2011 Duran Duran enjoyed a commercial and critical renaissance,
confirming their status: they are one of the world’s coolest
entire band are in unison- absolutely fabulous tour darlings,
a terrific closing to an extraordinary year for Duran" John
this sentence, dated Deecember 21th 2011, one year after the digital
release of All You Need Is Now, John Taylor sums
up nicely what 2011 has been for the band and their loyal fan-base.
It has been an incredible year for Duran Duran whom enjoyed a
commercial and critical renaissance, confirming to a new generation
of fans that they are one of the world’s coolest band.
a recent message to the fan-base the band says:
we have achieved things this year that we are incredibly proud
of and that have been real career high-points for us. We are incredibly
grateful for your support on each and every one of these - and
for sticking with us over the summer when we lost close to five
months worth of touring."
critically acclaimed new album earned a cool mention on the Independent
and on slicingupeyeballs.com
AYNIN has been voted #1 in their end of the year reader's
have a lot of drive in our band and we keep believing our best
years are ahead of us," John Taylor says in a very recent
have worked very hard not to get dragged back into the past, which
is quite difficult when you have the past we have and we invest
heavily in this moment right now.
are all very proud of our most recent album and that's probably
the key to the lifeblood of this band - we keep writing new material
and put out albums every couple of years."
a World Tour [with an incredible production] still ongoing, in
2011 the band played some of the most memorable shows of their
entire career: the Coachella Festival, the Unstaged show directed
by David Lynch, the Madison Square Garden, the O2 in London...
and of course the fan-tastic exclusive Rehearsal gigs in the UK
back in September.
enthusiastic review says of the stage-set: "The futuristic
set was amazing. Giant extendable lighting cranes like something
from War of the Worlds and four 3D faces of the lads which morphed
throughout the show complimented the ever-changing video screens.
These showed everything from Rorschach ink blots tets and constellations
to manga style cartoons, Supermodels playing the parts of Duran
Duran during Girl Panic and the audience themselves."
release of a fantastic new video for the single "Girl Panic!"
directed by Jonas Akerlund, which was object of an awful lot media
attention for getting involved the orginal Top-Models and for
being banned by MTV... The video, with nearly 5,000,000 views
of view online, has made it onto Yahoo's
year-end lists of top videos:
5 Duran Duran - "Girl Panic"
"There was a time, back in the hallowed 1980s, when supermodels
were superstars, practically on the same A-list level as the
pop singers who recruited them for their bombastic music videos.
And in this nine-and-a-half-minute mini-movie, the "Supers"
are back in the gauze-lensed spotlight, recapturing all the
celluloid glamour of THE ultimate '80s band's heyday... this
video perfectly epitomizes the glamour and excess of Duran's
champagne-swilling, yacht-hopping glory days."
- the video
has got also a mention on NME
| "2011 has been a memorable year for music video. From
Best Coast to Beyonce, Azealia Banks to Arctic Monkeys, here's
our pick of the most arresting audio-visual moments of the
year "Nearly ten minutes in length, this short documentary/film
shot at London’s Savoy Hotel was deemed too sexy for
telly. But frankly, it’s not half as naughty as some
of the other videos that we’ve seen this year. Forget
the blatant product placements – it’s a great
little nugget of a music video.
the new album has been mentioned on allmediany.com's
year-end list: "Duran Duran has been a huge influence
on the music industry since the 80s, and their recent album,
All You Need is Now, is yet another great contribution to
their catalogue, with an updated sound that still harkens
back to their roots. If anything, check out the track “The
Man Who Stole a Leopard,” which features yet another
AllMediaNY favorite, R&B star turned dance queen Kelis."
very cool article from gigwise.com
" Duran Duran's 'Girl Panic' Video Banned By MTV's
Mass Hypocrisy", below the most salient parts of
of the piece:
of the video proves to find nothing overtly sexual, apart
from perhaps a little bit of titillation involving a few
female members of the cast sharing a wee kiss - which from
the position of a being a bloke is certainly nothing to
complain about. Not to mention a
little number 'I Kissed A Girl' by Katy Perry is just as
bad if not more risqué in its message..."
you looked at the situation from extremes, say the definition
of "pornographic", the video most certainly is
not... Also do Duran Duran really need MTV? Not really,
they are big enough without, especially with the ban provoking
such glorious solidarity across the internet exposing the
hypocrisy of the music industry's attitude to sexuality...
Duran Duran know what they are doing and they do it brilliantly,
with nearly 5,000,000 views on the video at the time of
this article it's clear that MTV should have kept their
mouths firmly shut.
pic shows the belgian promo of Girl Panic! Below Mark Ronson
join the band on stage at the O2 in London with some wild action
with Dom and John!
So the band
concluded the year with a smashing pre-Christmas UK tour with
some memorable shows, according to the guys social media posts
these were "some of the best UK gigs they ever played".
