3 | Duran Duran have regretfully had to pull out of
their upcoming South African tour dates [which were slated to
take place December 7 – 12] because the show promoter
defaulted on the contract, leaving the band members with no
other option but to cancel the shows.
band announced on its website that it was forced to cancel its
South African tour because the promoter had defaulted on the
contract. But Hunta Live said when it suggested the band perform
fewer shows because of poor ticket sales, they chose to pull
show promotor, Hunta Live, in answer to Duran Duran's statement
answer with the following press release:
Duran – SA Tour Cancelled | 30 November 2010: For immediate
Live regretfully announced today that Duran Duran’s Tour
to South Africa has been cancelled due to disappointing sales
at the box office.
have tried to negotiate a reduced number of shows in South
Africa with the Band’s management in order to go ahead
with the Tour as planned, but sadly could not reach an agreement.
is the first tour Hunta Live has ever had to cancel –
and after a great year, it is a big disappointment for us too.
We apologise to all the fans for any inconvenience caused due
to the short notice but would like to assure them that we are
doing everything we can from our side to secure dates for next
year to bring the Super Group that is Duran Duran to South Africa”,
says Sam Hendrikse, CEO of Hunta Live. All
ticket holders can get a full refund from any Computicket outlet
on their tickets purchased for Duran Duran. Tour updates to
be announced in the press.
band's promoters have not given a reason for the cancellation
has not disclosed any information to Computicket as to why the
performances have been cancelled," says Shoprite Checkers
Pty [ltd] assistant communications manager Lise-Marie Greeff-Villet
in a statement.
contact in South Africa, who works in the media, says:
on the street is that Duran Duran cancelled their South African
tour because the organisers did not pay the deposit..."
has a step into the present, one into the past and eyes always
looking to the future
Duran Duran took advantage of the end of apartheid and made
history as the first western rock band to tour South Africa.
But instead of finding a land at ease with itself, they arrived
to find the place in turmoil and walked into the middle of
the terrifying backlash over the wretched murder of respected
black activist and ANC leader Chris Hani.
They expected to spend their days leisurely sightseeing, but
instead were virtually imprisoned in their hotel rooms watching
the riots through the bedroom windows. An innocent request
to a taxi driver to take them on a voyage of discovery to
Soweto was met with horror, disbelief and
vigorous warnings that if they went to Soweto the chances
were that they wouldn't return to tell the tale.
we were told two journalists had just been shot and another
mutilated we decided to turn back," said john Taylor.
Tension, you can take it, was rampant.
In the end they came though it with flying colours, not to
mention body, spirit and reputation firmly intact. Duran played
ten shows to audiences that ranged from 10 to 20,000 a night,
and were given a rapturous reception, appearing in every major
city, including Durban, Capetown, and Pretoria.
Despite the violence they even managed to get out on one or
two shopping sprees, buying up a selection of African masks,
and attended the premiere of the movie ’Malcom
X' where they chatted with representatives of the
ANC. In Johannesburg, they
even got to record a single with local musicians
to commemorate Chris Hani’s murder. It went some way
to balancing the succession of avaricious musicians who broke
the cultural boycott to appear at South Africa's rich man's
playground Sun City in the Eighties. Flying to Paraguay to
play in front of a mere 40,000 crowd immediately afterwards
seemed like a breeze in comparison. [Rock World
with local musicians to commemorate Chris Hani’s murder. The
band with Duran's great back up singer Lamya Al-Mugheiry
[RIP 8/1/09] and Fergus Gerrand, the british percussionist
and drummer on that tour.
Much Information For Me
actually don't know what happened on iTunes
yesterday but Mediterranea and All
You Need Is Now songs showed up two weeks before they
were meant to! A mistake for sure but the songs are already
circulating among the fans. duranasty.com doesn't encourage
illegal download and hopes that every Duran Duran fan will get
their copy of the single, the EP and the album in the only way
that will give our band a chance to get on top of the charts:
it, Get it legally on iTtunes on December 14 and 21!
of the fans who was lucky enough to legally download Mediterranea
sent me her first impressions on the song. "Mediterranea
opens with a thunder and sea noise, then develops in a beautiful
high tone melody on a background electronic soundscape that
seems to be taken directly from a William Orbit/Madonna 90’s
album. The leading guitar is prominent and the not immediately
memorable singing melody lead turns into a somewhat more familiar
A-ha like anguish chorus. Simon’s voice is clear and in
top shape, as sharp and pop as it is, maybe for the first time
since Come Undone. The only reference to Mediterranean sounds
might the be the initial percussion sounds but with its Duran
signature bass this is a modern ballad that shares more elements
with late 80’s Duran slow tracks [Grey Lady Of The Sea?]
