official: Simon is back and better than ever. This fucking band
is on fire" John Taylor
band gets a front cover on the Herald's A&E
from september 23. click here
to get a bigger scan. The Orange County Register's
of the Los Angeles show the show opens with this headline
"Duran Duran in top form at Nokia show". Check
out the gallery.
Another set of cool pics is here.
3, 2011 | Hi everybody! It 's been a while since the
last site update and I hope you haven't missed the site that much...
I'm happy to be here with a new installment about this new fan-tastic
chapter of the the Duran Duran history. Duran Duran's North American
tour has kicked off in Everett, Washington, and they already played
in Portland, Saratoga and just some days ago a they played successful
shows in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The North American tour will
end in Atlantic City, NJ on October 29. Highlight of the tour
will be the Madison Square Gardens show on October 25.
concert is a multimedia show, it blends songs from "All You
Need is Now," some of their major hits and some surprises
are expected along the way, gems from the early albums... great
stuff that has played during the the recent Uk rehearsal shows
[more on those gigs below].
says that the setlist will evolve from city to city
so we assume that they will gradually introduce some b-side or
hidden album-gems. John add that at the moment the perfect formula
for a quality show is an hour and a half but they actually hope
to get to the two hours show along the way.
the venues choice Nick Rhodes says: "The tour is a bit of
a mixuture, there are smaller venues this time and then we end
up at Madison Square Garden".
Taylor says to Herald's
Jackson Holtz that "This is probably the most integrated
show we've done, with several screens showing film material synchronized
to the music". "You're always trying to put the material
out there in a way that is fresh. You're always trying to change
the lights on it".
gig is like a retrospective."
a bigger production", says Rhodes to blog.vegas.com,
"we’re taking out this time than with the last couple
of shows. It’s actually really beautiful. I’m thrilled
with the way it looks. [...] some of it’s quite dramatic
this time – I have to say the lights and the screens and
things are a little more dramatic than usual"
are certain things we all understand about being in a band and
one of them is that the music, at that stage, the music has to
be king of everything. So personal issues get put aside; egos
get put aside; everything gets put aside, and the only thing that
matters is making the best record." Simon le Bon
comes the man in black...
The other band members have quit at various points, but you and
Simon have stuck with it. How have you kept each other sane?
We believe in the sounds we make together. There's something about
our unit that no other band on this planet can do.
problem with his voice isn't a taboo in recent interviews...
says: "We were all asking ourselves the question, 'What
if?' None of us expected it to become as big a problem as
it became. After undergoing therapy and treatment, Lebon's
voice is back in full form"
been quite a lesson in mortality,"
talks about it to spinner.ca | You lost the top of
your vocal range and had to cancel this summer's European
tour -- how's your voice doing?
seems to be much better. No, it is much better. I can do everything
that I need to do in the show. It was quite a shock when the
breakdown happened and it wasn't anything that laryngologists
or I have really experienced before -- it was something completely
it happen to you onstage? Yes, it did actually --
at a show we were playing in Cannes. I've seen so many doctors
and had a lot of voice therapy. I've also learned to sing
with slightly better technique, better posture, so I think
that may have had something to do with it.
you ever worked with a vocal coach before? I
did go to a vocal coach but I didn't find that that was really
the right thing for me. It was a voice therapist that really
helped me. I have gone to vocal coaches before and sometimes
they've been helpful but I've got a very individual style
of singing. Coaches tend to have an idea in their mind of
the right way to do it, and I don't think that necessarily
is the case.
When Simon lost his voice, was there a moment when
you thought it was all over?
We knew he had strained his vocal cords, and like an athlete
straining a muscle or tendon, you just have to wait until
it repairs. That was very difficult for a while.
you feel as if you lost the momentum behind this album?
was obviously a little bit of a drag, especially when we had
to cancel the tour. But we're building it back up. The album
is our strongest one in many, many years.
very talkative Simon LeBon spoke to 97.3 Kiro fm's
Jason Antebi about the new tour and how the band and his performance
has evolved over the years with. You can dowload
it here [right click, save target as]. On September 26 Simon
spoke also to 95.5 Klos's Mark and Brian, download
the full podcast here
[right click, save target as].
