I am dying for tour dates as are much, if not all, of the Duranie world. I would like to be able to call my blog and touring partner who is away from home this weekend to give her some touring alerts! I want to be able to figure out if I can go to whatever dates and how. Of course, my desire for dates has increased by both the announcement of a show in July in London at the iTunes festival and by rumors. Some of the rumors I have heard include the following: 1. Duran will tour the States in the spring-possibly April. 2. Duran will play at the Coachella Festival in mid-April. 3. Duran is playing in Amsterdam in June. 4. Duran is playing one or more shows next month in the UK. Some rumors have indicated that there will be 4 shows in the following cities: Glasgow, Manchester, London and Birmingham. Others have said that there will be more than one show in London. I have heard the middle of the month, around Valentine’s Day, and I have heard the end of the month. Some of the rumor include that the shows will be like those on Broadway were in 2008. While all of those are interesting to me as I try to figure out which ones might be right, what I find even more interesting is fan reactions to the people who provide the rumors.
It seems to me that each time a rumor about an upcoming show or tour is posted, the reactions by other posters is often fascinating. Sometimes, the other people shower the rumor provider with lots of positive attention and often will try to get to know this person better in order to get more information. Other times, the poster is slammed by fellow fans. S/he gets slammed because they often announce some rumor without much evidence to back it up. Often, s/he claims that the information came from a close friend who has some sort of connection but can’t reveal too much for whatever reason. This seems to irritate other posters. Some assume that the rumor is false and that is why the person can’t back it up. In those situations, the other fans think that the person must be trying to have fun at their expense as rumors like these create a GREAT deal of excitement in the fanbase. Perhaps, the real reason there is annoyance or anger directed at the rumor producer is because s/he only shared so much. Maybe they voice their displeasure about the lack of support for the rumor when, in reality, they want to know more and are really angered that the poster didn’t say more. Perhaps, it is because these fans want to be the ones who have the knowledge. After all, who doesn’t feel superior to some extent when they know something as juicy as tour dates before anyone else. Maybe it is a combination of all of the above.
Honestly, I can’t imagine being the person with the information as I have never really been that person. I’m usually the one checking the band’s website over and over again or following the boards as closely as possible to see if any information has been given or if there were any hints provided. Part of me would absolutely LOVE to be the person who knows something ahead of time. Then, the question that pops up is: If I had the information, would I share it? What are the benefits? What are the risks? On one hand, by telling, I would be giving information that people are desperate to receive and MANY people would appreciate it. (I know that I would love to know more info now!) People might seem more interested in me, which is great, but would they just be using me? Then, what about the people who just criticize the person who gives the rumors? How would I deal them, especially if the information was actually correct? Would the appreciation be worth the ridicule that could happen? Would it be worth letting people in on your secret? Of course, I suspect that for some people posting rumors, they might just be too excited to keep some info to themselves. I can understand that!
I think that, in most cases, it would be extremely risky to post a rumor without having something or someone to back you up. From my perspective, though, I hope that people do continue to post these rumors as they are helping me get through this black hole of tour dates. Of course, Duran could help out the situation for all involved if they were to just post the dates and ALL the dates, no matter when and no matter where. The rumor debate would end and I could begin to plot my tour!!!