5, 2013 | Happy New Duran
Year to all of you! First post of the year, so it has
to be a massive one! It has been a while since the last full
installment and I know many of you, duranasty.com friends, have
been looking forward to it as I got many email and personal
messages over the past few months. Life has kept me busy and
with little changes in my job and the kids growing up things
have become increasely intense.
to you all for your patience in waiting this, hopefully rich
and interesting update which features a selection of the best
things I have put together for you since the last installment.
So, starting from making the point of the current status of
the band, their upcoming projects a look to the future, we then
get back exactly where duranasty has left recounting the band's
history, right at the beginning of the last leg of the world
tour which marked also the end of the 'All You Need Is Now'
In duranasty.com usual style the update is filled with comments
and reviews from the fans, highlights from the recent online
media, official statements and comments by the band members...
I like to put things in perspective and have a full picture
putting together all the little pieces from the puzzle. I want
to thank all the people who, in a direct or undirect way have
helped out to build up this page.
want to start this new update reporting the words of our wise
drummer, Roger Taylor, who delivered trough the pages of the
Post Gazette, an honest picture of the Duran status and where
the band is up to. His realistic and hyperbole-free comment
sumps up two years of really hard but fantastic work.
didn't have any huge massive expectations," Roger says
of All You Need Is Now. "This record, it was done in a
very kind of punk way. We released the record to the public
though iTunes. We didn't have a major label involved in the
We got involved in the digital online stuff. It was kind of
between us and the fans. The record seemed to have hit home
with the hardcore fans, and it grew from there."
survived 30 years now and we have more respect that we ever
We get good reviews of our concerts now, which is... we never
used to get that.
Life is good."
continues: "We've been to every corner of the globe, it
seems. We've been to Australia, the Far East, the U.K., we've
been to Europe, Eastern Europe. It seems like there's nowhere
we haven't been on the back of this record. It's been a total
gift and surprise at this point in our career to have a record
and tour that's been accepted so well all over the world."
so busy looking forward, and these things can pass us by a little
bit. We're grateful we can celebrate 30 years in the music business.
We thought it might last a year, two years, five years, when
it got going. Grateful is the word you think of, 30 years of
doing what you love and what you started out with as your passion
worked hard for the respect we have"
what happens when you stick around long enough. It's like actors,
if they make movies for 40 years, they finally get the respect
they deserve. Thank goodness, it's not like a painter, where
they have to die before they get respect," he says laughing.
"But it's great to feel that."
had so much spit from the critics early on, but we learned to
survive despite the lack of critical acclaim. We were painted
as plastic posers, a video band, clotheshorses and whatever.
It's great to know that the songs have outlived the clothes,
outlived the videos and what went with the packaging. It feels
really good to have that respect, and I think we worked hard
puts into persperctive the work they did with producer Mark
don't want to be a pale imitation of yourself. You don't want
to be creating exactly what you were creating in the early eighties.
You have to have some contemporary spin on the sound, and Mark
Ronson came in with that. He won a Grammy. He worked with Amy
Winehouse. He came in with that real hip contemporary thing
about him and that was thrown into the mix. He created something
that was very unique and very 2011.
band will re-team with Ronson for the next album in March 2013
thinking maybe this is going to be the best album we have ever
we’re also open for summer business"
Rhodes talks about the future of the band with the Chicago Reader
| late 2012 | "If anyone had asked me three decades
ago, well, do you think you're still going to be doing this,
do you think you're still going to be in a band, I would have
just laughed, because you never know whether you're going to
be in a band for more than three months. Even three decades
later—yes, of course, we're planning already next
year and we're very excited about going to the studio again,
but the bottom line of it is, you never know when somebody's
going to change their mind or make a different decision..."
even though the band is on a well deserved break [more about
this below] the guys are already planning the band's next moves...
According to John the band had a conference call with Mark Ronson
recently. He reports on the official site "All systems
are go for a return to work in the studio first week of March.
I could not be more excited about that" he says.
it's also very reassuring his answer to the question [from Guitar
What does Duran Duran have planned for next year ?
made tentative plans to start work on a new album in March.
Mark Ronson is going to be on board to produce it. We like touring
in the summer so we’re open for
summer business. Of course, anything can happen but we’re
working towards that end."
of our greatest strengths is that we write democratically, as
working with Mark again,
John recently said:
"I think it’s something that he wants to do as much
as we do. It’s unusual to get that much enthusiasm from
I like the idea of doing another album with him. I feel like
we’ve had a different producer on every album we’ve
done for the last 20 years"
at the age where we really need direction says John
Taylor to the Ocregister | Do you think letting a younger producer/musician
like Mark Ronson take the studio reins for All You Need Is Now
gave everyone a creative boost?
The thing is, we’re kind of at the age where we think
we know it all. Actually, we’re at the age where we really
need direction. But there’s so few [producers] that we
all trust. Finding somebody that we all believe in and are prepared
to put our faith in [is rare]. We did that to an extent with
Timbaland [on Red Carpet Massacre], but he just wasn’t
ever gonna hit the spot. I shouldn’t compare it, because
it was a very different situation. Mark undoubtedly was the
right man for the moment.
very very happy that we are gonna be working with Mark Ronson
again. We all feel that it was the best combination we had
in many many many years.
He clearly understand us well, and we had a lot of fun togehter
so that is a good sign.
Rhodes, November 2012
November 2012 Nick said during the KatyKafe: "We had a
chat, a little conference call to Mark Ronson about starting
to schedule the new album which we are going to commence work
in March next year, I think we all be ready
at that point, it's good after being out on the road for the
best part of 20 months to take a break and clear your head."
started to sort out my photography archive but by march, whatever
we are all doing in the meantime, our focus will become our
I'm very very happy that we are gonna be working with Mark Ronson
again. We all feel that it was the best combination we had in
many many many years.
He clearly understand us well, and we had a lot of fun togehter
so that is a good sign.
will be done when it's done" says Nick
and Nick might start writing few lyrics for the new album to
speed up the process
haven't really discussed direction... about writing... as ever
we are going to try to make it faster then the last album, you
never know, it will be done when it's done. I'd love to get
an album done in 3/4 months. I'm quite good at working very
fast, I think the hardest thing is for Simon with lyrics, but
we decided we may split the map a little bit earlier this time
as John and I will start write a few [lyrics] early, in that
way we might go speed up the process, 'cos there's a lot of
pressure trying to think of new ways to say things with songs
and to create something that captures people's attention, something
new sounding... I'm always surprised and happy to hear a great
for the new album
discusses also the possibility to write music starting from
a specific concept and says: "one of the ideas that John
and I have at the moment, which I want to release out of this
little track door, has to do with writing a whole selection
of songs about one very specific subject or person to be precise.
I like the idea of it because I think taking somebody's life
and writing about that gives you good material to find different
ways of looking at things, that's a possibilty. Don't think
we have suggested it to Simon yet, but John and I like the idea."
nice picture of Nick and Mark taken on 5 October 2010 when Ronson
received the Q 'Innovation in Sound' award
next album might be a little more funk says Nick
to a recent interview to Nick the band hadn't really talked about
the new direction the album might take but Nick thinks "it
would have to be a logical continuation of All You Need Is Now,"
Maybe, says Rhodes, "something a little more funk... something
with one's eye on Notorious actually..." (source
discusses inspiration [Chicago Reader
What inspires you these days?
inspiration, it's such a difficult one, isn't it? Because I
think if we knew exactly where it came from, then I would bottle
it and sell it for a lot of money, and there'd be a long queue
every day—we'd never close.
But personally I know where some of it comes from for sure.
It can be a conversation that I just had with a friend; it can
be something I saw on television or read in the newspaper; it
can be a painting or a photograph that I've seen; it can be
a book that you've just read, a movie you've just watched; it
can be a child's drawing.
It's really the things that you're surrounded with and how you
interpret them and what kind of emotional impact that they have
on you. For me to be inspired personally to write a piece of
music or a lyric, then I definitely need to have had something
that has affected me in a way that's enough to want to create
something relating to that.
I love the beginnings—I think we all do—when we
start the process of an album, as we’re going to be starting
next spring, because we start out and you always think, ‘This
is gonna be the one; this is gonna be the masterpiece!’
you get into it—you start getting ideas and going ‘Yeah,
that one, and that one and that one.’ And you get a couple
of months into it and maybe you finish one, and you go…‘Yeah—that
wasn’t quite what I wanted. But still, hey! There’s
all these other ideas!’
John to Prosound
like getting in a studio. I like creating new music to get on
a stage and performing it in front of an audience.”
record the next album and then see where we are" says Nick
to Bay Bridjet | Where does Duran Duran go from here?
