success of the tour has given the band the appetite for more.
Bassist John Taylor says:"To play live is instant gratification.
We just want to keep building it. We're putting the energy out
there and it's great to come back. Being on stage feels like
very proud of the band. The longer we go on, the deeper the
friendship gets" says Simon.
the band returning to the early sound in a contemporary way,
it's evident that Duran Duran have come full circle. Through
its ups and downs, changing band members and personal struggles,
this band has survived and is stronger than never.
'All You Need Is Now Tour' is for the fans. Through the challenges,
all they needed to do was to focus on the people right in front
of them. The ones who’ve stuck by them through the years.
Nothing else matters. All
we need is now.
8 2012 | Happy Easter! | The band has just concluded
a successful australasia tour. They played 10 shows in 20 days
travelling from Dubai to Singapore, from Seoul to Hong Kong
heading to Australia where they played six more fantastic shows.
new installement is almost entirely dedicated to this new recent
chapter of the All You Need Is Now World Tour. We have some
cool reports and reviews from our friends around the globe,
pics, exclusive scans and video downloads.
band has got some of their most positive reviews ever just like
one from Time Out Melbourne but most of all they have made happy
thousand of persons in every city they visited. This tour is
definitely a party for both, the band and the audience!
are still in the working progress mode.
Duran have announced some more dates of their Summer 2012 tour.
Thus far, 10 European and 12 North American dates... Yeah, more
shows in the Us that they already toured twice since the new
far the band has eleven U.S. cities lined up from coast to coast,
with most venues not yet announced. The band will continue to
update their website as more shows are added or confirmed.
band has a great fan following in Usa and unlike what Spin magazine
says, Duran is actually one of the most loved UK band of all
time. For the record we have to report that they made the Spin
magazine list of the the most hated rockstars in Pop
History [Duran Duran at # 21 - # 1 were Milli Vanilli and #2
Limp Bizkit]. Original article here
CHARGE AGAINST: British neo-colonialist fops whose clunky dance
pop kept funk off '80s radio.
FILES: In the early 1980s, Duran-bashing was the favorite pastime
of insecure, jealous high school dudes (and insecure, jealous
dads) policing the sexual fantasy lives of teenage girls who
craved swishy pretty boys. In Talking to Girls About Duran Duran,
author Rob Sheffield says the band inspired the most venomous
arguments around his high school cafeteria tables. But even
to hard-core music fans, they often seemed like a blight: At
a time when George Clinton's "Atomic Dog" was struggling
for airplay, radio programmers insisted that young Americans
dance to these limp Brits, who, to make matters worse, had shouldered
past more interesting new-wave countrymen like ABC and the Psychedelic
Furs on their way across the Atlantic. Said Robert Christgau:
"These imperialist wimps are the most deplorable pop stars
of the post-punk if not post-Presley era."
DEFENSE: The '60s generation can keep "Like a Rolling Stone."
Our text is poptimism, cool synth sounds, and "Save a Prayer,"
and we're not apologizing for it. K.H.
band have a six-date South American jaunt getting underway April
28 in Brazil, followed by a monthlong run through Europe, which
includes a headlining slot at the Exit Festival on July 12,
and wraps with a July 25 appearance at the Sporting Club Summer
Festival in Monte Carlo. The band is also supposed to play in
London on july 27 2012, that's also the day the Olympic Games
begin in London... that's why more than one fan suspects that
this show might be part of the Olympics games celebrations.
– Brasilia, BR | Nilson Nelson
04/30 – Rio de Janerio, BR | Citibank Hall
05/02 – Sao Paulo, BR | Credicard Hall
05/04 – Buenos Aires, AR | Luna Park
05/05 – Buenos Aires, AR | Luna Park
05/08 – Santiago, CL | Espacio Riesco
– Prague, CZ | O2 Arena
06/28 – Budapest, HR | Papp Laszlo Sport Arena
07/06 – Thessaloniki, GR | Earth Open Air
07/12 – Novi Sad, SR | Exit Festival
07/16 – Verona, IT | Verona Arena
07/18 – Rome, IT | Foro Italica
07/20 – Cattolica, IT | Arena Della Regina
07/21 – Lucca, IT | Piazza Napoleone
07/23 – Carcassonne, FR | The Theatre Jean Deschamps
07/25 – Monte Carlo, MC | Sporting Club Summer Festival
08/08 – Saratoga, CA | TBA
08/09 – Saratoga, CA | TBA
08/12 – Tucson, AZ | TBA
08/15 – Tulsa, OK - The JointHard Rock Hotel & Casino
08/17 – Memphis, TN | Memphis Botanical Gardens
08/18 – Biloxi, MS | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
08/19 – Atlanta, GA | TBA
08/21 – Durham, NC | Durham Performing Arts Center
08/24 – Mashantucket, CT | TBA
08/25 – Atlantic City, NJ | TBA
08/28 – Kettering, OH | TBA
08/29 – Highland Park, IL | Ravinia
News: Simon in Japan
writing session with Nick Wood for upcoming SYN projects and lots
and Nick in the new studio in Tokio
guys having a beer ot two during their trip to Shimoda
I write this Simon is about to leave Tokio, he has spent some
time with his friend, music producer Nick Wood, writing material
for some upcoming SYN projects.
Nick Wood and his wife Noriko have been tweeting comments and
pics of their trip to Shimoda [where the duo went for some song
writing inspiration] and also from the studio.
April 5 Simon said:
Wood & me in the studio at SYN. Two really good little song
seeds planted... one got shoots already."
a cool pic of Simon and Nick Wood taken on April 5 at Hanami.
Wood says on his blog "Last night Syn celebrated Hanami
[cherry blossom festival] at Yasukuni Shrine. The Syn team enjoyed
themselves under the cherry blossoms with food, drinks, and
Le Bon Visits British Ambassador in Tokio
was a pleasure and an honor to be invited to the ambassadors
David and all of the staff there made me feel very welcome,
we talked music, business, and the meaning of life, all very
useful in this brave new world that is modern Japan”.
Le Bon Visits British Ambassador
originally posted on Nick Wood's blog
Le Bon, co-founder and Chairman of Syn paid a visit to the British
Ambassador Sir David Warren at his official residence yesterday
next? 'A Diamond In The Mind'
not all, the band is not going to miss the live-momentum
and they are about to release a live dvd and cd that will
reach the stores during the summer.
by Gavin Elder, the dvd was filmed live in Manchester
at the MEN Arena on 16 December 2011. The dvd includes
bonus documentary material, produced by Gavin Elder and
James Tonkin. The documentary covers the story of 2011.
Band members talk candidly about the highs and lows of
that year - from the loss of Simon Le Bon's voice [which
is documented with rehearsal footage] to how this catastrophic
injury ended up bringing them even closer together.
cd version was mixed by Snake Newton and mastered on 5
March 2012, at the Metropolis Studios in London. According
to our source the new prodouct will be released in Europe
by Eagle Rock [Eagle
Rock the same label that released the Rio Classic
album dvd a couple of years ago.
just think that it's a good move to release such a product
while the band is still on tour... lots of people who
attended the shows will be interested in the dvd to relive
the live experience.
the right a visual insprired by the title 'A Diamond In
The Mind' that I created when the album was just released.
the dvd will be released on July 2, 2012
Region: Region 2
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Eagle Vision HD
DVD Release Date: 2 July 2012
Run Time: 116 minutes
we all wait to get our hands on this fan-tastic dvd and write
down our own comments let's just read the flattering review
of that Manchester show published by the prestigious english
music bible 'Redord Collector' magazine [transcription by Salvo].
Manchester MEN Arena
Opening with Before The Rain, a sedate track from their new
album, the fans were already on their feet, and just as well,
given that the cult anthem, Planet Earth, followed. LeBon was
in fine voice and the rhythmic agility of the band impressive
— a winning formula boasting intricate, creative percussive
embellishments and John Taylor’s funk-driven bass. Girl
Panic pumped out adrenalin with its energetic Latino groove,
while the accompanying controversial video was screened. Amazingly,
all the new cuts merged seamlessly with the staples —
as if there was a few years rather than decades between them.
The Reflex continues to inject a youthful, feel—good hit
into the bloodstream, Tiger Tiger remains as dreamy and exotic
an instrumental as ever, and Careless Memories was another flashback
to their iconic debut. The energy level was well and truly rocked
up for the encore Wild Boys, and the closer, Rio, left the audience
on a high. J. Forrest.
time to relive the recent shows with lots of reports, articles,
pics, scans, videos and tidbits. Enjoy!
Duran rock Dubai Dubai
90-odd minutes of delivering one stirring melody after another
the band dived into Rio , a mighty offering that consolidated
they place in the hearts of each and every person present at
guys played at the fantastic 7evens Stadium. The stadium works
brilliantly with the abundance of space that offered everyone
a good view of the stage even when standing. It also allowed
for lots of dancing and singing along from the fans.
