Yesterday we were treated to some tasty news bytes from Duran Duran HQ as they posted a solid update on the Diamond in the Mind DVD, due to be released in early summer (of 2012!).
I saw the update just as I was typing up the blog, and while part of me wanted to comment, another part of me just couldn’t find the words. I must give props to begin with – I’m happy to see the band (and the people doing the hard work for them!) updating as beautifully as they did on Facebook yesterday. It was great to see where they are in the process, and I know I speak for all fans when I say that it’s great to read solid news like that when they have it to share. Recently Daily Duranie had a bit of discussion about where fans get their news, and while it was clear that all of us have differing opinions on the subject, the important thing is that news is being shared. I think that has to be difficult to be working behind the scenes for Duran Duran because just as you and I are learning how to utilize social media, learning of all the new ways that people can connect, contact, and engage – so is the band and their people. While a few years ago it may have seem prudent to just throw the information up on their website, the fact is there are many more people on Facebook or Twitter now, and the information can be dispersed far more quickly. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t ever be posted on the website, of course not. It just means that they are having to learn what way works best for the fan community as a whole, and yes, sometimes things don’t work as smoothly as we’d like. Sometimes this BLOG doesn’t work as smoothly as we’d like. It’s a learning process for all, and as much as I want to bust chops when needed, I can also appreciate that the job is difficult. (And no…we’re not being paid by the band. Just wanted to make that clear. Again.)
While those words came remarkably easy, the next ones are not. I saw that the band is going to do a documentary on 2011. Not an easy year for any of us, really. Naturally we all know (and lately I’ve learned even more) about Simon’s vocal problems back in May of last year. We lived it, didn’t we? I think it’s fascinating, if not just a little scary for me, to hear that they are going to even include some of the rehearsal footage from that time. I know we’ve talked about this before on the blog – but Amanda and I were there. We were standing outside (I might mention here that I was shivering the entire time, both from cold AND a good case of nervous anxiety) the rehearsal studio while the band went in to rehearse to see if they could even do the show at the O2. By that day Amanda and I had already missed out on seeing 3 out of the 4 shows we’d originally planned. While I was excited and nervous to even be in the presence of the band (albeit somewhat remotely as I was outside of the fence surrounding the studio and the band was inside), I felt so sick to my stomach that day. There was just an overall gloom in the air even though the UK girls who were kind enough to share sidewalk space with us that day tried to stay as cheerful as possible. It wasn’t long before the band came back out, a few stopping to talk from inside their cars – John being one of them, and by far the most poignant. It was just a very, very tough day, and the idea of reliving it – well, I’m glad it’s being included on the DVD for those who weren’t there and didn’t quite believe what they were seeing and hearing online. I still say that I really didn’t believe Simon would ever come back from that. Thank goodness he did.
The next tidbit I’ve got is more along the lines of Direct to Fan. Anyone ever heard of Uberlife? It’s a new app that a lot of bands are trying out. There are plenty of places for “hanging out” online, but this app takes a band from the online world to the real world. Granted, I really can’t see how this would work for Duran Duran since I think they’re pretty much scared to death of their fans (we can talk about why this is the case if y’all want….but I think we all have a good idea why!)….but it IS something that could work beautifully for the fan community at large. Here’s a couple articles on the subject along with the website:
It’s an app…and I’m kind of thinking that this is something Daily Duranie could really use…watch this space!!