29: From today's Daily Record | Old romantics: Duran
guys are back on road | Duran lads set to storm the Castle - Duran
Duran plan to let their loyal Scottish fans be the first to hear new songs
written by British pop’s latest “supergroup”. The
80s favourites – led by singer Simon Le Bon – play Edinburgh Castle
on July 16. Simon said: They’re locked in the studio working on the
eagerly awaited followup to 2007 album Red Carpet Massacre, produced by charttopping
Timbaland. “We’re moving in a different musical direction with
these guys than we did with Timbaland. Read it all in the scan
I just uploaded for you!
29: Duran Duran part ways with Sony Music | Simon Le Bon conclude
his blog from March 27th, 2009 giving the news about the band's departure
from Sony, here is what he says:
possibly the best news today: We are free of SONY music corp.
guys with this new adventurous chapter of the Duran Duran's life!
29: The news about the Hodgson collaboration has
made the headlines in many music websites but it also appeared on the scottish
Daily Record newspaper from march
26th. In the same issue there's also an article about the Edinburgh
show. Download scans of both articles here
Ronson and here’s what he had to say when we asked about working again
Trying. Working with Duran Duran right now. It sounds fckuing amazing!”
says [in his blog from march 27th]: "We worked up three new songs [with
Mark] yesterday alone, and at this rate we’ll be probably be able to
match Prince - double album for double album this year. BTW,
does anybody actually want, sorry: does anyone actually know what to do -
with a double album these days?"
Duran will play a live show exactly 29 years after their very first performance
at Rum Runner. This will happen at Edinburgh Castle on Thursday
16th July as part of the 2009 Edinburgh Castle Concert series.
“We are currently in the studio, working on new music,” reported
singer Simon Le Bon, “so are only going to be doing a handful of special
dates this year. When the offer to play in this historic location presented
itself, we were all keen to make it happen. It’s been a while since
we’ve played in Scotland – but have always had a great time playing
to audiences there.”
Belongs to Duran Duran”
10th 2001 Simon answered an "ask katy" question about the very first
song he sang live in front of an audience as lead singer for Duran. He said
"it was a cover of “I Feel Love” originally
by Donna Summer. It was July 16th 1980 at the Rum
Runner club in Birmingham, we came onstage to “Tomorrow
Belongs to Me” the Hitler Youth song from “Cabaret”
- precocious or what? I was so nervous the entire left hand side of my body
was shaking for the duration of the show...
a scan of the article from yesterdays Independent [Life]
about the Uk summer festivals circuit. The article mentions Duran Duran's
appearance at Lovebox festival.
25: Updates from the studio.
| Kaiser Chiefs’ drummer and songwriter Nick Hodgson has written a number
of songs with Duran Duran for their new album.
band are currently in the studio with Mark Ronson, who invited Hodgson
in to work with Le Bon and co. “I called Nick a week ago and asked
if he’d be interested in coming to work with Duran Duran and write
a song” Ronson told nme.com. “He’s never done that before,
because he only writes with Ricky and his own band, but I thought it made
a lot of sense because there’s a lot of Kaiser Chiefs songs I could
imagine being on a Duran Duran record 25 years ago.” The producer
says Hodgson worked with the band for “five or six hours”, and
they wrote three songs together: “One is quite rocky,
one is more Italo disco” he says. ”Two of them
I would definitely say are making the record.” Ronson will work on
the record until the end of this week. He will then return to New York,
where he will perform at the launch of Topshop next week.
blog just published on dd.com:
have had such an inspired session so far. in the 5 days we’ve worked
there, we have seen the nuts of 8 new songs starting to
grow on our tree" [...] "Yesterday we had a surprise visitor,
in the shape of Nick Hodgson drummer and songwriter with
the fabulous Kaiser Chiefs"
Kafe up on ddm.com:
Rhodes says that the band is recording the new music with sound engineer
Andrew 'Snake' Newton. Newton is also credited for recording
Falling Down and engineering the Red Carpet Massacre World Tour and the
Songbook tv programme. Newton spent the weekend [prior to the Mark Ronson
session] mixing 11 tracks with Rhodes. With the help of
Newton the band will record the new album in surround 5.1.
Nick is also so excited about his new mac powerbook.
the latest katy Kafe up on ddm.com Nick Rhodes was so talkative
that he finally confirmed the news about the possible release of a documentary
film [*as we reported on feburary 26*] and he reveals the definitive title:
it's Drama Americana. Nick says that the
prodouct is now finished and he confesses that he's very pleased with the
title; the documentary was filmed during the 2005 astronaut tour. He says:
"it needs to go out soon, so it will be released on dvd, download or
whatever it is". "We got a whole list of things circling aorund
the duran duran airport waiting to land. We have some remixes and at some
stage we will try to put them out, in some kind of prodouct. We also have
a lot of footage we filmed on the south american tour, mostly documentary
and a little bit of live stuff, but I think it's very different than anything
else we have put out before. It needs editing, hours of editing..." About
concerts, Nick talks about some east european surprises.
got a whole list of things circling aorund the duran duran airport waiting
19: Great news! The band is back in the studio in good company, yesterday
Mark Ronson joined them!
