much about Duran and their long career.  Then, of course, some of them were about rock in general, including something about how no one teaches about being famous, the rush of being on stage, and how they are doing what makes them and their fans be happy.  The headlines that flashed across the screen after the statement about having some “truly shocking reviews” were also fitting of Duran:  “Nick adopts alien baby”, ” 99% style 1% music”, and “Trash hotel room again”. 

Of course, they attempted to show what people (press, fans, the world) think of them by having supermodels be the band.  Is the use of models overdone in Duranland?  Of course, it is.  I think that was the point.  They had to be predictable.  It is one of the major stereotypes about their videos.  This is one element I really liked about the video, the layers that were involved in both the stereotype element and in the production.  They used film credits, which reminded me of New Moon on Monday, to start it and end it, which leads you to think it is the finished product.  Yet, there were many other parts that showed that it wasn’t like the clapper indicating a take or the “behind the scenes” wording or seeing what the camera is filming.  It was very post modern, in that way. 

While there was a storyline of sorts, it wasn’t so straightforward in that people would get lost in the plot.  Of course, clearly, it begins with Simon waking up, surrounded by girls as any proper frontman would.  Clearly, there had been much partying and action taking place.  Yet, Simon seems lonely as the curtains are opening.  Then, of course, there are photoshoots and an afterparty at night.  In between, before and after are all of the other trappings associated with being famous:  press, pictures, people demanding autographs, champagne, partying, sex, and groupies/stalkers as Rhonda mentioned looking very cautious and very curious standing in stairwells and hallways.  At the end of the clip, there is the video shoot for the song that they are clearly promoting as evidenced by all of the interviews being done.  For the video, they are ultra glam. 

I’m sure, by now, many people are talking about the use of women and the girl-on-girl action.  My first reaction was…if we are going to see some same sex couple kissing how about a little JoSi, thankyouverymuch!  Yet, to me, this makes sense for the purpose of the video.  Obviously, in this video, the band was being played by women.  The rest of the people surrounding the band, in reality, would be women, wouldn’t it?  The people who are attractive enough to be welcomed into a hotel room would be women, right?  The groupies would be women?  The stalkers?  Yes, they would be women again, at least if they are maintaining the stereotype/perception theme as this is what people would think about Duran.  On top of that, the use of girls and models is what Duran is known for with their videos and, in case we didn’t remember that, they showed clips of videos like Girls on Film, the Chauffeur, Rio, Notorious to name a few.  That part actually bothered me because they felt like they had to include that to remind us like we were too stupid to remember that without the reminder.  Anyway, while I understand wanting to see less women and more of the guys, it doesn’t fit, for the most part, until as Rhonda mentioned, the end.  They could have easily had the models turn into Duran, which could have made the end more normal video like.

So, now that I have had some time to watch it a few times and think about it, do I like it?  Love it?  Hate it?  For me, it depends on what the purpose is.  Again, I don’t think it is a video that I would watch with a bunch of other Duranies to squee over the guys as they just aren’t in it all that much.  That’s not to say that I wouldn’t want John to drive me around or have Roger make me martinis!  Thus, I doubt it will be a fan favorite as there are many fans out there who are just looking for that and who don’t want to think too much.  Is it is quality video that will help sell the song?  I doubt that, too.  Yes, I think it will get some attention, initially, in certain circles but it isn’t a clip that can be really short and it doesn’t highlight the band or the song, especially since the song is stopped for dialogue.  Yet, if I analyze it for quality.  I would give it a big thumbs up.  It is SO smart and really does show the stereotypes and should make people, including us fans, question their assumptions about what life is for the members of Duran and other famous people.  I doubt it is really all of the over-the-top glamour and bling that is shown in the clip.  As a piece of art, a film, I think it is brilliant.

What do the rest of you think?  Are we crazy with our reviews?  Did you love it?  Hate it?  Somewhere in between?  Why?  Let us know your thoughts!

-A and R

Its nail biting time!

I think I’m freaking out.

I just looked at the calendar and realized I have 3 weeks and one day until I leave for the UK.  Again.