At the London O2 the guys were even joined onstage by Mark
Ronson, and the Manchester show was filmed by Duran's
videoreporter Gavin Elder.
the whole tour the band was on great form, they managed to provide
a mix of old and new songs with Simon and the rest of the band
on sparkling form. Every show flew by, from the superb opening
Before The Rain to Reach Up For The Sunrise. To top it off the
encore of Wild Boys mixed with Relax [the classic 1984 Frankie
Goes To Hollywood song], and Rio was a great way to finish. Of
all the comments left on duranasty.com's facebook page I liked
this from our friend Desiree:
are just bands and then there are proper live bands, Duran is
one of them, ever so skillfull in their craft another majestic
feast for the ears at recent UK shows... even when stripped bare
at the rehearsal gigs they were still monumental... Do yourself
a favour and broad your horizons by going to see one of the last
true bands, unplugged or not, who is going to show you what real
music and original vision is all about."
is what Duran Duran is up to...
guys are currently with their families, enjoying a well deserved
Christmas/festive break. But they are also looking forward to
the new year! It looks like 2012 is gonna be another fantastic
Duran year as there are already plenty of plans going on... we
have a lot to look forward to! Let's see what they have in store
mirror on the wall who's the best singer of the world?
much anticipated 320 pages John Taylor autobiography that
will be published by Sphere on September 20. [Writing my book]
"has been a great and challenging process so far, I am
hoping it will be good" says John;
new Duran Duran Documentary
is currently in the works, Gary Oldknow has begun to work
on it a couple of weeks ago and we can only say that Stephen
Duffy is going to get involved probably telling the story
of the embryonal 1979 version of Duran Duran;
new video stuff is in the works! A new dvd and Blue-Ray
out in mid May, 2012 which includes live footage
shot by Gavin Elder in Manchester. According
to John and Dom the guys were so pleased with the quality
of their Manchester show and audience responce.
nights Manchester show was great. So glad we have captured
this on film... looking forward to seeing" said Dom
Could not be happier with the show tonight- it rocked
from start to finish. Mad Friday in Madchester indeed"
said John after the show.
is already working in the studio finishing up the audio mix
on the David Lynch film and the newly recorded
Manchester show.The band strongly believes in the David Lynch
project... we have heard that they hope to get something more
out of it and they would like to reach some selected niche
cinemas and film festivals with that piece of video-art. That
Duran-Lynch collaboration is something the band is very proud
of and is actually investing on it. Check out this article
[dated november 4] from the David Lynch Special from The Gurdian
supplement Film&Music [Lynch was guest editor in that
issue - see pic on the left].
moment in film is most similar in its own way to the music
you make, and how?
La Dolce Vita – specifically, the Trevi fountain
scene. I relate to it because of its style and meticulous
detail. It's irreverent, and at the time it was made he
was doing something that nobody else had done before.
This is what we always strive for. Obviously, the results
are in the eye of the beholder, but that's how I'd personally
love to envisage what we do.
What moment in your music is most filmic, and how?
songs come to mind: an early one called The Chauffeur,
which tells a story and lends itself to many different
interpretations, and one from the new album, called The
Man Who Stole a Leopard. I just heard about a man in Cleveland
who kept exotic animals and let them loose – when
I dreamed up the story I was imagining someone crazy enough
to want to capture a leopard and keep it at home.
If you could record a score for any film, what would it
be, and why?
Duran could have done a good job for any Alfred Hitchcock
film; also any of those Buñuel movies. I like things
that have a surreal element. French New Wave would have
been good for us, too – we could've come up with
something for Breathless.
will be also new footage that will celebrate
also the 30th anniversary of Rio [the band
is supposed to celebrate the upcoming anniversary in Antigua
and maybe Sri Lanka too where they'll eventually reconnect
with the yacht from Rio as reported in the novembver
2012 will be also the year that will see the guys release
some side projects, John's book, more deejaying from Roger
[and James?!], hopefully some SYN stuff will be released [do
you remember about 'Eiffel Tower', the
song co-written by Simon and Nick Wood? News reported
8 ] and finally Nick and Warren are going to release the
much awaited “TV Mania” record.
2012 will be essentially characterized by concerts and even more
concerts... in january the first leg of the euro tour that will
start in Klosters, Switzerand, and will end in Bratislava.
band has also announced a show in Dubai on march
8th, then you have Asia and Australia
untill march 31th. The band will basically keep the 'show
on the road' and they really hope to add dates in South
America and the US.
to John, who I recently met in London, they should add Argentina
dates in 2012 but they really have to sort out [and they are really
looking forwared to] the italian dates first, "We really
have to play in Italy!" he said. He also told me that the
tour might hit Italy between June/July and he assures that will
be more than one show.
is also so excited about the prospect of returning to Australia
for the Arena tour and for good reason, some of the band's defining
moments happened Down Under. The
band also promises a couple of surprises for the UK fans.
out the official tour
page for ticketing and info on all the upcoming shows.
if you are wondering what will come next, after the world tour,
you have Nick giving an answer "My guess is we’ll probably
make it through to next summer [with the tour]. And then at that
time, everyone will take a break or make a new record,
one or the other.
tour Highlights and flashback!
review said that 'Duran Duran play with the kind of expertise
that you only get from making a deal with the devil or years
and years of practise.' It was such a huge compliment."
