| The two pics above are from the yet unknown Roger Deckker photo
8, 2011: On the eve of the second leg, the european one,
of the 'All You Need Is Now World Tour', John speaks to journalist
Gordon Barr about the upcoming Uk tour which opens in Newcastle
at the Metro Radio Arena, on May 18. John says:
am so excited about that. It makes me cry just thinking about
“There is something really special about getting down
and doing a British tour. That is something when you are an
up-and-comer you take for granted, all you are doing is touring
Britain when you start out, if you are a British band, and then
the world gets bigger and bigger and bigger and it can be years
before you get to tour Britain again. It is such an honour to
get to bring it home again, it is enormous, very emotional.”
new duranasty.com installment is all about the memorable american
tour, for everyone who wants to relive almost two months of work
that the band has done in Usa [including Canada till the last
date in in the Dominican Republic].
post is filled with lots of great pics, galleries, magazines and
newspaper scans so there's a lot to watch, read and save for your
Duran Duran collection. 'Big' is the only way to celebrate the
great Us promotion, which included many acoustic gigs [Simon,
John, Dom and Ana], radio some tv and of course the concerts.
Big is also going to be this installment that will focus on the
major Duran Duran events and the most interesting news and pics.
the end of the page you'll find also some cool info and tidbits
including also a Tv Mania, a SYN and Reportage upadte and some
very interesting news about the european tour. Enjoy it all! Till
the next time.
pictures are from the new Paper magazine issue out now with Duran
Duran on the front cover.
Duran in America
- April 2011
You Need To Now
Since mid march Duran Duran have been in Usa to massivelly the
new album, connecting with all the local media and playing both
live shows and radio-acoustic gigs. Let's just say that quantity
of media interest produced over this period is huge and I hope
with this new post to make a point on the most interesting stuff
that the band has been up to. Check it out!
is a list of the Duran Duran busy schedule of march and april
14.03.11 The band left London from Heathrow
airpot after a great performance at One Night Only
at ITV London Studios [march 12].
march 16 the band played at SXSW Music Festival,
in Austin, TX.
gave a featured Interview at the Austin Convention Center
- On March
18 WinStar World, Thackerville, OK.
- On March
21 Billboard chat John and Nick
- On the
day AYNIN gets released the band are musical guests on the
Tonight Show with Jay Leno
- On march
22 Simon and John were interviewed on Access Hollywood Live,
the US entertainment news talk show presented by Billy Bush
and Kit Hoover.
- On march
23, Duran Duran play live at Mayan Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Duran Duran and David Lynch collaborate on a live webcast
of the show called Unstaged, with Mark Ronson and Kelis joining
the band on stage.
- On march
25 Duran on are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
and Ultra Music Festival, Miami, Florida
- On march
30 Duran Duran play a live set at Paper Magazine Beautiful
People Party, Good Units at Hudson Hotel, New York
and they are also musical guests at Jimmy Kimmel Live!
- On march
31, the band perform "Hungry Like The Wolf" on Late
Night with Jimmy Fallon.
- On april
1, Duran Duran at 96.5 TIC-FM’s 2nd Chance Prom, The
- On April
2, Duran Duran: MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT, USA
- On April
3, Duran perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in Florida
- On April
Duran Duran: Center Stage, Atlanta, GA, USA
- On April
6 Duran Duran: Warehouse Live, Houston, TX, USA
- On Apr
8 Duran Duran: Banamex Auditorium, Monterrey, Mexico
- On Apr
10 Duran Duran: Telmex Auditorium, Guadalajara, Mexico
- On April
11 Duran Duran: National Auditorium, Mexico City,
- On April
14 Duran Duran: Fox Theatre, Pomona, CA
- On April
15 Duran are a special guest on YouTube Presents
at 2:30pm-5:30pm , a new video live stream series. The interview
with the band is streamed live on Duran Duran’s YouTube
- On April
16 Duran Duran: The Fillmore, San Francisco,
- On April
17 Duran Duran: The Coachella Valley Music
and Arts Festival, Empire Polo Fields, Indio, CA. Ana Matronic
performs with Duran Duran onstage.
- On April
19 John and Simon make an appearance on E!’s
Chelsea Lately at 11pm, an American late
night comedy talk show hosted by comedian Chelsea Handler.
- On April
20 Duran Duran: Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO, USA
- On April
21 Members of Duran Duran perform an acoustic set on MIX 100
in Denver at The Hard Rock Cafe [Mix 100
Lounge with Duran Duran]
- On April
22 John on 104.5 XLO Boston radio in the morning.
- On April
22 Duran Duran: Epic, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
- On April
23 Duran Duran: House of Blues, Chicago, IL, USA.
- On April
25 Duran Duran: Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto,
- On April
26 Duran Duran: Le National, Montreal, QC,
- On April
27 Duran perform for Boston's 103.3 WODS Radio, during the
grand opening of “Cafe 1033” [Hard Rock Café].
- On April
27 Duran Duran: Royale, Boston, MA, USA.
- On April
30 Duran Duran: Altos de Chavon at Casa de Campo, La Romana,
Guys on tour: pics by @thisistherealJT
Duran's tour manifesto
best quotes about touring in 2011
is very different now," says Le Bon. "Firstly, the venues
are bigger - these 10,000-capacity places just didn't exist when
we were first around. I remember playing at a bus depot in Leeds.
