a look at Simon at Yves St Laurent Store on London famous Slone street, maybe
shopping for Christmas presents for the Le Bon family?!
last postcard that Simon wrote for duranduran.com he said: "We
are winding down, ready to take a small break before kicking off 2008. Me
I'm off to the sun. Thanks for all the support, you must know by now what
it means to us. See you in a couple of weeks."
John Taylor picture on the right is taken by Karen Black [aka JTRioGirl]
just confirms how good will be 2008 for us in this message posted today on
duranduran.com: "To those of you who have been following
the progress of the band this year, G-d Bless ya and thanks for staying interested.
I hope you had a great year and I have a feeling that next year is going to
be even better for you, I just know it, don’t ask me how I know!…John
friends of Duranasty... the
Duran Duran machine will start again its run in january 2008 going on with
the new album promotion that includes some special events not yet
announced from the official sources... so keep on checking www.duranduran.com!
Simon I'll bring my family to some sunny places so there will be no updates
untill january 7th. I wish you all a Merry Xmas and a wonderfull 2008 full
of joy and great Duran Duran music and emotions.
to leave you with a flashback of the very early years, so here
you can dowload this rare and exclusive 1981 picture. Enjoy!
It's time to open my old boxes full of Duran memories, pictures and tickets
from the latest two decades... so i decided to upload a quick gallery of randomly
choosen pictures from the latest 10 years. Those boxes are actually full of
honey so i promise to open them more often for the website. Enjoy the 24 picture
21: There's a two pages article on John and Gela on the current issue
of italian Vanity Fair magazine. The article talks about
Juicy Couture and it mentions the famous testimonials that
the young fashion label has got in its list [such as Tom Cruise and James
Blunt]. John and Gela answers to the same Q&A, they talk about their love
story their favourite movies, books and songs. When John is asked about what
he thought of Gela when he first met her he says: "she's
the woman of my life. At the time I wasn't looking for adventures, I only
wanted a woman who could wait me, who could pass on the distance problem".
John also says about their love song: "We love all the music,
it's difficoult to pick up just one. I could say Light My Fire of the Doors
or White Rabbit by the Jefferson Airplane". When Gela is
asked to tell what John always brings with him she says: an I-Pod
and a book... my husband is a big reader... one of the books he really liked
is "The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen. About the
best travel they've ever done, they both agree on the time they spent in Kyoto
during their honeymoon. If you want to download the article [in italian]
for page one and here
for page 2. The pics are taken in Milan at the opening of the Juicy Couture
shop in Via della Spiga on April 19, 2007 [the Q&A was probably done during
those days in Milan]
of the guys performing in Chicago [to raise funds for La Rabida Children’s
Hospital] at Miracle on State Street and at the after-party
at the Underground are now up on darkroomdemons.com
[authors of the photos], on theundergroundchicago.com
and on suntimes.com
just been released in Italy the new issue  of the dvd-magazine Roxy
Bar edited by Red Ronnie, journalist and long time
friend of the guys since the very early years. The issue is an homage to Luciano
Pavarotti and it's mainly concentrated on the Pavarotti and Friends years.
Ronnie followed Big Luciano in Italy, Uk and Ireland when meetings with the
stars [including Bono, the Edge and Brian Eno] started and of course he was
there as media reporter when Pavarotti was supposed to meet the Duran guys
at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Pavarotti was contacting and meeting stars
to organize the 1995 Pavarotti and Friends concert for the Children of Bosnia
[held on september 12, 1995] and he personally invited Duran Duran in their
1995 lineup incarnation [Simon, Nick, John and Warren]. Ronnie in the booklet
of the videomagazine says: "on july 1st we documentated the
meeting with Simon Le Bon in London in a suite of the Dorchester Hotel. The
full band was supposed to be there, but they were living a very bad moment
inside the group, so John Taylor and Warren Cuccurullo didn't come. Only Nick
Rhodes arrived for dinner. In the end the project to bring Duran Duran in
Modena [Italy] shipwrecked and only Simon came to the show to sing the wonderfull
Ordinary World". If you want to purchase a copy of the
dvd click here
[not sure if they ship worldwide]. If you want to get a bigger version of
the above picture collage click here,
to dowload two nice stills from the video of Simon and Nick posing with Pavarotti
click here and the
picture of Simon and Big Luciano is here
in a slightly bigger size... Duran Duran's history always reserves surprises
and revelations, it's just the life and times of Duranasty...
