January 26: Denis O'Regan has just launched his new improved website with a fantastic collection of 45 new-old Duran Duran pictures from his archive... check them out here and enjoy the trip! There's a lot more... Denis, who has been taking memorable photographs of the band for three decades, unveils his great new project, a new Duran Duran visual book. He says: "I‘m currently producing a book with Duran Duran trough my intense Book Imprint, entitled ‘Careless Memories - Duran Duran in The Eighties’ and I will be opening a print gallery in London’s Westbourne Grove in 2010".

‘Careless Memories - Duran Duran in The Eighties’: this unique book documents Duran Duran in the Eighties, using pictures from Denis O’ Regan Archive. It will be available for pre-sale from April 2010.
Duran Duran contribute interviews and their memories from the period. The Sing Blue Silver tour is covered in detail, featuring numerous unseen images, many of them black & white. The book is a strictly limited edition premium publication, delivered in a custom slipcase, signed by band members. Book buyers will receive an invitation to an exclusive Duran Duran performance, at wich they can meet the band. Buyers will also receive a custom USB stick featuring a recording of the show.
all photos by Denis O'Regan

You may register your interest in the book here

January 23: I haven't posted since late december 'cos there haven't been any relevant news to report about. All we would like to hear is that the work on album is progressing well, and I'm sure the band will give us an update soon trough the official sources. Meanwhile Duran Duran has announced their collaboration to Manimal Vinyl's awaited tribute to David Bowie [due in stores May 2010]. The guys decided to cover “Boys Keep Swinging”. 100% of the net profits will go to Warchild.
The album will be available as a limited cd, limited double lp and download with extra tracks unavailable anywhere else. Site says "expect tracks to start leaking out around February 15"

This week I had a quick chat with Paul Beahan, owner of Manimal Vinyl, as I was curious to know how Duran Duran ended up in this project, with such a different range of names and genres, right in the middle of their busy recording session for their upcoming album.

Paul, Can you tell us how DD got involved in the project, was John Taylor's idea maybe [since he lives in LA and he's actually a great vinyl collector]?

Aside from owning and operating Manimal Records, I have been working as a fashion stylist in Los Angeles and New York City since 2002. From this I became aquainted with John's lovely wife, Gela [co-owner of Juicy Couture]. Having been a Duran fan since 1982, I simply wrote to their management asking if they had any interest in being a part of this charity project. Thankfully they were.

Is the cover similar to the original song or quite different, would you please describe it? [guitar or electronic oriented sound?]

The track will not be ready until next week. I am just as anxious to hear it as you are. ;) I will let you know.

Has Bowie actually heard any of the songs?
No, but he will soon.

Reissues | Some more news comes from my insider at Emi Catalogue about the upcoming reissues: Duran Duran special edition and Seven And The Ragged Tiger special edition have just been postponed [from march 12] to march 26. Emi will be also reissuing The Greatest dvd in standard amaray case because the first digipack edition is now out of stock. The release date for this one is currently the same of the other two products, Emi Catalogue's representative said.


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