Simon Le Bon, December 2011
UK tour was another successful one for Duran Duran. The guys
managed to attract a crowd of 15.000 people at the O2 arena.
That was another huge accomplishment for the band. Below some
tidbits, highlights and reveiws submitted by fans.
pics of the Duran Duran record Exhibition at The O2 on
On December 16th Simon Le Bon paid a visit to Manchester United
at Old Trafford. Simon, who along with his band-mates has
followed the Reds since 1968 got a specially printed shirt
with 'Le Bon 78' on the back to mark the
year the band was formed.
| The band invited Kier McArthur, 13,
to be guest of honour at their Glasgow concert. On
stage, Simon described Keir, who has cerebral palsy,
as “the bravest boy in the world”. Keir,
from Coatbridge, met the band by chance during a stop
at Newark airport in New Jersey in October as he travelled
to Missouri for treatment. He only got back from the
US on Saturday, the day before the band played the
SECC. But the youngster, who had two procedures which
have allowed him to walk freely for the first time
in four years, was delighted to take them up on their
offer to be their guest. The band had kept in touch
via email during his treatment. Dad Martin, 44, said:
“During the gig, Simon told the crowd about
Kier’s life-changing operation. “He said
they think he’s the bravest boy in the world.
“We were all in tears.“These guys have
won all sort of awards and have sold millions of records.“But
they took time to take so much interest in a wee boy
from Coatbridge. It’s wonderful.”
| Dom got to hang out with his old friends from Go
West in the hotel bar. They brought back a few memories
of playing with them... 8 years ago Dom stood in for a couple
of weeks on their UK tour. He says it was a similar situation
to Duran "where I had to learn the entire set in 2 days
with no rehearsals".
| Duran Duran were joined on stage by Mark Ronson at London's
O2 on December 12th. Simon Le Bon paid tribute to the producer
for his work on their recent album, 'All You Need is Now',
before inviting him to the stage, where he played guitar on
current single 'Girl Panic!'. Despite the vastness of the
venue, the band had no trouble connecting with the audience,
inviting one person to lead a chant ahead of their performance
on 'The Reflex' and after Simon had introduced his bandmates,
he asked a female fan to perform his introduction. 'Ordinary
World' was dedicated to "people who have moved on",
with Simon paying particular tribute to some of his inspirations,
late Beatles star George Harrison and legendary
guitarist Bert Jansch.
inviting the crowd to clap their hands to the beat of 'The Man Who Stole
A Leopard' was amazing!
a show John and Dom on stage! Dom, with a great stage presence, acted
like he has been with the band since day one.
is not only a very talented musician but, as we saw during the
recent UK shows, he has a great stage presence! It's a pleasure
to listen to his guitar playing but it's also great to see him
in action with Simon and John. What a show! Duranasty.com would
be more than happy to see him even more involved in the band in
a great night at O2. That was the best Monday night London audience
reaction I have ever witnessed. Thanks guys"
am pretty pleased the guys let me put my own solo in Ordinary
World... nothing like the original... love playing it"
here to enlarge the cool photo on the left
to Ian Davies for asking this questions to Dom!
December 2011 | Hi
Dom, might be a bit of a cheeky question but don't you secretly
wish you'd be made a proper member of Duran Duran? Despite 5 or
6 years sterling service you never get into the group shops or
credited as a proper member! I mean you play well, look the part
and unlike Warren Cucurullo you've never marketed a dildo modelled
on your cock!
Dom: "It would be good to be more involved and recognised
Bon Voices Fears | Sunday World
Depressed: Singer Simon Le Bon
Simon Le Bon feared he'd never sing again after losing his voice
during the summer. "It was frightening. But it was only when
I went back on tour that I realised just how depressed I became
when it happened.
"The state of depression I had got into was due to the fear
of losing the thing that defines me, as I see it: being a singer.
I'm a father, a husband, a celebrity and I'm involved in sports
- but number one I'm a singer.
"When I lost my voice it really made me question my whole
worth. What value am I if I can't do that? It was a very challenging
thing to face.There was a possibility that that would be the case."
Simon realised that he was in serious trouble during a performance
in Cannes, south of France. "I hit high notes a little too
hard on Hungry Like The Wolf and a whole third of my range was
gone for me," he reveals.
"When three weeks passed by and it hadn't improved it really
frightened me. I was seeing four doctors, but after a month I
went off on a sailing holiday with my family to Croatia. I took
a decision to stop worrying about my voice, not try to sing or
even think about being in a band.
"When I came back, five notes of the 12 that had gone were
back. Then I worked with a fantastic voice therapist, but was
three months before I could start rehearsing again with the band.