7000 strong crowd greeted the group with enthusiasm. With Dubai
being the first show of Duran Duran’s Asian tour, the
group’s performance was energetic and full of sparkle,
courtesy of the singer Simon Le Bon’s disco-tastic shirt
and the keyboardist Nick Rhodes’s sequinned Blues Brothers
the melodramatic and sombre Before the Rain was an odd choice
for an opener, it at least signalled that Le Bon’s voice
was back in order
a tender moment, Le Bon dedicated the regal ballad Ordinary
World “to the people of Syria”, before the group
stormed home with Wild Boys, Girls on Film and Rio complete
and The National]
report: Double D & Double F in Dubai
in Dubai with Duran Duran
and Federica, twins, long time fans and great friends of mine
reports from Dubai.
That's all we can say after living a three days long dream...
three long Duran-days!
sister and I decided to have a little holiday in march and it
actually coincided with the Duran show in Dubai. When we first
decided to go to there we couldn't imagine that we were going
to experience such a fantastic and intense Duran adventure.
all started meeting the guys at the airport, all except John
who arrived from LA the next day. They obviously were tired
but sweet and surprised to see us there. From that night on
we had many occasion to see the band and the crew, they were
all very nice and friendly people.
crew is like a big family and they made us feel like we were
part of the the group in those days.
8th was probably the best day of the whole vacation, it was
the show day! We took a taxi to the Sevens Stadium, which is
located right in the middle of the desert, such a fantastic
venue... we have to say that it was all very well organized.
of the crowd were european with lots of english people.
managed to get front row, right in front of John. We waited
for hours the beginning of the show but it wasn't a boring,
they played a lot of 80s cool music and they projected onto
the screen some Duran Duran videos... all this framed by a wonderful
and surreal sunset. A breathtaking view.
The show started at 9 pm. John was surprised to see us there
[we weren't lucky enough to see to see him before the show]
and he smiled to us more than once.
band sounded and looked fantastic, they played every song masterfully!
crowd was enthusiastic, danced, clapped and sang a long all
the songs but always in an orderly manner, not like we have
experienced in Italy where is always hard to get front row without
being pushed all the time. So it was a pleasure to see the show
in such a great condition, front row and with enough human space
stage set was the same they used on the Uk tour except for the
masks which were missing, we guess it wasn't easy to travel
them around the world since they were so big.
dedicated Ordinary World to the Syrian people, that was such
a great moment of the concert and John at the end of the show
thanked all the people who flew in to see them in Dubai... how
but not least, something quite unxpected, the fireworks! We
couldn't belive our eyes, what a show! Duran in the desert and
the fireworks... was that a dream?
After the show we had one more week to relax and enjoy the Dubai
area and the beach...
returned to Italy with a bag full of great memories but the
ones we most treasure are about attending the Duran show and
spending some quality time with the guys.
We just want to say thanks to Simon, Roger, Nick and John and
all the fantastic people of the crew. You really made our holiday
personal and huge thank you to the twins for thinking of me whilst
in Dubai and for sending this lovely and super cool postcard signed
& Nakyoung's tour diaries
Park reports: Many fans from a Duran Duran korean fanclub
in the standing area were holding up that captial 'D'
sign, some were wearing luminous headbands or holding
luminous sticks. And when the band started to play 'Come
Undone', some people in the audience began to fly paper
planes in the air, some of which landed on stage and Simon
and John picked them up and flew them back to the audience
Duran Duran were scheduled to arrive at Singapore airport in
the evening, so we [Eunhee, Nakyoung and two other Korean fans]
went to the airport to welcome them. There were about ten fans
waiting for Duran Duran. When Duran Duran came out of the gate,
we gave them flowers saying "Welcome to Asia". Duran
Duran smiled at us and thanked us.
Roger wasn't with them at that time. We later found out that
there were some problems with his passport, so he took the next
flight. Amber was also at the airport waiting for Simon. As
soon as she saw him, she hugged him and they looked both happy.
Duran Duran left the airport escorted by the produciton crew.
we went to the hotel they're staying and met Duran Duran. When
we met John in the lobby, he took the picture of us and tweeted
In the afternoon, Nick went to Andy Warhol Exhibition and when
he returned, we asked him to say hello to Korean fans. It was
very kind of him to say nice words for Korean fans.
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show began, we felt a little bizzare because the audience on
John's side mostly were still sitting.
When we bought presale tickets as soon as they opened in December,
John-side front tickets weren' t available. Maybe that explains.
The setlist was shorter than the UK shows we attended last year
in December. Other than that, the show was great as always.
Accordingly 5,500 audience cheered Duran Duran and sang along
anecdote: at one moment Simon seemed not to be able to read
the setlist, complaining that there wasn't enough light.
John made a joke, "You need spectacles, Charlie. Ahahah."
Bon spent the first third of the show in a silver-and-black
jacket before taking it off to carry on in a dark short-sleeved
would later do a quick costume change to a flashy, glittery
shirt that would have looked a little gaudy on most
occasions but blended with the stage’s modern,
black and steel design."
day, Duran Duran took Korean Air to fly to Korea. The flight
landed very late at night.
There were many flights arriving around that time, so Duran
Duran had to stay in a long queue to pass the immigration.
Thank God, one official finally came and helped out John, Roger
and some other staff. We were waiting for Duran Duran to pass
the immingration wearing pink hats with pink D-logo attached
to our bag carrier.
When John and Roger came out, we said "Welcome back to
Korea". Craig Duffy, the tour manager, took a picture of
us as posted on Duran Duran facebook.
At that time many Korean fans were waiting for Duran Duran outside
the gate and when Duran Duran finally came out... the fans screamed
and gave them flowers and presents they prepared. It seemed
Duran Duran really enjoyed the fandemonium as John tweeted.
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Olmpic Hall, was filled with pink D-lights and pink Duran Duran
This show was third Duran Duran show in Korea after 1989 and
2008. We remember in our schooldays about 80% of schoolmates
were into Duran Duran.
Now most of fans are in their late thirties or early forties
but Duran Duran definitely brought back our teenage girliness.
From start to end, the audience was very enthusiastic about
the show. Fans cheered and jumped with excitement and sang along
songs the whole time.
Simon said he would like to dedicate Ordinary World to Syrian
people as he did in Singapore.
When Come Undone started to play, fans flew paper airplanes
toward the stage which made a beautiful scene.
Before the encore songs, Simon said "Kamsahamnida"
[Thank you in Korean] and "Saranghaiyo"[Love you in
Korean]. Obviously fans all went crazy!
were again at the airport to see Duran Duran off next day. Duran
Duran were so nice to fans, taking pictures and giving them
autographs. John even autographed on his hotel key card and
gave it to one of the fans waiting!
audience was kind of wild and loud. Personally, we didn't like
the crowd very much as we prefer crowd concentrating on music
This time Simon dedicated Ordinary World to Japanese People.
Maybe because of one year anniversary of Tsunami in Japan.
We noticed Yasmin joined Amber and they also enjoyed the show
near the stage.
Since it was the last show in Asia, we all couldn't help bursting
into tears when the encore songs were played.
Duran Duran left for Brisbane. We of course saw them off at
the airport before we took our flight back to Korea. Craig and
Nick respectively asked us if we were going to any Austrailian
shows as well.
We joked, "Nope, we're almost bankrupt now after reheasal
shows in September, UK shows in December and these Asia shows."
is over, shows in Asia are over... we're still full of mixed
emotions. Sometimes we feel like crying, sometimes we laugh
Friends and colleagues say we seem out of our mind. Yes, how
can't we after being following Duran Duran on tour?
All we can say is that we look forward to seeing them again
soon even though we don't know when. We just hope Duran Duran
keep hitting the road with their music again and again and again.
the time I left, with the melodies still ringing in my ears,
it seemed that the Duran party would go on and on, even after
the last notes faded off."
local journalist says after the show
report: Dian reviews the Singaporean show
in a football team, everybody passes the ball accurately and
knows their team mates’ next movement"
guys are in the best shape ever, very tight! I have watched
them once in the 90s and twice in the noughties. this formation
with Dom on guitar is just lethal.
performance was much better than the previous ones. Like in
a football team, everybody passes the ball accurately and knows
their team mates’ next movement.
was in a good mood, had good interaction with the crowds and
his vocal performance was solid, better than I have ever remembered
it. John and Roger’s interlocking rhythm was stellar...second
to none. We were totally immersed! Nick was consistent and creative.
Dom was outstanding…the guitar was spot on throughout,
he nailed each song perfectly. The solo on Ordinary World, for
example, was clean and done neatly.
the Rain was a perfect opener, it warmed up the audiences nicely.Girl
Panic! received the most rapturous reception. the band also
showed the Girl Panic! video during the song. Cool is an understatement.
can understand how a lot of fans feel Safe to be the weakest
track on the album but watching it played live really did the
song more justice. the performance of Anna Ross was great. we
enjoyed her best on Safe as she took the centre stage. Great
fun... and it provided a bit of variety to the show.
