27, 2012 | Hi all! It's been a month since the last
site installment and I'm so glad to finally deliver this new
one... updates are becoming increasingly rich, long and full
of stuff just because our band is active and productive, so
there's always a lot to report about and share with you all.
Hope you like this new way [extensive posts], undertaken by
a year now, to report about the most relevant and interesting
Duran things, rather than single news posts which can be easily
and quickly shared on social networks.
is a real pleasure to inform you that this month we celebrate
the 10th anniversary of duranasty.com, it seems yesterday that
I started this site switching from writing Duran reports and
reviews for photocopied fanzines to writing on a html editor...
trying to put into practice my first knowledge of web design.
Here we are 10 years later.
you enjoyed the ride that made us go through an exciting reunion,
three albums, different collaborations, three world tours, many
lifetime achievements and a lot of little big things in the
just want to thank all of you who have supported the site over
the years and have shown appreciation for what I do. So thank
Duran Tours Planet Earth
these difficult times, we want to spread a bit of optimism,"
16, 2012 | What a great way for
the guys to start 2012 with a successful tour in the old-cold
continet that touched Switzerland, Austria, Germany,
Belgium and Slovakia. This was just
the first leg of the Euro tour, the second will probably happen
between june and july 2012... there are many fans all over Europe
holding their breath for the official announcement of the full
march the guys will hit the road again, and we just think that
this new part of the World Tour will be even more exciting than
the previous one, since they'll be playing in places where they
haven't toured in a while or cities that they have never visited
on tour. Check out below, the list of the upcoming shows:
this year it's all about touring, nothing official has been
confirmed yet about Europe except the July 27 show
at the Théâtre Jean Deschamps in Carcassonne
[France] but according to the recent comments the guys have
made via social networks and/or talking with the fans seems
sure that the Euro tour will happen in june...
and not later than july!
the recent blogs the guys says:
most looking forward to in 2012: more Duran Duran shows. We
are hitting the rest of the world, Australia, Italy [where we
are always received so warmly], Far East and more DJ gigs along
looking forward to going to Australia, re-scheduling
our shows in Italy and going to all the places we missed in
out what longtime Duran live-engineers Andrew “Snake”
Newton and Charlie “Chopper” Bradley says to Prosound
about the current Duran Duran tour:
the current Duran Duran album has been out for a year now, the
tour shows no signs of stopping. “We’ll be rolling
through to next summer—a Duran tour is usually a year
and a half,” said Chopper. Snake explained, “After
all, they’re popular everywhere, so there’s nowhere
we don’t go; it’s not the U.S. and England and that’s
it. No, it’s three trips to America, a couple blasts around
Europe, Hong Kong, Asia. With these guys, it’s a worldwide
Duran All You Need Is Now Pan Asia Tour
March 08 Sevens
Stadium Dubai, United Arab Emirates
March 10 Indoor Arena Singapore, Singapore
March 12 Olympic Hall Seoul, South Korea
March 14 Asia World Hong Kong, Hong Kong
shows in Australia!
17 Brisbane Entertainment Centre Brisbane
March 19 Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park Melbourne Vic
Mar 20 Adelaide Entertainment Centre Adelaide
March 24 Sandalford Estate Perth
March 27 Sydney Entertainment Centre Darling Harbour Nsw
March 31 Tempus Two Winery New South Wales
5 in South America!
28 Brasilia, Brazil Nilson Nelson
April 30 Rio De
Janeiro, Brazil Citibank Hall
May 2 Sao Paulo,
Brazil Credicard Hall
May 4 Buenos Aires,
Argentina Luna Park
May 8 Santiago,
Chile Espacio Riesco
visit the Duran Duran Fan Community at Duranduranmusic.com for pre-sale
about Europe? Italian tour: maybe a long and epic one?
is what we can say about the Italian tour and again, this
is not official check out duranduran.com
for an upcoming announcement!
a recent chat we had in Bruxelles, Nick said he would
love to play 8 shows in Italy [eight!
when he said that I had to ask him to repeat it because
I couldn't believe my ears!]. That doesn't mean that Duran
will play 8 shows for sure... it would be so good! We
really hope they'll manage to do it but of course we also
know that isn't easy to organize such a big tour, especially
in a country like Italy. That's something that Nick would
really love to do. I think this could be another demonstration
of gratitude toward Italy and the many die hard Italian
fans. Often things just don't happen because they depends
on many factors, starting from not finding the ideal venue
to not reaching the agreement with the organizers. Let's
just keep our fingers crossed!
Mr Rhodes said also that the Italian tour will touch Italy
from North to South, in particular he expressed much enthusiasm
for a date that is still in the works and it might take
place at the fabolous Ancient
theatre of Taormina in Sicily. A spectacular venue
which is frequently used for operatic and theatrical performances
and sometimes for pop concerts. Last year when Roger came
to Taormina to play a deejay set he loved
the theatre and I personally told him to inform the guys
about such a wonderful venue and to consider about playing
there... Nick highlighted the difficulties in organizing
something in historical venues like that... so nothing
is confirmed yet but from his radiant smile you can bet
that it's something he would really like to accomplish
and of course we do hope they succeed. Nick also added
how much he loves Palermo, were he spent a summer vacation
back in 2007... [we just wonder if that sentence can be
translated as Palermo could be an alternative date to
the Taormina one?] and expressed appreciation for the
whole southern Italy from Calabria up to Rome. He clearly
has still in mind the successful show the band played
in Reggio Calabria back in 2008.
- Rumors: that's
the only way I can call these since they come from very
well informed fans who have been talking to the people around
the band... so rumors are that negotiations for 5 dates
are almost finalized and possible cities are Milan,
Rome, somewhere in Veneto...
it could be Piazzola sul Brenta which, according to the
italian local newspaper 'La Nuova Venezia',
will happen this summer [this was one of the 3 shows the
guys were supposed to play last year but were forced to
cancel due to Simon's voice problems] or it could easily
be the fantastic Arena di Verona which, at some point last
year, was one of the venue in talks.
possibility that the Arena di Verona show
will actually happen is high and seems confirmed by two
trusted local online magazines, corrieredelveneto.corriere.it
which in recent articles about the Arena programme for the
summer ensure the presence of Duran Duran for july
16th. Exactly 32 years after the very first Duran
Duran show with Simon on vocals [which took place at The
Rum Runner, in Birmingham, on july 16th 1980]. We won't
go any further... that's all we know, so if you guys reading
this want to see with your own eyes how big is Duran Duran
in Italy and you want to enjoy a perfect holiday in some
historical italian cities I think it's about time to start
thinking about having a trip here, you'll love it!
- Ok, I know I'm
not giving you any other news about other European dates,
the topic just did not come into the discussion with Nick
but I'm sure the band is working on a full set of shows
across Europe. I can add that, there's NO chance that the
band will be playing on Eilean, the boat
used by Duran Duran in the Rio video, on the Jubilee weekend
as suspected from some fans after reading this
article published on The Telegraph. I personally
asked about it to Nick in Klosters... he didn't know anything
about it, he was aware about the boat coming to London,
but nothing else, and when I said that there will be a band
or orchestra playing on each of the 1,000 boats cruising
the Thames he said with a laugh "No way"... "We'll
not be playing on that boat, it's impossible! it's too small
to hold a band and their instruments!" He was so funny
saying that! We all know how much Nick loves boats... yes,
when they are tied to the dock and he can have a drink on
- In a couple
of occasions John mentioned that they are working on returning
to Germany to play some more shows over
the summer and for sure there will be a show in Madrid.
- We have some
positive news also for the US friends as during our chat
with Nick, he mentioned that they will probably be in USA
march will be full of shows and we'll have a lot to look forward
to from a mediatic point of view with new interviews, pics and
reports from Australia, Korea, South America and so on. So before
we turn the page of the Duran Duran book to read another chapter
we want to look back at the first leg of the Euro tour. So this
new installament will be filled with all the regular current
news [just below] and reviews, pics, scans and interviews regarding
those two incredible weeks of european shows. Enjoy!
pic on the left: Nick during our chat in Bruxelles
second draft of the John Taylor autobiography is done. The book
will be out in September
to John Taylor the second draft of his autobiography is done.
In a recent tweet he said "due to finish it by
March". As reported in the article [above] published
by Little, Brown Book Group, John meet the editors and members
of the trade on february 22 at the basement bar in Soho House.
Taylor's editor, Antonia Hodgson said that John is very excited
about publication. "He’s been working extremely hard
on the book and I know he’ll put all his energies into
promoting it in September."
says "After seven days on the word processor I am happy
to be delivering the second draft of my book. Completion gets
closer. Last night in Soho I had a great time at my first meet
and greet with members of the UK book industry.