"It was a wake-up call for me. Now I've changed my diet and
exercise and our tour schedule is not as crazy."
"The production is great and we've really streamlined ourselves
and hit a real rich streak of groove of playing," Simon says.
"One review said that 'Duran Duran play with the kind of
expertise that you only get from making a deal with the devil
or years and years of practise.' It was such a huge compliment."
| Adelaide Now
found one thing very definitely, which is that above everything
else I am a singer. Before a writer, before a performer, I am
a singer. That is how I define myself. To have that threatened
was a huge anxiety to me. I didn't know if I was going to be able
to sing again, ever.
went to hit a note and couldn't. Did anyone tell you what happened?
It was different to things singers usually get, like nodules or
nodes or polyps or laryngitis. [The doctors] never could tell
me straight what it is. It was an anomaly
evening with the band designed to make us party! Festive aftershow
After the O2 show
the band threw an aftershow party at the Alphabet City Lounge
Among guests sipping
celebratory cocktails: Mark Ronson, supporter act CocknBullKid,
top model Eva Herzigova, Stephen and Assia Webster, Fashion
designers Anthony Price and Phillip Treacey, the English actor
Dominic Cooper [Mamma Mia! and The Devil's Double], Amanda Kyme
and Brian Cox [a former keyboard player in 1990s pop groups
before focusing on cosmology and becoming a star presenter on
some exclusive picture I took at the party, enjoy them!
Ronson at the aftershow party in answer
to the question: "Are you going to work with Duran Duran
they ask me, and I think it is a yes, I am gonna produce the next
question was orginally asked by Christian D'Antonio, long time
fan and professional journalist.
Rhodes said recently about working with Mark:
the people we’ve worked with in the last couple decades,
Mark just suits us better. He has an understanding of so many
genres of music. He has incredible style and great taste and he
really, really gets what Duran Duran is about. So, I sincerely
hope we work with him again. We stay in constant touch. We're
so fond of him on a very personal level, as well as musical level.
He’s really something."
congratulates with the talented singer of CocknBullKid
poses for pics, Nick and Nefer chats with fashion designer Philip
Treacy, Simon jokes with Eva, Roger drinks, Yasmin and Simon walking
away. Mark with Simon [me in the back drinking a bear]
Herzigova | Nick chats with a group of friends including Eva and her
and Nick, Roger, guests and Dom, guest, Gisela Bernales Taylor and Marta
Nick and Brian Cox
Simon and Nick enjoying the party
chats with a guest, Dom, Craig Duffy - the tour-manager - chats with
Dawne, the new percussionist.
on the high of expectation...
review | Birmingham, the homecoming
homecoming. We are a Birmingham band, despite Simon Le Bon being
from Middlesex and Andy Taylor from ‘Toon. We all met in
the middle. We are a Midlands band...”
have lived in a lot of cities over the years and there have been
a lot of places I have called home for a time, but you know, there’s
really only one, and that’s the city of Birmingham. It beget
us and it made us. Thanks to it for a great night.”
“That’s the one that we look out for. It makes us
all very nervous.
“In Birmingham, we know we have to be good.
“We played at Madison Square Garden recently, in New York.
But Birmingham has even greater pressure.”
Duran poses backstage with Cocknbull Kid
LG Arena, Birmingham Friday December 2nd 2011
By James Heath.
Duran playing Birmingham is always special for the band and for
This one was especially for the fact that duranies had been waiting
since the original date in May to see them on home soil.
I want to credit the support act ‘Cocknbull Kid’
for her confidence... or perhaps, bravery in announcing to a crowd
that was not there to see her that she would be signing cds.
I really hope some people went to her and got some signed…
the vision of her sitting there and nobody going up to her would
Now im sorry, but once im sat in that arena for duran…I
aint movin! ...except to dance around and throw my hands in the
air like a crazy person when Duran are on stage!!
Whoever had the idea of putting tweets on the screens [before
Duran and during Tiger Tiger], deserves a pat on the back for
their genius… it had me furiously typing on my Blackberry
trying to get a message up there.
The wait for the band to take the stage can drag, but the twitter
screens helped bide the time well.
As a duranie that is familier with the setlists, I had a fair
idea of the songs we would hear and was happy to hear my favourite
song from AYNIN [Before the Rain] be the opening song.
I was especially impressed by the sound at this concert, Dom’s
guitar was louder than it has been and Anna’s mic was louder
as well so she could be heard better.
The mix of old and new songs worked, The Man who stole a Leopard,
Girl Panic, All You Need is Now went down very well.
The old favourites like Planet Earth and Is there Something I
Should Know got the crowd going as they always do.
video of Girl Panic proved a great accompaniment to the song,
its not often im looking at the screens more than at the band
but this was an exception to the rule!
The screens were also used to show video from Duran Duran in Second
Life… a lesson to all to show up for the Second Life events...
your avatar could be shown at concerts!
Careless Memories had not been in the set-list at the previous
concert, much to the annoyance of a friend of mine that was sadly
unable to make the trip to this concert, but as this was a homecoming,
the band may have felt it a duty to play songs like that one that
were written in the town.