18: We like to report about the media attention Durans gets all around
the world, the good and the bad one. After so many good concert and album
reviews here is a bad one from the Chicago Tribune. The journalist Andrew
Downing says: "More than anything, though, these songs [he refers
to the old hits] were a reminder that Duran Duran is capable of writing great
pop choruses - an element mysteriously absent in much of its new material."
Read the full article here
and if you want to write to the joutnalist: email@example.com
17: there's a great article on todays Showcase supplement
from the Chicago Sun-Times. The journalist says: "Simon sounds fantastic
even if the high lines at the end of Ordinary World are now sung in a cautious
falsetto. He dedicated that song to anyone missing someone this holydays season
(awww)..." Scans are up here
Have a good read! .
talks openly about John's drugs addiction in the 80s [and 90's actually] and
about Hold Back the Rain wich he wrote thinking about John's
problems. It's a very indepth interview with a very expressive and comunicative
Simon Le Bon. Here
you can see part one. keep on checking Mirror.co.uk for the
pics of the Duran Duran Meet and Greet at Best Buy are now up on wtmx.com
the guys talk about their songs and explain their videos: 'Falling Down',
'Planet Earth', 'Girls on Film' and 'Hungry Like The Wolf'. Click here
to get all the videos. You'll discover a very talkative Roger Taylor who answers
to many questions. Below some more still from the interview set.
a photogallery now up on Mix 102.9 with fans meeting the band backstage in
Dallas. click here
is Roger looking at in that pic?! ;) ]
always good to see our favourite band on the front cover of a magazine, so
here is todays Weekend magazine from the Chicago Sun-Times. download the front
and the full page article here.
15: I Got
this magazine on my cheap flight to London to attend the Lyceum gig but i
didn't have time to scan it untill now, so here you have a scan from the from
Ryanair magazine's interview to Mr. Nick Rhodes about his travel experiences
around the world... and guess where he prefers to go for pleasure hollydays?
Click on the thumbnail to read and download the article.
15: Click on the thumbnail to read and download a great interview
to Simon from the current issue of Uncut magazine [january 2008]. Enjoy!
Duran played at the Nokia Theater on december 12. It was a radio station event
[organized by Mix 102.9 from Dallas]. There were four acts one of them was
James Blunt. Duran took the stage around 10:30 p.m as reported by redmumba
on the ddboard. They played: Red Carpet, Nite-Runner, Notorious, Planet Earth,
Falling Down, Skin Divers, Rio, Ordinary World, View To A Kill, Sunrise, Wild
Boys, Girls on Film. I want to thank you Michele Frame for
these nice photos taken on and off stage in Dallas: thank you for sharing
them with us at duranasty.com! Read a review from Dallas news's guidelive
14: now available a proper scan of the article from Wine Spectator, Enjoy
the read here
out the december issue of Performing Songwriter magazine with a special interview
to Nick! He says: "I don't see myself as a pianist. I'm synthesist
who play with piano ccasionally". Credits for the scans goes
to tgliberty. Click on each thumbnail to read the get the pages.
12: A new photograph of John features on the front cover of the january
issue of Bass Player magazine. There's a 8 pages spread and an very indepth
interview about our talented bass player. Here is a quote from the article
that I liked... John says: "Whenever I play with this band, I
feel empowered... i never have a sense of being "over it", or of
our best work being behind us. I always feel optimistic, positive about possibilities.
Playing music awakens the best of me, and that part of me is a believer".
