No, I’m not referring to the band, for once. I’m referring to fans. It seems to me that since the album and single release dates are getting closer, more and more fans are coming back to the fandom. Of course, one can argue that they never really left the fandom. While, for some, this is technically true, there were many fans who weren’t checking the message boards and weren’t posting, even if they were. These fans weren’t talking about Duran in emails or on social networking sites. Yet, lately, I have begun to see a flurry of activity across the online community.
Last night, my own particular facebook page and the Daily Duranie’s twitter were alive with Duran comments! Many of these people were either watching and commenting about the Behind the Music airing or were talking about their excitement over the album! I see enthusiasm returning to many of my Duranie friends, something that I haven’t seen since Astronaut days. I also see the message boards getting more and more popular as it is taking longer and longer to read them as so many more people are posting per day. Obviously, not all of these posts or posters are positive about the album or the snippets of songs they have heard. For some of these people, a new album still provides a large discussion topic and they go to the boards to read and discuss. I get that. I, too, like to discuss the band and their current status. Heck, I am a co-author of this blog in order to do just that. Yet, some of the people talking and thinking about Duran now aren’t necessarily those who want to discuss everything but those who are positive about the album.
I definitely was concerned after RCM about the state of the fandom. Obviously, some fans came back only for the reunion and to relive some aspect of their childhood. Once they had seen the Fab Five in person, they had no more need to think about Duran. Yet, many people actually left because they did not like what they heard and saw. That worried me. I was concerned that these people would never return, no matter what the band did, musically or otherwise. Now, some of those fans are returning. Yes, some are coming back because they are too curious to stay away and they may not stay but some are back because they LIKE what they hear. They like the feel of the current Duran as it feels like true Duran Duran to them. This makes me happy.
Why should it matter to me if the fans come back or not? Well, personally, I believe that participating in a fandom is WAY more fun with more people! Yes, I could assume to have a greater chance to meet the band or to have really good seats if there are less fans. That is true. I don’t think I would have as much fun, though. There is nothing better than sharing one’s excitement over a new snippet or interview with one’s fellow fans. Their level of enthusiasm only works to enhance mine! I have been to shows with non-Duranies and can appreciate the performances of the band but those shows won’t stick out to me as the best shows (even if they were really great, musically). To me, the best shows are ones with a great performance with the band, attending it with a Duranie similar to yourself (in my case, that always means my partner-in-crime), and hanging out with other Duranies both before and after a show. I feel like the future tour (dates can be released any time now…) will be really fun again! I have high hopes for really good times with my fellow Duranies currently that I didn’t have even a month or two ago.
I love that this new album is bringing the Duranies back. Now, I hope that the album is good enough that they all stay!