I haven't even heard of an unofficial fanclub. In the internet age the idea of a fanclub seems a little outdated, unless it is something like the German Genesis fanclub which organises annual events. Interesting aside is that the German Genesis fanclub only consists of the handful of organisers, the others are forum members but not fanclub members. Interested to learn what you have in mind here Michael.
Okay, now I'm a whole lot smarter. It may indeed be the case that the Internet eliminates the need for the existence of fan clubs.
Something like the German Genesis Fanclub could be in terms of Camel ever not be implemented.
You can see for yourself how slow progress is already of this forum to address international Camel fans.
Even if this were 3000 members, which would be spread over the whole world and there were events of the forum entirely impossible. This is implemented only with a large, nationally limited forum, if at all.
AFAIK there never was an official Camel fan club. There used to be a (paper) newsletter but that got replaced by the e-mail newsletter ("The nature of the (e-)beast"). I have no idea if there ever was, or still is, an unofficial fan club. I don't think there is.
Marillion has (or had) something like extras for registered fans ("freaks", I think they were called). For example, an extended version of the album, or releases that can only be ordered if you're a member. I got the impression that this worked really well for Marillion, but they have the luxury that they have a large and strong fan base.
I also remember something similar from Porcupine Tree, and I think thear attempt pretty much failed. My memory is a bit vague on this, so I could be a bit from the truth, but PT also had some kind of fan club - members would be able to be the first ones to order tickets for gigs, and that would've been the main advantage of being a member. This was not such a success as many fans didn't think that was worth the hassle (and extra money). Later, it turned out that members were also given an mp3 download of an instrumental version of the new album (in mp3 format). I don't think this fan club exists anymore.
Kate Bush has an unofficial fan club that until recently also issued printed fanzines. Nowadays, I don't know what they do. But what I know of this fan club is that it was highly appreciated and that the articles in the fanzine were very good.
IQ... there used to be a fan club, but I'm not sure it still exists. They do have some kind of "fan" label, on which they release stuff in smaller editions than their regular albums, and they sell these albums through their online shop. This is quite cool, I think, as you don't *have* to be a member of a fan club to be able to get these items.
Good thoughts longtalleric. I remember the old fanzines, they were very cool. I used to love the articles and news plus usually some reviews of bootlegs. Yes had a couple "Relayer" and "The Revealing", Genesis had Afterglow, 9/8 and Waiting Room the latter still going online of course. But I never heard of a Camel fanzine or I would have been sure to order it. In the Dust and Dreams era, Andy & Susan sent a bi-annual newsletter "The Nature Of The Beast" which got largely converted to email distribution as "eBeast" after 1999 and retired in 2002 in favour of email and camelproductions website postings.
I remember: there was a Fan club back in 1984 run by Wendy Miller. You can find this in the liner notes of the ST album (both CD and LP). I did send a SAE (self addressed envelope) but unfortunately never got a response.
In return, there is a lot of feed back from the band including a fair few personal messages from Robert John Godfrey, the founder member.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Camel with almost no news over the past ten years.
It almost seems like Andy is becoming a recluse. Yes, he has had health problems but surely some sort of communication should be possible such as resurrecting the Ebeast? I follow them on Twitter and there was a brief message relating to Andy's health in February.....2011.
Camel have such a strong fan base and I find it surprisingly disapointing that they don't acknowledge this enough. Don't get me wrong, I have always loved them and always will (I even have a Camel tattoo) but I find it desperately frustrating not receiving any news. (Rant over)
Well, a camel tattoo I have not, but I too am a fan Camel
I am working on the assumption that all can hear nothing Any Latimer aware of himself (and camel). He would so take every rumor that basis, the camel will occur again. I think of such a behavior is absolutely nothing. Either one is or can be honest in advance it.
My conclusion: I really appreciate the fanbase as a camel is now insignificant. This is confirmed by the pure Camel forums and websites that connect to date due to lack of these fans had to give ..
If, with respect to the membership of this forum is not changeable, then this also be the end. Such is true for just www.pink-camel.de. In the last few days, a dramatic decline in visitors is recorded, that I do not want to believe. This was so before.
I'm only hoping Andy's doing alright and that health issues are not the reason for the silence. On another forum however, someone showed his recently acquired DVD, ordered from CP, signed by Andy, which suggests he is fine.
I thought it was strange that the Camel Productions website was updated to remove the previous update and now shows "news coming soon", which obviously my idea of "Soon" is different than theirs because that was posted in January... I guess we will have to wait and see, perhaps something is actually coming "soon" :)
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