It was all car parks and town halls then, and we'd only do three
shows a week, max.
we'll be doing five. In the old days we did so few because it
was hard to stop us partying," Simon adds, with a glint in
grateful for that every day and it's remained constant. Touching
on new musical terrain is still amazing, as amazing as it always
quotes from 'Duran Duran dig deep' article from Halesowen News
had a lot of time to ponder the question of what our job is, what
we do in the world," Le Bon says. "I feel that we do
something which brings people together, makes people feel good
about themselves, makes people feel that they're not alone. Making
people feel not alone, I feel we're providing a very useful service."
'It's more about the show now than the afterparty. We're very
responsible now, the show is the big thing for us, all our energy
goes into that. We usually turn up in a decent condition to play
the show nowadays!'
Duran in America: highlights
pics and interviews
Unstaged concert at the Mayan in Los Angeles
[attended by celebs like Moby, Marilyn Manson, and Mark's DJ sister
band celebrated the release of 'All You Need Is Now' with an allstar
concert directed by, of all people, avant garde filmmaker David
kind of getting into doing remixes, and he did a remix of 'Girl
Panic' which is the new single from the album," said John
about this unexpected artistic friendship. "Which was great,
we loved it; it was totally different to anything any remixer
would do traditionally."
led to the Lynch-directed Unstaged concert, where guest stars
Mark Ronson, Kelis on "The Man Who Stole
A Leopard" and "Come Undone", My Chemical Romance's
Gerard Way on "Planet Earth", and the
Gossip's Beth Ditto on "Notorious"
joined Duran Duran onstage for a one-of-a-kind livestreamed event.
just dived in...and it's so deep and unusual and unsettling...not
like anything any of us have seen before," raved John.
the pic John backstage at Mayan theatre
Click on the banner below to get lots of great pics from this
Main Stage line-up included Erasure, the British synthpop duo
who supported Duran Duran back in 1987.
150,000 people attended the 2011 event. All pics in this article
have been taken at the Festival.
feel like there’s always been a techno-electronica aspect
to this band."
Ultra Music Festival has added to its already massive 2011 bill
as it has unveiled the second of its three lineup phases. Duran
Duran, Underworld, Moby, and The Disco Biscuits are now set to
join the already confirmed Chemical Brothers, deadmau5, and Tiësto
at Bicentennial Park in Miami from March 25-27.
before Duran Duran played Friday's Main Stage, John Taylor said
"It’s an interesting gig for us to perform, because
it's an electronica festival, essentially. So anything we do is
gonna be a surprise. We don’t know exactly what we’re
gonna play yet. But I think people go to the Ultra Festival to
party, and we’re a party band, so I think we’re gonna
have a good time. I feel like there’s always been a techno-electronica
aspect to this band."
supply the music, you supply the action"
supply the music, you supply the action", was the way Simon
Le Bon began Duran Duran's set. "A View To A Kill" and
"All You Need Is Now" got things up and running, on
a stage featuring a giant video screen as the backdrop. "Being
Followed" was next, performed with an accompanying video
that projected images replicating driving at night through a city.
A lengthy version of "Girls on Film" closed the show.
the song's breakdown, Le Bon introduced each band member before
treating us to a comical spoken tease of Lady Gaga's "Poker
on the above banner/visual to get lots of great pics from
Duran Duran's performance at The Coachella Valley Music and
Arts Festival, Empire Polo Fields in Indio, CA on 17 April 2011,
is probably the most memorable moment of the tour.
show was part of a three-day annual music and arts festival held
at the Inland Empire's Coachella Valley. The event features many
genres of music including alternative rock, indie, and electronic
music as well as large sculptural art. The festival enjoys little
cloud cover or shade and has a desert setting [the city of Indio
is a part of the California Desert], with daytime temperatures
frequently rising to over 100 °F [38 °C].
Duran took to the stage on the last night of the event in Indio
and kicked off with "Planet Earth". "We
have been looking forward to this moment for weeks and weeks,
and now we're here it's going to go off!" Simon
Le Bon said. "Hungry Like The Wolf" was next and "Safe"
soon followed, performed with Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters.
they finished the set, Duran Duran returned for an encore and
dedicated the first track to late composer John Barry,
who co-wrote their hit song "A View To A Kill for the Roger
Moore movie of the same name. Le Bon told the crowd, "We
lost a dear friend of ours this year - English composer John Barry.
This for him." Frontman Le Bon dressed in a white
tuxedo reminiscent of the suave superspy and they were backed
by an orchestra as they played a pared down version of the song,
before launching into the full, upbeat track.
band ended the encore with "Girls on Film" with a snipet
of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face", as keyboardist
Nick Rhodes took photographs of the crowd. Duran Duran continued
the tour three days later, playing the Ogen Theatre show in Denver,
CO, USA on 20 April 2011.
from Los Angeles Times: "Coachella 2011: Duran Duran
turns the cool kids into a bunch of giggling grade schoolers".