Heading west for 10 lazy days in la-la land with Gela before
the Duran Duran Pan Asia tour starts up in Dubai.
opulent and intriguing boxset will be released by The
in a few months in limited
edition deluxe vinyl and standard gatefold vinyl.
"It has a story, a cast of characters, all kinds of strange
observations about a modern family trying to deal with the
onslaught of technology, designer drugs and the like"
music was great to revisit, it really makes me smile"
my chat with Nick I asked him if with the release of the TV
Mania album there will some kind of promotion, I had in mind
the two extraordinary live events in support of the release
of the Devils album, Dark Circle, the Harvey Nichols private
party and the Cologne show videoed for Arte-tv. The answer
was "no, there won't be any promotion because the album
is going to be out in a few months and there's no time to
do anything like that" [since the Duran Duran tour will
be going on]... "I'm quite pleased with the album packaging"
Day [Medazzaland and Pop Trash art] says "I’m
working with The Vinyl Factory on producing what promises
to be quite an opulent and intriguing boxset. I’ve comissioned
Vania Zouravliov and artist Stephen
Cornell to provide some of the exquisite content.
A work in progress cover is below. Due to be released later
this year." [as reported in this
spoken to Warren about the upcoming release, here is what
he has to say.
So Warren, TVMania is going to be be finaly out in a few months...
Warren: Yeah, finally... 16 years later.
we've been getting all of the packaging together for a limited
edition deluxe vinyl, a more standard gatefold vinyl, &
getting some tracks ready for remixers...
The music was great to revisit, it really makes me smile.
looking for a fall 2012 release, can't wait for all of you
to hear it.
have been discussing the grand overdue release with Warren and
having consulted our astrologists, psychics and landscape gardeners,
it seems as though this year things may allign." Nick Rhodes
Magazine" from 1997 Nick and Warren talk about TV Mania
you tell us more about TV Mania, about their upcoming project?
Warren and I were working together on some ideas-we were talking
for some time about doing a completely different sort of project
from Duran Duran.
started with electronic songs that turned out
very well. It turned into an idea for an extremely modern cyber-soap
rock opera. I came up with the title, 'Bored with Prozac and
the Internet?' [laughs]
And from that I built a whole story, and Warren and I pieced
it together over the past year and a half. It's turned into
quite a monster. It will be three single albums of music, and
that will form the whole piece. The first album is done, and
the second two albums we've been working on side by side, and
they're a long way along. We hope to have the whole project
done in the next year to 18 months. It's been very exciting.
It has a story, a cast of characters, all kinds of strange observations
about a modern family trying to deal with the onslaught of technology,
designer drugs and the like.
We do a lot of singing on the album, Nick through the Studio
Vocalist, and I do the straight singing. Nick's girlfriend sings.
Most of the stuff is samples from television. We've lined up
a singer named Neil Carlill from a band called
Delicatessen, who'll be doing some stuff for us on the later
albums, and a couple of other guest singers.
and Nick wrote and recorded over 60 songs
- The music
is very experimental, consisting in large part of found sound
recorded from radio and television
once described it as a “social junk culture triptych
opera” with a loose storyline
I like this quote
still very enthusiastic about playing!
"The way I look at it, I keep myself completely lit, completely
straight and if you‘re not growing, then just go to bed
and go to sleep! People like Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, the
Beatles - no one knew if they would stop playing music and a
lot of great singers and players are still doing it.
thought rock music was a fad but music is a lifetime obsession,
you‘re always trying to attain a goal. If
you‘re a professional musician, you do it because you
have to pay the bills unless you inherited a fortune!
it up is impossible! You eat, sleep and breathe it...”
& Studio Recording March 1992
Wedding photo-album: Tokio calling for Simon and Yasmin...
News | Noriko and Nick Wood Wedding | Pics above
| As reported here
back in November Simon and Yasmin went to Japan to attend
Noriko and Nick Wood's two days wedding in Tokio. On the
left a pic of Nick and Simon taken in Portland in September
Brown signs record deal for his new album | Trevor
Horn has signed Dom Brown to publishing company Perfect
Songs. Brown’s CV includes soundtracks, solo albums
and – for the past five years – guitarist and
co-songwriter with Duran Duran. His recent songs include
All You Need is Now [iTunes No. 1, co-written and produced
by Mark Ronson) and Girl Panic! (scoring 5 million hits
on YouTube in two months]. In the midst of touring the world
as part of Duran Duran, Dom is actively co-writing with
new and established artists.
Duran on Glee | As reported here
Duran Duran, after some long and intense negotiations, has
cleared two — possibly three — tracks for the
hit Fox series. And it’ll be the Brothers Anderson
who’ll have the privilege of performing said ditties
— as a mash-up! A show source says the Duran Duran
number will be “very sexy and fun and big,”
adding that Bomer is a “big dancer,” and that
Darren Criss, who plays Blaine, is a major Duran aficionado
who “has long hungered for some of these songs.
men and ladies in New York for California Eccentrics
and Yasmin attended the launch of Pam and Gela's new fashion
label Skaist-Taylor in New York early this month. They event
took place in the underground parking garage underneath Lincoln
LeBon seemed to be enjoying the Skaist-Taylor presentation just
a little too much. "This installation is great," he
told DNAinfo. "I like looking at good looking girls, I
like looking at clothes and there's an element of performance
art I get off on." The Duran Duran frontman was on hand
to support bandmate John Taylor's wife Gela Nash-Taylor and
Pamela Skaist-Levy, the founders of Juicy Couture, in their
new venture. "This model, Thea Richards is fantastic,”
LeBon raved. "Oh my God, the energy she brings to shows
is amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed myself today." We think
he's got a bit of a crush on Keith Richards and Patti Hansen's
duo called the fall collection “California Eccentrics”
and put a mix of chunky knits, scarf-print dresses, tweeds,
flared-leg trousers and track suit-style tuxedo pants on the
runway. Snakeskin shorts were paired with a peasant blouse.
They didn’t hold back on the gltz, including a crystal-covered
bomber jacket and a gold lame top-and-shorts set. “This
is all what we love, what we wear,” said Nash-Taylor.
Nick Rhodes and Maria Suvio [Aka Nefer] front row at many shows
during the London Fashion Week
couple have been spotted by paparazzi almost everywhere during
the London Fashion Week, starting from the Vivienne
Westowood to Pam Hogg's shows then
out and about. So good to see our keyboard player smiling and
one more nice pic of the couple walking in the street by clicking
and check out this
cool video [featuring Nick] of the Westwood
Duran, Hungry for Innovation, Teams with SF Arts Nonprofit
from the article published here
pop quiz: what does a SF digital arts organization Grey Area
Foundation for the Arts and '80s pop icons Duran Duran have
in common? An interest in data visualization, it turns out.
A fortuitous meeting during international travel led to an unusual
collaboration between the local group and the aging megastars.
Josette Melchor, founder and executive director of GAFFTA, and
Rachel Masters, co-founder of Red Magnet Media, both attended
the Digital Life Design [DLD] conference in Munich in 2011 and
met during a layover. Masters’ company had been working
with Duran Duran to increase their online presence, and they
were interested in creating a data visualization project. GAFFTA
brings together coders and designers to create art based around
A year later, the Here Right Now project was debuted at the
same place it started: at the 2012 installment of DLD.
Duran Duran commissioned GAFFTA to create a website that solicits
users to riff on simple ideas by uploading their own data. Duran
Duran hasn't shied away from technological advances in the past:
they were one of the first rockbands to heavily integrate video
into their live stage shows.
“They wanted to find a way to visually represent what
different people around the world thought about certain things
at different times – what they needed, what they wanted
and how that changed over time,” wrote Kristen Hawley,
digital stratgey consultant at Red Magnet Media, in an email.
video of the DLD 2012 Conference with John
on the right: on
January 30 John Taylor & Simon Le Bon were interviewed
on the TV show Gottschalk in Berlin.
idea of a hot spot is a really cool vintage record store,
or a modern art gallery, or a rare-book store. If I can
find all those three things within walking distance of
the hotel while on tour, then that's truly a hot spot.
If they're open late, with a good coffee bar nearby, then
it's a very hot spot.''
