Simon Le Bon adding final vocals to some tracks in these days,
Duran Duran is about to complete the recordings of their new
album which the band aims to release in Spring 2015, hopefully
anticipated by a single before the end of 2014.
to Nick Rhodes the band has 3 contenders for the first single
and it will surely be an UP tempo song!
album defined “Grand” by those who have listened
to it and epic, considering the long list of collaborators:
John Frusciante, Voce Chamber Choir, Mr Hudson and some others
musicians not yet unveiled!
Stent on the mixing desk, the use of new musical technolgies
such as the seaboard and, above all, the triple co-production
team: Duran Duran/Mr Hudsnon/Mark Rosnon with the upcoming Nile
Rodgers involvement to add, over the Summer, his funky
touch to some tracks.
real revelation: Mr Hudson, the super-talented guy from Birmingham
who brought a new boost of energy into the record, writing new
song with the band and helping the guys tiding up some tracks,
right when they most needed it, after the decision, taken early
this year, to scrap part of the work done.
sounds all very promising, fans can hardly keep quiet their
enthusiasm online, and here, at duranasty webzine, we are more
than excited, we are moved by the huge creative effort that
these four guys, at the top of their artistic life, are doing
to create something new and exciting for themselves and their
July 2014 | Update | It's been
awhile since the last webzine update but you know, considering
how everything is istantly online on social networks, I will
only update the site when there's enough stuff to share in terms
of news, reports and pictures. I just hope you enjoy this new
installment as much as the others.
the last months, bits of interesting news and informations have
been posted here and there on the main duran duran sites, on
various media and, not less important, on fanpages and forums.
The Duran-puzzle | Here we are to put together
all the pieces of the Duran-puzzle, hopefully with the usual
visual impact that has been, over the years, one of the main
characteristics of duranasty.com.
status of the band and the album's progress | This
installment isn't only about Duran news and pics but, since
I have had the pleasure to meet the guys in more than one occasion
over this past winter and spring [last time a couple of days
ago] the page is also coloured with bits of my personal meetings
with the band.
fan thing | These fan-reports focus mainly on the informative
and interesting aspects of my meeting with the band. I asked
quite a few questions -about different subjects- to the guys
over the months... so hopefully the reports will help to create
the full picture of a band that is about to complete their 14th
albumI Hope you find entertaining and interesting this three
pages installment .
| We are all very excited about this new chapter of
the Duran Duran history and we really can't wait to listen to
the new album, surely out between the first and the second quarter
of 2015. The recording is almost finished, the rhythm section's
work has been done, Simon is currently working very hard on
the vocals recording for 3/4 hours a day.
Today the band leaves Saint Petersburg where yesterday played
live at the White Nights International Festival
[some pics below], a show that has been also aired on russian
TV and soon available on Youtube.
Fans who met the band in June reports: "last Monday [June
23] Simon literally said that if they get all together in the
studio, they have less than one week of work to finish the the
From St Petersburg the guys will probably head to London where
they will be adding some final touches and vocals to the recordings,
then, later in the Summer, they are supposed to reconvene in
the studio with the Masetro of funky, Nile Rodgers.
this phase is concluded, the album require post-production and
mixing, a stage that might involve Nile Rodgers
[more on this below] and surely Spike Stent
[more on this below].
About the album release date, an insider reports: "Even
if the album is finished this month there is a ton of promo
work to be done, record deals to be negotiated, etc etc. I would
guess Spring 2015 earliest."
friends, enjoy this new installment! Hope you all have a great
Summer! See you online at our facebook pages. Duranasty will
come back in September/October with a new update!
lovely News, excerpt from a chat with
Nick Rhodes, London May 2014
each album we are always looking to reinvent and reinvigorate
this one took a little a little longer than usual because
we wanted to develope a personality
on its own the way the last album certainly had.
We didn't want it to be a sort of a follow up to the last
so we've really been gigging in the dark searching those diamonds."
Rhodes, May 2014
this" Nick interrogates his fantastic skull shaped umbrella:
" Skull Skull in my hands, tell me, when get to the end?"
a recent chat with Nick, he said the band will be in the studio
up untill June and a little bit also in July, he also said they
want to wrap the album this Summer.
The keeper of Duran Duran's flame said they could to do some
more work in July if needed, but the writing/recording phase
[except for some vocals] is basically completed.
During the same chat, Nick said that it would be nice to deliver
to our ears some new Duran music [in the form of a new single
maybe?] before the end of this year, and to be precise he actually
mentioned the month of October.
