30: Thanks to my friend and correspondent Dian [from Indonesia] new
details surface on a never heard song from the lost Duran Duran album Reportage.
Dian was part of the talent team and got a chance to escort the band when
they were in Jakarta a couple of weeks ago, so he also had the chance to speak
to the guys. Today I got this very precious info in the email he sent: "There
is one song of ‘Reportage’ called ‘Judy, Where Are
You’. Nick told me [in the airport lounge before their departure
to Manila] that the song is about their friend in New Orleans
who went missing after the Katrina. Nick said it’s
a beautiful song and has got the kinks’ influence.
30: As many of you already know duranduran.com just
announced the first italian show of the Red Carpet Massacre World
Tour on July 15 in Mantova. The
show is going to take place in a very special and artish locatian: Palazzo
Te. Check it out www.centropalazzote.it
del Te or Palazzo Te is a palace in the suburbs of Mantua, Italy. It is
a fine example of the mannerist style of architecture, the acknowledged
masterpiece of Giulio Romano. The official name, and by far the commonest
name in Italian, is Palazzo Te, but this may be a relatively recent usage;
Vasari calls it the "Palazzo del T" (pronounced as "Te"),
and English-speaking writers, especially art historians, continue to call
it the Palazzo del Te. In Italian this now suggests use for tea-drinking,
which may account for the divergence in usage. Palazzo del Te is a simple
square building, constructed 1524-1534 for Federico II Gonzaga, Marquess
of Mantua. He decided in 1524 to build a pleasure palace, or Villa Suburbana.
The site chosen was that of the family's stables at Isola del Te on the
fringe of the marshes just outside Mantua's city walls. The architect commissioned
was Giulio Romano, a pupil of Raphael. The shell of the palazzo was erected
within 18 months. It is basically a square house built around a cloistered
courtyard. A formal garden complemented the house. This was enclosed by
colonnaded outbuildings terminated by a semi-circular colonnade known as
italian article about the Mantova event also mentions that the european tour
during the summer will touch the following countries: Belgium [where the tour
will kick off on june 18], Holland, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria,
Denmark, Portugal, Malta, England, Turkey and Albania.
Tour [12 dates announced, more to come]
- June 18, 2008 - Cirque Royal
- June 19, 2008 - Heineken Music Hall
- June 21, 2008 - Folkeparken, Palleskor Engvej
- June 22, 2008 - KB Hall
- July 3, 2008 - The O2
- July 5, 2008 - Liverpool Echo Arena
- July 6, 2008 - Nottingham Arena
- July 7, 2008 - National Indoor Arena
- July 10, 2008 - Parque Tejo
- July 12, 2008 - Maag Music Hall
- July 13, 2008 - The Gasometer
- July 15th, 2008 - Esedra | Palazzo Tè
28: I just
got, from my precious correspondent Marra, these great pics taken in Tokio
on Friday 18 April. The pics, originally posted by Noriko, were taken at the
Dom Perignon Party featuring Enotheque and they shows Simon
Le Bon with Duran Duran's current sax player Simon Willescroft,
Noriko and Nick Wood [cofunder of Syn
and cowriter with Simon Le Bon of Dreamboy
and Nobody Knows]
28: Again from Noriko [thanks to Marra] some exclusive pictures from
Duran Duran's party in Tokio held at Le Baron the
Paris during the G-Star Raw Night that Roger deejayed. In the pics
you can recognise Roger during the deejay set, the band, John, Dom and Gisella
Bernales Taylor. They all look as they had a great time!
27: Great full page article in the Art&life
section of the Vancouver Sun [Canada] from april 26. This
time is Nick Rhodes speaking. The headline says "Still hungry
like the wolf". Some quotes: "I haven't actually purposely
watched MTV in more than a decade," said Nick Rhodes over the phone from
Costa Rica earlier this week. "It's just not really of any interest to
me. I don't think MTV has any relevance any more to music - except for the
award show." ...For Rhodes, wearing make-up and changing his hair style
and colour as often as he liked was one way to express himself. He still wears
make-up - when the spirit moves him. "It depends what I feel like when
I wake up in the morning. You often need it as the years advance - the poly-filler,
just put a bit more in." Well, i uploaded a scan of the full article
so you can read and download it here.
Enjoy! Nick picture courtesy of RhondaMhc.
Birthday to our favourite drummer!
