The first thing I always look for in John’s tweets is news about the band and he did not disappoint on this front. He mentioned that he would be meeting up with the other guys next weekend. (Did he mean this weekend, July 30th, or next weekend, August 6th?!) He was also asked about US tour dates that we had all been hearing rumors of but have seen no evidence of. His statement was that he had dinner with their agent and that they would be announced soon. Okay. So, there are tour dates. Good to know. Of course, there is a big part of me that wonders about Simon. Will he be able to sing at shows? Do we know that for sure? Are they waiting to announce until they do know for sure? How will they know for sure? Then, of course, I wonder about when these dates will be. People need sometime to plan and venues certainly need to book well in advance. They really can’t wait too long if these dates are going to be in September/October.
Beyond the current Duran news, I noticed a few questions about Andy and a few questions about music. I have to admit that I was surprised by the questions about Andy. People wanted to know if he missed Andy (said he did), what he thought about his parts (liked them) and whether or not there is discussion about Andy rejoining the band (none). I can understand fans thinking about Andy and even missing Andy as many fans really think of Duran as the Fab Five. Yet, I also wonder how many times John gets asked questions about him. It seems like he gets more questions about Andy than he does about Warren, for example. It also seems to me that nothing is going to change on that front. Andy isn’t rejoining the band, but neither is Warren. Duran is what it is now. That said, I think it is natural for fans to want to know about Duran’s past, which is probably why someone asked about RCM. The question there was about John disliking RCM. His response was that he never said that he didn’t like that album. Here’s the thing about that question: John may or may not like that album or any other album Duran has done but he isn’t going to say that he doesn’t like it even if he does. He still wants to sell copies of it and who would buy an album that the artist himself doesn’t like? Interestingly enough, he later stated that he didn’t like music that was “soulless contrived bullshit”, which I thought was interesting since that is what RCM represented to a lot of people.
Beyond the Duran or music related questions, I noticed some questions about religion/faith, addiction, swear words, and gay marriage. I’m always fascinated by these types of questions. I definitely understand wanting to get an insight into John’s thinking and opinions. As a John fan, I want to know as much as I can about the guy. That said, I’m always sort of uncomfortable by these questions. They seem too personal or too far removed from his job, his role. Plus, I always worry about fan reactions to his answers. What if his opinion on gay marriage is the exact opposite of the person who asked the question? What if his religious ideas are very different from yours? Is he in danger of offending people? Yeah, I think he is. I always feel like he can’t win with these questions. It makes me wonder how he decides which questions to answer. Does he just look at the next question or does he pick out ones that he likes? It also makes me wonder what kind of questions fans should ask. Should we really ask personal questions? Do we have a right to? Yes, I realize that there is freedom of speech. I’m not arguing that. Of course, we can ask whatever we want. He can answer whatever we want. But should we ask whatever we want, even if it personal? Should we put him in a position to feel like he has to answer something that is beyond his job? I don’t have the answer to these questions. It is just something I think about after this twitter sessions. It is food for thought.
Challenge Update: Day 14 (Favorite performance clip) Results
There were many great performance clips chosen! The most popular ones were Wild Boys from Working for the Skin Trade, Come Up and See Me (Make Me Smile) from Hammersmith, Save a Prayer for Amnesty International in ’87, All She Wants Is from Hong Kong ’89 (JoSi!!!!), and Late Bar from Songbook. If you haven’t seen these clips, I suggest that you check them out. Good, good stuff!!!