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Summer 2020???

The last couple of days have been filled with less than fun activities, thoughts, etc.  During most school years, I’m anxious to finish, but this year, that feeling is more intense than most.  There are a variety of reasons for that, including a tough group of kids, staff turnover and my own frustration with policy changes.  I am tired of working all the time and need a break.  There are projects that I want to work on but need more time to get to work on them.  Despite my end-of-the-year focus on school/work, I cannot help but to think of the Katy Kafe that I wrote about yesterday.  In that Kafe, John Taylor mentioned that the band is thinking about focusing on the summer of 2020 for 40th anniversary celebrations.  I have a few things to say about that.

First, let’s talk about summer.  What does that mean to John and to the rest of the band?  He mentioned about how Simon joined in 1980, which is why they are thinking about the summer of 2020 to celebrate.  That makes sense to me.  The question I now have is a simple one.  Simon joined the band in May of 1980 and the band played their first gig in July.  Is the summer then May or July???  Technically, scientifically, summer starts in June.  Thus, did John mean July of 2020 rather than May?  I sure the heck hope so.  Seriously.

While I constantly talk about changing careers, I don’t really know that it is going to happen as there is still a lot about teaching that I love.  Even if I do find something that is as meaningful as teaching, I cannot imagine not focusing on the school year, at least to some extent.  May is the worst time of year for me to do anything related to fandom.  It is the end of the year.  There is always a lot for me to do to finish up the school year.  For example, the last couple of weeks have featured additional tasks to analyze how the year has gone for me, professionally, including what my students have learned.  I couldn’t squeeze in anything else in. On top of that, my school district (and most I know) also have rules about taking time off in May.  Districts figure that summer is around the corner so there is no need for a break in May.  I get all of that.  I did manage some time off in May of 2011 for fandom purposes.  It was super hard to get done, though.  I had to file lots of paperwork and get help from people in power to do so.  I don’t ever want to do that again.

July is good for another reason.  In July, my responsibilities are minimal.  While summers usually mean developing curriculum,  taking classes, etc., I get to decide what and when.  If I know that there is a lot of Duran activity happening, I would plan everything else around that.  I would also have the entire month to play, if I needed.  I wouldn’t have to rush home, in order to get back to work.  I could take the time needed to celebrate Duran and their anniversary properly.  That would be great!

All that being said, I know that nothing is definite.  John mentioned that they had been brainstorming different things and was uncertain about what will happen exactly.  I get all that.  Nonetheless, I know that I appreciate that John gave, at least, an idea of when they might have some cool stuff planned.  This gives me time to save money.  It also gives me something to look forward to.  At this time of year, I need that even if it is two years in the future.

-A

For Rumours in the Wake of Such a Lonely Crowd

About those rumors

Wild tales of tour dates, returning band members, and new albums have surfaced from the dank, dark depths of the internet.  I’m already exhausted, and I’ve been back from my own vacation for less than a week.

The new album thing came up today in my twitter feed, actually. Based purely on my past experience as a Duran Duran fan, I feel pretty certain that there’s no “new album” coming next month.  No, I don’t have an official word – are you kidding me? I just know that in all the years I’ve been a fan of this band, they’ve never been on tour and written/recorded an album at the same time and put it out while still technically ON tour. (They’re just taking a break and still have dates to do!) I kind of think that’s almost humanly impossible, and while I have admittedly had high expectations in the past, this is even over my limit. I think it’s really obvious that the original poster is confused with Paper Gods, which by the way, was already released. TWO YEARS AGO.

Amanda already addressed one of the other more rampant rumors – the return of Andy Taylor for the 40th Anniversary.  Everybody loves chatting about Andy and Warren, and about what guitar player is their personal favorite.  That debate will never go away, and as someone reminded me the other day – you know you’ve made your mark on the world when you can be out of a band for a decade and still be the talk of the fan community.  I’m not sure if that’s a win, but I suppose if you’re in the PR industry, maybe so!

