12, 2011 | Hi guys, duranasty.com is about to go on holiday
as it usually does over the summertime but before I leave I
just want to deliver you one last update filled with news, pics
and scans from international mags.
Duran guys have been enjoying some family time or holidays
before the band reconvene in London next week for a new rehearsal
session. John has been posting pics as he travels around the
british countryside these days while Simon has been sailing
for 1 week on the Adriatic Sea with his family. He left Split,
in Croatia, on july 3 and arrived to Venice on the 10th.
I hope you enjoy this new site update, it's my way to wish you
all a great summertime! For the european fans, I know, it's
not going to be as we all hoped but I'm sure we all have our
show, sooner or later.
want to wish one more time our dear frontman a a full recovery
from his voice problems and I also want to congratulate Roger
and Gisela for their newborn, Julian Roger Taylor who saw the
light of day on july 9.
but not least I want to wish the band and their team all the
best in this very thoughtful time, with all the decision to
make about the possible rescheduled euro dates and all the plans
for the next phase of the Duran Duran's history.
We all be there when the guys will hit the road again! We are
confident that they'll do their best to satisfy the fans and
respect all the commitments but I just hope they wont feel the
pressure and they'll give Simon all the time he needs to make
a full return with his voice at its best, not only to to ensure
a long career as live performer but also to deliver more great
albums over the next decades. Simon's voice is all we need now
but is also what we need for the future of the band...
to Planet Earth Julian Roger Taylor!
a quick translation from the article published in this week italian
Vanity Fair magazine [scan above]. And
of course we all know that they got the picture of the wrong
welcome the birth of their first child Gisella Benales (39)
just got delivered in London only products Made in Italy. She
has just finished setting up with her mother Nancy (pictured)
the baby's room with furniture by "Nanàn" and
crib by "Baby Più", while the pushchair is
The clothing brand chosen to dress Julian Roger Taylor is by
the milanese brand "La Stupenderia".
the left Roger with sons James, Elliot and Ellea in a picture
straight from the guys
stage setting just looks beautiful. I’m just dyeing
to get it out there and show people what we created There’s
a lot of video projections, there’s some movig parts,
some mechanical parts to the show, and is also interactive:
we can do all kind of sms, tweeting, photographs and and things.
to Nick Rhodes, David
Lynch's Duran Duran Unstaged show will be released on dvd
and will also get a small release in some cinemas.
band has plans to play South America, Australia and some of
the Far East in 2012.
it all below!
june 30 2011 John Taylor has been interviewed
on the radio show 'Pure Breakfast With Tim & Sara'
on Pure Radio 107.8 from Manchester. During the interview
he talked about Simon's voice problems and about the the UK Christmas
tour. There are some interesting news so here is a transcription
of the most interesting parts.
Simon's voice problems:
was quite a shock for us all, but especially for him - I mean
it’s… you know it’s his body, it’s his
voice - but you know this things happen and they not happen all
that often with him, I think in 30 years we had to cancel dates
perhaps three times because of problems he had with his voice
so I think that’s a pretty good record… and so you
know, he’s just got to learn some new tricks, you know –
it’s like Ryan Giggs being out of the team for a year -
but he’s gonna come back and is gonna be as important and
better in some ways than before.
So it was laryngitis wasn’t it that got him…?
Q: Was it not…
A: …no, it was actually a sort of a haemorrhaging
within the… I don’t need to get into the technicalities
Q: No it’s breakfast time, don’t.
A: Yeah, it was pretty nasty...
got a lot of projections & props & all sorts of things
going on to make the show as much fun to perform as it is to watch.
it was one of the silver linings of getting the tour cancelled
is the fact that the tour got moved to December which… I
mean Duran… we’ve always had great times on the road
in December, you know we’ve done over the years… we
have done some of our biggest tours of the UK at Christmas &…
so I think that… you know… we are the kind of band
that people really like… you know they get in that Christmas
spirit, and they like to party and we are a party band, and so
I think we are all gonna have a bit more fun in December that
we might have in May.
in the rehearsal lab for two weeks - hoping to get back to full
strength. It just didn't happen. Thanks for staying so loyal
to us. We'll do our best to make it up to ya. Yep, we are staying
positive. Over a 30 year career this is a minor setback."
