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Tour Time Cometh!

This week has brought a small flurry of announcements from Duran Duran that begs the reminder: Tour Time Cometh (My English is anything but incredibly proper).

Just as I was beginning to wonder in quiet little under-my-breath murmurings about whether Europe would even see Duran Duran this summer, I noticed that they’ve been added to the NorthSide Festival in Denmark Jun 17-19. Of course, I don’t know what day they’re actually playing yet…but I suspect this is the first of many dates we’ll see added to Duran Duran’s social calendar in the upcoming weeks.  Rejoice!

This adds several “To-Do” items to my own ongoing list, not least of which is to get our calendar completely updated. I apologize that it’s not currently filled with all of the US dates and beyond (at least what we know in this moment), but I’ll be working on that over the next few days.

Additionally, and more importantly – if you haven’t taken the opportunity to get active on the Daily Duranie Message Boards, now is the time. First of all, it’s a welcoming group there. The board has been properly warmed up and waiting, and now that we have tour information – my big plan is to designate a section of the board to touring, so that way it can be used in several ways (and more that I’m not thinking of right now I am sure):

  • It will be a go-to place for meeting other friends (old, new, etc.) that are attending the same shows.
  • Any pre-show meet-ups, post-show gatherings, etc can be planned and information posted.
  • Duranie “dorms” (hotels) can be organized for each date, with information posted, etc.
  • Carpools, caravans, etc. can be discussed for those who are traveling.

The message board is a great place to meet other Duranies and plan the social part of touring.  If you have suggestions about the framework of the boards (topics, etc.) or any concerns about what can or cannot be posted, you can always message me (Rhonda) over on the message board.  Amanda and I have sort of naturally divided up the duties of the board in this way: she is much more of the host, whereas I’m Ms. Fix & Build It. That said, we’re both willing and ready to do whatever needs to happen.  We want everyone to feel welcome.

Also, I have a quick reminder that Amanda and I are going to be hosting “Dancing on the Valentine” – an online video and socializing party – on February 13 at 8pm CST (9pm EST, 6pm PST).  For those who are confused, no – we’re not meeting in person. This is purely online. What we do is set up a playlist (looking for suggestions, please post them on our event page!), and then you basically have that window playing while chatting in another window…or on your phone…or if you’re fancy like Amanda you can have your computer hooked up to your TV so that what you’re watching is played on your TV screen, and then chat from your computer. Point being, even though we live in different places we can still hang out and be social for an evening. We are still hammering out details regarding where we’ll be meeting up online (looking at chat room platforms right now), but that information will be posted in coming days on Facebook – watch that space. We would love to have you join us!

Off to work!!

-R

 

Shamir Takes On Hungry Like the Wolf

I will not tell a lie: I didn’t really see myself clicking on the link to Shamir’s cover of Hungry Like the Wolf.  I am really unfair and most definitely NOT impartial that way. Most readers know that it is not my favorite Duran Duran song, and the last thing I need is to hear a cover of it. By anyone. Ever.

At least, those are the things I was telling myself yesterday morning as I wrote.  I found (and chuckled) at the irony of Shamir opening for Duran Duran later in the spring for a handful of US dates. (Eight, to be exact. I said seven yesterday, and this is because I cannot seem to count properly. My apologies) After all, why wouldn’t Duran Duran choose an artist who has covered Hungry Like the Wolf to come to open for shows in the US? The only thing that would have topped this announcement was to see that he was opening at shows I was actually planning to attend.

Even so, Duran Duran did their due diligence in retweeting any and articles where Shamir, his cover of Hungry Like the Wolf, and the dates he will be opening for Duran Duran, were discussed. With each tweet, my silent but steady insistence that I would not be listening seemed to diminish ever so slightly. Not only am I stupidly headstrong and a bit rash at times…I’m also pretty damn curious. I like knowing things. So I read a few of the articles, all of which came with glowing reviews of the cover. Hell, even Duran Duran themselves commented on his cover of Hungry Like the Wolf, saying it was “rad”…a word I haven’t actually heard used since the late 80s…oddly enough… and yet I didn’t cringe. In fact, the use of the word intrigued me even more. But then, life happened, as it usually does, and I didn’t have a chance to really think on it much more until this morning, when I succumbed to my curiosity.

I clicked the link to one of the articles, sat back in my chair, and sort of winced until I thought about the crows feet that were likely deepening with each second. Can’t have that. I thought to myself, better to just rip it off like a band-aide and get it over with. I mean, how bad can the song really be if everyone is saying it’s smooth and beautiful and even better than the original???  

The song began…and at first I wasn’t sure it really was Hungry Like the Wolf. It was so different and the familiar drums along with the electric guitar riffs were missing in favor of a simple acoustic guitar. It isn’t as though Shamir took the song and stood it on its head….it’s more like he took the song, turned it inside out and then stretched it, leaving the listener hanging by threads and longing for more.  The first verse is fairly one-dimensional and simple, which really works for a great opening. Then as the second verse begins, we’re treated to a deeper sound with far greater movement, as there is a second track of Shamir harmonizing. This really adds something special to the song. It’s still Hungry Like the Wolf; but instead of being that familiar pop, it’s almost, but not quite, a folk song. His voice is so unusual that one might not think it would lend itself to a song like this, but in some strange way, I think it works.

So then I decided to start digging. What else could I see and hear by this kid?? I might be late to the party, but I can catch up quick. YouTube gave me lots to choose from. I decided to click “On the Regular” next. I had no idea of what to expect, and I was DELIGHTED. First of all, many of you will be shocked to know it was rap. Not in a typical “hip hop” sort of way…but oddly it reminded me a lot of the music I might listen to back when I was a kid (we’re talking 1980s here)…or even, “The Bike Song” by Mark Ronson and the Business International. The video reminded a whole lot of the videos I’d watch on MTV, too. The song itself is colorful, fun and honest, and the video has the images to match…never mind that Shamir himself is positively darling (spoken & written like a true mom of three, right??) with just enough mischief going on behind those big brown eyes to let you know he’s not quite the innocent he might seem. I clicked on “Call it Off” next. He might be 21 and been born just after the fervor of Ordinary World…but his sound is a throwback to everything I love and miss about 1985. He mixes New Wave with the groove of Chic and throws in some rap for good measure…which I have to tell you, I really, really like. Moving on to “Darker“, I see a completely different side to Shamir. The song is gorgeous (the boy can sing), full of depth, soulful and honest. What I love best is that he is exactly what I wouldn’t expect. I am a woman on a mission at this point, so I click “In For the Kill” next. First thought: he’s in a damn spaceship (well, they call it a UFO…), not entirely unlike our own Mr. Rhodes. (I can’t help it. There is always a Duran reference to be made!!) Second thought: every song is a surprise and has a completely different sound and I love it. Third thought: even his videos are done like videos are meant. They’re entertaining, whimsical, and fun with just enough irony to make them interesting.  This video has to be my favorite one yet. I love the premise of throwing cassette tapes of Ratchet down to the people below to get his music out there. Seriously, it’s really getting to that point where artists have to do something original to get their music noticed. Again, huge thumbs up from me. I’m running to iTunes as soon as I’m finished writing to download the entire album.