Nick said that they 3 [three!!] contenders
for the first single.
When I asked if it will be a ballad or something different,
Nick told me that is an UP tempo
for sure... he also added that the new album has 2 good ballads.
think we are all pretty confident the we found the right sound
now we have something that has all the elements we like to
have in the band's sounds but also explores some dfiffert
things sonicly and liricly,
the album is getting stronger by the day"
Rhodes, May 2014
has become the ‘go to person’ for that magic touch
that all musicians seek in a record"
times, March and May, I asked Nick if Spike Stent, the multi
grammy-winning producer, considering the amazing job he did
on All You Need is Now album, is still an option for the mixing
of the new album and both times he said "Yes, absolutely!"
Stent is one of the more respected and in-demand studio engineers
in the business, whose credits include Muse, Arcade Fire and
Coldplay. So, according to Rhodes, he will be the man that will
take the console for mixing duties on the new Duran Duran album
as he already did on Duran Duran's latest release.
Is Mark ‘Spike’ Stent? He is one of the worlds most
three-time Grammy recipient and with multiple nominations across
various categories; most notably at the 2010 awards when he
was nominated across four different genres: ‘Album of
the Year’ with Lady Gaga, ‘Best Contemporary Rock
Album’ with Muse [winner], ‘Best Electronic Dance’
with Goldfrapp and ‘Best Contemporary R&B Album’
with Usher – unequivocally ranking him as one of the most
respected and in demand mixing engineers of our time.
achieved international success through the stellar quality of
his work, his reputation for world-class sounding mixes attracted
an impressive resume of high profile acts including: Lady Gaga,
Beyonce, Linkin Park, Madonna, U2, Bjork, Gwen Stefani, Depeche
Mode, Muse, Lilly Allen, No Doubt, Usher, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Oasis,
and Massive Attack to name but a few.
resides mainly in Los Angeles due to the massive demand for
his work coming from the US, he has embraced the transition
from the UK although work still takes him back to his British
arrives at the studio on his fabulous Jaguar... another working
day on the new Duran Duran album,
want to take our time this time around,
we want do all things properly"
Nick Rhodes, May 2014
also asked about the producers involved in the album, "Mark
is in three songs, and Mr Hudson in some others" and...
with that typical Nick Rhodes smile "we've got a third
he mentioned the third person we still were not aware of Nile
Rogers's involvement in the new album. We only guessed and hoped
that the third person was him... Only days later the suspicion
was confirmed by John who actually sent a tweet to Nile as he
wanted to get in touch to plan a meeting...
of news I asked Nick "What else can you say about the album",
"Well, those who have listened to the album said that is
but not least I asked "Any idea when the album will be
out?" "I think is gonna be out next year, around February/March"
actually don't know if the album will be released by that time
as there are many other external aspects involved in the process
that the band can't control, such as getting a good deal [hopefully
with a major label which assures good investment in advertising
and promo], planning a world tour and so on. I couldn't agree
more with Nick when he told me: "We want to take our time
this time around, we want do all things properly".
Duran has just played a short set live at the St Petersburg's
'White Nights' International Festival in Russia
band promises to come back soon to play a full concert in
Flying to St Petersburg to play at the White Nights International
Festival seemed a last minute decision for the band. No press
release or news were posted in the previous week.
On July 9th [the day the pic on the left was taken], Simon
told to the fans that Duran were going to play a concert in
St Petersburg on Saturday.
Everybody thought it was just a corporate gig or some private
event. But shortly after the news was on the web on some russian
website: the band was announced as the special guest at the
White Nights in St Petersburg. Too late to organize a trip
to Russia to attend the band's only live performance of 2014.
The guys played the groovy trio: All You Need Is Now, Notorious
the left Simon and Salvo in London on July 9th, 2014.
Above, the band reheasing on the beautiful stage with
and amazing light setting of the White Nights International
It was a short set but the band sounded great and in
An event like this is a great teaser for the the fans
who miss the band in concert, but in 2015 the band will
be again on tour with a new album, it's just a matter
video stills from the tv show provided
New photo-session with top photographer Randall Slavin for a
the album almost completed, the promotion plan is starting to
move on and it's again all so exciting!
