years have passed since Nick Rhodes was nicknamed by his band mates "One
Finger Rhodes" just because he wasn't able to play keyboards
with two hands. Now Mr Rhodes is one of the Gods of Keyboards on Planet Earth.
The man is known for his constant research of innovative sounds, effects,
textures and layers that are a unique trademark of Duran Duran's music. That's
why our Nick is one of the artists interviewed for the book "Artists
on Recording Techniques" by Jeff Touzeau's
of Pro Sound News.
of the book: Find out what recording techniques your favorite artists employ
during the creative process! Artists on Recording Techniques examines the
recording process through an unlikely pair of eyes: those of the artist.
Who better to share insights into capturing the creative process than the
artists themselves? Everything from vocals to guitar and drums are covered
through exclusive full-length interviews from author Jeff Touzeau's 'Music,
Etc.' column in Pro Sound News and bonus material never printed before.
These one-of-a-kind interviews are published here, unabridged and in their
entirety, for the first time ever! The discussions dip into an array of
musical styles and genres, providing insight into the recording process
from such well-known pop and rock artists as Roger Waters [Pink Floyd],
Nick Rhodes [Duran Duran], Gerry Beckley [America], Steven
Page [Barenaked Ladies], Joe Jackson, Tony Bennett, and John Fogerty. Artists
on Recording Techniques provides musicians, audio technicians, engineers,
studio owners, producers, equipment manufacturers, hardware and software
designers, and music fans with a rarely seen window into the creative process
of some of history's most legendary musicians.
Live Keyboard setting and Duran Duran's equipements are also object of a nice
two pages feature on the japanese version of Keyboard magazine
from summer 2008. You can download the two exclusive scans
here [thanks to Harumi]:
Duran Duran’s Red Carpet Massacre Latin American Tour 2008 will kick
off on november 4th in Lima [Peru].The official website untill now confirms
these six dates:
4, 2008: Explanada Del Monumental Lima, Peru
November 7, 2008: GEBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 9, 2008: Arena Santiago, Santiago, Chile
November 12, 2008: Coliseo el Campin, Bogotá, Colombia
November 15, 2008: Campo de Futbol Usb, Caracas, Venezuela
November 18, 2008: Figali Convention Center Outdoors, Panama City, Panama
Alegre, Brazil, november 25th ?
correspondent Amanda in Brazil says: "the great news is that [Although
the press is not mentioning it yet] there will be a concert in Brazil
in november, sponsored by Pepsi. A person from Pepsi
told me they will play in Porto Alegre on november
25th, we are just waiting for some official Duran's announcement
very reliable source I also got this news: Duran Duran should be in Mexico
City on November 28th and they should play the following dates:
28, 2008: Sports Palace, Mexico City, Mexico *now
November 29, 2008: Arena VFG, Guadalajara, Mexico *now
september 30: Well...
just after one hour I posted the news about the possible Mexico dates,
the official websites confirmed them! ;)
are also rumors that the band will play in Tulsa!
According to my source the news has been reported by a local radio.
4, 2008: The Brady Theater, Tulsa, Oklahoma ?
John Taylor says about the upcoming concerts, “Latin
American audiences have to be amongst the best in the world. Every time we
go there we are charged by the energy that they give us back. We haven’t
done a complete run of dates in this part of the world for some time now and
we can’t wait.” [live photo by Francesca]
28: Jon Howells of Waterstone's catches up with Andy Taylor, to discuss
among other things, his brand new autobiography, Wild Boy. In a message he
wrote to the fans Jon says:
everyone, I was lucky enough to join Andy and his publishers for lunch
the other day in London, then interview him for the Waterstone's website.