The bonus?? He shares my birthday! So while I was turning 24 (!!) and busily planning my wedding the following April – the world was preparing itself for Shamir. Huge thumbs up from me. I’m sure I’m not in his target demographic and nothing like what his label wants for fans, but he’s got me!  I don’t know why he’s not all over the radio here in the US yet, but I look forward to seeing huge things from him in the years to come.

-R

New Paper Gods Tour Dates Announced!! Shamir to support!

This Monday morning brings gifts of the Duran Duran tour date variety, as a couple additional dates were added to the Paper Gods tour calendar this morning. See below:

January 25th, 2016

DURAN DURAN ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

CHIC FEAT. NILE RODGERS AS SPECIAL GUEST ON SELECT SHOWS; XL RECORDING ARTIST SHAMIR ANNOUNCED AS SUPPORT IN 7 CITIES

TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY

January 25th, 2016 – (Burbank, CA) – Multi-platinum superstars Duran Duran today announced that they have added additional shows to their eagerly anticipated upcoming North American Paper Gods Tour, which visits arenas and amphitheaters beginning in March. Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale starting this Friday, January 29th.

The band have also announced that XL recording artist Shamir will appear as support on 8 of the dates. The Las Vegas native released his debut album, Ratchet last year, featuring the singles “On the Regular” and “Call It Off.” Recently, Shamir recorded an acoustic cover of Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf” (click here to listen). Also on the bill for most of the shows are previously announced special guests CHIC, featuring Nile Rodgers. Rodgers served as a producer on Paper Gods and has enjoyed a long collaborative history with Duran Duran.

The Paper Gods Tour kicks off on March 25th in Niagara Falls and is divided into two legs. The first runs through April and the second begins in July and runs through early August. Please see below for all upcoming tour dates. Every ticket bought online for Duran Duran’s 2016 headline tour includes a standard physical copy of Paper Gods. After purchasing tickets, fans will receive an email within 24 to 48 hours containing album redemption instructions. Festival dates, Niagara Falls, and the Puerto Rican shows are not included. 

Duran Duran Fan Community members will have access to pre-sale tickets and VIP packages for the July 6th Nashville concert beginning Wednesday, January 27th at 10am local venue time. An allocation of excellent seats will be held and made available to Fan Community members for the Highland Park shows on July 8th and 9th on April 18th at 10am CST before the public onsale on April 26th. Please visit www.duranduranmusic.com for details. **

Paper Gods was released worldwide on September 11th and bowed at No. 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart, earning Duran Duran its highest-charting album in 22 years. The album returned to the Top 20 upon the band announcing the Paper Gods Tour in December.

Duran Duran’s 2016 Paper Gods Tour dates are as follows:

03/25 Niagara Falls, ON, Canada Niagara Fallsview Casino
03/26 Niagara Falls, ON, Canada Niagara Fallsview Casino
03/28 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center+
03/30 Saint Augustine, FL Saint Augustine Amphitheater+
04/01 Miami, FL Miami Open Experience
04/02 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*+
04/05 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center+
04/07 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena*+
04/08 Washington, DC Verizon Center*+
04/11 Montreal, QC Bell Centre*+
04/12 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center (New York City area)*+
04/15 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena*
04/16 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion*
04/19 Dallas, TX American Airlines Arena*
04/22 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater*
04/23 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
04/24 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center*
04/29 San Juan, Puerto Rico Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot

07/06 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater*
07/08 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Pavilion* (Chicago area)
07/09 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Pavilion* (Chicago area)
07/11 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre (Detroit area)*
07/13 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheater*
07/17 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center (Boston area)*
07/21 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion (Philadelphia area)*
07/23 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center (Minneapolis area)*
07/24 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre*
07/29 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center*
07/30 Irvine, CA Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre (LA area)*
07/31 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre (San Diego area)*
08/03 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena (Phoenix area)*

*denotes show with CHIC FEAT. NILE RODGERS as Special Guest
+denotes show with Shamir as support

** Duran Duran in Nashville, TN on July 6 at the Ascend Amphitheater with CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers: Public on sale begins at 10am local venue time on January 29th

Duran Duran in Highland Park, IL at the Ravinia Pavilion on July 8th and July 9th with CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers: Public on sale is April 26th (time/ticketing link TBA). 

www.duranduran.com

So it is that Duran Duran will be playing at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville on July 6th, and as many anticipated – the Ravinia Pavilion on July 8 & 9th.  Unfortunately, as is typical, the internet is abuzz with comments from many disappointed fans about the Ravinia dates due to the subscriber practice for that venue. Basically (as with many other outdoor amphitheaters around the country), it sells tickets in advance to its season ticket holders – leaving what is typically a much smaller pool of tickets available for fan community pre-sales and/or public on sales.

The fan community, however, does say that they have excellent seats available for members (pre-sale), the question truly is how many for each evening. Those seats, available through the VIP packages offered to members of DDM, are priced at $150.00 + ticket price. (so you pay for the regular cost of the ticket plus an extra $150 for the VIP fan community package, which includes the Paper Gods CD, a beach towel, a canvas bag and a laminate)  They guarantee a ticket in rows 1-15.  Again to be clear: for these shows, there is no breakdown in VIP category – they are offering one tier of ticket for $150.00 plus the cost of your concert ticket that can get you a seat anywhere from front row to the 15th row.

Grass seats, however, are usually plentiful. For those fans willing to sit in the back and hear the music without necessarily being close to the stage, these should be easily procured during the public on sale date.

Fans may remember that Ravinia dates were included in the previous All You Need is Now tour back in 2012 but were cancelled late in the tour due to illness. One can only wonder if perhaps these dates were a requirement by the venue based on those cancellations, or perhaps Duran Duran enjoys the venue. Either way, fans have two nights to choose from at Ravinia, and hopefully all will find seats!