Not only am I not ready to leave, I’m not even done planning.  Never mind the fact that one of my cats decided to “baptize” the very suitcase I was planning on using for my trip.   No, I’m not joking.  She’s a naughty one, and her name is Pichu – after the Pokemon. (Ok, so my son went through a Pokemon phase a few years back when Pichu and her brother Smokey came to live with us…)  The funny thing is that Pichu is named aptly, as she does exactly that: pees and chews.  She’s ruined more cords than any other animal we’ve ever had, included our dog Retro – RIP, who completely ate (and I do mean ATE) our then dining room window blinds.  *sigh*  Anyway, Pichu is well known in our house for showing her displeasure by peeing on just about anything including suitcases and dance bags.  She once peed on a pile of my clothing simply because I chose to shut the door (and she was in the room with me).  She gave me a “look”, walked right over and peed on the clothing.  Those who say animals don’t do this sort of thing out of malice haven’t met my cat.  Its miraculous she’s lived this long, and after her little stunt on Friday…well…its just a good thing that I don’t believe in spanking.  My husband has been doing quite a bit of traveling lately and decided not to put the suitcases away, so she let us know how she felt about his traveling, apparently.  What’s more, the suitcases were stacked, and so after we moved the first suitcase – she peed on the one underneath.  Like I said, her long life is nothing short of a miracle.

So, it appears I may need to shop for a new suitcase.  Soon.

In the meantime, I’m biting my nails over the idea of leaving for a week.  You’d think by now I’d be a pro at this, but I am not.  I know how much driving my husband is in for, and I also know that my son will be going through school finals for the first time while I’m gone.  He doesn’t have the best study habits on the planet, so I’m concerned – my husband isn’t necessarily the best at remembering to help out with that sort of thing.  My oldest will probably be just fine, but I know she misses me while I’m gone, and then there’s the little one.  She’s already telling me that she’s going to miss me, and was pretty indignant when I gently broke the news to her that I’d be leaving again for this trip.  She thinks Duran Duran should just come and play at our house.  I really like that kid.  😀  Regardless, I am well aware of what I’m leaving and what will be awaiting me upon my return, hence my nail biting.  Its no wonder I have short nails.

-R

Stress of (and) Contests!

I am 110% stressed.  I admit it.  Last week, I put in about 65 hours of work between my actual job and my volunteer gig.  This week will be much of the same as I have parent-teacher conferences Thursday and Friday, which means that I will be at work for 12 hours both of those days.  Then, I have meetings Monday and Tuesday evening and an all day conference on Saturday.  Normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal but we are leaving for the UK in little over 3 weeks and have SO much to do before we leave.  I spent my entire weekend just getting organized and getting things checked off for work, for my volunteer gig, for my household to keep running and for the upcoming tour.  Needless to say, there is part of me that is really looking forward to December 24th as I will be at my sister’s and just relaxing.  That isn’t to say that I’m not looking forward to our trip because I totally am!  Once I’m there, I’ll be totally excited.  It is the getting ready part that is tough.  🙂

I feel like I’m struggling to keep up with Duranland, which is completely unacceptable.  I haven’t put my scrapbook together for the Chicago show.  I haven’t had a chance to listen to the Katy Kafe that was put up WEEKS ago in October with Simon.  I need some time to be able to watch the Girl Panic video on Tuesday and review it.  (No worries, Rhonda, it will get done!)  This personal craziness has led me to look back to about a month ago when DDM announced its latest contest, which is to design a t-shirt.  The winners would be able to pick out their show of choice to get VIP seats and a meet and greet.  Rhonda and I actually discussed some ideas.  Needless to say, we ran out of time with planning for the Chicago show, doing the initial travel plans for the UK and completing all of our regularly scheduled activities.  (Seriously, can someone find a means of extending the day?  Yes, I know that people in the States got an extra hour this weekend as we set the clocks back.  It isn’t enough.) 

