The first piece of news that caught my attention for this lately is an article that was featured in a variety of news sources. The link here was in MSN Music. The part of the article that bothered me was this,
“In interviews recorded to accompany the band’s concert DVD “A Diamond in the Mind,” bassist John Taylor admits his friend’s frustrating health crisis almost led to the band’s breakup. Taylor says, “I did consider that this could be the end of the band. … There’s no way you can avoid those thoughts. Obviously one felt for him — he was living it — but we were all looking at, ‘Wow, what does this mean if it doesn’t come back?'” Maybe it is me but the term “breakup” creates a pretty strong image. A breakup, to me, can imply that there was conflict, that there were some members going one way and others going a different way. This, again, is how I’m interpreting the term which is very different than the band calling it quits, saying that they were done together as a united group. Now, perhaps, I’m sensitive to the idea of the band stopping. Maybe, I am being a little too protective of the band. I just don’t like the idea of anyone thinking that the rest of the band was so upset with Simon or his situation that they would call it quits as we all know that this wasn’t the case.
Then, the second piece of press was today’s video from People.com. The headline ran like this–Duran Duran: Our Old Songs Are Our Best Songs. Then, the video clip didn’t show them making that statement. Yes, clearly, they talked about their old songs and how those are songs that people want to hear live. Okay. Later in the video, which you can see here, John and Simon talked about how they are still creative and enjoy making new music. They also talked about how their career has shifted from making an album and touring to support that album to making an album to support touring. Yet, instead of having something about that as the headline…no, People decided to say that their “old music” is their best music. Well, why the heck would anyone want to check out their latest album then? This is so unbelievably not helpful. On top of that, why imply that was the quote and not show the quote. Is that what they said? I don’t really know. The video clip seems out of context to me.
Am I the only one annoyed by this? Maybe, I am. Maybe, it’s me. If that’s the case, I’ll enjoy a couple of drinks tonight with friends at a comedy club. Clearly, it is what is needed. If that’s not the case, how should Duranies react? Should we just know the truth ourselves? Is that enough? If it isn’t, how should we deal with it? Would we and the band benefit from having a truth team of sorts that would respond via comments or email to whatever news source? Food for thought on a Friday.