Additionally, Shamir has been added to the bill as an opening support act for seven shows in April. Shamir is known for doing a cover of Hungry Like the Wolf that has been applauded for being a sort of “folk song” answer to the original.  Reaction from fans upon reading that Shamir was added has been very positive this morning. Personally, I am going to need to do some music appreciation homework….

Lastly, even as a US fan, I have to wonder if/when dates for Europe and the rest of the world will be added to the Paper Gods tour for 2016. It is no secret to me that Duran Duran will have toured here twice, and while I recognize many throughout the world like to say that the US is spoiled and that we think of no one but ourselves – that is simply not true. (by the way we don’t plan the tours, so any complaints need not be hurled in the direction of fans anyway) It is already nearly February, with no visible sign in sight for any other tour dates being added, although my fingers and toes remain crossed for all involved. It would seem that surely they’d have to tour the album in other places besides the UK and US, but I’m merely a blogger. I only know that I continue to see and read pleadings from fans in Europe and elsewhere, hoping for their own chance to see the band in 2016. I hope their wishes are answered.

-R

Dear Santa – 2015 edition!

Not sure exactly when this started, but Amanda and I like to do our own “Dear Santa” letter each year on Christmas Eve. 2015 is certainly no exception, particularly since we’ve got a tour coming next year!!!  Since Amanda is on vacation this week, I had her send me her list, I compiled it with my own list (They were remarkably similar. Imagine that.) and here you have it! So without further adieu…

Dear Santa,

How are you? Amanda and I are doing well. This past year has been fantastic, as it brought us shows (David Lynch Foundation show in April, and the October west-coast “tour” with our friend Heather);  a wonderful new album, Paper Gods; plenty of fun times Skyping together even as Amanda was in Wisconsin and I was at home in California; a month of no blogging as we took a well-deserved spring break; and a lot of laughter and friendship. She and I have worked very hard to write the blog each day, and have even managed to come up with more plans that we haven’t the foggiest idea of how to implement into our daily lives. We need more hours in the day for sure. For the most part, I would say that we have been very good this year.  (Again, I said… for the most part.)

Sure, there might have been some debauchery, and yes, we did manage to duck behind a friend when it was almost CERTAIN that we were going to be baptized, yet again… by Mr. Le Bon.  He didn’t miss, I’ll say that much. In our defense, Amanda is a teacher. I am a mom, and those jobs are almost 24/7. We blog every. single. day. (So this year it was really more like 234 days, even so…we write about Duran Duran even when no one else IS. Talk about being committed. Or needing to be committed….ANYWAY…)  We are beacons of innocence throughout much of the year. If we can’t let our hair down while “on tour”…when can we?? If we can’t send a joke around once in a while on Twitter…what is the point?  If we can’t tease a band member on occasion…really, what fun is left?? And about that baptism trick of Simon’s…I thought that once was enough, and Krista was more than happy to shield us and take the hit.

So….  Really, we’re not that bad!

Santa, we hope that you agree that Amanda and I are worthy of at least a few presents this year, and that our collective list gives you a few options. Naturally, we would never expect all of our wishes to be fulfilled, but we’re certainly hoping for the best!!

In no particular order…( and yes, dreams are free, and sometimes you just gotta ask. So we are!)

  • We’re putting in a request for Duran Duran to put LATE BAR in their set list. Ever helpful, we are cheerfully (or cheekily?!?) suggesting perhaps there would be room if a song such as, say…Come Undone, were retired for a gig or seven?  <insert wide, innocent, toothy grins here>
  • We are hoping for more energy for Duran Duran this year, because we have dreams of 3-hour shows with plenty of DoJo, JoSi, Roger stick-twirling and Nick-smirking. (if Bruce Springsteen can do it…so can Duran Duran! Like we said, dreaming of more energy for Duran Duran…..) 
  • More shows! We are hoping to do fan meet-ups and parties so that fans from all over can meet one another and get together before the shows – but in order to do that, we need to be able to go to more shows. Alas…
  • We’re hoping for a great Chicago venue, since that is one place we are definitely planning on for 2016! More midwest shows are a YES on this wish list!
  • We do not have a single photo with the entire band. We’re Daily Duranie and we’ve never met the band together, much less pictures with them…and we’re only together in pictures with Simon and Dom. Really hoping to make a group shot happen in 2016…and since this is a wish list, we’d love to interview a band member or two while we’re at it!
  • Durandemonium 2017 is a real thing, and in order to pull it off, we might need to win the lottery or learn how to make money with the blog. HELP!
  • The real dreams: more hours in the day, more energy…and a webmaster for Daily Duranie who is NOT named Rhonda Rivera. (seriously!)
  • Daily Duranie is a dream come true in every way but the bill-paying kind. Hoping the idea to make that part work comes to us this year, whether by dream or while wide-awake.
  • Along those same lines, hoping to sell a couple of book proposals for publishers this year. Crossing fingers, good ju-ju, mojo, publishing contacts, or positive thoughts would all be very welcome!

As you can see, we are shooting for the stars! Our list is lofty, fun, and of course a bit tongue-in-cheek. We know how hard it is to make wishes come true, but we believe in you, Santa. Even so, we are going to make the best of what we have, enjoy the time we get…and Rhonda is still taking those web courses when she finds time…just in case the whole webmaster thing never happens. You might even notice we aren’t even bothering to ask for Hungry Like the Wolf to be removed from the set list, or for Simon to stop with the White Lines baptismal sessions.  Even we know when to quit….most of the time.

We’re very excited to see you…um, I mean to see presents on Christmas, and to keep writing in 2016. After all, we love you….I mean we love you AND Duran Duran…and this is part of what makes it so much fun.

Stay safe, take care of yourself and those elves of yours, be healthy, and Happy Christmas!

Love,

Amanda and Rhonda

 

PS – we write this list with humor in mind. It might be a bit satiric, sarcastic, cheeky, and even way over-the-top. Perhaps you’re sitting there wondering why Amanda and I even think we are deserving of what we’re asking. I would refer you to my first sentence. It is written in HUMOR, no hate-mail necessary.  Merry Christmas!

2015 Year End Katy Kafe with John Taylor

Tuesday brings a  2015 year-end Katy Kafe with John Taylor – this time in video! Let me properly set the stage: John is sitting at his computer in a cozy sort of room with white paneling. There is an upright piano (complete with obligatory metronome) sitting against the wall to the back right of him, and above the paneling around the room, there are figurines of some sort. (To be honest it reminds me very much of a room at my grandmothers old house, and this shelf is exactly where she would display her salt and pepper shakers. I’m pretty sure John isn’t the type to collect salt and pepper shakers [???], and my eyesight isn’t THAT great so I couldn’t tell what they were. As I continue typing, I’m starting to think that perhaps it’s a little weird for me to even notice…but whatever. Fan blog. Need I say more??)  As I further considered the setting, I was thinking “seems like a den”, and at that same time, John mentions that Katy has caught him in his den.  And for you John girls out there – he’s wearing a fedora-type hat (although the brim doesn’t seem wide enough to be called a fedora, but it’s along those lines.) So there you have it!