Now, the t-shirt designs have been submitted and voting has begun.  Part of me, obviously, wishes that we could have done one but the other part of me is glad.  Contests in our lovely fandom scare me.  I admit it.  I have seen too many contests turn ugly and ugly, quickly.  There always seems to be concern that the same people are winning and too often it turns to a popularity contest as some members openly ask people to vote for their submission.  Obviously, I’m not judging these people as they just want to win.  I get that.  Yet, to me, this is problematic.  Aren’t the submissions supposed to be anonymous?  Aren’t the winner(s) supposed to be chosen on merit?  Yet, at least, to many within the community that this isn’t how it is done. 

This leads me to wonder why DDM continues to do contests like this.  Why continue to have members vote on each other’s?  Why don’t they take the submissions to the band and let them judge?  Wouldn’t that be better?  Yes, ideally, any community should be able to vote without any problem but that doesn’t seem to be the case, typically, in Duranland.  Then, I always wonder how the contests come to be.  The contests seem to be creative in nature, which, I can understand to a point.  Duran is a band and one that has sought out creativity in themselves and in others.  Yet, in most cases, this creativity is visual in nature and often requiring computers.  They aren’t asking for the finest painting using oils or watercolors.  They aren’t asking for things like writing, either.  I also find it fascinating that they don’t have contests surrounding the usual ways fandom, including ours, expresses itself.  They aren’t picking the best live shot, which many people in the community are fabulous at.  They aren’t looking for cool, new mixes, usually.  Stories that feature them as characters in the best fanfic isn’t a contest.  People aren’t chosen for having the biggest or best collection of ______________.  Knowledge and dedication aren’t chosen for contests, either.  Now, obviously, I don’t have a clue how some of those different expressions of fandom would be judged but it just feels to me that they are ignoring LOTS of members of their fan community. 

Then, of course, there is the question about what people get if they win.  It seems that the easiest thing now is to give tickets and a meet and greet.  That’s cool and all but what about people who don’t get shows close to them?  Are they going to get the people to the show?  Will they pay for the plane ticket, bus/train fare or gas?  At least, this time, people could choose their show.  I also found it interesting that this contest will end long after the North American tour did.  Is there their way of trying to do something for people outside of the US? 

What would you do for a contest?  How would it be judged?  Who would be judging it?  What do you think the winner should receiver?  Should there just be one winner or should there by lesser prizes?  If so, what would they be?  I would love to hear your ideas as I think there could be a lot more to their contests!

-A

Calendars, Tour Books and Collections…Oh My!

I was thrilled to hear/see that Duran will have a calendar for 2012!  I so missed having one for 2011 as I have all of their recent calendars (2006-2010).  This year I decided to pick my favorite picture for any given month to display since there wasn’t a current calendar.  That worked out fine but it wasn’t very functional and often had to remind myself that it wasn’t the current year.  In case you have not heard, their calendar for 2012 will be available to purchase from the dd.com store on Monday, November 7th.  (Happy Birthday to Rhonda!)  Now, I suppose that I should wait to purchase it until I come back for the UK or simply put it on my Christmas wish list since all of my extra money will be going towards the trip, but I probably won’t.  I get too worried that it will sell out, which causes me to buy right away, which is strange because I’m not really like that with anything but Duran.

I admit it.  I like Duran stuff.  They make a lot of money off of me as I’m someone who buys merchandise.  I have a ton of t-shirts, which include ones that I bought at a show and ones that I bought from the website.  I already mentioned the calendar.  I have posters.  I have keychains and I have buttons.  There are tons of bags that have some Duran logo in my closet from various tours and VIP packages.  Heck, I renewed DDM and did the Gold package in order to get the message bag, t-shirt, bookmark, etc.  I am such a sucker for Duran related items.  I am weak.  I admit it.  They must love having fans like me (other than the part that I voice my opinion about what they are doing and sometimes it isn’t all that…flattering or positive). 