The one thing that boggles my mind, is that no one seems to pay any attention to the fact that the guitar player we already DO have can and does read social media, as can the other two. Sure, say what you will about his being a hired gun, or that the other two don’t care and it comes with the territory. The brunt of rumor and discussion doesn’t just affect fans. These guitar players are real people, and this “job” is their career.  Sometimes, I think we fans forget that. I know that I do. Many fans feel that the band should have a thick skin by now, and it’s not a problem if they read that you think they suck, or that they completely destroy a guitar solo, or that you think there is only one guitar player for Duran Duran and that’s Andy….or even that the only guy we want onstage is Dom, or that we can’t stand Warren’s ego and refuse to have him back. I’m just not sure that any of that is right or fair to be saying, even when I’ve been the one to say it. So I’m trying my best to be fair. It isn’t easy. I have opinions and a favorite person like everyone else, but I also have to respect those that came before. It took all three: Andy, Warren and Dom, to keep Duran Duran afloat. I’m going to try not to forget that as we move forward. I don’t mind the discussion because we’re a blog and it is what we do, but I’m also a little surprised that the rumors (and that’s all they are at this point) have taken off so quickly. Out of all the debates in the community, this is truly the firestorm. I’m kind of glad I’m not one of the past or present guitar players for this band, that’s all I’m saying.

About that post-tour depression thing

I saw the band last on July 8th. On one hand, It feels like it could have been last week, and on another it feels like it has already been six months. Amanda and I have been tweeting with another friend of ours saying that this post-Duran Duran tour depression (it is a real thing!) has been much harder than normal. I’m in a funk, and naturally it’s because I don’t know that any other dates or new music or anything like that is coming….soon.  Sure, the 40th anniversary is coming up, but we don’t know when/how/why/what, and that makes it all sort of enigmatic and ambiguous rather than having a certain something to calendar and look forward to. I’m not suggesting the band fix that by making announcements they’re not ready to make, but life as a fan is just hard sometimes. The waiting is not always fun. Social media helps to make me feel a little less disconnected. I’ve enjoyed being around more to tweet and be a general pain in the ass when necessary. You’re welcome. Bet you all are wondering when I go back to my real job… (the answer is soon)

I suppose on another hand…or foot…that a deep post-Duran tour depression is a sign of a very successful tour. I can’t disagree. I had a blast from start to finish. I’m still thinking about how it started for me at the Jimmy Kimmel show in Hollywood and how it ended at the Masonic in San Francisco for me, and I still smile.  I still feel so damn lucky. I mean, I wasn’t even supposed to GO to shows this year. (At least, that is what my husband keeps saying. I don’t really understand his words. Obviously.)  I went to four with my best friend. I saw my favorite person several times. I hung out with dear friends. We went to nightclubs. We drank enough vodka to wake up with Russian accents. We teased Simon and John pretty relentlessly. I heard fantastic music. I cried at least once during a show.  I fell more in love with the band. AND…I was only spit on three out of the four times I was at a show this year. That’s success!!

Simon spitting in SF, the one time he didn't quite douse me.
Can’t hit me, Simon!!! You’re gonna have to really bring it next time!

I’m gonna miss teasing him until they come back….although I will try my best through social media whenever possible, because you know…it’s what I do. Besides, something has to stave off the sadness, dammit!

I’ve really enjoyed seeing pictures from John, Roger, and Simon on the band’s Instagram and Twitter. Simon never ceases to make me laugh, and I smile whenever I see something from John and Roger, too. Even Dom tweets sometimes. I almost think they’ve found a way to engage, and they may have hit on something that just might work for them, which is great. It makes sense too, because Duran Duran has always enjoyed creating a visual experience.  Why not engage through pictures?

So yeah, those rumors drive me crazy sometimes, and other times get me thinking about how I respond. They can be a double-edged sword. The depression, on the other hand, makes me realize that I’m still not “cured” of this fandom. I still care, which is good since Daily Duranie turns seven next month.

Seriously, we’ve been doing this for seven years now? What??? We really are certifiable, Amanda!

-R