Now, it seems to me that neither this party nor the fans’ reaction to this party is any different than any other time in Duranland. Both seem to be rather predictable. First, no matter where Duran is at, career wise, financially wise, they still manage to throw or be at quite the parties. I, obviously, wasn’t anywhere near this party or any other party that they have been a part of in their 30 years plus career. I just find it fascinating that they are still involved in such elaborate affairs. Perhaps, this says a lot about the band, but I suspect that it says a lot more about Nick. After all, he has always been the band member to be out and about at elegant affairs. He is the one who is most often spotted at art shows, at gallery or movie openings, at fashion events or some other but equal type of events. Thus, this type of event seems fitting, seems normal for Nick. I’m not judging it other than pointing out that this is common for Nick. I’m sure it is also more common for the rest of the band in comparison to boring people like me. Thus, no matter if the year is 1984 or 1994 or 2012, Nick is still being Nick. What is more interesting to me is that the official website and those who run the news articles felt it necessary to post about it. It isn’t really news about the band. It doesn’t get me excited for the upcoming shows this summer or make me think about the fact that they are going back in the studio in 2013. Why do it then? Do they want the general public to think that nothing as ever changed and that the band parties at glamorous events with other celebrities? Does it help their image somehow? I’m not asking Duran to change. I’m just wondering why the official website wants to post about this.
The fans are still being like themselves, too. Many, perhaps even most, of us have moved past just liking Duran for their looks, if we ever did. We are far more interested in talking about the music now than we might have been in 1983. Back then, conversations surrounded a variety of topics related to Duran and only a small percentage might have been about the music. Perhaps, a lot of fans spent time talking about the videos or some interview they saw or read about. I’m willing to bet that a lot of us talked about the latest photos to come out. Heck, I’m sure that a lot of bought one magazine over another based on the pictures included. I can tell you that I, personally, compared centerfolds, how many pages focused on Duran and more when deciding which magazine to purchase in the grocery store. After all, as a kid, I had a pretty fixed budget!!! Anyway, it is fascinating to me that this party of Nick’s is getting so much attention from fans now in 2012. Is it because we still get all giddy with the latest photos? Is it because it gives us proof that they are alive and doing well? Is it because we are so thristy for any Duran news at all? In all likelihood, it is a combination of all of the above. What does that say about our fandom? Has it changed? Has it evolved at all?
It seems to me that events like Nick’s birthday bash brings all involved in Duranland back to their roots. For the band, it means partying with fabulous, famous guests at fancy places. For fans, it means that we try to find the pictures from the events to get all excited about. Is this good for us, fans? Is it good for the band? Do these events not matter at all? I leave that for all of you to decide.
*Edited to add: I just watched a video on DDM that was a member only video with Roger talking about Nick’s birthday. He talked about how every guest needed to paint a picture or submit a photo. Why didn’t the official site talk about that? To me, that is very Nick Rhodes. No, instead, the official site focused on which celebrities were in attendance. If they really felt it necessary to talk about who was there, why not include the artwork they gave? Again, to me, that would have celebrated Nick’s birthday more.*