He was a lovely chap, very friendly and happy to talk about anything
and everything. In fact, the interview went over time as Andy was so
talkative. The interview [and a competition to win a guitar signed by
Andy] is now live on the website - follow the link if you care to read
an interesting answer extracted from the exclusive interview :
thoughts or regrets on the way it ended this time round, and any way back
in the future?
use email to communicate, and if only I had a time machine. I don't know
where you would go to next. It would have to be something that hadn't been
done before. Perhaps technology will come along that would allow us to do
DD 3.0 - never say never but as it stands at the moment, they don't want
me and I don't want them. It's mutual, we agree to disagree, no one should
be under any illusion. That Timberland/Timberlake record [Duran Duran's
Red Carpet Massacre] was, for me, outsourcing creativity in a way that Duran
Duran should not do, but the reason I didn't go to the sessions was not
because of that, as I say in the book, but because I did not have a work
visa. Had I got there I might have quickly lost my rag and said "for
fuck's sake, you're a lovely guy but this a Duran Duran record and I'm not
sitting at the back of the room looking at the back of your neck, pal".
Maybe it would have been a better record, because I'm not starstruck in
a recording studio, and if other people are well, hell, that's not Duran
Duran. I regret not being able to get there, to at least lose the argument
but at least have the argument about it - and they know it. I'm glad my
fingerprints aren't on the record. But if I had gone there, it would not
have turned out like that, and the band wouldn't be in the position it is
now, and the band know that. But you get to a point where you've all said
too much and you come to a point where you can't take it back - we had got
to that point.
also Andy on BBC Breakfast from september 11, 2008 [from YouTube]
25: Nick's chat with Katy is revealing and optimist about the future
of the band
In the latest
Katy's Kafe up on duranduranmusic.com Nick says
the band is really looking forward to come back into the studio
and they would like to do some work with Mark Ronson.
They only have to coordinate their schedules as Ronson is very busy
right now working on two projects [he's producing an album and mixing
another]. If the collaboration won't happen for timing reasons for
sure "we'll figure something out"
Nick says. He also talks about touring and says there's lots of countries
left to play so he hopes to play in India, China, Russia,
Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria. Talking about Katy... duranduran.com
announced the release of the book "Would Someone
Please Explain, The best of Duran Duran's ask Katy" for the Holidays.
25: After two months I still get reports and stuff from the european
tour from my correspondents and various online sources. There would be so
much stuff to publish but the Duran Duran's duransty keep on going on
and on, so while I would love to put online all the stuff that some
dear fans have been sending me over the summer I also want to keep the site
fresh and up to date with the current news. So this one is gonna be a summary
post with some interesting things about some european dates that have been
sent me via email during the summer.
is the report from our friend Dinos, from Greece, who went
to Zurich with 2 friends [Marcella and Giannis, you can see
those guys in the above picture with the band] to attend the Duran Duran show
at the Maag Music Hall. Dinos says:
was a cold rainy day so we reached Mag Hall where the concert was taking
place very early. I was very excited and anxious as we already had the Vip
tickets, my friends were trying to cool me down reassuring me that we would
be the winners of the M&G. At last the doors opened and the representative
of the DDm appeared and she announced that all VIP holders had won access
the M&G. I was thrilled I couldn't wait to meet the whole band in person.
Finally the lights went off and the intro music began to play! We were standing
in front of the stage and the lights were impressive while the band gave
the best self. Each one of them was awsome. After an exhilarating two hours,
the time had come to go backstage. they took us in a small dressing room
and when the four of them appeared the room seemed even smaller but who
cares. Nick was lost in his own world, but still nice. Roger Was cool as
always and John was the man, friendly talkative, he appeared to enjoy our
admiration and he took the trouble to ask me how our flight was and if I
would be going to the Sex Pistols concert after a few days
in Athens. Simon was The Star didn't want to be photographed
with boys, wonder why? It was a very nice experience, just hope to see the
guys back in my country next time! Thank you Duran Duran and see you soon!
show at Luxol Parade Grounds, Pembroke took place on 26 july 2008 | "If
you could judge a country's wealth from its bread, Malta would have to be
the richest," says Duran Duran's bass guitarist John Taylor, just
after the band's concert, which surpassed two hours and had the crowd going
wild at the Luxol Ground on Saturday. Rossella Frigerio says:
9,000 enthusiastic fans filled the outdoor venue, and the warm evening air
was electric with anticipation. By 9:30, the pop rock band made its appearance
on stage, unleashing screams of excitement from the crowd. The band [minus
Andy Taylor] had Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor
whip up a frenzy, performing legendary hits from their 30-year music career
as well as more recent songs from their latest album."