Duran's performance at The Fillmore in San Francisco,
CA on 16 April 2011, has been another memorable moment of the
was the third show performed by the band in the state of California
in 2011, held at a 1,199 capacity venue located at the intersection
of Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard in San Francisco.
over 24-hours after the Alice 97.3 acoustic show,
Duran Duran took the stage to a rapturous crowd. In a theatre
featuring chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, the band opened
the show with their debut single "Planet Earth".
Francisco, we are at the fabulous, the legendary Fillmore. We're
proud to be here" shouted Simon Le Bon, before Duran Duran
launched into their second song "Hungry Like the Wolf".
classics like "Notorious" and "Hungry Like The
Wolf" were matched by new All You Need Is Now material including
"Safe [In the Heat of the Moment]".
performing "Ordinary World", Le Bon said "I would
like to dedicate this song to the people who are struggling for
the cause of peace."
show finished with "Girls on Film", that began with
Nick Rhodes taking photos of the audience and John Taylor encouraging
them all to put their hands in the air, as white strobe lighting
started to flash.
Fan Eloiseredux reports: "it was more than a thrill, it was
insane seeing them in an intimate venue like this! They were so
tight and the energy in the room was a-ma-zing....the floor was
literally shaking people were jumping and dancing and it was awesome.
Simon hugs Dom Brown at the Fillmore
mag " Beautiful People" Party and show
Duran: Paper Magazine Beautiful People Party, Good Units at Hudson
Hotel, New York, NY
is what we play when we want to get paid"
was such a fun night! Guests included cover boy Aziz Ansari -
as well as 2011 Beautiful People Siggi Hilmarsson, Ovenly, Chris
Taylor and Ethan Silverman of Terrible Records, Paul Iacono, Mandy
Coon, Rachel Chandler, Stalley, and Claiborne Swanson Frank -
who mingled among lovelies including Erin Fetherson, Will Cotton,
Moby, Samantha Mathis, MNDR, Sally Singer, Cushine et Ochs, Gabe
Saporta and Cobra Starship .
from sociallysuperlative.com | “This is
what we play when we want to get paid,” was all the intro
to “Hungry Like A Wolf” Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran
needed before the crowd exploded into song right along with the
was a performance of epic proportions to accompany Paper Magazine’s
14th Annual Beautiful People Issue event taking place at Good
Units on the lower level of the stylish Hudson Hotel of Morgans
There was a constant air of, “Who is that?” at the
party because if you were not someone who was famous, you sure
looked like you were.
Absolut Wild Tea Gimlets and White & Wild Boys cocktails were
flowing in the upstairs VIP section as Micah Jesse and Adrienne
Ballon air kissed, Cobra Starship answered questions for the media
line and Duran Duran posed for pictures looking as if they never
aged a day from when they graced MTV in the ‘80s.
People descended down the stairs to get closer for the performance
aspect of the evening and Duran Duran hit the stage at precisely
10pm on the dot.
was a sea of dancing bodies, sequins, and sing-a-longs. Duran
Duran showed the crowd just what some of the acts today are lacking
and that’s a dynamic live stage show.
band sang some new songs mixed with old favorites like “Notorious,”
and finished the set with, “Girls on Film.”
nice but watermarked ones here
the band on the red carpet at the Paper mag party
Austin, Texas, 2011
Plays Host To Duran Duran At Stubbs | contactmusic
the music festival in Austin, Texas, was the scene for Duran Duran's
first gig of their current world tour when the band played Stubb's
Bar-B-Q on the 16th March 2011.
off their tour in support of the Mark Ronson produced album 'All
You Need Is Now', the band played a crowd-pleasing set which included
renditions of 'Safe In The Heat of the Moment', 'Hungry Like the
Wolf', 'Ordinary World' and 'Wild Boys'.
The group also played the 30-year-old rarity 'Friends
of Mine', which frontman Simon Le Bon claimed was "dug
out from the very back of the closet".
band wrapped up their 80 minute set with an extended version of
their biggest hit 'Girls on Film', which included a brief snippet
of The Temptations 'Papa Was a Rolling Stone.
Le Bon in great shape at SWSX concert, below another gallery for your
in the news, both online and printed: full press review
selection of the best media stuff published over the last weeks
Duran survived the '70s and mastered the new millenium.
There are several parts to the Duran Duran saga. The first found
the Brit New Wave band conquering America, providing fodder for
MTV, and turning songs such as "Hungry Like The Wolf,"
"Save A Prayer," "Union of the Snake," "The
Reflex" and "Wild Boys" into rallying cries for
a new generation of teens.
truly had the opportunity to experience this phenomenon first
hand while working as a promotion rep for Simon LeBon and company's
label, Capitol Records. Given the reaction I witnessed, I can
honestly say I've never seen another band whose charisma even
the later chapters of the Duran Duran story weren't nearly so
glorious. "We were messed up emotionally," bassist John
Taylor told this reporter in 2006. "Things were moving so
quickly. We did a lot of drugs, got laid a lot, and got caught
up in an immense amount of touring. It created a bad dynamic within
the band and an incredible amount of competitiveness... The ego
is a very fragile thing and it's often bigger than it's meant
final stab at the charts with the theme song for the James Bond
film A View To A Kill, led to a prolonged hiatus and short-lived
side projects like Power Station and Arcadia. Despite the occasional
hit -- "Come Undone" and "Ordinary World"
chief among them -- intermittent attempts to regroup failed to
lift Duran Duran to its earlier heights and the band became something
of a revolving door with old members and new recruits drifting
in and out of the ranks.