March 20*: Mark Ronson has started work on the new Duran Duran
record, and tells NME.com it’s their best material
in 15 years.
"I’m such a fan that I know what a Duran Duran fan would want to
went into the studio with the band on Wednesday (March 18) and says it’s
already going so well that he hopes to do the full album. “Today
we started a song, and it has to be my favourite Duran Duran song in at
least 15 years,” he said. “We made this beat,
this backing track, and I was like ‘why don’t you guys start
jamming over it?’, and all of a sudden its like instant Duran Duran.
Just add water, you know?” A fan of the band’s since
childhood, the producer says he was apprehensive at the prospect of working
with the Brit legends. “I was so nervous the night before, I’m
always like that the night before every project, like ‘this is the
one they’re going to figure out I’m a fraud’. But
I’m such a fan that I know what a Duran Duran fan would want
to hear. It’s going so well at this point, I’d like to do half
a record, maybe a whole record with them.” He says that despite their
longevity, Duran Duran are still very much in touch with what’s happening
currently in the music scene. “They’re at a point in their career
where they could just accept lifetime achievement awards and play a few
festivals but they actually care so much about new music. They have an impeccable
knowledge about old really cool avant-garde stuff but they’re really
up on their shit. They’ll talk to you about TV On The Radio and Klaxons,
and they’re not just saying it to be trendy, they’re actually
really into it. I feel like there’s a lot of bands especially now
that are really indebted to them, I’m sure Brandon Flowers and all
these people would be the first to say it.” NME.com
19: A gem and a great find for anyone who loves the early years
like me! This interview from the Saturday Shake-Up
programme featuring Simon Le Bon and Andy Taylor is only 28 years old,
infact is dated 28 March 1981. After 28 years is still unseen to the
majority of the Duran Duran fans. Here is an excerpt from the tv show
with the two guys around the release of their first single Planet Earth
[released on 2 February 1981]. Shake-up was a saturday morning entertainment
and music programme presented by Christine Anderson, Alastair Pirrie
and Graham Thornton.
a free preview clip from itn site
If you like old videos you have to download this funny interview from the
1982 tv show The Tube presented by Paula Yates
[Check out Nick pulling John's hair!]. Download
newer, a clip from Gavin Elder's Documentary
on Duran Duran 2003-2005 [filmed on Kodachrome K40]. The video
is up on supersens.nl. This clip might be part of
the documentary that the band hoped to release in 2008 under the title
"Looking for Sushi [On Tour With Duran Duran]? Who knows?! Check
15: On march 12 Meredith Ostrom and Nick Rhodes attended the 'Naked
Soul' Exhibition, presented by Meredith Ostrom in support of 'Youth
For Youth', a charity that works to prevent gang violence and drug
use, in Howick Place. Above pics of Meredith's body art; Many of her paintings
focus on her own naked physical form impressed onto vividly painted canvas.
A video [made by Pauline Amos] of Meredith doing her body painting art was
shown during the exhibition. Photos of the couple [?] at the exhibition can
be found in the main photo agencies websites.
16: Tina Lawson took some great pics of the band in Columbus
back in December 2008, she uploaded them on her Flickr account and told me
"I love duranasty.com, one of my all time favorite DD sites! I'd be so
pleased to have a link to my pics there. Thanks!". So here you go! The
quality of Tina's pics is amazing and you can even downlaod them in full
size. Enjoy! Thanks Tina for sharing such a great quality collection
press, press! Who loves press? I do for sure, I'm never tired to
read and see what kind of coverage the guys gets around the world when they
are on tour or promoting. I'm still getting stuff from the RCM tour
and since these haven't been posted yet I'll trow them in this 2008 post.
Here you go with a bunch of magazines scans including one of Simon
dining in Manila!
magazine | Chile | november 2008 | cover
magazine | Chile | november 2008 | article
magazine | Manila | june 2008
magazine | Manila | may 2008
Elite magazine | Italy | 2008
magazine | Italy | sept-oct 2008
12: Simon Le Bon, his brother Jonathan, and Presenters Ed Leigh
and Graham Bell, alongside Chris Williams, went Ice Sailing [on a frozen lake]
in Sweden back in february. They flew across the ice on catamarans at speeds
of up to 100kph - High Altitude programme has been aired on BBC2
on 8 March. I just uploaded some screencaps of the tv show [click on the banner
below], enjoy! Guess who won?! You can also watch a clip of the programme
11: by local correspondent Kathy [first from left
in the pic below] | "The
Gryphon Nighclub at the Seminole Hard Rock was the
place to be on Saturday, March 7th, when Roger Taylor and Jake Fonique's brought
their spectacular "Do it in Heels" set to Hollywood,
Florida. Saturday, March 7th was a beautiful South Florida evening for the
fan gathering at the Gryphon that coincided with the 25th anniversary of Duran's
concert at the old Hollywood Sportatorium back in March 1984. The Gryphon's
atmosphere, lighting, special effects, and professional dancers are much like
the clubs you'll see a half hour away in Miami's South Beach. DJ Matt Spector
opened the evening's festivities. Then, by the time Roger and Jake took over
the DJ booth at 1:00 a.m., the Gryphon's dance floor and bars were packed
elbow to elbow with people. When DD's multi-talented drummer appeared, the
40 or so Duranies in the room screamed "Roger! Roger! Roger!" As
Roger and Jake kept the music going, DD fans danced alongside the South Florida
club-going regulars, who are used to dancing to world-renowned DJs. In fact,
Samantha Ronson, accompanied by Lindsey Lohan, spun in the club adjacent to
the Gryphon at the Hard Rock that night. But you would have never known it
at the Gryphon, as the attendees obviously loved Roger & Jake. Apparently,
the feeling was mutual: The DJs interacted with the crowd, laughed, clapped
their hands, and put their hands up in the air. Everyone enjoyed Roger &
Jake's selection of music, and it was non-stop dancing for three solid hours.