He also spoke to 99.9 Ktdy's Steve Wiley about
the band’s longevity, the evolution of their music, his
hopes for the future, the new album and his love for classical
music. You can download the interview here
[right click, save target as]. You can listen a John Taylor interview
to Boom 97.3's Stu Jeffries right here.
There's anice interview to Nick Rhodes here
and you can also download the one from Kmxb here
[right click, save target as]. Last but not least, you can't miss
the Q&A session with Nick, John and Roger on Live
95.5 posted here
[it's a youtube video].
to a Kill with Nick Rhodes
a nice interview
to Nick Rhodes on lvrj.com. The master of sound talks about
the way he re-creates vintage tones digitally on tour:
are only so many tones. That's like saying there are only
so many colors. It's how you use them and how you put them
together." he says. Check out the full
interview where he also pays homage to Bob Marley's music
which he define "timeless"... "It doesn't matter
how old it is. Nick says, It's so timeless. Just listen to
the depth and the richness of the quality."
cool interview to Nick [and Simon] has been recently posted
Nick is deeply into conservation and climate change —
and tries to do his bit by turning off lights, recycling and
not owning a car. “I do use planes a lot,” he
admits. “I wish there was a better way of travelling
long distances quickly. I’m very aware of my carbon
footprint,” he says. That’s why Duran Duran do
everything they can to raise awareness about climate change
— they recently starred in a series of Live Earth concerts.
“I know it’s trendy to be green,” Nick Rhodes
says. “But if we wreck our planet what hope is there
is one of the many contributors of ShowStudio.
ShowStudio is an award-winning fashion website, founded and
directed by Nick Knight, that has consistently pushed the
boundaries of communicating fashion online. Established in
November 2000, ShowStudio’s innovative and ground-breaking
projects have defined the manner in which fashion is presented
via the Internet. Since its inception, ShowStudio has worked
with the world’s most sought-after filmmakers, writers
and cultural figures to create visionary online content, exploring
every facet of fashion through moving image, illustration,
photography and the written word. You can find Nick Rhodes
listed on page
10, among hundreds of contributors.
price talks about Duran Duran in Clash mag
Nick Rhodes wrote a piece about the London fashion designer, best
known for for glamorous evening wear and suits and responsible
for the Rio video look
promo cd-single of Leave A Light On
the North American tour goes on, Leave a Light
on is getting a good airplay in the US since a promo cd-single
has been released and sent over to radios.
we are all curious to see the new Duran Duran video for Girl
Panic! which, according to John, is going to get its
official release on november 7th in London. John
mentions that Girl Panic! is 9 minutes long and the models are
pretending to be the band - a 'killer' 'insane' that everyone
will want to see. [to listen John's interview just click here].
promo cd single of Girl Panic! has already been sent to radios
back in march, to push the launch of the physical release of AYNIN
and it actually got some airplay around that time. Hopefully radios
will start playing the track again with all the buzz that the
new video will create.
Girl Panic!, in the press-release printed on the promo cd single,
is defined as a “classic Duran with a nod to such classics
as Rio and Girls On Film but with a fresh sound relevant to 2011."
We really hope that the video will bring new life to the album
and interest in the upcoming Uk and european tour.
I just got
my copy of the standard but beautiful Limited
Edition Gatefold Double Vinyl of All You Need Is Now for only
€ 15,74 on amazon.it and it's also available for only £18.40
on amazon.co.uk here
Number of Discs: 2 [14 tracks]
Format: Limited Edition
Label: Tape Modern
course isn't the Vinyl Factory Deluxe Collectors Edition that
you can still get here
for only [!] £ 250 but I can assure you that this standard
Limited Edition version is lovely! So
get your copy!
candy: news in pictures
all these cool fresh news I want to go back a little bit in case
you have missed some relevant news and/or good pics/scans... I'm
also going to share a couple of my recent Duran Duran adventures.
