If I knew their schedule for the upcoming year, I could provide information or, at least, reassurances to those fans who are waiting for news of a show in their country or city. I, obviously, understand why don’t give us this information in advance. Plans can change and I’m sure that people would be upset if they found out, for example, that they were trying to get a gig in country X only to have it fall through. I’m sure they also like building up fans anticipation. Maybe the idea here is that it increases excitement, which positively impacts ticket sales? I don’t know. That said, not knowing a general plan makes it tough for us fans. Heck, even knowing a general plan is tough!
I’m, personally, struggling in trying to figure out my game plan for 2012. I would like to have a general idea of when and where I will be going, if anyplace. I also like to know what I’m saving for and how much money I’m going to need. I’m sure that I’m not the only fan out there that can’t just do whatever I want, tour wise, at the drop of a hat. For me, it takes saving money. Now, I’m a pretty decent saver and refuse to go into debt for anything beyond those big ticket items (moving, car, education). I use my credit cards and I pay them off immediately. I do well with my monthly budget as well. An example of this skills is buying Christmas presents. I have money for presents because I save up all year long. I do the same for touring. There is never a month that goes by when I don’t put money aside for going on tour. Tours are my vacation and I save for them like other people do their vacations to wherever. In fact, I justify going on tour because it IS my vacation and because I save for it. I never have and never will go into debt for Duran, which brings me to the present. So far, in 2012, I know of rumors of Duran touring the States again. I also know that I’m planning on going to the UK Convention in November. Beyond that, I am seriously considering moving because I cannot stand the manager of my apartment complex. While I might be thinking of only moving from one apartment to another, it will still cost money. I will have to pay for the security deposit and for movers. I’m sure that there are other large expenses waiting to happen, too.
Thus, I would really LOVE to know what the plan is for Duran for this year like many of you do! I would like to know if they really are coming back here. I know that they won’t be back until April, at the earliest, based on the dates already scheduled. If they come in May, for example, I should probably save more money now than I usually do in order to tour. If they aren’t coming back until August, for example, I have a longer time to save tour money, which makes for less money per month in that area of savings. Then, of course, I have to factor in some cash for the UK trip. At least, I know when it is and about how much money I will need. I can plan, accordingly. Now, if Duran isn’t touring here, then, perhaps, I should channel that money that I would be saving towards a trip. It is hard to imagine, for instance, not seeing Rhonda until November!
Thus, while I understand Duran’s need for limited public information regarding their plans, I know that it would make my life easier and I’m sure it would make lots of other people’s lives easier, too. Some people might be like me and want to know what the general agenda is for financial purposes. For others, they need the information to ease their emotions or their concerns about them coming or not coming. While it might be unrealistic to give specifics, a general outline can’t hurt, can it? This general outline can go from April on, too. Thus, it might say, “Tour Place X from mid-April to blah, Tour Place Z from whenever to whenever, etc. just to give us an idea. It would help us out a lot and give us peace of mind.