Last night, I saw a new “rumor” posted on the Duran Duran Message Board about Duran playing a show in South Africa in October. Interestingly enough, there is also a thread on the fan community board about whether or not the band should tour now or after the new album has been released. This thread includes a poll so that Duranies can indicate their preference. Surprisingly, only about two-third of the Duranies who answered wanted them to tour now. I don’t think this would have been the case a few years ago. 2006 is a good example. It was right after an extremely heavy touring year and in between albums. People were excited to go see them at any of the dates during the fall of that year, even though no new music would be played. What is different now? Perhaps, the fans burned themselves out by all of the shows they went to. Maybe, they are interested in other bands. Their lives might be filled with other things right now. Maybe they really do just want new music as they are sick of the setlist always being the same. Obviously, there can be a variety of reasons for people to not jump at the chance of shows right now.
The Duranies who indicated that they wanted shows now, new music or not, often expressed what was experienced earlier in the week on this blog. There is something special about a Duran show, especially when the band is “on”. For the authors of this blog, good Duran shows provide a high like no other. The shows can provide two hours of non-stop singing, screaming, dancing, laughing and, if you are really lucky, a moment or two of interaction with a band member or two. Of course, I have often said that Duran shows are like 3 shows in one (preshow meeting, show itself and post show fun with your close friends). Shows give us a chance to meet other fans or see people we haven’t seen in a long time, which usually happens in a preshow get together or dinner. After the show, while on the high, we find fun wherever we can. ;D The whole experience can be summed by a quote from the song Astronaut, “There is nothing gonna ace this.”
I would love to see Duran play a show or two in South Africa. I realize that I would not be able to attend those shows as they are too far away but they would give me hope that they would be coming closer to me before too long, new music or not!