It's all digital nowadays,
but I still like paper: press scans
50, I realized that the ability to look back, to admit that
you did wrong and learn from your mistakes is very important.
This is what turned me in a better man...
today, more than ever before, I'm the one marry!"
is a nice three page article from italian magazine Donna Moderna.
For some reasons I didn't get a copy for my archive back in
July 2012, I recently got one, so here are scans and a translation
of the most interesting parts of the interview.
"The wildest fans? No doubt the Italians. They did some
crazy things for us, in the eighties and nineties, but they
were wonderful and still today we have a special relationship
can finally be a tourist in your own country: I think I visited
the Coliseum in Rome for the first time in my life two years
ago. At the time of The Wild Boys we toured the world, but we
could only see hotel rooms, escorted by the police in our limousines.
Outside, just flash and screams. I have to admit, that was fun
have just discovered Puglia in these days [Ed. July 2012], an
incredible region. I went to Bari in 1987 for a concert, but
I had only seen the stadium going around on a Carabinieri van.
This time was different, I went to the beach and ate in a lovely
place." His family remained in England, but dad Le Bon
found time for a trip home. "I'll be back for one night
only, Tallulah does his speech as representative of the students'.
Italian tour was highly anticipated after last summer's cancellation
due to Simon's vocal cords problems . "We had to stop and
re-start and it was hard. However, now is much better,"
he says. "I learned to take care of my voice, I straightened
my posture and I figured out how best to move the neck. To be
clear: I have learned how not overdo it and not singing like
50, I realized that the ability to look back, to admit that
you did wrong and learn from your mistakes is very important.
This is what turned me in a better man... today, more than ever
before, I'm the one marry!"
Click on the thumbnails to get big scans! >
2014, Simon in Italy on board of Eilean at the Argentario
Sailing Week and a new photo shoot for Vanity Fair.
June 23 Simon Simon was at the Argentario Sailing Week [Porto
Santo Stefano, Argentario, Italy] on board of Eilean. Italian
local newspapers Il Tirreno and Il Messagero didn't miss the
chance to send in their paparazzi to get some pics. According
to the reporters the woman with Simon is Silvia, one of the
organizer of the event. According to Classic Yatch Info facebook
page, Simon was also the protagonist of a photo shoot for
Vanity Fair magazine on board of Eilean. The pic on the right
was taken during the photo shoot.
Click on the thumbnais to get big scans of the two articles.
beautiful article from Off The Wall magazine from the UK. The
magazine feature John on the front cover and an indepth article
about John's recovery and drug and alchool abuse. A Must read!
Click on the thumbnails to get big scans!
album on Classic Pop magazine: an in depth analysis of the Rio
album. Click on the thumbnails to get big scans!
about the brazilian release of In The Pleasure Groove (No Ritmo
Do Prazer, Amor, Morte, Duran Duran). Special thanks to our
precious brazilian correspondent Paula Bernardi for these newspapers.
Click on the thumbnails to get big scans of the articles!
news, thoughts and DD related stuff
Duran Duran, remember the promise you made?
February 25, 2011 Duran Duran, were rewarded by the Milan Major
Letizia Moratti as innovators in music in the costume and fashion.
As we reported
here Mrs Moratti said: Duran Duran is a
group that loves our city and who is closely following the developments
and prospects of the Universal Milano Expo in 2015.
Today, we have delivered an award to pay tribute to their ability
to arouse emotions, to interpret the new trends, with their
Well, 2015 is almost here and there will be also a new Duran
Duran album, so I had to ask Nick if they still wish to play
at the Milan EXPO. It seems that there's no chance at the moment.
Not sure if Nick actually recalls all about that particular
event and what has been said, I had to remind him what was all
about: he asked if Mrs Moratti was still the Major of the city,
of course I said no but I explained that the EXPO
will be a huge international event. The theme chosen for the
2015 Milan Universal Exposition is Feeding the Planet, Energy
for Life. It will take place in Milan, between 1 May and 31
October. Who knows, maybe this input has put the EXPO back in
the guys's mind?
Live exhibition in 2014 with Milton Nascimiento?
There's a rumor circulating online about a possible "reunion"
with Brazilian singer Milton Nascimiento. We have already reported
about Simon meeting Milton in London last October during the
brazilian singer's show in London. Our friend Paula, in Brazil,
says: "What we saw here was a gossip website saying that
Milton would have mentioned that he was going to play with DD
The title of article
says: "Milton Nascimento volta a cantar com Duran Duran,
mais de 20 anos depois", Milton Nascimiento plays with
Duran Duran after 20 years". In that article Milton says:
"Duran Duran and I we'll be playing together again in 2014."
The reporter asks: "Will you play your music or theirs?
He answer was "General." He didn't give more details
... but he added that he'll be doing the same with Herbie Hancock,
Esperanza Spalding and a lot more."