To read the article go to the fully dedicated John site www.tigerbeat.nl
wich originally posted the scans. if you want to download the above visual
[without the front cover picture] to use as desktop theme just click here
the band on december 9 played a live show at the Sports Arena in San Diego
for the annual Jingle Jam concert organized by Star 94.1 radio. Pics are now
up on the star 94.1 website [you can see 22 photos of the guys on and off
Above pics the guys during the Meet&Greet, below pics of the show.
beautifull picture and quick interview on Complex's magazine
section "Individuals". Click here
to read and download the one page article!
Todays Metromix magazine from the Chicago area has got this
nice Duran article headlined "Letting go". Click here
to read and download it.
to download a nice article from the Herald Sun dated december 6 2007. Nick
also mention Warren and Tv Mania in the interview. have a good read!
There's a very nice interview on the current issue of American Way magazine
wich include a cool caricature of the band.
Way caught up with LeBon and Rhodes in England to talk about Timberlake’s
role as well as wolf whistles and salty popcorn. More than a few critics
in the 1980s thought Duran Duran wouldn’t survive the decade, much less
be releasing a new album in 2007. What do you think about such naysayers?
RHODES: It’s very tempting to just make a loud raspberry sound,
isn’t it? I think it’s very hard for anyone to tell what’s
going to happen. Artists themselves never have any idea. That’s why
we’re always nervous wrecks. LEBON : We’re lucky, because we’re
still doing what we want to do. We’ve managed to maintain our career
without a break, so it would be very easy to look at the people who were in
the same class, so to speak, and feel superior. But I don’t. Speaking
of staying current, how did it come about that you ended up working with Justin
Timberlake on this album? LEBON: We’d met Justin and Timbaland
on the night of the [MTV Video Music Awards] in 2003, when we received our
Lifetime Achievement Award. I think Timbaland was having a chat with Justin
over a pint of ale and mentioned that he was doing the Duran Duran project.
Justin said, “You’re not doing it without me!” RHODES: Clearly,
he’s a successful international artist right now. And he’s from
a completely different generation, so his musical references are completely
different than ours. Justin grew up listening to different things. One of
the fortunate coincidences was that he grew up listening to Duran Duran. He
loved “Come Undone” and “Ordinary World” [from 1993’s
The Wedding Album], and that is what attracted him to the band in the fi rst
place. I suppose it would be like us wanting to work with a lot of the people
we grew up listening to. It’s perfectly natural. Some might
also think it’s natural to draw connections between Justin Timberlake’s
early work and your band’s early work. You know, the whole boy-band
thing. LEBON: We were cited as one of the founders of boy bands,
but that’s not quite how we feel about it. Well, were there
any ego issues in working with a producer who is so much younger than you?
RHODES: Often, older artists are wary of working with younger artists,
thinking, What are they going to teach me that I don’t already know?
But with us and Justin, that simply wasn’t the case. We thought it was
a really interesting match. We loved his first solo album. It had killer grooves,
and his sensibility was quite close to all the things we’ve always liked
— a crossover of dance music, rock music, and electronics. So
why does Justin do only guest harmonies? Why not have him sing out front?
LEBON: I think that’s part of his approach to the whole project.
He didn’t want it to necessarily be “featuring Justin Timberlake”;
he wanted to do it on the terms of a producer. He hasn’t done any great
big solos or been featured in that way, and it wouldn’t be right for
us to try and say he had. He was very clear about that. Where does
the title come from? LEBON:
It’s just a bit of a fantasy. I think we all fantasize about chicks
in cocktail dresses handbagging each other on the red carpet. We have a pretty
normal view of these kinds of events. On the one hand, we’re fascinated
by them, and on the other hand, they’re so contrived and ridiculous,
you can’t help but laugh about it. Duran
Duran is back. The ’80s are back. So when will Arcadia — that
short-lived, Duran Duran splinter group — come back? RHODES:
EMI is going to do a special version of that album [So Red the Rose]. I want
to restore some of the tracks that were edited because there was [not enough]
space on the vinyl. There is another instrumental that was untitled; I would
like to restore it so that the full body of the Arcadia project is on one
album. We are talking about potentially playing a song or two from Arcadia
and Power Station on the next tour. Duran
Duran recently played at the Concert for Diana. Simon, I heard the late Princess
of Wales checked you out at a gym years ago? LEBON:
She wolf whistled. I was bending down to tie my shoes, and she said, “I’d
recognize those legs anywhere.” It made me laugh. She was a funny girl.