the mid '90s, LeBon, Taylor, and the others were grasping for
anything that would put them back on course. And yet, subsequent
albums like the covers collection Thank You, Mezzaland suggested
the band's glory days were clearly in the rearview mirror.
had a lot of luggage in our suitcases," Taylor said. "It
had gotten pretty stinky. It was like a dysfunctional family in
a way [with] all this locked-up resentment. We felt we had to
work. But it started to [seem] like Spinal Tap after awhile."
the tale has a happy ending. Duran Duran found its footing with
the dawn of a new millennium and a pair of critically lauded albums,
2004's Astronaut and Red Carpet Massacre, released in 2007.
And a new album, aptly dubbed All You Need Is Now, reaffirms the
group's slick, sophisticated, hook-heavy sound. Having proved
sufficiently savvy to transition through rock, funk, and dance
without loss of either cool or credibility, these New Wave legends
are no longer attempting to reinvent themselves.
finally enough to just be Duran Duran.
Duran dig deep
Halesowen News Saturday 26th March
from the Halesowen
News, Saturday 26th march 2011 | "Our
first two albums were considered cutting edge, futuristic and
very modern," Simon explains. "Mark brought that element
of danger and risk back to our music this time around, rather
than it sounding like it was designed for the charts beforehand.
no point in us trying to write a 'Duran Duran' song. With me singing,
and the guys' playing, it's going to sound like Duran Duran, you
know what I mean?
what I say anyway - they'll never kick me out because it won't
sound like Duran Duran without me!" he jokes.
a result we're experimenting more. I certainly became less flexible
with people's ideas, and we got very safe, musically. We thought
being a great group meant you had to settle on a certain sound,
and since Is There Something I Should Know? was a massive hit
for us in 1983, I think we'd been chasing that. We'd sub-consciously
decided that was 'our' sound.
hits we had before that had more funk and punk in them, very New
love this new album because we're edgy again. We're in a very
the right Simon at Alice radio
Quietus inquiries about RCM
Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, and John and Roger Taylor have finally come
out of the Red Carpet Massacre closet - in an interview with The
Quietus, the original Duran Duran members admitted that their
work with rap/pop producer Timbaland on their largely lambasted
2007 album was imposed upon them by Sony/Epic Records.
Says John Taylor:
"That whole project was a f-cking nightmare. We delivered
an album to Sony that was a natural-sounding, almost rock album
and they were like, 'We need something a bit pop, do you fancy
doing a couple of track with Timbaland?'… Around the same
time we fell out with [original guitarist] Andy [Taylor] so the
Timbaland stuff sounded hugely different from what we'd done before."
Nick Rhodes added:
"The thing was, we got an opportunity to work with Timbaland,
so we thought 'Great, let's go for it'. We knew it was a risk
in terms of what the fans would like, if you're working with someone
who is ostensibly an electro/hip hop producer. When Timbaland
saw the guitar and the bass and the drums come in to the studio,
I think he was mortified, because everything's in a box for those
guys. But I'm really glad we made that album, because in time
I think it will stand up.
thought we could make an urban album and our fans would like it…
but our fans left us in noooo doubt about their response to that
album." Simon Le Bon
the journalist that interviewed the band for The Quietus
It was the most electro, sample-based album of our lives. It could
have been a Simon Le Bon solo album in parts. You weren't hearing
Roger and I, you weren't really hearing Nick, and there wasn't
a lot of guitar on it.
Le Bon: When you compare it to where we're at now, I do think
Red Carpet Massacre was a bit of a personality issue. We thought
we could make an urban album and our fans would like it…
but our fans left us in noooo doubt about their response to that
Wall Street Journal about the Lynch collaboration and other interesting
stuff [full article here],
below an excerpt.
You’ve done a tour film before [1984's “Sing Blue
Silver”]. Were there lessons that were helpful from that
experience that you brought into your collaboration with David
Le Bon: No, to be honest with you. David [Lynch] was very clear,
when he agreed to do the project, that he would do it on one condition.
And that is, that it doesn’t look like any other filmed
concerts that you’ve ever seen. In a funny sort of way,
we knew that we just had to drop everything. All we did was perform
our show, the way we did it.
Taylor: We’re so controlling, usually, in getting everything
just right. This time, we just knew there was nothing we could
possibly give him. All we had to do was show up and do our bit
and make it as a good a show as possible. He got into it in such
depth that it was really surprising, actually, how much he grabbed
Le Bon: He’s such a lovely guy. And the humor that he brought
into it. That’s the most amazing thing. That’s what
I forget about a lot of his films. You always think of the darkness
of ‘Blue Velvet’ and ‘Twin Peaks.’ But
when you think about the small details, you remember how funny
public image of Duran Duran is very glamorous, while Lynch’s
work often deals with a deconstruction of stardom. Were there
conversations about how the Duran Duran image would be portrayed?
We knew quite early on that it was going to be multi-textural
and that it wasn’t all about ‘you had to get the band.’
