Sometimes, the meetups end up being more fun than the shows themselves and other times, they just make the shows more fun and more memorable. I’m not sure how many of you went to the “fan show” in New York City in June of 2007, but that was a situation in which the meetup was WAY more fun than the show. Like the meetup in San Francisco, it took place the night before the show. It was in a club that had an 80s night. The club wasn’t that big and wasn’t that expensive. It allowed us to meet each other in a fun, relaxed atmosphere with good music and cheap drinks! Then, of course, the next day we all witnessed a show in which Duran was not at their best. I know that I was thankful that the meetup had happened because it made me feel like the trip there was worthwhile then! Of course, I have been to many shows in which the meetup took place a few hours before the show. In those cases, they are usually somewhere where people can get drinks and dinner. I know that I have met many Duranies that way and have stayed in contact with some of the people I have met. In most cases, I truly enjoy meeting other fans. I love hearing about their experiences, including the shows that they have gone to and the times they have been lucky enough to see the band in person. I also enjoy sharing my stories. Sometimes, you get to see people you have met before, which is cool, too. We can then spend some time catching up! No matter the specific circumstance, the meetups, for me, often get me more and more excited about the upcoming show! I feed off of the energy from the other fans!
This little mini-tour will not include meetups for me. People haven’t been planning them much. My guess is that people aren’t interested because the shows here in the US have been GA. Fans don’t have time to meetup with each other because they are busy standing in line in order to get a decent spot. In this case, the meetup would not be relaxed in any way as people would be concerned about the growing line outside, even if the meetup took place at a close venue. Perhaps, this is part of the reason that I hate GA. I find it sad that I don’t have time to meet other people. I don’t like that I don’t get a chance to see people I know or to meet new people.
I’m hoping that things will be different for our UK tour. I am hoping that meetups can and do take place as those shows are all seated. I know that Rhonda and I are both interested in meeting other fans. We want to meet new people but we also want to get energized by other people’s excitement! Right now, we don’t know of anything specific planned for our four shows. I’m hoping that as those shows get closer something will be planned. We know that it will be difficult for us to do anything before the Birmingham show as we will be just getting into town right before the show, but we will have time before Nottingham, Liverpool and London. If meetups don’t work for those specific nights, we will also be in Birmingham for one other night and will be in London for a few leading up to the show at the O2. I feel like if we can meet other fans, our tour will feel good and complete!