on july 2*: just in from ddm - great video Duran vs Ronson, watch it!
on july 1* from The Daily Star | Ronson says: "I'm going to be
playing guitar with Duran Duran, who are a really tight band and who
have been playing together for about 25 years. "It's pretty surreal.
is going to sing 'Stop Me' with Daniel Merriweather and it's bizarre
to hear this voice I've known since I was 10-years-old singing our song."
32-year-old hopes the performance leads to further collaborations with Duran
Duran in the future.
to Britain's Daily Star newspaper: "I really want to
nail the guitar parts. We've been rehearsing solidly in the lead-up. This
is a really special gig." The star also said Tim Burgess from
The Charlatans is planning to head to France on the Eurostar to see
the concert, which will be filmed for British TV
station Channel 4.
who will play guitar with the 80s pop band at the 'Smirnoff Experience Paris'
show, admits he is terrified about messing up in front of lead singer Simon
Le Bon. Mark said: "I'm really pretty nervous.
28 | photonews:
Promotional shoot for upcoming Smirnoff Experience by Brick Lane. Simon in
the last blog he wrote for dd.com said: "Mark has put together an
hour of Duran Duran mega mix, complete with breakdowns, segues and - sweet
Jesus - new bits..."
pay attention, young man!" [best photo caption
to our friends Francesca Labonne who just sent me these very nice photos of
the guys hanging around Amsterdam. The pics actually are a reportage of what
the band did on june 20 in Amsterdam, It was John's birthday
so the band wanted to celebrate him and also relax a bit. Here you go with
the nice photo report...
left the hotel in the morning and went away by cars [maybe for some shopping
too? check out Nick's bags!] but they also enjoyed a little walk trough the
typical Amstedam canals.
photographer, Stephanie Pistel, was there to immortalize the band, they
probably did a photo session hanging around the wonderfull city and
hopefully we'll see some new posed pics soon.
then the guys stopped to the canals and they all jumped on board of a boat
to have a little party in honour of John Taylor who celebrated its 48th birthday!
the guys really enjoyed their stay in Holland... That's what Roger said in
a recent dd.com blog:
out of the window as we pull into the station in Amsterdam, I’m being
transported back to my 19 year old self, that’s when I last arrived
at this train station. I was with my great friend Jeff Thomas (who went
on to become one of the early singers in Duran Duran). Jeff was obsessed
with European life and travel, and we both wanted to live out the promise
of the Kraftwerk song ‘Trans Europe Express’ and the European
dreams of early Ultravox and Simple Minds songs. We boarded the train in
Birmingham and as we stepped out into the continental bustle of Amsterdam
we seemed to be entering a whole new world. I had never been outside of
my native country and at that point I think I realised that I wanted to
broaden my horizons beyond my small town world. We stayed for a week in
some run down youth hostel beside a street full of shop windows that contained
dubious looking ladies bathed in red light …later that year I joined
Duran Duran, who could have foreseen what the next few years would bring
and that I would be returning nearly 30 years later under such different
circumstances? That’s the thing about being on the road …you
are constantly re-united with a segment of your past in different cities
and hotels across the world…sometimes things that you want to remember…others
interview on ITV to Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor. Birmingham's
most successful band will come back home soon so they get interviewed by ITV
Local [Midlands] in the London studio where the band is currently rehearsing
for the Mark Ronson show and the remainig dates of the Red Carpet Massacre
World Tour. Should we expect the announced live version of Election Day and
some more obscure gemms maybe?
the video here[click full screen, video quality is good!]
On june 25 Nick Rhodes, society personality Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and
fashion designer Philip Treacy attended in London the chic bash Tatler
Summer Party in association with Jaguar in the capital's boutique
Hempel hotel [in the first picture Philip Treacy, Guest, Nick Rhodes
and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson]
accesshollywood.com there's a video of the guys in Las Vegas
attending Beatles Love by Cirque Royal [I
already reported about this on may 14, scroll down a bit]. From the site:
"Rock legends Duran Duran were awestruck after seeing the "Beatles
Love" by Cirque de Soleil at the Mirage in Las Vegas"
a nice Roger Taylor interview on liverpooldailypost.co.uk.