We were just one piece, one element. We were just one dimension
that he was planning this multifaceted presentation to be orchestrated
around. Which was… Whew! Ok, we don’t have to worry
about the lighting. It wasn’t a beauty contest. Often, videos
Duran has enjoyed tremendous longevity. As you survey the pop
landscape, which bands do you think we’ll still be listening
to in 20 years?
Le Bon: Not many bands. I don’t think there’s many
bands who you’ll be listening to in 20 years. Not new ones.
There are a few great bands around. I’m a big fan of the
Arctic Monkeys. They are fantastic. They have to have good drums,
a good rhythm section to be any good. That’s the only new
band that really does it for me musically. Arcade Fire will also
I like The Strokes. I mean, you have to want to stay together
because it’s a hell of an ego trip. Especially when you
get some success. Success tends to get between the cracks between
the band members and before you know it…I mean, God bless
that Simon has never laid that on us, but, say, the singer wants
to do a solo album and la la la.
Bon: I was thinking today about what works and what you tend to
base your relationships on. I think I tend to base my relationships
on common traits. [Turns to John Taylor] You and I have really
positive traits. We’re really enthusiastic and positive.
I think my relationship with Roger [Taylor] is more based on calmness.
My relationship with Nick [Rhodes] is based on a sense of humor.
And respect. Real respect.
band has split up before into side projects like Arcadia and Power
Station. Is there interest now in pursuing side projects or would
that cause friction for the current lineup?
Taylor: All my mojo is caught up in this right now. I don’t
have anything to say outside of this. Certainly we’re so
committed to this. We love our new album and it’s always
great to finish a new album anyway. It’s super great to
finish an album that you feel super good about. We’re on
the road as long as we can. If this record is a success, we’ll
know because we’ll still be playing at Christmas.
early imagery of Duran Duran was very sexy, with lots of models
and wildness. This isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison
but after the decadence of Duran Duran, a lot of the boy bands
that followed were very wholesome by comparison. Why do you think
we saw a retreat to such squeaky-clean imagery?
Bon: It has to do with a lot of the way those bands were contrived
by management companies and by record companies. They were produced
bands. I don’t think that Backstreet Boys came together
by themselves. I don’t think New Kids on the Block did
either. So there was somebody in control… I mean, we were
slightly out of control.
us about working with Mark Ronson for your new album.
Mark’s an extraordinary guy. He’s very seductive.
He gets you feeling super-relaxed and very confident. But then
he cracks the whip. He’s very old school. His work ethic
— he’s fantastically driven. He leaves no stone
unturned. He had a vision for this album. He brought out the
best in us.
Bon: We had to come up with something very strong. We had to
come up with an album which connected directed to our fans this
time. Because if this hadn’t worked, I think it would
have been touch-and-go whether we would have survived. Mark’s
plan was for us to sound like Duran Duran. He was clear in his
mind about what we needed to do. He wanted to get back to a
more avant-garde style of songwriting and maybe a slightly more
naive, less crafted way of recording as well. He wanted the
rawness of the early Duran Duran.
live in Chicago, Fantastic Photogallery here
time. Simon: Check this out John, we have been sued by Andy again!
Oh great, and he even pretends to release Reportage...
| Duran Duran's nod to the past | Quotes by John Taylor
is a very strong style on those three albums, but style is
born out of limitations," he said this week. "I
remember spending a lot of time in New York in the late '80s
and hanging around session players and feeling like a 'musician'
and then feeling like our early style was naive. It felt like
everything that had worked in 1982 didn't work in 1987. We
lost our style."
didn't make the [recording] sessions. As to why, well, it's
a chapter in his book ["Wild Boy"]. I was there,
the other guys were there, but he wasn't and that's a great
disappointment to me," he said. "With Andy not turning
up, it couldn't be a rock record, so that whole album was
an attempt to patch over the cracks with Andy missing."
interconnectivity "is a must" in today's fractured
music industry, said John Taylor, both to connect to fans
and promote the band's new work.
is how you have to do it. We've never worked harder. I don't
know how we did it back in the day when we were hung over.
But if any young band saw the amount of work this requires,
they'd probably become bankers," he said. "For somebody
who had it, lost it and sees it happening again, I'll never
take it for granted."
| Still Hungry Like The Wolf:
Excerpt | Duran Duran's Roger Taylor says retiring
is not an option as he talks about working with Mark Ronson on
new album All You Need Is Now
him, it was almost like a scientific experiment, how to get that
sound again.' And most importantly for the band, they are now
doing it all themselves, having released the album on their own
Latest hit: The band's current album All You Need Is Now
Roger expanded: 'It was like being back to where we started -
back in Birmingham. We financed this album ourselves and wrote
and recorded it in a tiny little room in south London, so it really
was back to our roots. 'I think it's the way forward actually
[to release material yourself]. The last release was with a major
national corporation and it was kind of like being on the Titanic,
with it sinking beneath our feet. 'People were leaving, people
were getting fired, whole departments were getting the chop, labels
within the label were falling apart, so it wasn't really a great
environment in which to be releasing your record. So we thought
we'd do it ourselves.'
despite the band all now being resolutely middle-aged and all
in their late 40s and early 50s, Roger said Duran Duran were all
still looking to the future - and feeling stronger than ever.
insisted: 'We've got a great relationship at the moment actually,
we're very strong as a unit, I think we've ironed out all our
differences, we really understand each other now.'We feel very
strong. No-one's thinking about retiring, that's for sure. We
want to be doing this for a while yet. Who knows how long? We
bumped into Elton John the other night and he's still doing it.