UK Tour

He recalls Simon saying that this tour was the best ever to the audience on the last night of the UK tour. He said that he meant to ask him later on if he really meant it because he was feeling similar. “Every show was great. No throw-aways. No one lost their voice.” He continues by mentioning the audiences, “The crowds this year have been on another level.”  John says that this past year, he’s felt very loved, unconditionally, which has been encouraging.

2015

In retrospect, he feels very good about 2015, saying that the band still seeks success in a number of avenues, and that touring does help to achieve part of that. “Every night, getting positive feed back. [It is] A validation of what we do.”  John speaks of the press, partially in answer to the subject of whether or not he is surprised that in 2015, Duran Duran is still touring and creating albums. He surmises that perhaps, had the band not shot straight to the stratosphere, but instead had a much more steady rise and build up, the press may have seen them and the band’s future differently.

The album comes up naturally in conversation several times over the course of the Kafe, as John refers to the two years the band spent in the studio writing and recording, “Pulling hair, but still having the inkling that the team still has something to give.” Conversely, touring isn’t all “the band”. The audience has something to add to that conversation. He explains that he isn’t like Nick – he likes the studio, but loves being onstage, “I want to perform.” For John, the albums are produced so that they have material to keep the performances fresh. He talks about how on the UK tour they integrated video into the show and that they’re all “still learning and putting it all together and it has been fun. It hasn’t always been that way. We are enjoying who we are.”  He uses a very interesting sort of analogy to drive his point home, talking about how you can look over the course of the band’s (or anyone’s) career or life in photos and see the various “detours” (as he put it) and you can say “Oh yeah…there’s an apparent midlife crisis happening there.”  But right now, they know exactly who they are.

As a commentary, I found his statement interesting because there are still plenty of people out there that feel Paper Gods was written with the idea of attracting a wider audience (as opposed to just their core fan base) in mind. Katy feels that Paper Gods is emblematic of who they are and their career at this point in time – yet many others disagree, saying that the band is trying to be something they are not.  It’s clear John very much believes that Paper Gods is an accurate representation of who Duran Duran is in 2015.  I tend to feel, after blogging and engaging with the fan base for the past five years, there is a certain faction within who believe unless the band is recreating the sound from the first album, Rio and perhaps even Seven and the Ragged Tiger to a limited extent, they’re not being true to themselves. I suppose to those fans, Paper Gods is a tough sell, which is a shame. I’m sure many would disagree, but that is my take-away after having written and observed the fan base for the better part of a decade, for what it may be worth. 

Favorite album of 2015

Since the Kafe is happening in John’s den, we have the added benefit of John being able to pull the albums directly from his collection. His first “grab” is Julia Holter’s Have You In My Wilderness.  (Is this an appropriate time to mention that I’ve never heard of Julia Holter but I’m going to Spotify right now to find her?? Two songs in and I’m sold, btw – it’s a great album for relaxing, which is EXACTLY what I need right now. Thanks John! This is one reason why I love John Taylor and miss him from social media. He feeds me new music discoveries.) He goes back to the record pile and grabs another – this time coming back with Bjork – I think he held up Biophilia but I’m not positive and forgot to make note. One last grab, this time holding up Beach House’s Depression Cherry.  He seems to like female lead singers, as Katy mentions. Lately, he’s been in to them, he agrees.  He also lists Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and Hot Line Bling as other favorites for the year.

Favorite Movie of 2015

Without skipping a beat, John announces that Mad Max is his favorite movie of the year. Katy questions him a little about the modern Mad Max, wondering if it is at all like the original. After limited discussion it is agreed that it is its own animal. As a runner-up, John mentions The Clouds of Sils Maria (with Juliette Binoche and Kristin Steward).

Favorite Television of 2015

Finally a topic that causes John to take pause. He contemplates, and says he’s watched a lot of TV this year – mentioning that he just finished bingeing on four seasons of Scandal. Katy assumes he’s watching that with Gela, but no…John is watching this by himself. I chuckle, because well…it is also a favorite of mine.

Favorite Book of 2015

John read Jonathan Franzen’s book Purity, which he liked…but that caused him to read his book Freedom, which he LOVED. He mentions that not only is he not a fast reader, he doesn’t finish a lot of the books he starts. I struggle with that myself these days, sadly. Then he grabs a book from his desk by Ian McDonald called Revolution in the Head, which is an incredibly accurate breakdown of Beatles Songs and the minutia of how the band wrote and recorded them, calling it his bible.

2015 in a word

Complexity. “Everything is a grey area”

That pub show we all wish we’d been invited to…

John likened the experience to being in a punk band. He summarizes the feeling that night by calling it confrontational. Keep in mind the pub had about 120 people in it, and the band was quite literally playing in the faces of their guests (again, wishing my invite hadn’t been lost in the mail…) On a typical stage, you don’t have that same confrontational aspect. He talks about how he’s standing there, weapon in hand (that’d be his bass guitar of course), and he mentions the heat in the pub and that everyone is sweaty…and how he really enjoys those experiences every once in a while because it keeps the performance from getting too sanitized (or as I like to call it, “choreographed”, which I can definitely see being a hazard of the large stage show.) “There are no small stages.”

Looking ahead to 2016

I find it fascinating how differently the band sees next year. They all agree that yes, they’re touring – but where Simon and Roger talk about the entire year being a “touring year”, John mentions more than once that it’s really only 3-4 months at this point.  He talks about the two months of touring in the US, saying that it is very ambitious for them, and that he wants to get through it “peacefully”, meaning that no one gets sick or loses their voice or anything like that. He continues, saying that they are in a great position right now and that the show has “just begun”. He doesn’t know what opportunities it will bring, only that it will bring some. Katy does ask him about the possibility of doing other shows around the world, but I have to say – at least from my point of view as a listener/observer – John seemed hesitant to commit to more. I got the feeling that perhaps, at least at the point of this Kafe, nothing had been decided yet. Couple that with what Simon had mentioned about not knowing where the band was or was not going next year – I would venture to guess that beyond the US, the band has not necessarily committed to more dates as of this writing. Perhaps it all comes down to money (funding) and finding the right promoter, and perhaps the band really just does not know what is in the process of being organized. After all, this isn’t a band who gets involved in the day-to-day tour development. They handle their end, and someone else manages the business, which makes sense.

