Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Apology to Duran Duran and its Fans

I have had these realizations for some time now, but its seems a good time to reiterate them once again.
  • It does not matter if Duran Duran is inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (though it would be nice!)
  • What's important is Duran Duran's music and how it inspires fans and brings us together 
  • The only real validation that is meaningful for Duran Duran is from its fans, not from an award or an induction
Realizing this, I have also come to the conclusion that with DDTTRH I may have unintentionally caused friction, contention and frustration with the fan community, of which I regret and apologize for.  I honestly started this effort with the best of intentions, with a dream to see my favorite band inducted to a place I thought was really great.  This dream has faced some harsh realities over the years, of which I am grateful to have experienced.

Further, it was never my intention (leading an effort meant to promote awareness of Duran Duran's eligibility for Rock Hall induction) to impose on Duran Duran the band.  I know some band members have strong feelings about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and would rather it not be a regular part of their dialogue to fans.  I have heard from many that the band is very humble about receiving any kind of major recognition.  Further, I know many fans are protective of the band, and may see my efforts as damaging to the sacredness of the band's legacy.  If I have offended you or caused friction with you, I am sorry.  I meant no disrespect.

With this said, I want to assure you (fans and Duran Duran) that we have shaped this effort (and continue to shape it) with you in mind.   Taking the 'Rock Hall' out of our name (and moving ourselves away from the albatross of the Rock Hall) to me is the biggest accomplishment towards this end.  See this blog:

To conclude, I want to say thank you!  I have come to love the band more as I've carried out this effort (through success, failure, and opposition).  I have had the great honor of meeting Duran Duran fans all over the world, several who I can say are truly 'Friends of Mine'.  I can honestly say that the best moments of this effort came when I went to see Duran Duran live in Cleveland, had the Epiphany and started on the road to change this effort for the better.

Thank you, Kirk Harrington

DDTTRH Removing 'The Rock Hall' from it's Name!!!

How the band views the Rock Hall has been made abundantly clear to us.  I speak of the iHeart Radio interview a while back (when the band answered my question about the Rock Hall) and also the recent Yahoo News Article that featured Simon.  I'd like to quote here what Simon said from it...

"“I have a problem with the institutionalization of rock 'n’ roll,” Le Bon tells Yahoo Music. “I don’t like going places where you’ve got to wear a black tie. I just feel like saying, 'F— off!’ I think the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in itself is not a bad thing, but I don’t feel that I have to be placed alongside Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, the Rolling Stones, U2, and all those other guys for me to have validity. The validity that counts to me is those kids that are going be standing outside in the car park [at our concert] this afternoon. You sell one single record, and it means 100 Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.”

Given all of this and how we have evolved over the years, it makes sense to make the following changes...

  • No longer will DDTTRH mean 'Duran Duran to the Rock Hall'.  I have decided to take the Rock Hall out of our name permanently.  To me, it's just not as meaningful as it used to be.  This is not meant to be disrespectful to the Rock Hall either (I in fact live in Cleveland and LOVE the Rock Hall of Fame).  In the interest of keeping the acronym, it will now mean 'Duran Duran to Timeless Rock History'.
  • The petition is now closed.  Of course we would love to continue hearing messages of support.  Feel free to to continue to message us @DDTTRH on Twitter or direct your friends directly to the petition.
  • DDTTRH's purpose will remain as follows:
    • Ongoing research into how Duran Duran has influenced the Media
    • Raising awareness to the band and it's impact on the music industry and music history