2001/2008 have been incredible years for Duran Duran, some great music
and some of the greatest memories and emotions... possibly even better
than the early years. Seven years after your return to Duran Duran we
still thanks God for having you back in the band [well, we actually
should thanks John for that phone call he did!]. You are always the
same down to earth guy we used to know, with a nice smile and unique
You are turning 48 but you are still fresh as the young boy in that
black and white picture. Keep on doing great things with your band mates
and stay cool with you unique style.The next 48 years will be even better!
and all the friends at www.duranasty.com
Taylor took part as guest Deejay at the Raw Nights at Le
Baron de Paris club in Tokio on April 15 [As reported on april 9].
Among other guests were also Simon Le Bon and Noriko. Roger Taylor's DJ set
was a success! Thanks to Marra and Catherine for sending the pics [originally
uploaded on Noriko's Blog - Noriko is one of the main artists produced by
Simon Le Bon and Nick Wood's SYN production]
25: Five days before Duran Duran's concert in Seattle, the
local press is already talking about the guys coming in town. There's
an article on the Seattle Times [ download a scan here
] and on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer [download a
], both from april 25. There's also anice featured [including a front
cover] on The List fromthe canadian
newspaper The Province from april 24 [thumbnails on
the left, bigger scans available soon]. The article's headline says
"A place in history? Yes, but not yet"
on April 27* One more online article from Seattle is here:
An ordinary world? Not for Duran Duran: "We always like
to try something new - that has been very much a part of Duran Duran ethos
from the beginning," said Rhodes, who admitted that their vast catalog
includes some bombs. "We've definitely committed commercial suicide,
because that's the sort of record we wanted to make. Trying to do things to
cater to your audience - it makes me shudder at the thought. That's like a
sausage factory, not that interesting"
explodes, John can't stop laughing, Nick keeps on filming...
23: Check out this new clip from the Costa Rica
press conference uploaded on Nacion.com. The band is
defined polemic by the website... they were actually asked some very
ridicolous questions from an not very professional journalist and Simon
reaction was... well, let's just say *hilariously explosive*! Watch
the video, you judge!
Duran Duran/Simon Le Bon picture on the front cover on the Fama Plus
section from the El Salvador newspaper La Prensa
Grafica. The magazine [out yesterday, april 22] has a very nice article
about Duran Duran's participation to the Festival Imperial in Costa
Rica. I just uploaded scans of the cover
here and the article is right here.
[perduran y perduran / they last and last]. Enjoy! One more online article
in spanish about the memorable Costa Rica show is here.
the left: Hungry like The Wolf live in Costa Rica from La Nacion
website. *Update*: check
out also the amazing pure Duran Duran energy on the Playing
the F**king Bass John bit in this lovely Youtube upload by
Just receveid [below] the first newspaper article about the Festival Imperial
in Costa Rica: La Prensa Libre from today 22 April 2008.
It's from Guatemala!
Duran's show in Costa Rica began at 11pm local time, in a fresh and bright
night, with Sunrise. About 45.000 people attended the two days festival and
Duran played at La Guacima for 22.000 people! According to prototype
at the duranduran unofficial messageboard Simon introduced Ordinary
World praising the costarricans for not having army and he waved
the national Costa Rica flag. The crowd went absolutely crazy for the guys,
everybody knew the lyrics to the songs and the band was amazed with people's
reaction [What Happens Tomorrow was number one for four weeks in Costa Rica!].
Check out the above video of Hungry like The Wolf live in Costa Rica from
La Nacion website.
to get to La Nacion's picture gallery of the Festival Imperial with many professional
pics of the guys on stage. Enjoy the view!
press, press! I just got some more exclusive scans from international press!
The Times Colonist[Canada] from april 19 has an
half page article titled "Once-scorned ‘pretty boys’are cool at last" wich retakes the Reuters exclusive
from Tokio: "pop legends Duran Duran, who shot to fame for a string of
smash hits and dodgy suits in the 1980s, are finally, officially cool. Once
panned for being pretty boys who used enough hairspray to blow a hole in the
ozone layer, the British band..." you can read the rest of it and download
a scan of it here.
I asked to my friend Mario from durancroatia to translate the article from
Blic that we receveid from Serbia. He emailed
back with a quick transaction of the basic facts in the article, here you
go: British musicians angry at press: ''We are not leftowers
from the 80's'' ''It is good to see that we have been on the music scene for
30 years now, and that we came up with a new album''. The article refers to
the concert Duran Duran just played in Tokio and says the tickets were sold
within minutes after they went on sale. It also refers to Duran Duran's influence
on bands like Artic Monkey and The Killers. The rest is a transcript from
Reuters interview with Nick and Roger. Dowload the article here.
Last but not least, a wonderfull article titled Reflex-ions
[with many live pics] from The Philippine Daily Inquirer from
april 19. Download it here.