Taylor, Jan 2012
was fourteen of the most intense Duran-Days I can remember"
John Taylor, February
Leg of the Euro Tour
21 - Alpine Polo Club, Klosters, Switzerland
23 - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
24 - Tonhalle, Munich, Germany
26 - Haus Auensee, Leipzig, Germany
28 - Westfalenhalle 2, Dortmund
29 - Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
31 - Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
1 - Incheba Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia
lost in a snow filled sky...
plans to see at least a couple of shows of the Euro Tour changed
over the months since the rescheduling didn't fit my work and
family commitments so I had to give up the Berlin show 'cos
was happening in the middle of the week, but I feel lucky to
have been able to enjoy two shows over two different weekends,
Klosters and Bruxelles. Both experiences weren't easy, the first
one because of the heavy snowfall [Over 50cms fell over the
weekend!] and the second one for the general strike that hit
Belgium and forced me to delay my return one day after the show.
very different kind of shows | I guess the first one wasn't
even considered part of the tour by the band themselves since
their performance was part of the Altitude Festival, Klosters's
first ever music event. The
event coincided with the Klosters Snow Polo tournament where
international players competed during a five-day. And the organizers
were cool enough to give a team the name Duran Duran, in purple
uniform; sadly they lost.
guys played a shorter but intense set, 14 tracks but and of
course without their cool stage set. Having said that I'm so
incredibly happy I chose this show for many reasons, first of
all because it was quite a singular event with the guys playing
inside a tent, so in a quite intimate show where I easily managed
to get a great front row/center stage spot. Secondly because
I had a chance to taste a bit of the VIP and glamour atmosphere
sourranding the hit event of the whole day that was the charity
dinner in support of the Sentabale, last but not least I really
enjoyed staying in Klosters, a picturesque Swiss ski resort
famous for its royal connections, it was like being inside one
of those Christmas postcards, know what I mean?
Daily Mail reports: "Simon Le Bon’s
appearance at the Snow Polo was in doubt after the Duran Duran
singer, his wife Yasmin and daughter Amber, 22, were held
up by a car crash on their way to Chalet. A source says: ‘It
started snowing so hard, their chauffeur-driven car was getting
snowed in. Their chalet staff had to be drafted in to dig
them out. It was all hands on deck, but Amber and Yasmin had
heels on so didn’t get stuck in
their stay in Klosters the guys stayed at the £5,600-a-week
Falcun, that was so close to my hotel that the same night
I arrived in Klosters I bumped into Tara Palmer Tomkins, whose
car was stuck in the snow, who asked me directions to get to
Nick Rhodes's house. Quite a surreal situation! In
the evening I managed to see the guys arriving at the charity
dinner and take pics of them on the red carpet, or I should
say *white* carpert considering that was snowing... it was a
perfect ending to such a cool adventure to have a chance to
say hello to the guys, have a quick chat with them and meeting
an icon such as Annie Lennox who smiled and posed for my camera.
for looking at the right camera!
2012?! Why no John you might think?! The photocall was improvised
on their arrival... it was too cold and raining/snowing so John
had already gone inside when they were asked to pose for the
the umbrella: Roger and Nick, Simon and Yasmin, Amber and Dave all
going into the VIP tent were the charity dinner
Lennox poses with Simon and John. Annie during her impromptu
performance of Sweet Dreams. In the fourth polaroid Amber,
Dave, Yasmin and [if you look closely] Nick - partially
hidden - with Tara.
pics taken at the charitity dinner. Just above the guys
playing an impromptu version of Ordinary World with the
talented French duo Elona Kane.
highlight of the Klosters events that weekend was the charity
dinner in aid of Sentebale. The ambassador for the cause was
Annie Lennox, who spoke movingly on behalf of the charity.
guests, Jeremy Hackett - founder and chairman
of British designer menswear company Hackett London- who says
"I am pleased to hear they raised a considerable amount
in the auction - one Gentleman forking out CHF 8,500 for the
privilege of owning a Hackett personally tailored suit.
continue "I bumped into Simon Le-Bon, who's band Duran
Duran had been playing earlier in the day and who's impromptu
renditions of their hits raised even more money, an extraordinary
man in an ordinary world."
Not an Ordinary Ex
Palmer Tomkins recounts: "Had a wonderful weekend in Klosters
at the end of January with Duran Duran. N.B. Girls, always keep
good relationships with ex-boyfriends. In this case, Nick Rhodes
was the perfect host, and Duran Duran gave an outstanding performance
at the Klosters Snow Polo tournament. At the dinner for Prince
Harry’s Sentebele charity , I bid 10,000 Swiss Francs
for Annie Lennox to sing live."
is beautiful, hardly any makeup, no mic, one of the best 3 minutes
of my life as she sung Sweet Dreams. All the money raised goes
to provide support to the orphans and vulnerable children who
are badly affected by the HIV/AIDs epidemic Lesotho in Africa
so every Franc was money well spent. Simon, also sung, acoustic
Ordinary World, and I was rocking out backstage with Amber and
Yasmin le Bon."
came to see the Duran show and stayed in the photographers area
dancing and singing like a proper duranie.
head of marketing Celeste Neil reports about
the event: "Well done to all teams taking part at this
teurnament — this year we experienced everything from
record levels ef snow falling on Friday evening to Duran Duran
and Annie Lennox singing unplugged in the VIP tent! The charity
evening in aid ef Sentebale added a new level ef glamour and
fun te the tournament, with attendees including the British
pop stars Duran Duran who had played live en the Saturday 2th
afternoon on location at the polo at the Altitude Festival."
evening also saw a thrilling auction to raise meney for the
charity and the Annie Lennox singing an acoustic version of
"Sweet Dreams" at the table for the highest bidder,
whilst super model Yasmin Le Bon and her daughter Amber cheered
her on Simon le Bon's acoustic version of `Ordinary World".
Much fun was had all round and it was indeed one efthe most
memorable Klesters Snow Polo tournaments te date!"
festive atmosphere in the tent when Simon and Annie started to sing
and hats: the guys on the arrival at the snow polo charity dinner
sheltering from the snowfall.
organizers were cool enough to give a team of the snow polo the name
Duran Duran, in purple uniform.
can't believe that Annie Lennox gave me that beautiful smile. Lovely!
Klosters photo gallery
to capture the energy and the awesomeness of the band on stage"
Duran's frontman Simon Le Bon came on stage with a silver jacket,
he looked a bit like Marty McFly in "Back to the Future"
from a review published on a German newspaper]
represents a strong element of the more intimistic part of the Duran
for the cheese",
at the end of the Klosters show to the crowd stunned at the
smell of raclette cheese in the marquee
rocking the house in Klosters
Attack in Vienna and Munich!
Gasomenter | A show not only for the only the local
people but in the crowd there also many Slovenes, Croats, Czechs,
Poles and even Romanians.
A local newspaper the day after the show reported: "singer
Simon Le Bon shows us that he still has a great voice, constantly
jumping and flirting with the audience, he knows how to lead
the show in the right direction. Nick Rhodes on keyboards somewhat
hidden in the darkness only did a few comments into the microphone
[a slight criticism of contemporary art that is too often based
only on repetition and it is often performed by machines, not
people] one of them was the prelude to "Blame the Machines".
Taylor reports via twitter from Vienna and Munich |
"Culture vulture attack! Nick and I catch brilliant Schiele
expo at Vienna Leopold Museum."
DD culture vulture strike! Entire band takes in the old masters
at the alte pinakothek in Munich, Germany.
Highlight for me was upper floor rooms 4 and 5: Fra Lippi, Da
Vinci, Tintoretto, Raphael and Del Sarto. Also Boucher's wife's
bum and his painting of Madame Pompadour. We all found the early
dutch and german religious paintings highly amusing, Nick particularly
liking horned tailed devils tempting the deeply religious."
Forest National, a home ground for Duran Duran
National quite the gathering of the clans. Fans
from UK, France, Italy, Scandinavia, Holland and of course,
Taylor, January 2012
the very last minute my trip to Belgium to see the guys playing
their show at Forest National, one of the european temples of
live music, was in doubt because of the general strike affecting
flights and all all kind of transports. In the end I managed
to change my flight postponing my return, so on January 29th
I was ready to see another Duran show.
glad I managed to attend this 'cos it was such a great show
with the usual production, on a large stage, great lighting
and all and a packed Arena.
boys were very surprised by the warm reception and the great
enthusiasm they got from the audience. The guys were so amazed
by the audience response that they decided to add Rio as encore
at the end of the show, which wasn't on the original setlist.
John noticed, in the Bruxelles crowd there were group of fans
coming from different parts of Europe, that gave to the show
a great a sense of euro-globalization and loyalty
of the die-hard euro-fanbase.
guys played masterfully every track from the dramatic opening
song, Before The Rain, very theatrical in its live rendition
with black and white images flowing behind them to the colorful
and festive Girls on Film and Rio. So glad they played The Man
Who Stole A Leopard, a high point of the show which involves
the audience with the clapping but of course I wouldn't have
despised Carelles Memories in the set [that they actually played
in Dortmund]. Girls on Film with an improvised jam session and
Simon diving into the crowd was great too see!