They also dedicated Ordinary World to the Birmingham fans and
Simon reminded us that the song saved their career.
The ‘Talking Heads’ above the stage [head shaped screens
used to project the guys faces onto them] that came on for the
encore were an amusing addition to the performance but their most
effective moment was talking to the crowd before the band returned
to the stage… after that you had to remember to keep looking
However I sense that the heads will be somewhat more successful
than ‘Big Girl’! [Pop Trash Tour]
The confidence of the performance, partly fuelled by the occasion
and enthusiasm of the crowd was clear for all to see, the band
have since said it was their best concert in Birmingham. Favourable
as the Birmingham Mail review was 4/5… only 5/5 would be
Diaries: "Argentina In Da House!"
correspondent Faby Torras
Gerardo and I landed at Heathrow airport around
4 pm after an 18 hour flight from Buenos Aires. We had rented
a car, so we tried to get to the rental company office as soon
as we could and finally got our car at 5:30 pm. The rush was because
on that very day we were going to see our first concert of the
2011 UK tour in Bournemouth, which, according to the car rental
people, was a three hour drive away from Hethrow... OK, now I
was panicking... [Not only were we so tired from our flight from
Argentina, but you should also add to this whole equation the
"driving on the other side of the road" thing, the "God,
I hope the GPS I brought from home works perfectly, because I
have no idea where I am going", plus the getting dark at
4 pm and the lovely UK rain...] We were 3 hours away, we had to
pick up our tickets and we had no idea what time the actual concert
started. Oh well... We drove to Bournemouth, got there in 2 hours
[yeyyy!] and drove straight to the BIC. No time for a nap or a
shower, not even to drop our bags at the hotel. We arrived an
hour before the concert began, so relieved!
When the show started it was an amazing moment for
me. I could not believe I was actually there, especially after
what had happened in May, it was all a dream, a very good dream.
The stage was fantastic, the lights the big screens. It was brilliant!
The band got on stage and played a great show. John a had some
problems with his bass in a couple of songs, but that did not
keep it from being a great show. By the end, they played Rio,
and the screens behind the band started to show the pictures of
painted hands and faces that fans had sent to the band. I was
filming that song, just in case my picture had been chosen and
to my surprise, there it was! It was one of the first pictures
on the right screen, I could not believe it! Thrilling moment.
The next day we set off for Birmingham. I have to be honest, I
have always dreamt of seeing Duran playing in their homeland.
The show was much better than the Bournemouth one, the venue was
a bigger one and the crowd was something really special. Fantastic
show, and one more song added to the set list!
next day, we drove to Glasgow, and we were glad we could rest
that night since there was no show. The distance between Birmingham
and Glasgow was really long, a 6 hour drive. So it was good to
be able to rest. We stayed in Glasgow for three nights and also
got to visit Edinburgh with our lovely local friends.
This particular concert was probably the best one for me of the
whole tour [we did 7 shows in total], not only becuase we were
front row, but also because we had an Argentina flag that I had
especially made for the UK tour and we had it with us on every
during the fourth song which was All You Need is Now, Simon saw
the flag and read it and then shouted right after the first chorus
"Argentina In Da House!". I was speachless. I cried
my eyes out through the entire show. Thank you Simon Le Bon!
North to South following the band's footsteps... In the pic Faby
with Nick in London and with Simon in Glasgow
3 days of a lovely snowing Glasgow, we drove to Nottingham. Long
drive but so worth it!
The show was really great, also front row in that one.
got a day off after that show and on the next day we drove to
Cardiff. Such a lovely city, it was my first time in Wales. On
that show, we were on John´s side, front row. It was such
an amazing show! My voice had begun to suffer, and I had a bit
of a cold, but I could not care less! By the end of the show,
I got John´s pick. John rocks!
The next day, we went sightseeing, I loved Cardiff. Hope to go
back there someday.
the next day, we drove to Liverpool. We had been there last May,
so pretty much of the sightseeing was done. The show at the Echo
Arena was brilliant! Again front row on John´s side. Such
a good show, and this time, I got the set list!
danced like a maniac that night and all other nights when Duran
played, to be honest. After all, isn´t a Duran Duran concert
the ultimate party ever?
So, after Liverpool, the big one was coming. London, here we come!
We arrived there and we got together with Mario and Dolores from
Croatia, friends of ours since last May. It was great to spend
the afternoon and evening with them. We met Nick on that day,
and had a very nice talk with him. I had the picture they show
during Rio with me because I wanted Nick to see it and autograph
it for me. And when he saw it he said: "We have this, it´s
in the show! I was just going through all of these with Gary becuase
we change them often, but we kept this one in!". Do I need
to explain how I felt?!
show was spectacular! Mark Ronson appeared on stage with the band
to play Girl Panic! [my personal fave song of the latest album].
