30: Hello there, this is just a quick note to let you know
that I won't be able to update the site for a while as I'm in the process
of moving to a new home and we'll be busy in the next couple of weeks
getting everything done in the house before my second baby sees the
light in march. Hopefully I'll be able to give some updates before Christmas.
I thank everyone who sent reports and great pics from the recent Duran
shows and meetings, there's enough to make a huge update when I'll be
back online. Meanwhile don't miss the Duran news: check out duranduran.com
and of course thegreat unofficial
Duranboard. Thanks to all and see you soon! ;)
25: I just translated from portouguese to english a very interesting
interview to John Taylor by Braulio Lorentz from Jornal do Brasil.
The interview has been also published by musica.terra.com.br
on november 15 with the headline: "se não tocarmos Rio todos vão
se revoltar". Our favourite bassist speaks from Los Angeles just few
days before the band left to South America. Maybe John's thoughts and feelings
about the direction the band has taken with the recent album start to emerge
trough his irony? Have a good read and make yourconclusion.
taken by Camila, MariaJose and Barbarella in Santiago and Buenos Aires last
week, thanks a lot girls!
era uma m..."
Duran comes to Brazil to promote their 12th album...]
album we release comes with the affirmation: 'it's the best album we have
ever done'. We have to believe that. Perhaps, we will later assume: ' OK,
it was a s… ' ", John laughs.
note: m...= merda = shit]
band sold more than 70 million records in 30 years of career and hasn't
always kept a friendly relationship with the press. "reviews don't
interest me. If the record is already made and launched, why I should read
about it and what could change anyway? During the tour you have to believe
in the record", he explains.
your collaboration with Ronson and the great megamix -wich included tracks
from Prince and Blur- that you played in Paris...] Is there a chance to
work with the godfather of Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen?
would like to work with Ronson. Many people don't know, but he's a good
musician, not only a first class producer" , he melts both aspects.
be good to make something new. That partnership was a one shot. I don't
know if [the DD&Ronson show] will be released on cd, dvd or if we'll
make others shows. It could be so".
linking with the new generation of pop doesn't stop there. To the name of
Ronson he adds another English sensation: Arctic Monkeys,
a band of guys in their 20s. The Hit single I Bet You Look Goodon the Dancefloor is an explicit citation of Rio.
there's another Duran Duran citation from the lyrics of Save the
was the best music of 2006/2007. It's fantastic. They are the best of the
latest 10 years", Taylor says. "I met the drummer and we commented
together those citations".
says he's a fan of the American band of psychedelic pop MGMT
But the biggest search for John are bassist player cds. " My favourite
are Paul McCartney and George Murray [David
Bowie]. The performance in Station to Station is great".
one of the founding members of the band, also explains why he ended up leaving
the band in 1997, to only come back in 2001: "I had enough, I was "full".
I needed to leave. Everything seemed a sacrifice. I went to a second marriage,
needed to take care of my daughter".
was the return to the band? "
a show with the Simon in New York. I was amused. We talked and had a lunch
on the return trip. I didn't feel like I had abandoned the band. It was
just like the beginnings".
a scan of the article [in portoguese] from the newspaper Folha de
Sao Paulo from november 21 [thanks to Eliane Moreira]. Special thanks
also to Paulo Labao for the above pic of the guys with Narjara Turetta.
More on the São Paulo shows from my correspondent Paulo from Brazil
who just sent me these pics and the following email:
Salvo, Good Day, I am following your website daily, which by far is the
best and it is always updated. Reason of this message is to report on the
shows in Sao Paulo that I attended with my wife Susan. Man, the guys are
the same, no change, the energy and the passion for the stage is exactly
the same. I have been waiting for this moment for 20 years and tears came
to my eyes when I saw the guys there, in front of me. My wife and I bought
the VIP tickets because no way of losing any shot of the show, it had to
be in the front of the stage, looking eye to eye. The house was crowded
with more than 4.000 thousand people screaming their names and singing the
songs by heart, even the new ones from the Red Carpet Massacre. The show
was perfect, the sound and quality of it was amazing. Simon Le Bon and co
were brilliant and always smiling in reaction to the crowd, completely gone
nuts by watching the guys live. There is no way to describe the vibe in
there. Sao Paulo recently had many shows from other excellent artists such
REM, Cindy Lauper, Maroon 5, but no doubt Duran Duran up to now was the
best. Only the people who attend these shows can describe the feeling. I
am looking forward to hearing the same reaction from Rio de Janeiro tonight
and shall let you know soon. All the best, Paulo Labao [yes my surname is
Labao, not LeBon]
Minogue teams up with Duran Duran [?] from theaustralian.news.com.au.