And on the eve of the Costa Rica concert we also got a newspaper
article from La Prensa Grafica [El Salvador] from april 19.
Check it out here
out these 2 videos from Korea uploaded on Pandora Tv:
Hungry Like The Wolf live and Duran arriving at the Seoul airport.
Simon Le Bon moment*
Shhh! Don't tell anyone! Ouch moment for Simon during the VFestival
in Australia... I just got these pics [taken by Mystify] trough email
and I couldn't resist to share a laugh with you behind Simon's shoulders...
It wouldn't be a proper Duran Duran tour without Simon forgetting the
lyrics and of course falling down on stage...
Simon, we just love you the way you are
I'm falling down
with people standing round
but before I hit the ground
is there time could I find
someone out there to help me?
and Yasmin Le Bon lead the guests as Tim Jefferies marries | From Hello
magazine website: The crème de la crème of Britain's
social scene gathered together on Saturday [april 19] to celebrate the wedding
of art dealer Tim Jefferies and his gorgeous fiancée, Swedish model
Malin Johansson. With dashing gallery owner Tim having a reputation as one
of the most immaculately dressed and well-groomed men on the social scene,
the standard was already set high for the society wedding of the year. And
the couple's 300 beautiful guests didn't let them down. Leading the way was
former supermodel Yasmin Le Bon and her handsome husband Simon. Looking elegant
in a patterned strapless dress with a wrap to protect from the weather, the
43-year-old mum-of-three was every bit as stunning as the days when she graced
the covers of Vogue and Elle... Read all about the wedding here
With their own marriage celebrating 23 years this December, Yasmin and Simon
Le Bon no doubt have lots of good advice to give their newlywed friends.
on April 18 | 11,00 am: Wild boys Duran Duran ‘cool’
at last: Pop legends Duran Duran, who shot to fame for a string of smash
hits and dodgy suits in the 1980s, are officially cool at last. Once
panned for being pretty boys who used enough hairspray to blow a hole
in the ozone layer, the British band have become... I just uploaded
a scan of this Reuters article from The Times
from Malta out today [18 April 2008] so you
can now read the full article here
18: New video inteview to Nick and Roger from Reutershere.
Backstage in Tokyo, the boys take time out to discuss their new album, 'Red
Carpet Massacre' , and the pressures of fame. Check it out!
this is a great welcome! Check out these great pics of Duran Duran arriving
at Seoul airport on april 16! For sure the guys seems amazed... judjing from
the media attention and the quantity of fans waiting for them at the airpot
the pics could have been taken in the 80's but they are actually taken 2 days
ago! Huge thanks to our very best friend Catherine for the pics! Check out
also a video of the guys at the airport here
18: Above left a new picture of the band, on the right many full
pages articles from the local Hong Kong newspaper... for sure Duran Duran
is a very big thing in Asia!
indonesian correspondent Dian Forbitas sent us a scan of the the Indonesian
national newspaper Kompas. Dian has also provided a quick
translation of the article: "The article is in Indonesian, basically
they were saying: the band reunited with all 5 original members not long ago
but Andy has left again - this is duran duran’s 2nd concert in Jakarta
- the new album has contemporary flavour especially with the involvement of
Timbaland - most of the audiences are in their 30s and that the tickets are
quite pricey (US$75 is the cheapest, and $200 for the VVIP) - Nick said “everyone
would love to hear songs from their era, but we should open minded with new
things. Hence we balance things by playing new songs too. - In the opening
of one of the song Simon said” this is the band designed to make people
party!” The rest they were just giving the band’s history a brief
glance. Dian also sent us the exclusive pictures below taken at the press
some pics of the concert... Dian says about the show: "audiences clapped
and enjoyed the new songs but they went absolutely wild during the old numbers"
Virgin.com there are two articles on Duran Duran and both
have John speaking: "have got too old to party, it seems John Taylor
claims life backstage on the Duran Duran tours has got really boring. John
said: "We are so boring. You wouldn't believe it if you were on the road
with us. We can't make our wives and children join us on tour. It's just vehicle,
to airport to airplane to hotel. But you have to do it, the travelling. "Nobody
parties any longer, we don't have the energy. The show is the party now. Back
in the beginning it would be 'Let's get off stage so we can go back and have
a party, in your room preferably', but now the party is all on stage."
He adds: "I miss my family. But it's easier than it used to be. With
email and texting and mobile phones we have a lot more contact." Duran
Duran are bringing their tour to Britain this summer, starting with London's
O2 Arena on July 3, and John is very excited. He said: "It's great to
be coming home. I wouldn't mind coming home tomorrow. It's very important
to us. It feels like checking in with mum and dad. "Going to Asia and
America and everywhere else is great but it's not the same as playing in Britain.
