30 [evening update]: Thanks to Karen Sutera for this Youtube upload
of the guys at Sirius Radio in New Yorkon may 29.
Karen says "I had the pleasure of seeing John, Simon & Dom do four
acoustic songs at a small Sirius Radio taping. This is a little clip of Box
Full of Honey, before security told me to stop recording". The
guys played also Falling Down, Save A Prayer and Ordinary World for a future
Sirius radio special so keep on checking the radio website
for possible video/audio and gallery uploads.
update]: New interview on papermag.com | John Taylor's answer
to a possible release of Reportage follows Simon and Nick's declarations made
in recent interviews. John seems now more open to possibilities about a future
release of the unedited album. here is what he says: I don't know what will
happen to the material we recorded with Andy before we did the Timbaland sessions
- there was even artworkand a cover ready to go.
If it were up to me I would leak it to a bootlegger! However we
have a fairly tight hold on it, and I guess we would all like to see
it released at some point in some format. We have to resolve our differences
with Andy, and then, who knows. You
can read this and more on the new papermag.com/blogs
feel brand new, when you come up for air! The next release from Duran Duran
is Skin Divers out on June 2nd. Arctic
Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has contributed a remix
of Skin Divers the second track lifted from Red Carpet Massacre. Helders and
Monkeys frontman Alex Turner are rumored to have supplied
sampled vocals to the reworked track. The band's spokesman suggests the single
and remix might get a special download-only release, perhaps via the iTunes
Music Store. In the latest interviews all the Duran Duran guys have mentioned
the Helders remix saying that he did a terrific job on the song. Let's just
wait and see what happens on june 2! Hopefully the band will get some more
29: duranasty exclusive download | A great new cover version of the
1982 Duran Duran classic “Save A Prayer” is on
the way. This time the idea behind the brazilian flavoured reprise is bass
genius Tony Corizia, an Italian musician who’s worked
with many great artists on his album “Basswoodoo”.
The disc [Y Records / Delta Dischi, available in physical and download stores]
features contributions by Ian Paice [Deep Purple], Maestro Beppe Cantarelli,
Nando Bonini, Tim Bennett, and great Milan based gothic/classical singer
Barbara Schera Vanoli who actually sings on the Duran song. Tony
recently scored a distribution deal in Spain and Greece, as well as a decent
exposure in the Italian market. Corizia, who is a great rewarded musician
and has collected two covers on Acid Jazz magazine, says: “Save A Prayer”
comes from an idea of Weruska, producer Thor’s wife. They are both big
fans of the band. She walked in the studio one day with this song in mind
and I instantly connected to the possibility of doing something different
with it. There’s been loads of cover versions of DD, and this song in
particular is so harmonically structured that it has different magical sides
to it". Fans of JT’s basslines won’t be disappointed: Tony
is a great bass player and he shows it completely in the surprising reworking
which involves 5 and 6 string basses as well. For those who are interested
in Tony’s background here’s what he says: "I've been playing
bass since I was twelve. I've studied at the Bass Tech [Musician Institute]
in London with masters Rob Burns & Terry Gregory. I've released two instrumental
solo albums, 'Bassology' [on M.O.D.A. Music / Warner Music Italia, 2004-05]
and “Basswoodoo”, which is out now on and also do bass clinics
for Yamaha. Chek out myspace.com/tonycorizia
Will anything from Reportage ever see the light of day? Maybe. It's
recorded; it's there. It may take five years, maybe ten. You never know.
We've got to sort out some things with Andy first.
Is Dominic Brown a permanent member of the band or are you officially
a four piece now?
He's on this tour with us and he was on the last one. We don't have
a written constitution, so to speak. We just keep it nice and easy.
He hasn't been writing with us yet.
There are a lot of new places that we want to go to. We don't want to
overexpose ourselves. This record is still pretty new. We're not going
to rush back into the studio to make a new one. Not for at least six
months to maybe a year - maybe longer if the tour carries on. There's
a chance we'll come back in September to go to some of the places we
didn't go this time.
there's a 2 parts interview to Simon Le Bon on pollstar.com.
Earlier this month, as the tour got rolling on the West Coast, Pollstar got
to chat with Simon. In part one of the interview, he talks about touring and
the state of the music biz today. Part two is coming tomorrow [with questions
on the lost Duran Duran album and what the future holds] so keep on checking
How has the business changed, touring especially, since you started? A: Well there are a lot more places to go; the world's
gotten a lot bigger as far as touring is concerned. When we started off,
we played England mostly, America, Canada and Europe - a bit of Europe,
but not all of it. You couldn't play shows in Italy or Portugal,
because there was no way you were going to get your money out of there.
It was all run by a Mafia. We went down to Australia and did some
stuff there, but you'd never go to places like Manila. You wouldn't got
to Eastern Europe, the Balkans. You wouldn't go down to South America. And
all of these places now are really great. There are great crowds there and
people who want to see the band. And it works for us; it's logistically
possible to put a tour on and go to those places and come out of it looking
28: A very good interview to Nick Rhodes - the band's only continuous
member from its inception as an art-school project in 1978 - spoke with Express
about songs from "The Red Carpet Massacre," the group's future plans
and [again] Andy Warhol.
Express: It seemed to me, reading about Duran
Duran, that you took off pretty quickly. You got a manager after showing
someone one of your first demo tapes, right? » Rhodes: Pretty much. I started the band when I
was 16. By the time I was 18, we had a record deal, some lineup changes,
wrote a lot of songs, played a lot of shows. The thing going around Birmingham,
where we were based at the time, was that every time we played a show, we
had a different singer. We sort of did, for a few months. We were young,
had a lot of energy — and you keep at it and keep at it until you
get what you want.
Express: How did art school influence the band? » Rhodes: Well, actually, John [Taylor] was at art
school and I was going to go to art school, but I was 16, the age you would
go, and we formed the band. That was my art-school project. His art college
was the first place we ever played. We did a lot of things out of there:
made flyers, designed the logos, found a place to play, met kids that were
interested in going to see an experiment. I always think of it as an ongoing
art school project — with every record, with every tour, with everything
we do. It's something that comes from art school: We wanted to use and merge
all the elements of art: music, graphic design, video, fashion, even architecture,
with the stage shows and the sets in videos. You know, the photos, the artwork
for the albums and on and on and on. We're still pretty good on any kind
of design. The artwork for the new album, "The Red Carpet Massacre,"
we did it ourselves.