God, it's quiet and beautiful and peaceful like the eye in the
middle of a hurricane, I wanna dive into that!"
le Bon, Bruxelles, January 29, 2012
personal highlight from this show are the two hit singles from
The Wedding Album, Ordinary World which Simon dedicated to the
families of the victims of the Costa Concordia incident in Italy
[dedication that he did in Munich too, check out a video
of this moment] and Come Undone, which I found particulary touching,
for a personal renewed interest and rediscovery of the lyrics
of this beautiful song which still represents a strong element
of the more intimistic part of any Duran Duran show.
was nice to see the guys after the show at the bar and chat
with them in a very relaxed and informal situation, still inebriated
by their fantastic performance and by the effect of a couple
of Sauvignon blanc glasses.
they left Bruxelles the guys were kindly asked to sign the hotel's
guestbook, and they all did. Here is the page of the book.
Bruxelles live photo gallery
to capture the energy and the awesomeness of the band on stage #2
work rate has increased for Duran Duran over the years. Live
shows have become such a big part of our job, partly because
we now depend on them for more of our income.
Le Bon, January 2012
Vienna Nick did a few comments into the microphone [a slight
criticism of contemporary art that is too often based only on
repetition and it is often performed by machines, not people]
one of them was the prelude to "Blame the Machines"
get the most fantastic audiences pretty much everywhere we go"
Taylor, February 2012
Boys is always a good one to perform as it gets such a good
crowd reaction and is so powerful. I also like performing
whatever song we close the show with- I love the climax and
listening to the crowd go wild. I’m exhausted after
we finish performing but also enervated, it’s a mix
Le Bon, February 2012
Fan reports from Europe
want more Duran Duran! by Anu Poukka from Finland
chilly January weekend in the central-Europe queuing for GA
concerts, not ideal, but it was well worth the effort knowing
that the hottest band on the planet would heat up the audience
in a matter of minutes. All You Need Is Now tour must be one
of the best tours Duran Duran has played!!
had been lucky enough to see three UK shows in December, and
this time I was really looking forward to seeing how the show
has developed for the European leg of the tour.
– Audience was shouting, roaring and dancing,
as soon as the lights were dimmed. The party was on!! After
the first 2 songs Simon greeted everyone in German: “Guten
Abend, Dortmund! Westfalenhalle! ZWEI!”, and that really
broke the ice. The band looked relaxed and confident, and sounded
solid! It is a pleasure to see them smiling at each other during
the show – as if complimenting one another of a job well
done - ‘I liked that bit!”.
evening was magnificent! The energy that the band picked up
from the audience just fired the engine to full capacity! You
could see that the band was happy with the show and enjoyed
After the concert a small crowd was waiting for the band at
the back entrance in Dortmund. Are they still in or not? And
yes! Even if it was quick meeting while they walked into the
waiting cars, it is always breathtaking to meet them in person.
John and Dom walked straight in the cars. Nick, Roger and Simon
took time to talk and sign CD covers, photos, concert tickets,
etc. I thanked both Nick and Roger for the wonderful concert
and amazing evening, and Nick replied “We thought so too!”
Rain / Planet Earth / A View To A Kill / All You Need Is Now
/ Too Bad You're so Beautiful / Come Undone / Safe / The Reflex
/ Girl Panic! / Tiger Tiger / White Lines / Carelles Memories
/ Ordinary World / Hungry Like The Wolf / Sunrise / Wild Boys
[Encore] Notorious / Rio
the pic Simon and Anu
shower... in Bruxelles!
– Wow! What an evening! I have never experienced such
a crowd! Almost a full house that was on their feet screaming
from the first sound of Return to Now, and
did not stop even when the band left the stage! Simon greeted
the crowd in the beginning both in French and Flemish, and
prior Girls of Film he acknowledged all the travelling fans
he had seen in the audience during the evening. and yes, I
screamed at ‘We’ve got Finland’ –
our flags had been seen!
were changes in the set lists, and you could see from Simon’s
dancing that he was enjoying the evening – you know,
the more excited he gets the funnier the moves and his facial
The Rain / Planet Earth / A View To A Kill / All You Need
Is Now / Blame The Machines / Come Undone / Safe / The Reflex
/ The Man Who Stole a Leopard / Notorious / Girl Panic! /
Tiger Tiger / White Lines / Ordinary World / Hungry Like The
Wolf / Sunrise / Wild Boys [Encore] Notorious / Rio
shows were fantastic! The lighting and screens are used differently
in each song. The band also uses several tapes on the screen
– and sometimes you realize there is so much to see
that you hardly even look at the band! I think the All You
Need Is Now stage set is very clever, and seems to be easily
adjusted to both small and larger venues. Could well be that
this is their best tour ever! And how do they sound –
powerful, energetic, intense!
- Too Bad You’re So Beautiful. It is
so much fun to sing this one back to the band. And of course
we all try to catch an eye contact - I'm a hostage to that face
the band after Dortmund concert – Unexpected, relaxed,
quick, and I’m in cloud nine!
- We got an extra song as a starter for the encores - part of
the audience started singing the song known as the "po-po-po-po
song" [a chorus used mainly in the italian stadiums during
football matches which is nothing more than the refrain of 2003's
Seven Nation Army song of The White Stripes] and then suddenly
everybody was singing the same tune! When the Band walked back
to the stage, singing/humming never stopped - Simon picked it
up, Roger started drumming, and Dom added guitar into it - and
this went on for a while. It was a great jam session, a very
14 minutes of GOF in Bruxelles!
and this [ full version]
has to be the best German touring experience Duran
has ever had. A
short but sweetly perfect tour."
Taylor, Jan 2012
of the set list – When seeing more that one show, it's
always great to hear different songs. I loved that Leopard was
added to the set list in Brussels. And that in Dortmund Notorious
was played as an encore with band intros while in Brussels it
was played earlier so that Girls On Film could be played as
encore with intros.
six seconds with John! – And when it happens to you, you
know you could faint on the spot! John caught me singing White
Lines in Brussels, and he kept nodding and smiling at me. I
found a You Tube tape afterwards and counted totalof 6 seconds
under his watchful eye. I could not have lasted a second longer…
thanking the audience in Brussels – When Simon introduced
Roger during Girls On Fim, he began his drum solo - stopped
– stood up behind his set, waved and smiled – and
the crowd went wild!! Only then he continued. I have never seen
him doing that in a concert before, and that if anything was
a clear sign that he really had enjoyed the Brussels concert!
with friends – One of the most enjoyable part of Duran
gigs, meeting old and new friends, fans from various parts of
the globe, first timers, experienced tour veterans, facebook
friends, tweeters – mixed crowd of Duran enthusiasts.
As John tweeted afterwards from Brussels, and the same thing
can be said from Dortmund with the addition of at least Germany
and Austria: “It was quite the gathering of the clans."
next time! I may be a deluded fool but still, Fascinated!
shows in 4 days and a cool meeting with the guys in Leipzig!
Stavis from Denmark reports
27th, 2012 | After a good night’s sleep after the show
the night before, I made my way to the hotel I knew the band
was staying at in Leipzig. I arrived around 11 am but didn’t
expect too much but needed something to do before taking the
train to Dortmund at 2.40 pm.
Few other fans I knew were there. We were sitting at a table
in the coffee bar where you didn’t have to pass if you
came from the rooms but we had a good view of what was going
on. The others told me about the strike in Belgium the following
Monday and that it would be bad with no flights, trains or buses
and road blocks. I was just about to call my airline to sort
things when John came down. He was waiting for someone [who
turned out to be Simon] and he came over to us.
was being really nice. He asked if we enjoyed the show. I told
him I was from Denmark and he asked where in Denmark. I asked
for a photo and he said “sure” and I got a nice
one. Then I asked him to sign my All You Need Is Now cd and
he asked if my name was spelled with an e or an a and signed
it with love, John. He told us that the next European dates
probably would be in June.
asked him what they were doing about the strike in Belgium and
he goes “What strike?” and we told him about it.
He seemed concerned that they might have to go by road to Berlin.
Then Simon came down from his room. He didn’t see us/didn’t
bother and left together with John – they were going to
After a little while Dave came. Apparently they were all supposed
to check out at noon and he seemed annoyed that nobody showed.
When Simon and John returned it was planned that they would
all go and see a church but the rest of the band didn’t
come to check out.
I see your flat last night?” Simon Le Bon
A little later Simon returned but not John. He was standing
outside and one of the others said that if I wanted to talk
to him I should better go outside. Nobody wanted to come with
me and I didn’t want to go by myself. After a bit of “begging”
one of the girls joined me. We went outside. Simon was standing
talking to Simon Willescroft. I went up to him and asked him
politely for a photo which I got. I said to him “you saw
my flag last night?” [I brought a Danish flag to the gig
and at one point he pointed at me and smiled]. He misheard and
asked very surprised “Did I see your flat last night?”.
