gives some info on the state of things with his voice problems.
be doing a MRI scan today.
posted this on twitter yesterday: "There has been a
little improvement to my voice in the last 3 wks. This I'd
put down to the inflammation on my vocal folds clearing
up. There is obviously some underlying problem which is
not shown by laryngoscopy. I really appreciate the concern
being shown by so many of you. I'm also aware that worry
and anxiety work against my recovery, so I'm really trying
to remain positive. It's difficult to stay relaxed when
you feel like fighting hard. I'm doing an MRI scan tomorrow."
Girl Panic in London!
pics in the montage taken by Daniela
courtesy of @thisistherealJT and @stefanodolce
10, 2011 Update
band has just finished shooting for the Girl Panic! video. The
glamourous video has been directed by Jonas Åkerlund
at the Savoy hotel in central London.
As previously reported on Grazia magazine's website, some of the
greatest top models were involved in the project: Cindy Crawford
, Helena Christensen , Yasmin Le Bon, Eva Herzigova and Naomi
Champbell performed in the video as Duran Duran [a little Robert
Palmer tribute we assume, with the girls playing like in the Addicted
to Love video].
Stefano Dolce and Domenico Gabbanna did a special guest part in
the video and photo shoot for Harpers Bazaar
[the magazine will feature a behind the scenes photo reportage
on the video shoot].
I drove the Rolls up and down the embankment a few times.
Crawford in the back. No accidents. Sigh of relief from
also said something about the release of the video
going to be serialized, virally.. leading to a premiere
later in the year"
from the most amazing vid shoot that I have ever seen. Dir.
Jonas Åkerlund pulls it out of bag. Whooosh"
guys celebrates Nick's Rhodes 49th birthday with a glamourous
after-shooting party at the Savoy Hotel in central London. That's
a very little pudding Nick!
these two days of glam and fashion have helped the band to lift
the mood a little bit... since my last post a full Uk tour has
been cancelled but most of all everybody in Duranworld is worried
about Simon's voice problems and his health. To paraphrase Nick
Rhodes, the last few weeks have been "a little tumultuous..."
Berlin has been postponed two times and the Uk tour will be probably
rescheduled in November/December 2011. The first five shows of
the european tour have been postponed and we still don't know
how this situation will affect the remaining scheduled shows but
I guess everybody, at this point, is prepared for the worst so
it won't be a surprise for anyone if the band will be forced to
postpone some more shows to make sure that Simon gets better and
returns at his best and with his voice 100% recovered.
band has our total support, Simon in particular!
explaines what's the problem with his voice on a recent blog entry
published on the band's website:
over two and a half weeks since the moment in the Cannes party
set when I went for a high note, i.e. the “Woah” before
the “yeah” in ALL YOU NEED IS NOW and it wasn’t
there. And it hasn’t been there since then. I reckon I got
6 semi-tones wiped off the top of my range and to be perfectly
honest with you, nobody, myself included, has really been able
to explain what has happened. It’s quite difficult not to
obsess; it’s very difficult not to worry about it.
The singer even visited five specialists during one day
in an attempt to find a solution, but has admitted that
“it’s quite difficult not to obsess” as
he rests after picking up the illness late last month. As
a result, Duran Duran had to postpone a series of dates
around the country, but the 52-year-old Simon is still no
nearer to solving his problem – and has no idea when
his voice will come back. Simon
took to the pop band’s website to write to fans, saying
that he believes he has had “six semi-tones wiped
off the top of my range and nobody, myself included, has
really been able to explain what has happened”. He
added that “it’s quite difficult not to obsess”
because “it’s very difficult not to worry about”
his lost voice. Incredibly, Simon has spent “an awful
lot of time seeing specialists”, with the Hungry Like
The Wolf star visiting “three otorhinolaryngologists,
a speech and voice therapist, a vocal coach, a physiotherapist
and, of course, my super-osteopath brother Jonathan Le Bon”.
Duran Duran are, however, hoping to be back on the road
for a forthcoming tour of continental Europe, while the
cancelled British dates will be rescheduled before the year
La Vie’, ‘Asi Es La Vida’, ‘Shit Happens’
hoped to deliver you reviews and pictures of the Berlin and London
shows... I hoped to write about their great performance, the amazing
the band has been rehearsing in a large scale stage and theatre
productions studio rather than the usual studio so I assume the
stage and the lighting they had for the Uk tour were massive],
about their new look and so on... but I can only report about
my recent meeting with the guys in London, in the days when they
announced the O2 postponement and when they probably decided what
to do with the rest of the Uk tour. Roger describe that day, the
27th of may, on his blog, below an excerpt:
we were in West London on the eve of our ‘jewel in the crown.’