From backstage, she managed
to catch an exclusive glimpse of John, Dom and Roger as they warmed up with
an impromptu jam session which was as impressive as their
concert… Check it out!
some of the press the band had while staying in Malta. Some scans
have been posted by jtforever right here
on the unofficial board. Here is also The Times Weekender from july
26 [sorry about the quality of reproductions, these are not proper
scans but just poor digital pics that have been sent to me via email.
Thought it was worth posting them as they are big enough to read clearly the
very nice gallery full of professional pics of the Malta show is here
Nuno's Duran Duran portuguese website there is a full reportage
about the Lisbon show with many fans reviews and pics.
Isabel Lopes in one of these reviews says: By the end of “Rio”
Simon was shouting to the crowd: "Say one more! Say one more!"
as I believe they wanted to play some more… but the organization
almost kicked them out and they left the stage after John saying :”Sorry
guys.. but we can’t play more!” Great show… too short…
for too many hungry fans!! Please come back soon!" Silvia,
who kindly sent these great photos, used to run one of the best Duran
Duran fanzines in the late 80's and 90's. the fanzine was called "A
Duranies Life Assosiation" aka ADLA. [Silvia is on the left with
Nick; on the right a group of portueguese fans who joyned the band at
their hotel after the show].
played at the Super Bock Super Rock Festival and stayed in
Lisbon from july 10 to jluly 12. Below pictures taken by Silvia at
the hotel where the band stayed.
Sardinia, Cala di Volpe
agoust 12, Duran Duran were engaged to play at the luxury Cala di
Volpe bay and Resort for some Vips and rich people. For the reasonable
[!!] price of 1.200 euro you could get a table [wich included dinner] and
the Duran Duran show. Local journalist Marella Giovannelli has uploaded some
pics with a short report [in italian] right here
rich dancing and clapping at Duran's show in Sardinia
Le Bons on vacation
was fun with kids, big swims and a little cheeky rosé"
week, in his blog, Simon said about Sardina: "I’ve just returned
from the longest holiday… ever. At least it seems that way. Sardinia
- Bling City, where the money’s so pretty, see the paps and their
billionaires play. More scrilla than sense, but I’m sat on the
fence; I’m glad I’ll be flying away; it’s getting
like St Tropez. Ibiza was fun; not quite the health hazard that I’ve
come to expect. Still, I saw a sunrise or two - without managing to
poison myself. “Get some sleep” the little alarm voice whispered.
It was fun with kids, big swims and a little cheeky rosé. [from
dd.com] | Simon
and family have been also spotted also in Croatia in
agoust in company of local tv star Alka Vuica and old
time friend Vuk Vidor.
Back to work, one more corporate gig.
John wonders "the band might be losing
credibility with the people"
6 Duran Duran were again engaged for another private corporate gig
for Vestas. A danish fan who maneged to get into the party reports: "DD
did very good, got a non DD audience well on their feet. They performed for
85 mins an hit singles type of setlist [pics by bri-lone - Rie]
To anyone who thinks that
Duran Duran are becoming a corporate shows band I suggest to read what John
says in his last blog:
[...] far cry from the Rum Runner. Thinking this over
in bed last night I was worrying myself, that we might be losing credibility
with ‘the people’. I have always considered Duran a people’s
band, despite what the press has made of us over the years as Thatcherite,
Conservative, elitist etc… I don’t think we are. I know that
I’m not. I’m a working class kid that has made a career for
myself out of music, without any formal music education. Eat that! Here’s
what I came up with in bed last night; Would a plumber turn down work in
a wealthy house? Not unless he was a fool. If anything, the corporate work
we have done this year has helped make us a better band. We are never far
from a stage these days, even when we are not in a ‘touring cycle’.
Which means that each of us, individually and as a group, keep our edge,
or at least our edges don’t get to become quite so fuzzy [...]
20, pm update: on september 18 Roger Taylor has been spotted
in the front row of London Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2009. At Vivienne
Westwoods fashion show [at Brompton Hall] our drummer was
seated near Pamela Anderson and her mysterious friend
[who was wearing a white mask].