JT: We just keep writing, don’t we? You know, we just
step back into the studio and start writing more songs.
Mark Ronson is going to produce the next album. Which is very
nice, because I don’t think we’ve had the same producer
for a couple albums since the first two albums. He knows us
as well as we know him.
We’ve got the same band, which is unusual for Duran Duran
because usually there seems to be some sort of change that takes
place between albums – either the drummer or the bass
player or the guitar player. We’ve got a stable line-up.
It’s the same group of guys who made All You Need is Now.
Brown, has really fit in well! Fantastic. We’re really
lucky to have him. I love Andy and it was great to be on stage
with him. But I have to say that Dom’s energy and his
youth relative to ours – he’s just 40 – makes
me really enjoy playing with him. He brings a lot of energy
to the team. JT to the Orange County Register
is in the heart brothers!
Taylor has teamed up with Roger and Dom Brown on December
12th 2012 "to spread a little jam".
John continues: "I’m thinking maybe
this is going to be the best album we have ever made. I have
to think like that, even if it’s delusional. It’s
always possible. You’re dealing with energy and chemistry.
It’s like catching a spirit in the air. It’s difficult
because we write together, and we protect that process.
One of our greatest strengths is that we write democratically,
as a team. But it also has its downsides. It can be a clumsy
way to work, at times. But everybody’s happy to work that
Duran has taken an extended break until March 2013
good to take a break and clear your head" says Nick
is a workaholic, one of the most driven men I know, and he just
hit the wall. He was having fainting spells, it was very frightening."John
the premature ending of the North American tour the All You
Need Is Now project, which has seen the band on the road for
almost two years, has come to an end. Our favourite keyboardist
and keeper of the Duran Duran flame fell ill in August while
the band was on the road in America and his health issues prompted
the band to scrap the six remaining shows of their tour.
band members were all extremely disappointed, as that was the
final leg of their world tour and more than anything, they hate
to disappoint their fans.
break we need to take! John
august 25 John said:
"This is not how we want to end this wonderful, amazing
tour. Mixed feelings re: impending end of tour. Today, aching
and tired, am thinking it is a break we need to take!"
"It leaves a big hole"
August 31th Simon writes: "It's taken a few days for me
to come to terms with the premature ending of our tour. After
nearly twenty months on and off the road... It's terribly hard
on many of our followers who've organised their time, to come
and see the closing of the tour. It leaves a big hole. Of course,
the No. 1 concern for all of us, is Nick's recovery. I can tell
you that all the support he's receiving is very much appreciated.
We all feel your frustration and we thank you for your undertanding.
were hoping for a triumphant conclusion. It feels incomplete,
August 30th Nick speaks out trough the pages of the band's official
website: "I contracted a virus, which dragged me down and
left me entirely exhausted. Although I made it clear to doctors
that it was my express wish to recommence the tour as soon as
possible, they all strongly advised that I needed to recover
properly [...] I am relieved to say, I have only ever had to
cancel a couple of shows, in almost thirty five years, due to
an ear infection, but this was particularly hard to come to
terms with as it was the last week of nearly two years of touring
and we were hoping for a triumphant conclusion. Now it feels
was “frightening” Nick was having fainting spells,
an interview with the Huffington Post John
Taylor said it was “frightening” to see his friend
suffer fainting fits. He tells “Nick is a workaholic,
one of the most driven men I know, and he just hit the wall.
He was having fainting spells, it was very, but he saw a doctor,
and was made to rest. His immediate treatment was to do as little
possible, for as long as possible.
gruelling touring schedule... Will the band actually
consider to play more performances in fewer places
in the future?
interesting statements comes from the Huffington
Post interview to John, here
an excerpt: Taylor agrees that at some point the
band will have to refine their gruelling touring
schedule... "More performances in fewer places
- you can see why Elton and Rod love their stints
in Las Vegas, but at the moment we still love
touring, so we'll record the next album and then
see where we are, and in the meantime look after
don't have plans to work as a band until the New Year, so now
he needs to look after himself"
admits that Rhodes' plight shook him up, particularly after
they'd had to cancel shows earlier on the tour due to Simon
suffering throat problems. "If Duran Duran is a plane,
Simon is the nose-cone, in fact his voice is the nose-cone,
and we work like One Direction, we go for it.
Simon went down at the beginning of the tour, and Nick went
down at the end, and it could have been me or Roger [Taylor].
It's a warning for all of us.
always says we're an aristocratic band with a working class
work ethic, but you just never know if you're coming back. We
"One show gets cancelled and you think 'okay', then it's
a second one and suddenly the tour's over."
is completely recovered and he's already working on some projects
Duran has been a vehicle for all of us within the band
to be able to express ourselves in many different ways
with the things that we like to do. So obviously there
is the songwriting and the live performance, but then
we've got to work with some of the greatest artists
in music, film, photography, fashion—and those
sort of collaborations are part of what we've done and
kept the whole thing exciting for us. Chicago
Duran Duran fans are relieved to know that Nick is in good health,
even Simon recently said:
has been very active in the London party scene with his girlfriend
Nefer Suvio and busy planning the future of the band and cultivating
his own interests such as photography and music collaborations...
He's enjoyng life in London, the city that he won't ever leave
as he says in The Telegraph article published in late August.
Below an excerpt.
lived in London for more than 30 years. Before moving down from
Moseley in Birmingham, my perception of the city was as somewhere
both enormous and hugely exciting.
Turns out, I was pretty much right – and I still feel
the same way now. I like to walk everywhere I possibly can and,
from where I live in Chelsea, can be in Kensington and the West
End in no time. I suppose I’m part of that south-west
London versus north London contingent. But, as much as I love
the area in which I live, I’m very fond of Islington’s
antiques shops, as well as small galleries such as the Whitechapel
in east London.
I like wandering around town; I’m rarely recognised. Although,
it’s not as if I draw attention to myself by wearing my
pink satin suits – they’re strictly for when I’m
on stage. No one bats an eyelid. Londoners are so cool you can
just go about your business unbothered. I formed Duran Duran
when I was 16 and moved to London two years later, in 1980.
The commute back to Birmingham, after gigs and meetings in the
capital, was getting a bit much.
I didn’t know London at all. So I moved near Manchester
Square, where our record label was based. Being so close meant
I could hound them every day. I lived above a dentist who would
leave sets of false teeth lying around in the hallway –
they were waiting for me when I came back at night.
London during the Eighties was terrific and wild – exactly
as I’d imagined it. That said, it’s still spectacular
now – and in many ways even better. The one thing that
has changed beyond recognition is the food. There were very
few great places to eat back then, but now London is the restaurant
capital of Europe. There are more Michelin stars here than in
any other city, meaning we’ve finally overtaken Paris.
New York is the only other city I spend any amount of time in.
But while it’s exciting, it builds to a point of exhaustion
– meaning I come back to London for a break. Unlike a
lot of artists, Duran Duran have stayed here whatever weather
or tax regime the capital has thrown at us. We’re a quintessentially
British band and I think if you move too far from your roots
you lose something essential. I love my life in London and won’t
years of Duran Duran has been what has prevented me from doing
movies and doing more photography and writing a book and whatever
else it might be that's in my head, because there simply isn't
Nick remixes MNDR
is currently collaborating with MNDR on some remixes
of her brand new album. Do you remember this
interview of MNDR to Nick published in late 2010? Check
it out, it's worth a re-read!
Literally a masterpiece. Why do you think synth music has become
I suppose, the one thing Mark and us definitely have in common
is that we believe that synthesizers can create something unique
and beautiful that other instruments can’t. To me that’s
the realization that a lot of people are starting to have now,
maybe through soft synths and computers, but those that really
do fiddle around with analogue gear and get to grips with it
discover something incredibly special. I don’t think it’s
necessarily a backlash against the guitar thing, it’s
more of a realization that these instruments really do something
Did you know that the little picture below has been sold at
auction for $ 5,000?!
It was taken by Andy Warhol!
Nick and Nefer seen always together during the party season
Mail - Richard Kay: Duran Duran star's new Rome antics with
Italian stylist who looks like his ex-wife | By Richard Kay
Duran star Nick Rhodes's latest squeeze is an Italian beauty
20 years his junior who bears a striking similarity to his
Nick, 50, introduced former office worker Maria Suvio, 32,
at a champagne party in Le Caprice for the Vogue On Designers
'Its too early to say if I'm in love, but Maria and I are
close,' he tells me.
'The couple met in the five-start Hotel de Russie in Rome
and have spent the year travelling together.