& Le Bon's "Eiffel Tower" song is complete!
A cinematic track which features strings and horns
months back Nick Wood posted on his blog a picture of the
Eiffel Tower score sheet. Eiffel Tower. As we reported three
years ago, Eiffel Tower is a song that Simon and Nick wrote
together in February 2011 when Simon went to Japan. Vocals
were recorded in London, drums in LA and the rest in Tokyo.
Well, that picture, not only unveils some words of the lyric...
yeah, I know, they are just a few words...
know my fear [...]
I bear no shame [?] [...]
and now I have no one [...]
moral power [...]
the notes in the page unveils also the cinematic nature of the
song [Wood define this version "Cinematic Version - Bond
Film"]. The song's orchestration see the use of harp, strings
but it doesn't feature guitars. No need to say that the "Bond
Film" phrase written in the sheet is quite intriguing!
to get the full picture.
has been involved with Syn from the very start. Nick and Simon
met in London in 1984 through Yasmin and the two quickly became
good friends and started to collaborate on Simon’s solo
single “Grey Lady of the Sea”.
When Nick announced he wanted to live in Japan and to set up
a studio that would produce a wide range of music including
song writing and scoring movies, Simon agreed to become a partner
in the business and even came up with the name Syn [Simon, Yasmin,
Simon continues to write and produce music for Syn as well as
providing creative ideas and acting as a global ambassador.
He loves the chance to hop over to Tokyo and work with Nick
in the studio. It’s very different from the way he works
with Duran Duran. He explains that it’s more free for
him and there are no boundaries at all. Nick might come up with
lyrics and melodies, Simon might come up with bass lines, chord
patterns, etc. It’s something they both look forward too
Music aside, Simon has also introduced sponsorship deals, collaborated
on events and come even provided creative advertising ideas.
When he’s dreaming, he says, “I see Syn producing
a movie, I think that would be a great manifestation of all
the creative energy and talent in the company”.
see Syn producing a movie, I think that would be a great manifestation
of all the creative energy and talent in the company”
released | The second album out from Syn Records
is the long awaited “Last Forever”
by Silvio Anastacio.
This album has been years in the making it is with great pleasure
that we finally release it today! The album features a wonderful
cover of Duran Duran’s “Save a Prayer”
featuring a duet with Simon Le Bon and another duet with Brazilian
super star Bebel Gilberto.
The Bossa Nova arrangement by Silvio Anastacio sung in Portuguese
with Simon Le Bon on backing vocals was recorded at
Studios in Tokyo was previously released in the Syn compilation
"From The Heart".
Other guests in the album include Dr. John and Ronnie Cuber
and the title song “Last Forever” written by Nick
Wood and Robert Palmer. Silvio’s album is a great body
of work thanks to some incredible contributions by producer
Wata Igarashi, mixing engineer Nick James.
You can listen
to the Anastacio/LeBon song on the Syn official YouTube channel
World Book | An Oral History of the New Wave Artists
and Songs That Defined the 1980s.
by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein [Moby and Nick Rhodes]
Mad World is a highly entertaining oral history that celebrates
the New Wave music phenomenon of the 1980s via new interviews
with 35 of the most notable artists of the period. Each chapter
begins with a discussion of their most popular song but leads
to stories of their history and place in the scene, ultimately
painting a vivid picture of this colorful, idiosyncratic time.
Mixtape suggestions, fashion sidebars, and quotes from famous
contemporary admirers help fill out the fun. Participants
include members of Duran Duran, New Order, The Smiths, Tears
for Fears, Adam Ant, Echo and the Bunnymen, Devo, ABC, Spandau
Ballet, A Flock of Seagulls, Thompson Twins, and INXS.
the Amazon website you can preview some pages of the book
and the foreword
Nick Rhodes wrote the foreword, moreover Nick, John and Simon
are interviewed for a chapter on "Girls On Film":
the journey of creating the song and how it changed their
lives and careers.
Plus, Duran is mentioned by many of the other artists that
As a former Duran Duran fanzine editor, Lori says "I
am a big fan of your site" [that's such an honour Lori!]
and we respond saying that we are HUGE fan of your book!
Lori probably doesn't remember that we actually met and even
shared a taxi one night of April 2004 after one of the five
Wembley Arena reunion shows! That's a small Duran-world!?
Le Bon on his lyrical inspiration for “Girls On
“Now, you might not see any
of Patti Smith in my lyrics, but I do.
Actually, Patti could almost have written ‘Girls
on Film,’ because she had that thing about money
and sex and youthfulness, and also that whole sexual climax
That’s straight out of Patti Smith, that is.
If you listen to ‘Birdland’ and ‘Horses,’
that sexual dynamic curve to climax
is definitely there.”
