Ten years post Astronaut

Time really just flies by as though we’re standing still, doesn’t it?

Last month while on break, the tenth anniversary of shows I attended in Chicago and Milwaukee for the Astronaut tour passed. I really don’t know where that time went, yet a lot of things has happened in the years since. I made a group of friends, many of those same friends have wandered away, I had another baby, my dad passed away, I finished my gemology degree, this blog was created, a manuscript was written…and those are just a few things I can come up with off the top of my head. Time flew by, and I wasn’t really just standing still.

I didn’t really think much about that anniversary until this past week when Amanda and I got together and went to LA for the Lynch gig. There was one point, probably as we were standing together outside waiting to get up to the rooftop bar that I realized I was with a completely different group of people than in 2005, with the very notable exception of Amanda. My entire circle of friends has evolved and changed for the most part, but the very thing that brought me to this large community of people, Duran Duran,  is still the same. I still go to shows. I still consider myself a fan. I’m still very thankful that I have had the opportunities to meet wonderful people through the band. I still get angry with Duran Duran, and I still forgive. Mostly. (Still completely pissed about the way they treat Dom though, and I won’t even lie about that.)

If I could sum up some of the past three years as we’ve waited in between the last tour and this point, I would do it in this way: We’ve all heard the rumors. “This is the last album“…. “The band never wants to tour again“…”The band is only doing festivals this time“….I could go on and on. Talk about depressing. Wow. Let me be clear in case one of the band members actually reads this blog… when someone (like me) hears their idols say that they aren’t interested in touring and doing shows, it sounds very much like they are saying that they’re not interested in seeing their fans, they aren’t interested in sharing their work and success with their fans, and that they don’t CARE about their fans. For fans, who by the way have likely helped fund that fabulous lifestyle that band members may be currently enjoying, that really sucks. And by the way, we’re not just fans. We’re PEOPLE WHO FREAKING CARE. (I hate the way the word fans somehow equates somebody to being less-than-human, but that’s another topic for another blog that I fully intend to write in the coming days) So Duran Duran? We care!

Yet, from the folks I spoke to last week, some of which are affiliated with or work directly for Warner Bros, along with others who are in the industry and all have actually heard the whole single, tell me that this isn’t a band that is ready to quit any time soon. I hear that they have a fantastic deal from Warner, and I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ve got in store for the next several years. If the band isn’t ready to quit, neither should we. Forgiving some of the off-hand, aforementioned, “We’re not interested in touring” comments is easier when you feel the excitement in the air.

While yes, the topic is somewhat nostalgic when you sit back and think about ten years passing – that’s really not what brought me to write this post. We’ve all changed in the past ten years, haven’t we? I don’t really want to sit back and wax poetic on the errors of my ways, or the band’s ways for the past ten years. I think what I’m trying to do now is look ahead with great anticipation. Just about ten days ago we got our first real glimpse, a snippet if you will, into the first single off of #DD14. (if they don’t name the album #DD14 I sense that I may have major difficulty adjusting to typing the name at this point…) I know plenty out there are saying that they couldn’t really hear it to decide, and even others are saying they didn’t like it. Well, I loved it. I didn’t have too much trouble hearing the little we got, and it excited me. Sure, it could have used a little (LOT) more guitar. Yes, it could have been longer…but I can see the potential. I’m excited. It has been one hell of a long time since I have been able to really type those words and mean them here on the blog. So I’m going to focus on those words going forward.

Ten years post Astronaut. For me, that was the tour that really got me started. I had seen various shows prior, but never had I gotten myself involved with a fan community. I’d never toured with other fans, much less written a blog, organized a convention or traveled to see a band. I never realized that being a fan could be so fun. It’s a roller coaster at times, filled equally with uphill climbs and races downhill, but I wouldn’t trade any of those moments. I am EXCITED for what is yet to come.

-R

2 thoughts on “Ten years post Astronaut”

  1. welcome back ladies!
    I tried to make conparison with their relationship with EMI and with Sony.
    My only worries and doubts aren’t on the album global distribution, but on the advisors and producers the WB men would give them.
    I know “freedom” is not a term permitted to pronounce when you deal with majors: what about also the singles choice, the musical direction of possible new albums… ???
    OK, don’t want to put other “strong” opinions of mine on your lovely blog.
    You won’t hear me anymore on Twitter about #DD14, my lips are going to be “sealed, locked” as theirs.. LOL!
    Probably you will less frequently read my comments on here.
    Certainly 100%, my review on #DD14 sometime soon in the future, and if you request it, on here, too. .
    Thanks for hosting and for reading me. .
    All support.

    1. We have no problem with strong opinions! 🙂

      I really am not sure what WB will do going forward, but from what I understand, the album was at least mostly finished when Warner heard it and decided to sign the band…so I think that fans can rest assured that Duran Duran had everything to do with the way this album came to fruition. If they decided to take it in a certain direction, that was a decision they made on their own before the label really became involved. Going forward from here, well, it’s harder to know – but I have great hope. I have read and have been told that the intention is to get this album heard by a far greater/larger/etc. audience than the core fan base, and in terms of marketing, that’s probably not a horrible idea. I mean, the only way they’re going to expand the sales for this album beyond what they’ve done in the past is getting the record HEARD by people who might not already be fans. I also think though that if that idea can be balanced to even a limited degree with getting fans to talk up the album – the net will be cast even wider through social media, but that’s an idea that most large labels have a very difficult time processing and putting into action. I’m tending to take a “wait and see” approach on this one!! -R

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