Pop princess Kylie Minogue wants to team up with '80s heart throbs Duran Duran
for a new single.Minogue has reportedly held secret talks with the British
band's singer Simon Le Bon and keyboard player Nick Rhodes in South America.
The trio lunched together recently at a restaurant in Chile, where both Minogue
and Duran Duran were on tour, to discuss new ideas for her next album, the
News of the World reported. "Kylie's been thinking about reinventing
her sound and has always loved Duran Duran so thought: 'Why the hell not?',''
the newspaper quoted a source as saying.
note - the question is: it's all speculation or there's some truth behind
23: Duran Duran have just concluded two successfull shows in
São Paulo [november 21 and 22]. The band played in Brazil after
20 years from their first show there [in 1988]. Reporters refers that
they played to a crowd of 4.000 the first night and maybe more the second.
All pics in this news are taken in Brazil [thanks to Eliane, Claudia,
Marina], below the guys [Roger with his wife Gisela] outiside their
São Paulo hotel meeting the fans. Some online articles and pictures
galleries can be found herehere
Check them out. Next stop Rio de Janeiro!
november 18 Duran Duran headlined a great show with Maroon 5
at the Plaza Figali in Panama. Two generations have met on
the same stage for the pleasure of a huge crowd, unfortunately the two bands
didn't play any song together but they enjoyed to party all night long at
the Red Carpet Party organized at the disco Headkandi [pics below].
20: These exclusive pictures of Simon and Nick were taken at the
famous Mercado Central in Santiago - Chile by my friend Karine
Retamal Petersen [pictured below with the 2 Duran Duran guys]. Simon and Nick
had fun walking trough the beauties of the city with Dave Casillas
and Gavin Elder [the guy who is responsable for most of the
on the road video footage].
from Latina America
You can get an
exclusive scan from Diario La República from
november 2, 2008 here.
find some more pics of the guys Live in Concert in Santiagohere
[by superstarkman] and here
[by Coti], pics from the Bogotà show can be
[by betoduranfoto]. On
the right the lucky Karine with the Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes.
Here is the band in Panama on november 18, more pics have
been posted on the Latin Duran Duran message board. An article from
prensa.com can be found here.
I got this email/news while I was writing this from my very good friend and
correspondent Amanda in Brazil so I pass it along:
there, I have a bad news for the brazilian fans: the Porto Alegre
show has been cancelled due to the bad ticket sales. The good thing
is that on friday I'm going to see the 1st Sao Paulo concert
and it's going to be amazing, I'm sure! I'll do my best to take great pictures
and report news for duranasty.com
20: I translated
[for my pleasure] from spanish to english three interesting questions from
interview to Nick Rhodes from vuenosairez.com, thought it's
worth sharing it with you. Nick mentions Warren Cuccurullo,
how much he likes the current Duran Duran lineup, how lucky they feel to have
met Dom and also speaks out about his wishes to release a
new album soon.
in thirty years of Duran Duran as band, you have had around ten different
lineup… How do you feel with the current band, and how you maintain
the style of the group? NR: ok, this lineup is almost the original one except for
Andy [Taylor] who went away so we had to replace him urgently. The important
thing to us has been to retain always the essence of Duran Duran: a glad
and exciting band. I believe the hardest period to me was by the end of
the 90's when John [Taylor] went away for some time, but now we are very
happy. We find Dom Brown [Guitars] in London and it was
a Ron Wood style thing, we rehearsed one night and the next day he knew
all the repertoire. He is a great guitarist, as much rythmical as in lead
guitar, he is very versatile and we are very happy to have him on board.
people are wondering why Warren Cuccurullo did not return
to guitars. NR: With Warren it's all super fine. He is in another "moment"
but I love him. Whenever I am in Los Angeles we met and spend time together,
we are very good friends, it's only this: we are in different moments.