According to the italian singer's official website, Morgan [songwriter,
former member of Blu Vertigo and long time Duran Duran fan]
wants to release a tribute album of covers dedicated to Duran
Duran. The press-release on his website says:
Morgan launches a contest aimed at producing a Duran Duran tribute
album: "Send me your Duran Duran cover, in video or an
audio format, recorded in a proper studio or even at home, alone
or with your band.
I will carefully listen to all the tracks and I'll choose the
songs will be included in the upcoming album produced by myself
called "This Time La Luna". Send your tracks in mp3
format to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We assume the contest is also open to foreign fans/musicians
as even Morgan suggest [in the same press-release] the partecipation
of the english band Gaudi.
hope Stephan LeClair's great
cover of Winter Marches [pic on the left] will be included
in the project!
is about to release Making Patterns Rhyme: An Art-Rock Tribute
to Duran Duran for the benefit of Amnesty International.
Manimal Records is about to release a new Duran Duran tribute
album; Paul Beahan, the founder of LA-based indie label says:
“Duran Duran to me will always be the post-punk band that
introduced Americans to British New Wave and made it a mainstream
brand of music in the 1980s.
Simon’s lyrics, in my opinion, are right up there with
such revered artists as Gang Of Four,
The Fall and The Clash.”
Manimal is about to release the 4th official tribute record
in a series which has included a list of tributees like Madonna,
The Cure and David Bowie. The latest is our Duran Duran. This
record takes focus on their deep cuts and obscure early catalog
rather than taking the obvious route with their hits which are
burned into the conscious of the world.
This collection of covers takes a deeper look into their early
album catalog as well as their more experimental tracks that
have been covered by contemporary artists who may not wear the
Duran influence on their sleeves but definitely appreciate what
Duran Duran brought to pop culture.
to the nme.com
the 'Making Patterns Rhyme: A Tribute To Duran Duran' the tracklisting
is quite eclectic and includes:
Warpaint – 'The Chauffeur'
Little Dragon – 'Save A Prayer'
Barbarian – 'Late Bar'
Service Bells – 'Anyone Out There?'
Louise Burns – 'Land'
The Holiday Crowd – 'Friends Of Mine'
Beliefs – 'Sound of Thunder'
Moby – Rio
Halo Circus – 'Do You Believe In Shame?'
that NME article has been published changes and additions have
been made and we know that the album has more than 15 tracks
[covers by Liars's and Juliette Lewis didn't made the final
tracklisting while it has been added Luxxury's Planet Earth
- this band also made their own edit of Girls On Film, not included
in the album]
the five artworks designed by Patty Palazzo, inspired by Duran
Duran's original videos + the cover of Luxxury's remix of Girls
Sultan Khan's and Warren Cuccurullo: "The Masters"
November 27th 2011 the world lost one of it's greatest
Ustad Sultan Khan's music is simply divine in the truest
This collaboration is the culmination of one weekends
with the master himself...
His music and spirit will live forever."
Degrees Records is releasing a new album by Warren Cuccurullo
and the Indian sarangi master Ustad Sultan Khan called "The
Master" on July 22nd. There is quite an interesting back
story to the recording. It is a beautiful piece of work.
record company has also started an official twitter page twitter.com/WCuccurullo
and Facebook page for Warren, where they are posting new information
on the album, as well as stories from his history. Feel free
to join up and spread the word: facebook.com/warrencuccurulloofficial
you want to listen a 60-second YouTube clip of "The Holy
Man's Plea" from Warren's new album with Ustad Sultan Khan,
"The Master" just click here
Cuccurullo & Ustad Sultan Khan
Cuccurullo and Ustad Sultan Khan’s Long Lost Masterpiece,
Former Duran Duran and Frank Zappa guitarist teams up with India’s
tapes always raise an eyebrow. Unexpected sessions by Miles
Davis, John Coltrane, Bob Marley and the Beatles suddenly emerge
to great fanfare. When dealing with India’s greatest sarangi
player of modern times, Ustad Sultan Khan, an entire planet
of classical Indian music fans are certain to turn up the volume.
collaboration with former Duran Duran and Frank Zappa guitarist
Warren Cuccurullo weren’t exactly lost, just put on hold
since the 1998 recording session in London. Recorded during
a predominantly spontaneous weekend, The Master (Six Degrees
Records) features Khan’s inimitable sarangi playing and
singing with a lushly textured ambient guitar soundtrack provided
by Cuccurullo. You’ve never heard either of these musicians
in such a context.
first exposure to Indian music was the Ed Sullivan show with
Ravi Shankar via George Harrison,’ says Cuccurullo from
his home in Venice, CA. ‘I was 10 years old. When that
sound came over here, I was instantly attracted to it—just
the Indian classical music itself, forget about ‘Within
You, Without You’ and the stuff on Revolver.’