And then, in the blink of an eye, the show and our UK tour, was
over. To our surprise, the thrill didn´t end there, because
we got to meet the band again shortly after. And even their families
and friends. Also, the great Mark Ronson. It was the perfect ending
to a perfect touring experience.
I just want to thank Duran Duran, Nick, Roger, John and Simon,
for making this the greatest experience I ever had as a fan; thank
you also to all the Duranies from around the globe I met [ Rhonda
and Amanda, Simona and Christina, Cinzia, Alison and Julie, Kirsty,
Mario and Dolores, Carla, Graca and Manuela, Annalisa and Sjnar,
Nicole, Federica and Fabrizia, Raffaella and Petra, Guillermo
and Alice, Amadea, Valentina and Micaela]. One of the greatest
things of this experience was meeting so many fans from around
the world. It was great to share this with you all. And a very
special thank you to Salvo for his work and time invested in Duran
Duran and DD fans, you are an amazing person and fan, it was lovely
to have seen you again.
Duran Duran ever get a star on Broad Street’s Walk of
Duran Duran get a star on Broad Street’s Walk of Stars?
[source Birmingham Mail]
band are mystified why they are notorious enough to have a star
on Hollywood Boulevard but not one in their own home city.
Broad Street’s Walk of Stars, is even located in the exact
spot where their career began performing at the famous Rum Runner
Drummer Roger Taylor said:
“I can’t believe Duran Duran isn’t
on the Walk of Stars yet.
“We have one in America. How can we have a star in Hollywood’s
Walk of Fame and not in Birmingham where three of our members
come from and where we started the band? We need to get some campaigning
going on to get us a Birmingham star.”
Wild boy Roger, who is from Castle Bromwich, added:
is still special to us.
“We love to come back there on tour and for visits. I am
always coming back to go to see Aston Villa with my dad as I am
already set in stone on Birmingham’s golden mile include
Ozzy Osbourne, Roy Wood, Lenny Henry, Frank Skinner, Noddy Holder
and Julie Walters.
Mike Olley, an organiser of Broad Street’s Walk of Stars,
said he was keen to get band members Simon Le Bon, John Taylor,
Roger Taylor and Nick Rhodes inducted into Birmingham’s
hall of fame.
But Mr Olley said he had suffered difficulties in achieving this.
“We would bend over backwards and crawl across broken glass
to get Duran Duran a star,” said Mr Olley.
“Duran Duran are synonymous with Broad Street and part of
its history because of the Rum Runner, which was where restaurant
Jimmy Spices now stands.
“They are a real homegrown talent, so they are at the forefront
of our minds.
“We have tried but have always reached technical difficulties.
“It sounds as though the band want it as much as we do,
so we’ll have to have another push at finally getting them
a star they deserve.”
and James Taylor deejay set in Bergamo, Italy
not often that your favourite drummer plays a deejay set in the
place you live... Strangely enough, after Taormina, it happened
again. Roger Taylor and his smart son James on friday november
18th came to play a set at Capogiro Joy Club in Bergamo, the city
where I live. They rocked the house with their cool music and
they even got a positive review in the local newspaper [I uploaded
a scan in this installment, check it out at the end of the page].
The sponsor of the evening was Belvedere Red Vodka with a very
good charity initiative: for every bottle of the product purchased
they contributed 50% of profits to help save lives in Africa.
Early that afternoon Roger and James stopped in Milan to shop
at Trussardi and in the evening they dined at Capogiro Restaurant.
In that occasion I had a pleasure to sat down a bit with the them
and have a drink before their dj-set started. James is a cool
guy as much as his father and it was great to interact with them
both, they seemed much more than just father and son, they seemed
very good friends. It was a very cool evening and I really hope
to see the duo deejaying again soon!
out some nice pics I took during and after the dj-set! pic
Rhodes: Doctor of Arts
an Honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from the University of Bedforshire.
My mum was quite proud."
Stars of music and film join graduates [Nick gets honourary
On November 18th, 2011 star names from the worlds of music and
cinema joined hundreds of graduates from the University
of Bedfordshire at ceremonies in Luton.
Rhodes, music producer Peter Asher and film producer Katy Haber
were among those being honoured during graduation week at St Mary’s
Church. Each received an Honorary Doctor of Arts.
Rhodes is being recognised for his contribution to the music industry
as a songwriter, performer and producer.
some exclusive pictures!
De Cadenet Taylor represented England at the Bal des Débutantes
Personal Moment of the year: "Going
to Paris with my daughter Atlanta when she represented England
at the Crillon Ball in November. All the fathers got to do a waltz
with their daughter, and it was a special moment for me."
John Taylor, December 2011
De Cadenet Taylor represented England at the Bal des Débutantes
held at Hotel Crillon on Saturday on November 26 in Paris.
Bal des Debutantes first launched in 1957 before being turned
into a charity fundraising event 20 years ago. This year saw 23
young women - from actors' daughter to aristocrats - from 13 countries
debuted at the Saturday night ball and all proceeds went to the
Feed Foundation, which is dedicated to fighting malnutrition.