Hope you enjoy the stuff.
in august the guys were reheasing in London for the tour.
Antonella Barone, an italian fan, has sent us some cool candid
pics including some of a notoriously-scruffy John Taylor...
check them out! [click on the banner on the right].
september 6 the band The band has received a Lifetime Achievement
Award at the GQ “Men of the Year” Award Ceremony,
held at the Royal Opera House in London. Alex James from Blur
presented the award to the guys. Check some cool pics taken
at the event, click on the banner below!
- On september
20 Duran Duran were special guests at the South Park 15th
Anniversary Show, in Santa Monica. The band played a live
set. You can get a set of 15 cool pics by clicking on the
and news about the euro-tour
many emails of fans asking info on the brunette who attended
the GQ Awards with Nick. All I know is that her name is Nefer,
she's 28 years old from Rome. According to some fan rumors
they know each other at least since summer 2008 as They were
first seen together during the italian leg of the RCM tour.
The couple was spotted by paparazzi out and about in Los Angeles
some days ago, check out this
new pic of the couple taken at Chateau Marmont on September
29. There are more pictures here.
brazilian interview to John Taylor he answer to a specific
question about the choice to play a cover of Lady Gaga's Poker
Face. Here his answer [translation thanks to Amanda Foschi]
"We played that song just for fun. We found out that
Poker Face would fit in Girls on Film so we played it together,
like a jam. And it worked! The audience really enjoyed. But
it's the kind of thing that's boring when people already expect
to happen. So, I suppose we won't play this cover at SWU festival."
Fucker and Relax! The guys played "Uncle
Fucker" song from the South Park movie at the South Park
15th Anniversary Party. Check it out here.
The guys also played a mix of Wild Boys and Frankie Goes To
Hollywood's Relax in Everett. Check it out here
News | Europe and
Australia, here we come! According
to sherpa.be and forestnational.be, the Bruxelles
show will be rescheduled in January 2012!
The exact date at Forest National will soon be announced by
the band! In one of his recent twitter sessions John said
"European shows will have to be rescheduled for 2012".
One more positive news comes from eventim.de that reports
"Duran Duran will be coming to Germany in January
2012". So finger crossed for a full european
tour in early 2012. According to Simon Duran Duran will be
also playing Australia... he says "DD
coming to Oz early 2012 but don't say you heard it from me".
the October issue of Harper's Bazzar there's a nice picture
of Nick dining with Jessica De Rothschild taken at the Royal
Academy Summer Exhibition 2011, held at the Royal Academy
of Arts back in june. Get your scan here.
the October issue of GQ magazine there's a wonderful 2 pages
feature on the guys to celebrate their Lifetime
Award. Get your scan of the article
apologies for having John's face a bit distorted but the mag
is thick. But if you want to get a good version of that wonderful
new b/w pic taken by John Wrigh you can get it here.
The photographer says "The Durans! What can I say about
Duran Duran!? Obviously I’m too young to have enjoyed
their early albums, but their ‘legends’ status
was very much “in the air” when they visited our
little corner of Shoreditch. This image, like some of our
best work at present, was shot in our kitchen!"
reports and reviews
Therain in Oxford
Before The Rain to Hold Back The Rain!
19th the band announced a string of exclusive rehearsal shows
for the members of their fan-community. The press release stated
that the shows were shorter than normal set with no production...
