When I stop to think about the long history of Duran Duran, I almost always acknowledge the fact that all of the members, past and present are still with us. We are so fortunate in this as there were a number of close calls that we know about as fans. Obviously, in light of today’s news about Amy Winehouse, I can acknowledge that the band is lucky that no one died as a result of drug use, which very easily could have happened through overdoses or accidents. Not only are we lucky that no member died from drugs, but we are also lucky that this concern is no longer present. I, for one, am very proud of the steps John has taken, for example, to not only get clean but to stay that way.
Of course, the band members have also survived other scary events. I’m sure that many of us remember when Simon’s boat, Drum, capsized in 1985, which could have resulted in not only his death but many of his fellow crew members. Simon has had other accidents in his life, including the one on the motorbike, that he has been lucky to have survived as well. Of course, they and we have been fortunate that they haven’t suffered from other, deadly, more common ailments. Yes, they have had their share of sickness, like we all have, but nothing that I know of that was serious. To the best of my knowledge, there hasn’t been cancer or serious heart disease, for instance. Goodness, when I think of many of their associates, I realize how fortunate they have been. Look at Power Station, for example. We have lost everyone involved besides John and Andy. Somehow, someway, our guys keep going.
These recent tragedies remind me that even though we have been lucky so far when it comes to the health and well-being of the band members, we won’t always be. Simon’s vocal difficulties showed us that we can’t and shouldn’t assume that everything will be perfect forever. It simply won’t be. The band may end tomorrow or they may end twenty years from now. Therefore, we should remember to appreciate the now and appreciate what we have. Isn’t that really what the band was saying with AYNIN? I think it was. It is upsetting, though, that it sometimes takes canceled tours, horrific events and personal losses to remind us of that. Perhaps, we should all take a moment each day to just be thankful for what we all have.