Willis, Andie MacDowell and John Taylor were just a few celebrity
guests [as a "proud parents"] of the Bal de Debutantes.
Once again, the founder of the Bal, Ophelia Renouard, brought
together the most elegant "daughters of" for an exceptional
soiree which has meant haute couture dresses catwalks and sparkling
and inestimable Adler jewels .
Atlanta De Cadenet Taylor wore a Chanel dress. After dancing a
waltz with his daughter, John Taylor described the evening as
"quite fantastic" adding that "it is nice to see
high-fashion dresses on so young and beautiful girls."
is a short but lovely interview to John and Atlanta about the Bal
taken from Hello magazine n° 1204 - Transcription
who has inherited her parents’ good looks, has begun modelling
and acting. “Throughout my childhood, my dad made me learn
every single instrument, hoping I would be in a girl band,”
the 19-year-old revealed. “I think he was sad when I stopped.”
mum, Amanda De Cadenet, had stayed behind to look after her five-year-old
twins, her children by husband Nick Valensi of The Strokes. "She's
really sad about it," Atlanta said of her mother missing
the gala event. "but my dad has been sending her images every
few hours" Atlanta revealed.
Choosing an embroidered sea green dress by Chanel meant a lengthy
fitting in the couture salon - which was followed up by a guided
tour around Coco Chanel’s apartment on Rue Cambon, an experience
that vintage clothing enthusiast Atlanta described as “amazing”.
was given a gorgeous pair of Louboutins to wear but they are so
high and my feet already hurting,” Atlanta was scared about
having her toes crushed by her rock star father... "He's
already stepped on them once," she complained. "Oh,
leave it to the Taylor to horse clump!"
young woman were introduced by French TV presenter Stèphane
Bern... they were the epitome of poise as they made their entrance
past the tables filled with their cheering family and friends.
They later showed off their dancing skills - before being joined
by their guests on the dance floor.
bass player John these days is sporting a white Cruella de Vil-like
streak in his hair." My stepmother [Juicy co-funder Gela
Nash] and I tease him that he looks Daphne Guiness!"
said Atlanta. John
said he enjoyed the entire weekend of the ball. "I call it
'Aristo Camp,' he revealed. "It's like crashcourse in old-school
manners, learning how to waltz and wear couture - as well as meeting
girls from different countries and backgrounds."
Taylor, who despite his daughter's fears did manage to avoid treading
on her Jimmy Choos, described the event as "quite fantastic".
"First, all of the girls looked beautiful, second it was
nice to see couture worn by the young," he said. "Finally,
when you're a parent, you're a partent whatever your life situation
or marital circumstances are. It was impossible to look at Atlanta
and not feel proud abd a sense of completion."
something new about Nick Rhodes
Odd Questions with Nick Rhodes
December 24,2011 | The
Duran Duran musician on black eyeliner, where he spent his 21st
birthday and what he’s doing for his 50th
| interview by Nicole Berrie | courtesy Wall Street
hitting the pop charts in 1981, songwriter and keyboardist Nick
Rhodes has established himself not only as a gifted musician,
but as a trendsetter of David Bowie and Boy George proportions.
Known for his decades-long love affair with steroidal-shouldered
jackets, tie-dye headdresses and black eyeliner, the brains behind
Duran classics such as “Girls on Film” and “Rio”
defined the 1980s bon vivant. He palled around with Andy Warhol,
dated a coterie of model/actresses and logged in major hours at
Studio 54. “My wildest nights usually ended up in New York
nightclubs,” Mr. Rhodes said. “You’d walk in
to see giant soap powder boxes on the dance floor or people ironing
behind glass windows. They had an atmosphere where you wanted
it to be crazy and therefore it was.”
Birmingham, England, native, who founded Duran Duran with childhood
friend John Taylor, has also earned a league of sartorial imitators,
including Mark Ronson, producer of the Grammy Award-winning band’s
13th album “All You Need Is Now,” released earlier
this year. The video for the latest single off the album, “Girl
Panic!”, was directed by Lady Gaga collaborator Jonas Åkerlund,
and stars a pantheon of supermodels (Naomi, Eva, Cindy, Helena,
Yasmin) who impersonate members of the band, dressed in Swarovski
jewels, at the Savoy Hotel in London. “When we first started
out, there was no such thing as stylists,” recalled Mr.
Rhodes, who has collaborated with the likes of Grace Jones, Herbie
Hancock and Sting. “We did everything ourselves. It was
much funkier that way.”
days, when not writing lyrics, the 49-year-old is preparing for
a milestone birthday—but don’t expect a disco-revival
bash. “I’ll be hiding behind a tree somewhere,”
he joked. We caught up with the self-described “fashion
magpie” from his flat in London’s Chelsea neighborhood.
I’m wearing a black Armani suit. I don’t do casual.
