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There's a nice behind the scenes with the Red Carpet Massacre tour rehearsals on duranduran.com. check them out!

From the press release Roger Taylor noted about rehearsals:

“We rehearsed for the whole of October because we are adding so much in the way of new material to the set. Usually when we go out we only introduce three or four new songs into the show but this time we’re playing everything off the new record. Personally, I can’t wait to play these songs live.

Some stills from the Jonathan RossTv show have been posted on the duranduran unofficial board [thanks to justmaybe] and thanks to mazolauk for the youtube upload!

 

There's a one page article with a new Duran picture on page 282 of the november issue of Us Vogue [with Jennifer Connelly on the front cover] thanks to jaipie for the full scan that you can see here

History repeats itself, 26 years later [the Girls on Film video release] another Duran video is banned!


October 25 from Mirror.co.uk: Duran Duran have fallen foul of the TV censors with the risque, X-rated video for new single, Falling Down.
Intended to poke fun at the "celebrity culture of rehab", it features shocking and controversial scenes of semi-naked models in distress and suffering breakdowns. But the censors failed to get the joke and promptly banned it from our television screens. As a result, the 80s pop icons - who are performing on tomorrow night's Jonathan Ross show - have had to put out a toned-down version instead. Our insider reveals: "It's a shame because the film is stunning. It's very arty, dark and deals with the whole celebrity culture of rehab. "The band are really disappointed that the video won't be seen because they believed it to be one of their finest yet." Shot inside the Linda Vista mental hospital in downtown LA, one scene shows Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor and Nick Rhodes - dressed as doctors in white coats - putting drugs into the mouths of patients. Another shows the lads watching as nude patients are bathed by stocking-clad nurses. As well as its saucy and voyeuristic content, it was feared this decidedly unsympathetic take on rehab would spark outrage among self-help groups. Falling Down, which was co-written and produced by Justin Timberlake, was inspired by the breakdowns of stars such as Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan. Our insider adds: "There has been so much coverage of young celebrities running off to rehab that the band wanted to poke fun at how ridiculous they are - but it's backfired on them. "The band had shot two versions of the video but the one they wanted to release was deemed too risque, so a more toned-down and censored video will be used instead." Duran Duran, whose early innovative music videos helped define the MTV generation, have never been afraid to push the envelope. This isn't the first time they have upset the censors, either. In 1981 their steamy video for the hit single Girls On Film was banned by the BBC and heavily edited by MTV. A band's spokesman confirms: "Unfortunately the first video has been banned, so the tamer one will be aired instead."

Italian music magazine Beat enquirers on Durans album sales and gives numbers and a statistic on the sales of the most popular DD albums. According to the article [above a scan of the tidbit] the actual Duran Duran album sales are as follows: 7th and Ragged Tiger 12 millions, Rio 10 millions, Notorious 5 millions, Big Thing 3 millions, Duran Duran the wedding album a little more than 6 millions, Thank You 2 millions, Pop Trash about 1 million, Astronaut 3 millions. This statistic brings Duran album sales to an an average of 6 millions during Duran's long career with up and downs but of course the above graphic doesn't include Duran Duran [the first album], Arena, the top selling Greatest/Decade, the single collections, the spin off projects, the 7" singles and other supports as 12", Videos and so on... so it seems that the 70 millions records sales/worldwide that Duran declares it's quite realistic, and we are all sure that the number of sales will grow up at least to 80 millions with Red Cartpet Massacre!

Oct. 16: from Yahoo Music.com: Duran Duran "Falling Down"
Some beauties just can't escape life in the fast lane. Watch Duran Duran nurse these glamour girls back to health. Falling Down video premiere

There's a scan from this month Rolling Stone magazine posted by Tin at DuranDuran's-unofficial-messageboard. Chick here to see a full scan of the article about Simon and its new Audi R8. Its rumored that he got the car from the company as present for a recent corporate gig Durans did for Audi [close up pic courtesy of dd.com]

Below the band on KTLA Morning News

Nick, Meredith and Yasmin have been spotted on oct 17 in London at Chanel in Brompton Road for the Vogue Covers Book Launch.

Check out over 200 photos of Durans and their fans rocking out at the listening party! They are posted at the Star 98.7 website gallery here

I just posted in the scans section of the site scans of Giant magazine and Details. Enjoy the read! Go to the scans section here

Prepare yourself to the Yahoo Music video premiere of Falling Down [tomorrow oct. 16] by watching this picture exclusive that www.duranduran.com is providing to their fans. here is a link to the beautifull pics on the official site... enjoy the view! falling down behind the scenes

Check out the colorfull tie that Nick was wearing recently at the Bal des Fleurs. More social life for Mr Rodhes: on the right he's pictured with Julian Lennon at recent event.