27: The interview to John Taylor released by the Washington Post
has been also published on yesterday edition of The Buffalo News
with the headline: At 30, Duran Duran shows it’s far from over
the hill. Dowload a scan of the article here
and a new desktop theme made of fantastic pictures of Duran Duran live in
Philadelphia taken by Sue Grace here
25: [happy birthday to me!]: On yesterday edition of TheStarPhoenix from Canada there's an article
with the nice headline "No boredom on Duran Duran tour".
The article is based on the recent John Taylor interview
published on the The Washington Post. Download a scan
of the article here.
Above pics taken
by xrayteduranie [the picture on the left shows John wearing an Obama
tshirt during the recent Us shows]. Below
an extract of the interview:
Taylor has been playing the same bass lines with Duran Duran for three decades.
So it’s natural to ask: John, are there ever nights when you’re
not sure you can soldier through yet another performance of Rio? “I
haven’t felt like that in a long time,” he says during a phone
call between gigs on Duran Duran’s U.S. tour. “We’re feeling
really good about who we are right now. And it’s such a privilege
just to go out and get to [perform] . . . I think you have to kind of surrender
to what you are. I just try to play it better than I have ever played it
he talks about Duran Duran’s responsibility to give the fans their
money’s worth at every show, his tone becomes more animated, almost
urgent. When John Taylor is selling, buying is hard to resist. “We
need to have those people rolling out of that show saying, ‘That was
so much fun. We had such a good time,’ “ he says. “We
can’t afford for people to be coming out and saying, ‘Eh, I
don’t know.’ Because they just might not come again. So we’ve
got to be giving our best game right now.”
24: Update with three new Duran Duran interviews! John Taylor
has been interviewed by the The Washington Post, he says
: “There is something fundamental about a live performance and the magic
of the lights going down, whether you’re playing to 100 people or 100,000
people,” he says. “The principle of that entertainment has not
changed. And it will never change. That, to me, is why I do this. Because
that excites me.” You can download a scan of the article here.Simon
Le Bon has been interviewed by the Boston Herald: "People are
buzzing about the mini electro set in the middle of the show where whole band
jumps on synthesizers. Simon: The electro- shock therapy? Oh, it’s got
this great impact visually and sonically. It makes the show feel like a three-act
event. I’d tell you more but it needs to be a surprise". You
can download a scan of the article here.
The best article comes from inrich.com.
It's a good Q&A with Nick Rhodes full of news on the
upcoming Duran events, Arcadia, Andy and Reportage!You can
read some of the the most interesting questions below [or the the full article
note: Nick in this interview confirms the hope and desire to release Reportage
one day, as reported here on 21/5*
Do you think the tracks do you did for "Reportage" [the album
the band recorded with original guitarist Andy Taylor and then scrapped]
will ever be released in some form? I hope so. At
the moment, it’s sitting in a vat of dry ice somewhere. It was a really
strong album. It was never quite finished, so we’d need to do some
cosmetic work on it. But the songs are intact.
What happened [with ‘Red Carpet Massacre’] was by accident,
not by design. We thought we’d do a couple of extra tracks [for ‘Reportage’]
with Timbaland and we ended up with another album worth of material that
seemed very fresh. The other album is much more an indie rock record. It
took us a good year of our lives to make it, so it would be a pity to let
it go unheard. I’d like it to surface one day.
What is the band's relationship with Andy Taylor these days? Do you talk
at all? Sadly no. It’s like a divorce case. It’s one
of those things where common sense doesn’t always seem to prevail
and you have to deal with whatever through the lawyers.
What are your thoughts on the book he's working on [Taylor’s "Wild
Boy" is due in August]? Do you see it as unnecessarily airing dirty
laundry or as a story that you think people should hear? I
don‘t know what he’s writing, but I just hope it’s all
the truth. I wouldn’t have a problem with any of it if it’s
true. But if it isn’t, well, that will mean more lawyers!
Do you think we’ll ever hear anything else from Arcadia [the side
band of Rhodes, LeBon and Roger Taylor, which released one album, "So
Red the Rose," in 1985]? There’s not much unreleased
stuff. There’s one instrumental song that didn’t make it to
the album, so that needs to be mixed and restored. There are a couple of
things we should restore it to their full length and put out a disc of the
remixes with lots of photos that we’ve never used. It’s funny
because record labels, they’re trying to cut down on packaging. But
I’d like to make it something glorious.
What's the plan for the year? Will there be another single from “Red
Carpet”? Where will tour go after the July dates in England? Because
everybody seems very confused about what to do with the record, all we want
to do is get more people to hear it. We’re on a bit of a campaign,
so we’ll look at it and see what the best thing to do is. We’ve
got some terrific dance versions of some of those songs for clubs.
I’d love to go to radio with something, but we need to go from a position
of some strength. But we’ll continue
the tour until mid-August, then reconvene in September for a South American
tour. We might come back and do some more North America dates and then it
will be December. We’re going to look again at China for next year
and then it’s time for a new album.
23: I don't
usually post news on Yasmin Le Bon but this one is worth
reporting for the positive message about Iran that Yasmin
gives to the world. I'm talking about an article appared on the new Corriere
Magazine from Italy out today [it's a supplement magazine of Corriere
della Sera - of one of the most important national newspapers]. In
the half page article Yasmin says that she would like to dedicate herself
to the Middle Eastern diplomacy, as we all know Yasmin was
born in Oxford and her father is iranian. Yasmin also says that she would
like to return to Iran just to show everybody that Iran isn't a country made
only of bloody-thirsty fanatics. The journalist closes the article saying
"Morrisey is trying to play a show in Teheran,
maybe she could try to bring her husband's band to Iran before Morrisey does
it". Less important, about the picture in the article... it was taken
in june 2007 at the Raisa Gorbachev foundation party. If you are curious to
know more about Yasmin and browse trough pages and pages full of wonderfull
Yasmin Le Bon [and Simon] pics then I highly reccomend the wonderfull yasminlebon.net
an unofficial but very professional Yasmin Le Bon site.
a scan of the article from il Corriere Magazine here
update | According to a very reliable source from Jakarta who has been very
close to the band during they stay in Jakarta [back in april] the band really
hopes to release Reportage. My source says: "Nick mentioned that
they’d really love to put out Reportage with or without Andy but they
need to do more work on it…" He seems to be really proud
of that record, people think it’s been shelved because it’s not
very good but he insisted that it is a good record on its own.
Above picture [an exclusive of duranasty.com] photo of the guys in Jakarta
taken by a local photographer.
press from Indonesia
Thanks again to
my friend in Jakarta who sent pics of these 2 current magazines with
reviews of Duran Duran's Jakarta show. The first from left is Trax
magazine, the other is the indonesian Rolling Stones
magazine. Proper scans of the articles will be up soon.