Willescroft was versatile, we saw him played saxophone then
a bit of keyboard with Nick and later percussions on Girl Panic!
was some funny moments on the show when Simon had to stop awhile
and tie his shoe lace in between songs. also when he had to
see John’s set list because he couldn’t see his
properly... and John asked him where he has put his spectacles…the
crowds were spontaneously amused. During the introduction of
the band, Simon asked a female fan to introduce him, the girl
did so without hesitating and shouted something like “this
is the amazing and the only one: Simon Le Bon and I always wanted
to marry him!”
band looked focused yet relaxed, played music seriously yet
entertaining, matured display yet with the energy of the young.This
is the band that was designed to make people party, and how
incredibly they did, every time.
a show that plays on memories – you’re going to
find yourself remembering where you were in 1985, or in 1991,
when you first heard Ordinary World. It’s a very inclusive
show, where the audience and the band share a history. I think
that when we first came out, we were quite distant and had
quite an icy demeanour on stage, and I think as we’ve
gotten older, we’ve softened up ad are a lot more engaging.
It’s a very human show with a lot of humour, as well.
We’ve been doing this for 30 years and I think we know
how to put on an entertaining son et lumière"
Taylor, March 2012
from the revirew published here
The 5,500 strong gig goers comprising mostly fans in their late
30s and 40s included groups of MILFs clad in the tackiest of
80s Top of the Pops fashion alongside folks shouting the clichéd
“Simon, I love you, Marry me” or “John, Play
me like a bass guitar”
with the dramatic, melancholic “Before the Rain”
from the Mark Ronson produced “All You Need Is Now”
LP, one could already sense that the night was going to be unforgettable
as the crystal clear; pitch perfect famed vocals from 53 year
old Le Bon resonated. He might be 20 kilograms heavier than
in 1982 but that didn’t deter him from showcasing his
deft dance moves.
fact their new songs like “The Man Who Stole a Leopard”
and “Girl Panic!” shared similar traits to vintage
80s Duran Duran vibes with the hypnotic synth lines, delirious
bass poundings and processed live drums.
the night wasn’t just about the core quartet of Simon
Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor, as their
supporting artistes of the leggy femme fatale, back-up singer
Anna Ross who wouldn’t have looked out of place in any
of the band’s famous music videos, saxophonist Simon Willescroft
and guitarist Dominic Brown performed with consummate gusto
as the usual set ended with the popular “Wild Boys”
and a cover of “Relax [Don’t Do It]”, the
80s shag anthem by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Concert For The Fans
Duran played the Singapore Indoor Stadium and treated everyone
to a Saturday night filled with a selection of their greatest
hits and songs from their latest album, All You Need Is Now.
The band gave a tremendous performance, emphasizing they are
first and foremost a live band.
the show in dramatic fashion with instrumental number “Return
To Now”, leading into the lyrically poetic “Before
The Rain”, the band then launched into an energetic rendition
of “Planet Earth” and James Bond theme “A
View To A Kill”. Mixing fast songs with ballads, the band
delivered wave after wave of musical ecstasy.
2010 promoting All You Need Is Now, the band embarked on a tour
spanning the globe in 2011, taking them through UK, Europe,
North America, Dubai and Singapore. They will also be heading
to Seoul, Hong Kong, Australia, and South America.
through the tour, lead singer Simon Le Bon had encountered problems
with his voice, forcing the band to take pause and wonder about
a possible future without him. Tour dates were re-scheduled,
so that he could recover, and after 3 months, they were back
on the road again.
Saturday night, Simon was in fine form. His voice was buttery
smooth in “Come Undone” and showed no sign of strain
throughout the evening, not even with hard-hitting tracks like
Seoul: Stay With The Music
great Seoul review
small contingent of the Duran Duran welcoming committee at Incheon
Duran at Incheon Airport in Seoul
I've never gone to the airport to greet Duran
Duran. I've never gone to the airport to greet anyone other
than family or friends, actually. But, Duran Duran are like
old friends to me [at least, in my mind] so I thought I'd give
it a go.
is only their third time in Korea. They came to Seoul for the
first time in 1989 and then again in 2008 and then... tonight.
It was pandemonium.
Korea, it would seem that it is still the 80s.Roger was the
first one through the gate. He saw the crowd. He heard the screaming...
He turned around and went back in. My new friend Joon said,
"Why did he go back in?" I said, "Because he's
Roger." Ten minutes later...Nick and Simon emerged. Then,
Roger came back out...got swarmed, poor thing.
Deena Roth in Seoul | Anyone who knows me
well is fully aware that music is an integral part
of my life. Okay, so I never quite got that band I
envisioned back in high school up off the ground.
I do, however, have a book full of poetry and song
lyrics and I am known to spontaneously burst into
song quite frequently. I also have a rather impressive
musical library and have attended far too many concerts
to list here. Not to mention, I worked in two different
music stores back in the late 80s and early 90s, both
of which went bankrupt long ago, but I loved those
jobs. My point is, without music, my life would be
being said, despite my diverse musical tastes, nothing,
and I mean nothing, compares to a Duran Duran concert.
Why? Because, for me, they started it all. They were
the first band that I ever loved, that I could truly
call my own. This was not my older siblings' music.
This was my music. They opened a portal to a world where
riveting melodies collided with surrealist lyrics; a
world of boundless joy that soothed my teenage soul.
came into my life when I needed them most; during those
tumultuous early teenage years. They taught me that
it was okay to be different. I honestly believe that
I would not be the person I am today if it weren't for
Duran Duran. This is why, when it comes to Duran Duran,
it's not just about the music. Only a true Duranie can
understand: a Duran Duran concert is much, much more
than a concert. It's an intensely emotional experience,
to say the least. Strangely enough, I have only had
the pleasure of seeing them live four times and the
first two shows I saw were over 20 years apart. This
was not a choice, but rather, a matter of not being
in the right place at the right time, but I digress.
In any case, All You Need is NOW!
I mentioned in my last post, I hadn't seen Duran live
since April 2011, at their unforgettable show at Le
National in Montreal. Shortly after that whirlwind tour,
Simon Le Bon lost the top of his vocal range, for reasons
that will forever remain a mystery. It was a devastating
blow that came at the worst possible time, as they were
still on such a high from the North American promotional
mini-tour of their brilliant album, All You Need is
Now  produced by the uber-talented Mark Ronson.
Furthermore, they were getting set to begin an impressive
European summer tour which was scheduled to start in
July and run through mid-September and included dates
across the UK and continental Europe, all of which were
postponed, due to Simon's vocal problems. Devoted fans
(including myself) across the world sent an outpouring
of support to our beloved frontman and waited, with
bated breath, for news of his recovery, as he spent
several weeks consulting with numerous doctors as well
as a vocal therapist.
the band announced another North American tour scheduled
to begin at the end of September and run through the end
of October, we all rejoiced, regardless of whether we
were able to attend or not. It wasn't easy, knowing that
they were headed back to my hometown of Montreal while
I was so far away, but I was thrilled that Simon was ready
to hit the stage once again. The band also played a series
of special rehearsal shows in the UK in September before
embarking on the North American tour. I can't begin to
describe how relieved and ecstatic I was to hear, from
friends who were lucky enough to attend the rehearsal
shows, that Simon was back in top form.
course, all of this happened after I had already begun
a very restrictive one-year contract in Seoul, South Korea.
Over the next few months, thanks to social networking,
I lived vicariously through my friends who attended shows
in North America in September and October, then later
in the UK for the re-scheduled shows throughout the month
of December. Duran Duran also re-scheduled some of the
European dates and I followed my friends' experiences
at shows in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium and
Slovakia in January.
When the band announced plans for an Australian tour,
I started to get really excited, as it's closer to Asia
and in the past, they've always announced Asian tour dates
around the same time as Australian tour dates. When they
announced tour dates in Singapore and Hong Kong, I immediately
started looking into flights. I soon figured out that
neither my pocketbook nor my restrictive work schedule
would allow me to attend those shows. I was gutted. I
kept my fingers crossed. Then, the first week of January,
they announced that they would be playing Seoul on 12th
March! I was over the moon! I walked around in a dream-state
for the next two months...
Duran have only played Seoul three times in their entire
30+ year career. They came here for the first time in
1989 on The Electric Theatre Tour, promoting their Big
Thing (1988) album. It took almost 20 years for them to
come back to the Land of the Morning Calm. I was lucky
enough to be living here at the time and I attended the
electrifying show at Seoul Olympic Gym in April 2008 as
part of The Red Carpet Massacre Tour, celebrating their
2007 album of the same name. At the show, and on local
television, they promised that they wouldn't wait as long
to come back here again and, to my delight, as well as
to the delight of all the dedicated Korean fans, they
kept their promise...