I repeated the question and he said “yes, I saw your Danish
flag” and smiled. Then I asked him to sign my cd. He said
he liked to sign black on black. He signed it with his name
and a little heart and I put myself together to ask if he would
sign it for me and added “I’m getting demanding
now”. He laughed and signed it “for super demanding
Rie”. The other girl got a picture with him too and then
we said goodbye and left him be and went back inside. The time
was now about 1 pm. I don’t exactly remember what happened
then but I think they all left to go to the church...
you please take another one?
Roger was the first to come back about 40 minutes later. A couple
of the other fans went to talk to him but again nobody else
wanted pictures. I went to ask him to sign my cd and get a photo.
I took one and he said “I think I closed my eyes, can
you please take another one?” which I did and the second
one turned out very nice [rarely that they are concerned about
how your pictures turn out].
joined us at our table he was very nice
Shortly after John returned and signed a couple of autographs
for some fans outside. Took a few photos and went back to the
others inside. I just got back to my seat when John decided
to join us at our table and sat down – he was being even
nicer than before. Asked if any of us needed tickets for any
of the shows, but we all had our tickets. The others asked if
they played Dortmund before and he started talking about a TV-show
they once did there. I told him that it had been very cold yesterday
and he said I ought to be used to the cold being a Dane [yes,
John but even if I come from a cold country I don’t tend
to stand out in the cold for hours].
does general strike involve? Nick Rhodes
Simon W and Dom were back now too. They didn’t join our
table as John but stood nearby. I went over to Nick to have
him sign the CD and to get a photo, I got Dave to take it. After
that he came over to our table but didn’t sit down. Someone
asked if he would take off his sunglasses but he refused and
said that it wouldn’t do either of us any good. We talked
a bit about this and that including the upcoming Belgian strike
asking “What does general strike involve?” [Nick,
that’s kind of in the word “general”].
They were leaving soon and Simon was still not back and the
band went outside to wait for him. Anyway, he came back and
they got ready to get in the cars. We didn’t go outside
though. They were all there but Dave came back in like he was
looking for somebody and someone said to him “you know,
Andy is not in the band anymore!” and he laughed.
At 2 pm they left for Cologne [they were not staying in Dortmund]
and it was just the right timing for me as I had to make my
way to the station for my train to Dortmund. I had first class
and it was nice just to sit and relax and “absorb”
everything that happened. I arrived to my hotel in Dortmund
around 9 pm after a long and exciting day.
my highlights of the tour:
Leipzig: The beautiful venue by the lake; Having
1st row; The great support band called A Silent Express;
Simon inviting a Brazilian fan on stage to start off “The
Reflex”; “Being Followed”
instead of “Blame the Machines”, Simon acknowledging
my Danish flag; Meeting the band the day after the show.
Dortmund: Meeting up with good friends; Having
1st row again – this time center; Again the great support
band A Silent Express [think I’m becoming a fan]; “Too
Bad You’re So Beautiful” and “Careless
Memories”; Got a tweet shown on the screen during
“Tiger Tiger”; Saying goodbye to the band when they
were leaving the venue.
Meeting up with everybody, getting 2nd row despite quite a lot
of VIP’s with early entrance; The amazing crowd; Simon
dedicating All You Need Is Now to all the fans who are following
them for a long time; Getting a personal tweet on the screen
for “Tiger Tiger”; Before the encores when the crowd
spontaneously starting singing “oh oh oh oohh” and
the band followed the tune; The whole of “Girls on Film”
– the long version with band introductions.
The place was fuming and Simon mentioned all the countries he
knew were present [including Denmark]; The fun I had with my
new Dutch friends after the show [I went with them to Holland
so I could fly from Holland instead of Belgium because of the
After seeing Duran Duran 50+ times I must say they are better
than ever. I will never get tired of seeing them live and I’m
already looking forward to more dates in the summer.
tells about being on tour for weeks with the guys and
you all get on? Does anyone have any travel foibles?
We all get on really well and it’s fun to travel
although we are all different.
has to have music in his room at all times. Nick is
funny, so funny, he doesn’t like anything brown.
He hates the colour brown. So if he gets a brown room
he has to move and get a non - brown room! He is such
good fun to go out with too.
and Nick tend to do our travel research so they will
find out all the good places to go before we get somewhere;
find the art galleries and films to see and get us
invited to cool things.
boring! I have to look after my voice so I steam a
lot to keep my vocal chords in shape and do my exercises-
you have to look after yourself whilst out on tour
and Duran Duran
“When we started out as a band we never
could have imagined being the support act of famous performers
like Duran Duran. They’re amongst our heroes!
a dream come true in the most classic way. We are four guys
from Holland who enjoy a great passion for music and are all
vinyl collectors. When we started collecting, the first records
we bought were the Duran Duran ones. I still remember very well
how we were totally blown away by the songs on ‘Notorious’,
they so very much inspired us.
want to thank Simon, Roger, John and Nick for this incredible
opportunity and can’t wait to share the stage with them!”
can learn more about A Silent Express by clicking here
vecer, Bratislava! Dobrý vecer, Slovakia!”
| Incheba Arena in Bratislava has a capacity of about three
thousand people and it was packed for the Duran Duran show!
The band's performace suited to the smaller venue. The guys
were warmly welcomed at they arrival [check out a funny video
uploaded by the guys of duranduran.sk]. The show was great as
reported in this
interviews in support of the upcoming shows in Dubai and Australia
originally published on expatwoman.com
| Gail interviews Simon Le Bon ahead of Duran Duran's
concert in Dubai. Here’s
what Simon has to say about the weather, dogs and their
first public gig in Dubai...
Le Bon arrives at the Stella McCartney Special Presentation
at 13 North Audley Street during London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter
2012 on February 18, 2012 in London.
you ever visited Dubai or the Middle East before?
yes! We came years ago to perform at a corporate event for a
magazine launch. It was a long time ago and we stayed near the
amazing Burj Al Arab. We are really looking
forward to performing our public show in Dubai for the first
are your plans while you are here? Things you’d like to
see and do?
love to find some art galleries to have a look at while we are
in town and also to go out into the desert- we didn’t
get chance to do that last time we were there…
is home these days and tell us about your dogs? We see you tweet
is Putney SW15 - has been for 20 years - it’s a bit chilly
here today but lovely crisp weather! The dogs are loving it!
We’ve got 3 dogs a Boston Terrier called Cecil who’s
really clever, he can do the Times Crossword; Tinka who’s
a psychopathic Chihuahua, she hates all other dogs and only
loves people - we think she thinks she’s a human; and
Luigi, our pug, who loves to eat, eat, eat - that’s what
Pugs do! We’ve also got 2 cats, so it’s a total
menagerie here and with 3 daughters who think they have a divine
right to fill the house with furry pets we’ll probably
end up with more.
is it like touring in a band these days? Is it massively different
from the 80s?
very different touring today as we have changed. We are a lot
better at it now; we’re more grown up, more focused. In
the old days it was a lot about the after show parties, which
was ok for a while- now it’s more about the performance
and the music.
In the old days the screaming from the audience was so loud
you couldn’t even hear the music sometimes. It took us
some time to get to that stage though. The change to that cacophony
was gradual but we took it in our stride.
your favourite song to perform and why?
a hard one; every song is good to perform. Ok if you push me
it’s White Lines because it’s not a Duran Duran
song and we have fun with it. Wild Boys is always a good one
to perform as it gets such a good crowd reaction and is so powerful.
I also like performing whatever song we close the show with-
I love the climax and listening to the crowd go wild. I’m
exhausted after we finish performing but also enervated, it’s
a mix of emotions.
We’ve been doing some great shows recently and ever one
is getting better and better which is such a great feeling.
Our audience is such a mix of ages we have our younger fans
and a big chuck of the 30 to 50 age group and they are all loving
do your kids think about “dad being in a band”?
3 daughters love me being in a band. They all love music so
much- one has even got her own band. All 3 are properly trained
in music as was their choice- they wanted it. They think I’m
lucky that the music comes naturally to me as it does to them.
They do criticize me a lot though, they might say we didn’t
like your shoes dad or you were a bit out of tune on that part,
or a bit sharp!
the concert be a mix of old faves and new material? What should
the crowd expect?
we did a corporate in Dubai before this is our first public
gig and we will be playing all our hits, people want the hits!
We are touring our new album and our new songs have been received
extremely well which is very positive. We’ve had one of
our most successful videos ever with Girl Panic, although it’s
hard to compare with The Reflex etc. as there was no Youtube
then! The amount of interest in Girl Panic is unbelievable though.
So we’ll be playing a mix of old and new and some things
you won’t be expecting us to play.
