Hi everyone! I need to thank Jason profusely for his expert handling of my blogging days during my absence. He did an outstanding job, and I am very grateful. Have fun in Chicago with the Cowboy Junkies, Jason!
It’ll be alright in the end
I wish I could say my life is all back to normal now, but it certainly does not feel that way. I don’t have much of an update except that my sister and I are working through the timeline of what occurred and when, along with figuring out what to do next so that we can help my mom. I guess it is sort of a new normal that I wasn’t quite prepared to manage. Naturally, my body responded to the stress, as I knew it would, by coming down sick. I had no voice at all yesterday, which was fun for my family.
It could be just my mood responding to everything around me, but nothing feels quite right at the moment. As I’m sure most know, Duran Duran announced two more Vegas shows yesterday. I knew immediately that I would not be going, so I didn’t stop to even entertain the thought for a single moment. The weird thing is that I saw very few others talk about it much beyond scoffing at the idea that the band would play the same venue, in the same US city, for what will be the seventh and eighth times.
Despite my understanding that the band doesn’t choose where they play – meaning that a promoter typically comes to management with a proposal to play certain cities and venues that s/he works with, and then management has to decide if the terms of the proposal meets their needs – it has become incredibly clear that most fans don’t understand at all. They’re angry, and rightfully so, that the band continues to play the US – never mind the same venue and city. I don’t know if Simon, John, Roger and Nick are even aware of how angry fans are at this point, but they should be – and maybe they don’t care, but it’s worse than I’ve ever seen it. I saw a post from Katy on Facebook and commented that it was nice to see the band getting out there only to be told that they’d only be getting out there if they were playing in other places besides the US.
Brings you down
Duran Duran is playing shows this summer. They’re not just doing the two gigs in Vegas, but also festivals in the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland and Portugal. I highly doubt that is all they’ve got planned for the long haul, but at this time – it’s what I know. What is bizarre to me though, is how rarely I see fans talking about what shows they’re going to see. Even this morning, I sat down to see how the twitterverse did with the Ticketmaster Vegas presale. The program I use for Twitter allows me to watch several different accounts (both the tweets from the account as well as @ the account) at one time. I have it set up to see what is being tweeted to Duran Duran – and interestingly enough, for the first time I can remember, I didn’t see a single tweet about the pre-sales. Either no one is going, or no one is talking about it. Either way, that can’t be good.
When Amanda and I first started Daily Duranie, I couldn’t spend enough time on Twitter. The columns moved so fast, and if we dared say that we were going to a show or participating in a pre-sale, it seemed like comments came out of the woodwork, but no longer. These days, I’m far more apt to see retweets from followers about politics, than I am to see comments about the latest Duran Duran news. In a lot of ways, it is worrisome, but understandable. Times have changed.
A few years ago, fans seemed to be gearing up for a 40th anniversary. Expectations were undoubtedly set incredibly high for something that has honestly gotten nary a mention from the fab five. Sure, they’ve talked about it a little, and there was even some mention of things they might like to do, but let’s face it fans, it’s already March of 2020. There’s probably not likely to be a spring release for this album, which isn’t a surprise – first of all, most of us have been around this block with Duran Duran before. We know Durantime rather well now. Secondly, the band was already starting to back away from their hopes of a spring release during some of the more recent Katy Kafes. Statements that were once fairly positive were more of a subtle, “We’re not sure about spring”. Patience is indeed a virtue!
I’ve heard mumblings of a possible show in honor of Simon’s first gig with the band, and a few “special” releases of material that will likely cost more than most can readily and easily afford, but little detail beyond. I can distinctly recall a certain group of fans claiming to have the ear of a manager, going as far as to amass a short list of items that fans might like to be done in order to celebrate. One has to wonder what ever happened.
At one time, I would notice times like these, where Duran Duran talk had slowed online and think “Well, it’ll pick back up once the new album is released”, and I think it will this time too…but at the same time it just feels different. Could absolutely just be me, but it could also be that many of us are no longer in our early or even mid-40s. Now we’re in our 50s or getting darn close to it, along with grown children, elderly parents, the cusp of retirement or at least thinking that it’s headed down the line, or we’re just tired!! Standing in GA for hours on end, dealing with Ticketmaster, or the attitudes, comments, annoyances, etc of other fans. These are indeed strange days. I never thought about fandom in my fifties, and for me – that doesn’t come until November, but even peering at it occasionally from this point seems offbeat at best!
Would seem lonely
Then there’s me. I’m not going to Las Vegas. I keep having to say the words to myself, or shout them to other people when not even asked – which I realize may get me shut into a padded room for while but maybe that would give me some peace anyway- just to remind myself that it’s true. I’m not going. I didn’t buy tickets for the pre-sale today. I didn’t even chat with Amanda about it. I just knew there was no way I was going. Even though I’ve gone through the motions of being told of shows within mere hours of pre-sales before, this time, it ticked me off. I have things to do, and to have all of that feel shoved aside in order to deal with DD ticket drama simply was not going to happen. I just said no. I thought about a lot of the bad taste I had left in my mouth after the last Vegas trip. The drama, the crazy comments about meet-ups, the travel stress, and the fact that I am sick of Vegas just made me say no. It is weird, I can’t swear that I won’t regret it on April 30th…or even March 5th (yes, that’s tomorrow)…but I didn’t get tickets today. So that’s not normal.
Maybe I’m alone here, but things just feel weird. Is it just that odd “no mans land” in-between period between albums, or is it something else?