Taylor june 2011
the worst of the headlines on the cancellation of the euro tour
and Simon's voice problem, from the Danish newspaper BT from july
6 it says "Is Simon le Bon about to sing his last verse?
Duran Duran has been forced to cancel their tour" [thanks
to Rie for the Translation]
more headlines from international newspapers: "Duran Duran
delays TA show" Jerusalem Post Israel 3 July * Duran Duran
schrapt Europese tournee" De Morgen Belgium 4 July * "Duran
Duran annuleert tournee" Het Belang Van Limburg Belgium 4
July * Piazzola sul Brenta, forfait dei Duran Duran" Corriere
Veneto * "Simon Le Bon, problemi di voce Salta il tour"
L'Arena * and so on... the news about the cancellation of the
europena tour has been published everywhere...
last Cafe up on duranduranmusic.com
Katy asks some interesting questions to Nick, here's a quick
transcription of the the most interesting bits.
the Duran-Lynch Unstaged Show
believes in the potential of the David Lynch Unstaged show:
"such a great thing to do for us” he says.
a great admirer of Lynch and recalls that he saw his first full
length film with John Taylor at Birmingham Arts Lab when they
were just teenagers, in the late 70s; he commented "we
were completely taken by".
"I’m looking for to formatting the film, whatever
needs to be done, a little bit of re-editing I’m sure,
getting the sound right, all those things for a very small release
in some cinemas and certanely a dvd release… I’m
super excited about actually get it finished as a product.
the stage setting
Nick says: "What I can tell you is that we all think in the
band, all four of us, that really is the best looking show we
ever had, we had a couple I really like, one around the Wedding
album, which was very good, the reunion one was good too, but
this one just looks beautiful.
can’t tell you how heartbreaking was for us having to cancel
the shows because not only for the personal point the view wanting
to play, obviously, knowing the disappointment for all the fans
was deeply uncomfortable and upsetting, but also knowing how good
the production looks.
I’m just dying to get it out there and show people what
we created so I truly hope that it all happens as soon as we can
go out there… there’s a lot of video projections,
there’s some movig parts, some mechanical parts to the show,
and is also interactive which I need to test out first, but we
have people building programs so that we can do all kind of sms,
tweeting, photographs and things...
about bringing the show in the United States:
At the moment It’s currently slated for mid September trough
Octber but I truly don’t know until we really lock down
when Simon is going to be completely fit to really do all the
shows, I’m very reluctant to actually say anything because
now we have a lot of the british tour to reschedule, we also want
to try to go to South America, Australia
and some of the Far East and I would actually
like trying to do China, I supect this will be happen next year."
from the German Spex mag
is an excerpt of the most interesting parts of the long interview.
do you learn as a musician or as a private person by spending
so much time with a man like Nile Rodgers?
let me be part of the private life ot the Hooks. He learned me
how to sing rhytmically. In Funk this is a common thing, but I
come from Punkrock and from Roxy Music.
though I liked very much the music of Chic, it would have never
dawned on me to sing songs like Notorious or Skin Trade in a funky
way, with the funk-hooklines.
it looks like a banal thing to say but here we are speaking of
an 'operation' which defines the Before and the After of a singer.
Nile had a huge influence on me.
myself been a choir-singer, we are talking of two completely different
worlds. The daily work with Nile has taught me that as a singer
I have to pay much more
to the melody and to the structure of a song.
a certain way Rodgers has been like a teacher to you?
someone who taughts you things which you will never forget for
the rest of your life.
difficult is it to feel like yourself in a gang of 50 years old?
if it’s irritable, not very easy. Anyway, the most difficult
thing has been the writing of the lyrics. Because if we want to
be honest: What I’ve written before/years back, was quite
'naive'. I didn’t want to reproduce the same thing. I wanted
more mature lyrics, stronger lyrics but at the same time recognizable
as Duran Duran lyrics. When writing the lyrics I was alone in
the studios. Only Mark was there with me, but he left me in peace
and worked very concentrated on the music.
