If Duran Duran fans didn’t already have plans for 2017, the band is doing their part by announcing four more US dates to take place during March and April.
March 21, 2017: Dallas, TX Music Hall at Fair Park
March 22, 2017: Sugar Land (Houston, TX area) Smart Financial Center at Sugar Land
April 5, 2017 Hollywood, FL (Miami area) Seminole Hard Rock Casino
April 8, Atlanta, GA Chastain Park
Oh, to only be a fly on the wall at the band’s management office….
Why more US shows? What made these cities stand out as places to visit? Why do the dates surround those in South America instead of say – beginning here, moving on to South America and then the rest of the world, which we are ALL aware they have sorely missed thus far? Why didn’t they ever plan a European tour to support this album? Where are those Australian dates and why is it taking so long to even announce them?
These are only a few of the questions that I’ve seen posted and directed at Duran Duran on every sort of social media. I don’t have answers. I can guess that touring in the US pays the bills, although I don’t know why that would be more so than other places – particularly when the band points out that audiences in South America are among their best in the world. I can also imagine that logistically, touring here might be easier? We are 50 contiguous states on a large continent with many large cities to visit and arenas to play. Even with that in mind, it does seem like it has taken quite a long time for the band to even announce other dates in other countries.
In the most recent Katy Kafe, Nick mentioned that they are looking at the Septemberish time frame for Australia, and that they are hoping to get to other places (Japan, etc) in that area of the world. This is much of the same thing that has been said since Paper Gods was first released in 2015 and the band discussed places they’d like to tour. Each time the subject comes up during a Kafe, it seems as though the time frame continues to be set out farther and farther – the idea becoming more like a dream than an eventuality. One can only assume that the costs of touring are astronomical, and that the band must have to front much of that cost, so even the very best tours that would pack a huge bang for the buck must be planned with precision and care.
I have no doubt that many fans, throughout the world, are getting frustrated. I’ve seen the words, “since you’ve forgotten your fans in _______________” included in many a comment on any post the band has made lately. I know a lot of people are angry about the additional US dates, and while sure I’m thrilled to hear they are visiting, it does make one wonder about the business of touring.
This time, at least for the dates they are doing in Rancho Mirage, the shows are in a much smaller venue than those I saw last year. Yes, arenas are great, but I am ready for some smaller, more intimate gatherings. It would seem that these newly announced shows are a reasonable balance. Although I have not seen them at all of the venues announced, I did see them at Chastain Park in Atlanta for the All You Need is Now Tour. The amphitheater seats 6,900 and is nicely sized. When the band is touring on their own, this size of venue feels comfortable and appropriately welcoming in most cases. Sure, I’d love to have them play for me and a few hundred of my close friends in my backyard….but I’ll take the shows with a few thousand or so any day and be happy!
There is a lot coming up in the world of Duran. 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of the band, John and Nick are working on a musical…there’s been talk about the band going back into the studio, although no time frame has been suggested. It is hard to say how to this will fit into the journey, all we can do is buckle up for the ride ahead!