Thanks to tgliberty for the Marie Claire scans. Full images available here and here

thanks to figital @ duranduranmessageboard we have a preview of some promotional stuff [below] issued by the australian sony-bmg.

Nick answers to Craig [a fan] on a recent askkaty about a possible Tv Mania release and here is the most interesting tidibit of the answer: "...I have been discussing the grand overdue release with Warren and having consulted our astrologists, psychics and landscape gardeners, it seems as though this year things may allign. The album will be released exactly as it was left 11 years ago..." NR - source duranduran.com

Check out here a scan kindly provided by lonelychild60 of "YeahBaby" BMI Baby Inflight magazine. It seems that the guys want to reach every target with Red Carpet Massacre! Enjoy the read!

That's what Nick said on duranduran.com last postcard from Venice Beach. He talks about a nice day spent in company of the old mate Warren Cuccurullo in Venice Beach/La [they had some shopping and lot of fun as they used to have in the old good days]. To read it all and see more snaps go here. We reoprt the most interesting tidbit... Nick says: "In the 15th years we worked together, we created so much music together, you have heard the Duran Duran tracks, but we some other things in between. It seems as though we have kept TV Mania prisoner for far too long, it's due for parole, I'll keep you posted." It seems that the project Bored With Prozac and The Internet will see the light one day or another, at least Nick's words are encouraging! They started to work on this side project in summer 1992 and they added final touches to it in 1996. Highlight from the album the track Camoufllage wich i heard back in the days at Privacy Studios in the original instrumental version. That track with Warren on lead vocal was also available to download for a short time at www.warrencuccurullo.com. Many thanks and credits go to duranduran.com for the recent picture of the duo. Good to see those two guys back together!

Check out this cool Tv Mania video made by agterhuis back in the days.

Very funny interview by Alka Vuica for east european Tv cable nova. the Show is called Red Carpet... just like Durans next album. The interview was done in a London bathroom as you can see from the stills. Simon talks openly and friendly with Vuica about his family's summer holydays they spent in Croatia together with his best friend Vuk Vidor. He also talks about Wild Tigris the boat they used to sail during the summer. Well, enjoy the interview here

Above right a preview of the definitive cover for the book "Woul Someone Please Explain?" by Katy Krassner who runs the official Duranduran website. "Woul Someone Please Explain?" is the best of Duran Duran's Ask Katy [the section of the official site mantained by Katy where she answers the questions of the fans] and it has been defined a delightful bite of pop culture. The book gives you some insight in to the personalities of Roger, John, Nick and Simon. This book will be available for purchase on www.duranduran.com in late 2007. For more infos check out katy's myspace page here

Some more updates on magazines out now... above a collage of articles and pics from the following mags [from left to right] tatler october 2007, this week Hello with the very first interview that Amber Le Bon has ever done [about her debut in a recent fashion show in Glasgow as reported also here], harpers bazar septber 2007.

courtesy of Entertainment Weekly magazine

While the band collaborates with the hitmaker of sexyback and they pose for stylish mags like GQ and Details some naive pics of the early years cames to mind and since i like retro [to use a word that john likes!] and this site is all about this [having a step into the current news and a step into the "life and times of the long story of Duransty"] i decided to let these pics emerge. In late 1981, when Girls on Film was just released and the guys did their fisrt promo tour in Usa they would have done anything to promote their music, even posing for a soft erotic magazine called Oui with some not so dressed models... it wasn't a hard work for them actually and even if they were so young they didn't seem too embarassed. It seems they really enjoyed the photo session. So, from the deep archives of Duranasty enjoy this this blast from the past here.

Nick Rhodes and girlfriend Meredith Ostrom have been spotted by paparazzi at Hilary Swank Hosts VIP Dinner in London on september 27.

International Release Date - updated October 11th, 2007

The release date for RED CARPET MASSACRE has been changed by Sony in some territories. Please refer to this list. We will update it as necessary if necessary.