Upadate on the recent Us Duran Duran shows.
according to Holly H. on the ddm message boards, Simon has dedicated Ordinary
World to a man who is on death row in GA. Local
news reports that 7 of the 9 witnesses have recanted their statements,
hopefully he will get a reprieve soon.
Below a picture
collage of our Wild Boyz in Orlando - Above pics from Atlanta taken by xrayteduranie.
news brings us back to the Tokio show on april 14. Duran played an incredible
concert in Tokio and also partyed all night long with long time friend Nick
Wood. Thanks to G-Star the band had the Vip room at Le Baron along
with Marc Newson's Dom Perignon Silver Ice Bucket and [as already reported
back in april] Roger played his deejay set! Nick Wood reports on his blog
the fantastic night he spent with the guys in Tokio and some more...
Duran plays in Tokyo
I've known Duran Duran since 1984 and this was the best show I've ever
seen them play, they where really on form with great energy and presence,
Simon's voice was top class and the Tokyo crowd just went mad for the
band. The set list was really well balanced between new songs from Red
Carpet Massacre and the old favorite crowd pleasers spanning their 30-year
Raw Night #2 with Duran Duran
The second Raw Night took place on April 14th this time curated by Duran
Duran. An amazing night with some very special guests, over 750 people
came out on a wet Tuesday evening and Simon and I were still singing at
7AM. Thanks to Roger Taylor for DJ'ing and a surprise set by super model
Agyness Deyn, a great live set by Levelload and special thanks to Nagi
Noda for the wonderful art direction and decoration.
20: This news comes from Nick Wood's blog: Simon Le Bon back at syn
| Nick says: "It was great to see Simon back at syn studios one
last time before we move in June. This place has not only
been our work place for 13 years, but also our favorite late night
party place when there's nowhere else open, Tsukiji cafe relocates one more
on the CNN website since yesterday this
nice Duran Duran interview. Journalist Ralitsa Vassileva talks with the guys
about their U.S. tour, the new album and second life. If the video doesn't
work keep on refreshing the page, it will show up at some point! And you can
always download it [as most of the interesting Duran Duran stuff circulating
on the web] on the great audio-video source duranduran.no
It seems that the current financial climate was behind the decision to cancel
the show. The
bank denied that their was a rift between the two parties.
Mirror: Duran Duran at war with Deutsche Bank for scrapping gig.
Duran Duran are in dispute with one of the world's biggest banks. The 80s
superstars were booked for a six-figure fee to perform for Deutsche Bank
staff in the summer.But finance chiefs pulled the plug because they felt
it would be "inappropriate" during the credit crunch.
Angry Duran Duran fronted by Simon Le Bon claim an agreement was broken
and are now "considering their options". A source close
to the band said: "They rerouted their world tour at great
cost to themselves to play the party. Then there's the fee. They're
in talks but neither side is budging. They are disappointed." Deutsche
Bank's decision to axe the band comes after an order for all staff to cut
back expenses. The bank said: "There is no issue between Deutsche Bank
and Duran Duran. "The fact they are not playing is purely a result
of the economic climate."
Duran Duran are furious with Deutsche Bank after the organisation reneged
on plans to hold a private concert with the band, according to reports.
The veteran group were due to be paid over half a million pounds for the
gig later this summer. But bosses at the bank decided that the concert would
not be suitable amid the current credit crunch. Speaking to the Mirror newspaper,
an unnamed source said that the band had “rerouted their world tour
at great cost to themselves to play the party.” “Then there's
the fee. They're in talks but neither side is budging. They are disappointed."
A spokesperson for the bank denied that their was a rift between the two
parties but acknowledged that the current financial climate was behind the
decision to cancel the show.
video The Chauffer
17: New Youtube upload of the Corgan-Duran performance of The
Chauffer in Chicago. Thanks to kerri who took the above pictures at
this show and to shytowngirl for the video upload. Enjoy!
17: Special thanks to Vincent Stachovic who went to the game last
Tuesday and took these great and exclusive pictures of Simon attending the
baseball match and singing the 7th inning stretch at Wrigley Field.
in this great and [full of details] interview to John Taylor from BBC
news website [source].
John gives an insight into life on tour, and discusses their
plans for a one-off show with Mark Ronson.
in an average day on the road?
to stay in bed until 10, but I'm a serious coffee addict so the idea of
coffee gets me out of bed at 9:30-ish. Then I'll start the day with an internet
connection, I might go to the gym, I might have a sauna. We like saunas
and steams. Maybe do something to keep healthy. It's pretty civilised really.
Staying sharp with my playing is the best formula for having a good time
on stage. We might go to the venue at about four o'clock, make sure everything's
set up as we like it. Most days there's an hour of press to do, interviews
like this, and I try to practice for an hour a day. I try.
still need to practice after all these years?
you're away from home, it's all about the show. If you don't have a good
time at the shows, then touring is miserable. I've found that staying sharp
with my playing is the best formula for having a good time on stage.
on your rider?
so easy, man. We have a sushi selection, we like a certain quality of red
wine to be available, we have a room that our roadies set up where we have
a practice drum kit and bass and guitar amplifier so the rhythm section
can warm up. We love to just play before we go on stage to break the ice.
One of the fun things we're doing on this tour is we've got a little turntable
in the dressing room with us, so every day somebody has to go and find some
bizarre old vinyl album. It's like a challenge. We've had Tony Bennett,
the Jungle Book soundtrack, The Supremes Sing the Liverpool Hits. At the
end of the tour we'll have accrued 100 vinyl oddities and we're going to
eBay them off for a good cause.
much partying these days?
not a big party head. It takes so much energy. Parties are so much work.
People talk so loud and we've just been playing for two-and-a-half hours.
You can't do it very often.
does touring now compare to 25 years ago?
when I was younger, there was a duality to life - there was road and home.
They were like two separate lives. Today, family and friends are so important
and we all try to stay connected in as consistent a way as we can, and in
this sense technology has been a friend to the touring musician. I just
got Skype two weeks ago when I was in Japan and it's so mindblowing.
you been approached to do any British festivals like Glastonbury?
I guess I'd like to do it. We
just did the V Festivals in Australia. It's something new for us. Comparing
a festival to a concert is a bit like eating a buffet as opposed to having
a one-on-one candlelight dinner. I've always been a one-on-one candlelight
dinner sort of person, but I can see how the buffet is appealing.
are you planning with Mark Ronson in Paris?
Mark, I've known Mark for a long time. I've known his mum and dad and I'm
very proud of what he's achieved.