'Our eyes met across a crowded lobby,' laughs Nick. 'Her
exotic look and sense of style attracted me immediately.'
son Nick was married to the U.S.-born Younkers store heiress
Julie Anne Friedman for eight years, but divorced in 1992.
Their daughter Tatjana, 25, is a successful St Martins-trained
Maria, meanwhile, has a new job and a new name — Nefer.
is now a stylist,' says Nick, the only band member who is
single. 'Everything is going great. But we're not living together.'
is on the longest break ever taken since he joined the band
fans have commented with skepticism the band's decision to tour
USA for the third time on the same album [March/April 2011,
September/October 2011, August 2012] and they felt that the
Olympic show could have represented the perfect and triumphant
conclusion that the amazing All You Need Is Now tour deserved.
the summer shows in Europe fans have witnessed some of the greatest
performaces the band has ever delivered in their entire career.
The guys were fantastic on stage, absolutely breathtaking, they
have reached the highest level on every aspect of the show,
musically and visually. Apart from that off stage the guys semed
exhausted, probably tired of all the travelling in the hot european
summer and the usual media/fans attention to them reserved in
every city they landed.
it’s so exhausting, the traveling and the playing
at shows is really all that I have got the energy for (towards
the end of the tour) says Simon.
a chat a couple of friends and I had with Simon at the begining
of the italian tour, he expressed his disappointment about the
behaviour of the fans who usually book a room in the same hotel
were the band stays, sometimes invading not just the hall but
also spaces where the guys could actually relax. He expressed
his need of privacy and said: "when the band is on tour
the hotel is like our home, we need our privacy". I told
him how much I care about him and the guys and I would do anything
to protect the band. I asked him what could I do to help him
out and he said "I like you guys, just put the word out
that it isn't cool anymore to book in the same hotel where the
band stays". He insisted that they have had fans booking
in the their hotel everywhere they have been travelling, from
Argentina to Asia, from USA to Europe. During the italian tour
Simon has been lovely with the fans waiting to see him outside
the band's hotel. I'm glad he talked openly about something
that he doesn't like anymore and I'm sure that all the interested
Duran Duran fans are wise enough to understand his message.
you carry, if you push it too hard, if you go straight back
in, you might get to the point where you decide that “I
never want to do this again.” And I don’t ever want
to get to that stage.
So that’s why I insisted on this rather long and luxurious
told them I needed six months straight out of the game, for
a bit. Just cuz it’s been a really long project. And I
think it’s no good just going straight back in, otherwise
you know you start to suffer from “all work and no play
makes Jack a dull boy” syndrome. And I don’t want
to do that. I want to have something to write about. I want
to live a bit as well." Simon Le Bon
of Simon's weariness surfaced also in the October KatyKafe:
very happy that Nick’s doing better actually" says
Simon, "He was really, really bad [and that’s all
there is to it]. And I’m just so happy that we’re
But, you know, we’ve got so much to look forward to. We’ve
got a little break to look forward to.
I think We’re going to get back together in March.
Yeah, I told them I needed six months straight out of the game,
for a bit. Just cuz it’s been a really long project. And
I think it’s no good just going straight back in, otherwise
you know you start to suffer from “all work and no play
makes Jack a dull boy” syndrome. And I don’t want
to do that.
I want to have something to write about. I want to live a bit
as well, you know? I love Duran Duran as much as the next band
member but there is life outside of it and I’m experiencing
that in as much glorious detail as I possibly can right now."
He continues: "It’s not a problem for me coming off
of the road. I’m quite happy off the road. I enjoyed it
very much, it was a magnificent tour. We had a lot of fun, went
to a lot of places played a lot of great music to a lot of beautiful
people. But... after a long tour, there is that kind of sensation
that you’ve grown older but no wiser. Because life becomes
very simple, very essential because it’s so exhausting,
the traveling and the playing at shows is really all that I
have got the energy for [towards the end of the tour]. So I
don’t really go out and do the places, I don’t go
sightseeing, I don’t even see friends apart from backstage
after the show. And it’s a bit sad really cuz your life
is ticking away and you’re just, you’re just exhausted.
You’ve just got enough energy to put together a show.
But I’m not complaining about it, it’s a great job.
But there is a time when you say to yourself, “Ok, I’ve
had enough of this, I want to do something else.” Even
just temporarily. And that’s the thing, you see…if
you carry, if you push it too hard, if you go straight back
in, you might get to the point where you decide that “I
never want to do this again.” And I don’t ever want
to get to that stage. So that’s why I insisted on this
rather long and luxurious break."
a beautiful picture of Simon sailing in Cannes - October 2012,
on the right the Le Bons at the Goodwood Revival back in September
Simon is enjoying his break very much, he has
been to India with Yasmin who also did some
charity activities over there. He has also been involved in
some sailing in Sardinia and Cannes
back in September and October.
In Cannes he took part at the Regates
Royale on Eileen. On October 18 on the Eileen website the Captain
on Day 3 everybody was keen to perform, especially as
we had Simon Le Bon on board who we haven’t sailed
with since Antigua earlier in the season. Just over the
line at the start we flew around the race course often
with the rail in the water."
the left the article published on the italian magazine
Vela which reports about the Duran Duran trip to Antigua
to visit Eileen. Get your scan here
also did some charity activities for the Air Ambulance
Service such as launched the Children’s Air Ambulance
at Coventry Airport and visited one of its fund-raising charity
shops in Warwick.
Le Bon said: "This is a fantastic new service that is desperately
needed throughout the UK because each year, thousands of seriously
ill children need urgent care at specialist hospitals. "However,
at the moment, they can face long road journeys, which could
be detrimental to getting the lifesaving help they need.
This service relies completely on charitable donations from
the general public. It is my intention to do all I can to raise
the profile of TCAA and to help raise the money that is so crucial
to keeping the service running."
find out how you can donate log onto thechildrensairambulance.org.uk
or contact The Air Ambulance Service on 08454 130 999.
part of his involvement with the Air Ambulance he also
took part at the Business With Pleasure
dinner at the Ivy [on 11th October 2012]. It was a relaxed
yet star studded networking dinner held in the private
room of one of London's most famous restaurants with 60
out some cool pics of Simon taken during the Business
With Pleasure dinner. Click on the banner below!
above: Simon the sailor in Cannes, October 2012. Below
a beautiful picture of Simon the ambassador taken in
November at the the London Heliport in Battersea.
After launching the new Children's Air Ambulance for
critically ill babies and children at the London launch
event, Simon flew over to the Children's Air Ambulance
headquarters in Coventry to attend a launch party there.
lead vocalist is the TV"
97, I remember taking it to record labels and publishers, their
astonish look, the look of shock horror and absolute disbelieve
on their faces when I said 'This is what I'd like to put out'.
Mania update | Nick in the November Kafe said: "I
sort of promised myself that we would release the album this
year, but I think I was being a little bit over optimistic because
the material has been ready for 17 years now sitting there,
mixed and ready to go, and didn't have any artwork, or any remixes,
or any video stuff, nothing, there was no preparation so I felt
that after waiting so long few months wasn't going make any
difference. We're actually going to release it around February
time I think, is gonna come out on vynil, very very special
limited edition and download."
it has been lined in the box drawer... the tapes were all there,
we couldn't even find the multitrack mastertapes. So for people
doing remixes we had to create a master from the computer parts
because we don't know were the originals are, they are long
gone, or they are somewhere were they shouldn't be, but we did
have the final mastered version of the album from the mixes
we did in 97, so littealy nothing has been changed 'cos we couldn't
anyway even if we wanted to.
album is entirely made from samples taken from television, so
our lead vocalist is the TV. At that time, in 97, I remember
taking it to record labels and publishers, their astonish look,
the look of shock horror and absolute disbelieve on their faces
when I said 'This is what I'd like to put out',
but fortunally most of them don't have that job anymore...
is working on the artwork with Andrew Day [Medazzaland,
Pop Trash, merchandising for the reunion tour, The Devils] who
has started the work on the TV Mania project 17 years ago.
| "TVMania isn't the kind of project that requiere
to tour the world. I would gladly do some Interview to explain
Resta talks about his TVMania and Duran Duran collaborations
Source The Buzz | Published on December 15,
2012 [excerpt about Duran Duran and TVMania]
Let's talk about working with Blondie on “Pop Trash Movie”.
She's a true icon from the 1970s.
That was a very interesting project. Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran
had written that song specifically for Debbie Harry. But the
song was going to be for a project we were working on called
Trash Movie" for Deborah Harry
was a period when they were deep into samples of people saying
absurd things…. which inspired the project. Anyway, we
got a hold of Debbie and met with her in New York City at the
Hit Factory for about a week. We came up with two tracks. The
chemistry was great and we all got along famously but the timing
She ended up getting a record deal shortly thereafter and it
was complicated with politics and paperwork. The one track never
saw the light of day but “Pop Trash Movie” ended
up on the next Duran Duran album.