'It's amazing, people just seem to go on and on these days and
you don't have to retire when you're 40 or 50 or even 60 or maybe
even 70 with the Stones, they've changed all that for ever. 'It's
great to know that you don't have to retire on a certain date,
you just retire when it feels right.'
We have a feeling they'll still be Notorious for a good while
Duran bring 30 years of albums to Coachella | Excerpt |
and bassist John Taylor spoke about the new album, still playing
together after all of these years, and looking back on the journey.
How does it feel to release a brand new album and simultaneously
celebrate 30 years since the first one?
Wow. I just don't know how to correlate that information. I mean,
where were you at thirty years ago? But I think that what it means
is that I've finally come to terms with what it is we do. And
we're certainly having a fun ride right now. We're really enjoying
the work. And I think part of that is that we're feeling kind
of cool in a desperate, hungry scene. We've got each other and
our relationships have been through the mill. We've come out of
it stronger and more loving and we're much better friends and
Has it all really sunk in yet?
We were playing "Friends of Mine" the other night in
London - which is a song from our first album that we've been
putting into the set – and we were playing it back to back
with one of the new numbers and I'm thinking to myself, "Man,
there's 30 years difference between these two songs." It's
all kind of interesting.
How has getting back on tour been?
It helps to have an album that you feel pretty strongly about.
But you get so that you analyze the journey all the time. Especially
when you're doing interviews and people are taking you back, asking
you to consider 30 years ago. We're like a living Wikipedia that's
constantly updating our own history and how we feel about it.
It's actually great, because you're only as good as you feel.
And it doesn't mean that every day has to be a blessing. To be
able to be honest, and understanding, and to be compassionate
about your own story, it's important.
And it has to make you feel good that "All You Need Is Now"
is getting such good reviews.
It does. But we've been able to feed on crumbs in that department.
We've never been a critics' band. We've always been a people's
band. And we've ridden out horrendous critical times. Always better
to get four stars, but we've learned not to look there for validation.
Once you've been around a while and you've had your initial splurge,
you ask, "What are we doing here?" It's like a party
- everyone's happy to welcome you through the door, but as the
night wears on it's like, "What are you bringing to this?"
And I think your responsibility becomes greater as you become
older. I never questioned our validity in '81 or '82 - I thought
we were an essential part of the zeitgeist. But by the end of
the '80s I wasn't sure if we should really still be doing it,
I just didn't know what else to do. I remember (producer) Don
Was saying it was heroic. I loved that he said that. I had never
once thought there was something heroic about sticking it out.
But there is something to be said for that.
So, Mark Ronson produced the new record.
Yes. He's very seductive and very challenging. He kind of lulls
you into a sense of security, and then he makes you jump through
the rings. He's very vigorous and doesn't settle for second best.
We've done this for a long time. We can tie most producers or
engineers around our fingers. But Mark wouldn't take that.
Right now, it's all about the band and it's all about the music.
We're loving it. But I have no idea what I'll be thinking at this
time next year. We'll probably be sick of each other and need
some time away. But we'll also be asking when we're going to do
the next one.
Facts & Stats with Duran Duran’s Dom Brown
current album or project is:
All You Need Is Now, Duran's new, Mark Ronson produced, album.
I have co-written 13 of the 15 songs.
song by our band:
At the moment it's “Girl Panic!” from the new album.
song to perform in front of a live audience:
Career highlight thus far is:
Playing at Wembley Stadium twice in a week with Duran for the
Princess Diana Concert and Live Earth.
most embarrassing moment on stage:
Recently we were sound checking for a show that David Lynch was
directing for a special one off web broadcast. The sample sound
to the intro of Planet Earth had some how transposed up a semi
tone and no one realized until I played the first note of the
riff. It was like the sound and moment in 127 Hours when he cuts
through the nerve. It was the worst combination of notes, shocking
and horrendous. We started again and the same thing happened.
Of course everyone looked at me to blame. We rebooted the sampler
and 3rd time lucky it was all fine. Gerard Way, the singer from
My Chemical Romance, who was doing guest vocals on that track,
said if that had happened to him he would have thrown up. That
is kind of how I felt too!!
it all at extremeguitars.com
Duran República Dominicana
| Duran Duran arrived into Casa de Campo on Thursday the 28th
of April and during their time here, they stirred up quiet a frenzy
of adoration, which culminating in his impressive partying during
and after their concert ‘All You Need Is Now’ on the
group arrived into Casa de Campo in the early hours of Thursday
morning and went off to their accommodations for a few hours rest,
before making their first public appearance in Altos de Chavón.