"a once-in-a-lifetime fan opportunity to see Duran Duran
in an intimate setting as they mount the final rehearsals for
chance, something not to be missed by the loyal fanbase, even
if the shows were announced with such short notice and in a
period when many fans were on vacation. The lucky fans who attended
any of those shows know that they have witnessed to a unique
and unrepeatable page of the Duran Duran history.
these shows so unique? The tracklist! Fans
were treated to a 17/18-song set of mostly rarities old and
new… rare tracks, b-sides and hidden gems such as Shadows
On Your Side and Hold Back The Rain made this string of gigs
a great fan-experience, something that will hardly happen again,
a dream-show to add to our Duran Duran diaries.
so glad that I managed to attend one of those gigs… I
was just returned from a long family vacation so all I was asking
was to unpack the bags and relax… but when I got the news
I couldn't resist so I got the ticket and organized the trip
the Oxford show because I never been there, and it was also
the last of the four shows, so I hoped to see, after 3 gigs,
a well-oiled band… and it was saturday too! So, what could
I ask more?
guys played these four rehearsal gigs:
1st September - Bournemouth Old Fire Station
September - Cambridge Junction
9th September - Bristol Trinity
10th September - Oxford Academy
been having a lot of fun with rehearsals in the UK and warm-up
shows with tiny little audiences". Simon Le Bon
I hoped to get to the front row so I arrived at the venue at 8.30
am. A group of loyal uk fans were already there. It was good to
chat with all the fans while queuing for hours.
When I got to the venue I realized that there was a camera crew
filming one of my Uk friends, Alison. Knickerblockerglory
Ltd [an independent production company specialising in
producing entertaining and innovative television programmes] was
shooting a documentary.
Knickerbockerglory is completely independent distributor or super-indie
who is currently producing a serie with the working title
“Superfans”. The serie is obviously about
fans and will feature single episodes about Duran Duran, Michael
Jackson, and so on. The protagonist of the Duran Duran episode
is Alison who tells all about being a fan since the ealrty 80s
and being considered Roger
Taylors N°1 Fan by Roger Taylor himself. The
show, still in the working stage, will be broadcasted by Discovery
channel… The question is, will the band be ivolved at some
point? That’s what I asked to the interviewer/cameraman,
the answer is no. It’s an independent documentary about
the fan-world so the band won't be involved at any level nor shooting
of the live show were done.
So, let’s talk about the shows! Oxford was amazing,what
a thrill! I think it’s one of best shows I have ever seen,
after the London Forum one back in 2003.
Great atmoshere in such a small venue. Just the guys, their
instruments, and their fans! We got all those tracks in a close-up
setting: what a brilliant value!
of the fan-community, including me, got to enter the venue half
an hour before the general public, in my opinion that's a very
good reason to join the official fan club. I just hope the club
will keep offering this kind of services for the core fans in
expressely asked to not take videos of the shows [as reported
in the official press release "DD would prefer it if you
did not use your cell phone or camera to take moving pictures
and recordings of the band at these shows"], but the venue
crew and security told us that pics were fine [taken with non
obvious that the band wanted to play those dreaming setlist
to satisfy and reward the fans who have been so incredibly supportive
over the last months, after the postponement of the Uk tour
caused by Simon Le Bon’s voice problem.
guys in action with Anna Ross
was on great form, I mean his voice was there, better than ever,
especially in the slow ones such as Before The Rain, The Man Who
Stole A Leopard and so on… in those tracks he sounded even
better than the original recording.
The apprehension that many fans had after his recent voice problems
has vanished, gone; but we are all aware that Simon Le Bon is
a better and stronger singer than before.
He has been working with a vocal therapist for months and this
has obviously helped him to sing well without putting unnecessary
stress to his voice. The result is great, during the performance
he’s very concentrated on his job, he knows how to modulate
the power of his unique natural instrument, using it wisely and
economically, pushing it only when needed.
the past our music tended to be treated as a sideline. People
talked about our videos, the way we looked and the things we did
but never our songs.” “Our secret ingredient is music,”
Simon Le Bon
the Oxford show Simon managed to dance and move around the stage…
the guy has a lot of energy! Our amazing frontman was back and
the fans loved every single note coming out from his lips and
and every single duranesque-move: the gun at the end of AVTAK,
the finger-lick in Come Undone, the fists at the end of Notorious
and so on. John was great, so much into the music, into the party,
he obviously was having a lot of fun.