There was talk that the other song “Studio 54” was
going to end up in the movie Studio 54, but unfortunately it
just didn't happen.
Since you brought up the subject of politics and paperwork,
I'm interested in hearing how that unfolds when all you're doing
is trying to make music.
Anytime you start playing with the big boys there's eventually
going to be contracts and negotiations that can get quite convoluted.
You've got various managers and lawyers looking out for their
client’s interests or people might have a different vision
for how a project should come together. It might get to the
point where it's too complicated or difficult to work out.
spent a lot of time on it
You mentioned “TV Mania”, which is a project that's
been sixteen years in the making. What is it about and why has
it taken so long to get off the ground?
It's about the absurdity of life through a TV that speaks. It
was before we started seeing reality television dominate the
landscape. The concept is more of a stage presentation and it
was visual in nature. Unfortunately, everybody gets busy and
things fall to the backburner.
But over the years, people kept hearing about it and asking
when it was going to see the light of day. I remember Duran
Duran was actually playing stuff from it on their tour before
their set. Sonically it's a real interesting record because
we spent a lot of time on it.
use things like the Roland Sound Space machines [eight
inputs and outputs] that thing cost $40,000 and it made
sounds appear as if they were coming from above, below
or behind you in the stereo field. The strange thing is
that it sounds more contemporary now than when we did
it. It feels like performance art.
Not too long ago Nick listened to it again and thought
it sounded fresh and that we should do something with
it and see what happens.
He just felt that it was time for it to see the light
of day. I spent about six weeks at Bopnique augmenting
the tracks and then Bob St.John and I put the finishing
touches on it at Sound Techniques and Courtlen.
I guess sort of like the revitalization of Collective
Soul's “Tremble For My Beloved.” I remember
thinking that someway, somehow, that song would get discovered.
And thanks to Twilight, it eventually happened but it
took a good decade.
Exactly, and that's the case with “TV Mania.”
It sounds even better today than it did 16 years ago.
I guess we were on to something in both instances.
more information on Anthony J. Resta and Bopnique!, visit
Taylor and Nick Rhodes: a longtime friendship
[Duran Duran] did have extraordinary chemistry but it took time
for the band to come together.
We had to make some changes along the way and they weren’t
always out of choice.
Guys left us. Nick and I were stranded by our first singer,
but we didn’t drink over it.
We kept moving and made the best of the situation.
the first copy of the book I had, I gave him.
He told me that he wasn’t going to read it and I understand
He is the last person who needs to read it.
He was there, and he doesn’t need to read it.
I think he would enjoy the stuff about my parents.
But stuff about the band, he would use very different language
to describe the sensations he experienced.
was so happy when Nick said to me the other day, 'Johnny, I’m
not going to read your book, I said, 'Nick, I’m so happy
about that, because you really don’t need to.' There’s
a lot of love for Nick in the book, but he’s going to
be, 'But it wasn’t like that,' and he’s going to
get all out of joint about it."
Smith interviews John for salon.com | This is an excerpt about
John and Nick long time friendship.
The first concert I went to, I went to with Nick. He’s
two years younger than me, so he’s a year younger than
you. But he was pretty advanced. He had already been to concerts.
He had a little bit more dough than me. He had a record collection,
nice hi-fi. His parents both worked, they both had small businesses.
So it was a little bit more fluid. Not that that’s really
got anything to do with this, but he had an aesthetic already.
He had the look.
He was thinking about it. Maybe he thought about what he would
put on on the weekend.
Do you think he got you more into fashion or the look
at that point in time?
It was tremendously validating when you find somebody and go,
“Oh, yeah. You want to do that, too.” He’s
probably a bit more mature than me, actually. And probably always
was. Nick’s more of a radical than me. He’s a rebel.
I’ve seen him.
He’s not shy about it, either. Supremely confident.
Which I didn’t have, although I never really caught that
until I left the band. It wasn’t until I left the band
and went back and thought, “Whoa!”
Your relationship with Nick is far more complicated than it
is with Simon [Le Bon]. Or any other member of the band. But
you’re very close. You started Duran Duran together. You’ve
been doing it together the longest, so it seems a far more complicated
relationship than the other relationships you’ve had.
It’s probably the most complicated relationship that I
Taylor has been working hard promoting "In The Pleasure
of my primary concerns was to not sell anyone out, or tell
tales out of class. I guess the voice in the book, is my ‘higher
self,’ the one that doesn’t resort to cheap gossip
or trash talking.
wife is a real worker who taught me the phrase, “Work
Instinctively, I think I always knew that.
You always want to make things happen and I think that’s
part of wanting to write the book too.
I’m not sure where it’s taking me, but it feels
good and I’m glad that I wrote it."
media promotion: we have read many reviews and interviews,
both online and printed press but this on the right is the
only front cover that John have had about his "In The
Pleasure Groove" project. Surprisingly it's not an Italian
magazine, It's a Danish one. In Denmark John Taylor is still
remembered for his love story with Renée Simonsen.
The Pleasure Groove has been a huge sucsess entering the Uk
and Us top 10 charts and getting great reviews. John says he
is pleased with how it has been received.
Duran bass player said
he was approached about penning his autobiography at the beginning
glad I wrote the book at a time when…we’ve had a
great couple of years since the All You Need is Now album. We
have been supporting it for almost 18 months, and it is a positive
time to be in the band. I
was really happy that I got to write the book during that phase.
I didn’t want to upset anybody. I just wanted to put some
love in it.
was suggested to me that if I wanted to write a book, it was
a good time," he said. "There was a bit of a gold
rush on in the publishing business."
Taylor reportedly landed an advance of more than $500,000. While
his agent Jonathan Conway would not reveal the exact amount,
he says that figure is "conservative."
"There was exceptional interest in John's autobiography
during the auction for his book," Conway tells The Hollywood
Reporter. "And the bidding war amongst many major publishers
was, inevitably, intense."
asks: What made you think this was a good time to stop and look
This was the point that presented itself to me. I was glad the
book was written during a really positive, active period during
the band's life because I didn't have anything negative to say.
Two years ago the first three albums were reissued on premium
vinyl. I thought, "You know what? I'm going to listen to
'Seven and the Ragged Tiger.' " It was like taking out
a vintage bottle of wine from the cellar. I just sat back and
let it wash over me. I thought, "Wow, this is good."
I'm at the point I can review the work from 1983 and feel pretty
good about it.
therapist kept telling me, “It’s a message of hope,
John, don’t forget that.” Roger Taylor said to me,
“Just tell the truth JT,
and it will be great.”
was so full of self pity about everything that wasn’t
working about my life. I had a long list of what wasn’t
right in my life and she said, ‘Whoa, you need to get
sober because if you get sober you could really be somebody,
and if you get sober I can treat you and we can really find
out what’s making you unhappy, but while you continue
to drink and use you’re like a shifting target.’
I won’t say I went right away, I had to hit bottom, which
meant going out and getting so f**ked up, so disillusioned by
my own inability to control myself, and then surrender. Now
it’s been a whole different me, and I wanted to write
about that. A lot of people are struggling and a lot of people
still don’t believe that sobriety is possible for them.
and Hope Award
February 15, 2013
will get one a recognition for his autobiography on February
15! He has earned Writers In Treatment's fourth annual Experience,
Strength and Hope Award for writing a memoir chronicling his
journey from addiction to recovery, the nonprofit recently
announced on Twitter.
honor, with support from New Directions for Women, will be
presented to Taylor on February 15 at the Skirball Cultural
Center in Los Angeles by Academy Award-nominated actor Robert
In December Taylor wrapped up a book tour in support of "Pleasure
Groove" with a signing in Milan and Brighton.
Taylor, such a wonderful person
the picture John and Salvo chatting away in Milan [December
8]. During the conversation I took the chance to let him know
how much we care about him, both as an artist and as an human
being and, for this reason, we hoped that he took a little
rest from work as soon at the tour book was concluded. He
is the only band member that didn't actually stop a minute
after the tour abruptly ended back in August... I told him
affectionately that he has been working too much and, from
the bottom of our heart, we felt that he deserves a long break
[just like the rest of the guys] before he gets into the studio
in March. He was all interested about my thoughts. He actually
confessed that he "can not really stand doing
nothing..." but he assured me that the following
day he was going to watch TV all day and in a short time he
was taking a 10 days break/vacation. I also asked if there's
a chance for the band to play at any festivals over
the summer [since he recently said that the band
is open to offers] and he actually didn't deny this possibility...
of course it's too early to even think to what might happen
in six months... but you never know! So let's keep our fingers
crossed and hopefully the band will be up to play a show or
two if they get some decent open air festivals proposals!