Altos de Chavón they took a short stroll through the artist
village’s beautiful cobbled streets and enjoyed a folkloric
dance show before they met the Dominican Republic’s press
for a round of questions, an impromptu photo shoot and a dancing
just arrived from the United States, the band told us how thrilled
they are to be in Casa de Campo and the Dominican Republic, a
country they describe as ‘incredibly beautiful.'
coming inside, the band were treated to a little bit of a dance
and music show from Altos de Chavóns dancing girls and
a traditional Perico Ripao band, which was enjoyed especially
by band member Simon Le Bon, who later commented on it, saying
this country has ‘wonderful dancing and wonderful music
and we would like to contribute to the music.’
On their second day in Casa de Campo, Duran Duran rented a boat
and set sail for local beauty spot and natural swimming pool [sand
bar], Palmilla, where they spent the day enjoying the sun, the
cool crystal blue waters and no doubt a few drinks.
that same they have been spotted on their way back to their accommodation
in Altos de Chavón travelling in a convoy of Jaguars [good
British automobiles], when they nearly caused a golf-cart collision
as a group of girls [on said golf cart]. Being big boat lovers,
Duran Duran then showed up at ‘The Francine’, Parnes’
151 foot yacht for a tour
the concert they went to Marina Casa de Campo, at Pepperoni, for
band were first here in Casa de Campo 10 years ago, when they
performed with Santana, as a slightly diminished version of Duran
Duran – with just Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes, this time
the band are thrilled to be back as a more complete version of
themselves, with the 2 other original band members: Roger Taylor
and John Taylor.
out these links for more pics: laromanabayahibenews.com
pic in this article by Vittoria Bellia
the left from top: the band claps during the folkloric dance show,
Simon's impromptu dancing lesson and again Simon at Pepperoni
Cason Thrash rolls out the red carpet for Duran Duran with a "little"
dinner at home
and Houston socialite and couture collector Becca Cason Trash
| Still looking good and going strong, '80s rockers Duran
Duran bounded into the Memorial
area swankienda with a bolt of energy the day before their Houston
concert. That would be the home of Becca Cason Thrash and husband
John Thrash, who welcomed their long-time rock star friends to
Houston with a TexMex feast [John Taylor's favorite] and a meet-and-greet
with several dozen from Becca's coterie of beautiful people.
The dashing Simon Le Bon was the show-stealer, striding through
the hall of Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe portrait wearing a black
suit with tuxedo shirt and bow tie. "I thought if I'm ever
going to dress on this tour," he said, "tonight is the
night. I'm comfortable in a tux... This is actually a one-button
black suit, but who knows?"
For die-hard Duran Duran fan Rosemarie Johnson, traveling on the
arm of husband Matt Johnson, it was a knock-out moment.
"I couldn't be more excited if George Clooney walked in right
now. In fact, I wouldn't be as excited at all." The Johnsons
and most of the other guests at the small dinner [small in comparison
to the mega parties that Becca typically throws] had tickets for
the Warehouse Live concert.
The guys had been on the road for two weeks touring for their
new album "All You Need Is Now." So as a surprise, John
Taylor's wife, Gela Nash Taylor of Juicy Couture fame, flew in
from home base in LA for a little squeeze time in Houston
The couple calls California home though they own a 14th-century
country estate in John's native England, where Gela has modernized
and decorated. While devouring the dinner, John allowed that his
real name was Nigel Taylor. "Nigel the nerd,"
he quipped. "Every nerdy character in Monty Python
pieces was named Nigel. I had to change it." John
is his middle name.
Roger Taylor and Nick Rhodes rounded out the guest of honor list
with all four sitting down to dinner at the vast candlelit table
that easily seated 50 for dinner. Lindsey Love, who had met Nick
on a previous Houston visit, sat tete-a-tete with the keyboardist
throughout dinner and beyond.
Among those getting a major charge out of having dinner with Duran
Duran were Greggory and Pat Burk, Sarah and Ron Simon, Meg Goodman
and Mike Bonini, Diane Lokey Farb, Karen Pulaski Tyrell, Elena
and Greg Davis and Valerie Sarofim with Andrew Echols.
No ordinary TexMex dinner would do for this group, Becca had her
troops scouring the town for just the right dishes — guacamole
and refried beans from Armandos, chips and chili con queso from
RDG, fish tacos from Berryhill, beef and shrimp fajitas from Ninfa's
and cheese enchiladas, Spanish rice and sauces. Additional source
of news El Tiempo.
Duran & Gray Area Foundation For The Arts
Duran & Gray Area Foundation For The Arts have just launched
a new collaboration on an online data visualization that seeks
to reflect public opinion on what is needed in the world right
now, inspired by Duran Duran's new single and album 'All You Need
Area Foundation for the Arts [GAFFTA] brings together the best
creative coders, data artists, designers, and makers to create
experiments that build social consciousness through digital culture.
fund programs aimed at the production, research, and dissemination
of digital culture where art, science, technology, and society
bring diverse communities together to incubate ideas, and we
support and showcase the projects they create. We host classes,
workshops, seminars, and symposia taught and attended by the
very people that are transforming today’s digital age."
"Make digital culture [data, social tools, open source
codes] accessible, substantive, and inspiring by humanizing
technology through creative and social digital experiments."
author of these pics is Shanna Doherty. Pics were taken on April
15 at the cocktail party in San Francisco.
