One of my gifts yesterday, aside from the extra pound or so I’m sure I gained from food intake, was a DVD of The Killers Live at Albert Hall. I’d been wanting this DVD for awhile now, so I was surprised to find it under the tree yesterday. I watched it last night, and one of the most interesting parts of the DVD (which is fantastic, by the way – it’s the way a concert DVD *should* be done) was a section after the show where they did some behind the scenes type of footage the day before the show. Some of the footage included some interviews with fans who had been waiting – some as long as the night before – for the show. These fans came from all over England, Europe,South America, and even the USA. I couldn’t help but draw comparisons between the fans.
Amanda and I have always felt that Duran Duran’s fan base,our community – is very unique. I still feel as though we truly are, if for no other reason than simply because not many bands even last 30 years, much less have a fan base that has continued with vigor right along with the band. While I don’t necessarily know if that makes the drama that continues to fester like a bad infection within the community all that special, I do believe we’re all “super special” (read: Crazy. Insane. Suckers for punishment.) for continuing to stick around! (Yes, I’ve still got my humor!) The fans in The Killers video, while at least several *cough, cough* years younger than I, had much of the same sentiment as I do. I found myself nodding and even yelling out “I feel your pain!!”, which thoroughly amused not only my husband (My Duranie account is STILL overdrawn!), but also my mother, my sister and my children. Well, at least the older two. The youngest just keeps telling me that she missed me when I was on the airplane. My household is never boring, and I continue to entertain….
The fans continued to echo the same sentiments throughout the interview, that there was nothing quite like The Killers, and that they were worth every single penny and heartache it took to get there. There were a couple of fans that literally quit their jobs in order to make the trip. Their feeling was that jobs come and go, but the concert was a once in a lifetime type of thing. I really am not sure if I’d go to such lengths – but then again, my “job” isn’t really all that easy to quit. I’m a mom! Of course each fan mentioned how many shows they’d been to, and how long they’d been a fan. This amused me because most of the fans had been to somewhere between say 10 and 15 shows. I know of fans in the Duran community that have cleared 100 shows, so you might say we had a bit of a head start. Regardless of the short time that The Killers have really been around (since 2001), their fan base is as loyal as they come. They are bright eyed, vibrant, and have all the hope in the world in their hearts as they follow their band – and it is very reminiscent of what I’ve seen from Duran Duran fans when we’re at our best.
After watching, I came to the conclusion that while our individual circumstances might be different, fans really are very much the same, regardless of the fandom. The enthusiasm their fans displayed was infectious, and while I probably won’t be traveling across the continent to see The Killers like I do Duran Duran – watching the video made me miss the good times I’ve had with the friends I’ve made along the way during my times of madness as a fan.
*wipes brow* I’ve got to either save some money or find a job!!!
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