Austria 2 Nov: Digital Single // 16 Nov: Album release date, Belgium 29 Oct: Digital Single // 19 Nov: Album release date, Denmark 28 Sept: Digital Single // 19 Nov: Album release date, Finland 21 Nov: Album release date, France 12 Nov: Digital Single // 19 Nov: Album release date, Germany 16 Nov: Digital Single //16 Nov: Physical Single // 16 Nov: Album release date, Italy 28 Sept: Digital Single // Nov 5: Physical Single // 16 Nov: Album release date, Holland 29 Oct: Digital Single // 16 Nov: Album release date, Norway 19 Oct: Digital Single // 19 Nov: Album release date, Portugal 29 Oct: Digital Single // 19 Nov: Album release date, Poland 19 Nov: Album release date, Spain 20 Nov: Album release date, Sweden 22 Oct: Digital Single // 21 Nov: Album release date, Switzerland 26 Oct none 16 Nov UK 4 Nov: Digital Single // 5 Nov: Physical single // 19 Nov: Album release date, Canada 25 Sep: Digital Single // 20 Nov: Album release date, South Africa 19 Nov : Album release date, Australia 16 Oct: Digital Single (iTunes only) // 17 Nov : Album release date, Mexico 19 Nov: Album release date, Brazil 20 Nov: Album release date, Chile 19 Nov: Album release date, Central America 20-Nov: Album release date, Japan 14 Nov: Album release date, Hong Kong 19 Nov: Album release date, Malaysia 20 Nov: Album release date, Philippines 19 Nov: Album release date, Korea 19 Nov: Album release date, Taiwan 23 Nov: Album release date, Thailand 20 Nov: Album release date.

source duranduran.com

picture special update: on the set of the GQ photo session

 

from Details: It is, in almost every way, the polar opposite of Reportage, the grim, grasping-for-something album the band was hoping to release before Timbaland came to the rescue. To hear Rhodes describe it, the album sounds like a cry for help, if not a suicide note. “It was a very angry record for Duran Duran, quite political,” he says. “We’ve always reflected what’s around us; it’s just that we always tried to pick the more uplifting subjects. But there was so much doom and gloom and horror that it had got pretty deep under our skin.”

from Details: The band has turned to other means of looking good with age: virtual reality. Avatars, you see, never age, and this band in need of a second life has recently caught on to Second Life. “We’re opening our own little universe,” Rhodes says. “The plan eventually is to do a concert, but in the meantime we’ve created a Duran Duran theme park, a store, a sushi bar, an underwater disco . . .” They even have a song on the new album, called “Zoom In,” that reveals the kind of enthusiasm for Second Life that they once devoted to making videos. But if it feels like a stretch, or at the very least a challenge, for these middle-aged pop stars to keep up with the MySpace generation, it is. “It certainly gets harder the older you get,” Rhodes says. “You’ve used a lot of your original ideas. You try to look at things with a different angle, but there are kids younger than you who already have a different angle, and they’re hungry.”

Duran Duran talk exclusively to GQ.com about the making of their new album, Red Carpet Massacre. Read Nick Rhodes on the band's quest for perfect pop in the November issue of GQ, out now and watch the cool video on GQtv here

Simon Le Bon and John Taylor are still going on with their busy schedule of different radio interviews in the Us to promote Durans upcoming album and single. Picture above: the guys at the Radio Kiss108 studios in Boston.

Here's an extract of the Details interview. To read it all go here

Since their birth in Birmingham, England, in the late seventies, Duran Duran have had several lineups. First there were five. Then three. Then two. Then some new guys. Then the original five. And now they’re down to four again, and those four are wondering what happened to guitarist Andy Taylor. One minute, the band says, they were expecting him at their recording sessions in New York; the next, well, they were still expecting him . . .
“We thought he was going to turn up,” Le Bon says. “We even had a driver waiting at the airport. Andy’s mobile was switched off and he didn’t respond to any e-mails—they all bounced back. After two days it became apparent he wasn’t coming.”
“We realized there were probably some slightly deeper problems going on there,” ... Predictably, the separation has gotten litigious. And there does seem to be an undercurrent of resentment that Andy Taylor’s absence has made Duran less than whole at the pivotal moment of their comeback. “If I was him I think I’d avoid hearing the album,” Le Bon says. “By now I think I would have got an inkling that there was something quite special going on. It’s really sad. Some guys in the band are a bit angry. I’m sad. I’m worried about him, more than anything.”... “Hey, we can still do it,” he says. “And you know what? We haven’t got fat. And you know what? We’ve got hair, and we can still put clothes on, and we can still do photo sessions, and, okay, we don’t look like we did 25 years ago, but we don’t look that bad.”

Above some more pics from the set of Falling Down at the Linda Vista Community Hospital. www.lindavistahospital.com

The lead singer Simon LeBon and co-founder/bassist John Taylor of Duran Duran appeared at the Charlotte Convention Center for an hour session entitled "Wake Up With Duran Duran" Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007. They were in front of dozens of radio executives and lucky Duran Duran fanclub winners. Simon says :“When I hear about government control of radio, I think about dictatorships,” said Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran. read full article and see more video and pics here

Frontman Simon Le Bon recounted a time when Timbaland presented the band with a nearly completed track he had written.