The subject naturally turns to the world at hand. “Glad we’re out there publicly at this time.” With the events from Paris and elsewhere, there is a lot of fear out there, being “stoked by the media and who knows who else.” Katy talks about how she doesn’t necessarily want to take her kids into the city or on public transportation (A feeling that as a fellow parent, I completely, yet sadly, share…and I am not that way normally.) “People are scared,” John surmises, “and looking for reassurance. You’re gonna get it from us.” He explains that he never takes any of the freedom with which they are able to play in the UK and “the country that embraced us – the U.S.” for granted. I like it when he describes it as always going out there and playing as though it were their last show, because for their fans, that’s exactly how many feel each night.  “We’re gonna fight to keep those lines of communication open.”

Beautifully, John describes that horrible night in Paris for music lovers as having their bubble popped. It really was like that. The concert hall (or pub, bar, arena, etc.) is the escape for many fans. It is utopia. To have that feeling destroyed – well, it rocks one to the very core, doesn’t it?

Even so, John is really looking forward to getting out there. He talks about one of the greatest moments of his life being in Denver as he looked out onto the stage to see Chic playing, knowing that Duran Duran were to follow.

I have no doubt that Duran Duran fans look forward to 2016 with the same images in mind and excitement in their heart.

-R

The Ticketmaster Debacle

I’ve been trying to sort out yesterday in my head.  Let me just put it out there: I’m still trying to figure out what shows we bought tickets for and where we’re sitting.  This isn’t because we’re doing that many shows, it’s because in hindsight – it all feels like a blur. Or maybe it’s more like it feels as though I was hit by a semi-truck (think “lorry” if you’re in the UK) and I’m laying on the highway in a heap as the traffic continues to buzz by, not even noticing that I’m there.

Yeah, that’s about the size of it.

I want to acknowledge a few things:

  1. There were people who had fantastic buying experiences. These people, by and large, were also folks who bought either “Ultimate” or “Gold” level VIP packages. I didn’t see any complaints from anyone who received a front row seat off the bat, and I didn’t really see many complaints from people who wanted gold unless there just weren’t those tickets left.
  2. Ticket buying has very little to do with the band.  The band plays the shows. They deliver on their end.  There is a business side to all of this though, and we must accept and acknowledge that the band has the right (and responsibility) to be in business and make money.
  3. DDHQ, on the other hand, is in fact that business side. Badmouthing DDHQ does very little to solve problems or to draw attention to issues fans had with pre-sales, so we’re just not. I respect that I cannot do their job(s), and I have no idea what it is like to manage a band. Period.
  4. Ticketmaster, however, IS the problem.

For quite a while yesterday morning, I really considered my issues with the pre-sales to be user-error. Maybe I didn’t click fast enough? Maybe I paused a bit too long before deciding to hit “bronze”? Perhaps I was just ticked-off about the price of tickets being so much more expensive than the last tour? Maybe all of the above?? I was, and am, willing to accept that at least part of it was me. I’ve had good luck with tours recently. I have had great seats. That luck can’t last forever. But then I started reading about the experiences of others and realized that some of the same crazy things that happened to me happened to other people. That’s just weird.

What were some of these crazy things? (and I am only listing things that I’ve seen mentioned in multiple places by multiple people)

  • “CAPTCHA” codes not working:  entering the code only to be told it’s not valid and having to do it again and again, or needing to close the window and start all over again, resulting in losing time.
  • No need to first go into DDM using your own user name and password before getting to the tour page, clicking on the gig of your choice and then being transferred over to Ticketmaster: Ultimately what I’m saying is that there was no firewall, so basically as long as one had the password that was sent in the email to fans announcing the pre-sale, you were able to participate in the pre-sale. Part of the reason (most of the reason?) we all join DDM to begin with is so that we have first access to those pre-sale tickets. I cannot tell you how many people have sent messages and told me on Facebook and Twitter that they won’t rejoin DDM next year because it doesn’t seem to help them.
  • Tickets in the process of being paid for disappearing out of carts: error messages pop-up on the screen saying something like “oops, your tickets are no longer available”.  When this happened to me, I thought it was because I had inadvertently taken too long, but then I glanced at the timer – and I had 7 minutes left to complete the transaction I was making for 2 Gold level VIP tickets. Naturally when I went back to get another pair – there were none available. Can’t cry over spilt milk, unless of course there are 50 other cases of this happening to other people – which there were. That’s just wrong.
  • Having to enter the DDM pre-sale password over and over and over again.  Isn’t once really enough??
  • For more than one venue, gold-level tickets were coming up in odd places, like several rows in back of that 6th row where Gold should end. I have been told that in one of the venues – Mandalay Bay in Vegas – where this happened, it’s because the venue’s row numbering “system” skips rows. In other places though, because it happened to other people in other places as well, as I’ve seen on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Lastly, and perhaps the most importantly: when (if) the MAP system comes up (where you can see for yourself what seats are available and choose them yourself), seats are coming up as “available” that have already been purchased. Unfortunately, when this issue was presented to Ticketmaster – they simply said it was “impossible”.  Except that it’s not because multiple people had it happen this morning before the option to use the map system stopped coming up and all you could do was click on “find my seats.” I guess we’ll all see for certain when we get to the shows and someone else has the same (valid) ticket to sit in the same seat as a Duranie, won’t we?

Those are just a few of the issues I saw repeatedly from fans…and comments continue to be posted to our Facebook page even today.  As I’ve said before, I recognize and respect the right of the band to make business decisions that fans don’t necessarily enjoy or understand. It happens and it continues to be a balancing act. We as consumers also “enjoy” the right to choose how and when to participate in the transactional relationship, which is it’s own balancing act.  While it may not be our choice (as fans) for Ticketmaster to be the ticketing service for pre-sales and fan ticket sales – it IS our choice whether or not we choose to participate. That balance is of course knowing that if we choose not to participate, we likely will not see the band on tour. I don’t know very many people willing to miss out on Duran Duran purely to take a stand, and DDHQ is going to do whatever they need to ensure the best profit for the band. That’s business, like it or not.