June 26th the guys met top photographer Randall
Slavin in South London to shoot an advertorial which, according
to Sam, the make up-artist responsible for of the guys's make-up,
is a collaboration between Fashion Rocks and Mazda.
says in her blog:
I was working on rather a large shoot organised by a team
of wonderful people in New York,international photographer
Randall Slavin flew over along with the uber talented stylist
Michael Nash (GQ magazine). We were shooting an
advertorial in South London with Duran Duran and singer/song-writing
duo Nico&Vinz, a moody collaboration
between Fashion Rocks and Mazda, is about all I can say
for the time being!"
I was in
charge of the grooming for Duran Duran, I used mainly Bumble&Bumble
hair products and Bioderma skin care. I also had Samantha Norman
assisting me and working on Nico&Vinz, the guys all looked
sharp and slick!
Ronson and Duran in the studio together:
"The love is going to be insane"
band is going to work around Nile Rodgers's schedule to make
the collaboration possible.
adore Duran Duran"
Speaking at the Ivor Novello Awards
in London on Thursday [22.05.14], Nile
- who was honoured with the Special International Award for
his incredible career at the ceremony, a prize handed to him
by his friend Johnny Marr - revealed he is set to work with
Duran Duran again!
61-year-old guitarist performed with the band's singer Simon
Le Bon and George Clinton at the International Music Summit's
Legends Dinner in Ibiza on May 21th where he was guest of honour
and on the flight to the UK afterwards Nile and Simon discussed
plans for their collaboration along with producer Mark Ronson.
'Good Times' hitmaker - who first worked with Duran Duran in
1984 on a remix of their hit single 'The Reflex' and then on
their 1986 album 'Notorious' - said: ''On the plane Simon and
I talked about working together and we're trying to figure out
how our schedules can line-up so I can work on some of the Duran
I do know, according to what Simon said to me, that they're
going work around my schedule which is amazing. I adore Duran
gave Mark Ronson his first Walkman and he started bouncing on
one foot and then the other and then started becoming a producer.
''Can you imagine me and Mark in the same room as Duran Duran?
That's going to be cool. The love is going to be insane.''
above pics were taken at the International Music Summit [IMS]
in May 2014 in Ibiza.
highlight of the evening was the impromptu performance of four
musical giants, at the IMS Legend’s Dinner in honour of
Chic’s Nile Rodgers. Nile was joined on stage by Nona
Hendryx best known for her collaboration with Patti
LaBelle, Talking Heads, Bill Laswell, and Bootsy Collins. Also
on stage Funkadelic and Parliament of Funks George Clinton
was asked to take lead but the biggest surprise of the night
was Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon flying
out that night making an appearance, much to Nile’s
shock and surprise. These 4 colossuses played renditions
of Sister Sledge’s We are Family and
Le Freak by Chic.
sonic blue 1960’s Fender Stratocaster played by Nile on
Stage was then donated to the IMS’s official charity The
Hepatitis C Trust. The guitar was then signed by Nile, Simon
Le Bon and George Clinton making it one of the most unique Fender
Stratocaster’s in musical history.The Hepatitis C Trust
is particularly close to Nile Rogers heart as both his parents
had the the disease so he knows first-hand the harm the disease
Last year Simon said:
"I think Nile is a fantastic guitarist, a very talented
producer, and is also a lovely person to be around and I would
very much like working with him again. So let's see what happens!"
interview was published on Classic Pop magazine this year,
here an interesting excerpt.
Pop: Tell us about the work you did with Duran Duran
Nile Rodgers: I love the Duran guys.
My relationship with Duran is the longest I’ve
had with any artist.
People wonder why I don’t do many follow-up
records, but the difference is that when you work
together for the fi rst time, I’m really like
So the fi rst time around, the nerves take over and
the artist backs off. Then, the second time around,
you become good friends, they put in more of their
own input and the records aren’t so desperate.
And I like that desperation.
The great thing about Duran is that they were always
desperate. For The Reflex – their biggest single
– I came in and rescued it with a remix.
The second time around, I was hired to produce the
only new single that was going to drive a live record.
That’s incredibly desperate – you have
to have a hit. That monster was The Wild Boys.
And the next time around, the band was falling apart
and I had to effectively join the group for Notorious.
Mark Ronson is now doing the new Duran album
– are you pleased for him?
Duran photographed in the studio back in 1986 with
Steve Ferrone and Nile Rodgers. It's the cover of
a popular italian mag.
That's the way they presented Notorious and their
new line-up to the media.
Nile Rodgers: I’ve known Mark since he
was eight years old. I gave him his first Sony Walkman as a
child. I didn’t think he’d take it seriously as
a record producer. We played together at the Montreux Jazz Festival
in 2012 and the vibe between us was just unbelievable.