They don't take no s**t. This is really where it's at for us. It's very exciting."
The other article is about the scrapped Duran Duran album and John comments
on Andy Taylor's departure from the band, here’s an excerpt of the interview
[to read it all go here
]: "The week we spent in the studio with him was actually the week we
fell out with Andy. And then we found we'd got this new sound so we scrapped
everything and went with this new techno sound. We were really pleased with
it. Making that decision was really exciting." He added: "Simon,
Nick, Roger and I are similar in many ways and Andy had different ideas about
things. I feel good to just get on with it. Not that I don't miss
him because I do. I love him and he's a fantastic guitar player, but we were
pulling in different directions."
out this great youtube upload from Hong Kong
Tv about Duran Duran arriving at HK airport on april 11 and
receveing a very warm welcome from the press and local fans. Thanks
to Marra for passing the links on. Here
you can also watch Come Undone and hereHungry Like The Wolf both live in a Manila on April
10th!On the right, a local newspaper from Hong Kong dated april 12th
2800 with pictures of the band arriving at HK airport.
on april 13* new video from Hong Kong, check it out!
before their concert at the Big Dome last Thursday, Duran Duran faces the
press and gamely answered questions. The Manila Times interviewed
them. Here’s an excerpt of the press interview up on their site. ||| Why did you have to temporarily
dissolve the group and create Arcadia and Power Station back in the 80s? Do
you have regrets doing that? John: "No regrets. It was a great experience
working, in my case, with someone like Robert Palmer (vocalist of Power Station).
It was a creative world of slowing down the craziness that’s going on
with Duran Duran at that time. We chose to take a break from each other and
we did it in the creative way." |||
Would you consider "Ordinary
World" as your best song? What’s your idea of good song-writing?
Simon: It was one of the most successful songwriting ventures we had but we
won’t say it is the best. We judge our records on how it affects and
connects to people. On that level "Ordinary World" was very successful.
We’re kind of positive people who think we’ll have more success."
||| What can you say about Filipinos
as well as the 80s? Nick: You’re gracious people who love music and
the food here is good. As for the 80s thing, you can’t think of Duran
Duran without thinking of the 80s. I think it that way. |||
Any piece of advice for bands out there? Roger: Mick Jagger once told me,
the key is to keep the band together and stay together.|||
For the sake of fans who want to see you complete,
do you see Andy Taylor jumping into the band again? Should we expect more
albums from you guys? Nick: You’ll definitely expect more albums from
us, though we’re not sure about Andy getting on board again. We never
say never. How do you keep the band growing? Simon: If we’re
going to make a record, we’d rather do it different from the previous
ones. It keeps us very sharp musically. It means our friendship is based on
progression, not on just trying to make money. When we get on stage, we do
songs that should excite us and hopefully, the audience too. source
a good interview to Nick and John and review about the Jakarta concert on
The Jakarta Post: "We know that it doesn't matter if
our record goes to number one all over the world -- though all of that would
be nice. We just like what we do. We give a good show to people live. It is
all that we all hope to do," John Taylor said. Read it all here.
Check out this new australian interview [backstage at V Festival].
John and Nick discuss technology, new english bands and more... check
April 8*** from
Teletext.co.uk: Skin Divers, the second single from their
Red Carpet Massacre album, is out on June 2. It's backed
by remixes from Mark Ronson and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. source
news from Billboard.com: Duran Duran is eyeing collaborations
with two of the hottest young names in British music, the Arctic Monkeys
and Mark Ronson. As details roll out for the European leg
of the band's Red Carpet Massacre tour, word is out that Duran Duran
will join forces with Amy Winehouse producer Ronson this summer on a music
project. Although details are vague, a spokesperson for Duran Duran
says both parties are "definitely discussing working on some
material together" and a "possible live collaboration."
Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has contributed
a remix of "Skin Divers" the second track lifted
from "Red Carpet Massacre." Helders and Monkeys frontman Alex Turner
are rumored to have supplied sampled vocals to the reworked
track. Although a street date has yet to be scheduled, the band's spokesman
suggests the single and remix might get a special download-only release,
perhaps via the iTunes Music Store. The Arctic Monkeys have enshrined the
'80s teenybopper favorites on each of their two albums by referencing Duran
Duran lyrics. "I think we're going to try doing that on every second
song on every album," Turner told Billboard last year. At the time, however,
he admitted, "The only songs of theirs I know are the ones I've referenced
so far. Maybe I had a premonition of Simon LeBon entering a dream or something.
