24: Here I'm! I missed my site so much! Happy to be back online
with some updates and some exclusives. My move to the new home [where
we did some structural changes and works seemed a never ending story]
was longer and tiring than what I expected. But thanks God we did it!
So here I'm back to duranasty.com, with some updates, starting from
a web-exclusive interview to Nick Rhodes and some other news and unseen
pics and stuff. Hope you enjoy the return of this site as much as I
do after more than one month off! Thanks to everyone who sent emails,
news, pics and reviews! You are the best and this site wouldn't be the
same without your support and help! Wishing you a great 2009! Salvo,
24: Christian D'Antonio, my long time friend and
best man at my wedding [!], Duran Duran fan since the early years, author
of the great Duran Duran italian biography Glam Pop Party, who
works as journalist for some prestigious italian niche magazines and free
press has been lucky enough to get an interview with Nick Rhodes [trough the
record company] about the release of Rio Classic Album dvd.
Duran Duran have released only two interviews in support of Rio Classic album
in Italy, both upon request of Edel Records. One of them has been granted
to Rockstar magazine the other, to Christian, has been published
on the free press Metro magazine [an edited version and in
italian of course]. For the pleasure of you all here is the unedited and clean
Nick confirms that an orchestral record is currently under consideration,
that they would really love to start working on the project Duranthology
and he also jokes [does he?!] about the possibilty to write a Duran book
with his side of the story as he's quite sure he can remember what really
happened... Check out this duranasty.com
enjoy it 'cos the interview is also filled with some unseen pics and cool
a good read!
24: Yes, it exsists! and I finally got mine! It's the 3 track
audio sampler from Rio Classic Album dvd [for promotional use only].
The sampler includes the 3 tracks recorded live in Boston in 2007: Rio
5'60", Save a Prayer 5'27" and Hungry
Like The Wolf 3'50". Here
is a positive Rio-dvd review from the very popular Veja
magazine from Brazil [thanks to Eliane Moreira for the scan]
In a recent interview to New York's WPLJ 95.5 John said that
the band will reconvene in London this month to start working together on
some new stuff. Here is exactly what our Taylor says :
What are your plans for the new year?
We’re gonna write new songs, that’s our meat and potatoes
we have to do that. We’re regrouping in London at the end of january.
We are gonna do an orchestral project, like Metallica did I think and
we’re gonna do a few shows in the summer, so that’ll be
and John have been also working with Matthew Hager [a prolific
music producer, songwriter, mixer and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles]
on some music while the duo were in LA last month [Nick's was stuck in Panama
with his his ear infection and Roger in Texas]. Matthew has produced many
tracks of John Taylor solo album [on Avex Records] and also mixed Duran Duran's
Cry Baby Cry and helped engineer Falling Down.
Matthew was kind enough to answer my recent email and confirmed the rumors,
he also added that they have been working on new material
you for your email. Unfortunately, I am really not at liberty to say
what we are working on past what Simon was quoted as saying on Indie
103.1 on Jones' Jukebox which is that he and John came to me to work
on some NEW
material. I hope that was helpful. Love your site and
keep up the great work! Best, Matthew
pic: Matthew Hager,
Mindi Abair and John after a long day in the studio in 1999.
24: Simon said [on this
envymags.com interview]: "I think every concert and its audiences
is different. I think the US, for us, is really up there. It’s one of
the greatest audiences, the most appreciative for us, and so is Europe. South
America is really up there. The further south, the wilder the audiences
become. By the time you get down to Argentina, they’re like football
crowds; they’ve got banners, and they’re singing along, and they
know every part of the song. They’re just incredible audiences..."
why, even after 2 months, I want to celebrate the latin America tour and make
a tribute to the loyalty of all the fans in those countries who have sent
me hundreds of photographs of the guys in Chile, Brazil, Argentina
and so on... That tour has been memorable for both, the band and the fans.
