The France show has been moved to July 23rd. This isn’t breaking news, but still worth noting. No reason was given, and in the world of Duranie, that gives us plenty of reason to speculate…which we did. We also know that Ronson is doing some of the music in the opening ceremony of the Olympics, set in London this summer. The date of the Opening Ceremony? July 27th… the original date of the Carcassonne show. It isn’t difficult to see where I’m headed here…
If that weren’t enough, there have been several comments and postings all over the internet about fans receiving emails from band administration, and they were openly told that the band would be playing the Olympic Opening Ceremony. No word as to whether fans were told to keep this information quiet. Think back to December when the fan community heard that the UK people might be in for a surprise or two, and the information seems even more solid. Is it true?! We will soon see.
On one hand, we all can and should be thrilled if this rumor holds true. The entire world will be watching the Olympics, and our band will be there properly representing. I know I will be watching.
On the other hand, once again the fans are left to speculate and find information on their own. By this time, we’ve all gotten quite good. We’re not the amateurs we were at the age of eleven or twelve. Once again today our news comes not from the people who should be providing such information but from one another, collectively working together for the greater good of the community at large. Perhaps the band was asked to keep the appearance secret. Perhaps the Olympic Committee wishes to do their own promotion work and surprise the world with what they’ve got planned. This is fairly commonplace – most countries want to keep plans for their shining opening ceremony moments quiet. Fair enough. I have it on reasonably good authority that the appearance is not just rumor, but until the band confirms – I have no choice but to characterize it as rumor. (this would be a great time for the band to make the announcement, by the way!)
The problem comes down to the dissemination of information. The entire issue and rumor mill could have been averted had someone thought to come up with a decent reason for moving the Carcassonne show. Even an apology would have been acceptable. However, none of that was done. The information was first tweeted, then put on Facebook, and to this writing – there is still no information given on duranduran.com regarding the change to the Carcassonne show unless it is buried deep within the website. It certainly is not in the News section. A mere oversight? Hard to say.
Several days ago, Amanda ran a blog on Where to find the news. I linked it so if you haven’t read it yet, here’s the chance to catch up. It’s bewildering to me as to why, after thirty some years in the business, the band and particularly their management still do not have any idea how to handle information. Part of me believes that the band has never thought they needed to explain themselves, and perhaps that is true. Back when we were ten, twelve and even fourteen – we were easy to appease. A smile, an interview, a pinup, and we were good. No apologies necessary. Back in those days, we probably didn’t even realize what was going on behind the scenes or what changes were taking place. Well, this is 2012. The same rules simply do not apply. We’re far older, far more resourceful, and far more willing to ask the tough questions and expect a reasonable answer. Sure, one can argue that this is a transactional relationship – not a two way street. I would simply reply that after thirty years, perhaps a little more humility is in order all the way around.
The real “news” here isn’t necessarily the unsubstantiated rumor of an appearance in the Opening Ceremony, although the idea is exciting and we’re hoping it’s true. It’s the lack of news. The lack of notice. The lack of regularity. Rumors like this are exactly what happens when the fans are left to their own devices. I know fans can be a gigantic pain in the side of management. I know that rumors like this probably drive them crazy. They drive me crazy too. That is something we can all agree on.