It’s funny because you think about a person literally
since they were that big, and he’s grown up idolising
my guitar style, which I never knew about. So maybe we’ll
do something together.
Produce each other – that could be complicated. Maybe
some wacky super-producer, conceptual thing!
Summer | Last summer [check out previous updates]
they guys used the words funky and groovy
to describe the tracks... 12 months later and after scrapping
half of the work, we don't know if that is still the main
direction of the album.
you remember? Exactly one year ago the new Duran
sound, according to Simon, was: Nude, Duran, Funk,
while Nick commented:
lot of the songs sounds very groovy, which I find pleasing
personally. It’s different from than the last
album, there's a lot of energy in the songs, in the
There are few quite unusual pieces too."
Analyzing all of the band's comments starting from March 2013,
when the band first reconvened in the studio, it seems that
the funky element is something they've been actually searching
for on this album.
Last year Simon was so enthusiastic about the sound of the
Nile Rodgers/Daft Punk project: "It's an inspiration,
they defined the sound of the summer and that influences us".
important to note that since the beginning
[before they even entered the studio] Nick expressed the intention
to look back a little bit to the Notorious album with the new
DD project [as he said to citegay.fr in late 2012]:
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".
Nick, late 2012
Behind these sentences we can actually see the reasons behind
the upcoming involvement of Nile Rodgers in the album.
funky touch | We assume [at this stage of the process]
the band need Nile's funky touch on some existing songs, just
like he did on The Reflex for example, rather than writing new
ones with him from zero.
That could happen too, you never know with these guys, but in
it seems more logical, given that the album is already shaped
and almost finished, that writing new songs might take more
Simon and Salvo, London, May 2014.
a question of time | As Ben [Mr Hudson] told me a
couple of days ago after his show, with a band like Duran
Duran there's the time element that plays a big role in the
process, "having a lot of time is a good thing but it
can be also a negative element, at some point you have to
say: 'That will do!'" [he actually used the italian word
"basta" as Ben speaks some italian too] "because
even with the editing part, if you have a lot of time, you
keep going on and on".
Duran is a band that needs a producer. We are not particularly
good at producing ourselves, I think. There are certain members
of the band who might argue about that statement,
but I think we do need a producer. We need somebody who stands
outside of the group and who just guides us to get the best
out of us. Because if we’ve got that person,
we can concentrate on the nitty-gritty of the tunes and the
words and the music."
Le Bon | electronicbeats interview
gentleman from Birmingham: Mr Hudson
Hudson: "When it comes to collaborating,
you often get a culture clash or a different way of working,
and I love working with artists who have different ways of working,
or different record collections,
or just different ears.
Mr Hudson Biography | Benjamin
Hudson McIldowie [born 26 June 1979], better known by his stage
name Mr Hudson, is an English recording artist, songwriter and
producer from Birmingham, England.
debut album with band The Library, in 2007, titled A Tale of
Two Cities, features the single "Too Late, Too Late".
In 2008 Mr Hudson signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music label
and began work on his second album. He was also featured on
West’s 2008 album, 808s & Heartbreak, as co-producer
on the track "Street Lights" and featured vocals on
Hudson dropped the band moniker of The Library for his second
album Straight No Chaser in 2009, spawning the Number 2 single
"Supernova" featuring Kanye West.
In early 2010 Mr Hudson featured on Jay-Z’s top 10 single
"Young Forever" from the album The Blueprint 3 &
also features on the track "Why I Love You" from West
& Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne album.
and 2012 saw Mr Hudson set up his own studio and start writing
& producing for other acts such as Josh Kumra, Wretch 32,
Eliza Doolittle & Sway.
began a collaboration with Rosie Oddie called BIGkids for
which he co-wrote and produced the album Never Grow Up released
in October 2012.
He is currently writing his third album, having released the
single "Fred Astaire" in August 2013.
In November, Epic Records recording artist Future released
the track Real and True featuring Miley Cyrus & Mr Hudson
in the USA. The track was co written by Mr Hudson with the
video shot by photographer Rankin.
4 December 2013 saw Mr Hudson release a new track titled Move
with Rankin shooting the video exclusively for Hunger TV., and
also saw the release of Rebecca Ferguson’s album entitled
Freedom with the track '‘Beautiful Design'’ which
Mr Hudson co wrote & produced.
April 2014, Hudson has been spotted in a London studio with
Duran Duran, currently working on their new
May 2014 Mr Hudson released his latest single Step Into
The Shadows featuring Idris Elba.