I don't know much about them. It's weird where that came from." source
a great article on The Southland Times from april 5th and
one more on the Entertainment Guide magazine [known as EG]
from april 4th. Both mags are from Australia... "from Andy Warhol
to the Dandy Warhols, Timbaland and Timberlake, Princess Diana to NASA astronauts,
Duran Duran fans are a mixed bunch. Women were spellbound by their glamorous
looks and pop hooks, and young men sexually came of age watching their videoclip
to Girls on Film"... I just uploaded scans so you can read it all
I also uploaded a 2 page article about the V Festival from
The Age magazine. The article has a picture of Simon live
and mentions Duran Duran's performance. page one is here
and page two here
[the background pics of the above visual are taken from the new Duran Duran
glossy tour program, if you want to download it in bigger
size as desktop theme just click here]
5: Check out a new
interview to Nick Rhodes from The Nelson Mailhere.
Nick says, "I'm also sensible enough to realise that... if a song doesn't
work it's way into people lives then it honestly doesn't matter how good it
is, it's never going to be the same thing as a song that was a huge international
hit that touched a nerve at that time."
5: The australian tour is about to end and Duran Duran got a lot
of positive press and a great reaction from the audience. Here is another
positive review of the Melbourne show: "Duran Duran reclaim the
red carpet", The screaming girls may now be over-excited women
but, in 2008, Duran Duran are still selling out tours. And these days they’re
getting the kind of attention they wanted all along - musical. Duran’s
Palais show last night kicked off with three songs... read and downolad here
the full Melbourne review by Cameron Adams from the Herald Sun
of April 4th.
4: As written
on the headline, Simon got his question answered by Madonna
on the current Q magazine with the usual "Cash
for Questions" article. Here is the questions:
did you call yourself Esther?
Simon Le Bon
I call myself Esther? [Clarifying] Why did I take on that as a spiritual
name? Um, well... tell him to read The Book Of Esther [in
the Old Testament]. And then he'll know. Esther means "concealed".
What do I think of the name "Simon Le Bon" Er, well, Simon comes
from the name Shimon. Shimon was one of the sons of Jacob.
So he's got a Biblical name, too [laughs]
John also mentioned Madonna's recent collaboration with Timbaland in a recent
interview from the Herald Sun [if you want to read this wonderfull
interview go here
with Timbaland and Justin Timberlake on Red Carpet Massacre. What do you think
of their collaboration with Madonna, 4 Minutes? NR: It's OK. Surprisingly,
it doesn't sound very much like a Madonna record to me. It sounds like Justin
and Timbaland featuring Madonna. I love the sound those guys make. JT: For
the most part she picks producers you don't know. If you knew Mirwais you
might listen to Music and go, "That doesn't sound like Madonna, it sounds
like Mirwais.'' NR: This one has two other voices on it that feature very
heavily. You don't notice her that much. JT: They're very in demand. They're
a factory. NR: It's nice to know Madonna has copied what we've done!
the band were in New Zealand and Australia they receveid a warm welcome from
the local press, I just waited few days to make a new update 'cos I wanted
to upload all the newspapers out around the time the guys visited those fantastic
places. So here you have some very cool articles on the guys, including the
a front cover from the gossip pages of the Sunday New Zealand
wich shows pics of Simon partying all night long with local friends... won't
tell you anything, have fun reading them. There's also an article about the
upcoming show in Manila. Enjoy these!
stills from a behind the scenes video from the V festival
uploaded on news.com.au, it includes a nice interview to
our founding members... check out the video here.
cool video with John and Roger interviewed by Sally Browne from the courrier
mail's website is here
[below some stills]
more online articles worth reading: here
[Duran star finds new fan in Pakuranga chiropractor], here
[Still Hungry], here
with a video interview to Roger and John [screencap on the right]. Check
out also some nice photos taken by Janine on her Flickr page here.
pic on the left:
Just hours before their concert John and Roger Taylor talk to Sam and
Greg Kelton about life in the band now and back in the days.
V festival: despite the muddy conditions, ticket sales to the boutique
concert exceeded last year's figures, due in no small part to an eclectic
line-up, including headliners Duran Duran and The Smashing Pumpkins,
as well as modern rockers Modest Mouse and The Presets. The Bulletin's Play
magazine editor Suzanne Siminot said last night Duran Duran's set had been
a winner. "It was like being on cloud nine for fans," she said."They
played their hits and newer material, while lead singer Simon Le Bon's voice
is still strong. "The band was looking good too, they are no dinosaurs."
Below enjoy some pics from the shows.