Power Station, The Devils, Duran Duran's collaborations with other artists
[in each project] and you producing also, with an important lapse of time,
two very different band: Kajagoogoo and more recently The
Dandy Warhols… well, how do you feel in this process of collaboration? NR: Very well. When I did the Kajagoogoo I was going to
produce two tracks, nothing else. I listened the demo of Too Shy
and I thought there was something there and I could give the right atmosphere
to the track with my contribution. I ended up producing the full record,
I was 19 or 20 years old. I was very young. With The Dandy Warhols it was
different. I was a fan of the band so when Courtney Taylor-Taylor
[leader of the Dandys] approached me he told me that he wanted a retro but
really modern sound. I felt that I could put that in Welcome to
the Monkey House and it was a record that I enjoyed very much producing.
I would like to make more things, to collaborate with other musicians but
the latest years with Duran Duran have required much work and so much time.
I always get requests, but I really cannot accept them, I can't get involved
you think you'll release the next Duran Duran record in a short time just
like this [RCM] or we have to wait a longer time? NR: [laughter] I hope it will be soon finished, I am with
you on that. We would like to release a record in six months or in three
| John Taylor speaks out about his wishes for the next Duran Duran album.
Here is an excerpt from the article: The bassist hints that the band
will be working on the follow-up to last year's 'Red Carpet Massacre' album.
"We've been talking to Mark Ronson," he says, "and
I don't know if that's going to happen. For me I would like to do something
very personal. "We did a gig with producer Mark Ronson in Paris,"
he recalls, "and we all ended up in the bar at the hotel. And verybody's
sitting around the piano singing 'The Chauffeur.' Quite bizarre. Strangely
enough, it was Mark who knew how to play it on the piano as opposed to any
mentions Andy Taylor's book: he says he was chuffed to see
it in print and picked up a copy: "I started looking through it, and
I was like, 'Oh God, this is depressing.' So it's sitting
on the top shelf out of reach of the children."
14: On november 12 Duran Duran played for the first time in
Bogotá-Colombia at Coliseo El Campín.
The show was a benefit concert in favour of the Foundation
Juan Felipe Gómez Escobar. The guys did
a press conference in Bogotà: you can watch a clip of it [with
a very funny John Taylor] on the left of this box. Check out also another
clip of the same press conference here.
If you are curious to know what Nick Rhodes draws during the press conference
just have a look at thepicture below! More pics from the press conference
can be found here
and pics of the show are right here
of the interviews in Bogotà Simon Le Bon said: “I really came
in Colombia with an open mind, you can only know people when you visit their
country. People here is very warm and amiable” [...] “we
are going to help a great cause, we are going to help the childrens providing
education and development.
of interviews have been done while the guys were in town, if you can read
spanish have a look at these: here
you can find interviews to Roger Taylor from semana.com
and bogota.vive.com and elespectador.com
is a video interview to from canalrcn.com
12: I just
got some press articles published in South America. One of them [La Tercera]
reveals that band, on november 10, had intentions to visit La Vina
Concha y Toro located in the Pirque zone. Concha
y Toro is a chilean company founded in 1883 wich produces and exports prestigious
wines. Download these exclusive articles scans: La
Razon from Argentina, La
Tercera from Chile and La
Prensa from Panama.
correspondent Lucho from Lima [one of the three guys who run a Duran Duran
webpage for all the peruian fans] attended the Duran Duran show on November
4 with his duranies friends and they had a great time at the show and meeting
the guys at the hotel were the band were staying. They all got pictures and
items signed by all the band members just like the front cover of the current
issue of the peruian magazine Phantom [with Duran on cover].
Lucho was kind enough to share these pics and scans with all of us [download
the scans here: cover
of Nick on the doorstep of the hotel, close to him [on your left] you can
spot Wendy Leister, Duran Duran's manager and Nick's cousin.
In the first pic Nick signs the mag to Lucho.
more news from Argentina:
the story about Duran Duran having a dinner with Francis Ford Coppola [I reported
yesterday about it] has been published in many argentinian newspapers and
websites, I post just a couple of the many links I found on the web: eldia.com.ar
[with a nice press conference pic]
in the interview I posted yesterday that he would love:
work with audio-visuals. It would be great to start putting music to films
or performances. Continue investigating the combination of image and music,
note: Coppola and Simon's desire to put music to films... well there are
few elements here to let imagination fly!!]