20: Visionaire Sound is a music project/prodouct
that features an interesting creation by Nick Rhodes entitled
Control Freak. It consists of five 12-inch vinyl records, imprinted
with images [picture discs], containing approximately 100 minutes of sound
content featuring audio experiments, unreleased songs, samples, and spoken
word pieces. The 5 records are packaged inside a domed case that also houses
a custom-made MINI Clubman “Vinyl Killer” Record Player: a battery-operated
toy car containing speakers and a needle. As the little car drives along the
record’s groove, it plays each track, acting as a fully portable record
player and sound system. The issue also includes 2 CD’s with all the
sound content, and a booklet of credits and instructions.Contributors
include: Musicians Nick Rhodes, David Byrne, U2, Michael Stipe, Courtney
Love, Laurie Anderson, Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen and many many more…Issues
are available now through www.visionaireworld.com
> Download Nick Rhodes's creation for Visionaire Sound "Control
update: Duran Duran top greatest video poll | 1 hour ago from ukpress
Duran's Rio has been named the greatest music video of all time.
video, featuring the band in suits on a Caribbean beach being teased by scantily-clad
women, beat favourites such as Michael Jackson's Thriller and Madonna's Like
a Prayer to claim the title. Bjork's video for her 1999 hit All Is Full of
Love, where she played a robot in a steamy clinch with another robot, took
second place. Take On Me, the 1985 video from A-ha, where singer Morten Harket
was a comic book character who comes to life, was third, followed by Jackson's
famously spooky 1983 hit Thriller. Icelandic group Sigur Ros's surreal video
for Svefn-g-Englar was fifth in the poll of MTV viewers, followed by the anarchic
gig scene in Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit . Radiohead's Just video
, featuring a man inexplicably lying down in the street and Jamiroquai's
Virtual Insanity , where he danced on a moving floor, were next. The
top ten was completed by Madonna's Like A Prayer , controversial for
featuring burning crosses, statues weeping blood and the singer seducing a
black Jesus, and US group OK GO's Here It Goes Again , with the band
40,000 MTV viewers voted for the poll. Congratulations guys!
19: Exclusive from tvguide.com: Duran Duran Member Rocks Sam Who?
"Is there something you should know, that I should tell you now, about
Samantha Who? Well, should is a strong word, but
how about this: Duran Duran bass player John Taylor has booked himself a
gig on the ABC comedy. Hungry like a wolf for details?
This much I know: The notorious wild boy, who has pretty much zero acting
credits to his name, will be playing a lawyer nuclear physicist
rocker in one of Season 2's episodes. And no, his name is not Rio.
Production on Samantha Who? resumed on Monday as series lead Christina Applegate
returned to work, having recuperated from a successful double mastectomy
in response to a breast cancer diagnosis. The show's season premiere has
been pushed back a week, to Oct. 13, thanks to a certain
greedy Dancing show." source
the Tv serie "Samantha Who?": An accident victim awakens from
an eight-day coma with amnesia and must start over. As she does, she learns
she wasn't a nice person.
nice pictures and articles [if you can read japanese!] on John Taylor were
published back in july in the japanese versions of Esquire
magazine [July 2008 Vol.22 No.7] and Rolling Stone
[July 2008 No.16]. Thanks to Harumi who just sent these exclusive
scans. Download Rolling
Stone and Esquire.
19: From uncut.co.uk
| Duran Duran's global smash hit second album 'Rio' is to be revisited
as part of a new Classic Albums DVD series this October. Duran Duran
have specially re-recorded the album's key tracks; “Save A Prayer”,
“The Chauffeur”, “New Religion”, “Hungry
Like The Wolf” and the title track “Rio” live for
the DVD - as well as personally telling the story behind the writing,
recording and the aftermath of it's success. 'Classic Albums: Rio'
includes stacks of archive footage from the period as well as the
newly filmed interviews with original band members Simon Le Bon, Nick
Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor. Other interviewees include director
Russell Mulcahy, former manager Paul Berrow and Bob Geldof. Classic
Albums: Rio is out on Eagle Rock Entertainment on October 27, 2008
updates on this official release coming soon on duranasty.com!
