The Importance of Seeing Duran Live?

In the last couple of days, the Daily Duranie 30 Day Challenge has focused on live songs.  Yesterday, we asked what people’s favorite song was that they have not heard live.  Today, the question was the least favorite song you have seen live.  Basically, what song have you not seen performed but really want to and which song that you have seen, could you live without.  Yesterday’s results varied quite a bit.  33 different songs were given as answers.  The most popular choices were Shadows On Your Side and Late Bar.  Other popular choices were Land, None of the Above, the Chauffeur, Last Chance on the Stairway, Lonely in Your Nightmare, To the Shore, and Hold Back the Rain.  I have to admit that some of the answers surprised me as I have seen a number of these songs live.  What surprised me even more is that a number of fans haven’t seen them live.  This really got me thinking.

It seems to me that most fandoms have some way of celebrating what they are interested in.  They all have some event to really look forward to.  It may be the Superbowl for football fans or the convention for Star Trek fans.  I have always felt like tours were ours.  It is what we all seem to look forward to, what keeps us going as fans.  Now, that I know that a number of people haven’t been to shows, I have to wonder if my assumption was wrong.  Are tours not as important to the fandom as I thought?  Could it be that tours are the big party for some fans but not others?  Could it be that our fandom wasn’t united with this common element of fandom?

I am pretty open about the fact that tours are a big deal in my life.  I look forward to them and definitely countdown to the next one once I have tickets in hand.  Tours represent fun, travel, friends and more.  Yet, even more importantly, they represent shows.  Concerts.  Gigs.  They are filled with seeing the band perform live.  Let’s face it.  Duran is a band.  They play music.  The two ways they provide us with the music are the live shows and the albums.  While I love, love, love the albums, I don’t know that they are enough for me.  If you look at Duran’s history, they actually don’t happen all that often.  How many studio albums have there been?  13?  That isn’t very many for a band that has been around 30 years.  Are those albums enough to sustain interest?  Enough to keep fans?  I don’t think they would be for me.  While I love the music and can listen to the albums over and over again, I know that my fandom is reinforced at most shows.  In fact, I would go so far as to say that a great show actually increases my love for Duran.  Shows makes the music more powerful, more meaningful.  Then, of course, when I see their reactions to the music and their interactions with the crowd, this pushes my interest as well.  Yet, obviously, there are other fans who don’t share this outlook with me.

I wonder why people haven’t been to shows.  Yes, obviously, I realize that many fans probably have wanted to but haven’t been able for a variety of reasons (financial, health, other responsibilities, no shows near them, etc.).  I wonder if there are some fans who don’t want to see them live, who don’t think it is important.  Is it that their fandom needs are met through the albums?  Maybe they get enough through videos or dvds.  Perhaps, social interactions with other fans give them what they need.  I don’t know.  Nonetheless, it seems to me that my initial assumption about tours being essential isn’t totally right.  Tours might be key for some of us but not all of us. 

-A

8 thoughts on “The Importance of Seeing Duran Live?”

  1. Hey girls! Just find you on facebook, you are even more beautiful than a Durany can imagine!

    I think that a lot of persons would completly change their mind about DD if they had the oportunity to see the band live. There is something wilder at the shows than on the albums. People could really be surprised. Lots of persons imagine DD as a soft band with mostly dancing tunes. Of course, songs like Girls on Film and Hungry like the Wolf or The Reflex tend to project that image. Lots of people don't know that Ordinary World is a Duran Duran song for exemple. Almost nobody can ever imagine they do songs like Friends of Mine or Before the Rain or Too Much Information. That's a shame and in a part the band is responsible for that. How can it be possible that there isn't any real live cd? Arena is only a part of the show. And there isn't any real other cd.
    Personaly I had the luck to see them 3 times, yes only 3 times. Like you mention there is reasons for that, money being mostly one of them during many years. They now participate to many festivals and I believe this is a great idea to introduce their live music to new audiences.
    They will be anouncing tour dates in two days, I hope to se them again and if this time it could be a huge gig with lots of visuals it would be even better. The fist time I saw them it was like that (Astronaut tour) but for RCM and the the last mini tour they came here to Montreal in very small places with very little visual almost nothing. It was intimate and I was lucky enough to be about 10 feet away from my favorite group, I even had the guitar pick of Dom (I would have prefer John's but…). I do believe that the biggest problem with DD is the complete lack of promotion, almost everybody believe that it was a band of the 80's and that they aren't playing anymore. I don,t know of that can be changed now. It mean they need money for doing promotion videos publicity etc. And They aren't at the best in that area I believe. Who knows… Maybe a miracle can happen and they could be a bit more popular soon. The new album is great, too bad they dn,t have a huge company believing in them.