Roger says: "People remind us of these things [eta: Duran Duran
anniversaries] every so often, but we are such a forward-looking group of
people that we tend not to look back and say: ‘Hey, the Rio video was
made 25 years ago – let’s celebrate it’.“That
was then and this is now. The eighties were great but we are all about the
next project.” [...] “We are always aware that we have to not
pigeon-hole ourselves in that 80s pop revival mode,” Roger adds. “We
try to work with contemporary producers as well – we just worked with
Timbaland and Justin Timberlake, and it is very important to keep your head
in where we are. “The great thing is they have come to us, we haven’t
been chasing people. We met Justin and Timbaland just as the band re-formed.
Justin presented us with a Brit award and then turned up at our after-show
party with his posse.” Read the full interview here.
[photo: Roger Taylor in Brussels
on june 18 2008, pic taken and manipulated by Salvo ].
promised here are the scans of the LifeStyle Monthly magazine
from Uk [june 2008 issue] with the John Taylor interview. An extract from
the article: "After their Uk tour Duran move onto North America
for the final leg. And then what? " A family vacation",
John says, "And then we'll just see what comes along.
I don't have a fixed agenda as then I won't be disappointed."
26: Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor [in a London Studio where the band
is rehearsing] discuss with Sky's Matt Smith the Mark Ronson collaboration
for the Smirnoff experience that will take place in Paris at La Cigale on
july 2 2008.
on June 26*: I just added a wonderful two pages article from
the german magazine Bunte issue n°26 with some very nice
pics of the couple dancing on stage with the band! download a scan right here
25: Briatore's wedding has a full coverage on both, Hola!
[from Spain] and Hello! [from Uk] magazines. From Hello magazine's
"Flavio Briatore and Elisabetta Gregoracci wed in lavish style in
Rome with celebrity guests". Thanks to Carmen for the Hola! scans:
I just got these very nice pics taken in Copenhagen on the
22 and 23 of june from my very good friend Guy Hoffman [photographed
with Nick on the left], a Duran fan since the early days that I met
so many years ago in London when we were kids and used to hang around
the studios. Guy attended the Duran Duran show in Copenhagen and also
met the guys who were so kind to pose for pictures and sign autographs
to all the fans who were there. He took these nice candids and also
told me that "the guys rocked the KB Hall, everyone was clapping
and singing during the whole show". It's not too hard to belive
him! Concert rewiews [in danish] with pics here
, a John Taylor interview is here
the left: Nick and Guy
are a lot of tidbits and mentions about Duran Duran as special guest at the
Flavio Briatore's wedding in most of the italian magazines this week. I'm
posting just the ones that include a Duran Duran picture. Plus there's a very
nice 2 pages article on Tv Sorrisi e Canzoni magazine about
the upcoming Duran Duran7 dates tour in Italy,
including a competition to win tickets for the concerts.
download the scans here:
23: I just
arrive from a quick trip to Belgium to attend the Duran Duran
show at Cirque Royal on june 18. It took me few days to give
an update as I had to solve a problem on the server first [or maybe I was
just too lazy to get back to the *computer thing* since here in Italy it's
starting getting hotter!]. Well, here I'm again anyway. The Brussels
show was a very good one, Simon [who was suffering a big cold] sang
perfectly and I didn't actually notice any problem in his voice! Not even
technical problems during the show... strange if you think that the band arrived
in Brussels very late [4.30 pm] by train from Cologne and
they didn't actually reharse, they just went to the hotel then straight to
venue at around 8,00pm. Well, the only problem i noticed during the show was
Simon being a bit out of tempo in Papa Was a Rollin' Stone,
but that one doesn't count as isn't a Duran Duran song! Nice setlist, including
Simon mentioning the band's ex-guitarrist Warren Cuccurullo
introducing one of his favourite songs "Come Undone"
wich he said was created while Warren and Nick were working on a remix of
another Duran Duran song.