Ronson won best British male at this year's Brit Awards
Ann and [stepdad] Mick Jones - from Foreigner, who raised Mark - are two
of the most wonderful people you could ever know. It was always on the cards
that Mark was going to be a very special fellow. He's always been a really
hard-working super-nice guy, and he deserves everything that he's getting.
this point we've had several conversations about what we want to do, and
his ideas are really exciting. The idea is to create a 30-minute monster
Ronson-Duran mash with nods to all and sundry and then play the damn thing
live, which is kind of rad, as the Californians like to say. It's a really
exciting project. It's good to have these kinds of things that challenge
you and shake you out of your complacency.
online interviews to Nick and Simon from two Us websites. Below some interesting
questions from these articles. Check them out, especially the Miami
New Times wich has a very long interview to Mr Rhodes.
says to Michigan Live: "we're coming like a real classic band"
have been rocking the house," "The energy that's coming off this
crowd is unbelievable. I haven't seen this in 25 years. It's amazing. "We
seem to have moved into a different phase of our career. We had the reunion.
But this time, we're coming like a real classic band. They do come to hear
'Ordinary World,' and they do come to hear 'The Reflex' and 'Hungry Like
the Wolf,' but it's almost like being in the Rolling Stones." Full
says to Miami New Times: "we have so much material rehearsed, frankly,
we could probably play all night"
much are you playing live on this tour, now that there are so many additional
layers to the tracks? A: As much as I possibly can, but obviously on some
of the songs where we now have so many drum parts and what have you, we're
running sequences with it. We like to keep as much as possible live. I've
got a whole bunch of samplers obviously. What I tend to do is trigger a
lot of things too, so I could do with at least one extra hand with this
and Simon on may 4, 2008 in Los Angeles. Picture taken by OC Vegan
additional musicians do you have onstage with you? A: It's really just us.
We have a sax player, Simon Willscroft, and we have the lovely Anna Ross
on backing vocals for some years now. That pretty much augments the sound.
read that your stage set is supposedly based on Blade Runner. A: No, not
entirely…. Q: Oh, that's what your press kit says. A: Ohhh, bless
them. There's elements of the movie in there, because there's always a little
element of Blade Runner in most things we do, since it was such a magnificent
piece of work. The set is sort of a futuristic cityscape, I suppose, but
what we've done that is quite drastically different this time, is that we're
decided we're not using any projections. I think that every show I've seen
in the last 10 to 15 years has become dominated by projection. I love projection,
I think it's a terrific element to a live show, and I'm sure we'll use plenty
of it in the future. But we just thought for once it would be interesting
to take that away, and draw it back to something where we'd use all kinds
of light sources to create moods and environments, and people would have
to concentrate on the action going on onstage, rather than hurting their
neck by looking up at the video concept. Read it all here
always looking for a new way to represent ourselves, that's what keeps it
those pics were just out I decided to not publish any of them on this site.
I actually hoped that those bad paparazzi pics of a very tired [for the long
trip] band arriving at the airport in New Zealand and the
ones of the fully naked Roger Taylor photographed trough
the window of his hotel's room, would'nt make into the press and they were
going to be forgotten in the archives of some photo agencies [or in the photo
archives of some Duran Duran fans!]. Well, I was wrong!an
italian magazine called Vip Mese in the new issue has a story
titled "At 50 they still give scandal". I just
keep on doing what i have been doing untill now here, giving news on the good
and also the bad press the band gets around the world. So here you are. Check
out this bad gossip italian magazine right here
14: The online version of the Interview with Nick Rhodes apparead
on Reax magazinevolume 02 issue 12 can
be read here
| below some quotes.
You guys portray yourselves as the treating doctors, dispensing advice
to the younger stars. Was this video part autobiographical?
Laughs The one great thing about when we started and whatever mischief
we got into was that you didn’t have the Internet. I tell you now,
I feel a little sad about some of the people that may be very young when
they started. You are allowed a couple of incidents along the line, but
now you can’t do anything without it being reported. The new celebrity
culture that has grown over the last decade is remarkable. It’s
a phenomenon. That was never there before.
You mentioned Andy Taylor leaving the group. Was it over this new direction
with the album?
No. No. I don’t think any of us really know why, including Andy.
It was just one of those things when it completely... the wheels came
off, it sort of fell apart. I don’t think it was anything that any
of us had particularly foreseen. He’d been a bit difficult
with a few issues, with live dates and things.As with
a close-knit band of people, we weren’t seeing eye to eye over everything.
But, we had no idea that Andy wasn’t going to make it to those sessions.
14: Internationally renowned yachting photographer Rick Tomlinson
will be hosting an illustrated lecture at the Manx Museum [Isle of Man] on
Wednesday. He will be talking about his yachting photography which has taken
him all over the world since he first set out in 1985 in
the Whitbread Round the World Race aboard Simon Le Bon's yacht, Drum.
Forty-six photographs of Rick's latest assignment to Antarctica are currently
on display in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery at the Manx Museum and this
lecture will give the public the opportunity to hear the stories behind these
breathtaking images as well as seeing some of Rick's work from his other assignments.
The lecture is at the Manx Museum on Wednesday May 14 at 7pm - admission is
free and all are welcome. [tel. +44 (0) 1624 648000] from iomtoday.co.im
Check out his work here rick-tomlinson.com
Planet Earth from Vegas with The Killers on the youtube upload on the
updated on May 14
Duran gets some Love in Las Vegas!
Duran's Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor went to see "Love"
on Sunday night at The Mirage when they were in Vegas for their own
show. look like they had a lot of fun [pic on the right, the guys with
the Love cast]
12 | *Updated May 13 *Las
Vegas May 9 what a night! | Above
Duran Duran with Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning from local hit makers
the Killers, who joined Duran Duran for "Planet Earth" in
Las Vegas. [Photo courtesy
of Hard Rock]. From the thevegaseye.com: The band rocked
the hotel on Friday night, bringing, and their full fledged stadium
show to The Joint stage treating fans to a nearly 2-hour
show for a sold-out crowd of 2,000 people. After performing songs from
their latest project along with a mix of greatest hits like “Rio”
and “Girls on Film," the band came back for a blazing encore
featuring surprise guests Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning from the
Killers. They performed “Planet Earth” which was Duran Duran’s
first single ever released back in 1981
to Kimberlyblessing who uploaded on flickr
this short but very cool clip of the guys playing Planet
Earth live in Las Vegas with
long time fans Brandon Flowers and Dave
Keuning of The Killers [as reported
on the quick and brief section on may 10]. Picture of
the Duran guys with the Killers [the full band] have been
just posted on duranduran.com at the
some screencaps from the live performance video
Sparks [the deejay who shared the Dj set with Roger] says on his
blog: "this Saturday was another awesome night at Smashtime Saturday's
at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas. Method Man came through as well
as Carmen Electra and I shared the set this with Roger Taylor of Duran, Duran...