12th March 2012, the energy and anticipation in Seoul
Olympic Hall, as I waited, along with thousands of adoring
Korean fans, was palpable. There I stood, second row centre,
still in my dream-state, swaying to the sounds of the
enchanting instrumental Return to Now. When the band took
the stage, the crowd went wild! The haunting, opening
notes of the atmospheric Before The Rain, off their magnificent,
latest album All You Need is Now, sent shivers down my
spine. Then, when Simon started to sing, I lost myself
completely in his extraordinary, pitch-perfect voice,
not to mention, his mesmerizing ocean-blue eyes. At that
moment, I told myself, there is no place on earth I'd
they launched into the New Romantic anthem that put them
on the charts back in 1981, their first single, Planet
Earth, featuring what is perhaps Duran Duran's sexiest
bassline ever by Bass God John Taylor. This song always
gets the whole audience dancing and despite the packed
crowd, I joined in on the boisterous revelry, of course.
Their next song was the phenomenal Bond theme song, A
View to A Kill and yes, we danced "into the fire"
and got all revved up for the amazing title track off
All You Need is Now, which holds a special place in my
heart, as the message of this song resonates deeply with
me for a multitude of reasons.
Simon came down into the crowd, searching for, "A
man who can sing," I knew exactly what the band had
in store for us. He chose a male fan to sing the intro
to The Reflex, as the supremely talented Nick Rhodes played
the familiar keyboard tune from one of my favourite singles
ever. I reckon I was singing, "Ta nanana," much
louder than the lucky man who got to share the microphone
with Simon... something I can only dream of doing someday.
Sigh. Nonetheless, it was an extraordinary moment and
once again, I danced and sang my little heart out!
I should mention that while I was queued-up, in the garage
of the venue, I had noticed two girls handing out bright
pink sheets of paper with the Duran Duran logo printed
on them. Everyone was making paper airplanes, so I asked
them why. One of the girls told me that the plan was to
launch the airplanes onto the stage during the song Come
Undone, which I found rather odd, so I asked her why.
She said, "I just really love that song." Fair
can't begin to describe the perplexed looks on the band
members' [especially Simon's] faces when that happened.
As much as I enjoy the song, I also found myself having
a personal, internal giggle, as I tend to walk around
Seoul in a perpetual state of confusion myself, so it
was particularly funny [to me] to see the looks of "What?
Why?" on their faces. Naturally, when Simon licked
his fingers after the line, "Or the magic I'm feeding
off your fingers..." I totally came undone! And yes,
I do know that Simon wrote the song for his stunning wife
Yasmin, but hey, a girl can dream...
Their next song was the disco-flavoured, Larry Levan inspired,
Chic influenced tune Safe [In the Heat of the Moment]
off the brilliant All You Need is Now. The album track
features a rap by Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters. In
the live show, the lovely Anna Ross amazed us with her
rapping skills. It's an energetic and playful song that
I dare you not to dance to! Honestly, I can't get enough
of the new album and I kind of wish they had played as
many tracks off it as they did at the Montreal show at
Le National, but believe me, I'm not complaining, because
their next song was Is There Something I Should Know,
which I hadn't heard live since 1987. What a thrill it
was hearing it live again after all these years!
they played another track off the new album; Girl Panic!
an enthralling song that is infused with their classic,
80s New Wave sound, yet [like the entire album] feels
entirely fresh and relevant. The lyrics were written by
keyboardist Nick Rhodes and it's one of my favourite tracks
on the album. The stunning video, directed by Jonas Åkerlund,
featuring supermodels Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford,
Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen and Yasmin Le Bon was
banned by MTV [as if they even play videos anymore] and
has become an Internet sensation with over 5 million views
on YouTube. The live performance was accompanied by a
montage of clips from the superbly stylish video, but
I must admit that I was too distracted by Simon's exuberant
dance moves to really notice. Needless to say, I was thrown
into a Girl Panic!
was followed by what is probably my favourite track off
All You Need is Now, the breathtaking The Man Who Stole
a Leopard. This song simply transports me and if I were
to try and describe it, I'd say it's a cross between The
Chauffeur, David Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World and
William Blake's poem The Tyger, but that's just me. Apparently,
the song was inspired by The Collector, a disturbing 1965
film starring Terence Stamp, that I have always loved.
In a November 2010 interview, Nick Rhodes compared it
to The Velvet Underground's The Gift. On the album, the
song features string arrangements by Canadian composer,
violinist, keyboardist and vocalist Owen Pallett as well
as vocals by alternative R&B singer-songwriter
Kelis, which were performed beautifully by Anna Ross live.
Furthermore, performed live, the song requires some audience
participation, in the form of a series of hand claps,
while drummer Roger Taylor sneaks out from behind his
drum kit to clap along with us. The song concludes with
a fabricated news story written by Nick Rhodes and spoken
by British journalist Nina Hossain [who also lends her
voice to the wonderful album track Blame the Machines]
and in the live show, she appears on the big screen situated
behind the band, superimposed before the image of a magnificent
leopard. I had never had the pleasure of hearing it live,
so I was absolutely delighted!
really got funky with the title track off Notorious ,
the first album released by Duran Duran as a trio, after
the departure of Roger Taylor and Andy Taylor. This ground-breaking
album was produced by the brilliant Nile Rodgers. There
was a time when this song, the first single off the album,
was somewhat bittersweet for me. In retrospect, I realise
how silly that sounds, especially since there is no mistaking
the simple fact that this song, as well as the entire
album, is pure genius. I recently came across this little
bit of history [from my hometown of Montreal] on Wikipedia:
the track made its debut on Montreal radio station CHOM
during the October 20, 1986 edition of the nightly radio
show Rock And Roll News, DJ Randy Renaud declared that
by the next night, the song Amanda by Boston [which had
been holding on to the number one spot on CHOM's charts
for several weeks] could "kiss the number one spot
goodbye." Sure enough, by the next night, CHOM had
received enough requests for the song that it supplanted
Amanda from the #1 spot on the stations nightly countdown
show, The Top Six At Six.
if things were not already sufficiently heated-up, the
band then exploded into their energetic cover of Grandmaster
Melle Mel's White Lines. It may not be my first choice
off 1995's covers album, Thank You, but it certainly is
a treat to experience live, infused with unabashed energy
and bringing the crowd to a whole new level of frenzy.
They actually played this song at their last show in Seoul
and I personally enjoyed it this time even more than the
all quite vain, we know that image is important and
so we all try to keep it together. We all have a responsibility
to each other to keep it together. You want to feel
good when you walk out on stage in front of all those
people. In what we do, there’s one fifth athlete,
I’d say. You have to feel good about yourself
to run around in front of all those people. Even when
I’m not working, you can never let go completely,
you’ve got to be aware of what you’re eating,
you can’t get out of control. I’m always
on a diet! You’ve got to exercise – I like
to do yoga, I moisturise!"
Taylor, march 2012
think it was around this time that Simon started speaking
in what I can only describe as a cartoon character (or
perhaps even Muppet-like) voice. I normally hang on his
every word, but I can honestly say that I have no idea
what he said, as the giddy crowd was roaring with laughter.
He then returned to his normal speaking voice, which took
on a much more serious tone, as he reminded us how fortunate
we all are to live "good lives" while others
on our planet are suffering.
crowd remained respectfully silent as he dedicated the
exquisitely melancholic Ordinary World to the people of
Syria. This was a show highlight for me because, when
Simon hit those supernaturally high notes at the end of
the song, it was made abundantly clear that his incredible
voice is stronger than ever. Any fan who has not had the
pleasure of seeing them live since the recovery of his
voice, please believe me when I say: you can stop worrying.
He's back and he's better than ever.
the band exploded into the iconic Hungry Like the Wolf,
and the crowd went mental! It's always exciting to hear
this song live, not only because, as an adolescent in
Canada, it was one of the first Duran Duran songs I ever
heard, but because it truly showcases what talented musicians
they truly are.
would be a good time to say that while I do, of course,
miss original guitarist Andy Taylor, this Duran Duran,
consisting of four of the founding members: keyboardist
extraordinaire Nick Rhodes, eternally funky bass player
John Taylor, supremely gifted drummer Roger Taylor and
phenomenally charismatic lead vocalist Simon Le Bon also
features the excellent Dom Brown on lead guitar, the exquisite
Anna Ross on backing vocals and the wonderful Simon Willescroft
on saxophone and let me say that this tight group of musicians
are, in a word... sublime. Not only do they sound fantastic,
but there is an unmistakable sense of camaraderie and
joy on that stage that shines through for every single
member of the audience and I have no words to describe
just how amazing that feels and how much it means to me
to be a part of it, however small.
