Another day, and this time it is Nick Rhodes in the December 2016 Year End Katy Kafe! Nick talks about everything from briefly mentioning his absence from the US tour, to shows he’s seen this year, and heading into the 40th anniversary of Duran Duran. Here are the highlights:
Naturally, Nick mentions losing David Bowie, and then Prince, Leonard Cohen…and many others. He commented that it was one of the worst years in memory (I’m sure many of us might agree), going on to also mention the political scenarios taking place, adding that he wouldn’t go into them because they would consume the remainder of the Katy Kafe.
He also talks about missing the US tour, saying that it was strange to miss, but that there was something in his life that needed to be dealt with.
This portion of the Kafe was lengthy! If one ever had reason to wonder what Nick does outside of Duran Duran, or was curious if he ever got bored – I can tell you just from listening to this very Kafe that the answer is NO.
He mentions a few but Blackstar by David Bowie was his first answer, saying that it is hard to listen to (agreed), but is very interesting (also agree). Extraordinary to think he was so very ill when the album was recorded, certainly.
Also mentions: Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree, and The Weeknd’s Starboy.
Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals; Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children; Andrew Rossi’s First Monday in May.
He saw a “few”, but mentioned Alexander McQueen and Pam Hogg’s shows.
Beyond Caravaggio – London
Picasso Portraits – National Portrait Gallery London
The Vulgar – Barbican
Erwin Blumenfeld – London
(some of these exhibitions have ended, so I just included interesting links to articles as I found them)
Nick’s own My V&A exhibit on YouTube
He also went to Art Basel with John, where they spent a day running around to see as much as possible!
Live Shows (Music and Theatre)
Lazarus (David Bowie’s last work)
Favorite DD Moment (there were several!)
American Tour (Or at least the shows that he performed), notably: Barclay Center and North Carolina where they signed the LGBTQ petition.
Italian tour, mentioning both Taormina and Verona, which was on his birthday.
Buckingham Palace on March 16!
He’s also spent a lot of time working outside of DD projects this year – when he came “back” (I am not sure what he meant by that, but the way he said it made it at least sound as though he meant when he got “back” from whatever personal thing took him away from the DD tour) he worked more with The Bloom Twins. He is enjoying that process because they have no preconceptions to battle, they’re not spoiled by success and are willing to try anything.
Looking forward to 2017
Here’s the thing, Duranie…this is the part I was waiting for. Don’t get me wrong, I took good notes about all of the art things he’s seen and I plan to go back and do my own searching on a lot of it because I very much enjoy that sort of thing, but for the sake of this blog? We’re all about the DD, and we want to know what’s coming next. I’ve made a list!
- Finish musical with John! They are nearly done with a first solid draft (great work – it is HARD to finish big writing projects, this much I know!)
- Publish photo book – he wanted to get that out last year, but it is completely finished and just needs a home. Stay tuned….
- Heading towards 40th anniversary of Duran Duran (this is alarming to me. Did we miscount??). Although the “original” Duran Duran began in 1978, Simon didn’t join until 1980. I wonder when we’ll celebrate the 40th….or when we’ll stop! 😀
MORE NEW MATERIAL
Yes, you read that right. Not only did Roger say the words in his Kafe, but Nick mentioned the “S” word (for studio) in his Kafe too. Katy asked him about when he’d think we’d be seeing new music, and while Nick assured her that he would never make that bet, he thought maybe they’d return to the studio to begin writing in perhaps September. They are still hoping to get to Australia and Japan and perhaps other countries “in that area” this next year.
All I can end with is…watch this space. You never know what that band will be up to next!