is the man! He really rocked the house, this guy is fitting in really
well and he seems to enjoy being on stage with the guys. Just wondering if
the band will ever ask him to join them in the studio for the next album and
get him involved in the creative process as he's a very talented guy ...and
on a personal level, he's a really down to earth guy! Hightlights of the whole
experince: wonderfull lights, John having a great time reacting to an ethusiastic
audience, Simon mentioning Warren on come Undone, Temped and Wild Boyz [wasn't
Wild Boys?!] wich they both rocked Le Cirque Royal, the *po po po po po po
po* chorus [a line from a White Stripes song that football fans here uses
to sing during the football matches] that the audience sang to get the band
back on stage for the encore and the band actually playing an impromptu on
that chorus for few minutes, amazing!
the show I had a drink at their hotel and both Roger and Simon stopped to
say hello while the other band members went to sleep. Simon actually sat down
at my table to say hello so we had quick chat. He told me that he's
really looking forward to the Italian tour and I especially mentioned
how is important that a huge band like Duran Duran plays in the south of Italy
[Reggio Calabria] where international pop-rock band hardly
comes [and they also do it for free], I told him that is gonna be massive!
Talking about the south of Italy he also mentioned being on the Stretto
di Messina on a boat some years ago and we also remembered when the
band came to Sicily 21 years ago. The chat included also
few comments on the Briatore's wedding [he mentioned how hard was for Nick
to be there] and some less important things not worth reporting as it was
just a relaxed chat. The next day the band left at aroung 1,00 am to Amsterdam,
I spoke again to all of them and shared the moment with some other nice fans
from Belgium and France so everyone got pics and autographs. I made sure to
give John and Nick a printed copy of duranasty.com... John started to look
trough the hundreds of pages and colorful graphics up on the site and he was
truly amazed, he keep on watching/reading it also in the car. Nick told me
that for sure he'll look to the printed version [i gave the to band] and the
website too! Cool, isn't?! [all photos in this report are taken
on june 15*: Check out the video report [on the right] about the
wedding from Sky TG24. At minute 1:04 you'll see the guys!
You can also watch the video in bigger size on its original webpage here sky
14: Pictures taken this moring when the *Duran Duran family*
arrived at the Santo Spirito di Sassia Church in Rome | Duran
Duran will play a live show tonight for the newly wedded
Flavio Briatore and Elisabetta Gregoracci at the Torcrescenza Castle.
[More about this news in the Quick and Brief section of the site].
Duran make Louvre history and help the museum raise $2.6 Million
| On june 10 Duran Duran performed at Louvre's pyramid as
part of the biggest fundraising event ever held on the Paris museum. The band
played for 45 minutesfor free on a podium
beneath the Louvre's glass pyramid, with seven huge crystal
chandeliers lent by Baccarat hanging over their heads. Proceeds will
go toward renovating a Louis XV drawing room, originally
created for the Hotel Villemare, which will be featured in the Decorative
Arts Gallery. Singer Simon Le Bon said he hoped the show had "put a smile
on the Mona Lisa's face". The performance marked a first for both the
band and the museum, which has never before allowed a pop concert to take
place in its grounds or buildings. Le Bon added: "It was a great honour
for us to be asked to perform at this prestigious event in one of the most
beautiful and historic buildings in Paris and for such a worthy cause to the
arts. "We are all great lovers of the arts and have visited the museum's
works many times. Helping to raise funds for this incredible institution is
a tremendous for all of us." More articles on the event here,here,here,
celebrate this huge event there's a new splash-intro picture on duranasty.com's
index and it will stay up for a couple of days only so make sure to save it.
Duran believe they’ve got the perfect catalogue of party hits
to headline Glastonbury
12: Full pages articles with pics on
the Uk tablois Daily Star of june 11and Daily Express of june 6! From
the Daily Star: "Wild Boy bassist John Taylor told me: “Festivals
are something that we’re developing. Nobody asked us to do any
until V in Australia and it was a very different vibe.” Duran
Duran believe they’ve got the perfect catalogue of party hits
to headline Glastonbury but are still waiting for
the call. John, 47, admitted: “I’d love to do Glastonbury
one day. But we’ll probably be in our 60s when Michael Eavis
gets around to inviting us. “The Earth will be frazzled and
there’ll be dust storms on the Pilton farm by then probably.”
