There are times when the Duran world is quiet and then there are other times when there is something happening everyday. Now, we are in between the two. It isn’t exactly quiet but we are still all in wait mode. Yet, this waiting is filled with rumors galore. It seems that there is a new rumor each day. There are so many rumors, in fact, that it is tough to figure out what all is being speculated. Right now, Duranland is filled with discussions regarding what songs will be featured on the physical release of the album, when and where Duran will play on tour, the status of their websites, and which record label will actually release and distribute the new album. While I’m thrilled that the message boards and conversations with my friends are filled with discussions regarding these rumors, I know that the authors of this blog are getting sick of them.
Obviously, part of our annoyance about the various pieces of gossip is that we want to know all of this now! We definitely want to know which record label they are going with for sure, in order to just be able to learn the news, react, make our prediction on how it will turn out for the band and move on. As far as tour dates go, clearly, we crave knowing the exact dates and locations in order to begin plotting. Until we know these, we don’t know how many shows we will be able to go, what kind of travel arrangements we will need to make, where and how to get tickets, etc. On a personal note, typically, tours are when we get together in person so we would like to know how long we will have to wait before seeing each other again. Yet, this desire to know everything immediately doesn’t explain our annoyance completely.
I am wondering why there are so many secrets regarding all of these and more. Why can’t the band share this information with us now? What would happen if we knew the official record label? Would that make us buy fewer copies? Would that stop them from getting the promotional opportunities they hope and need to have? How would that hurt the fan base? As far as touring goes, I understand that they might not be able to give specifics like, “On April 9th, they are playing in city A,” because they might still be working out all of the details. That said, can’t they tell us, for sure, that they will be playing in x country between date A and date B? What harm would that do? Would that stop us from buying tickets or going to the shows? Yes, obviously, any and all information is met with possible criticism and praise from the fans. Yes, the possible negative statements would last longer if information was revealed sooner rather than later. Yet, I would like to believe that the fans could take any and all information. We are capable of learning the truth and dealing with it. We have done it before and do it again.
Thus, I’m asking, begging, pleading the band to provide us with more information. Until then, I’m going to sit in frustration and annoyance and that can’t be good for anyone.