Dom really rocked it, I really enjoyed his playing in Mediterranea
and Sunrise. Some really great stuff! I’m so glad the guy
is in the band, he's doing a great job! Anna
and Simon's voices mixed well when backing vocals were required
and in duets such as Safe; Simon Willescroft’s solo in Tiger
Tiger, brought the show to another dimension. The sound coming
from his tiny sax was powerful as ever before. Loved it! He also
played extra percussion and he helped out with the side keyboards
of Mr Rhodes.
I'm back and I'm stronger!"
Oxford they only did 5 hits [including AYNIN] in an 80 minute
set of 18 songs, I think nothing like this has ever happened in
the duranhistory!? I just hope fans from abroad will be treated
with some shows like these sooner or later. Networker
Nation is amazing live, and all the tracks from AYNIN
sounded great. The album live goes strong and I can’t wait
for its re-launch with the new single and video, coming out on
november 7th, and the world tour! My highlights: first
time the band have ever played the full length Hold Back the Rain,
Simon's energy in that one was outstanding, pure gold!
The original arrangement of Secret Oktober and the powerful Shadows
On Your Side, The Man Who Stole A Leopard and Before the Rain,
what a thrill!
That tracklist would have been perfect if they would have skipped
Safe [my least favorite on the album] in favour of Careless Memories
but no complain at all. I had a blast!
All You Need Is Now
Blame the Machine
Other Peoples Lives
Shadows On Your Side
The Man Who Stole A Leopard
Too Bad You're So Beautiful
A View To A Kill
Hold Back The Rain
was a great chance to see Duran Duran playing live in an intimate
setting, playing obscure tracks to crowds of only a few hundred,
just like in the very early 80s, when they started at the Berrow's
Rum Runner and played for clubbers and friends… it was like
reliving those years when we were actually too young and the band
was only the local phenomenon playing at new trendy club or at
some small dirty venues… it was like listening to a new
band, renewed, energetic and so charismatic. If that has been
labelled as a rehearsal show, the proper tour is going to be awesome
with the production and all! I just can't wait to see the new
show here in Europe! Welcome back guys!
out the full set of pics from the Oxford gig! Click on the banner
below and enjoy!
comments on the rehearsal shows on soundspike.com
How did the rehearsal shows go?
Taylor: Really, really good actually fantastic. We did three in
a row last week and they were fantastic. Simon seems to be fully
back to where he was. So we're pretty excited. As you probably
know, we've been off the road for a few months because of Simon's
vocal problems. We're back there and we're ready to go.
his vocals have returned to form?
yeah. We did three one-and-a-half hour shows in three days, which
is pretty strenuous, and he came through that with flying colors.
I think he just needed to rest his voice, which was the key thing,
which he managed to do over the summer. Yeah, he sounded great.
Simon and Nick signs autographs outside the O2 Accademy in Oxford .
fan shouts: "Simon, Man United won again today!" Simon
[plugging his ears] "don't tell me, I'm gonna watch the match
today!" [he obviously videorecorded it...]
in Taormina, Sicily
set with impromptu upbeat vocals
With the postponement of the Uk and European
tour, all my plans to see the band live over the summer vanished
like a soap bubble… so all my Duran Duran dreams were
also 'postponed' to december with the rescheduled Arena shows
knew that nothing in the Duran Duran world was going to happen
untill later this year for us in Europe… so posting one
last site update on july 12 and closing the the site for holiday
[as I usually do over the summer] was supposed to be my last Duran
Duran activity till september.
the summer, when the kids are home from school, I want to spend
some quality time with family taking a pause from all… this
year, from a Duran Duran fan point of view has been hard, after
all the stress and the loss of money caused by the cancellation
of the tour.