July 9th, Ben played with his band at 100 Club in London. Fantastic
concert of this super-talended artist. He played songs from
his repertoire and closed the show with Alphaville's 'Forever
Young. After the show I had the pleasure to chat with him backstage,
he's a very nice guy, so friendly and so passionate about music.
I'm so glad the guys are working with him.
working with Duran Duran, producing and writing
said Mr Hudson in a recent interview
John on Mr Hudson: "The song written with Ben
are amongst the best songs on this album"
guys are trying to give the album an organic sound,
like if the songs were conceived and recorded all in a
all with the same energy as fruit of one thought.
written three songs with Ben [said John in
a recent katykafe] and I think they are amongst the best songs
we've written on this album. He's sort of helping us, sort of
tiding up a lot of other songs, because we have been working
on these songs for over a year now, so as you come to the end,
you sort of focus on which one is gonna make the cut in the
mix, the final mix...
You kinda look at some sogs from 6 months ago and some songs
from 6 weeks ago and you wanna make them sound as they are all
part of one thought, as written and recorded all in a month,
all with the same energy. [official picture Duran Duran and
Mr Hudson duranduran.com]
"We really formed a very strong parteneship with
really exciting having
him in the team."
the album might have 12, maybe 11 songs, not more than that
as "it's really hard getting people's attention and we
all have less time."
So he would stick to the 11/12 tracks album. He also says that
they are always asked for 3/4 songs in addition to the album
songs as they are used as bonus tracks.
assume that some formats of the album, when will be released,
[such as the japanese one or the deluxe versions] with the bonus
tracks will probably have up to 15/16 songs.
That's pretty amazing and absolutely worth the wait!
on the bootleg - The Reflex for Duran Duran bootleg | It features
a split disc format, containing four Duran Duran performances
recorded in the Autumn of 1982 during The Rio Tour on side one.
Recordings from The Sing Blue Silver Tour are included on side
two. Only 500 copies of the album were produced. Label: Furyo
Records - Format: Vinyl, LP, Unofficial Release - Country: Germany
- Released: 1984
key collaborator of #DD14 is Joshua Blair,
in the above picture with John [pic taken the day they attended
the Miley Cirus show in London]. Joshua is a London based
independent recording and mixing engineer whose career has
spanned the globe. Josh is credited as the recording engineer
on All You Need Is Now.
Cyruss is a real artist says John after attending her show
in London in back May | The day after the Miley Cyrus
show John said to the fans: "In the beginning I thought
she she was a bit gross but
I actually like her, she's an artist and the show was just
amazing, the lights, the dresses and all.
The only bad thing of a fantastic show was the sound, she
has to get a new live sound engineer...
and I say this only because I care about her, she's a real
Hudson: "I'm very diplomatic.
I will always choose my battles.
And if someone wants to do something and I'm not really feeling
it, I'll just let them run with it for a minute -
let them do it until they're bored or tired,
and then I'll step in.
Simon is currently working
hard on the final vocals
above picture of Simon and Salvo was taken the day Simon
the Pete Tong's party to clelebrate his investiture.
The Radio 1 man and legendary Essential Mix presenter
[seen also on stage in Ibiza with Simon to celebrate
the career of Nile Rodgers] was honoured with a MBE
award for a career in broadcasting and music that has
seen him launch a record label and become an in-demand
looks great recently... a protein rich diet and daily gym activity
are the secrets of his great physical shape as he said to the
to Anna Ross, Duran Duran backing vocalist,
on June 16 she recorded vocals with Simon on a song, she writes:
"Had a really enjoyable session today doing vocals with
Simon. Love the track!"
enough it won't be the beautiful lyric that Simon recited to
a few fans back in November 2013. I recently asked if the song
has made the final cut and unfortunaltely he said no.
didn't bother Simon with album questions, Nick was already extremely
kind to give us a feeling and some news so when I met Le Bon
the chat were mostly about other subjects such as cars, motorbikes
and regattas. He said that [back in May] he went to Goodwood
festival and he really enjoyed a ride on a the new Porsche but
most of all he loved the new Ferrari 458.
also told me that he doesn't know for sure which regattas he
will be able to do this year. A couple of days ago, when I met
him he told me that he was supposed to come over to Sicily for
a regatta this summer but he won't be able to do it as he has
got some work to do in America. Back in May he said he might
take part to the Voile de St Tropez in September and the Cannes
regatta too but it all depends on the album developement.
move in the studio | back in February the guys left the small
recording room used over the years and moved into a bigger one.
on Ben, Mark and Nile: Summer will be hot!