Interview with Simon Le Bon | Cream Magazine
originally posted here
Tati caught up with Simon Le Bon to discover a man who’s
come somewhat closer down to Planet Earth than he appeared to
be in the heady 1980s, but a diehard pop star just the same
who talks of way-out lyrics, heady partying, sampling rappers,
and still seeing girls walking hand in hand across the bridge
Tell me, Simon, do the lyrics come first to you these
days, or the music?
music tends to be the first thing. I find it easier to write
lyrics when I get a feeling from the music as to what theme
to write about. Music is evocative; it creates a mood and it
inspires the words.
The lyrics on your past couple of albums seem less obscure
and ‘arty’ than on your earlier albums – where
you used to sing about ‘union of the snakes’, ‘dancing
on valentines’, and my favourite, ‘smelling’
like you ‘sound’. Was the fairly schizophrenic poetry
back then part and parcel of the New Romantic thing?
I just felt back then that it was okay to create these kinds
of impressions, and to use words at random but to create some
kind of odd feeling. A lot of the time I didn’t really
know what I was on about: I just liked the sounds of the words
together. I mean, “I smell like I sound” felt like
a really animal thing to be saying, and I often just let my
instincts lead me there. These days I think the mood has generally
changed. I don’t think you could get away with those kinds
of lyrics, really.
That’s kind of ironic since society has gone into
this state of, shall we say, split personality, what with the
internet and the information overload we’re subjected
to. You would think the timing was right for more of your old
style of mixed-up lyricism to be appreciated; yet here you are
writing songs with more narrative and sense.
you’ve hit on the whole on the whole idea of what the
new music is about really: the mingling of art and commercialism.
Those old lyrics, coming from any other band, and listening
to them in retrospect, would appear absolutely inane, but coming
from Duran Duran, they seem somewhat profound and as though
there was some message to have been found amid the miscellanea.
of those lyrics were bits coming from personal places, and some
were just from my imagination. Union Of The Snake came from
my reading this book about tantra and the whole idea of kundalini:
the sleeping snake inside the man. Tantra’s a belief in
the practice of kundalini yoga. As in tantric sex…
I must say, sex and a high level of decadence seem to be persistent
themes in Duran Duran songs. Sometimes it sounds like you enjoy
watching decadent sex to the point of seeing people, particularly
women, faulting from it. Like the woman who asks for too much
and gets it hard in the end of All She Wants Is, or the subject
in Lady Xanax (from the Pop Trash album) who has stayed out
all night and now has cracks in her makeup.
Well, Nick wrote the lyrics to Lady Xanax so it’s actually
got a lot of him going on in it. I just kind of fine-tune the
songs so that they ‘sing’ right. It’s interesting
because Nick has a very different point of view to mine.
‘Lady Xanax’ could almost be a pseudonym itself
of Mr Rhodes? Nick’s certainly brought a lot of ambiguity
to the Duran table.
when there were five...
Do you look back over 25 years, ponder your juxtaposing
relationship with Nick, and go, wow, that’s a long time
for two very different pop players to be getting along?
tend not to look back generally because it’s kind of sad
to see how few of us are left now. There’s only us and
Depeche Mode and U2 left from that whole time, really.
Interesting you should put U2 in that category and not
acts like Pet Shop Boys or New Order, even while they’re
in as different a genre to you as U2.
Well I always saw New Order as a carry-on from Joy Division,
coming from an earlier, different period.
Initially, there was some industry backlash toward you, however
a lot of contemporary music makers did grow up with your songs
and appreciated them enough to have paid tribute to you by covering
them later down the line. We’re talking Hole, Nine Inch
Nails, and Smashing Pumpkins on stage. Kylie Minogue, Ben Lee,
and Powderfinger on record. Surely it’s flattering to
have these latter day artists giving the thumbs-up to you?
I always thought it was odd that Duran Duran were dissed so
much by the serious music papers, particularly in the UK, because
we were making good music, and when the people who really count,
that is the record buyers, who then grow up and form bands of
their own and cite us as influences, it feels right and makes
sense to us that we’re not being ignored anymore. It’s
in much the same way that we cited bands and artists as our
influences like David Bowie, Sex Pistols, and Chic. Coincidentally,
we ran into Kylie Minogue in New York recently after we were
just talking about her. She did a very fine version of The Reflex
with Ben Lee, didn’t she?
Indeed, although I’d like to have seen a waterfall
cascade over our Kylie on video.
we all have!
Your songs have gone beyond being covered by other artists,
and have leaked into alternative genres: Notorious was sampled
for P Diddy’s Born Again, and samples of Save A Prayer
appeared throughout Shut Up And Dance’s Save It Til The
Mourning After. Do you like all this cross-pollination of music
that’s occurring more and more?
I’m pleased with it. One’s ultimate aim as an artist
is to get into people’s consciousness by whatever means
possible, and getting on the Diddy song and getting through
to a whole bunch of people who may never have bought a Duran
Duran album, getting it through their brains even if they don’t
know it’s Duran Duran, is part of the equation for us.
Music’s been getting more and more diverse over the past
few years, and now it’s coming together again. When music’s
very disparate and there’s different styles going on at
the same time, there’s no one thing that really unites
everybody, and it doesn’t seem to work so well for the
general collective consciousness. But when you get something
that everybody likes; that cuts through different groups of
people, it focuses the culture just a little bit more at that
kept the release of original studio albums consistent, on average
delivering a new one every two years…
too lazy to actually figure out how many but [someone] said
13 the other day so I’m just repeating. There’s
the first album. There’s Rio. There’s Seven And
The Ragged Tiger. Notorious. Big Thing. The Wedding Album. Thank
You. Meddazzaland, Pop Trash, Astronaut, Red Carpet Massacre,
and the current one All You Need Is Now. That’s 12.
are actually 13. You forgot Liberty.
very easy to forget Liberty.
Forget one of your own albums? At least the creative
on Liberty was lovely: lots of final genuine Eighties looks.
Are you happy to see the Eighties come and go in fashion?
a culture of revival anyway, but I don’t think it’s
necessarily the same people who were doing it in the Eighties;
kind of getting out the old gear and going, “Hey, those
were the days”. This is a whole bunch of new people, who
were two-years-old back then, thinking, “I want to try
this too now”.
been quite fortunate having a close association to the fashion
world via wife Yasmin. Do you talk business with each other;
you about music; she about what’s happening on the catwalk?
I keep reading in the English press and online that
‘Simon and Yasmin are on the A-list again’. Do you
still do a lot of the premiere and party thing?
We have a load of unopened mail. There is a fashion scene that
we’re a part of, and there’s a music scene that
we’re a part of, and yes we get invited to glittering
openings and things like that. But we kind of ration it a little
because if you go to too many of those things and you end up
all over the pages of sodding Hello magazine, you feel like
you don’t own yourself after a while. Also, I just don’t
like to be portrayed that way all the time. I’d rather
be thought of as a guy who goes up on stage, and writes and
records music, than someone who goes to an endless list of parties.
Don’t get me wrong. There’s a bunch of fun to be
had. You’ve just got to find the right balance, because
if all you want to do is go out and get trashed, it’s
not a lot of fun after a while.
you get trashed too often in your headier days of fame?
Not really. I think we coped with the whole thing remarkably
well. What we managed to keep together was our sense of humour.
When you come from the background that we came from, which was
working class to middle class, there’s a lot of guys around
you, keeping your feet on the ground. As soon as you start losing
your grip on reality, somebody somewhere starts taking the piss
and it brings you back down to earth. With a bump.
One final question, Simon. Do you still see them walking
hand in hand across the bridge at midnight?
definitely do. On Putney Bridge, just close to where I live.
from recent interviews: John Taylor
interview to DerWesten newspaper [some interesting
quotes translated from the german article]
- We are
not a "greatest hits" band and not a revival act.
We work very hard to be a contemporary band. And we almost
sound better live than in 1984. Every night we go out there
and want to deliver nothing less than our best show.
- We have
our permanent place in pop history. That's cool. A side effect
of getting older is that you will increasingly be an example
- in a positive way.
a few years ago I was the only one wearing glasses in the
band and was always called "four eyes" . Now I have
had my eyes lasered and the four others now all need glasses.
That is ironic!
- In the
80 years you were always voted as the "Sexiest Male pop
star"... But how did you feel when you were of the rankings
for the first time?
Taylor: I think I'm even more attractive now than before [laughs].
No, actually I'm very shy. The girls always thought that behind
my exteriority I hide a lot more. If they only knew the truth
from the interview with John | article originally posted here
asked me recently about hot spots and I laughed,'' the 51-year-old
says. ''My idea of a hot spot is a really cool vintage record
store, or a modern art gallery, or a rare-book store. If
I can find all those three things within walking distance
of the hotel while on tour, then that's truly a hot spot.