I was like this as a kid, too.  Like everyone else of my Duran generation, I had the tons and tons of posters on my wall and saved up money to buy this week’s copy of Bop or Tiger Beat.  I bought every album and singles, when I could.  I even had Duran Duran pajamas!  How cool was I when I pulled that nightshirt out at a slumber party?!  Of course, I purchased copies of Sing Blue Silver, Dancing on the Valentine and their other major videos.  I also saved my money to buy larger books of Sing Blue Silver, the photograph book, and the Book of Words.  How could I not?  I wanted to buy as much Duran as I could, including one of my favorite Duran items of all time…the Into the Arena board game!  I still have my original board game despite it being away from me for awhile.  I bought the game when it came out and even attempted to play it a few times.  The directions still dumb to me but the pictures were pretty!  Anyway, at some point in my childhood, I decided that I should try to move on from Duran for various reasons.  Yet, I couldn’t just get rid of everything so I did the next best thing!  I gave my stuff to one of my good friends!  Years later, then, she asks me if I wanted the stuff back!  Of course, I did!  Thus, items like the board game were returned home to their rightful place.  I went to my first Duran show with this friend and we went to a few more after that together.  Now, I will see her during our UK tour as she will be hosting Rhonda and I and going to the Glasgow show with us! 

My childhood revolved around getting Duran items so it isn’t super surprising that my adulthood is filled with that as well.  One of my more recent items is this tour’s tourbook.  I have the ones for Astronaut and RCM.  (By the way, who didn’t think the Astronaut one was cool as hell?!?!)  I have fond memories of both of them.  My friends and I purchased our copies of the Astronaut tour book in Chicago in March of 2005.  It provided fun reading material as we drove from Chicago to Milwaukee to the show there the next night.  Likewise, I purchased the RCM one in Chicago in May of 2008 but didn’t have fun with it until I purchased one for Rhonda.  Then, I could go through it and highlight the fun parts for her.  We did the same after purchasing copies of the Ask Katy book, “Would Someone Please Explain?” and read it together on a flight to Philadelphia in December 2008.  Therefore, we decided to purchase this year’s tourbook.  Originally we planned to buy it in the UK.  Thankfully, we didn’t as the size is…uh…an issue.  It is 12 inches by 16 inches and is way too long to be user friendly. 

As far as this year’s tourbook content goes, there is some positive aspects and some…I think are lame.  The cover is a shiny silver with a big pink D on it.  It fits with the theme of the album art.  It has many photographs of the band members taken live but they aren’t my favorite as the photos are more artistic and less clear.  They are also in black and white.  That said, there are colored photographs that are quite lovely.  Unfortunately, the crease of the book gets in the way at times, including blocking Nick in one picture and Dom in another.  Lame.  Some of the photographs were those that were used to create the album cover.  Again, I didn’t think they were necessary.  Call me crazy but I would rather have photos of the guys!  Most of the photographs besides the live ones were of the band, either as a group or as individuals.  Yes, most of those photos were quite attractive!  They did include a page with photos of Dom, Anna and Saxy Simon. 

Beyond the photos, they did include some written content, which I was generally disappointed with.  One page included the news story from the Man Who Stole a Leopard.  Really?  That was necessary? Then, there were pages where the band and Ronson discussed making the album.  Typically, this type of content would thrill me.  It didn’t, in this case, because I had all ready heard it on the DVD for the album.  Nothing drives me more crazy than when they recycle material.  The one part of the writing I really did enjoy, though, was when each band member was given the same series of questions.  I loved reading their answers and getting an insight into how they think.  A few answers really stuck out to me.  Clearly, Nick is obsessed with time and getting things done as he listed his greatest fear as running out of time and listed wasting time as his greatest extravagance.  Roger dislikes his nose and thinks that he is lazy.  Simon actually gave much longer answers and told a beautiful story about when his eldest daughter, Amber, was born.  John wishes that he didn’t care what others thought of him.  Very interesting, overall. 

Thus, while the tour book had some great photographs and some lovely insights into the boys, I wished for much more content.  I also wish it was smaller to be easier to store and travel with.  Despite its limitations, I’m still glad that I have it.  I’m glad that I have all of my Duran stuff, including the tourbooks, t-shirts, videos, calendars, bags, posters and board game.  Do you collect Duran?  If so, what is your favorite item?