Songs were rehearsed , the band was coming to the boil , last
minute tweaks on our state of the art lighting rig and screens
were being carried out by seemingly scores of technicians running
around in every direction, when Simon turns to JT and I with a
quiet, pained expression that screamed “this is not going
to happen.” After weeks of rehearsals and touring the U.S
in preparation for this moment it seemed an incredibly cruel blow
…not only to Simon , the band , the crew, the management
, the promoters and, of course, the thousands and thousands of
fans that had booked tickets , flights , trains and changed the
whole flow of their lives to come to see Duran Duran play for
2 hours…these people I really feel for.
the initial sense of disbelief and searching for reasons , you
move onto the next part of the whole process , which is finding
a positive way forward . This usually starts with grasping at
phrases like ‘Ces’t La Vie’ ‘Asi Es La
Vida’ and that most articulate of expressions ‘Shit
Happens’, but I am sure that this story will end in a positive
way, and I know that all the shows are very close to being re-scheduled
later in the year.
Simon’s voice goes, the band goes, we all go. Down and out.
Taylor in his blog says:
voice is the front end of the vehicle, the bumper and the headlights
and the chrome badge on top of the hood, it’s the first
to go, first to need repair work when there’s some kind
of accident or overuse. I can get run-down – I seem to need
antibiotics twice a year- but that doesn’t stop the show
from going on. Nick needed medical treatment right before the
gig in Boston last month, but it didn’t stop the show from
going on. When Simon’s voice goes, the band goes, we all
go. Down and out.
have to say, he is handling it with extreme dignity, leading the
way, as usual, with his grown-up behaviour. I’d be a basket
case by now. I said to him yesterday, ‘This doesn’t
mean you can go to the game you know,’ half jokingly, and
he was shocked I would even suggest it, ‘That is nothing
compared to our game,’ he said, ‘I want to be onstage
doing our show..’ And he was quite firm about that.
Taylor at rehearsal studio, London may 27th 2011. Pic by Fabrizia
report: Simon Le Voice
says "everything's gonna be fine"
four days trip was supposed to start on day of my 39th birthday
flying to Berlin to attend the Duran show at
the Admiralspalast. Luckily I got the bad news about the postponement
of the show at the airport right before boarding... so I didn't
leave. At least it was just a loss of money, not of precious time
and energies. I left for London on the 27th,
in my bag very few things and lots of hope about the O2 show.
Don't Know why but everybody was sure that the O2 show was actually
going to happen. While in London I met some cool friends of mine
who had flown in from Argentina, Faby her husband Gerardo and
their friend Daniel.
managed to see the band at their rehearsals studio. We actually
met Simon who informed the fans about his condition and explained
how he couldn't reach the high notes, you could easily see in
his eyes that there was a lot going on from an emotional point
On the right Simon and Salvo on the 27th and 28th of may. Below
with Nick on may 28th.
will be rescheduled" Nick told us, "I know you are all
here, so it doesn´t help. But it´ll be rescheduled.
He is gonna be fine, it is just boring...The wait and wait and
wait but hopefully tomorrow we´re gonna know when the rest
of the British tour is gonna happen. Then at least we´ll
know. That´s the worst part everyday...."
Rhodes may 28th, 2011
could listen to him talk for hours, it's always a pity when he has to
leave, rushing away to get to some exhibition or party...
studios and a chat with Mr Rhodes
forward... with Nick Rhodes
yes, forward to the new dates later in the year... and to a smashing
conversation with Simon happened just before he left the studio
[with Wendy Leister] to see a specialist... the answer to all
our questions was already there, in his eyes. We tried to chear
him up and defuse the situation, I said that we had a title for
a new Duran song, "All We Need Is Simon's Voice"
, he smiled and he nicely said "Me too"
while the guys gave him some presents from Argentina. He was amiable
was reported that the band had to stop rehearsing after just two
songs. At the studio there were all the people who usually work
with the band when they are on tour: Security man Dave
Casillas, tour manager Craig Duffy,
Film maker Gavin Elder, Jeffrey
Bryant, who was enthusiastic about the new band's clothes
for these new shows, designed by none other than [this is quite
a fresh news!]
the London fashion designer Anthony Price who
worked with the band in 1981 and 82; notable his work for the
guys in the Rio era with the colorful silk suits in the Rio video
everyone was there as the show was actually going to happen,
and there was quite a good vibe in the air untill we got
to chat with the guys. Dom was still hopeful when he left
the studio as he signed my copy of 'Touch The Flames'
album with this sentence "Hoping the show happens
Dom, you can leave me the key, I'll park it for you! Lol
not looking good for tomorrow"
Roger when helf the rehearsal studio
a man is devastated he just need...
band members are devastated": they couldn't
use a more appropriate sentence - in the press release - to describe
the band's feelings about current situation and you could read
that devastation it in their faces.
was actually the first of the guys who said frankly something
that didn't leave any doubt... when I asked how the rehearsal
went he said "Is not looking good for tomorrow"...