As a fan, it IS disheartening when things happen that make fandom feel more like work than fun. Days like yesterday tend to make me forget how I feel when I’m standing up and screaming in front of the band. In my craziest moments I may have even wondered if I should just stay home and not bother. I’ll just say this and leave it for the rest of you to ponder: when the time comes for these gigs to happen and you walk into the venue, handing your ticket to the agent to scan and then excitedly walking with purpose to your seat, sitting down and staring at the darkened stage with growing anticipation as you see that the clock ticks ever closer to the moment Simon walks out and begins singing “Paper Gods”, are you really going to even think twice about the ticket buying process to get there? Are you going to be thinking about how Ticketmaster asked you to re-enter the CAPTCHA code four times before it worked? When the band starts playing Planet Earth, Rio or Pressure Off, are you going to let any of that enter your mind?

That, my friends, is why Ticketmaster stays in business.

-R

Duran Duran Paper God 2016 Presales

There is no way for me to put this lightly: I really hate pre-sale days, particularly when they begin (for me) before it is light outside. I got my coffee, sat down and prepared to do battle.

To be honest, I am still trying to absorb what happened to me this morning…and I’m trying not to be angry with the ticketing system, and be thankful that unlike many I have seen on Twitter and Facebook today, I do have tickets. I am seeing the band come July.

I hope they’ll be ready.  <wink>

I read a lot of comments and responses this morning. As always, the responses run the spectrum from elation, “I got front row to Philly!” all the way to comments from people who seem to have lost not just a battle, but an entire war. “Pre-sales were a DISASTER“.  Or even better, “@DailyDuranie it’s bad business for a band to piss off fan club members. 6 shows, 3 with not a single tix pulling up, other 3 shit seats

My own experiences ran raggedly like a dog, from one end to the other of the entire spectrum. One show we ended up with nothing because the seats we pulled for Bronze seemed more like regular seats from back in the 17th row. Why pay VIP on top of that? It didn’t make sense to me…and definitely not to our head purchaser for that show, Amanda. We’ll try again later for those. We bought the 16th row seats offered for another out of sheer desperation after having a set of third row seats in my cart that I was in the middle of paying for when a window popped up on Ticketmaster informing me that my tickets were now unavailable. WTF?!? Fine. I didn’t need those Gold VIP tickets on my credit card anyway! Bronze it is, even though I am not sure I feel good about spending so much on tickets so far back. After falling to the ground in defeat, tired and breathless….Amanda and I got up, shook the dust off, tended to some gaping wounds, and went back in for another round with a brand new strategy that is going to involve selling kidneys (anyone need a slightly used one?? Let me know).

Our next battle proved every bit as nasty as the first, but I soon realized that I didn’t even need to bother going in and logging into my DDM account to get to the Ticketmaster pre-sales. I just needed to know the pre-sale password. Fabulous, except that meant that everyone else on the planet who knew that password could do the same. That fan letter was shared about a zillion times online, any scalper worth their salt could get in with ease, and Ticketmaster did not hold up their end of the agreement by not bothering to uphold the DDM firewall. Some say it didn’t work, but it did for me each time I bought tickets during this particular pre-sale at 10am my time.  What a mess. Amanda had tickets in her cart only to have them suddenly removed. (and I read this many more times over the course of the morning on Twitter) We bought gold at one show only to end up in 6th row, but we did have success at our final show, where we ended up with 2nd row center. I am not complaining about those results.

I know this shattered feeling…trampled but still breathing….

Thankfully pre-sales were over and I could live to see another day. But then I realized I still had to blog today.  Really?!?  Shattered doesn’t even begin to describe my exhaustion right now, and I still have a college tour to take this afternoon with my son!!  (Going from fan back to mom in less than an hour…)

I’d be very interested to read what types of experiences others had this morning, keeping in mind that this is purely about the process.  I have no doubts that despite the mess with ticket buying, once we are at the show it will be a great time. The band delivers on their end. It’s the rest of the insanity I am interested in reading. Share your tales of the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’ll compile them into something readable tomorrow!

-R

The smell of 2016 tour dates in the air…

My Duranie-senses are tingling. Yours??

As we grow ever closer to Thanksgiving break, and vacation time comes closer (for me)…I can feel something brewing. 2016 tour dates, maybe?!?

Granted, I’ve been wrong before, and let’s face it, the UK dates are right around the corner anyway….but I sense something delightfully wicked coming, and it’s not just my regular cooking-for-turkey-day anxiety (because that’s not even delightful!!). Even so, a Facebook page dedicated to Caribbean tourism posted that Duran Duran would be visiting the island of Puerto Rico in late spring for a concert on April 30th. The date has not yet been confirmed by DDHQ, and there really is no telling if this is pure rumor, speculation, hopes…dreams…or if someone should be getting their knuckles rapped for posting information too early. No matter, all it does is remind me that it will not be long before the world rejoices in harmony as 2016 tour dates are announced and pre-sales begin.

However, just in time to tide us over, Duran Duran announced yesterday that they are performing for Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth that is planned for November 13-14. Mr. Gore is broadcasting from the base of the Eiffel Tower, and Duran Duran will be performing from that Paris stage. There are a number of other performers signed on to act from locations throughout the globe. For more information, check out www.24HoursofReality.org, which is also the site that will be live-streaming the entire event.

In the meantime, I want to give another shout out to the boys of Rio – the Duran Duran Tribute band from Southern California. I was present for their most recent show at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood this past Saturday night. It had been quite some time since I’d last seen the band, and the first gig I’d seen with their new “Andy” (Daniel Coffeng). I don’t want to say that I was surprised by the tightness of the band, but they were great and continue to improve each time I see them. The new “Andy” (Rio apparently has carried on the tradition of that ever-revolving guitarist!!) did a fantastic job on guitar, and the band even broke out a few songs I’d yet to hear from them including My Own Way, White Lines, and my personal favorite – Late Bar – which made my entire night. I don’t mind mentioning that I’ve never been present to witness the REAL Duran Duran play that one live, so you can just imagine my excitement for that one!

I’ve been following Rio’s career now for a few years. Their demand as a working tribute band is growing quite rapidly. Instead of solely playing the occasional gig in So Cal as a hobby of sorts, they’re traveling for shows in Nevada, Arizona, and even Washington. I have said it before and will say it again – this band is very much worth the drive to go see, and I can promise you’ll find yourself up on the dance floor cheering and dancing away.  The band makes the show fun, yet they take their craft seriously.  Despite some incredibly difficult-to-recreate sounds and musical arrangements, Rio sounds very much like the Duran Duran we expect. Each time I see them they’ve improved and I see no end in sight for them.  There is much that sets them apart from other tribute acts out there, not least of which is the fact that the band are truly fans of Duran Duran. There is a lot of love and respect that flows through their performance. The band also loves their supporters, and they never hesitate to stop to chat or take a photo – no matter how exhausted they might be after their set. Take the opportunity to go see them!

