Duran Duran Appreciation Day was a little extra special this year. Not only did fans show how much love there is for the band all over social media, but DDHQ posted a new Katy Kafe. This one featured Nick! His presence in the Kafe was VERY welcomed by many as the concern for him has been growing since his departure from the tour in early July. I have heard many fans ask questions anxiously of anyone and everyone who might know something, anything about what is going on with him. This questioning, generally, has been done out of love and concern as it is hard for people to sit back and be patient when worried. Others have attempted to reassure by stating that no news is good news and that Nick is where he needs to be. The real reassurance came this week, though, when fans could actually hear Nick’s voice for themselves in the latest Kafe. Hearing his voice put a smile on my face, too! Soon enough, I was itching to capture the highlights here on the blog. Of course, if you want to hear it all (and I know you DO!!!) and without my commentary, then make sure you are a member of DuranDuranMusic.com.
Update on Nick’s absence:
Nick reminded everyone that he had to leave the tour to return to England to deal with a family matter and that this was the first time that he had to miss dates. He is a little concerned that if he doesn’t return soon that Simon will take over the lead for the most times on stage with Duran Duran. He described it as “relinquishing his crown,” which I thought was super cute! Then, he apologized for not being at the shows but thrilled that MNDR could stand in for him. He misses everyone but isn’t sure when he will return. He felt strongly that the show was in a good place with the lights, the production, the setlist, etc. so he really didn’t want to cancel dates. (As someone who attended shows, I’m couldn’t be more pleased that they didn’t cancel!)
Nick is writing and producing their album with them and has been over the last 9 months. The plan is for him to finish when they resume working in September. He has been enjoying working with them because they are young and open. Clearly, the implication is that they aren’t jaded about the business like others who are older or more experienced might be. This is the first band Nick has worked with like this since the Dandy Warhols. Speaking of projects that he has been working on, he and John hope that the writing for the musical is done this year as well. (So do I!!) Interestingly enough, Nick says that the Bloom Twins work really quickly, the opposite of Duran Duran.
August 1st marked MTV’s 35th anniversary. Nick talked about how awesome the channel was when it first started. The channel was started by “young, vibrant, passionate” people who really had a pulse on what was happening. Whenever Duran showed up, MTV just went with whatever idea Duran came with. For example, Duran brought Andy Warhol with them one day and that was cool with MTV. Later, though, the channel shifted to be less flexible and even later became “game show” like. (Like with so many other things in my life, I find myself wishing that I could have been there to witness those experiences Nick talked about with MTV in person.) Nick and Katy discussed the possibility of MTV rebooting to once again show videos. Both didn’t think that was going to work despite Nick’s obvious sadness over the loss of what MTV was. (I feel his pain as I’m sure most of the people reading this do, too.)
BBC Music Day:
Duran participated in this by playing a show from the Eden Project, which is an attraction focused on plants from different environments, that was then broadcasted for people in the UK to see. (It is on YouTube now, if you want to watch it for yourself.) Nick hasn’t seen the broadcast and isn’t very good about watching his own shows. He does like that the band was able to participate in something new, though.
Nick sent his appreciation to everyone who has come to see the band on the Paper Gods tour, to all the fans who have been with them “forever” and to all the new fans. He describes it as “quite a journey.”
When discussing possible dates for 2017, the Far East, Australia and South America were all places mentioned that they need to get to since they haven’t been there yet during this tour. I’m sure that would make MANY fans very happy!!!
Overall, we didn’t get much in terms of scoops or new information about what is going on behind the scenes. That said, I, for one, was very glad to hear Nick’s voice and to know that he isn’t giving up his day job anytime soon! That is something we can all appreciate!