Buenos Aires show the band went to the G.E.B.A Club to
10: Olé, Olé, Duran, Duran, it's Duran Duran fever
in Argentina! The Buenos Aires concert was great with 20.000 people dancing,
singing and clapping during the whole show, it was like huge party a reporter
said. According to Gustavo [a fan who attended the show] Francis Ford
Coppola was onstage to one side. He attended the whole show. The
night before the show Simon went to see a football match [Boca Juniors agains
Inter of Porto Alegre - Brasil]. That night the band also had dinner with
Francis Ford Coppola, Vincent Galo and Gustavo Cerati [former lead singer
of Soda Stereo [a huge pop band from Argentina].
Below a recent interview to Simon released the same day of the Buenos Aires
is the original spanish version [interview by Facundo Garcia - translation
thanks to jeditrainee]
Duran Duran will perform for the fourth time in Argentina. With the backing
of three decades of touring, several videos that marked the history of MTV
and more than seventy million albums sold, the British band will take its
Red Carpet Massacre Tour to the Gymnastics and Fencing Club (Freire and
Colonel Dorrego Avenue). "There will be crowds shouting wildly",
prophesizes the composer and singer Simon Le Bon in a speech which, if extended,
could have led to a self-help book of pop stars.
have combined a certain sophistication with massive commercial success.
How did you do it? You have to concentrate in one of the two things.
You either live for the art or make commercial products. Two options that
are often mutually exclusive. At some point, we decided we were going to
put the art fisrt. That was our identity. If we didn’t respect it,
we were going to turn into more of the same. We don’t stop having
fun or working hard, but always knew that success would come as a result
of that. Look, is not that we all get together one day in assembly to discuss
the issue: it was a matter that we began to understand gradually.
does it feel like waking up one day and read or hear that you are a legend?
[Dryly] If I believed myself a legend I would be a total jerk.
I don’t identify with any of that. I feel that I still have to fulfill
a thousand goals. I am excited, for example, to work with audio-visuals.
It would be great to start putting music to films or performances. Continue
investigating the combination of image and music, learn. Perhaps one day
you will see me sit down to compose live on stage, I don’t know. The
truth is that I don’t have enough time to carry out all the things
that I think of.
has happened since a girl named Fiona Kemp recommended Simon as a potential
voice for a musical project that had just begun at the bar Rum Runner, back
in 1980. Between that pretty-face that showed up to rehearsal with pink
leopard pants and the man who today unstitches sunset reflections, there
is a distance equivalent to that between anonymity and global celebrity
that today carries between continents. But the link with the origins remains:
"It is a pity that I never talked to Fiona again-says New Romantic
Le Bon. I owe it to her that she felt that maybe I had a talent and I needed
an opportunity to make it explode."
internal impetus gives you strength to continue creating? Well,
life changes. What you have to do is identify what are the important aspects
of each phase. There are guys who swear that the key issue is financial.
I have discovered that the focus is elsewhere. And you know what? While
working on those things that move me inside, I notice that what I do has
a better impact on other people. Even though my lifestyle and routines might
not be familiar to them, I guess they feel the sincerity. And we come into
that in the case of the Latin American audience, does not need confirmation.
Although they have had bizarre moments. "When you get such diverse
audiences, you are glad to see there are fans who use your songs for unexpected
purposes," Le Bon slips. And builds: "One of the strangest stories
I heard about the music of Duran Duran is related to the U.S. invasion to
the Isthmus of Panama in 1989. It turns out that the Marines had surrounded
Manuel Antonio Noriega and, before the final attack, put on some speakers
that played 'Hungry Like The Wolf'. Anyway, at least were quite explicit
about their intentions."
keyboardist Nick Rhodes, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Taylor took
some time to celebrate the triumph of Obama at the start of the tour that
will take them through the region. "With the election results begins
the end of the current regime in the U.S.," said the frontman at a
concert a few days ago in Lima. The leader of the quartet joked that they
loved South America so much that it wouldn’t surprise him to see Roger
Taylor-whose girlfriend is Peruvian-trading his drums for the quena [traditional
flute of the Andes].