-A 

Duran and Bling

There seems to be quite a lot of action in Duranland regarding next week’s premiere of Girl Panic!  In order to increase interest and excitement, the band’s official website, facebook and twitter have released a series of teasers clips that Rhonda mentioned yesterday.  Today saw more posts regarding the video.  One post today provides some background to the project and informs people of when and where they can see the completed video (Tuesday on Vevo.com).  It also provides a link to a little behind-the-scenes clip on Style.com.  Then, another post includes a video in which the band shows the use of Swarovski’s crystals.  This video included quite a bit behind-the-scenes clips as well. 

By now, most of us have heard the basic storyline of the video.  Five supermodels are playing Duran Duran in the day in their life style and the band is featured as chauffeurs, bellhops, etc.  This day in the life includes a fancy hotel, jewels, much attention from the press, chauffeurs and everything that would be thought of in a stereotyped view of the rich and famous.  Now, I cannot judge the video yet or, even really, the storyline but it is clear that they are trying to present a certain image about what it is like to be a rich and famous person/group.  (Don’t worry, readers, we will be reviewing the video!)  Today’s clip about the use of Swarovski’s bling emphasizing this image.  Assuming that my conclusion about the image they are presenting is right, I wonder why they decided to present such an extreme representation of being rich and famous.  I also wonder if it is the right choice.

Throughout Duran’s history, they have often presented a jet-set, super-rich lifestyle.  Obviously, the image of Rio is one that has stayed with the band for decades.  Some critics took this image to decide that Duran was not a serious band and a band that did not care about current state of affairs.  Others, including a lot of fans, loved it as it represented a complete escape from their harsh realities.  One thing I always appreciated about that Rio video was the humor woven throughout it as the band presented themselves as uncoordinated dorks.  Is that what the band is going for by having the supermodels represent them and by having them serving the female version of the band?  Maybe.  We will find out.  That said, Duran is at a much different place in their careers.  When Rio was made, they were just climbing towards fame, fortune and success.  Now, Duran is legendary.  They are not the biggest band in the world despite their long-lasting, successful career.  They are also no longer in their 20s.  Now, they are in their early 50’s, except for Nick who will be turning 50 soon enough.

Will this video work for them now?  Will the image they are projecting help with their careers?  Will this rich and famous lifestyle be embraced as an escape or will it seem silly?  Perhaps, the video will make us all see rock stars in a different way.  Maybe, it will question people’s assumptions about what life really is like or is not like for those who fit the category of rich and famous.  I don’t have answers and I am not judging the video before I see it.  These teasers and extra clips have got me thinking, wondering, pondering…This thinking is obviously one thing that I have always appreciated about Duran.  They usually get me thinking.  In many cases, I find myself in agreement with them or in awe over what they did.  Other times, I’m left wondering what the heck they were thinking.  By this time next week, I’ll know which way I have gone with this video. 

One thing I can say, though, about the video so far is that they are really trying to get people’s attention by releasing the teasers and other clips.  They are making a big deal out of the premiere in a way that I haven’t seen in a long time and this reminds me of how world premieres of videos were “back in the day”.  It seemed to be a big deal when a new video was premiered, usually on MTV.  Heck, I still have the world premiere of I Don’t Want Your Love on VHS somewhere.  🙂  Will I remember this premiere as fondly?!

-A

I’m a girl and I guess I’m in a panic….

No, I really don’t think I could be any more “corny” today.  (Actually, I probably could.  Nobody needs to see that though, am I right??)

There are days when it has already been predetermined what I am going to blog about, and this is supposed to be one of those days.  Luckily for me though, Amanda lives nowhere near me and can’t come “get me” if I choose to ignore our plans!  There is just simply too much being posted for this blog to solely be about Simon and John’s appearance on the Morning Buzz on VH1. (I could say something here about how I probably didn’t even say that right – the name of the show anyway – and I really don’t give a damn….but that would be FAR too cornball….)