Upcoming gigs for Rio:

Kool-A-Palooza (Salt River Fields), Scottsdale AZ  11/15

Totally 80s Bar and Grille, Fullerton CA 11/21

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas NV 12/30

Fremont Street Experience Las Vegas NV 12/31

Point Casino, Kingston WA 1/30

 

That’s it from me for now – I’m back to waiting on pins and needles for 2016 tour dates to add to our calendar and dreaming of meet-ups to plan!

-R

The Future Is Still Tomorrow

The future is, indeed, still tomorrow.  Yet, that doesn’t stop me and my partner-in-crime from thinking about the future and to dream big.  After all, dreams are free or so we have heard.  😉  Yesterday, I encouraged every Duran fan out there to embrace the current status of Duran Duran, musically, and activity wise.  This present album cycle is far from done.  In fact, just this past week, Simon discussed Duran Duran’s return to the US in the summer for more tour dates as part of the latest Katy Kafe (highlights discussed here).  This prompted Rhonda and I to think about one significant aspect of touring for us and that is the meet up!  If you have been reading for awhile, you know that we often like to set up meet ups before shows we attend when we can.  We like bringing fans together to meet, mingle, laugh, squee and share in the excitement.  Fandom is all about friendships and this is where friendships can truly begin.  Plus, the increase in excitement is sent back to the band during the show, often creating a better show for all!  It is a win-win.

As much as we have loved the meet ups in the past, we think we can improve upon them, make them better, make them for fun.  So, if dreams are free, then here is our dream, our vision of what the meet ups could be like!  In some cases, we have been able to do some of these things for one or two meet ups or for the convention, but not for all.  That’s what we want.

Pre-show Meet Up Features

Some of the elements we would love to be able to provide at every single meet up we plan, include:

  • Music and/or Videos of Duran Duran.  Of course, right?  That is a given.  The venue we host at must be willing and/or able to play/show Duran stuff.
  • Duran themed drink specials!  We were able to do some drink specials at the meet up in Durham in 2012.  Some of which people are still asking about.  Anyone remember the specific ingredients for the Stolen Leopard drink?  We were also able to do it for the convention.  While Rhonda and I love our vodka tonics, we are good with trying new drinks, especially if Duran inspired!
  • Icebreakers of some sort.  I hate the word “icebreaker” but we want to make sure that people are able to get to meet each other and get to know each other in a fun, low stress sort of way.  I, generally, hate these kinds of things so if I would think it is fun, maybe, you all will, too!
  • Photos!  We want to encourage lots and lots of photo taking!  People should be excited to meet each other and many might want photos to look back on after the facts.  Group pictures are a must!  Rhonda and I generally suck at the selfie but we have got  to work on this, especially for those group shots
  • For the Hollywood Bowl show, we planned the meet up for before the VIP reception.  We would definitely still do that so that everyone could attend.  Of course, if someone wanted us just do the VIP party at our meet up location or vice versa, I’m sure we could find a way!  We are creative!
  • Another fun idea we had is for raffles at the meet ups.  Wouldn’t it be cool to win some cool Duran merchandise or to win some Duran related experience of some sort, for example?  It would also be good to get a little gift for attending, too, right?  Now, if Rhonda and I would just figure out a way to buy these items…maybe we need to start playing the lottery?!

Surrounding Activities

Of course, in an ideal world and that is what I’m talking about here, there would be other activities that we would be able to coordinate for more than just one or two shows per tour.  What are some of those other activities?

  • Hotel Room Blocks!  Whenever I have stayed at a hotel with a lot of other Duranies, it is super fun!  It is easy to meet up with people and the partying can go on until the early morning hours in someone’s room.  Plus, with enough people, perhaps, group rates could apply!
  • Party Buses!  We have reserved some party buses in Atlanta in 2012 and for the convention in 2013.  In both cases, they were super fun and made getting to and from a venue so much easier!  Besides, who doesn’t like being in a large vehicle with someone driving YOU and others like you?!  The party then travels with you!!
  • Now, I know that some out there have mentioned renting a big RV to travel in between shows in (Yes, Heather–I’m looking at YOU!).  Rhonda and I are not opposed to that in our ideal meet up scenario.  Those, unlike dreams, aren’t free. Likewise, drivers aren’t either!  Back to the lottery winnings…While we wait for the big lottery win, we will suggest that road trips between shows definitely require a caravan.  A caravan of Duranies.  Of course, we should warn the various cities and highways that we would all be using at the same time!  It wouldn’t be because we would block traffic.  Oh no, it would be because loud music and *squeeing* will be heard!  I can see and hear the warning now, “*Alert!  Duranies are coming!!*”

Dreams vs. Reality

If we were to continue in our ideal vision for meet ups, I might mention our desire for seats on the Duran Duran plane or being sponsored by a favorite brand of vodka.  I might also suggest getting some advanced notice so that Rhonda and I could start organizing.  Heck, we would even take a rough outline like having the months and cities in order to have starting points!!  If the band is thinking about 2016, I might point out that the best times for us would be either March 19th to March 28th or between June 11th  and August 21st.  In all seriousness, we would love to do a lot/most/all of this for our fan community.  We want to get people excited to meet each other and get excited for the show!  We figure the better the experiences we all have, the more likely it is that we will do more shows, right?  I know that it is the case for me!  More fun equals more shows.  It is a simple equation!

-A

Dear Duran Duran: About those Residencies…

Dear Duran Duran,

I had a lot of fun on this last little road trip of mine. Three shows is far more than I’ve had since August of 2012, and it was great seeing everyone on stage, right in front of me. I’m still smiling at the memories and cannot wait for more!

This time, Amanda and I, along with our friend Heather, drove ourselves from Hollywood to Berkeley and back to Rancho Mirage. While it was merely three shows, it felt like five due to the amount of driving and mileage covered. When I got home, I was ready to never see my car again. Alas, I live in Southern California and divorcing my car at this point is impossible.

My problem is this: you are killing me. I love you, but you’re killing me. Rest assured that while I am well-aware I’m probably the “loudest voice” due to this blog (which I’m told reaches a much larger audience than I think), I know with 100% certainty I am not the only fan feeling this way these days. When you come to the states on tour (and I am specifically referring to the states because it is where I live), your tours are designed in such a way where it is nearly impossible for those of us who wish to travel to see more than one show in a single trip to do so without attempting to kill ourselves in the process.