you think the initial glam of the group will be diminishing, as did the
cans of hair spray that you emptied twenty years ago? You maintain
the intensities. The rest of the world is another thing. I think it is stupid
to want to recover the glam of the eighties. Looking from the present, I
have the impression that we have gone forward in a few respects. With regard
to the innocence, for instance. We were a generation of young people completely
unrealistic: we will not recover that naivety, for the elementary reason
that we saw too many f-up events, period. So I guess we’ll agree that
rather than being "the super glamorous" or "the cool ones"
the important thing is to build a good life, in the broad sense.
then. Only the necessary. It is true that in the eighties we took
other liberties by assault. I mean, you saw the kids that would fix themselves
up and put on the latest fashions not because TV said so, but because they
wanted to be unlike anyone else in the universe. Look at the difference:
today the media gives you a giant catalog for picking hair, clothes, face,
and so on. In return, they incite you to not start your own search.
Rhodes discusses the release of the Rio Classic album with
and reminisces the shooting of the Rio video album. the article has been published
on yesterday by The Observer.
says: We were on holiday in Antigua, staying next to
each other, like the Monkees. We were rung up and told, 'Stay there,
we're bringing a film crew.' I only like boats when they're tied up,
and you can have a cocktail without spilling it. We were initially going
to shoot the video for 'Rio' indoors and we'd had Antony
Price make these beautiful suits for us. I remember thinking:
'Oh my God, that sea water, it's going to ruin all this silk.' With
a sail boat, you're off into the distance and it takes a while to turn
round. I was glad to get off. Simon Le Bon loved it, climbing as far
as he possibly could along the prow. He always had an action man side.
threw Andy Taylor off the side - a bit of a premonition, that, because Andy
would leave the band in 1985 - and there was a real moment of horror later
when the director Russell Mulcahy was filming with Reema, the girl in the
video, and a gust of wind shattered a giant mirror next to her. She only had
a couple of scratches. We were just a bunch of guys from post-industrial Birmingham.
Of course we noticed the recession. You couldn't ignore the political climate
at the time. When we played the Birmingham Odeon in either 1981 or '82 there
were riots on New Street. But I was 19 when the Rio album came out. You're
trying to make something good for yourself. Of course you're aware of other
things, but the party was definitely more on everybody's mind.
from the Rio Classic Album]
8: According to this
Simon Le Bon interview published yesterday on the argentinian Pagina12
website and to the DyN News and Press Agency [www.dyn.com.ar
published the news "Músicos de Duran Duran lanzan disco sinfónico
en 2009" on november 6 at 4:53 pm] Duran Duran are planning to release
a symphonic record with the Orlando Philarmonic Orchestra.
[this might be a way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of band? just wondering
- Simon might refer to a completely new recording since there's no news of
a pro-recording of that
Orlando 2005 show]
interview, by Gustavo Bove, Simon says :
a lifetime on the road, how do you see the future of Duran Duran? What is
your greatest wish for the band? I
want to do something different. I would not make a new album after the tour,
would do something new, something theatrical or with visual effects. I even
got the idea of playing with a big orchestra and build something completely
epic with our work. We want to deal with the music of Duran Duran from a
completely different place.
same argentinian interview Mr Le Bon says:
was the worst moment the band lived? For me, the worst moment of
the band was in'97, when [John Taylor] left the group and only stayed Nick
[Rhodes], Warren [Cuccurullo] and me. I didn't really enjoyed our working
relationship with them two, at the time. And he did not agree with Nick
on the direction we should take artistically and as a band. That was the
main reason why in 2001, we agreed with Nick, grabbed the phone and decided
to reform the original linup
hand on heart, what was the best album you did? not the last one, it doesn't
count... [laughs] The latest record is pretty good, eh! ...But
I will fulfill your slogan. I would say it's between Rio and The Wedding
Album, although the first album is also very good. It is so difficult to
8: On the left a clip from the Buenos Aires press conference
held yesterday. On rollingstone.com.ar
there's a gallery of nice pics taken during the press conference.
you can find some more pics from the press conference in Lima. A couple
of videos of the guys in Peru have been posted on the official sites:
video of the band
to Mr Barack Obama, new President of the United States of America!