Their appearance was about 8 and a half minutes in length, and I’ll admit that I was fairly entertained.  I’m always amused by the interviewer(s) who talk to the band because it’s almost ALWAYS a female and they always admit to being huge fans.  Aren’t we all?  😀  I really think there’s some sort of scientific method to determining how big of a fan the interviewer is by the amount of giggling they do within the first 30 seconds of the interview, and in this case, the girl is off the charts.  I applaud that, I do.  I know at times Amanda and I can be really tough on interviewers because we don’t love the giggling and stupid questions, but sometimes it can be charming and aside from one brief moment where I felt that she was gushing WAY too much over Simon – in fact I yelled “Don’t feed the bear!” because she was going on about how gorgeous he is (seriously, he’s got a pretty big ego as it is, doncha think??), admittedly I lived vicariously through her a bit.  I’d probably need to be doing some major self-talk through an interview with them, reminding myself not to gush and reminding myself to remain composed! So, I give her credit.  I think it was especially clear that she was a fan when she asked John to sign her poster at the end of the segment.  I dare to dream.  🙂

Notice I didn’t mention much about the main subject of the interview?  That’d be Girl Panic!  the video…

That video will be premiered on Monday, November 7th.  Happy Birthday to me.  😀  Until then, there have been a series of sneak peeks posted on Duran Duran’s Facebook wall that I’ve watched.  Each snippet is about 10 seconds in length, and so far what I’ve been able to extrapolate is that the video is about 9 minutes in length (Longer is ALWAYS better, although it’s what they do with the length that matters most….*curtsies* Yes, that’s some cheek for ya on this lovely Thursday), and that for some reason, they thought it would be cool to have each of the supermodels play a different person in Duran Duran.  I’m not sure how on board I am with that concept yet, but we will soon see.  I also saw one snippet this morning that reminded me very much of the hallway in the movie “The Shining”…you know, the one with the twin girls?  I would SWEAR they were going for a moment like that, but without seeing the whole video it’s hard to really tell for sure.  They’ve been posting sneak peeks all morning without any sign that they’ll be stopping or continuing, but it’s been interesting to see what they’ve got so far.

I will say this – I’ve yet to see a sneak peek with Yasmin, but out of what I’ve seen so far, I like Cindy Crawford as John the best, although I’m still not sure I like the whole idea.  I can’t wait to see the video and review it though.  Nine minutes can’t be a bad thing!

It was also announced that Duran Duran is coming out with a new 2012 calendar, also due out on Monday via the DD store on their website.  I know many a Duranie who is thrilled to hear this is coming, and I must admit that even I am somewhat tempted.  I’ve never bought a DD calendar, believe it or not!  I have a daily calendar that Amanda created that I use every year – for each day she’s found a photo and a “what happened on this day” tidbit on there.  I love it!

Rumors continue to circulate regarding the possibility of yet another US tour next year.  I’ve heard several dates mentioned – most swirling ’round about springtime.  Mind you, not one single date has been leaked or venues mentioned and already there are many complaints coming from all directions, whether its “Why are they going back to the US AGAIN without coming to X (country) first.  It’s not right!!” or my favorite “They are ignoring my city AGAIN and you know, they always go to LA and NYC.”  I get it. I understand the disappointment, and yes I know that not everyone can afford to travel…and some won’t even drive out of their way to see them, so yeah, it’s disappointing when they won’t play near us in favor of playing in a larger city that will afford them more concert ticket sales.  Or that they made a different choice altogether and say…completely missed St. Louis and a thousand other places which makes no damn sense at all…but hey I’m not complaining.  I’m just saying that I get it.  Vent away, but do it in a way and at a time that makes sense.  None of us even know if they really are for sure coming back that soon, and certainly none of us know where they are planning to play.  Its one of those things that surprise me even though I know it shouldn’t.

In the meantime, I’m working on UK details for the Daily Duranie.  We’ve got hotels – or as we like to call them – places to store our luggage.  (we hardly sleep, so it seems)  We’ve still got to get a flight from Glasgow (or actually Edinburgh since that’s where we’re staying in Scotland) to London the day we fly back to the US, but it’s all working out.  I’m starting to feel a sense of panic (hence the title of the blog today) over the idea of leaving my kids again…especially my little one…but it’ll be fine.  I’m excited and nervous all at the same time.  We leave in 26 days.  AAHH!!

-R

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