It was the first extensive tour in Latin America for Duran Duran and it was
great, the fans were so enthusiastic and crazy, they welcomed the band everywhere
they went with an exagerate demonstration of love. So here is an extensive,
oversized [so you can get into the scene], visual report
about this memorable chapter in the recent Duran Duran history. [On page 8
you can also read a flash report written by my brazilian friend Amanda and
her husband "sing blue silver" Marcelo], chek it out!
you still need to read some reviews about the north american tour here there
are some: prinside.com
Some pics can be found here.
here . here
and you can watch over 260 photos taken by Donna Martines [a sample is in
the visual below] who wants to share with you all her snapfish Duran Duran
photo album. You can also dowload a scan of La
Presse from Montreal 12 december 2008. [band pic below taken by Manjul]
If you have missed Simon
on Jonesy go here,
scroll to the bottom and you'll find it! A nice interview to John Taylor can
be found on nj.com
here is an extract:
Q: So it's very different than touring when you were first starting out?
The personal relationships have evolved? JT: They have evolved.
When you're a brat, you want to differentiate yourself in every possible
way. That was a mad time but it is very different now. Just the technology
makes being on the road so much easier. The way you can stay in touch with
BlackBerry? JT: It doesn't matter where you are. I was on a layover
yesterday in the Panama City airport and I'm downloading the Kanye West
album. That's amazing to me. All that fear that everybody had about downloading.
I'm like are you f---ing kidding me? I'm a consumer. I'm a f---ing music
consumer. Before I ever became a musician, I was a fan. I had to have somebody's
new album, I did whatever it took.
JT: I know how important music is. You want to get through a depression?
Check your song list. It's the most mood altering substance known to man,
music. You can be in such a funk and that song comes on the radio, you turn
it up. Three minutes later, you're happy. We're lucky in that we've already
made some songs that do that to some people. We've got some drugs on the
market that are guaranteed to alleviate depression.
Duran have also featured in recent Caras Magazine [from Brazil]
and ToneAudio [from Usa], see thumbnails below.
a month later it's worth reporting about Roger Taylor and
Justin Tranter deejaying at Webster Hall in New York.
Webster Hall is a 40,000 square ft. landmark nightclub/entertainment venue
located in the heart of the historic East Village. Roger and Justin deejayed
allnight long together with NYC's hottest DJ's in one of the six separate
lounges with the most advanced lighting system in North America, and the best
stage in New York City. Roger is has been photographed with his deejay partner
Justin and lead singer of Semi Precious Weapons [semipreciousweapons.com]
and Fetty jewelry designer. Gisela, Roger's wife, has been
spotted at the event [see pics of the night below].
above: Roger and Justin deejaying at Webster Hall. If you are interested in
Roger's activities as deejay you have to read also this interview on blackbookmag.com
Below a couple of interesting
questions [if you want to read it all follow the link]:
have you planned on touring as a DJ?
Not yet—hopefully I’m going to be doing some of that next year.
As the band thing is kind of quieting down a little bit, I’m going
to try and get into DJing a bit more.
do you DJ? Is it just keeping your ear to the ground, or do you actually
love it? It can’t be for the money.
Actually, I do love it. I got asked to DJ at the Met Bar in London a few
years ago, and I just kind of turned up with a bag of CDs. I brought all
my favorite records, and I had no idea how to DJ really; somebody kind of
helped me to put the records on; there were gaps in between the records
and stuff, but I just really loved the experience of making people dance
and people being into the music that I wanted to play. So I did that a few
times, and then I thought, you know, I’m really going to get hold
of the technical side of it because I’d like to be a proper DJ. So
I went about learning the beat matching and getting all the harmonics right
between the records, but being a drummer, the beat matching came pretty
quickly to me. I know a lot of people spend a lot of time trying to get
the records beat matched across. And then I got pretty proficient at it,
and it just kind of snowballed. So now if I get asked to do something, I
do it, I say yeah, absolutely! Because it’s become a part of my life
and I really love it. It’s similar to performing in a band, especially
being a drummer—you’ve got the audience moving to your bass
drum; as a DJ, you’ve got them moving to the music. I think it’s
a great thing.
takes part at the Acura Key West regatta. Italian businessman Vincenzo
Onorato skippered Mascalzone Latino to the Farr 40 overall title at the Acura
Key West regatta on Friday. Nanoq, with Danish Crown Prince Frederik
at the helm, finished in ninth place. Frederick wasn't the only celebrity
at the regatta. Simon LeBon, crewed aboard Rio,
an IRC I boat owned by close British friend Charles Dunstone and named after
the band's hit from the 1980s. Rio finished third in IRC 1.
photo document: the above photo was taken in Saint Tropez,
back in september 2008 when Simon joyned the Rio
Team on board to sail the Côte d'Azur.
on a frozen lake: After a one day tutorial, Simon Le Bon, his brother
Jonathan, and Presenters Ed Leigh and Graham Bell, alongside Chris Williams,
will take part in a different kind of sailing in Sweden: Ice Sailing on a
frozen lake! They will fly across the ice on catamarans at speeds of up to
100kph in an exhilarating - and potentially very dangerous competition! Air
date: High Altitude, BBC2 22:00 8 March.