If any song could embody that feeling of jubilation, it's
got to be Reach Up [For the Sunrise], the first single
off 2004's Astronaut, as well as the first single to feature
all five of the original band members since 1985's A View
to a Kill. I absolutely love hearing this song live! It's
simply exhilarating to sing along with the entire audience,
as we triumphantly thrust our hands into the air along
with our beloved frontman.
the band plunged into the raw intensity of The Wild Boys
with reckless abandon and, well, so did I. I vividly remember
the day the cutting-edge video for their twelfth single,
which appeared on 1984's live album Arena, was released.
I hear this song, the memories of being a 15 year-old,
gawking at Simon Le Bon strapped to a windmill flood my
brain. This was not the first time I'd heard the song
live, but it was the first time that I got to hear it
combined with a cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Relax
and it was bloody brilliant! Yes, I did have that t-shirt
when I was 15, and yes, I wish that I still did. The band
left the stage after this song, but it wasn't too long
before they came back for an encore...
always look forward to Simon's band introductions during
the delectable Girls On Film, but I also start to feel
sad because I know that the party will soon be coming
to an end. Nonetheless, I, along with the entire crowd,
enjoyed every blissful minute of this forever popular,
sexy signature song. I've been promised a professional
video of this, along with Rio, filmed by a cameraman friend
of one of my new Korean Duranie friends.
In the meantime, I have no footage, so for those of you
who may be unfamiliar, the phrase "Play the fucking
bass, John," is an awful lot of fun to chant and
I highly encourage you to try it. Also, you should know
that Nick Rhodes is “The future of the human race,
man. Comes from outer space, man.Got such a pretty face,
man. Can I come over to your place, man?”
Simon jumped down into the crowd and asked if anybody
could introduce him, I can assure you that I raised my
hand and calmly suggested, "ME!" Then, he said,
"In Korean, of course," so I put my hand down
and said, "Oh. Not me."
Rhodes is “The future of the human race, man.
Comes from outer space, man.Got such a pretty face,
man. Can I come over to your place, man?”
Le Bon, Seoul
retrospect, I should have said, "Je peuxteprésenter
en français, Simon," because that might have
got his attention. Anyway, the first Korean girl he asked
just gave him a blank stare. He gave up and walked right
in my direction. My heart skipped a beat. He chose the
girl standing directly in front of me. On impulse, I decided
to put my arm around him. I mean, this man, whom I've
adored from afar for nearly 30 years of my life, was standing
right there beside me. How could I not? It's okay. He'll
choose me next time. Tee-hee.
last song of this spectacular show was the iconic Rio,
featuring the most memorable sax solo of the 80s, performed
on stage by the talented Simon Willescroft.
It was our last chance of the evening to fully appreciate
the magic that is Duran live and I embraced it with every
fibre of my being. It's been a week and a half since the
show ended and I'm still on cloud nine. The really good
news is that I'll be back in North America in the autumn,
just in time for the second leg of the North American
tour. I'm so pleased that the boys thought of waiting
I will try to see as many shows as I possibly can, because
honestly, there's no place on earth I'd rather be!?
keyboardist Nick Rhodes, 49, pounded out the chords on his decks
with unremitting panache.
So much so that, later, when Le Bon was introducing the band,
Rhodes was referred to as "the future of the human race...
from outer space".
machine: Seoul photo-flashback!
and the whole
by correspondent Ruth Benny
Duran - Hong Kong Asia World Expo 14 March 2012
Only four years since their last concert, DD came back to Hong
Kong on 14 March 2012. When I saw them in 2008 on the Red Carpet
Massacre Tour, it had been almost 20 years since the tour of
1988/89 tour I'd followed all over the UK, just before I left
the UK to live in Hong Kong.
2008, they had played an unusual outdoor venue. This gig was
the venue where Lady GaGa has just sold out four nights that
holds 14,000 people but Duran Duran were playing in a smaller
hall - Hall 10 - that holds almost 6,000. It also wasn't sold
I was part of a small welcoming party to greet them at the airport
the evening before the gig. The guys were tired but very sweet.
At about 8:40pm without any support, the guys took to the stage
opening with 'Before the rain'. Unfamiliar to a lot of the audience,
it was a little of a sombre start which was obviously deliberate
when we heard the opening of the next song, 'Planet Earth' and
the audience went nuts!
was part of a small welcoming party to greet them at the
airport the evening before the gig. The guys were tired
but very sweet."
looked good and was striking all the usual poses. While his
dancing hasn't really improved over the years, it is his very
own style and he does it well. Simon's energy throughout the
show was impressive, since the other band members get a pretty
easy time of it. Simon's daughter, Amber, showed similar [inherited?]
energy in the wings, dancing away the whole show.
At two points, Simon descended into the audience. The first
time picking a guy to sing in The Reflex with the 'Wai ai ai
ai ai...' & the second picking a woman to introduce him.
Both times, audience members grabbed him and kissed him and
he didn't seem to mind at all!
The huge TV screens at the back alternately showed the band
members' faces and other footage. I felt the 'Girl Panic' video
to be a bit intrusive and detracted from the guys on stage.
I'd never seen The fake 'Leopard' newsreel which was funny.
played plenty of old classics, mixed with AYNIN tracks and the
relatively recent classic, 'Ordinary World' which Simon dedicated
to the victims and survivors of the Tsunami in Japan which had
happened a year and a few days earlier.'White Lines' doesn't
really fit, if you ask me, but that's just my opinion. Not sure
if the guys are trying to sell the song's message, but it's
a bit old now.
The other band members were great. Andy wasn't missed at all
with the string skills of Dom Brown. Simon Willescroft claims
to be a saxophonist but he is much more. He started out with
Nick at the keyboards, did play some sax and also drums. Multi-talented.
two upbeat songs, 'Sunrise' and 'Wild Boys', we saw the guys
leave the stage and leave us wanting more. Only a few minutes
later, they returned to finish with 'Girls on Film' and 'Rio'.
Nick took quite a few shots of the audience as he joined the
others for a final bow and then they were gone. Simon did promise
to 'make up for' Duran Duran's lack of tour dates in this part
of the world over their career and I can only hope he lives
up to that promise. If it's another 20 years, I doubt any of
us will be able to rock it out like we did the night of 14 March
Great new interview to Simon in Hong Kongonese newspaer
34 years, 13 albums, numerous line-up changes and a history
of gamechanging live shows and videos, Duran Duran might have
seemed indestructible. But the pop rockers, who in their early
1980s heyday as the “fab five” were the biggest
and most glamorous band in the world, almost didn’t make
it onto the current leg of their mammoth “All You Need
is Now” tour, which includes a show at Asiaworld-expo
on March 14...
because, on an earlier leg of the tour last year, singer Simon
Le Bon – icon of suaveness, the voice that launched a
thousand hits, and so on – suddenly lost the ability to
sing. “I had a problem in May,” he says. “I
was onstage in Cannes and I went for a high note and it just
wasn’t there. I lost the top third of my range, which
is about an octave. I wasn’t able to access that for more
than three months. It was a long and challenging recovery period.”
The five-week swing through the US followed by some dates in
Europe, he adds ruefully, “was supposed to lower me back
in” before the band embarked on their most ambitious tour
of their native Britain. “The most I can hope to do is
five shows a week, and we were back to that almost straight
For a man who has been one of the world’s most successful
singers and songwriters for more than three decades, losing
the very thing he’s famous for was, to say the least,
a scary experience. “There were definitely some times
during those three months” when he feared he might never
get his full range back, he says. “In the first two to
three weeks, there was no improvement at all. I was going to
five or six different consultations a week; I had four therapists
and a vocal coach. I spent a lot of time to no avail.
“It became very depressing. I questioned my whole career,
my whole reason for being here. People tend to define themselves
by the job they do, especially as they get older,” says
“It was a frightening thought: what would I do with my
life? After a month, I cancelled all my therapy sessions and
went on holiday – I went sailing with my family around
the coast of Croatia, which is so beautiful. It took the pressure
off. When I got home, I sat down at the piano to see what I
could do, and of the 12 semitones that had been missing, I was
able to get to five. Then I knew it was going to get better.
You can imagine the sense of triumph and relief.”
Triumph and relief are emotions the band have felt quite a bit
since the release of the 2010 album from which the tour takes
its name. After a series of releases that were only moderately
successful, All You Need is Now has not only notched up impressive
sales [and been accompanied by a rapturously received tour which
Le Bon describes as among the most rewarding he’s done]
it has also been their most critically acclaimed album for a
long time. “We really want to get this album out there,”
says Le Bon. “More people have heard this album than the
previous three put together, probably.”
fact, pretty much every album since their third, 1983’s
Seven and the Ragged Tiger, has been compared unfavourably by
critics to previous releases – in particular to the benchmark
they set in 1982 with the album that brought them to worldwide
attention: Rio, featuring the singles Rio, Hungry Like the Wolf
and Save a Prayer. But then critics have often been so blinded
by their mistrust of the band’s good looks and carefully
crafted pop image that they forget to listen to the music. Fortunately
that doesn’t really bother the band, or their fans, who
have bought more than 100 million of their records over the
will always be prepared to pay money to go to see a band that
write a song from the heart and play it with passion and expertise."
it might be nice that All You Need is Now, powered by musician
and producer Mark Ronson’s Midas touch at the controls,
earned the band some of their best-ever notices, Le Bon isn’t
going to get carried away. In fact, he admits, he’s
still reluctant to read reviews. “You do get a bit wary,”
he says. “We’ve been hammered by critics before,
and it’s kind of hard to read reviews. If you read the
good ones, you’ve really got to read the bad ones as
been around for three decades; the one thing that can’t
be argued with is our longevity. I’m very proud of the
band. The longer we go on, the deeper the friendship gets.