    Pat (Did I mention you are both very cute?) 😉

  2. Aww, Pat! You are making us blush! You make a really good point. Playing live shows is great for fans but a really great way for the band to show that they are serious musicians! I definitely agree that everyone would be able to see how talented they are when they see them perform live!

    -A

  3. I think there's less interest for almost all acts touring right now. The problem, though, is the cost of tickets. The economy sucks, people don't have the spending money they used to and yet ticket prices continue to go up. Sometimes it's a matter of not being able to afford to shell out $200+ for two tickets to a show. There are much cheaper alternatives for entertainment.

    And then there's the case of having to travel to shows. For those of us who don't live in a “major” city or near a “major” city, the costs with that add up, too. And Duran rarely play an actual FULL US tour. The closest they ever get to me, these days, is still a six-hour drive away. It's probably worse for others.

    So whereas some people would love to see the band live, it honestly just might not be financially feasible.

  4. Interestingly, I was discussing the part about them appealing to a wider audiences with my boyfriend. He agrees he'd probably really like them live, as a proper band of musicians playing great music in a strong performance. The only thing stopping him though…is us! He doesn't think he could cope with the overexcitement & screaming! Oops… ;-D

  5. Growing up, I could never get tickets. They always sold out super quickly!

    Then there were the baby years, followed by the financial lean years. Actually, is that really over? No, I just put a priority on where my entertainment bucks go now.

    Finally, after 28 years, I scored tix to The April Fillmore show.

    Unbelievable. I cried through the entire show. I now have tix to O2, and am going to the Saratoga show in September. And all of that is made possible due to the fact my hubby works for the airlines.

    On the note of how a live show is a different experience from a CD, I absolutely agree. My husband went in to the venue very lukewarm about Duran, but left a fan. He was very impressed at the energy the guys put into the show.

    Can't wait to hear the announcement tomorrow! I can't possibly go to another show, can I? Let's keep this news away from my husband.

  6. I just wanted to chime in my many thanks to Pat for making me feel a lot less like the icky housewife I am today. ;D I've been doing laundry all day, getting ready for a camping trip next week – so the very last thing I feel right now is “cute”. Nick would be appalled at my wardrobe right now, not to mention the rest of them! *gasp* -R

  7. Personally, I don't bother to attend every tour UNLESS there is a strong album to back it up. I apply the same attitude towards other music artists I like.

    I was unable to see Duran Duran during the RCM tour due to a previous engagement (a planned vacation) but even if I didn't have the schedule conflict, I wouldn't have gone anyway. I didn't enjoy RCM and I knew that a significant portion of the songs on the setlist were from that album, so I decided to make a pass. I know there are fans who feel they NEED to attend at least one show for every DD tour (and they do it). I don't share the same compulsion.

    I've been privileged to see DD five times now so I can afford to skip them in favour of going to see another band should the concert dates be of close proximity. I'm flexible in that way.

    Having said all that, I've always wanted to see Duran Duran perform live at least once in my life (that dream came true for me twenty years after becoming a fan of the band). I cannot imagine someone loving the band but not WANTING to see a DD show in person. Not being able to go is one thing but choosing NEVER to see a DD concert? I don't get that.

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