It was such a lovely chat. John is right saying that
"a lot of connection has been made during this tour book",
we actually feel John closer than ever before and we respect
and love the man and the artist even more. Thanks a lot for
opening yourself through this book John!
some pictures of John I took in Milan during the 'Nel Ritmo del Piacere'
the first picture John at the airport on his arrival in Milan,
John leaving the Radio Deejay studios, the nice article published
in the national newspaper Il Giornale [ you can get a full scan
below John and I chatting away in front of the Xmas tree. With
the black hat on the day he left Milan before he cheerfully
greeted his fans.
is my question published on the www.biography.com interview
| Hi, John, this is Salvo from Italy. Would you consider to
grant the rights to make a film of 'In The
Pleasure Groove'? In this case, what actor would you like to
interpret your character? Thank you. [Duran's Duranasty]
It would depend on the period. Probably the young man's story
at the beginning of the 80s.
Some young Brummie star. Who? I have no idea.
Gallery: John Taylor in Birmingham
on the banner below!
Duran related books of
sheets: Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon through the lens of Viramontes.
Above pic: original artwork for So Red The Rose by the artist:
the picture represents Violetta
Sanchez , the model has been also Interviewed for the book.
We can't wait to have our hands on it!
new book about the work of artist Tony Viramontes [known
among the Duran fan-base for his beautiful illustrations
on the Arcadia album], written by Dean Rhys Morgan, will
be published next year by Laurence King Publishing.
Viramontes was one of the defining and prolific artist's
of the 80’s, creating some of the most iconic looks
of the decade. Tony had great artistic potential, but he
died in 1988 at the age of thirty one.
According to the author, Dean Rhys Morgan, the book has
been enriched by contributions coming from different artists
[including Nick Rhodes!] who have worked
with Tony during his fantastic career.
Duran Duran book has legs!
Memories, the Duran Duran book by Denis O'Regan might see
the light next year according to some of his recents tweets:
"I took a batch of material to DuranDuran's Nick Rhodes'
house today. My limited edition '1984' Sing Blue Silver
book has legs!"
[posted on November 23].
He also said: "I've found more unseen DuranDuran pictures
from 1984. Now scanning & retouching. Busy time!"
never stop learning something new on your idols
Road to Ziggy Stardus is the new book
by Ken Scott and Bobby Owsinski. Ken is
the man who engineered Thank You and Pop Trash albums. He's
also a long time Warren Cuccurullo friend who had worked
on the production and engineering of the 1982 Missing Persons
If you like to have a picture from the other side, from
someone who has worked in the studios with a many stars,
from The Beatles to Bowie, from Elton John to Duran Duran,
you really have to get this book! It's filled with behind
the scenes and interesting stories. It's true, you never
stop learning something new on your idols.
There's a full chapter to Scott's collaboration with Duran
Duran. 8 full pages rich of facts, comments by Warren [who
has been interviewed specially for the book]. I transcribed
a couple of quotes, just to give you the idea of what the
book is like, I don't want to spoil the pleasure of reading
and discover for yourself this side of the story on the
making of two difficult albums like Thank You and Pop Trash.
We have read a lot about the most successful Duran albums,
but there's not much material circulating on the Duran Duran
production of those low profile years. So it's really worth
You "the album meant
to be a quick stopgap as their previous album, The wedding
Album featured two huge hits that had resurrected their
carrer... Thank you would be recorded while they were on
tour... When they had three days off in a city, I would
fly in, we'd go into whatever studio was available there,
then I'd fly home. Always first class, of course [...] The
whole thing was scattered... I'd go into the studio in LA
with John Taylor and record some things, then I'd fly off
to Paris to do keyboards with Nick Rhodes or vocals with
Simon le Bon, who were both doing tax exile thing and couldn't
go back to England without being hit with a huge tax bill.
That's where things got a little silly. If they didn't like
Warren or John's parts they wouldn't say, "We just
won't use them in the mix," it was, "You've got
to erase them," and they would actually sit there and
watch me o make sure that I erased them. There was a lot
of weird stuff like that going on." [Ken Scott]
Trash " It was a difficoult album to make
on the lyric end because over the last few years Simon had
a difficult time coming up with lyrics. He just dried up.
Nick started writing lyrics and there was a sharing of the
writing that had never happened before on a Duran record.
It took a lot of the burden off him but also a lot of the
creativity as well. He was having problems in his personal
life, so it was a really traumatic experience and Ken had
to deal with those issues. [Warren Cuccurullo]
Hollywood Records wanted someone else to mix the album and
the album ended up being compressed to holy hell, sounded
like shit. [ken Scott]
There was one song that I absolutely refused to go with
the [record company] guy's mix, so we went with Ken's mix
on Starting To Remember and it's beautiful. [Warren Cuccurullo]
the fan works with his idol...
with Matteo, long time Duran Duran fan, established deejay who
lived the mind-blowing experience of working with his idol on
a very special deejay set
seems to agree that Matteo is a super cool deejay and
lovely guy! What a fantastic night we had dancing and
having fun at the beat of Roger and James deejay set!
How and when did the idea to invite Roger Taylor at Amami originate?
I have been collaborating with Amami discoclub for 5 years now
and I've never hidden my love for Duran Duran. This summer,
talking with Giacomo we had the idea to do something different
for the Real House night [the Amami one night, one Wednesday
per month], we wanted to call a different name rather than the
usual famous and highly paid international DJs. The idea was
to combine the pop icon figure represented by Roger and his
most recent DJ activity. In this way we could retrieve both,
the usual Amami audience and the Duran Duran fans. Let's just
say that I have transmitted to Giacomo all my enthusiasm and
passion for the band and he just believed in my idea. And I'm
glad to say that it was a success!
you experiencing any difficulties organizing the event?
would say no. Nothing particularly different than managing a
regular special guest. Roger and his management were very professional
and so helpful. We can say that it all everything went well,
and I have to thank Amami and Roger for this!
was it like spending two days around Venice and Treviso along
with Roger and James? Did they visited Piazza San Marco?
we spent a wonderful day together. Roger and his son James landed
at around lunch time at the Venice airport, so it would have
been a shame not going to Piazza San Marco for lunch and sightseeing.
We had a wonderful taxi [motorboat] ride to the Grand
Canal and arrived to Piazza San Marco. James was very
excited, being the first time for him in Venice. Roger was just
happy because, as he told me later, he was already surrendered
to the idea of being shut up in his hotel room until it was
time to play his DJ set. A stroll through Venice, a bit of shopping
and then we rushed away to Treviso for the sound check!
funny anecdote, a gesture or a phrase to remember, to share
with other fans...
believe that all fans who attended the night have witnessed
the hug full of esteem and gratitude we gave each other that
night at Amami: I will hardly forget that! I would have a funny
story too, but I'll not make it public, just because Roger will
definitely read this ;)
what terms your perception of Roger Taylor, one of your idols
ever, has changed after working with him?
met Roger for the first time back in 2008, I think we were at
radio Deejay in Milan, and the impression I got then, is still
the same that I have now after spending an afternoon with him
and working with him. A very special person, humble, kind and
In this particular moment the world of nightclubs is flooded
with models, actors, ex-singers, porn stars that are just re-invented
themselves doing the DJs thing... sometimes with catastrophic
results. In Roger instead I found a real DJ, with a great set,
he didn't follow a predetermined playlist... he just played
looking at audience he had in front right in that moment, selecting
track after track with care. Such a fantastic performance!
trip of 2012?
Recently DJ'ed just outside Venice, Italy.
Boarded the aplane in London at 10 am and had lunch
on the Grand Canal by 1 pm.
having fun with James and Roger
Salvo and Roger striking a pose at Amami disco club. A picture
to remember a very cool night dancing and having fun at the
beat his dj-set!
pics of the Treviso deejay-set can be seen in the special Photo
Gallery. Click the banner below!
Tour: Duran Duran perfection
band is divine, musically and visually the Duran live show
experience has reached its highest level.
I don't think we can prentend more from this band from a live
show point of view. They have found the perfect formula! This
Below Salvo gives Simon the infamous picture with the caption
"1982-2012: Duran Duran and Italy celebrates
30 years of friendship"
summer I was lucky enough to attend the italian tour, four
outdoor shows in some of the greatest concert locations: Verona,
Roma, Cattolica and Lucca. It was an incredible experience
that took me on the road for many days, actually a whole Duran
week full of great moment filled not only with fantastic Duran
Duran shows but also with some great encounters. I'm not referring
only to Duran Duran encounters, but long time friends meetings,
and pals coming from all over Europe. I saw a lot of my old
Duran friends from the late 80s and 90s and it was great to
share some new Duran moments with them.