You get good at something and you want to carry on doing it.
I like having a job, to be honest. I feel good about myself.
That’s a massive driver. And it’s a good job.
I get to travel around the world and do what I love doing.
I’m very lucky.”
shows have always been at the heart of the Duran Duran experience,
and they’ve a reputation for innovation. It’s
part of why they are a fully rounded pop package – along,
of course, with their frequently dazzling videos. Fortunate
to come to prominence at around the same time as another musical
phenomenon, MTV, they wrote much of the vocabulary of the
modern music video with highbudget, high-gloss productions
such as the Indiana Jones-themed Hungry Like the Wolf, the
raunchy Girls on Film and the yacht-tastic ’80s glam-a-thon
that is Rio.
create a pressure to constantly up the ante, says Le Bon,
“but it’s like a pressure to look good –
it’s something you want to do. It’s like as a
teenager, when you want to look good to get girls. It’s
the same with the shows and videos.
I still love touring. The most important criterion in our
list is always the crowd. Over the years, we’ve become
aware that audiences are different in different parts of the
world, and there are some places that are especially enthusiastic
about us. We’ve done the least amount of work in Asia,
but we’ve had some incredible shows in Hong Kong. It’s
one of our strongholds in Asia, along with Seoul, where for
some reason they’re crazy about us – and they’re
very passionate people.”
able to draw such responses 31 years after they released their
first album is quite an achievement. The secret, Le Bon says,
is very simple: “People will always be prepared to pay
money to go to see a band that write a song from the heart
and play it with passion and expertise.”
in Hong Kong Simon didn't miss the chance to attend a party held on...
a boat! Pics above.
Australia: "home away from home"
a long absence from Australia [last in 2008], the band returned
to play in Oz with shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide,
Perth and the Hunter Valley.
tour comprised a run of spectacular arena shows, as well as
two outdoor concerts at Sandalford Estate [Swan Valley, Perth]
and Tempus Two Winery [Hunter Valley, NSW].
Entertainment Centre, March 27
rock-heavy, synthed-up, oh-so '80s style translated seamlessly
into 2012, in part thanks to the recent resurgence of young
bands recycling '80s synth-pop and new wave, in part because
they have actually never stopped making music.
crisp electro of Blame the Machines, taken from their 2010 album
All You Need Is Now, nestled in comfortably beside the dreamy
chillwave of 1983's Tiger Tiger and the anthemic first song
from their first album, Girls on Film.
were moments that bordered on the abysmally lame (Simon Le Bon's
demi-god pose as the final applause raged, his daggy dad dance
moves, a couple of recent songs like Before the Rain and All
You Need Is Now which are just plain bad) but wouldn't you be
disappointed if there weren't? Nostalgia ain't nostalgia if
there's no cringe factor.
the two-hour mark, the fab five had roared through a mini-medley
of Hungry Like a Wolf, Sunrise, a cheeky glimpse of Relax by
Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Wild Boys and still had energy
between the hits, the burning sax solos and the irresistible
guitar riffs, there was banter that made this ol' gal, Sydney,
feel like we were the only one.
of all, it felt like they actually wanted to be there. They
were actually enjoying themselves. And so were we.
nucleus of a tour is never the old songs, it’s always
the new songs and even if you end up only playing two or three
songs off your new album, by the end of the tour you still feel
that’s the direction you’ve taken the show in.”
Le Bon, March 2012
song is a story that I am telling. It's this urge to communicate,
that's what it is all about for me. I don't have this overview
of what is going on. It is difficult to stand on stage and
actually do the job without starting to think of what it means
to people while you are doing it."
Le Bon, March 2012
from the get-go, the lads delivered a finely tuned and crisply
produced set, selecting some of the better songs from their
current album All You Need Is Now, but ensuring fans would
hear just about every one of their single release successes.
was, however, in the middle of the gig, a major stuff-up
with the power, sending the stage into darkness and even
seeing the bars shut down due to lack of refrigeration.
But with graceful style, Le Bon insisted on taking a break
until the generator was fully revved up again. Nobody seemed
to mind the 20-minute interval, since they knew plenty of
familiar tunes were yet to come.
Caption time | OMG! Have you seen a ghost John?!
no... I just heard the news about Andy writing a new
from the Melbourne review published on vintagevinylnews.com
covered the well known such as Reflex, Hungry Like the Wolf,
Notorious and Wild Boys to the lesser known Something I Should
Know, Tiger Tiger, and Come Undone. The original band members
included Simon LeBon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor
who seamlessly interacted with each other like a couple of
old married couples. Backing singer Anna Ross was a huge asset
providing additional talent and a touch of glamour to the
night. Nick Rhodes had a bit of fun with the local crowd telling
us about his desire to learn about the history of Melbourne
from the Ned Kelly movie to black box flight recorders and
the electric drill. Apparently all were invented or created
in our fine old town.
enjoyed a lot of repartee on stage with Le Bon singing, ”Whhyyyyy
don’t you use it?” and Rhodes replying “I
left it at the Countdown studios years ago.” The audience
ate it up! John Taylor dedicated the show to Molly Meldrum
saying he was “loved to death in the nicest possible
way” a gesture the local crowd really appreciated.
began with an extended version of Girls On Film with a little
interlude featuring Frankie’s Relax just to add to the
80s feel. Rio finished the night and the fourth wall was smashed
with Nick Rhodes taking photos of the audience whilst Simon
Le Bon had his arms outstretched Christ like and his head
flung back basking in the adoration of his fans; young, old
and almost delirious. The fashion has changed, the attitude
has mellowed but the beat stays on…….the band,
like the iconic movie that featured their name, is altogether
Swan Valley March 24 | therockpit.net, By Mark Diggins
was a time when Duran Duran was one of the biggest bands
in the world and to many gathered here tonight at a packed
Sandalford Winery, on a beautiful night in the beautiful
Swan Valley they probably still are.
openers from Sydney, Red Ink, consists of a female singer
and two guys behind decks, they’re pretty uninspiring
and get a lukewarm response from the crowd except when
they either throw in a snatch of a familiar song by another
artist into their mix, or mention the name of tonight’s
openers ‘Duran Duran’.
being slightly late on stage and beset with technical
issues [with the power twice cutting out during the show
meaning that at one point they are off stage for twenty
minutes] nothing either dampens the spirit of the massive
crowd gathered here or the band themselves tonight.
get off to a surprisingly low-key start though, as the
band walks out and Simon stands in the deep blue shadows.
A lot of the crowd is expecting they will kick the show
off with something big. Instead we get the slightly morose
‘Before The Rain’ and although it’s
immediately apparent that many of the crowd know the song
you can’t help but notice the rise in the intensity
of response for ‘Planet Earth’ and the further
increase in crowd volume that meets ‘A View to a
Panic! from their latest album released last year, All
You Need Is Now, replicates the same 1980s formula of
slap-heavy, funk bass lines from John Taylor, heavy
synthesizers from Nick Rhodes, processed live drums
by Roger Taylor and Le Bon’s rousing choruses.
band like Duran Duran, that is still a going concern and
recording new music, is always going to have that slightly
sticky predicament of giving the crowd what the majority
obviously want – a set of the Greatest Hits, and
plugging their later catalogue.
seem to almost get the balance right tonight, though the
back to back placement of newer songs in the set like
‘All You Need Is Now’ with ‘Blame the
Machines’ and later on ‘Girl Panic’,
‘The Man Who Stole The Leopard’ and ‘Tiger
Tiger’ does try the patience of some, but it keeps
the bars busy so at the end of the day everyone is happy.
Duran was first in WA back in 1983 when they played the
old Entertainment Centre, and Simon enquires of the crowd
[in between banter about stromatolites and the water in
London] how many were there on that warm November evening
– the answer seems to be that there were quite a
few [and quite a few more that probably wish they were
and so shout out anyway].
almost 30 year later he we are, and after a subdued ‘Blame
the Machines’ from 2010, Simon is out into the crowd
to find a likely participant to help him with the next
song. And it’s Mick, plucked from a few rows back,
who proves up to the task of making the appropriate opening
noises for ‘The Reflex’ which receives the
biggest ovation of the evening so far. Rather than capitalise
on that though they launch into ‘Come Undone’
which despite being a US Top Ten single back in the ‘90s
seems to be less than familiar with most of the crowd.
few missteps tonight: ‘Safe’ probably gets
the most subdued of crowd reactions before the audience
lights up again for ‘Is There Something I Should
Know?’ before the power cuts out for the first time.