would your fans be surprised to learn about you? LEBON:
I like salty popcorn when I go to the movies. RHODES:
When my [high school] chemistry teacher, who used to go and put bets on horses
for us, left the classroom, it was not a good room to be in, because people
lit up paper darts on Bunsen burners and threw them around the room. I’m
amazed that the school never burned down. And I used to get left in charge.
just got todays Herald on Sunday from New Zeland with a very
nice full page article with some interesting quotes from the band regarding
the tour, the future and Andy's departure. Click here
to read and download the scan! enjoy.
Here some scans of the not so good press Duran had in Uk the day after the
Lyceum gig. Most of the critics moaned the lack of Greatest Hits on a 2 and
half hour show... the fans were actually very happy with the unusual tracklist
and with the New Music from RCM... maybe only the journalists
wanted to hear Wild Boys and Save a Prayer! Click
on the thumbnails to get the 4 scans
8: there's a 4 pages article on the band titled "Boys on Film"
with some very artish and exclusive pictures on the new Mallife magazine
[only distribuited on the Mall Design Hotels]. On the left some pics
taken from the article. Thanks to Millo for the news.
got back from a great London experience and i can only say that the Lyceum
show is a gem for all the fans who have been loyal since the early days as
it touched 3 decades of great Duran music. The band played for 2 hours and
half, the gig was awesome, the sound was fantastic and the projection... wow!
just great, Gary did just a great job with them. It was basically the same
show they did at the Barrymore Theatre, with intervals and the cool electro
set, i think people enjoyed the new album [still can't understand why the
Uk press slammed the band for not playing many hits] and i actually had the
impression that the crowd were loud also during the RCM performance... the
guys had to perform Skin Divers twice because the Timbaland video didn't work
the first time but in the end we can say that all worked fine [they didn't
have a chance to try all that projection stuff untill the day of the show
- in the afternoon - that's what Nick told me, so they didn't rehearse the
projection untill just few hours before the show started]. It was good to
hear Do You Belive in Shame after so many years [Simon was
moved while singing it, check out the gallery to see a pic of that moment!].
Tricked Out and Tempted are my favourites
and they really rocked on these. John was really in the mood and everytime
he could take the mic to say something he did! most of the times he said funny
things, and he did a lot of interaction with Simon and Dom as usual.
Vips walking the red carpet to get into the theatre. The band did the red
carpet aswell and posed for photographers and did some quick interviews [here
you can see reports from Itn and vrtnieuws]. I met Andy Hamilton and Denis
O'Regan who was the official photographer of the event, he told me that the
Duran book they are working on will take one more year to be released, as
it's a huge project - he said it's a big coffee table book-
with many many pics from the early days to the most recent days. After the
show the band and their families [their parents too] went to party at the
Cuckoo Club and i was lucky enough to see them there. I was amazed to see
how nice and tall the Le Bon girls are. Well, it was just a great concert,
as i said before a gem! An experience that every Duran fan should do so i
really hope the guys will bring this show/set/projection around the world
soon [Nick said they hope to play live in Italy!].
for a gallery with over 60 photos i took [all photos taken by Salvo copyright
Red Carpet Massacre
Box Full O’Honey
She’s Too Much
Dirty Great Monster
Last Man Standing
Last Chance on the Stairway
All She Wants Is
I Don’t Want Your Love
Do You Believe In Shame?
View To A Kill
1: Great Duran Duran's 'Massacre' video report by Cnn's Denise Quan
on the set of a photo session for Q magazine. have a look here
to current news