It was a mind-blowing experience filled with great music,
friendship and travels around the north-central Italy in a
very torrid July. I have no words left to describe the power
of our band on stage, anything I could say might sound redundant
and already said, the usual words that would come out from
the die hard fan's mouth.
But hey! They just reached the perfection on stage, that's
assisted to the Duran Duran perfection. We couldn't ask more
to these guys, they gave us all themselves. Over the summer
they delivered some of the finest performances I have ever
One more time the band has consolidated its long time friendship
During the tour, in different moments across Italy, I reminded
the guys about how old was their friendship with Italy, I
told them that this year they celebrated 30 years since their
very first visit to Italy back in 1982.
So to celebrate this very strong friendship I presented each
one of them a little gift, a picture of that very first promotional
visit in Rome.
The picture was taken in a restaurant in the Rome Zoo where
they shooted the infamous Hungry Like The Wolf
clip that all of the band members still remember. The video
clip shows the guys eating spaghetti at the Zoo... Why the
Zoo?! Well, It was such a naive and funny video-transposition
of the song's title... the funny thing, as Simon recounts,
is that the film director kept telling them "Mangia!
Mangia! Mangia!" [Eat! Eat! Eat!] while they
had this huge plate of spaghetti on their table. Well, they
obviously loved the picture and I was quite glad that it brought
back those nice and funny memories.
That very same night in Verona Simon did a little speach about
the longtime relationship the band has with Italy, he also
said that "someone" brought to their attention that
they celebrate 30 years since they first came to Italy...
He also mentioned the funny 'Mangia Mangia' story during the
cool Red Ronnie report about the tour that you can easily
find on Youtube.
I previously said I have no words left to describe the band's
greatness on stage, but I do have plenty of pictures... I
tried to capture the power and the beauty, the action and
the fun of the guys on stage. And I want to relive that greatness
with you all sharing a selection of the best photographs that
I took during the Italian tour... check out below for more!
book you didn’t write about your affair with Simon.
JT: Ha ha. very funny. There’s a lot of homoerotic fan fiction
about us. (Fox411)
is fucking amazing!"
"This is my drug! It's fucking amazing!" says John
about his italian pistache and choccolate flavoured icecream!
"I get one of this only when I have a day off from touring!"
In the picture Salvo and John Taylor in Trastevere, Rome July
a Prayer" in Italy is like a national anthem
The two big songs there are "Save A Prayer" and
"Wild Boys." They're almost a part of the culture
identity of Italy. It's fantastic! [Roger Taylor]
says: There was a time, I think, that we resented that we
were famous for our videos. We were really resentful of
that because we wanted to be taken seriously as a band and
for our music and our songs. Luckily, time has been good
to us. The songs have stood the test of time.
We performed in Italy and there were 10,000 people there
going crazy for the music and the songs and what we are
now. We now accept that the importance of those videos was
a great thing. We have total acceptance of that now, and
that feels great.
We played in Verona last and we came onto the encore with
"Save A Prayer" and we actually didn't have to
sing a word of the song. The audience sang every note, every
word of the song. Yeah, thirty years later, that's still
happening. It shows the strength of those songs. They weren't
just about videos. The videos were amazing, they cemented
the songs in people's minds, but we wrote good songs. We
still get to play them now and to be able to get to play
those songs that you've written is incredible.
the Rome concert last night it felt as if everyone in the
audience was an old friend"
John Taylor 19 July 2012
of a smashing italian tour | Above picture: enthusiastic articles
from italian newspapers! The guys always get a lot of media
attention everytime the came over! Below one of the pictures
I took back in July: the guys at their arrival in Verona.
Italian tour off with a BANG! Ciao regazzi. Grazie mille
John Taylor, 16 July 2012
Memories in Pixels
more pics? During the italian tour I've tried my best to
capture the energy of the guys on stage. I love photography
so taking pics at the Duran shows is something I've always
enjoyed. I'm quite pleased with the pics I took during these
four shows with just a compact camera, which is actually
the same camera that Nick has been using lately on stage.
2012 has been a year filled with Duran shows, so let's just
relive the magic of those moments with some Live-Photo galleries!
Someone says "A picture is worth a thousand words"...
he's right! There you go, a selection of the very best pics
I took in July!
on the banner below to access the photo galleries and enjoy!
Pics are in three different pages. At the end of each page
you'll find a link to the next gallery.
It was a fantastic time to be in London. It was a career high.
Millar Carr (in the pics with Simon) is a long time english
Duran fan and he's also the lucky guy who was chosen by
Simon to sing the chorus to The Reflex at the Olympic show!
Derek was cool enough to share his memories of a show that
has been defined by the band itself as the main highlight
it was announced that Duran Duran were to play Hyde park at
the opening of the Olympics I knew it was going to be something
Taking to the stage not long after a inferior performance
from Paolo Nutini the band entered to mass cheers.
It felt like everyone in the park was a fan. Nick’s
synth gave way to the Night Version of Planet Earth.
The band played as if their life depended on it and the crowd
responded likewise. It struck me how important John’s
Bass part in the song is, galloping its way through the song.
As the rain starts before you know it the next song A View
To A Kill kicks in. Sounding more powerful than ever. Simon’s
vocals were strong and the live mix spot on.
All You Need Is Now is next up. Its brave for them to play
new stuff at this type of show but it goes down with the audience
very well indeed. Taking my place 2nd row at the front the
atmosphere was splendid.
As All You Need Is Now ends Simon asks if there is one fella
that can start him off in a sing song. Of course I know what
this is as i attended some of the UK shows last December.
A couple of my friends pointed at me. As Simon made his way
towards me. Asking my name? He then told me in my ear what
to sing. I responded by telling him i knew what to sing. So
starting off The Reflex a moment I will never forget even
though it is not one of my personal favourite songs of the
Olympics was more like taking part in a P.R. exercise for
London, which we were happy to do.
It was an extraordinary night for us. Having moments like
that is what keeps you going, because all the highs aren’t
20 years ago.
We still have them.
nanana The Reflex Ta nanana The Reflex Fle Fle Fle Flex!
Moments after I finished singing Red Arrows fly over as the
video screen behind the band show the Second Life video.
Girl Panic was next. A favourite from the latest album and
has all the classic Duran elements. The band play well throughout
ending with the extended percussion part the have been playing
on the AYNIN tour.
Dom Brown’s importance in the band is shown particularly
on the new songs were he shines through.
Save a prayer has the audience waving their hands in the air.
At this point band seemed to be on fire so to speak leading
to a very funky Notorious. The crowd love it.
A sublime performance of Ordinary World dedicated to a peaceful
games has the audience waving their hands in the air again
towards the end of the song. Simons vocals were remarkable
on this song. A personal favourite.
Sunrise keeps the momentum up as the audience sing along.
Dom’s playing was excellent on this song rocking out
at the end.
Wild Boys was up next. Not one of my favourites but always
The evening finishing off with a with adrenaline fuelled version
The audience loved them. The band loved them back.
One of the best performances that the band have done. The
band showed true showmanship and proved they are still one
of the best if not the best live band in the world.
with Duran Duran at the Hyde Park at the opening of the Olympics
in Hyde Park. It felt like a special moment shared it with
70,000 people. Roger Taylor
don’t have just one favourite moment, because things
are still happening.
The important thing is to still be able to experience them.
For example, we recently played in Hyde Park for the opening
night of the London Olympics. There were about 70,000 people
there from all over the world.
We had not been playing “Save A Prayer” on tour
and had just started putting it back into the set. We played
the song that night and it just galvanized everybody.
I remember standing there and thinking, “Bookmark this
moment! This is a BIG moment!” You must never get complacent.
There are still moments like those that come along."
have drawn myself a spiritual path
is the interesting interview to John Taylor published on the
turkish newspaper "Haber Turk" [by Izzet Capa, July
1st, 2012]. Translastion by Eren Uretmen [many
arrived to Wroclaw after a long journey and went straight
to the venue. Band was already rehearsing and it lasted for
two hours. Finally, they started to approach in a very cheerful
mood. As Roger Taylor passed by with a smile on his face,
I thought he was the spitting image of Roman Polanski! Then
the rest followed him, John Taylor was the last one and we
took a deep breath! Actually, we found out that band's singer
Simon Le Bon would not do interviews before the shows and
that he would be even too nervous to talk to his band mates.
So, lucky enough we had John..."
Capa - Istanbul is waiting for you on the 9th, what do you
wait from Istanbul?