While we are waiting we almost get a joke from Simon but
as it’s only two minutes before we’re back
up and running I guess we’ll never know how a career
as a stand-up would suit him?
the ‘Careless Memories’ track kicks it, it’s
interesting to think the song is 31 years old this year.
But before we really get going the band is off the stage
for 20 minutes as the power cuts out again.
back with the new single ‘Girl Panic!’ might
quite not be what most of the crowd was after, especially
after a few more wines. But Simon gets the participation
going for ‘The Man Who Stole a Leopard’ with
it’s fake news broadcast intro.
a band with such a huge back-catalogue it’s clear
though where people’s hearts lie – and it’s
that decade called the ‘80s where Duran ruled the
roost. ‘Notorious’ goes down a treat [though
I always found it a little innocuous], as does the cover
of “White Lines’ [though some are asking why
a cover when there are still so many hits to play] but
the best is still to come.
laid-back ‘Ordinary World’; with Simon pondering
the plight of the Syrian rebels, and dedicating the song
to their cause; leads into the hysteria and mass crowd
boogie that greets ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’
and it’s all light and shade as ‘Sunrise’
leads into a riotous ‘The Wild Boys’ which
includes a smattering of Frankie’s Relax…
a funny way to end as ‘Wild Boys’ clearly hasn’t
dated as well as most of their catalogue – though I suspect
that may very much be the point! Duran Duran has left the stage.
After only the shortest of breaks, we’re back for the
encores and an extended ‘Girls On Film’ that includes
an extended jam and thorough introduction to the band including
Simon getting another random patron – this time - Sarah
to introduce him. And a great job she does of it too. The band
closes with a sublime rendition of ‘Rio’ and with
the condensed package of eighties pop in just those two songs
everyone goes home happy. The band bows and are gone; and we
wander off under the stars…
I meet Duran Duran with the help from all over the world
Wade tell all about her exciting and funny Duran Duran experience
was so overwhealmed from the help I received from so many
people, from facebook and on the radio's liseners as well,
people I dont know wanted to help, I never in my whole
life thought I would ever get to meet them."
correspondent Evelyn Wade in Australia |
an amazing trip I have been on. It all started when the
band announced they were touring Australia, I have bean
buzzing ever since. I got great tickets to two of their
shows, and a VIP pack, I was awaiting for its arrival
every day! I received an email saying we probably wont
receive our VIP packs until after the shows due to customs...
that was a bit of a let down.
I heard that they were giving meet and great ticket away
for the Tempus Two show on KOFM Newcastle station, well
I emailed them, Facebook and messages, asking & asking
them for tickets to meet them, I told them I have a tattoo
on my wrist and that I was sooo worthy for these tickets,
well no reply, I waited for the que to ring the station
to try and win them, I got thru on the third day they
were giving them away, the guy on the phone asked me my
name and said wait, I could hear the radio on the phone,
the first caller got the answer wrong, but the second
caller got it right. Ripping my hair out, they guy came
back on the phone and said so sorry but the caller infront
had just won them. Noooo I pleaded with him say I really
wanted these tickets and telling him I had been sending
messages and etc. and he goes 'Oh are you Evelyn with
the tattoo on your wrist' and I say 'yeah!' He got my
number and said he will give me a call back latter in
OMG what did this mean, I thought to my self. But with
my phone in my hand all day, sadly I got no call. So I
hit their facebook again, and to my surprise a reply,
Ok Ok Evelyn we will call you in the morning at 6am, dont
miss our call, I was put to a challenge to try and win
I had 24 hours to get the radio station 500 Likes on their
facebook page. 'I accept' I said and of I went, on the
computer all day getting my family and friends to get
their laptops, Iphones to help, the first few hours it
was going slow, until I got some help from my teenage
family members then it started moving faster, I started
asking all my facebook friends as I seen them coming on
line, which of all days for all my Druranie friends to
be off line until later in the day, then I started getting
responses from friends like Duranasty who shared my message
on his wall.
around from the corner walks Simon, Nick, John then
Roger, it was like the world had stopped moving, I'm
sure my face looked like the scream mask, lol."
by 9:30pm I got over 526 Likes for their facebook page.
Well I spent the next two hours thanking everyone that
posted on the page, you can imagine the feeling of excitement
in me when I nearly hit the 500 likes [ran around the
room, arms in the air, shouting out yeah, hugging everybody
in the room]
I received the most wanted phone call the next morning,
Yay! I got them, with all the help from all over the world,
I feel so blessed.
The radio station had been playing shorts from the conversation
all week, funny bits like David asked me why am I walking
around with my cup size on my wrist OMG how embarrasing,
DD, another short bit they were playing when David also
said to me, you know Simon is listening to this conversation
right now, I gaspped, he said he may have to hire a few
more security guards now after listening to me, well I
said he's gonna need them...
Sydney concert! Right up front, so amazing, having the
best time, I got some great photos, some of them looking
into my camers, after the show I was a slow leaver didn't
want to go so soon, we got ushered out by security to
leave the venue, I was just standaing out the doors, and
this guy walked past me and handed me a green sticker
saying "Did You want this?" I said "what
is it?", "it's a a back stage Meet and Greet".
What was going on in my life for all these miracles that
where happening to me.
above kiss picture was taken in Melbourne on March 19 during
the band intro in Girls On Film. Pic by Kim
looked at my friend who was coming with me to the Tempus
Two concert and I was feeling uneasy about my meet and
greet because I had chosen my cousin to come with me and
my friend would have to be along while we went, As I was
looking at her with amazement, I handed it to her, I felt
such a feeling of excitment that I was able to give her
this opportunity as well, I was so excited awaiting to
hear of her experiance.
I was waiting at the back of the centre with about another
80 to 100 fans, then suddenly screams, Simon just came
out of the back stage doorand walk along the fence line
signing, he got to me and sign my book then I asked him
if he could sign my arm near my tattoo, he stopped looked
and signed an S. with a full stop, now John and Nick were
on the way to me as John had just past me some smarty
pants behind me shouted, Oh come on John Smile, then with
big grin he says ok that's all and walked to the car,
it was Nick's turn he had a silver pen and signed my book
I reached out and touched his hand and thanked him he
smiled at me, Roger was half way down the line and then
he was ushered to the car as the others were waiting,
I was so sad I missed him.
night, concert number two, two days leading too it I am
shaking like crazy, so nervus, thinking omg I'm gonna
say something so stupid and the words will not come out
when I open my mouth. Ok we had to be seated in our seats
by 7pm, it was ten to seven when we arrived, I was freaking
thinking I was going to be too late, I had decorated some
little clip on Koala toys and glued some instraments on
them to repsent each member of the band and left them
in the car, I want to clip them on my bag strap and hope
it to be a talking point and wanted to give them to them,
well that didn't happen, nearly running to my seat.
I meet the other KOFM winers and were al excited to meet
the band, but I was the only one dressed up, so now I
felt awesome that I made an effort for the ocasion, but
one guy had a mullet wig, which was cool. OMG here comes
the lady with our special sparkly blue armbands and we
al stood up and march through the crowd felling on top
of the world, going through the gate to go behind the
stage, I had prepared my self for this moment I knew I
would be so nervus I took two anxiety tablets and had
a double shot of Kaluah and soda.
Simon just walked past us and no one notice, I said Simon
just walked pas us did anyone see him, the SAX Player,
and only one girl said oh was that him, I was so worthy
to be there! Someone comes out of a mobile building and
said come thru, we had to line up along the fence like
school kids. Then around from the corner walks Simon,
Nick, John then Roger, it was like the world had stopped
moving, I'm sure my face looked like the scream mask lol,
I kept telling myself stay calm, they stood infront of
a well lit wall and looked like they were posing for us
to get a photo of them, but we were all getting our own
photo with them...
could not beleive this was happening I was standing there
with them only a metre or two away, It was my turn, I
walked up to them and said thank so much I'm one of their
greatest fans, [straight away I thought, why did I speak]
John said, Oh thats right! I turned to get my photo, I
was so nervus and excited at the same time, it was my
cousins time after mine, in her photo Nick is looking
at my direction where I was standing. He must had ben
looking at my decorated Pirate shirt with photos and logos
of them all over it! We were all asked to move back as
the last person got their photo and and the security guard
said thank you everyone that's it, straight away I thought
noo, they all walked away.
I asked the guard if he could please take my book and
pen for Roger to sign it as I had the other three already,
he took it and then Nick turned around and came back and
said ok what can i sign, someone got their tour book signed
I asked if he could sign my shirt and with his hand on
my shoulder and the other writing it felt so soft and
slow as he was writhing I could have just screamed.