How crazy is that??? Tony Wang from the Hard Rock hit me earlier in the week
asking me "Do you mind if the guy from Duran, Duran DJs with you?"
I'm like "are u crazy? They are pop music icons... of course I don't
mind" I'm all about 80's music".
on May 13: More news from Las Vegas just in from Tiggerella
who says "Last night we happened to see all the guys go into Body
English at the Hard Rock. It was totally packed
[and really small] club and about 5 minutes later the DJ goes "Are
you ready for Roger Taylor?" So for the next hour Roger
DJ'd. Just upon a table, no far removed DJ booth or anything. He really
seemed to have a great time drinking beer and rocking the house! So
we are out there shaking our groove thing and I turn around to see Simon
in the middle of the dance floor. He worked his way up to the front
and was making faces at Roger and kind of cheering him on. Then Roger
threw in a little bit of Notorious into the mix! After Rogers set the
next DJ did a great Duran medley/ mix. never saw John or Nick again
after they came in, but Roger, Simon and Dom were in a big booth with
the guitarist from the Killers and some of Your Vegas.
thevegaseye.com Body English's guests got a surprise
DJ set from Roger Taylor of Duran Duran. Taylor joined DJ Clinton Sparks
at the turntables and spun for nearly an hour to a packed house that
included Duran Duran band mates Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes, Dave Keuning
from the Killers, nightlife queen Amy Sacco and E! "Daily 10"
host Sal Masekela.
11: Duran Duran will be playing live in Malta on July 26, you heard it here
first! The band will perform at the Luxol Parade Grounds.
The deal was struck on Friday between the band's management and NnG
Promotions, who have been responsible for organising other large-scale
concerts featuring the likes of Bryan Adams, Elton John and Roger Waters.
Nigel Camilleri from NnG said: "Till this day, Duran
Duran are one of the few bands that still garner a following. They still manage
to draw the crowds and like Bryan Adams, they appeal to anyone up to the age
of 45." Read and dowload here
an exclusive article scan from today's edition of The
Sunday Times from Malta.
10: I just got this email from Andy Taylor trough
uploaded the Myspace player with 6 new tracks, none of which have been on
the page before... Don't get me wrong here, but I always found streaming
6 songs at a lo-quality rate, with a flawed download system, all a bit shitty.
The network is great, that's how we are here, but the content presentation
is limited & frustrating... Equally, i-tunes is difficult in a number
of respects, there's to many tunes, it doesn't really generate a profit
for the labels, & a huge percentage of the payments don't go anywhere
near the artists - 1 billion tunes & the kids still don't [& won't]
pay a cent for music... So after looking at the many digital platforms,
all of which I found very bland, I decided to indulge in creating my own
thing [not all on my own I may add]... My logic was simple, if Iam gonna
have digital music available commercially, it made more sense to have my
own base with the ability to control what was sold & at what cost. Not
having a distributor taking around 50%+ from sales revenue gives the artist
a greater margin & therefore the ability to price competitively at preferred
rates... But even more fundamental it gives the audience a direct link to
their artists... Then... somebody had the bright idea of offering this platform
to other artists, & to expand on the idea, so we have, but on the basis
that they, the artist, receive 100% of their potential income & we don't
take a any. THE 100-SONG PLAYER [yes its huge] & NEW SONGS ... I
have loaded up about 70 tracks at a very high quality bit rate
to my player, the available space enables you to put up around 100 tracks
into a single player, which is cool when you have years of material, some
which has never seen the light of day & other which is more familiar...
To hear these tracks and to check out the other 40 artists currently testing
the site go to...
then go into songs, blog or events. You can also find out about
the new live dates and the festival I am organising. There are
no fees or sign-up required, please feel free to roam & enjoy the music/info...
& if you are a band or an artist then you can also join for free at
ATSI - Ibiza
Taylor Also Posted some Infos On his new upcoming album Burger
Listing: 1. Moaner Liza Smythe 2. Burger Kingdom 3. Quicksand 4. Visible
Target 5. Next In Line 6. You Zombie 7. Undadog 8. Feelin Like Elvis
9. End Of The World 10. Enemies 11. Mad Dogs & Englishmen 12. Come
Band: Andy Taylor - Guitar & Vocal, Liam Keenan - Vocals & Piano,
Joe Breban - Drums, Mikey Dunn - Bass
Produced By Andy Taylor | Written & Arranged By Andy Taylor &
Liam Keenan Recorded @ Atsi April & May 2008
Andy also says: this album was played by humans & not recorded on
a tempo grid or from a machine
10: This amazing news comes from thecheappop.com's
second part interview to Nick Rhodes | link to the article here
[The full Nick Rhodes interview on thecheappop.com will be posted next week
on the site]:
Day” to play in Election Year: Nick Rhodes, longtime keyboardist
for Duran Duran, told thecheappop.com that the band plans on rehearsing
“Election Day” soon and include it in their
current Red Carpet Massacre tour. The song, which the band has never played
live, was a big hit on Rhodes’ 1985 side project Arcadia, which featured
Duran Duran bandmates Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor. The band only recorded
one album [So Red The Rose, which went multiplatinum], but has never toured
together. “Funny enough,” Rhodes told the pop humor website
that Duran Duran guitarist John Taylor actually came up with the idea for
the band to include it in their set list. “John said recently he’d
really love to do ‘Election Day.’ We sort of prepared it and
figured out what certain things are and what sounds we need and all these
kind of things. We haven’t rehearsed it yet [but] yeah that’s
going to be coming into the battalion.” He added, “We
like to keep adding things to our repertoire so that we’ve got some
choice. We can draw from so many songs now. That one, we haven’t gotten
around to.” Looking back, Rhodes said he’s very proud of the
Arcadia record and was delighted to find it has held up so well throughout
all these years. “I hadn’t heard it for literally about 15 years
until a few years ago, and was very pleased with how its held up sconicly
and the kind of ideas that we had musically then. I mean we played with
some amazing people on that record…Sting, Grace Jones, Herbie Hancock
– amazing people.”
10, 2001: It's official | duranduran.com
announces the Reunion
& Nick announce the next phase of Duran Duran
many fans have speculated over recent months, a profound change has
occurred at the heart of the band as the story of Duran Duran moves
into a new chapter. The trio of Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes & Warren
Cuccurullo is coming to an end; the upcoming Japanese dates will be
their last together after which Warren will be bound for America and
a new project with his pre-Duran band, Missing Persons.