Duran: Press Press!
issue of Electronic Beats Magazine
news, info and tidbits
september 26 2010 Andrew Day has posted in his blog some news
about the artwork he has been commissioned by Nick Rhodes and
Warren Cuccurullo for their TVMania project. Andrew says:
of Nick Rhodes’ side projects with ex-Frank Zappa guitarist,
Warren Cuccurullo. I’m working with The
Vinyl Factory on producing what promises to be quite an opulent
and intriguing boxset. I’ve comissioned Vania
Zouravliov and artist Stephen Cornell
to provide some of the exquisite content. A work in progress cover
is below. Due to be released later this year."
Russian-born Vania Zouravliov was inspired from an early age
by influences as diverse as The Bible, Dante’s Divine
Comedy, early Disney animation and North American Indians. Something
of a child prodigy in his homeland, he was championed by many
influential classical musicians including Ashkenazi, Spivakov
and Menuhin. He even had television programs made about him
and was introduced to famous communist artists, godfathers of
social realism, who told him that his work was from the Devil.
the age of 13, Vania Zouravliov was exhibiting internationally,
visited Canterbury several times as well as Paris, Colmar and
Berlin. He subsequently studied in the UK, and during this time
began creating illustrations for The Scotsman and comics for
Fantagraphics and Dark Horse in the US. His most recent projects
have been for Beck's
The Information and National Geographic.
this interview from italian music magazine XL there are some cool
comments about Reportage.
Is it true that Reportage was a political album?
Nick: It had some political elements. We also
talked about war in it.
Simon: One of the tracks was titled 'Criminals
In The Capital'. I really hope we’ll finsish it.
John: I relistened 'Transcendal Mental'
some days ago.
Nick: that one sucks!
John: I like it! There was much experimentation
on that one.
this interview [in italian] XL
Collector's Edition for the italian market
fans and collectors have been delighted with this new reissue
package which include standard jewel case cd of Rio, Arena and
very commercial initiative has been promoted by italian popular
tv magazine 'TV Sorrisi e Canzoni' and its sister
mag 'TuStyle'. Over the last weeks both mags
had full page adverts for this great offer which has brought these
album to the mass for a very small price, all of them for just
was cool to see posters of this great promotion in the streets
outside all the typical italian newstand. On the left the huge
poster that has accompanied the promo campaign.
Memories is actually going to happen
asked Denis O'Regan what's the status of the Careless Memories
visual book he has been working on since last year... here his
you for your interest in my 'Careless Memories' book! It actually
looks as though it's going to happen ... Stay
Well, at least
we know that the project is still going on!
guitarrist plays on William Shatner's Planet Earth
Howe Yes's guitarrist
has contributed to William Shatner's metal album,
performing on "Planet Earth" from Duran
William Shatner is planning to record a metal album in Los Angeles.According
to LA Weekly, the actor will collaborate with a number of rockers
on the LP, including Peter Frampton, Mike Inez, Steve Howe of
Yes, Ian Paice of Deep Purple, Brian May of Queen and Bootsy Collins.
The Star Trek icon plans
to cover popular rock and metal tracks for the release. Most of
the songs will have a 'space' or 'flying in space' theme.
Simon Le Bon and Nick Wood song: 'Eiffel Tower'
Wood of SYN informs through his blog that he's working on some
new project with Simon. Nick says:
recording bass today on the song “Eiffel Tower”
that I wrote with Simon last February when he was in Japan.
We’ve since recorded his vocals in London, I recorded
drums in LA and the rest in Tokyo, I still have strings, guitars
and other sounds to add."
Four Stars in MOJO magazine #208!
almost 30 years since Planet Earth broke Duran into the public
consciousness, and despite lazy tabloid fixations with their heady
dalliance with pop aristocracy, it's really much truer to see
Duran as the 80's postmodern inheritors of 70's pop. Take Roxy
Music, add Kraftwerk, and sprinkle on some Chic, and the result
is Duran Duran. Recent albums tended to dilute the cocktail, but
this new issue sees them back to full strength. Blame The Machines
psychoanalyses electronica, Leave A Light On is as lovely as Save
A Prayer, Being Followed has that Rum Runner artsy, propulsive
dance-floor pulse, and stand-out The Man Who Stole A Leopard quotes
and builds on their classic The Chauffuer. Producer Mark Ronson's
taut editing and fidelity to the original Duran magic gives a
fantastic clarity, while the abundance of great songs all go to
make this, after Rio, a strange delight.[Thanks to David for the
Egan interview and new fansite
very cool interview [in english and italian] to Nick Egan
on 'Rocket Surgery Fanzine' from Italy. Egan discusses about
his art and he also mention Duran Duran. Check it out! [Thanks
- New Uk
based fansite | Check it out: www.allyouneedisnow.co.uk
There will be some more cool stuff in the Being-Followed
section of the site cos these fans have been following the
band since the early 80s and they have some great stories
and pictures to share with all of us.
about the Italian shows
good news for the italian fans or anyone who's planning to come
over to Italy to see some Duran Duran shows. According to a very
reliable source, there are more shows to come, more than
the ones already announced and even more than we hoped for.
We are not sure that these additional dates will happen in july
or later but for sure the guys and their management are working
on playing more than 2/3 dates! Bear with the band!
thanks to Christian, Mandy, David, Duran
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