24: from duranasty.com archive - On july 30 2001
Missing Persons were using L.A. as the launching
pad for its reunion tour, beginning with warm up gigs this month. "IN"
magazine caught up with the band founding members, Dale Bozzio
and Warren Cuccurullo for an otrageus interview
you won't be seeing on Behind the Music. Missing Persons at the time hoped
for the same type of reaction that the like of the Go Go's, Blondie, and the
Bangles had received from fans after launching their respective reunion tours.
Warren's sexy spread in G magazine piqued the interest of many gay fans around
the world, that's why a magazine like IN was so interested in Warren's extra
curricular activities other than the new musical ideas the band had at the
time. Here is an extract of the interview:
of penises...Warren, how did you end up on the pages of a gay porn magazine?
My partner of 12 years, Claudia, said the magazine contacted her because
they really loved the Duran album Pop Trash, They feature like a footballer,
or an actor or whoever - straight, gay, it desn't matter - on the cover,
and they do a feature. They have never done an international person and
[Claudia] said, "you have a great body, why don't you do it?"
I said, " Fine. What do they want me in, a swimsuit?". She said
"No, you gotta be naked, You can do it - it's natural. In Brazil, it's
fine." Did they mention how "erect" they wanted you to pose?
Well, in brazilian gay slang it's called "necca dora". So, I'm
standing in there [at the photo shot] and the said "necca dora".
I'm like, "Huh?". They said "now you make an erection."
I'm like "Nah, c'mon, this is good enough." They said "Please,
for the magazine". We'll leave the room. Do you want some oil or anything?"
I was like " Why are you gonna leave the room? You are supposed to
take the pictures. Just give me the oil. So I got it going"
exclusive document: Warren Cuccurullo in the 70's playing with
Frank Zappa when the young guitarrist was part of his band.
Speaking of prancing around in stiletto heels... Warren don't you have experience
doin drag? Well, when I got in Frank Zappa's band we went to England
to rehearse for a few weeks. When we got there soemeone tells me, "you
have got to go to Kensignton Market." I go there and as I'm buying
things from all these stalls, I start wearing them. I started out with these
really long earrings, and then I went on to the full-lenght tiger coat,
and then on those kind of blue iridescent pants. Then I saw some women's
50's [style] shoes - because I had my my toe nails painted I thought I may
as well let my toes show. By the time I left and got back to Kensigton High
Street, I looked like the drag queen from Hell with a punky kind of VO5
haircut. When I got to rehearsals at the RainbowTheatre,
Frank just went " Oh my God!" Then, when we needed a stage name,
Frank asked, "Is Warren Cuccurullo alright?" I said "Yeah,
but I don't know. I was thinking of another name... "And I said, what
about Sophia Warren" [sounds like Sofia Loren], and he was like "Alright!
I love that!" So he called me that for a few nights.
do you define your sexuality? Me? I'm pansexual. Look, I ain't
but I've fu-kin' been around, you know what I mean? Some of my dearest friends
have been... Transvestites. What was the song we had?
like boys? [laughs] Nah... [Dale says: No way Out?" she asks
jokingly as Cuccurullo struggles for an answer to the question about his
sexuality] I'll just say it, alright: [yells] I sucked cock! I sucked cock!
What's the big deal? I wasn't even good! I just wasn't good at it.I'm better
at jerkin' 'em. That's the first time I've ever said that on tape.
you 're not on hiatus from Duran Duran, you are out of the band now they
have reunited with original guitarrist Andy Taylor? Was
it an amicable split? Yeah, Duran Duran is over for me. It was
totally a friendly partying. We worked out a deal beetween us, and I didn't
get homicidal thought there was an O.J. moment there, but the glove didn't
fit so I quit. Actually it worked out great. Dale says: it worked out great
for me-I've been waiting to get Missing Persons back together for years!