Simon & Nick are to be reunited with original band members Roger,
Andy and John Taylor for the first time in 15 years. "It's something
we are very much looking forward to. There has always been an incredible
chemistry and musical energy when we have got together. We are all very
excited about the prospect of seeing what we can create." An album
will be scheduled for release some time in 2002 [posted 5/10/2001]
the left a clipping from The Sun from may 12, 2001]
10, 2008 | Editor note: the reunion days have been some of
the most exciting of the life and times of duranasty
so I thought it was worth to bring back some carelless memories! Can
you still remeber the excitement of that day? I do very well! Thank
you guys for making it possible, even if for five years *only*, five
*fantastic* Duran Duran years i should add.
interview to Nick Rhodes from realdetroitweekly.com. Nick
talks about the very missed Andy Warhol and more things.
Below some interesting quotes from the interview [to read it all go here
| thanks to Andre for the link].
I was about 14-years-old, I decided that I wanted to be either in a band
or to make films, and since I wanted to write them and direct [movies],
I figured that being in a band was probably a better choice 'cause when
you’re at that age, you don’t know so much about life. But I
did know an awful lot about music and exactly what I wanted to do, so I
was 16 when I formed the band with John and we never knew whether we were
ever going to have a successful record or play to a lot of people or if
it would all be over a week later. Here we are three decades later, still
making Duran Duran records and playing shows.
look to the Internet and satellite radio; that’s the future, the people
to be able to choose what they want to listen to.
10: A picture is worth a million words! Birmingham prepare itself
to the next Duran Duran show and the Birmingham Mail website
puts online a vintage Duran Duran gallery with many pics of the band in their
hometown and local fans from the early years till the recent years. The above
pictures shows the band in May 1981, local Duran Duran fans
line the streets as they wait for their idols and the crowd at Aston
Villa football ground in July 1983. Check out the full gallery [thanks
to Christian for the link]
from the Birmingham MailthisMark Ronson article titled "I'm going wild with the
boys!" He says of the band: "The level to which they combined
melody, groove, sonic and style has yet to be outdone.
what John Taylor says in this
interview from Las Vegas Weekly. Below the most interesting
bits of the quick but intense interview. [thanks to Kelgura for this link]
Duran has been Rock and Roll Hall of Fame eligible for a couple years now.
Is that on your radar at all?
honest with you, I really don’t give a fuck. I don’t know what
the benefit of it is. [The Hall] should be about the unsung heroes of rock
’n’ roll. What’s the fucking point of putting Duran Duran
in there? What’s the point of putting, like, The Rolling Stones in
there? I think that when they started that thing they weren’t planning
ahead; they didn’t realize that if they kept going at the rate they
were going, sooner or later they were gonna have to start thinking about
Duran Duran [laughs]. That was not on their agenda. And I don’t think
we really need anything like that right now. We’ve had more than enough
plaudits. We’ve just got to quietly work away. It’s a little
bumpy right now. We put a lot into the last album, it came out and nothing
really happened with it. So it’s one of those kinds of periods where
you’ve gotta walk the walk, where it’s not just about, “Oh,
are we gonna quit now because the last album was a flop?” We thought
the new record was gonna do a lot better than it has. But we’re really
enjoying our playing right now, and that’s what we have to make it
From the point of view of the soul of the band, there was something wonderful
about that reunion—there was an incredible energy that the five of
us had together. But it just didn’t work out. The good news is that
the guy we’ve got playing guitar with us, Dom Brown, is an electric
blues guitar player cut from a similar cloth to Andy. He comes from that
great English tradition of Mick Taylor and Jeff Beck and plays blues-rock
as easily as he plays the funk, and I think it’s making the band a
little tighter, actually.
9: I just got a very nice email from Mark Ziemke
editor and co-founder of Ground Control magazine who wants
to let all the Duran Duran fans know about the concert review and the great
picture gallery up on their site. So check out the article here
and a fantastic live-picture gallery here
9: Great indepht Nick Rhodes interview on gay.com
about the gay world, Duran Duran next projects and of course once again Andy
Taylor. Below some interesting questions [thanks to Tin for the link - to
read the full article go here].
you're admittedly straight, there's always been something very "gay"
about Duran Duran in terms of the hair, makeup and fashion.
I suppose it all came from is in the 70s, growing up in England, we had
a musical movement called glam rock that included David Bowie, Roxy Music
and Cockney Rebel -- bands that wore fabulous, over-the-top clothes and
good makeup. There was something hugely stylish about it -- a great alternative
to the doddering rock bands who would wear jeans and T-shirts and hid behind
lights. When we started the original lineup in 1980, the first thing we
thought about was "OK, how are we going to present ourselves?"
We wanted it to be something we were comfortable with. Once we started experimenting
with different clothes at the time, we found Kahn and Bell. They were two
girls, Jane Kahn and Patti Bell, the two most exquisite looking peacock
girls in all of Birmingham. You saw them 10 streets away, they had such
a huge charisma. Once we started wearing all the clothes from that period
that they were making, it felt natural, and our identity developed from
there. It was post-punk rock -- what people often tainted as street and
grungy. But let's not forget the Sex Pistols and The Clash were very art-school
and designed by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, the cutting edge
of fashion at the time. They invented what was to come. And you can blame
David Bowie for all the makeup.
next for the Fab Five?
we're on tour for the rest of this year. We've done loads of remixes from
the new album. The drummer of Arctic Monkeys did a remix of "Skin Diver"
and we have a chill-out version of "Night-Runner," which will
come out as part of a separate product. Then I imagine we'll go back to
the studio and do some more material. We're also working on a photographic
book with the history of the band.
there's been a lot of talk about Duran Duran performing the first-ever concert
on [3D online virtual world] Second Life.
haven't done that, but we'll finally launch our Second Life universe. It's
in testing at the moment. We've designed a whole universe, and I'm sure
you'll be thrilled to hear that our most giant building is a lipstick tower.
There's always something going on.
years later, still hungry from lasvegassun.com |
there's a very interesting interview to Nick Rhodes wich focuses on the direction
the music industry is taking with the illegal download [to read the full article
| thanks to Kelgura for posting this on the unofficial duran board]. Below
the most interesting questions of the interview.
Do you really think
the days of the major labels are numbered?
a doubt. For me they’re over already. If you look at the deals being
done in the last six months alone — Madonna, Jay-Z, U2 — they’re
all outside of the label system. And the thing is, a long time ago when
record labels used to have a vision it was undoubtedly the major force in
the industry. They used to nurture bands and actually helped develop their
careers. But they became very lazy in the ’90s, just taking the quick
cash from TV performers who’d come out of shows like “Pop Idol”
(the British TV show that gave birth to “American Idol”). I
think they lost focus completely. They didn’t know what to do with
the advent of the Internet. They panicked. They tried to destroy downloading.