I had planned for months my family vacation, from mid july till
late august. We use to go to Sicily, firstly because it’s
my homeland and I love back to my origins, secondly, but not less
important, the sea is great over there.
That time of the year I hardly see a computer… I try to
detox from the over saturation of technology and internet and
I just love to go back to the simple life with not so much information.
[click on the photo on the left to enlarge it]
it was a big and unexpect surprise when, in the middle of the
summer, I got a phone call from a friend saying that Roger was
coming to play a deejay set in Sicily… where? Exactly where
I was staying! Taormina! How cool was that?! I was going to see
a Duran Duran member without taking an airplane… because
he was coming to my home.
I got the news, for just a second, I thought: “these guys
don’t really wanna let me go on holiday…”but
of course I was more than happy to see our drummer so I got in
touch with Roger’s italian manager and I actually got to
see Mr Taylor and his deejay partner Jake Fonique in action.
It was just a great experience because it wasn’t Duran Duran,
so everyone, from his manager to the local organizers were so
relaxed… it was summer, so everyone involved in event, including
Roger and Jake, wanted to have fun and enjoy the place and the
company of people.
deejay set was happening at the Meridien beach club in
Taormina, on august 11.
Taormina is a small town on the east coast of the island of Sicily,
in the Province of Messina, about midway between Messina and Catania.
It's a very popular tourist destination, It has lovely beaches,
nightlife, art and culture. The Meridienne Beach Club, the club
were Roger and Jake were going to perform, is stunning cos it’s
on the beach so the dancefloor is just a terrace overlooking the
sea… dancefloors, sunrises, sunsets that blend with the
sea... I guess one of the most beautiful scenery Roger and Jake
have ever had to play their deejay set... and Roger's name was
also projected on the sea, right on the foreshore, a very suggestive
arrived the same evening of the event and they went straight to
the club from the Catania airport to to do a quick soundcheck
assisted by the local sound-engineer and settle the instrumentation,
which included the usual deejay console, the electronic drum-kit
and the computers.
They rehearses at low volume cos the fans were already in the
club, in the nearby restaurant, and they actually didn’t
want to reveal any surprises of the tracklist.
close and Personal | Just after the soundcheck the guys
moved to the club’s restaurant to have dinner. As soon as
he spotted me we connected and just after minutes we were chatting
while walking to the restaurant. One of the first thing I did
was congratulating him on his new fatherhood, and he proudly showed
me plenty of pictures of the sweet Julian Roger [who was only
one month old] on his mobile.
Roger was very friendly with all the fans, a real sweetheart,
so after saying hello to the club’s owner, the staff and
a group of Duran Duran fans attending the set, Jake, his lovely
wife, Roger and Fabrizio moved to the table reserved for them
and, with my surprise, Fabrizio, followed by Roger, invited me
to join them at their table.
That was such a kind gesture on their part and I'm still very
appreciative, because I spent a wonderful evening in company of
Roger and his friends having fun and chatting about many subjects,
riots happening in London that week to the beauty of Sicily
and Taormina in particular [I suggested them not only to go to
the beach but also to pay a visit to the town of Taormina to get
a breathe of art, history, culture and great shopping too], from
Simon’s beard [Roger revealed us that he once wore a goatee!]
to commenting the tasty local fish that we were eating…
and of course lots of humor and laughs between a glass of white
wine and the another… we even played the lookalike game.
As soon as I sat next to him, [I swear, I didn’t decide
the seating] I forgot being about a fan, it was all so natural.
There were no rockstar/fan poses, it was just a bunch of people
having a good time dining together.