"(Timbaland) had recorded an entire track -- he had rhythm, he had bass, he had total instrumentations, he even had a guide vocal on it. He said, 'All you gotta do Simon is write the words.' And we just said, 'We don't do that." click here to read it all.

check out a funny video interview here

Full page Q&A on the october issue of Spin mag, click here for a full scan (thanks to tgliberty)

nice interview and cool picture on the current Nylon magazine [Usa]

full scans here:Nylon page1 Nylon page2

thanks to Graecia on the unofficial duranduranmessageboard we have a quick transcription of the highlights of the interview:

here the dates of the upcaming residence New York shows at the Shubert Theater:

1,2,3,4,5, 6 novemver 2007

7 november 2007 off

8,9,10,11, 12, 13 november 2007

Check out some funny pics and story about Simon on the video shoot for the group's new single Falling Down at the DailyMail.online . "The video's doctors and nurses theme fitted in perfectly with flirtatious le Bon's naughty persona. Dressed in a white doctor's coat, he hovered around the skimpily-dressed models, who were dressed as somewhat sexy patients although what there were supposed to be suffering from was unclear as they looked the very picture of rude health".

from NME:

Inspired by a photo shoot for Italian Vogue that depicted models in rehab, the band decided to use the timely theme for their video. Working with director Anthony Mandler (50 Cent, The Killers, Beyonce), they shot both an X-rated version featuring topless models, and a less racy version, as they did for their 1981 hit single 'Girls On Film'. The band spent the entire day shooting at an old hospital in downtown LA. Original band members Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor dressed sharply in white suits, portraying doctors. Several glamourous, scantily clad models portrayed girls in treatment. "The concept of models in rehab has so much to do with what the song's about," frontman Le Bon told NME.COM. "It's very sad but there's a kind of beauty in it as well. The song is about arrogance and pride, as well as personal breakdowns and the hope for redemption and the resilience of the human spirit," he said. Le Bon said that the theme of the song subconsciously came from a severe motorcycle accident he was involved in back in 1992. "I was thrown to the ground at 90 miles an hour and I had enough time to think, 'If I survive this accident, I'll never race again,'" Le Bon recalled. "I realised that's what I was referring to in the song. It was very personal and very easy to write. It's not about motorcycle racing. But I remember thinking, 'Please let me survive, I don't want to die.' And here we are making the video for it. This whole building and the way the girls are dressed really suits the song. It does have a glimpse of redemption."

Above pictures of the Duran guys yesterday [september 16] at their first big public event to promote their upcoming album and single: the Emmy Awards After show. They played a classic hits show plus the new single Falling Down for the audience at the walt Disney Concert Hall. here is the setlist:Hungry like the wolf, A view to a kill, Come Undone, The Reflex, Save a prayer, Falling Down, Notorious, Girls on film, Wild Boys. Roger said [from Ddm]: "We surprised the crowd by performing “Falling Down” for the first time ever, and it went over really well. It sounded amazing and we were so pleased".

 

check out what Simon has to say on this month Rolling Stone magazine!

Duran are planning to do a two week (yes two!) residence at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in NYC starting 5 November. It seems they want to focus each show on a different album! Ticket and info on duranduran.com and duranduranmusic.com.

At the Lounge Guitar Center studio [of Star98.7 radio from LA] will take place a listening party with the band before the album hits the stores. http://valentine.star987.com/main.html

While in New York City to attend meetings, Simon and Nick paid a visit to the Long Island Radio Group and Sirius Satellite Radio and various fashion week events

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news updated on sept. 17 to add this nice pic by Maro from villagevoice.com

The band will play at the Emmy after show at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on september 16.

check out this nice clip from ET here

Check out a great behind the scenes with Simon, Nick, Roger and John in the studio with Timberlake and Timbaland here and listen to a preview of Night Runner and the new single Falling Down [out on september 25] on the duranduran.com jukebox

Update Agoust 2007

During the summer the Le Bons have been spotted in Dubrovnick with friend and artist Vuk Vidor. It has been reported also that Simon was on a boat at the Vis Island.

The Le Bons and Nick with Meredith attended the wedding of Tamara Beckwith and Giorgio Veroni in Venice on agoust 26. Among other guests italians Briatore and tv star Simona Ventura.

"Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran" the biography by Duran Duran's guitarrist Andy Taylor will be released on august 2008 and it will be available on Amazon.co.uk.

Update july 07

On july 1, fans filled London's Wembley Stadium to hear Duran Duran rock out at the tribute concert for Pricess Diana - they were one of Di's favorite bands -- and then for Live Earth a week later..

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