19: I got this message from Denise G. [a collaborator of Warren]
during the summer, when I was away on vacation. Well, I think it's still worth
posting it. So here are the latest on Warren Cuccurullo.
sending you this announcement from Warren for inclusion on your website:
"Warren has asked me to announce that his new album, "Playing
in Tongues" which reunites him with Missing Persons/Zappa
drummer Terry Bozzio, will be released on Edel
Records. Warren considers this his best guitar work ever
recorded, now in its final stages of production. He's also excited
about his new website venture, HauptCouture - a website
featuring t-shirts with a message & for a cause. The
shirts are high-quality materials displaying messages that will get people
talking about the false and dangerous messages being broadcast by the major
media and news outlets. This is a cause that is most important to him, and
he's looking forward to sharing it with all of you. www.hauptcouture.com.
On that note, he also wants to urge all of you to see the film "September
Clues." This definitive breakdown of the details surrounding the 9/11
attacks goes into forensic detail about how the news portrayed this event
versus scientific facts debunking the media hype. Simon Shack, the creator
of this film, actually joined Nick at a recent show in Rome, so not only
is Warren a fan of his, but Shack is a Duran fan as well! Stay well, and
keep your eyes and minds open..."
click Warren's myspace page to listen some of his new music
19: The above pics of Roger Taylor and DJ of Soundcaps,
Jake Robert, are taken at the After Party of the Smashing Pumpkins Reunion
Concert at Horseshoe Casino on August 9, 2008 in Hammond, Indiana.
Roger also played another deejay set in Ibiza at Pacha on
August 24th, 2008. Pics
courtesy of chicago-scene.com.
Just published [by Orion books in Europe and Grand
Central Publishing in Usa] Andy Taylor's revealing biography: Wild
Boy, My life in Duran Duran.
19-year-old Andy Taylor returned from his band's tour of military bases
in Germany and saw an advert in Melody Maker in April 1980 asking for a
'live wire guitarist' to audition in Birmingham, he saw his chance. Even
he could not have predicted what happened next. The group, Duran Duran,
released their first single, 'Planet Earth', ten months later and soon became
the biggest band since the Beatles. Emerging in the post-punk era, Duran
headed the New Romantic movement and with their stunning videos and style
consciousness, they set the trend for the consumerist 1980s. Popular with
everyone from rockers to Princess Diana, they had a string of massive worldwide
hits such as 'Rio', 'The Reflex' and 'A View to a Kill'. They won Grammys
and an Ivor Novello award among many other things.
Aid, in 1985, they were at their very pinnacle of success - and then the
band began to fall apart. At the centre of it all, giving the group its
musical pulse, was lead guitarist Andy Taylor. In this revealing and raw
memoir, Taylor recalls the highs and lows of an unbelievable period where
the squeaky clean facade hid the truth of wild partying as five young men
took just about every opportunity that was offered to them.
Taylor's story is of an era when MTV was new, the media allowed superstars
to get away with lots and rock stars knew how to party like there was no
tomorrow. Wild Boy is a book that millions of fans of Duran Duran around
the world will want to read to know the full story of what really happened
from Andy Taylor's point of view.
'Even when recounting the "paranoia and insanity" comes across as
a solid likeable bloke... It's the small details that make this book so entertaining.****
London Lite- 16/09/08
Daily Record from september 16th 2008 there was a two full pages
article about Andy's book. Download an exclusive scan here
an interview with Andy from newsday.com
Taylor of Duran Duran on book 'Wild Boy': Andy Taylor was never one to hold
his tongue during his time as Duran Duran's guitarist. So when he left the
British band in 2006, after heated disagreements about the recording and
writing of what would become the band's recent "Red Carpet Massacre"
album, Taylor figured writing a book about his experiences in one of the
1980s' biggest band would be a good idea. In "Wild Boy" (Grand
Central, $26.99), Taylor talks matter-of-factly about his 25 years off-and-on
in Duran Duran - from the heady days when the group was redefining music
and promotion with big-production videos "Hungry Like the Wolf"
and "Rio" to the successful 2003 reunion. He also catalogs all
the excesses that accompanied their rock stardom, including the drugs and
the infighting that eventually led to his exit.
his home in Ibiza, Spain, Taylor recently talked about "Wild Boy"
and how much harder it is for today's celebrities to get as wild as Duran
Duran once did.
made you want to write this book?
you've never done something before, it looks alluring. But I didn't have
a clue of what I was doing. After the dust-up with Duran, I was talking
with a friend of mine and wondering, "Well, what do I do now?"