Afterwards, Roger graciously shook hands and took pictures with his fans.
One of the fans, Erin [pictured below with Roger], received a gift bag containing
Roger's autographed "Modern Drummer" magazine to mark the 25th anniverary
of the SBS tour. Also included in the blue & silver gift bags, in homage
to the bands that influenced DD, were Sex Pistols & Chic albums and memorabilia,
as well as other DD and DJ Roger-related gifts. Additionally, several DD fans
went home with "Do it in Heels" posters and place cards, which were
provided to us by the club. The other gift bag winner, Fatima, discovered
DD in the '90s while a teen, and has been a devoted fan ever since. Although
both gift bag recipients were from South Florida, people traveled from various
parts throughout the United States for the "Do it in Heels" night
at the Gryphon".
out the incredible collection of pics taken by Teajay that night: gryphon2009
7: from duranduran.com
| Roger gives some Duran Duran info in his recent blog. Our drummer
writes from New York where he have been deejaying at Cielo Club and
says: "We had two weeks in London, which went really very, very
well. [...] I do think we have 20 really great ideas fro songs, we are
all very excited about it. I feel as though it’s going to be a
great album since we’re very free now. It is just a very creative
place to be, like a young band, just kind of following our instincts.
[...] When I get back to London we’re going to go back in to the
studio with Mark Ronson. I have no idea what it’s
going to be like. I am feeling very good about it all".
7: On march 5, at 6.04am, Salvo and Claudia's second son
has seen the light making their lives richer than before. Welcome
on Planet Earth sweet Nicolò.
you a beautiful life.
daddy, mammy and Angelo.
7: I love to go retro when there's not so much news from the band
and in the media. I have been listening to Liberty during
the last week, one of the most underrated Duran Duran albums wich contains
some gemms like My Antartica and Serious.
Straight from my Duranarchive an article from International Musician
and Recoding magazine from October 1990 where the band discusses
the writing and recording process. I always learn something new about Duran
Duran's music and their writing and recording process in articles like this,
check it out:
more infos on Liberty
the first Duran Duran album to feature songwriting credits outside the original
five band members. Guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and drummer
Sterling Campbell were made permanent band members and given
songwriting credits, although Campbell would leave in early 1991, before the
band began work on their subsequent hit The Wedding Album. Writing and rehearsing
for the album took place intermittently between May and July 1989; demo sessions
took place in August and September, and final recording began on October 9
at Olympic Studios, with producer Chris Kimsey and engineer
Chris Potter. Recording, production and overdubbing of the
many keyboard and vocal layers dragged on until March 1990. A bootleg recording
of the demo sessions for the album, titled Didn't Anybody Tell You?
surfaced in 1999. Many unreleased, scrapped songs from the Liberty sessions
were heard by the public for the very first time:
"Money on Your Side"
"In Between Woman"
"Worth Waiting For"
"My Family" [played live 1989]
asked about the bootleg, John Taylor said, "I like coming across things
that I've forgotten about. That I've forgotten that we recorded. That's what's
really exciting about the Didn't Anybody Tell You bootleg, because there's
so many songs on there that never got finished. They just take me back to
that moment. Actually, what I like about that album is that the Liberty album
- when we were rehearsing it, when we were writing it was gonna be a great
album. I really felt it was gonna be a great album. When we got in the studio
I fell apart and the production just wasn't right. It turned out to be a very
mediocre album, but at the demo stage, which is what that [bootleg] album
is all about, I think there's a great album in there. Could have been great
songs."[quote from ttp].
1: On the official fan community website duranduranmusic.com
there's a very informative video of the guys in the studio. Nick Rhodes talks
about the first couple of weeks of songwriting, giving details about the instruments
they are using [Dom has a 1953 Fender, Roger an electronic kit, Nick uses
the usual stuff -Korg, Roland, Sequential Circuit- and John plays the same
keyboard he used onstage during the RCM tour]. In the clip Nick describes
their work and the writing process: "the studio is a compact room where
we have been working the last couple of weeks, writing some new songs, we
haven't done this for a while, not since the sessions with Timbaland, Justin
Timberlake and Nate Hills. This is very different. We do not want to work
with anyone else, It's just us. "We jam away and we play untill we find
something, a seed, some DNA, a cell and we slowly build the song. It's a big
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