In Response to the Response of Nick Rhodes’s Response
We get it.
So important, in fact, that your ruined Friday night really makes me feel for you. I’ve never been so embarrassed to be a fan of this band in my life until two days ago when the backlash began. I was lucky enough to see Duran^2 for a third time on August 24th in Connecticut, about a two hour drive south of my hometown in Boston. The band seemed in tip-top shape, ripping their way through the classics from Rio and the new dance tracks from All You Need is Now. Turns out, the band wasn’t in tip-top shape. Simon roared as smooth as butter, and Roger’s drumming was on point. John made all the girls wet in their panties during his bass solos, and the supporting members were giving it their all. Nick Rhodes, however, their lusciously fabulous (and oddly heterosexual) keyboardist was at the brink of exhaustion, which he succumbed to hours later.
The result has been two cancelled show dates in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Doctor’s orders.
The response from certain fans has been disgusting.
As a whole, I’d say the support for Nick has been endless, but there have been quite a few jagged rocks sticking out from cool waters. On Twitter, Facebook and (to a lesser extent) Tumblr, there has been a pathetic showing of egoism. Let’s take a look at this one:
This is the worst type of fan, so let’s break it down. You traveled 1,000 miles to be at a Duran Duran show. You are truly the superest of super-de-dooper fans. You paid for the VIP tickets so you could really let loose and have a good time! AWESOME. In all actuality, you must be a pretty intense fan, but somewhere along the way, you became entitled. Firstly, you paid VIP and traveled 1,000 miles to hang out in New Jersey? Really? Embarrassing choices aside, why would you risk it? This is live entertainment, where anything can happen. Even nothing. While it totally sucks that you ended up stranded in Atlantic City without the beautiful boys to comfort your sorry ass, but do you really think you’re so important as to malign a core member’s health? So you can get drunk at a concert?
This post really annoys me. As if the arrogance above, now we have flat out ignorance. This man is not Anna Ross, who, though fabulous and lovely, could be replaced with another background singer. This is Nick Rhodes, who controls almost the entire show and its pacing. He is an essential part of the Duran Duran sound. You’d have probably whined if he didn’t show up and the music sounded off. On behalf of all decent human beings: suck it. Probably the kind of fan who doesn’t really know anything about the band. A band is a unit. Have you ever seen the shows where John Taylor unexpected walked out? Let’s say it wasn’t pretty. Learn before you open your mouth …er… use a keyboard.
This post, however, makes me smile:
And I hope they take it to heart.
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