24: On november 30 these exclusive snaps have been published by the
Sunday Mercury. Brenda Tustin, Roger's baby-sitter show how
close she was to the superstar during his Duran Duran heyday. Brenda revealed
to the newspaper how Roger, now 48, was a sweet and quiet child. She said:
“He was such a lovely toddler to look after. The last time I saw him
was in 1982 when he came to visit his mum and that’s when I took these
pictures.” Brenda lived a five-minute walk away from Roger’s parents
and they struck up a friendship through his aunt. “I used to pass my
children’s clothes onto his aunt for her kids, and through her I ended
up meeting Roger’s parents,” she recalled. “He was only
a toddler and when his mum started taking driving lessons I offered to baby-sit.
“It was only for about an hour a week but he was very well behaved and
was so quiet - sometimes you didn’t know you’d got him. He was
a joy to look after.” Brenda’s photographs were taken at Roger’s
parents’ home in Castle Bromwich shortly before they moved out of the
area. Roger had been enjoying fame with Duran Duran and had attracted a worldwide
fanbase. But Brenda had a private audience with the sexy drummer while she
visited his parents. Sadly though, it was one of the last times that Brenda
spent with Roger. “When his parents moved away we didn’t see them
again,” she added. “But I’ve kept the photos as it’s
a great memory.
24 : Amateur
filmmakers Steve Sattler and Desmond Horsfield
left America in March of 1981 after Sattler sensed a movement similar to the
punk faction that stemmed from glam rock several years before. Working together
at a local television news station in the Northeast, both cameramen held an
interest in breakthrough bands and watched the rise of CBGB acts like the
Ramones which were products of the influence of what was happening previously
in Britain. They booked a flight to London and in only ten days, they walked
and taxied the streets with no apparent itinerary, capturing the spirit of
post-punk and new wave in the industrial studios, tiny dance bars and even
abandoned squat houses- wherever the abrupt invitation would direct them.
spring of 1981 London had become the exploding energy center of a brand new
approach to making and releasing pop music. In the aftermath of "punk",
"new wave", and "synth", the artists were rejecting the
control of the major record companies, starting their own labels, promoting
and releasing the records themselves. The two filmmakers spent a whirlwind
ten days shooting this amazing transformation, using a "Guerilla"
style of film making. With artists like the original seven-piece "Thompson
Twins" recording their early album "A Product Of", Epic Records'
Tony Mansfield of "New Musik" on a promotional tour for "Straight
Lines" and "The Papers" musically expressing their concerns
about the policies of newly-elected President Ronald Reagan with "How
Many More", they captured the essence of the London music scene in the
interviews explain the fans' angle. "I don't want to get killed, don't
want no war...and these bands are trying to stop it" or "I just
want to dance, because you don't want to get your head blown off, don't want
no trouble" and for the "New Romantic" kids on Kings
Road, Chelsea, "I don't want to grow up...I just want to be
"lost" film has many extras, including
an insightful and sometimes humorous commentary by the filmmakers about how
the film came to be, as well as some never seen-before footage and some "surprises"
like the chance encounter with Duran Duran.
the email I got from the directors back in december where they explain me
how Duran Duran ended up in the film. They also share memories about those
five young boys, still unknown, named Duran Duran:
Salvo, Thanks for your enquiry about Listen to London. The Duran footage
is not actually part of the main Film. It was originally shot to be included
in the documentary, but we were unable to make arrangements to film the
band performing. We were on a very tight schedule and had decided only to
use interviews with musicians if we could show them playing. We have added
it as an historical item. A mention of it on your Duran site would be the
exactly perfect place for it to be highlighted. It was shot while the guys
were in London for a photo shoot, we believe just before they went to Japan
and then the USA. We still remember what a great bunch of guys they were.
They stopped everything just to talk to us. As my partner says in the DVD,
they were real gentlemen. There is quite a bit of information on our web
site about how the film was made and why we have re-released it. Also, there
is a filmmakers commentary track, which gives some insight into the whole
venture. In short, we made it for fun and have now re-released it for the
same reason. It is a bit of a "time-capsule" and we thought people
might like to revisit those energetic days. Regards, Desmond and Steve.
can order your copy of Listen to London on the official website listentolondon.net
you can read more on the history and the making of the movie.
to current news