As far as their popularity goes, I feel like this topic has been discussed to death. Yes, it is a fact that they are not as popular as they once were. It is obvious when you look at the album sales and even concert ticket sales. That said, they have sold out most of the small shows around the States during the next couple of months, but I do admit that they are small venues. Of course, we have mentioned the possible for reasons for this lack of popularity in many other blog posts that I won’t go into. Yet, I’m not sure why this fact automatically equals that they are about to end. Do we all assume that popularity is the only thing that matters to the band? I guess I don’t believe that. Yes, people will say that they need to sell albums and tours to make money to keep going. News flash here. Many of them have money. Maybe they don’t have as much money as they did but still. Now, I do think that they like to be loved and I’m sure that their egos are alive and well. But, if they only wanted to be popular, why didn’t they quit decades ago when they fell from popularity? Is it just that they keep chasing popularity? Maybe. I still doubt it. If they were, wouldn’t they always try to work with the most popular people? Wouldn’t all of their albums be done like Red Carpet Massacre was? Wouldn’t they try to change their style completely to fit in with whatever trend is popular? Is it possible then that they would like to be popular and recognized for their work but also want to be themselves, musically and artistically, for the most part?
Do fans of other bands who have been around as long as Duran has worry about the future? Do U2 fans, for example? I don’t know but I doubt it. Does this happen in Duranworld because Duran has been so inconsistent with their popularity? Maybe. Is it because we all love them so much that this is something that we are always anxious about? Possibly. I do find this to be rather ironic. I wonder if the fans who are worried realize that the name of their current album is All You Need Is Now. Duran has always said that they are about embracing the present and this song, in particular, shows that. Can’t we just be glad that they have a new album? Be happy about whatever shows and promo appearances that they are doing? As someone who is facing a very uncertain future, I can understand the concern. I get it because I know that I really want Duran to be around for a long time. I couldn’t face losing them. However, I also think that we should enjoy what we do have rather than worry about what we might not have soon. I wish that I had done that more in the last decade of my life, but I’m trying to do that now, both personally and with Duran.