you weren’t writing in trance?
course not! While the others were trying out the music, for me
it was a quite penal proceeding. The most part of the actual song
been re-written 5 to 6 times. The song 'Girl Panic!' was called
berfore 'Home Wrecker', 'Brain Wrecker' then 'Dollhouse' and 'Cold
Fires' and finally 'Pale Blue Panic'. These are 6 reincarnations
of the same song with different lyrics. Lots of good ideas are
not born out of inspiration,
out of intuition or out of spontaneity.
you remember where you were on September 11, 2001, the moment
of the Twin Tower catastrophe?
course, very precisely indeed. I was in a meeting with the genius
musician manager Miles Copeland III in London. He is the brother
Copeland, the drummer of The Police.
thanks to Raffaella Ciroli for the translation from german to english
Panic! video coming in November!
most “up” track on the album
quite excited about this upcoming release because it will actually
relaunch the album exactly one year after its digital release.
I think is gonna be a great combination: single, video and the
band touring! No need to say that video with all the top models
will bring a lot of interest and hype from the 'media-machine'.
This video is gonna be epic.
Christensen talks about Girl Panic! video
| Let's talk about Girl Panic! The video starring a gaggle of
legendary catwalkers dolled up in Dolce & Gabbana [corsets!
lace! chokers!] and performing as an uber-glam girl band. Oh yes,
it's set to be an iconic Fashion Moment reminiscent of George
Michael’s Freedom video, and that's no mean feat.
it was amazing,' Helena sighs. ‘I originally wanted to be
involved because Jonas Åkerlund was directing and the track’s
great – the band's songs represent different stages in my
life.' Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova and Yasmin
le Bon, who also feature in the video, must represent a fair few
Supermodel Era memories too? 'Yes, so many! I had dinner with
Yasmin recently and we spent the entire evening laughing and reminiscing.
I took a photo of us and sent it to my mum because she remembers
our times together from way back when.’ Yeeeep, we can’t
wait to see that video.
have a look back to the songwriting and see how the guys describe
Mark said, “This has to be about a girl, if it was, it would
be the most perfect of all Duran songs”. John and I were
talking about it and he said, “It needs a title that is
the sort of phrase you’d see on the cover of Italian Vogue.
Girl... girl panic”. And there was something about the urgency
of that, and adding an exclamation mark in a sort of Russ Meyer
way, that was hugely appealing.
Simon: To me, it’s the most “up” track on the
John: It reminded me of The Prodigy, but it reminded Mark [Ronson]
more than any of the other musical ideas, of what he really loved
about early Duran Duran. Mark was always quite clear, he wanted
a return to ‘Rio’.
time: John, Helena, Simon?! Can we also have a look at that video
in your camera?
Taylor and Tony Hadley?!
has recently published an interview to the lead singer from
Spandau Ballet on the eve of its Cremona show. Tony Hadley has
mentioned the guys... here is a translation of the Duran Duran
rivalry with Duran Duran was invented by the media, everyone
knows that. Have you recently speak to Simon LeBon?
happened to talk with Andy Taylor recently, although I know
that is not in the band anymore. We were thinking about writing
Will we ever see Duran and Spandau on the same stage?
going to listen to Duran at the Roundhouse in London on July
16. We already talked about it not long ago, it would be great.
Maybe one day... who knows."
Taylor on life after Duran Duran
has recently been interviewed for Culture, the magazine
of the Journal, get the scan here
Taylor sighting | This is the most recent picture of Andy Taylor
that I have in my photo archive, it's taken at the Barrington
Tobin Exhibition Private View at Gallery 27 in London on november
love the smell of paper, especially when it's DD related
front cover of a local newspaper from the Dominican Republic
where the band played in may
nice recent photos
on the photo to enlarge
Le Bons attend The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party on June 28,
at the English National Ballet's summer party at The Orangery
on June 29, 2011
Click on thumbnails
below to get big scans
Life, Uk, may 2011
Holland, june 2011
a great summertime and see you all in september!
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