First and foremost, I thought about Nick. I can’t imagine how scary it is to have fainting spells like that. It isn’t like getting a cold or an upset stomach in which you know that you will be feeling better in a few days. No, something like this could be caused by many things, serious and not-as-serious causes. Now, it sounds like in this case that the conclusion is these spells were caused by working too hard. This gives me some relief as there is a simple, not serious cause and a simple, easy way to treat it. As much as I am hating the idea that Duran won’t be in the studio until February or won’t be touring for a long time, I’m glad that Nick will have plenty of down time. It sounds like he needs that. Part of me feels like I can relate–not to his job or his schedule but I know what I have felt like when I have been working two full time jobs, doing this and trying to maintain my day-to-day tasks. There have been times that I truly question how much my body can take and I’m younger than Nick. I have had times when my caffeine intake has been through the roof along with getting only 3-4 hours of sleep a night and being under a tremendous amount of stress. Thus, I sympathize with Nick. I’m sure that he just wanted to get through the tour. He might have even been counting down so that he could rest and relax. Unfortunately, his body forced him to rest and relax early. I’m hoping he is already feeling better.
Second, I thought about the theme of this last album and tour. All You Need is Now. I thought we had learned that lesson with Simon. Heck, I was already ready to live up this past tour even before that as evidenced by the fact that I flew to the UK in the first place. The point that is again emphasized by Nick’s illness is that nothing lasts forever. Nothing. While we would all like to think that Duran will play forever and that their tours will last well into the following decades, we don’t know that. Foxwoods could have been their last show. Obviously, we hope not!! That said, every show, every album, every tour could be their last. I have to admit that I was shocked by all of the people who didn’t go to a show this last tour and could have. Most of the reasons I saw had to do with seeing them earlier in the tour or being sick of the setlist. That said, there was an underlying assumption there that there would be a next time. Do I think that there will be more? Yes, I do. They haven’t altered their plans to go back into the studio so I have confidence that they will do this next album. My point is, though, we should embrace the now because tours, opportunities may never happen again. Thus, if, for example, John does do a signing that I can reasonably do, I’ll go. I am not advocating being illogical with what one can do but I am saying that people should do what they can, when they can. No putting off what can be done today.
The last thing I thought about with reading this article was about how Duran tours might be different in the future. I couldn’t help but to think about this past summer tour. I pointed out how hard it must be on the band to do outdoor venues in the summer. I still think that. The heat might have been a contributing factor to Nick’s illness. While I understand that the band allows their tour people to organize the tour, I think it would be both practical and beneficial for them to do more than one show in a place. I’m not advocating for them to do a whole run of shows in some place like Vegas but why not do two or three shows in the major cities. I’m sure that large cities would have a big enough draw to bring people to the shows, which would keep ticket sales up. It would also help the band in that they wouldn’t have to travel as much and would have more time to rest in between shows. For those of us who travel, it would be SO nice to see shows this way. It would save us money and give us a chance to enjoy the places we are traveling to. I’ll give an example. During the 2008 tour, we did the Atlantic City show. We had done the Foxwoods show the previous night and did the Montclair show the night after. This resulted in us being in Atlantic City for less than 24 hours. I feel like I was never there because it was so fast.
While Nick’s illness is not a positive, I’m hopeful that it turns into a positive in the long run. I’m hoping that it is a reminder to the fans to do what we can when it comes to the band and I’m hoping that it results in a better touring schedule for all involved!