Ronson is really pleased with were we are at, he's got
a few ideas
for some of the tracks,
so we tried to pencil some time together in July"
in May, during the Kafe, Nick expressed all his enthusiasm about
working with Mr Hudson, he said "We are working with Mr
Hudson, we have done a couple of tracks with him already for
the new Duran album and we're just completed the lyric of a
ballad we had for almost a year now which is one of the key
tracks on the album. We feel very satisfied about ourselves
at the moment. Mr
Hudson is great, he's full of energy, he's got great ideas,
i think sometimes having someone in the room that shakes things
up a little bit is important. He
has a great musical ear, he has worked on some diverse things,
so he actually fits in well, he's got a good musical knowledge.
Ronson with Duran [and Nile Rogers] in the studio in July I
I hope Mark [Roson] does something with us, he came
to the studio a couple of weeks ago [late April/May], we went
trough all the songs together, he was really pleased with were
we are at, he's got a few ideas for some of the tracks, so we
tried to pencil some time together sometime in July at the moment.
obviously Mark has got a crazy schedule. So we're trying to
make it all coincide. We don't know yet, but i think so, we'd
all like to do it.
earlier stuff | Mark was with us in the early stages,
one of the early writing phases, two things have survived from
those session, but not so much things that Mark has really worked
on, actually there's one that he worked on that survived for
always busy Nick Rhodes arrives at the studio on a taxi. It's
always a pleasure to meet him and I could really listen him
for hours, pity that most of the times it's just a matter of
minutes... but those moments, even if brief, are so precious
about delays, Nick said recently:
"I really simpahsize with U2 when I saw that they
made an announcement to put their album back simply because
they werent' happy with it,
I entirely understand that predicament..."
New Duran-kids on the block!
said to Nick that my son keep asking me when the guys will be
playing live again as he would love to attend one of the shows
when the band will tour Italy. I told Nick that I couldn't take
him with me during the last tour because it was yet too young
[and honestly, my wife and I are quite apprehensive parents],
but now is 8 years old, so I have promised him that if the band
plays in some places with seats, in a more quiet and comfortable
situation such the Arena in Verona, I would bring him with me.
Nick said that they will probably do Arenas and he also introduced
in the conversation, without even asking, the concert in Taormina
that was in the works a couple of years ago and it didn't happen.
"I would have loved to play there"... The
Ancient theatre of_Taormina "is such a beautiful place!".
Not difficoult to understand why, the amphitheatre is a prestigious
temple of the classic opera, a pearl in an amazing scenery full
of history and nature in the middle of the Mediterranean sea.
I think it's early for the band to talk about tour and venues
yet but I'd like to think, considering Nick's spontaneous input
in the conversation, that the amphitheatre in Taormina is one
of the the places where he still would like to play. I keep
my fingers crossed!
Taylor, the Bass God with
album this year, announces John at the
During the Bass Show event back in March, during the Q&A
held at the Olympia auditorium in London, John announced that
the new Duran Duran album won't be released this year.
His words left the Duran fans quite surprised as it was a quite
different statement from what they thought and surely a different
point of view from the more optimistic statements given by Nick.
Many fans thought that John's statement was probably his personal
view of things rather than the band's.
I saw our blond founding member the day after John's public
statement, he reassured the fans saying that the recordings
will be finished by June.
nice pictures of John at the studio taken back in May, 2014
I saw John more recently I asked if there was a remote chance
to get the album out this year but he said no, shaking his head.
He was 100% sure that the album will be out in 2015.
noticed that he doesn't like to talk about release dates as
he say he's not on any kind of schedule, "You don't know
with this band" he told me... "We might be in the
studio all year said [ironically?!]!
told him that we are quite excited about the Jack Frusciante
collaboration, John just smiled. I suppose there's not much
to comment about it at this stage, the guys have been working
on the tracks with Frusciante using the internet.
The songs have been going back and forth but [we assume] they
are still in a phase where the band itself doesn't know which
track will actually made the final cut and used in the album.
John Taylor and Salvo
| A funny moment with the Bass
God at the Bass Show in London on March 2nd, 2014.
"Even if I didn’t have a book out, I’d still
I’m here because I want to support bass in the UK.
That’s what’s important."
made of paper: the article about John included in the Bass Guitar
programme [click here
to get a bigger scan], the ticket to access the auditorium at
London Olympia where the event took place and the lovely poster
of the event.
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