The other day I asked the following question here, on Facebook and on Twitter: When did you first see Duran Duran live? Before I even asked, I figured that the responses would vary. I thought there would be a large segment of the fan community who saw them during 1984, at the height of their popularity. Then, I figured that 1993 and the Wedding Album era would be a big one. Lastly, I thought 2003-2005 might also be popular years to go to one’s first Duran show as these years saw a reunited Fab Five. I also thought that there would be a lot of fans who were too young to have seen them in the 1980s but would jump at the chance to make that dream come true once the reunion happened.
What did I find out? I found out that I was right and wrong with my assumptions. Yes, there were a variety of dates listed, which reinforces that the fan community is diverse in age, location, fandom, etc. Yet, there were some tours that were listed more often than others. Here is the order from most popular to least:
1987 Strange Behaviour tour
1984 Sing Blue Silver tour
1989 Big Thing tour
1993 Wedding Album tour tied with 2005 Astronaut tour
1981 tour tied with 1982 tour
1983 tour tied with 2008 Red Carpet Massacre tour
1998 tour tied with 1994, 2000, 2006 and 2011
2001 Pop Trash tour tied with 2007 shows
Lastly, 1992, 2003, 2004 and 2012 shows
After, I finished tallying the years, I wondered if I should have asked the question by tour as many of the years towards the bottom of the list were connected to larger touring eras. I think I will so as to see which “tour” actually got the most new concert goers. That said, I was surprised at how off I was in my assumptions about which years would get the most. 1987 got the most and I didn’t even consider that year, despite knowing that they were still pretty popular, especially in Europe. I also would have thought that 2003-2005 would have been much higher than it was. It will be interesting to compare the tours vs. the years.
P.S. Look for a poll in which I ask about tour vs. year!