"There's gonna be an official announcement soon."
last two guys to leave the studios were Nick and John, when I
asked John if they had any positive news for us he answered with
a question "do you think this - refering to the expression
on his face- looks positive?", then Nick, shaking
his head with such a sad and serious expression told us that they
weren't going to play, they told us how bad they felt for us all.
John asked to the group of fans to hold on post anything untill
the news was officially announced on their website, and we all
respected their request. The O2 show was officially postponed
one hour later. The day after John wrote this:
was a dark day for our little band of brothers. I honestly felt
that my love for him, and our group’s love for our together
thing could make a difference. That a miracle would happen and
everything would be okay. He would sing, the notes would appear,
he would smile, and we would applaud ourselves and our abilities,
together, to overcome anything and everything. But that’s
not what happened."
you think this looks positive?"
you mean your hair John?
a positive note I'm so glad I got to meet for the first time some
some cool friends from around the world, Faby from Argentina,
Kitty Amsbry from gimmeawristband, Mario from durancroatia.com,
so even if it was a very sad moment those friends brought a smile
to my face and together we tried to react positively to that situation.
wasn't sure what to do at that point, leave London the same night
or stay. I actually tried to get a flight the same night but they
were fully booked so I stayed in London and spent the evening
with long time fan and friend Fabrizia.
the 28th, actually the 24th anniversary of my first Duran Duran
concert [Palermo may 28, 1987] I managed to see Nick and Simon
with my argentinian and croatian friends.
was very talkative, he actually gave us a little speach about
the current situation, he told us how bad they felt about us travelling
from various part of the world but he also had positive words
about the future, he said "everything's gonna be
he was asked about touring Argentina and South
America he said "Hopefully later in the
like his optimism, that's what keept the band alive in the darkerst
years. I didn't miss the chance to ask some questions, we talked
about the Girl Panic! video shooting and the top-models rumors.
He said "We are trying to do something special for
coincidence, I asked if they'll be playing in Palermo,
in Sicily, as I have heard some rumors
about a possible show there over the summer. Only some days later
I realized that I asked that question on the 28th of may 2011,
exactly 24 years after my first Duran Duran show in Palermo. Nick
said: "Palermo is not happening, 'cos there will
be a lot of rescheduling and when they offered us we were in Usa."
Simon, so human.
when he left the studio to see the specialist on the 27th of may 2011
that afternoon I endend up hanging around with a very good representation
of fans who have flown in from Argentina, Croatia, Switzerland,
and Germany and we also got to know some italians later in the
day. We all shared the same feeling, we were worried about Simon,
the lost shows became a very marginal problem in the big picture
of the band's situation so nobody was complaing about anything,
we were just worried about our one and only frontman.
after a long chat, with more than a few thoughts and doubts, we
decided to try and meet him to show him support and love in a
moment that he described as "very low profile".
Everyone wanted to show him appreciation and understanding but
moreover we just wanted to let him know that he doesn't have to
worry about the us, the fans, 'cos we all be there one more time
when he'll be able to sing again.
meeting was fantastic, brief but very significant from an emotional
point of view. We tried to cheer him up and I'm glad we managed
to put a smile to his face on the day of the most important show
of the UK tour. We didn't expect anything so he really surprised
that nice bunch of fans by asking "is everybody ready
for a bus picture?" so we all gathered around him
for the pic and we had a laugh saying [at the suggestion of Simon]
"seeeex!" for the cameras.
2, 3 seeex!
the pic (top left to right) Salvo, Simon, Gerardo, Mario, Daniel.
Center-front , Faby (with the camera) and Raffaella (blonde) plus
the italian girls whom we meet there (left to right: Micaela,
Valentina, Martina and Amedea)
to Dolores for taking such a beautiful picture!
Gallery | London Calling
some more pictures taken those two days
may 27th 2011
to meet his fans
the situation he smiles for his fans
Rhodes may 28th, 2011
Le Bon May 28th, 2011
2, 3 seeeex!
message for Simon, posted on duranasty.com's facebook page sums
up our feelings, we all send positive thoughts for Simon's recovery
and we'd like to express sympathy to our frontman. We
just hope he'll let nature take its course to heal properly
rather than damaging his vocal chords permanently. True
fans and any human being with compassion would understand that
things happen beyond our control.
wait a lifetime and Leave A Light On for Duran Duran!
to all the fans I met in London especially to the ones whom I
spent time with and shared emotions on such an unusual chapter
on the Duran Duran's history: Faby, Gerardo and Daniel from Argentina,
Fellini Twin Fabrizia, Daniela, Mario and Dolores from Croatia,
Raffaella and Petra from Switzerland, Kitty from Usa, Nicole and
Alice from Germany and all the nice english girls at the studio.
to Lanita for your message which sums up everyone's thought.
All photos by Salvo except where indicated: thanks to Faby, Mario,
Daniela and Fabrizia for sharing some pics in this report.
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