He said, "Write a book, you idiot. You like to stay at home anyway."
I figured there was the drama of the whole thing and of history repeating
itself. I'm nearly 50 years old, so when what happened happens, you can
take a full stop behind everything to look at it. It is a good way to kind
of explain just what you feel.
what did you find? Anything you didn't expect?
at all of the press, everything in the public domain about the band, and
found that there was a lot of telling of the center of the story, but not
the front and back. That's what I wanted to tell, and I wanted to straighten
a few things out. One thing I found was that while the media was tough in
the '80s, we got away with a lot of things that you can't get away with
now. If we had that kind of media back then, we might never had made it.
Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears - we did the same things as them. Back then,
we never appeared bad, but we didn't have the 24-hour intrusiveness.
- Have you heard anything
from the band about the book? Other than headed note paper from lawyers?
you think you'll all be able to put things behind you and reunite Duran
be very difficult to go back. The second time around was so great. We got
to play Madison Square Garden again and the Budokan in Tokyo. We made another
record. I have a family now and they were a really young family five years
ago, so they never knew what I did. They were like, "Bloody hell, Dad,
so this is what you do when you're not on the couch smoking pot!"
become a question of, how would you motivate yourself? Robert Plant really
put it best. He had just bought a house here in Ibiza and we were having
lunch after the big Led Zeppelin reunion and there was all that speculation
and he told me, "I'm not gonna do a tour." He said, "The
only way I'd do it now is if they would have a gig on Mount Sinai and the
Israelis and the Palestinians would all come and have a big party."
It's kind of how I feel. It would have to be a reunion with some consequence,
something that wasn't just self-interest. Maybe some opportunity will come
along that will be that exciting. Never say never.
has been seen yesterday at the Temperley show [London Fashion Week].
reports: "Back at the star studded Temperley show Mischa Barton
looked like she was enjoying the fashionin a plunging gold and black tasseled
dress and was having a chat with Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes".
If any of you is asking where Meredith was, here is the answer
by a reliable and well informed source "Meredith's been working in LA.
On the 12th, the same day as the Hirst show, Meredith attended a birthday
party with a co-star on their upcoming film "Men Don't Lie".
[Thanks to Catherine for the pics]
12 our keyboard player has been seen deejaying with Mark
Ronson at the Southerby's Host Damien Hirst's Auction Party
in London. Just wondering: are those guys talking about a collaboration
for the next Duran Duran album?
13 Simon and Yasmin Le Bon have been spotted in Lechlade
in the Cotswold [England] at the 'Lakestock', an
event showcasing a new range of luxury homes, The Lakes by yoo.
While Simon and Yasmin are busy with social life Amber Le Bon
gain her first photo shot in a high profile fashion magazine: it's in the
current issue of the german Vanity Fair magazine [with Britney
Spears on cover]. Above you can also see the three beautifull Le Bon girls
dancing and clapping at their father's concert in Cala di Volpe [Porto
Cervo-Sardina] on agoust 12th.
13: Hello everybody! Hope you are all fine, thanks to all of you
who sent emails, pics and reports during the latest weeks. It’s not
easy to come back home after a two months break and a great vacation…
It’s hard get back to work and all the bad habits like the computer
;) but I know many of you are expecting the site to return online 100% operative,
so here we are! Hope you haven't missed duranasty.com that much. Don’t
even know where to start as there are so many things to say and report about.
There's also a fantastic news on a personal level, I'll become father for
the second time next march! Ok, let's came back to the main subject: Duran
Duran! This first report is gonna be fully dedicated to the much awaited italian
summer tour. I think the band enjoyed their Red Carpet Massacre tour in Italy
because it was... let's just say different: a mixture
of vacation and work anyway. Read and watch it all. Click on the above banner
"Reflexions, an extensive report on the italian summer tour":
The story begins, enjoy it!
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