31: More news on the celebration of Simon's 50th birthday from thelondonpaper.com:
We hear that... Simon Le Bon rocked his 50th birthday party
with wife Yasmin [inset] at new members’ club Moulton House
in Mayfair. The extravagantly designed venue opens on 19 November.
Simon gets some Box: What do you get a rock star for his
50th birthday? If you're John Taylor, Roger Taylor, and Nick Rhodes, you get
your Duran Duran bandmate Simon Le Bon a humungous silver DJ box with fifty
albums -- one for each of the years Simon's been rockin' the world. The collection
ranges from Kraftwerk's "Man Machine" to one of
their own records, "Rio." Also included were albums by Elvis,
Dr. Dre, and David Bowie. "He
was thrilled," says a friend of the superstar. "He's
just wondering what the lads will get him for the next fifty."
26 The Sunday Mercury newpaper from Birmingham has dedicated
a full page article to Simon's 50th birthday . The article is filled with
"50 things you may not have known about the singer and the band"
- of course we know them all! ;) download an exclusive scan
of the article here
gigwise.com | The song, which shared its title with the 1985
film, came top ahead of Shirley Bassey's 'Goldfinger' and 'Live and Let Die'
by Paul McCartney & Wings in the Gigwise survey. Carly Simon's 'Nobody
Does It Better' – from The Spy Who Loved Me – was fourth, while
another of Bassey's Bond themes, 'Diamonds Are Forever', came in at five.
The James Bond theme has become one of the most coveted recording tasks of
in all of film. To see the full results to the poll click
here.Sophisticated Cunning - Duran Duran were originally chosen to record
the theme for A View To Kill – written in collaboration
with composer John Barry - after bassist John Taylor approached
director Cubby Broccoli at a party. The track sees the band's
trademark 80s electro collide with the lavish and sophisticated cunning found
in many of the franchise's theme songs.
28: On the left a picture of the brand new Rio cd single! It's
a rare 3 track promo cd [EREDV693AP]
that has been sent to a very limited number of Uk radios
and deejays. Edel Records in Italy
will be sending the promo cd to some radios in the next days so hopefully
we'll get some airplay and exposure on the Classic Album dvd. An insider
says the band will do some light promotion in support of Rio Classic
Album, promo will consist mainly in phone interviews.
Rio 5'60" 2. Save A Prayer 5'27" 3.
Hungry Like The Wolf 3'50"
2008: Today is a special day: Simon Le Bon turns 50th!
we just want to wish you a very happy birthday, thanks for being such a
genuine and beautiful person. Some things do get better with age, you have
proven that 'cos you're better than ever. You are a passionate singer and
passionate about life, so keep on whooshing!
Taylor speaks to mexican newspaper El Universal [the interview
was published on yesterday's edition]. John says: "We'll never be tired
to play songs like Ordinary World, it's a classic and it's an honour to play
it live. It's a very emotional song wich has the power to change you anytime
you listen to it. Anytime I compose new music I always try to achive something
like we did with Ordinary World..." Download the exclusive scan of the
Some more press
from South America: there's a 3 pages interview to Simon Le Bon on
the current issue of Gente magazine from Argentina
[issue 2257 October 21, 2008]. Fer Le Bon posted scans on the unofficial
version is right here
25: According to Nick's long interview on gaymagazine.cl
"at a certain point popped up the idea to do something with Rihanna,
we all think she's very special, but I don't know... When things comes in
the right moment one knows what is good to do. We'll see, we are open to offers
[...] We really hope to do some more work with Mark Ronson,
don't know if will be a duet or something else".
To read the full interview [in spanish] go here
25: Zone International Group from Essex, Uk, has
just released a beautiful 16 months glossy calendar on Duran Duran [running
from September 08 to December 09]. It's a 12x12 inch 100% unofficial wall
calendar and it includes a free pull out poster. Beautifully designed, the
graphic is clearly inspired by "Red Carpet Massacre"
and features a selection of quality live-concert images and photo-calls mostly
from 2005 and 2007 tours. The pictures are huge [each pic is on a double page].
Worth having it if you are a Duran Duran collector. You can get the calendar
on amazon.co.uk here
or, for a cheaper price, at Zone's ebay-shop here.
24: On march 19th 2008 I was contacted by a London based company
called isis-productions, the producers of Rio Classic
Album. They got my email from this website. Melissa, the Line Producer,
was really interested in my help. I represented for her and the production
team a good source of Duran Duran's early years informations, memorabilia
and obscure photographs. When they first contacted me they even offered me
money for the work they were asking me to do. My answer was clear, I would
help them with real pleasure, but I wouldn't accept any money, I told them
that all the things I do to promote Duran Duran [including this webiste] I
do with pleasure and passion not for money. The Producers and I have been
in touch over the months untill the release date was announced. They asked
me specific things such as magazines scans and informations on some early
years Duran happenings. I felt honoured to work with them, especially with
Melissa. I'm glad that I have been able to give my little contribution to
this huge and fantastic Duran Duran official release. The producers were kind
enough to thank me [mentioning my name] in the credits at the end of the dvd.