That night Roger confirmed what I’ve always known, he’s
a down to earth guy, a kind, honest and friendly family guy…
someone you’d love to have among your friends. And he’s
got a great sense of humor!
deejay-set on its own was fantastic, not only because
the duo revisited and updated their tracklist from the previous
year set “Dancefloor Destroyers”
but because it became something more than the typical deejay set,
it became an happening with two great vocalists joining Taylor&Fonique’s
to Roger’s manager the vocalists performances were quite
improvised as Ben Ofoedu, the 38-year-old Nigerian/British
singer-songwriter, most famous for being the former lead singer
of the band Phats & Small was in Taormina
with his with his partner Vanessa Feltz on vacation
and Adam Clay, the Barbados native singer and
producer of the hits ‘Born Again’ and ‘Babylonia’,
joined the set arriving straight from Palermo were he had just
played at the 'III Festa Printed'.
These two powerful black voices added to the set something of
great value, unexpected and unique, completely improvised. So
the lucky clubbers and fans who attended the soiree ended up dancing
to a deejay set with impromptu fantastic upbeat vocals
by Ben, who just did a short appearance and Adam who actually
entertained the crowd for most of the set till early in the morning…
the guy obviously loves to sing and it was evident that he truly
appreciated the opportunity to take part to the set. He actually
did a great job and stayed with the duo till the end of the set.
show is based on a mixture of explosive electro house music, eighties
and 90s, a music selection that keeps the dancefloor continuously
jumping. The set is enriched by the live beats of Roger’s
Roland spd electronic drum kit.
During the whole set they organically dosed a mixture of dance,
techno, house with some disco hits such as a cool remix of the
1982’s classic Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
and the and the 90s Yomanda’s [Paul Masterson]
You're Free [To Do What You Want To Do]. It was
great also to listen to bits of some great seminal 80s tracks…
and of course they couldn’t escape from playing some Duran
bits mixed in the lot, such as Notorious, Girls
On Film and Wild Boys plus full remixes
of All You Need Is Now and Wild Boys
[much loved by the adoring crowd] with Roger’s special performance
on his electronic drums. Cool that they paid tribute to Italy
playing a disco version of the classic 1968 Patti Pravo’s
song “La Bambola”.
show started at 1.30 am and ended later than 4 am, everyone had
a great time and danced all night long. After the set the guys
stopped to say hello to the fans. Roger was visibly tired but
only when all people left the club they were able disassemble
the instrumentation, so they left the Meridien not before 5 am.
At that hour, after a non-stop job like that, including traveling
from London and rushing to the club, they had to be exausted,
however I hope they had a great time and they actually felt the
warmth and the enthusiasm of the southern italian people. For
sure I had a great time dancing at the rhythm of their amazing
The next day, even though I knew where I could meet Roger, I prefered
not bother him as I knew he wanted to enjoy his time in Taormina
and relax. Reporters says that he has been seen sunbathing on
the beach and seesighting in Taormina.
I had a little present for Roger and Gisela, a package full of
typical sicilian goodies so I managed to see Roger on the 13th,
the day he had to leave.
We had another pleasant chat, more confidential and personal than
the one we had at the Meridien ‘cos we were just the two
I invited him to consider the Taormina Ancient theatre
[the second largest of its kind in Sicily, frequently used for
operatic and theatrical performances and for concerts] as a possible
venue to play with Duran Duran next time the tour Italy. So,
beside the fact that he loved the pistachio pesto jar in the package
there’s nothing to report about our conversation, since
it touched on subjects from our personal lives.
That circumstance was so incredibly human, miles away away from
the fan/rockstar dimension we are used to, so when I said goodbye,
I shacked hand and hugged him like an old friend.
This was a once in a lifetime experience that showed me the real
Roger Taylor, a great musician, a perfect deejay but most of all
a wonderful person.
great Duran pics from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las
Vegas! Click on the banner!
cool pics sare up here
want to conclude this update with something sweet! My son
Angelo helps out daddy with visuals for the website! Love
this so much I had to share it with you all ! :)
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