I never wear jeans. Tomorrow I might put on a
waistcoat, tie and smart pair of trousers with black lace-up shoes
to go food shopping. I’m a little like Diana Vreeland in
find that the older you get, the more helpful eyeliner is. I like
Fluidline in Blacktrack.
ultimate style icon is Grace Jones. She’s
never been afraid of the avant garde and looks chic in everything
she wears even when it’s next to nothing. It’s harder
with men. Count Dracula is the one that comes to mind. I’ve
always had a penchant for goth elegance.
one grooming product I rely on is Sumotech by Bumble and
Bumble. It’s a little black tub of hair paste and
it’s very popular with everyone backstage.
fashion is more interesting than men’s. Funny enough, I’m
better at choosing something for my girlfriend than for myself.
Marc Jacobs is incredibly clever. I’ve seen many
of his shows and have never been let down.
best-kept secret is Antony Price. I’ve
worked with him for over 20 years. He’s got the taste of
Tom Ford, the ability of Saint Laurent and the edginess of the
British Invasion. His clothing is beyond any couture I’ve
ever seen—it belongs in the Victoria & Albert Museum.
always focused on tailoring. Ozwald Boateng makes
the sharpest suit in town and Costume National has beautiful black
jackets. Helmut Lang made unbelievable menswear
through the ’90s. I miss his clothes the most.
most stylish country in the world is Italy. The
food! The Caravaggio paintings! Dolce
& Gabbana! I’m not good at resting, but my
favorite hotels are the Bulgari in Milan and the Qvisisana in
Capri—which is the epitome of effortless chic.
best New York nightclubs in the ’90s were Palladium and
Limelight but my personal favorite was Area because it was smaller
and there was a different theme every time you went. I had my
21st birthday at Studio 54, which was interesting. These days
I don’t go out so much to clubs and bars.
I go out now it’s invariably to hotels. I love the Blue
Bar at the Berkeley in Knightsbridge, which David Collins
designed, and there isn’t a better bar in the world than
the Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel in New
don’t wear watches but I’ve got quite a collection
of cufflinks. My favorites are gold gargoyles
that reveal a red tongue when you open their mouths. They were
a gift from somebody who knew my taste very well.
Halloween, I hosted a party with André Balazs and dressed
up as a vampire zombie. The trouble is, if I put on a top hat,
white makeup and a little blood by my eyes, everyone thinks I’ve
just been up a little late.
daughter Tatjana likes to nick things from my closet, particularly
hats. She must have the same size head as me. Simon [Le Bon]‘s
daughters are always plundering their mother’s wardrobe,
especially that early Alaïa. They’re very good at that.
spoiled for restaurants in London. I love the Wolseley, and Locanda
Locatelli is extraordinary. In New York, I like the Dutch. It
has an unusual menu and the staff is really lovely. That isn’t
always the case in New York City.
least favorite trend is grunge. That look of slightly unwashed
layers of T-shirts is not appealing to me. I hedge towards things
go into an absolute panic if my hairdresser Sandy Hullett
is not available. She has worked with Alexander McQueen and Steven
Meisel. She’s fabulous.
like to encourage new talent. Some of the young British designers
like Christopher Kane and Gareth Pugh have shown creative ability
from the days of Vivienne Westwood and McQueen. Their clothes
are sharp and modern. Bigger designers are often more sanitized.
ultimate rock star accessory is a nice pair of shades. Cutler
& Gross are consistently very good. I have a pair from Chrome
Hearts that make you look like a bug. I don’t mind that
musicians today, I prefer people who stand out. Brandon
Flowers from The Killers has great style. He’s
not afraid of feathers. I always love a man who is not afraid
from recent interviews
Now | Simon Le Bon answers a question about John's and Andy autobiographies
Taylor's about to release his autobiography. Would you do your
Not now. I've got a lot of other writing to do. At the moment
I'm not into looking back. I am looking forward to John's book,
though. It'll be a different take on things to [former guitarist]
Andy Taylor's book.
Did you read Andy's book?
Bits of it. I couldn't read the whole bloody thing, I lived it.
I'll do the same with John's. It's the stuff I didn't know that
I'll be interested in.
Did you learn anything reading Andy's book?
| Roger Taylor about the band
seem to have hit a rich vein of form. Bringing Mark Ronson in
was a great thing for us, he had a young, contemporary vision.
He had a great appreciation of the history of the band.
“We are a lot more relaxed that we used to be about everything.
We take our art very seriously but we are very relaxed about playing
“We feel as though we have nothing to prove at this point,
we have all the life time achievement awards and it’s a
great place to be where we don’t have anything to prove."
| John Taylor about being a cool middle-aged guy
starting to feel comfortable with ourselves," says John Taylor.
"I think we've touched enough people over the years - I don't
mean that literally, but I think we've got our place in the continuum.
it's no surprise that he's enjoying himself more this time around.
"I've come to accept being middle-aged and that was a good
thing for me, because I'd been feeling like an old young man for
a long time, and now I feel like a vital, cool middle-aged guy.
And I'm good with that."
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