John Taylor - I've first been there 20 years ago, amazing
historical places and architecture is waiting for me. As it's
a city of harbour, on going development is inevitable when
it opens all it's doors to all sorts of culture.
IC - You've spoken like Wikipedia, let's change
the subject! Yourself, ex-member Andy and drummer Roger are
all from Birmingham.
JT - Now, your turn to speak like Wikipedia! Yes, correct.
IC- Same surnames, why?
JT - Coincidence really, no blood bond.
IC - In Turkey, in some villages they all have
the same surnames but there is no blood bond, that's how it
works for you too!
JT - I have been friends with Roger for a long time then Andy
joined and on the day he came, when he told us his surname...
Nick thought we have fooled him for months!
IC - You must be so bored from this question...
JT - I get on a taxi, driver asks me whether I'm one of the
Taylor brothers or not, even in New York! I'm fed up from
saying, " NO, we are not brothers ".
still got a lot of energy
is not what it used to be in the 50s, you know?
We all know too much about nutrition and health.
We look after ourselves today. Our dads were all smoking
cigarettes, thinking cigarettes were good for them.
Nobody had heard of the gym.
They didn’t know that water was good for them.
We’ve got a lot better for us at 52. I like
being the age that I am.
I feel like I’ve got a lot of experience, but
I’ve still got a lot of energy.
- Do you think, the suburb " Hollywood " where
you've spent your childhood was a sign that you would become
a star one day!?
JT - Perhaps it was a cosmic coincidence. Nick was born
in the same place. A nice, little suburb but it is nothing
like the Hollywood I'm living now.
IC - As a child you were incredibly short - sighted, forget
the future you were hardly seeing your space in front!
JT - It's true that I have bad sight problems but I can't
remember whether I was short - sighted or not.
IC - That is what it says on the internet.
JT - Then that's a good story, write it down like that!
But it's true that I was a nerd with the huge glasses on!
IC - OK, Birmingham's Harry Potter! How did the little Harry
spend his time then? Sorry, I mean John!
JT - My favourite thing was to paint my toy soldiers and
to play war games with them.
IC - But one day that child whom played the war games became
JT - We were all very effected by the Second World War.
Our dads were veterans, in the 60's there were so many films
under that theme. Because it was always about being a hero,
I've got so influenced by the uniforms, tanks, cannons..
I use to make model planes, didn't you?
IC - No, I didn't.
JT - My generation did all that.. I use to mix paint with
the baby powder and paint on my toy soldiers.
IC- Was that to have a colourful army!?
JT - No, because when it dried, it gave a fabric effect.
That was the most fun hobby I had as a child.
IC - Now?
JT - I have no hobbies left.
IC - As a grown up person you should have one, why there
JT - Simple, because all my hobbies became my career. Actually,
it's great to have plenty of hobbies. Yesterday, we were
watching the England - Germany match and we are tearing
ourselves saying, "C' mon England..." . Then England
lost and what is left behind, what was the point of that
IC - I don't know, you were the one who got excited in the
JT - It's great to live that moment of excitement. But at
the end of the day, it looses it's importance. It's same
with the hobbies.
have drawn myself
a spiritual path
IC - While we talk about energy, during your concerts; how
do you manage to refine all the energy you've drawn on you
by thousands of people?
- I've drawn myself a spiritual path. I was raised as a
hardcore Catholic, even have been sent to a Catholic school.
But in my teens, I've lost my belief in the God of Catholics.
In the last 15 years my spiritual side has developed a lot.
IC - How did that happen?
JT - I felt that I was a part of the universe.
IC - Can you tell us more...
JT - I'm trying to be humble, trying to do my duties against
people, trying to do the right. For myself, meditation every
morning and night.
IC - What did meditation change in your life?
JT - Sometimes my ego plays games with me. There is a moment
when it makes me feel like the greatest human then it tells
me what a shitty man I am!
IC - The classic way of living on the edge.
JT - Could be, but this is more like psychological. All
I'm trying to be is right in the middle.
IC - Not an easy thing to be an acrobat.
JT - Very hard, and it's not possible to keep it up all
IC - You were raised as a hardcore Catholic then came across
with extreme freedom in life, how did your brain cope with
JT - For an answer read my book which will be released in
October. With a success like ours, I explain what has changed
and how we got effected from it all...
IC - Can you sum us a little..
JT - It took quite a while to digest the things which success
brought me. I am beyond Catholicism now.
IC - What do you mean?
JT - The guilty feeling which was inoculated by the Catholic
sect was far too much so, in the end I became a Jew.
IC - Are you interested in Kabbalah?
JT - No, but Catholics whom feel too much guiltiness ends
up being a Jew.
"That moment there was this deep silence around the
table. With my friend Sarp we looked at eachother thinking,
' What the hell this man is talking about??.. ' "
IC - You are joking...
JT - Of course I am! [He laughs loudly...]
"After all the journey I made he was taking the mickey
out of me! Anyway, I bring out the little whirling Dervish
souvenirs which I had brought from Istanbul as a gift. The
conversation continues with Mevlana..."
the picture: John and Atlanta in Florence, Italy, July 22
could be influenced by Mevlana*"
Anatolian philosopher and the father of the Mevlevi
The family tree and explanations of Sema, the ritual
dance of Mevlevi's]
went to the greatest of schools. I went to The Beatles
primary school, the David Bowie secondary school and
The Sex Pistols college. By the time I was 18, I already
knew how to make a band and a record. It wasn’t
arrogance. I really believe that if you want something
badly enough and are prepared to really go for it, I
see no reason why you won’t have success.
- " Come, come whoever you are" says Rumi without
making any religion, language, race separation...
- I thought he was a poet. I didn't know he was the father
of this philosophy. Most definitely I could be influenced
by such a point of view.
IC - It's the philosophy of " Whatever,
who ever you love, this love is only for the real being ".
JT - This kind of means; we are all each other's reflections
"As our conversation was becoming deeper
the concert Gestapos, sorry the guards, came along! What can
I do if John found the interview delightful and that he passed
the normal time over 25 minutes!?
Subject changed to last year's famous video clip, played by
the five supermodels Simon Le Bon's wife Yasmin Le Bon, Cindy
Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen and Naomi Campbell
as Duran Duran members. "
IC - Who's idea was to bring the most beautiful
JT - We want it to give a political, universal message. A
classic Duran Duran song and we said, " Let's have only
pretty girls in it " but there was a problem in the beginning...
IC - Of course, when you have all the beautiful girls it was
hard to choose!?
JT - No way, we are all married now, we've forgotten what
"At that very moment , I wished to translate
the Turkish saying, " Explain that in to my cap"
[likely story] but I gave up and John continued..."
JT - But Nick said, "I'm not married, I didn't forget
what girls are like - still " ...
- Was it difficult to work with Naomi?
- They say so, but it wasn't.
IC - She didn't make any Diva caprices?
JT - Little things. She always came to the studio at the very
last minute. But after she comes, you forget all about it.
She has an undescribeable attractiveness and she does it so
well what it needs to be done.
IC - One can see her Naomi abilities on the video...
JT - She messes around in front of the camera while others
are more controlled. And is in constantly trouble, she draws
all the negative energy and deserves to be a Diva!
IC - You must have paid a lot of money to the girls.
JT - Believe it or not, they didn't take a penny.
IC - I don't believe it.
JT - Because of their love and respect towards us they accepted
to play in the video. Of course, they have flown first class
and have been treated so well.
IC - Of course, that had to be done! Did you all decide which
one to be the which band member?
JT - Naomi was going to be at the leading role and we made
her Simon. Cindy was a great choice on the bass, Yasmin wanted
to be a guitarist and she did a great job with it...
IC - Aren't you all bored from each other?
Do you guys meet apart from work?
JT - Like last week it was Nick's 50th birthday. Roger, Simon
and I have organized a big party. We partied like crazy. We
are all together all the time, forget the tours, studio, even
when we are writing songs...
IC - Don't you want to choke one another?
JT - We give our breaks after work is finished. But lately,
the bond between us has become even stronger. After all these
years; how many things we have to struggle with...
IC - It's like being married.
JT - Worse, In marriage you are only two people and you try
hard not to break hearts. If you start the day saying, "I
hate Nick, I want to choke him" you can't reach anywhere.
IC - You have signed for the first time for taking videos
with 35mm cameras to using image makers. What's next?
JT - Just recently, we shot an amazing video with the famous
DJ Steve Aoki. We are still trying to show that we are protecting
the energy of Duran Duran.
IC - Isn't hard to be in a race with yourself all the time?