[...] look out for an Arctic Monkeys remix of new Duran Duran
tune Skin Divers soon. The Brummie bass man added: “The
drummer Matt Helders did it. I spoke to him and he really wanted to
play drums on our track so that’s what he’s done. He’s
a nice lad, knows his stuff.”
want to download a clean version of the above picture to use as desktop theme
just click here
7: Thank You message from Nick on duranduran.com | "Nick would
like to thank everyone for their kind messages of support - and in answer
to the many questions we have had over the past few days, donations will be
accepted under the name of Roger Bates to The British Heart Foundation: bhf.org.uk
6: from duranduran.com
| Duran Duran have been forced to cancel their upcoming show in Nice, France,
originally scheduled to take place on Thursday 12 June, 2008, because of the
unexpected death of keyboardist Nick Rhodes’ father at the end of last
week. All tickets are fully refundable at point of purchase.
are very sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathy, condolences and love
to you and your family. Some of us had the pleasure to meet Mr. Roger
Bates when Duran Duran were on tour in the Uk, he was always so nice
to all the fans and a very supportive and proud father.
our thoughts are with you and your family.
Yasmin and Simon le Bon attended The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition
at the Royal Academy of Arts on June 4, 2008 in London. The couple looked
beautiful as usual.
3: I just
got these great pics taken about one week ago from simonalways
who just returned from the Bahamas with a bag full of great
Duran-memories to share. I don't usually post fan reports but this one seems
so exclusive as our friend met the guys on the beach [!] and took some cool
pics too! Here is what she has to say about her Bahamas trip to see the band
at Atlantis - Paradise Island, Bahamas on may 24. "It
was just like attending a Duran Duran convention all weekend and how we kept
running into them! I met Simon Le Bon at thebeach,
Nick Rhodes was there too and so was Simon Willescroft
[the current Duran Duran Sax Player]. I was not as nervous meeting Simon this
time, although it was quite different being in a bikini at a beach [with wild
wind blowing your hair every where] and meeting your idol you know?! kind
of sureal actually! I also met Dom right before
the show Saturday night, saw Simon at Club Aura and met also
Roger with his wife Gisella at Nobu. Some fans also
met Nick and John at the Fish Aquarium in the Royal
Towers and they were just excited about the fish that they were messing
around like little boys! Below some pics taken at Club Aura. click here
to get a larger version of the above postcard with the beach photos.
itself was shorter than your typical show [no Electro Set and no "The
Valley" either! They kicked off the show with Hungry like the Wolf and
Planet Earth] but the whole experience was incredible as the atmosphere
was more like a big Private Party in a Ballroom, very festive and
everyone dressed up! There were so many beautiful people there, all glitz
and glam and Simon mentioned that too! He said something like there are so
many beautiful people here tonight in such a beautiful place! He said we smell
good too! Definitely a very unique and fun experience seeing them in that
setting. The band sounded great and they were very happy to be there!
the rain, and a very sad news affecting the personal sphere of the band, Duran
Duran played their 2nd of two shows at Central Park Summerstage in
NYC on May 31. Once the band came on it started raining for about
30 mins. They all seemed to be in great sprits and full of energy on stage,
very professional considering all. The band dedicated The Chauffeur
in honor of Katy Krassner's wedding [who just got married].
This was the last of the 22 dates North American Tour and their 36th
show since the Red Carpet Massacre World Tour kicked off in new Zealand
back in march. These two months on the road have been incredible for all the
fans who attended the shows and the band of course. The shows have been critically
acclaimed as you can read in the many prestigious newspapers reviews posted
here over the last months. Now it's about time for the guys to return to their
families, rest a bit and recover energies to play some more shows in the good
Old Continent. The european tour will kick off in Nice/France on june
12 and it will go on untill july. The band might add some more dates
in agoust. [below some more photos from the New York show]