24: I just got this extraordinary photo document and news from my
very dear friend Christian who just went to the Rock 'n Music Planet
exhibition organized by music journalist, music collector and Duran's
friend Red Ronnie. Christian says: "if you want to see
what the lyrics of Ordinary World looked like when Luciano
Pavarotti was learning them to perform at Pavarotti and Friends
you have to go to this very nice rock exhibition. Lots of rare items and memorabilia
on many rockstars are up on display at the unique Rock ‘n Music Planet
exhibition in Milan, right in the center of Piazza Duomo, just meters across
the holy cathedral. Duran Duran fans are ecstatic: the never before seen Ordinary
World handwritten lyric sheets feature corrections by Simon Le Bon and Luciano
Pavarotti, a relique of the Pavarotti and Friends edition held in Modena
in 1995. There is also a t-shirt of the concert signed by Le Bon,
Bono, Pavarotti and Lady D". Here is a link to the exhibition's website
where you can get more informations: rockandmusicplanet.com
the exclusive pics of the lyrics sheets
of art for Duran Duran this month! On october 15 John Taylor and Nick Rhodes
attended the Frieze exhibition, London's largest art fair [with over 40000
visitors every year]. The two guys visited the 151 galleries at Regent's Parkand
with artist Tracey Emin and Jay Jopling
owner of the White Cube. Here is a link to the art fair site: friezeartfair.com
The Evening Standard from October 16 covered the multi-art-exhibiton
and surprise surprise, the two pages article has a big picture of Nick and
John at the fair.
an exclusive scan here
Nick Rhodes also
attended the Katherine Bernhardt Private View on October 16 in London.
In the above picture Katherine Bernhardt and Nick at the Ransom Gallery.
above screencaps are taken from a new videoclip up on DuranDuranMusic.com
[log in if you are a member and watch it, it's so cool!]. The video shows
the guys on the set of a new photo shoot in London. As Nick explains in the
video the set is again some Art exhibition: "Concrete and Glass"
[Heart of Glass, a show of new, site-specific work by over 25 established
and emerging artists in Shoreditch Town Hall’s basement, the hub of
the arts projects was launched on October 2nd. Here is a link
to the exhibition's website]
Brown, the talented guitarrist and songwriter who has been on board with Duran
Duran recording some great guitar in RCM and live on stage with them during
the whole Red Carpet Massacre World Tour [and involved with some band activities
from time to time since late 2004 while Andy Taylor was progressively stepping
out of the band] has conceded an interview to duranasty.com.
I would like to thanks Dom for taking the time to do it and for the nice words
he used towards the Duran Duran fans. We feel honoured that a really talented
and down to earth guy like you is in Duran Duran. Duranasty.com would like
to see more of you in the Duran Duran future.
miss to watch Dom Brown Live webcast on october 28, 2008
[12.30 pm pst 8.30 pm London] performing with Blue to Brown
at the Bedford in London www.whereitsat.tv/livebedford.html
8: As you can see I have been busy giving some new light
to the look of the website, I was tired of the RCM colours/design,
I needed a change! Hope you like it. Well, I just came across this
news: Eagle Rock Ent has just announced the released
date of Rio Classic Album: it's november 4th! eaglerockent.com
has also a preview video of the guys discussing the sound of
New Religion. You can watch and downlowd it right here.
The upcoming dvd has additional interviews and demonstrations not
included in the History Channel broadcast version.
You can preorder the dvd on amazon, here is a link.
[Thanks to Mel]
Features excerpts from: Rio, My Own Way, Hungry Like The Wolf, New
Religion, Save A Prayer, The Chauffeur & more. Bonus Features:
Brand new session performances filmed in Boston especially for this
DVD of: Save A Prayer, The Chauffeur, New Religion, Hungry Like The
7: Nick Rhodes pays another homage to the great art of his good friend
Andy Warhol. Yesterday, October 6, 2008, Nick attended the private view of
Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms at The Hayward Gallery
in London, England. Pics in all the main photo agencies websites.
7: The face and voice of Duran Duran, Simon Le Bon, sat with VOA's
Larry London during the band's recent visit to Washington.
nearly 30 years together, Duran Duran has an unbreakable relationship, despite
the 2006 departure of group member Andy Taylor. "There are some relationships
that are even stronger than marriage. You see bands that do not get along
with each other. There are plenty of very famous bands that do not get along
with each other. We are not like that," Simon said. "We really
get along very well with each other. There's real loyalty, friendship, and
we stick up for each other. We look after each other."
it all here
and download the video-interview here
2: Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor have been recently interviewed by
the argentinian newspaper Clarin at the Blake Hotel in South
Kensington, London [where the above picture has been taken] while Simon Le
Bon has been reached by telephone in Ibiza where the singer is spending his
last days of vacation. The article says "When the South America tour
will be over, the band will come back to England to start works on a new musical
project". Click here
to read the online version of the article [in spanish].
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