Cuccurullo was entranced by Shankar’s hypnotic sitar playing,
it was Alla Rakha’s tabla that truly seduced him. The
young musician threw himself into the world of classical Indian
sounds being introduced to America by the Beatles and Shankar’s
The young guitarist proved to be an open-minded musician: enamored
with the music of Frank Zappa, he went from loving fan to the
man who played all the rhythm guitar and some vocals on the
Joe’s Garage albums, as well as touring the world with
few years later, when Zappa stopped touring, Cuccurullo co-founded
the new wave band, Missing Persons, alongside Dale and Terry
Bozio, before joining Duran Duran in 1987. He went on to co-write
some of their most famous songs, including ‘Ordinary World’
and ‘Come Undone.’
One of the top pop songwriters in the world, Cuccurullo never
forget his passion for Indian music, especially the one sound
that kept playing in his mind: the sarangi, a bowed, short-necked
stringed instrument that figures prominently in Hindustani music.
first time I ever saw the actual instrument played live it was
on stage in 1991 at Royal Albert Hall,’ says Cuccurullo.
‘Duran Duran was doing a benefit concert, and Sultan Khan
and Zakir Hussain were performing at the same show. It was him
sitting there, the guy playing on all those records with George
Harrison in the Dark Horse period. I was able to see who makes
was legendary in India until his passing in 2011. He single-handedly
kept the sarangi tradition alive, awarded the Padma Bhushan
in 2010, India’s third highest civilian award. Like Shankar,
his outreach efforts were ambassadorial: he composed for Hollywood
blockbusters, joined Bill Laswell’s East/West supergroup
Tabla Beat Science and cut a record with Swedish bassist Jonas
Cuccurullo remained a fan after the benefit concert. In 1996
while working on the Duran Duran song, ‘Buried in the
Sand,’ he remembered an alap by Khan that he thought would
fit perfectly. Cuccurullo secured a contact at Navras Records
and cleared the sarangi line, perhaps the first time that instrument
was heard in American pop music.
year later Khan’s management contacted the band when they
were in New York, wondering if they wanted the maestro to perform
with them. Cuccurullo was floored; suddenly the sound of his
youth was being performed with him at the Roseland Ballroom
live on stage. Thus began their friendship.
few months later Khan visited Cuccurullo’s house in London;
his living room doubled as Duran Duran’s recording studio.
Cuccurullo previewed an album of acoustic and ambient guitar
music that he was about to release, when Khan told him he had
to play and sing over it.
The guitarist was about to call his engineer when Khan informed
him that it was Ramadan. There would be no playing that day.
He returned in July 1998.
piece that Khan referred to is now ‘The Holy Man’s
Plea,’ the album’s gorgeous, cinematic opener. What
follows is ‘4D Suite,’ an epic, sweeping 12-minute
landscape of guitar and sarangi. ‘We only had one day
to do that one,’ Cuccurullo reminisces. ‘We did
all the other tracks on Saturday. There was a lot of drama.
The mridagnam [cylindrical double-head drum] player couldn’t
do it—the time signatures looked like phone numbers.’
bass and drums were added in 2014, after Cuccurullo had dug
out the tapes. Yet no changes exist to the guitar or sarangi
playing. It was written as a duet; Cuccurullo had no intention
on changing the magic that occurred over those two days. Sixteen
years is a long time, though. When asked why it took so long
for The Master to be released, the guitarist turns reflective.
day I typed in my name and Sultan Khan’s name to see where
he was at,’ he says. ‘We had that Chicanery album
[Khan played on ‘Cut Me From the Mirror’] on a label
with a dodgy deal so it never came out. A Times of India article
came up with an obituary. I had no idea. Then I realized I have
to get these tapes, I need to make his family aware of them,
and I had to finish 4D.’
on outdated 24-track Tascam tapes, Cuccurullo was able to retrieve
the three cassettes from a stack of boxes marked ‘WCSK.’
While he remembered the music as sweetly as the weekend it was
recorded, the first pass of ‘4D’ was initially shelved,
now released as the five-minute ambient ‘The Lost Master.’
The cinematic masterpiece, ‘Mirror Margana,’ is
also close to Cuccurullo’s heart, his shimmery guitar
playing buoyant above Khan’s earthy intonations.
he was given his first sitar when visiting Frank Zappa in 1977,
Indian music has circulated throughout Warren Cuccurullo’s
life, predominantly as a fan, occasionally as a player. With
the release of The Master, Cuccurullo is the same age that Khan
was when they sat together in his London apartment sixteen years
ago. The rest, as they say, is history…one that we can
listen to now, for the first time.
growth in your forties and fifties is incredible,’ Cuccurullo
says. ‘There’s a curiosity factor built into musicians
that helps you get through these levels. By the time you reach
my age, 58, you realize you’re going to be learning until
you die. You’re going to enjoy the wonderment of it until
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