JT - You look forward and it comes. And when you respect your
job, that energy already flows. The ideas come out that way
too. For example: Nick is such an innovative guy, he keeps
changing and developing himself. As a kid, his mum had a toy
IC - My mum had a boutique too.
JT - Maybe that's why he likes new and different things. He
even tried being a magician. When there is a talk about a
new technological device he grabs it and mixes with his ideas.
IC - How about you?
JT - I'm an old school type of guy, I like pureness. But if
we all had the same tastes we wouldn't have successed it.
Duran Duran is an establishment. We worked very hard to reach
these days and still are working.
- Any regrets?
" As I begin to think here comes another
" likely story " moment, John gave us all a good
JT - I don't let any regrets enter my life. I ask myself every
hour, " How do I feel? " The answer is always, "
I feel fine ". If I reached to that point, I must be
thankful to each step I've taken.
IC - Haven't you ever stepped on a rotten step?
JT - If I had done anything different in the past today, I
wouldn't have been here. It was raining earlier and when the
interview started the sun shined. If you are happy now, regret
is so far away.
IC - How can one live without a mistake?
JT - You will make mistakes, in fact, you will repeat them.
I've done it too. But now, for myself and on behalf of my
band I'm so happy.
IC - Your fresh looks are bit of a history but still, girls
JT - Now, I play the role of their father. Sexy and handsome
I C - Do you think of your fans as insanes?
JT - No, they are so smart... When you are selling ideas to
people you should show the importance for the way you are
doing it, you can't let it go.
IC - What are the things you are doing to not let it go?
JT - I watch everything I eat, I do sports and I don't drink.
IC - "Knock wood" as a band you are not bad!
JT - We care a lot for the way we look. When we were in our
20's they used to say"Gorgeous guys!", we are still
trying to protect that.
IC - You are all like Benjamin Button, what
is the secret?
JT - We apply a lot of moisturiser. Napoleon said, "
Money, money, money ". We say, " Moisturiser, moisturiser,
IC - Let's go back to the days when you didn't need any moisturiser.
You are watching Jane Fonda's " Barbarella " and
Dr. Durand Durand appears on the screen and... you find it!
JT - I thought, " What an interesting name ", we
didn't want classics such as Beatles or Eagles.
IC - But it's a evily character...
JT - It didn't matter as we played music. It sounded nice,
a bit of science-fiction, a bit of French feeling...
had created himself all over"
IC - I
read that Andy Warhol had a special interest for you guys.
- Media wasn't interested in us when we first went to America.
Andy's PR friend from the Capitol records, told us that he
was happy to meet handsome young men..
IC - Of course, you were "shining"
JT - They were our most fresh looking days. We met with Andy.
He took our Polaroid photos, signed his books and our friendship
IC - And then you've become so huge that American
media couldn't resist you...
JT - Few years later when Andy started his Andy Warhol TV
show, Simon and Nick joined the show then Nick became good
friends with him.
IC - Did Andy Warhol inspire you?
JT - He was an unique, interesting person. He knew what was
good for himself, he calculated how to behave so well. It's
hard to say what we had in common, he was someone in his own
IC - Why would you say, you had nothing in
JT - Well, because whatever he did it was unique. In the Pittsburgh
Andy Warhol museum there is a part where they show his evolution,
it is very striking! He changed so much from the days when
he was working for an advertising company until the day of
IC - How?
JT - Lost his hair very early and due to that he started wearing
a wig and dyes it... an ordinary guy that recreates himself.
IC - Don't you think he was a marketing genius?
Even worse, it is unbelievable that a worker's child from
the streets of Pittsburgh created the new brand Andy Warhol.
Boy George had a great quote about you guys.
He said, “In spite of their looks, Duran were
I think it’s because we were not a particularly
macho band. I was never into the whole macho culture.
I was raised on Bowie and glam rock, guys who had a
flamboyant presentation of themselves, and they were
very ambiguous about their sexual personas. I found
You wanted to dress like Bowie, or imitate his sexuality?
For me, Bowie was never gay. He was bi. The ’70s
were a very bisexual period. A lot of the artists I
was into were embracing that lifestyle. It’s like
Velvet Goldmine, that kind of thing. I think it was
as much a reaction against machismo and identifying
strongly as a male. I don’t know. [Long pause.]
I’ve always liked women’s clothing, what
can I tell you? [mtvhive.com]
the pic the guys at the italian 'Fratelli La Bufala' restaurant
in Istanbul, July 2012
happy that we couldn't make it to Istanbul last year"
- We waited for you last year but it was " kismet "
for this year.
- They shouldn't be sad that we couldn't make it in fact,
they must be glad.
IC - Why
- Because we are much better this year! We can play whatever
they like from our 30 years of repertoire.
IC - Is
"Notorious " on your repertoire?
- Sure. I've asked myself the other day, "Why people
still wants to listen to Ordinary World and Notorious?"
Well, I thought because they are amazing songs! Of course,
we will be playing songs from the new album too.
IC - At
school I was afraid to speak in front of twenty people, how
on earth you manage to appear in front of so many people?
- Actually, I was so shy too, I was so afraid to appear in
the classroom. But this is different; once I hold the guitar
and plug in the cables, I feel the strange power which surrounds
my fingers... I start to play then drums begin... and people
reacts to the power of the instruments.
thought it must be the correct time to give the second half
of my gifts. Afrodisiaced Lokum [Turkish Delight] and Cezerye
[sweet made of carrot]. Of course, I warned John about their
- You know afrodisiaced lokum has the Viagra effect and Cezerye
has the Cialis effect!!
- Great! "While
he laughs I ask him my last question."
- What would you say if one day your daughter wants to get
married to a rock star?
- Why not if he is a good man... See you in Istanbul!
few days for the digital release of the single ‘C’est
Tout est Noir’
you haven't read the interview to Koishii & Hush [Simon
Langford & Alex Hush] about the collaboration with John
Taylor on their upcoming single “C’est Tout
Est Noir“ published on this site on December 18, check
it out right here
was asked by the trance duo Koishii and Hush to apply a
little vocalizing to a dark and tender groove they had been
working on. Vocals are not my main gig but I approached
it as a follow up to ‘I Do What I Do’, the love
song I had contributed to the ‘Nine 1/2 Weeks’
soundtrack back in the day.
What was I thinking when I listen to the new track? For
some reason, Les Crane’s ‘Desiderata’
came into my mind (‘Go placidly amidst the noise and
haste..’) in french. I must have been missing Paris.
‘C’est Tout est Noir’- ‘Everything
Is Black’, is how I translate it, but I’m sure
there could be a few variations. Enjoy.” John Taylor
about the euro tour: President Ivanov and his son Ivan meets
interesting tidbits and news from the euro tour
Duran have met President Ivanov and his son Ivan backstage
right before their show at the Skopje
Fortress. Ivan, the president's son said: "The concert
was truly spectacular. I enjoyed it with all my senses.
Show in the true sense of the word. I also enjoyed the
moment when I met the band and they gladly signed the
records I had brought from my father's collection. Yet
another proof that the biggest stars are actually pleasant
and immediate, and their music lasts for generations.
Skopje definitely needed this concert."
from the article published on Blic newspaper from Belgrade
| Members of Duran Duran toured museums and clubs in Belgrade.
they set fire to the Petrovaradin fortress at the EXIT
festival, the wild boys spent two days in Belgrade, visiting
sights and enjoying the magic of nightlife. The band visited
the zoo, the Ethnographic Museum and they had a dinner
at one of the restaurants in Savamala.
their faces are still recognizable everywhere in the
world as they have been pop icons for thirty years,
the band members managed to walk through the town completely
band members were scattered in different directions,
the most active was the bass player John Taylor, who
during his walks in the capitol photographed everything
that attracted his attention and kept sending pictures
through Twitter sharing them with his fans. As soon
as he arrived in Belgrade, John Taylor went to the zoo,
in Kalemegdan, and then he visited the setting of the
traditional costumes of the Ethnographic Museum.
acted like any other tourist, and on his visits he did
not inform anyone of the employees, he didn't want to
attract attention. He went to Peter King Street and
took pics of rams, graffiti on buildings, remnants of
posters from previous presidential elections, but also
one of the posters announcing Duran Duran at this year's
Nick Rhodes waited for the sunset, and went out for
dinner at the famous restaurant "Iguana" near
the river. He was accompanied by his friend, the artist
Vuk Vidor, who once made a documentary about the band,
a few friends from Belgrade and six beauties. Nick is
a very relaxed guy, he loves art and enjoys taking photographs.
We talked about everything, and he knows a lot about
Serbia - revealed is a friend Vuk.
out this cool article about Duran Duran in Tessalonikki
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