| Duran Duran dedicates song to Obama: despite a delay at the beginning
of their concert, world-renowned English pop rock band Duran Duran was received
with applause, warmth and enthusiasm by approximately 5,000 fans at the Estadio
Monumental last night. The band came to Peru to kick off their Red Carpet
Massacre Latin American tour, which will have the quartet traveling around
Latin America until December. For almost two hours, fans were delighted by
Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor with songs such as
"Rio", "Hungry Like the Wolf", "Notorious",
"Save a Prayer", "A view to a kill", "Reflex",
"Come Undone", "Wild Boys" and "Girls on Film".
Speaking some Spanish while on stage, the band quickly won the crowd over,
which affirmed they still loved the group.
classics as well as new songs from their last album, Red Carpet Massacre,
the group even dedicated a song to then President elect Barack Obama.
has been in Peru since Saturday and gone sightseeing through Lima. While they
said they would have liked to have visited Machu Picchu, band members said
it would not be possible on this trip. Living in Peru had a chance to meet
with band members and give them a gift to help them remember their trip to
the Andean country. Affirming they love Peru, it's people, culture, food and
pisco sour, each band member happily received an edition of "101 Reasons
to be Proud of Peru".
6: There's a two pages article on the current issue of Flash magazine from
Portugal. The retrospective article celebrates Simon's 50th birthday and the
long life of the band. Download scans of the article here: page
2 [thanks to Penelope]
4: Fifty years ago, in the Aug. 4, 1958, issue, Billboard
launched a revolutionary chart called the Hot 100. After
nearly two decades of tracking songs distinctively by sales or plays [on jukeboxes
and at radio], the Hot 100 was the first list to measure popularity by incorporating
both radio play and sales. Scoring the chart's inaugural No. 1 was Ricky Nelson
with "Poor Little Fool." Billboard.com is celebrating
this milestone in a big way. We have posted all kinds of Hot 100-based charts
leading up to the newly-unveiled special All-Time Hot 100 chart and the commemorative
Hot 100 Anniversary issue of Billboard Magazine.
Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists
list of the Hot 100's top 100 artists, based on all charting titles from August
1958 through July 2008 sees Duran Duran at a respectable # 52
Duran feature in another part of the Billboard anniversary chart: Artists
with the most Hot 100 No. 1 hits of the 1980s with 2 weeks at
the top for The Reflex and
2 for A View To A Kill . For those of you
wondering Phil Collins, Whitney Houston and Madonna have all topped the list
with 7 number ones in that decade. All the time winner is The Beatles 
followed by Mariah Carey  Michael Jackson  and Madonna .Here is
the full list
Billboard's 50th Anniversary Hot 100 song and artist charts determined? Read
it right here.
Pre-order The Billboard Magazine Hot 100 Anniversary Issue here
nice pics of Nickout and about in Lima have been posted
on duranduranmusic.com if you are a member just login into
the site and enjoy! According to Simon the Lima show is gonna be the best
show of the year as he declared in the following interviews: elcomercio.com.pe
4: On the left a picture of the article published on november
2, 2008 by the Scotland on Sunday - Spectrum magazine.
Andy says: "I wish I'd never done cocaine," [...] "I
was in a great mood that night but cocaine certainly didn't figure in
my plans. They say the first time you do cocaine it is so intense that
you'll never experience the same thing again, and it's true. You just
go bang, and you're immediately overcome with a tidal wave of euphoria
and a feeling of overwhelming confidence." Read the online version
3: Duran Duran arrived in Lima - Peru - on november 1. The
band will start their south American tour right there on November 4th.
The four guys met the media at the press conference [held in in a local
hotel] sponsored by Sony Ericsson then Nick and John also did an interview
with radio Oxígeno. Here is link
to the radio's website [article on the band in Lima] and here
you have a full gallery of pictures [taken during the press conference
and radio interview]. While the band were in town Nick didn't miss the
chance to have a tour of the city [pics are up on duranmusic.com]. In
the picture on the left John and Simon wears the typical peruian colourfull
two videos, one from the press conference taken from NetJoven.com
and the other is an exclusive interview to Roger and
Gisela from Domingo al Dia tv show, Check