If they're open late, with a good coffee bar nearby, then
it's a very hot spot.''
from Liverpool during a successful British tour, he talks
about being ''part of a blended family''. He has a 19-year-old
daughter from his first marriage, as well as 21- and 23-year-old
stepchildren from his current wife, Gela Nash, co-founder
of the fashion label Juicy Couture.
really challenging,'' he says. ''For kids to become themselves
they have to work through whatever it was that mum and dad
did. In my case, they have to figure out why dad took so
many drugs and along the way we may have to try a few out.
wasn't able to convince my daughter to go to university.
She said to me, 'What are you talking about, you never went.'''
remember my stepdaughter saying to me a few years ago, 'Oh
my god, they played Duran Duran all night at this club I
was at - how crazy is that?''' Taylor says. ''And I'm like,
'So, how did we sound?' And she says - as only your child
can - 'Not bad.''
day that you're in the studio with Mark Ronson, you feel
good about yourself - you don't feel like an old fart,''
Taylor says. ''You can't underestimate what Mark's presence
does for the group's esteem. We've been targets, for a long
time, of a sceptical media over whether we're valid today
or if we should have thrown it in a long time ago. To have
somebody like Mark, who clearly knows what is going on,
want to work with us was just fantastic.''
picture taken during the DLD conference: discussing what techology
does to change the way music is made, performed and distributed.
Below John in Bruxelles.
live in Bratislava 2012
from the interview with John published on Time Out Australia
on february 6, 2012
you find that the bigger you get the more inane the questions
It never seemed like we got asked questions of any real significance.
I always used to bemoan the fact that we didn’t get asked
the kind of questions that Pete Townshend would be asked. We
never got asked for our views on governments and the world economic
situation, but then when we do get asked those sort of questions
we don’t really know how to answer them.
you don’t tend to cover them in your songs.
It’s just a dance that you have to go through really.
I mean you always try to make an interview as positive an experience
as you can make it. When you’re doing a lot in a row it
does start to wear on you, but I think that’s one of those
things that you have to be prepared to do if you want to be
successful. You can’t really have an attitude about that
sort of thing. One of the things that I’m not crazy about
– and that none of us are crazy about – is being
interviewed as a band.
How does that go?
It’s kind of like pass the parcel, you have to go around
and take it in turns. So you can be sitting there for like ten
minutes in between comments.
Trying not to roll your eyes.
Well you know, it’s not that everybody doesn’t have
something valid to say, I just don’t think any of us really
need to sit and listen to each other answer the same old question.
your stance on illegal downloading?
It’s never, ever bothered me. I’m a music fan that
didn’t have a lot of pocket money when he was a kid. I
bought what I could afford and taped the rest off radio or made
a tape from my friend’s copy of the album.
always done well. We love to write, we’ve got a lot of
songs out there and we love to perform. I’m not hurting.
I don’t have an attachment to what I call ‘delivery
systems’. We write songs and we perform them live –
that’s what we do for a living. How the songs get out
there into the public domain… it can go either way.
If you produce an album, you produce a CD. I have to think that
the latest CD we’ve produced is worth the ten dollar asking
price, so I think if you can afford it then it’s worth
the money. I think if you buy music – good music –
you still get the best value for your dollar. But I feel that
a lot of music buyers were burnt a little bit by the CD age.
The younger generation… it’s been so easy for them
to get music free; I don’t know whether they’re
ever going to get their heads around the idea of paying for
music. I think songwriters and performers will survive. They
just will. Maybe there isn’t as much money in the pot
as there was in the mid-70s or mid-80s, but the good writers
and the good performers will survive.
Rumour has it you had a bit of a nerdy side as a kid.
Has that carried through to adulthood at all?
I’m letting my inner nerd breathe. I spend a lot of time
in the country now and I took a walk around the country yesterday
with a friend of mine who was telling me what all the trees
were called, and what this was called, and I really enjoy that.
I’m interested in a lot of things. As a kid I was into
war and model soldiers and aeroplanes, but I think everybody
in my generation was like that.
stage with Power Station or Neurotic Outsiders I've never
felt truly at home, it was more like being in an hotel. Duran
Duran, however, are my home."
Taylor Fefruary 2o12.
Taylor interview to Rolling Stone Germany [some
interesting quotes translated from the German article]
there ever an argument with you or fist fight on stage, as
they are in many bands into a myth?
I have to think... no, never. None of us would be selfish
enough to see his personal stuff going there.
played with other bands. After all these years, why you think
it's so special to play with Duran Duran?
Me, along with Roger, Nick and Simon never feel out of place!
On stage with Power Station or Neurotic
Outsiders I've never felt truly at home, it was more
like being in an hotel. Duran Duran, however, are my home.
The typical bass lines I play sounds at their best only when
Simon, Nick and Roger play with me. We have learned over the
years together. That's what makes a band.
from various recent interviews: Simon Le Bon
vocal cords started to bleed... it was very bad and serious.
Luckily enough I did not have to undergo surgery. I
had to acquire new vocal techniques so that something like
this never occures again"
Le Bon, January 2012
AsiaOne | Le Bon said: "Nick, John,
Roger and I have had some rough edges over the years as
Duran Duran. "Eventually,
when you've been together long enough, the egos in the
band will begin to relax. We've all become genuine friends,
which is more than can be said for a lot of bands.
work rate has increased for Duran Duran over the years.
Live shows have become such a big part of our job, partly
because we now depend on them for more of our income.
met Yasmin when we were already in a very busy period
of our lives, so we are used to being apart for long periods
due to work." Le Bon, who has been married to 47-year-old
Yasmin for 26 years, revealed that compromise is the secret
to keeping their marriage rock-solid, given Duran Duran's
hectic touring schedule. He said: "It can be as small
as what to watch on the telly, or what we have for dinner.
These things make all the difference."
Duran Duran musically fresh is also of paramount importance
to Le Bon. He said: "We don't want to be known as
a 'greatest hits band'. "We've
always pushed ourselves creatively."
important to keep producing music. If we don't, our creative
spark will just die." Duran Duran collaborated with
music producer Timbaland and singer-actor Justin Timberlake
on the 2007 album Red Carpet Massacre.
sort of got pulled by our fans - especially the younger
ones - into producing modern, contemporary music over
the past two decades." "We
started out as a rock band and with [our latest 2010 album]
All You Need Is Now, we've finally returned to our roots.
of some interesting quotes from the Blick article originally
published in German here
is one of the favorite places of Prince Charles and his
sons. Are you a Royalist?
No, I'm a Republican. But as a Brit, I have respect for
the Queen and her family. If you think that Queen Elizabeth
II this year is celebrating its 60th jubilee... is remarkable.
I think it is a wonderful queen. I William and Harry at
the Diana tribute concert, which was organized by them.
I like them both very much.
last appearance in Switzerland, eight months ago, was at
the Energy Fashion Night at the Hallenstadion. How cool
As long as it's cool, not cold, it's wonderful. Seriously,
Zurich was a fantastic experience. We went to eat after
our performance in a fine Italian restaurant, then have
stayed at the beautiful Hotel Dolder, it was lovely. What
happened to me then was horrible. Shortly after Zurich we
had a gig in Cannes. In In the middle of the concert I was
has happened? "My vocal cords started to bleed...
it was very bad and serious." "luckily enough
I did not have to undergo surgery". "I had to
acquire new vocal techniques so that something like this
never occures again"
press release from international mags and newspapers
on all the thumbnails to get bigger scans of the original articles.
This time you'll find a range of German, Austrian, Swiss, Italian,
Slovakian and even Singaporean and Hongkongese newspapers.