I turned and thanked him and touched his hand once again,
my cousin got her picture signed and the guard returned
with my book, then we had to leave. I was shaking uncontrollable
right then with such excitment. we went back to our seats
but mine was far right to the stage on Dom's side and
I stopped at the spot to be infront of Simon, none complained
to me that I was standing infront of them so there I stayed,
the night was full of magic times all through the night.
They seemed so happy on stage and Simon was clowning around
a bit having fun, he did his Na Na NA with someone in
the crowd and a few songs later he came back down climbed
up on the fence turned around and fell back in the crowd
I got such a shock I could have touched him, he was been
past back about two metres and the dick heads droped him,
he went to the ground... the guards were going to just
jump on me and push me aside and I was standing next to
a nine year old girl with her mum and aunty, she was frightened
from the guard going to jump in between us, but Simon
got up and girl were diing at him but he got his way back
through and up on stage again.
that was unexpected excitment, wow what a night and to
top of my wild Duran Duran ride I ended up with Rogers
Drum stick, I screamed out "yes!" looked up
and I saw Nick smiling at me, OMG I feel so blessed right
now. I just want to thank you all the people that made
my dream come true.
originally published on the Australian Courier Mail on March
Years back, well the late ’70s and ’80s, when pop
group Duran Duran were international celebrities, Toni Ferguson
[pictured right] had a pin-up of lead singer Simon Le Bon. Imagine
her surprise when the Gold Coast girl, who is married to businessman
Tony Burnett, found a bearded Le Bon on their boat last week.
The history was that, years back, a good friend of Toni’s
went to a Duran Duran afterparty when Le Bon, a keen yachtie,
asked if anyone had a boat so that he could go out the next
day and experience the Coast’s waterways. Toni’s
friend did and so began a regular tradition. Duran Duran were
in town last week and her friend phoned asking if they could
use her boat as they had sold theirs. ‘‘He was absolutely
charming and very down to earth,’’ she said. ‘‘He
even captained the boat back.’’
the Australian tour Simon spent most of his free time on a boats...
In the pics collage below you can see Simon and his wife Yasmin,
with part of the the touring crew, enjoying a trip on a yatch,
near the port of Sydney.
Megastar, Simon Le Bon drove the delightful Swan 90, at Nautor’s
Swan Australia Rally'
too shared in the enthusiasm surrounding the rally and was delighted
to not only be involved, but also talk with fellow guests and
have his picture taken."
for Nautor’s Swan Australia Rally | article originally
published on sail-world.com
Megastar, Simon Le Bon drove the delightful Swan 90, Die Swane.
- Nautor’s Swan Australia Rally'
1966, the craftsmen at Nautor’s Swan have toiled, mostly
in the cold and dark at Jakobstad, which is above the Arctic
Circle in their native Finland, to produce just on 2000 of their
a sunny Friday at the end of March, after a dreary and wet Summer,
something like 0.5% of this total came to swan about on Sydney’s
magnificent harbour. However, when you consider our geographic
location, literally at the dichotomous end of the globe and
also the size of our population, relative to that of the whole
world, this small percentage was more than a significant achievement.
a testament to the high standards of these craft, which epitomise
the zenith of build quality, the 10 vessels that came along
for the Nautor’s Swan Australia Rally ranged in age from
1974 to 2004. As such, they also spanned all of the designers
who have applied their typical visual cues to each and every
one of the Swans. Firstly there was Sparkman and Stephens, briefly
Ron Holland, then German Frers and most recently, his son, Mani.
the owner of the Swan 90, Die Swaene, was very happy to be out
and about with all his fellow sailors. Stuart Gibson is a jovial
Scot and seemed to have not only had a great time, but quite
literally the best he’s ever had across many avenues of
activity. Such were the laughs from all present as he recounted
his day, that you almost did not notice just how ramped he was
– and Stuart did not even drive.
particular duty he happily passed on to Simon Le Bon, the very
same 80s icon who is no stranger to yachts. Simon too shared
in the enthusiasm surrounding the rally and was delighted to
not only be involved, but also talk with fellow guests and have
his picture taken. Alas, word of his seaward adventures had
escaped, for there was a growing armada following Stuart’s
impressive vessel, as they made their way around the harbour
an under the other icon of 80 - the Sydney Harbour Bridge itself.
Le Bons, what a couple!
Le Bon's Guide To Matrimony
originally posted on express.co.uk
has been married to a supermodel for more than 26 years –
now rock star Simon Le Bon has slammed divorcing couples, claiming
many give up on their lives together too easily.
Duran Duran front man, 53, who is married to model Yasmin Le
Bon, reckons too many modern-day marriages come a cropper.
days I think people give up too easily,” he says.
says it’s about compromise, which it is. Love, compromise,
promises, presents, help. But ultimately it’s about not
giving up. People are led to believe that if it’s not
perfect then just ditch it and change it, these days. That’s
married Yasmin, now 47, in December 1985 after seeing her picture
on a magazine cover the year before. They have three daughters
– Amber, 22, Saffron, 19, and Tallulah, 17.
singer admits it hasn’t been easy seeing his girls bring
hard because you know what they are thinking,” he laughs.
they are great girls with strong shoulders and it would seem
they also have great taste because the boys they are with are
Duran rocking the fashion world
from the interview originally posted on 7days.me
remember it very clearly, we were playing a show at Newcastle
City Hall (in the UK) and Roger Taylor was suffering with
sweat running down his face into his eyes.
“He got a towel, tore a strip off it and tied it around
his head. I looked at it and thought ‘that looks kind
of Jimi Hendrix-ish’ so I did it as well. That was
on the Friday night and by Monday, all of our fans were
doing it. And then, look what happened with the headband
in the 1980s!”
don’t feel like an eighties person for sure. Although
it was a lot of fun for us and it was an amazing time to
break out and for things to happen.
“In a funny sort of way it was the last age of innocence
really, musically certainly. It was an incredible time and
I wouldn’t change where we’ve come from.”
not allowed to go out if we don’t play at least two
of the following songs – ‘Save a Prayer’,
‘Girls on Film’, ’Notorious’, ‘Rio’,
you go and see the Rolling Stones, you’re not really
going to be happy unless you hear ‘Jumping Jack Flash,
‘Satisfaction’, ‘Gimme Shelter’
and ‘Brown Sugar’ and it’s kind of like
that for us.
“Whatever we play, people will always want to hear
‘Rio’ or ‘Girls on Film’ as well,
but it’s a great problem to have. It’s far better
than having one song that is your only recognisable hit
that everybody has to hear,” he adds.
have an amazing time and I intend to go on having an amazing
time,” he says. “I have a great job and apparently
you can continue in this job until you drop!”
x 2 book update and a film in the works?
Taylor [ex Duran Duran] and Luke Sky [fashion] to publish book
on Birmingham scene
According to thisisnotretro.com
former Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor and Luke Sky of Fashion
are currently writing a book on the Birmingham punk and new
wave scene with Sky promising 'This will not be your usual autobiography,
it's a whole new slant on Fashion, Duran Duran and the Birmingham
punk/new wave scene of the 80s'. More details to follow closer
The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran'
the title for John Taylor's autobiography is 'In The Pleasure
Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran' [but we assume that it
might be just a working title].
film about Duran Duran in the writing process?
article Bret Easton Ellis is discussing a film about Duran
tells Paris Review: “Every one of my books is an exercise
in voice and character, an exploration…of the pain I’m
dealing with in my life.” But in recent years he’s
lost interest in novels and now spends all his time writing
screenplays and TV series.
are you working on right now?”
a shark movie is taking up a lot of time. It’s set in
Tampa, but for certain tax reasons it has to be shot in Spain.”
He’s also discussing a film about Duran Duran, the English
pop group of the 1980s. “Unfortunately,”
he notes, Duran Duran offers no tragic material: “They’re
all very well off and very nice and they live in castles. They’re
married to beautiful women. No one died of a drug overdose.”
Ellis says he also has more interesting projects. “But
today? A shark and Duran Duran.”
are they already thinking to a new album?
is already up for it!
John Taylor's comments from a recent intervierw published on
"I have no idea what next year is going to look like,
I have no idea what the next music that we write is going to
I have no idea who’s going to produce the next album;
if there’s even going to be a next album! I just don’t
know. I’m up for it; if
that’s the way it rolls out.
you’re in I think we always have to keep the energy flowing,
there’s nothing worse than art that’s devoid of
energy and new ideas. Otherwise it starts to get flat and boring,
and we’ve been through phases like that.
that’s been making albums for 30 years is going to have
flat and boring albums in that mix, you just have to make sure
the next one isn’t one of them."
din't manage to get proper scans of The Straits Times article
[feb 24 2012] because it's too big so we have pics of the two
pages. But they are big enough to read the text. Page one
and page two
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