I don’t know if…or why… your promoters are unable or unwilling to see that you have a core group of people who actually do like to see you more than once on a tour, or maybe we’re such a small group that everyone thinks we don’t matter…but we’re still there, supporting! I personally know of a great number of fans who have simply just given up and stopped traveling to see you. Maybe they don’t even bother seeing you unless you come right to their town. Maybe they don’t even bother then. Attrition happens when your audience is in their… gasp…40’s. I know you still like to call us “kids”. I appreciate that, especially as I’m staring my 45th birthday in the face, and about to write another check for my 18-year old daughter’s room and board at university.  Not feeling kid-like this morning, really…but thanks!

The issue at hand is simply that when you come on tour, we want to pack in as many shows as we possibly can. For me personally, it’s not worth it financially (don’t get me wrong – you’re worth it, it’s just the whole “I have to pay for college, and for my family to eat” thing!) for me to fly all the way across the United States to only see you once or twice, never mind the time spent flying. In the last few trips Amanda and I have done, we’ve logged over 1,000 miles driving each time. (I think we drove 1600 miles in 2012 to go to 4 shows in the Southeast, and when you were here just recently in California we did about 1200 miles. I’m tired just thinking about it.) I don’t think anyone can say to Amanda and I with a straight face that we’re unwilling to do hard work for our fun.

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but the US isn’t particularly well-designed when it comes to their public transportation. While we have trains, they’re not particularly effective, and don’t even start with me about our buses. While one might take a train from London to Edinburgh and/or Glasgow to see a show in the UK and it’d take a full day…if I tried to do something similar here in the states, it’d take me 3 days to go that same distance by train, although admittedly some parts of the US are better about than others, but overall? Trains suck here. So we’re stuck either driving or flying. Flying is atrociously expensive unless you’re lucky, fly into cheap places, and plan well in advance. Driving is still far cheaper, but incredibly taxing.

Here’s the basic “tour” for Amanda and Rhonda: Fly into starting city/airport. Get rental car. Drive all day, get into a city in time to rush to the hotel, throw on concert attire and grab food on the way to the venue or the pre-show fan party we’ve got planned. Have a great time during and after the show, collapse for a few hours rest, and repeat again and again. Fly home, and in about 2 days, end up sick because once again we’ve burnt the candle at both ends.

So what to do? Miss shows? Skip shows so that we’re not exhausted?? Stop traveling altogether and just be happy when we can catch one close to home?  (Admit it, you’d miss me silently mouthing, “No, no, no!” and ducking during “White Lines”; or smirking, rolling my eyes, and shaking my head, before singing “Hungry Like the Wolf” with you, right?)

I still fall back to the same suggestion I had back in 2012 after I came home from the last tour. Why can’t you do more than one show in a city before moving on? Rather than have to travel (surely it has GOT to be tiring for Nick to be up before noon in order to be on DuranDuranOne) from place to place and hitting tons of smaller cities – why not pick destination cities in the US and perform at least a few shows at a time before moving on? People could fly, drive, take a train, etc to come into the city, and those who want to stay on in order to attend all of the shows in that destination, or visit with Duranies, go to a few pre-show parties, or flat-out take a vacation in the process would be able to do so. It might even encourage MORE fans to travel, and even if a fan couldn’t get to said-city for the first show, they might if there were more than one.  As a positive by-product, it’d allow for a lot more parties and get-togethers to happen. Who doesn’t want that?!?

I know at least a few of the arguments against residencies: they don’t allow for fans from all over to come unless they’re willing to travel, ticket sales may falter, it’s difficult to find theatre space willing to rent for consecutive nights, there’s a challenge in covering the entire US when you boil down a tour to only a few cities…etc. Let me try to address some of these issues. Granted, I’m just a very outspoken fan who likely needs a new hobby at this point, but at least I can try to articulate from my point of view.

In theory, I suppose when a band only pick a few cities to play it seems to make it difficult for fans who aren’t able to travel. However, I don’t see where it is any different from when a tour is announced and states like Tennessee or Nebraska are not included. People still have to travel. Is it more or less enticing to travel for one show, or three in the same city? Admittedly, ticket sales may be more of a challenge – I say that because I really don’t know. Although, I have to wonder if it really is any different to play three or four shows in one major city than playing three or four shows in smaller cities where fewer people may be willing to travel or pay to see a show. It isn’t as though Duran Duran doesn’t have an audience. Heck, this BLOG proves otherwise, even when you’re not actively touring or “in the news!” And yes, the US is huge in area and mileage/time needed to travel from place to place. I always laugh when people from other parts of the world complain about the amount of shows the US has booked on a tour. This is a big country. In order for me to get in my car and drive from Dana Point to the Atlantic Ocean, it would take me about four days. Five if I’m being realistic about needing to stop for food, gas, etc. People here in this country, for all of the reasons I just listed above, cannot really get to more than a few shows in a single trip. That’s exactly the point.

Maybe I just need to buy a Daily Duranie motor home. 

Never mind….

I’m not necessarily saying any of you in Duran Duran should plan a nine-date residency in Palm Springs; but I don’t think the idea of doing three or four shows in Las Vegas before moving on to Chicago for three or four dates, and then on to Boston or Toronto for four more, is really a horrible idea. It would give the band more down time to relax, less traveling overall, and it would likely present more enticement for fans less able and/or willing to travel for single shows reason to do so. And Daily Duranie would definitely make the trip(s)…because SOMEONE has to keep the fans busy before and after the shows, right?!?

(If one of you would just let my husband know…that’d be great!)

Truth: I have never planned a tour for a band, nor do I wish to begin now. I only know what it is like to BE a fan, and in particular, what it is like to be a Duran Duran fan. I can only offer suggestions that seem reasonable at the time. (granted, I am also the fan who has suggested, multiple times now, that you drop Hungry Like the Wolf from your setlist AND to make Dom Brown a permanent member. Apparently unreasonable suggestions. Who knew?!?) Yes, I had to get that dig in about Dom. It’s been a while, and somebody has to be on his side…. <wink>

Meanwhile, I wait for the ever-exciting 2016 tour announcement. Might I suggest (again, another suggestion…will I ever stop?!!) announcing this over the week of Thanksgiving here in the US. I’m going to be on vacation for that entire week, and likely sans cell coverage!! I’ve missed getting the sort of voice mails from Amanda that go a little something like this:

“Rhonda? You are NEVER going to guess what that band (I am censoring this for you, Duran Duran…only for you…) has done now.  Tour dates. Don’t worry, I will do what must be done! Just know that we’re going to shows, good luck telling Walt!!”

I’ve yammered on enough. I hope you get lots of rest during these few weeks off (right? you ARE taking time off, right?!?), and while I’m at it, remember that Amanda and I have been very good fans. Lately. 🙂

Love,

Rhonda