than Ordinary World. A smart, pleasant anthemic move."
to The Scenestar [website] Nick Egan [and/or
his crew] has been shooting club scenes or Duran Duran's upcoming
video inside Bardot in LA last night [Bardot
is a local club, which had a Smiths-Cure night]. But the band
was not there. So everyone in LA don't freak, Duran Duran
are not in LA at the moment. [thanks
I have been in touch with Jamie Walton recently,
the cello player on the new album [if you missed duranasty.com
inteview chek it out here].
I asked him if he could reveal [now that the tracklist of
the album has been published] in which of the 9 tracks he
played cello... he said: "I worked on Being
Followed and [more significantly] Before
the Rain - FANTASTIC songs. Before The Rain is
Gwen, No Kylie, No Rihanna, etc... Remember this
post with filled with hypothesis about the possible female
vocal on 'Leopard', well, forget about
it! From a reliable source I have been informed that isn't
any of them... things are now getting even more
interesting... I assume is gonna be a total surprise
magazines with Duran...
Chew magazine, it will be available for purchase
online from 6 December 2010 and it's the After Hours issue
[and no, they are not featured on the cover]
& Nick did a photo shoot today in London for LOVE
november 30 the band did a photo shoot for L'Uomo
standard edition of Live at Hammersmith 82! has
been published on september 28, this has been quite ignored
almost everywhere in the Duran World. Check it out here musicmovies.it
a big untagged picture
of Simon and Nick performing with Mark Ronson & The Business
Intl. at Abbey Road Studios in London 25
the left Simon at the studio in London November 29, 2010
Out and About | Lucy Yeomans and Nick Rhodes at Harper's
Bazaar GSK Contemporary reception, Sketch, London,
Britain - 30th Nov 2010
interview from Spinner.com Nick says: "
Mark Ronson. "He's the perfect producer for Duran Duran
He gets all of our references. He, like us, looks into other
worlds - into fashion, art, photography, graphic design. He's
interested in those things and he has a lot of the same references,"
Rhodes says. "It's important that we maintain our identity
and, if anything Mark has done to bring focus back to the
band is zero in on the true identity of Duran Duran.
When you make a record, you get in there with the best intentions
to make something that captures people's imaginations, something
that really taps into the consciousness," Rhodes says.
"We want to find a way to affect people, to touch people.
Having Mark on board for us this time has enabled us to do
more simply in that he already knew that's what we needed
to do. I have no doubt that the series of songs that are on
this record are as good as anything we've done for decades
really. I hope [the public] will agree and that people connect
with them emotionally in the way that they have with us during
the writing process."
the studio in London, november 29, 2010
Simon and the winner of the Paul Walters Guitar Prize, Richard
Craker. London November 2010
with the band | The cold, the rain, the snow and the
long wait... only die-hard fans like duranasty.com's precious
correspondent Alison can stand all this to get the best pics
for you. Enjoy this lovely photo report. Photos were taken during
the recent rehearsals days in preparation for the unlucky South
African Tour. [On the left Alison and the guys]
everyone who steal pics and graphics from duranasty.com [without
even crediting the site] and post them all over facebook, I
don't usually comment this habit, I just accept it and think
it's just a way to show your apreciation and enjoyment towards
this site but please respect the hard work
of the fans who took the pictures, as these are their property.
So please, if you like to share any of these pics on fb just
link back to this page. Thanks from duranasty.com
november 29 Simon and Nick went to the recording studio as Simon had
to laid down the final vocal on the record
but not least | I don't usually do auto-celebration
of duranasty.com posting any of the compliments and nice emails
I get from you but I'll do an exception this time. I guess
I just have to post this spontaneous and lovely email sent
by Jacqui Copland, backing vocalist on Duran
Duran's Big Thing World Tour. Many
photographed with Simon and Nick in the two 1989 pics below.
The blond girl is Melanie Redmond, the other backing vocalist]
I've just looked at the amazing page you did for The
Big Thing re-release and it is first class!! I bought
the re-release and was delighted with it.
for me to show the kids one day. It was a great album
and I'd forgotten how exciting the show was after such
a long time.
small your part is, you don't always appreciate the
magic until it's over. Certainly made me smile and took
me back to some moments.
Very best wishes
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