They spent a lot of time hammering away at Napster when in fact what they
should have been doing is saying, “Hey, this is such fantastic technology
you have here. How can we make this work together?” I think they were
incredibly shortsighted and foolish about everything. So I’m far from
surprised at this place we find ourselves in now.
artists better off financially with the new direction of the business?
very different now. I think established artists make a lot more from touring
than from recording. Having said what I just said, I wish that we could
find a sensible solution to prevent illegal downloading. Clearly it’s
such an epidemic, a pandemic. But it would be very, very hard to stop it
at this stage. But I still believe it is plain simple theft. There’s
no doubt about it. Those songwriters, producers, performers, whoever it
is, have all worked to create this piece of music and what people are now
saying is, “We don’t really care about that. We want it free.”
It’s tantamount to walking into a grocery store and filling your bag
up with fruit and vegetables and whatever else you want and just walking
a complex issue. What’s the solution?
very complex and it will be very hard to solve because people now are so
used to getting a lot of things free. ITunes is now the world’s biggest
distributor of music, which is a good thing, I think. But they pretty much
have a monopoly at the moment, which is not such a good thing. It is a tricky
situation. It will be interesting to see what happens with the MySpace venture
with the major labels. But there will always be something new happening
with technology, something that surprises everybody, something that comes
from a different place where people have thought things out and it will
Le Bons will celebrate their 23 years marriage this December*
8: As already reported [scroll down to april 21 news] The Le
Bons attended Tim Jefferies and Malin Johansson wedding.
Simon wrote a poem especially for the couple and read it during the
ceremony. Pics of the wedding are now on Hello! and
[many big ones] on the spanish version Hola! [issue
n°3327 from may 7, 2008]. Many thanks to the Selsus who provided
scans from both magazines.
7: Ok ok,
I wasn't sure to post this one but hey, we are here to bring Duran news but
also to have fun, right?! You've already heard about this Le Bum-crazed fan
who jumped on stage at the Concord show [on may 2] and squized Simon's bum...
well, now we also have a great quality video proof in case we needed
it, thanks to MC Vitry and Melinda LaJaunie who filmed the hilarious, embarrassing
and crazy scene.
is writes [full article here]:
"It was a true “girl gone wild”
moment, only without the nudity, as one young female fan climbed onstage
and made a mad dash for Simon Le Bon. The 49-year-old vocalist eluded his
pursuer at first, but was finally tackled from behind. She hung on for a few
moments, as Le Bon valiantly tried to continue on with his verses, before
a security guard wrestled the woman off the stage. Le
Bon was apparently tickled, both literally and figuratively, by the situation"
he exclaimed to the crowd. “She grabbed my [butt].”
to Kelgura for posting this on the duran unofficial board | there are some
interesting informations about the near future Duran Duran's projects on this
interview to John Taylor appaered today on poprockcandymountain.com.
What are your plans for after the North American tour? JT: In June and July we are in Europe. Our families
have signed us up for the month of August. We are doing a show
in Paris in June with Mark Ronson, which is kind of exciting. He’s
doing this sort of remix-medley thing that will encompass
a whole bunch of Duran Duran songs, some of Mark’s material
and other people’s songs as well.We are thinking
about doing something by The Killers or something. I don’t
really know where it’s going to go come September. We would
like to stay on the road for most of the year. But, who knows?
How is touring for you nowadays? Is it harder for you? Is it as
enjoyable? JT: It’s not hard. I really look after myself these
days. I don’t put myself through the ringer like I used to. It’s
not a lot of fun when you’re not getting any sleep. I try to stay
connected with home — it’s very important for me to do that
these days. It’s not like I just go off on the road and nobody hears
from me. We get along great — the band, really. We enjoy one another’s
company and we enjoy playing together. We’re just here to make the
show as great as we can on a night-by-night basis.
azcentral.com | thanks to Marra who sent me the link to this interview
to Simon Le Bon speaking from a beach in Costa Rica during
a relaxing day-off before the guys kicked off their North American Tour. Here
a couple of quotes:
band Duran Duran touches up its dark roots: "My day is going really
wonderfully," the 49-year-old singer says. "I'm in a very hot,
beautiful place with a big, bright blue sea in front of me. I've grown myself
a mustache, with a big, fat sombrero on my head." "Q: Your voice
sounds better than ever on the new album. How do you feel? A: I'm very excited
about the new music we've made and the show we're playing. There are lots
of things that could be better - me getting more breaks and holidays, I
could be getting younger, my kids could be doing slightly better in school.
But generally, things in life are very good".
is your second CD since the original Duran Duran lineup reunited in 2004.
What were you aiming for this time? A: We had this great hook-up lined up,
and we went there, and Andy Taylor didn't come to the sessions, which led
to us and Andy parting company. So the band was in turmoil. We decided that
what we could do is concentrate on the job at hand, to make the best album
we possibly could under the circumstances. We put all of our energy into
that and didn't worry about the negative aspect.
To read the full article
[main picture of the Le Bons taken in Mexico '05- published by Harpers and
Queen magazine in the september' 05 issue]
to my correspondent Bret M. [from San Jose-Ca] who took these
great pictures at the successful Concord show on
may 2, 2008. Our friend captured some great Duran Duran action and
energy happening on stage and also some funny moments. Thanks for sharing
these with oll the regular visititors of duranasty.com. Here you have a selection
of the best shots [28!], so check it out!
3:The Times apology to Andy Taylor: On today's
edition of the prestigious The Times newspaper there's an apology to Andy
on page 4. I post this with a big question mark:Where's
the truth? Only the people involved in this story knows. I just Hope they
can solve it in the best way for both parts.
Times OnlineMay 3, 2008
interview with and an article about Duran Duran (The band plays on, The
Times Magazine, November 3 2007 and Wild boys always shine, The Sunday Times
Culture, November 4 2007), referring to Andy Taylor’s departure from
the band, said respectively that he had failed to turn up for a recording
session in New York and had “quit” the band, and that he had
sent a “blunt message … that he was leaving the band, with immediate
effect”. It was also suggested that his departure was “still
unexplained”. Andy Taylor’s departure from the band is the subject
of continuing legal proceedings, but we wish to make clear that it was not
unexplained, that he did not quit, leave or walk out on the band –
the Duran Duran partnership was dissolved by the other members. He was unable
to get a US working visa to attend the New York recording session due to
administrative failures by the band’s management. We apologise and
are happy to correct the record.
is not a soap opera, it's just the life and times of duranasty
[to use Nick's words]... Link to the The Times on line version of the article
Many thanks to Charley who originally posted the news here
3: Our down to earth drummer speaks out with thisisnottingham.co.uk
about life and his past, present and future with Duran Duran. Below some quotes
[To read the full article just click here]
" I notice from your tour schedule that you're on a bit of a break.