At the moment the article above is only available in medium
size [so it's unreadeable] but I will hopefully get a bigger
scan for the next site update. And a last minute addition: get
the band will be touring the world all this year, If you want
to contribute a scan from your local newspaper or magazine just
send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
the pic Nick and Nefer at a Fashion show, February 2012
is a fan-site with one step into the past, one into the present
and eyes always looking to the future”
Duran Duran fans have eyes for visuals and they also have
great taste, knowing that I always operate in that ‘artsy’
is a "duranism" coined by the founding members
Nick Rhodes and John Taylor.
in the late 90s Nick compared the band’d history
to a soap opera, Dynasty, I just loved the way he stared
that sentence with that laugh: ‘The life and time
of duranasty” that’s where the site’s
name comes from.
in November 1997, when John was out of the band, he said
to a journalist: “We used to say it was like ‘Duranasty’,
Duran Duran is like this fucking soap opera.”
the importance of the anniversary a bit of celebration is due,
so check out an excerpt of the interview that this that Kirk
of ddrockhall did with
Salvo last year [you can still read the full interview here
one and part
When did Duranasty officially start? Do you have people
behind duranasty.com there’s only me, I do it all on my
own, I do the writing, the exclusive interviews, the web-and
archive reserach, the visuals and the webdesign… it’s
a lot of work, believe me.
site isn’t one of those easy preformatted websites, it’s
all designed by me because I want flexibility from a visual
point of view and to easily change the design of the page and
adapt it to the content from time to time. The Duran Duran fans
have eyes for visuals and they also have great taste, knowing
that I always operate in that ‘artsy’ direction!
course fans help me a lot passing along news and pics, there
are regular emailers whom send in updates and web research.
site started in february 2002. I was freaking out with the news
of the Duran Duran reunion, one of the most exciting moments
of the Duran Duran history so I had to do something concrete
to let the love flow in something cool, an homage to my favourie
had to communicate with the rest of the fan base so this little
baby, duranasty, saw the light on february 2nd 2002, the same
day Planet Earth was released back in 1981.
had no claims, there were already plenty of cool Duran fan sites,
very professional ones, and mine was just a home-made website
and it used a web public service, it was hosted on Geocities!
was free so it had bandwhith limits. I soon discovered that
there was a lot of interest on the site from the fans because
when it had too many connections it wasn’t available for
some hours as it run out of bandwith.
style: the beginning of Duranasty, a screencap dated 2002 and
one dated 2012.
it started like a little tribute to Duran Duran and it soon
became something bigger. Getting the domain name was a little
success to me as it was the moment when I understood that duranasty
became something more than what I had originally projected and
did you name the site “Duranasty” and use the payoff
“The Life and Times of Duranasty”?
I explained this a couple of times on message boards and I like
the fact that isn’t that obvious. The word duranasty is
a neologism [or should I say a duranism!] coined by the founding
members Nick Rhodes and John Taylor. Nick used that word to
describe Duran Duran’s long [and sometime troubled] history
during a Duran tv special back in the late 90’s, one of
those pre-reunion specials; He just compared the band’d
history to a soap opera, Dynasty, I just loved the way he stared
that sentence with that laugh: ‘The life and time of duranasty”,
that’s where the site’s name comes from. Back in
November 1997, when John was out of the band, he said to a journalist:
“We used to say it was like ‘Duranasty’, Duran
Duran is like this fucking soap opera.”
word says it all to me, it was the perfect name to give to my
webzine, a way to celebrate the history of the band. “Duranasty.com
is a site with one step into the past, one in the present and
eyes always looking to the future”, that’s the sentence
I used in the splash page to celebrate the 30 anniversary of
Planet Earth. I think it just declares duranasty.com’s
The site just celebrates the band’s deeds and it often
provides stuff such as pictures, scans, all stuff that the fans
loves to get, but its stronger aspect I guess are the special
pages, the reports and the exclusive interviews, stuff that
has been done regularly over the latest 5 years, especially
when there was almost nothing to report about, in periods when
the guys were slowly recording the album. The site, with its
regular updates and its always positive and enthusiastic attitude
toward the band has just contributed to keep the Duran flame
the newest album has been released, thanks also go to the great
promo jobs that Simon, John, Nick, Roger and their team are
doing we get daily updates from Duran Duran’s official
sites, facebook and now even personal updates from John and
Simon on twitter. They are doing such a great job and I just
love this kind of instantaneous interaction, it’s just
what the fan-base wants, we want to be part of the process and
with internet now we are all part of the process and all authors
in first person of Duran Duran’s success [ust think what
we all did with the iTunes release on december 21!]. I hope
they’ll keep this kind of connection and interaction also
when things will be quieter and there won’t be much report
the band live in Bruxelles. Below some recent pics of the guys and
Salvo taken during the first leg of the Euro Tour.
mean I do what I do with the site and the little activities
to promote the band just to direct in a positive and concrete
direction the great passion for this band that has been with
me every single day of my life since I was a 12."
kind of things have you done over the years to promote Duran
Duran? What was before Duranasty? How exciting has that been?
I have done plenty of things as I have always been a very active
fan. I used to write for Duran Duran fanzines and helped, through
them, to keep the Duran flame alive during the 80’s and
90's. Some readers might remember my regular articles on ADLA
[A Duranies Life Association] a very popular international fanzine
based in Portugal and The Groove from USA [I
was the Italian correspondent], but I also been writing and
submitting fresh photographs from London for a number of other
fanzines such as the glorious The Icon, and
the glossy Medazzaland who later asked me to
become an official correspondent and so on.
loved those fanzines and the passion that was put behind them.
Those photocopied pages were a real labour of love. I used to
fly to London frequently during the 90s to get fresh news, reports
and pics basically from their recording studios or other venues.
Warren was great and he was always up to giving updates and
recount stories about an album’s progress or even let
me listen some of their new stuff at his home in Battersea.
Nick was also always kind and available for a chat.
was a time when the Duran news was mostly filtering and circulating
through fanzines rather than teen mags which abandoned the band
in the late 80's, it was too early for the internet and there
was no official fanclub which closed in 1988.
knew the importance of the ‘zines and they were a lot
less secretive than now, they used to collaborate more with
fans running or working for fanzines as they knew that those
poor photocopies were the only way to stay in touch with their
fan-base. It was a great time and I do have great memories of
those years. It’s all so different now. The internet has
changed it all, now we have all the news we want in real time.
soon as the internet started I got involved, it was a natural
step, I just moved my interest from fanzines to fansites. I
loved to contribute news to plasticgirl.co.uk,
templeofsaintnick.com and minddilation.co.uk,
those early sites were great and we all have to credit them
for being the first fansites to support the band giving constant
sites like facebook it’s even easier now, everyone can
post something and suddenly the news will make the tour of the
Duran-world. Nowadays, beside duranasty.com I also enjoy posting
on the so cool duranduran
message board and on duranasty’s facebook page.
my opinion, with such a over-saturation of news, the risk is
to lose sight of the most significant band news as we do tend
to mix it all. On the site I try to keep things essential, no
personal comments [everyone is entitled to his or her opinion
in the various Duran forums and blogs and I just don’t
wanna play the opinion leader] or irrelevant news, just things
that might be of some interest for the fans, all the rest can
be easily found online as we are all good at finding things
on the web.
think a fansite nowadays, with all the news circulating on the
internet, only needs to exist if it provides some exclusive
content, something different from the official sources to offer
to its visitors. Otherwise it would be only a replica of the
band’s official site but with a different layout. Having
said that, I think I will keep doing the site until I will have
time and energies to work on *that something different.* I never
liked mediocrity so the day I will run out of those elements
will be also the day that duranasty will leave the scene.
I want you all to know that duranasty.com is just the more visible
aspect of my ‘duranity’. I do have some other projects
in mind. I have been a huge Duran collector over the last three
decades, my collection isn’t build around a specific item,
only record or poster for example. It’s a very wide visual/audio
collection. Lots of economic efforts and time have been dedicated
to it over the years and I think sooner or later will become
the main object of my interest as there’s a lot of archiving
stuff to do. I could just direct energies to some new projects
such as a Virtual Duran Duran Museum or a Virtual Duran Exhibition.
Well, just another of my dreams. That would require lots of
time and dedication, till then I’ll keep duranasty at
its best and hope you’ll keep enjoying it.
That's all folks! Untill Next time!
I want to conclude
this installment with this funny, humorous but somehow realistic Simon
bit of auto-irony
Le Bon compares himself to the common cold
GQ 2011 |
The one question with Simon Le Bon
How have the obsessive fans changed?
in many has not cooled one bit.
They all communicate with each other and call themselves Duranies.
They know what hotels we’re staying in. What flights we’re
they befriend the travel agent.
Then they bring their kids and their friends to the concert until
Duran Duran is like this virus that spreads.
is all about sharing but please when you post anything taken
from the site do credit it and please, respect the authors
of the pics: when posting them don't remove the watermarked
photo credit. Thank you!
The Facebook page of Duranasty.com has almost 2000 friends.
Since it's becoming increasingly difficult to maintain it
with all the notifications, friend requests, etc, I started
a NEW Duranasty.com public fb page. The private profile
page will go on for a while anyway... I'll keep posting
on both pages untill you all be on the new one.
this is an official invitation: click the "Like"
button on the NEW Duranasty Facebook page if you like it and
if you want to get regular updates and news about the site
duranasty.com facebook page
thanks to Nick Rhodes, Duran Duran, Warren Cuccurullo and
page wouldn't have been the same without the help of:
Raffaella, Petra, Ursula, Kirsty, Camillo, Domitilla, Giuseppe,
Patrick, Henriette, Markus, Marko and Majo.
to all the fantastic duranies I recently met on the road.
It was great to share all those great moments with you.
www.duranasty.com is a fan-site made with passion from
a fan to all the fans of Duran Duran on Planet Earth.
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