Are you enjoying having a few days off? A: Absolutely, yeah. We've just
done Australia, the Far East and Central America, then we're off to Vancouver
next week, so it's good to get a few days at home, pat the dog, kiss the
it require any persuasion to get you back into the band, or were you eager
as soon as the suggestion was made? A: It was a real surprise. By the year
2000, I thought: that's it, it's never going to happen again. Then I got
a call out of the blue from John. It took me a little while to think about
it, but I think I was ready. I don't think anybody needed persuading, as
it was one of those things that almost had to happen.
seemed as if there was an "arty" faction in the band, led by Nick,
and a "rock" faction, led by Andy. We particularly saw it when
you split into Arcadia and The Power Station. But it seemed that you were
the guy who floated between those factions. A: I think you're probably right.
It was like being in a gang at school. But that's what made it so creative.
It wasn't like you had five Nick Rhodes, all wanting to be like Depeche
Mode. You also had Andy in there, who wanted to be like AC/DC. When we went
to America, they were ready to accept us because we had a guitar player
that could play heavy riffs. And then of course you had John, who was into
the disco bass lines. So you had this real clash of musical cultures.
2: as reported on duranduran.com
the band will tour Italy in july!
Mantova Palazzo Te’ 40 Euro G.A (Already Announced)
July 16th Roma Roma Rock Festival 30 Euro G.A
July 18th Ravenna Pala De André 40 Euro G.A
July 19th Milano Idr O Scalo 28 Euro G.A
July 20th Jesolo Spiaggia Del Faro 30 Euro G.A - 45 Euro Reserved Seats
July 22nd Napoli Arena Flegrea 30 Euro G.A
July 23rd Reggio Calabria Piazza Indipendenza - Free Admission
2: from billboard.com | A Duran Duran photo book is in the
offing, according to Rhodes. "We've got a lot of great stuff
in our archives from over the years, and I think it's time we put something
out," he says. The group also plans to launch a new game at its
web site, in which Rhodes says users will be able to create an avatar
that can travel around "a virtual world...wandering around these amazing
digital structures." It's expected to go up within the new few months.
And further on the horizon Rhodes says the group hopes to release
"Reportage", the album it scrapped in favor of "Red
Carpet Massacre" that features the last work original guitarist Andy
Taylor did with the band. "We want it to come out one day," the
keyboardist says. "It's a really interesting record... more of an edgy,
indie rock album, obviously going back to our earlier roots. There are a lot
of songs I'm very proud of that I'd like people to hear." link
to the full billboard article
2: On yesterday's issue of The Vancouver Sun there's
a full page quite positive review of the Vancouver show. Here
i just uploaded a scan of the newpaper, so have a good read and enjoy the
pics too ;)
1: I just
got this on my google email allert! It's another exclusive from the
Sun: Mark Ronson is teaming up with his idols Duran Duran for a unique live
collaboration this summer [link to
article] | The Brit winner will work his magic at the
Smirnoff Experience Paris on July 2. The editor says "It’s
strictly invite only — but I’m giving away a pair of tickets,
accommodation and first class Eurostar travel. To be in with a shout of winning
simply email the answer to the following question to firstname.lastname@example.org
by midnight on Saturday, strictly over 18s only". Gordon Smart
from the Bizzare section of The Sun.
is the name of Mark’s most recent album?
to Itn.co.uk the Paris show will take place at La
Cigale. Together, they will rework versions of some of their
classic hitsalong with tracks from their latest album. Duran
Duran's lead singer Simon Le Bon is also expected to appear as a guest
vocalist on Ronson's hit album Version. link
to the Itn article.
Bbc.co.uk: Their collaborative concert is invite-only, but
will be filmed and shown around the world, according to sponsor Smirnoff.
to the full bbc article.
pictures: the band in Vancouver on the 29th of April] Concert
review from thedeadbolt.com: The lights went down somewhere
around 8:30pm and the band kicked off their twenty-something song, three act
set with three new tracks from Red Carpet Massacre - "The Valley,"
"Nite Runner," "Red Carpet Massacre" - before launching
into their early mainstream hit "Hungry Like the Wolf." As you’d
expect, that’s when the place went ape-sh*t. Although I’m willing
to bet 90% of the crowd hasn’t heard the new material, you couldn’t
tell by the rowdy reception the new songs received. The fact is - their new
album doesn’t sound out of place. The band was wise to get the new songs
out of the way first since - let’s be honest - almost everyone was there
to hear an endless supply of pop-culture hits. Still, Duran Duran sprinkled
such new tracks as the Justin Timberlake collaboration "Falling Down,"
"Tempted," and "Skin Divers" timely throughout the set,
which invariably gave fans a break from the intensity of the retro favorites...
The only noticeable low points of the night came in the form of back-end,
stabilizing tech adjustments. When the band kicked into the title track from
the new album, Red Carpet Massacre, Le Bon’s vocals were drowned out
by the heavy, unbalanced and reverberating bass. When you’re promoting
your new album and title track, you definitely don’t want things to
fall off the rails at a time like that. Also, during "Ordinary World"
there appeared to be an awkward unevenness to the song that was slightly off-balance
and out-of-step with their lone back-up singer... Although the Vancouver show
wasn’t quite sold out, the crowd was one of the best I’ve seen
from the city in years. Vancouver arena crowds are notorious for being too
laid back at times (like spinelessly laid back), but not this one. Full article
Vancouver Sun: the band was solid. Le Bon's voice sounds like it's
put away carefully every night in a velvet-lined silver jewelry box. He sounds
just like he did back in the day. John Taylor made the bass an instrument
to watch. Rhodes was mostly blank-faced, but skilled at his many keyboards
- regularly signaling to the engineer to adjust his levels. And Roger Taylor
was a master at keeping the beats, even if the levels were sometimes off and
Le Bon missed his cue once or twice.With just one costume change break, the
band played for more than two hours. There were surprisingly few unfamiliar
songs interspersed between hits like Reflex, Girls on Film and '90s ballads
Come Undone and Ordinary World. The infectious Rio - which I'd been playing
in my head for the past week - was saved for the encore, leaving everyone
who bought tickets presumably satisfied. Full article here
Province April 30, 2008: Young and young at heart dance along
to the Wild Boys of Duran Duran: "...Hmmm, a band able to mess
around with old material without marring it. A band with a set list loaded
with hits and a new album that isn't some pale imitation of past glories.
Dang. There might be some substance here after all".