Studio Visit Auction:
Apparently, there is a new auction to observe the band in the studio, get a picture with the band and a tour of the studio. The money raised will be used to support the National Literacy Trust. The auction itself takes place on January 22nd but bidding can be done via absentee bidding that goes until January 21. The information can be found here. Now, this is a pretty cool prize, in my opinion. I would love, love, love to be a fly on the wall in the studio and get to watch the band work. As for the photo, I would be up for that, too, since I don’t have one. I also love that this is to support literacy. As a reading teacher, this couldn’t please me more. That said, I suspect that this one will be too rich for my blood with a plane ticket and the auction cost. I hope that the band helps the organization bag a lot of cash and good luck to all people who enter!
There is now a website for TV Mania at: http://tvmaniamusic.com/ For those of you unaware (and I know there were many of you–I saw that on twitter), this was a project of Nick and Warren that was started years ago when Warren was still in the band. The project has never seen the light of day, officially, but I know that there was a demo floating around sometime. It seems to me that the project will be a lot like Medazzaland in that it was experiential, to say the least. Now, when this project finally surfaces, Rhonda and I will give it a shot and review it as we do many/most Duran related projects. I know that there are many fans who are really excited by this and I’m happy for them! I can’t say I’m as excited as I wasn’t a big fan of the Medazzaland era but I hope that I’m pleasantly surprised!
Roger Taylor is Alive!
Apparently, Roger has been on vacation in Peru and enjoying the beautiful weather! It is nice to know that he is alive and well. I think many of us are a bit jealous of the vacation as I stare out the window of my still covered by snow environment despite warmer than normal January temperatures. I also noticed that Roger was encouraged to write a postcard for all of us to read. I second that idea!!
John Taylor’s Guest Vocals:
Koishii and Hush, a trance duo, just released a new single, C’est Tout Est Noir, which features some vocals by Mr. John Taylor. According to Duran’s facebook, John approached it like he did the recording of the song, I Do What I Do, which, to me, meant that it would be almost like a spoken vocal. Now, that I have heard the track, I think my assessment with that was right on. Unfortunately, because I have been so busy I haven’t seen/heard much in Duranland about who got the single, what people thought, etc. Perhaps, a lot of people didn’t download the track. I did. I feel like I should give everything a chance even though trance is not my favorite thing. I have to admit that I thought it was a really good dance track. I would definitely dig it in the right club setting. Plus, I really like John’s vocals!
Duran Duran Update:
Monday saw an official update from the band. The update, which can be found on dd.com, basically stated on the guys are still on vacation but plan to return to the studio with Mark Ronson in March to begin working on the next album. The update indicated that the band was pleased with the result of working with Mark on All You Need Is Now and can’t wait to see what they would come up with next. The reaction to this news, from what I saw, was exactly as I had expected it. Most people were excited! There were, as always, a few Duranies that were fine with it but I wouldn’t go so far as to say they were excited. Many others pointed out that this isn’t really news as this information has been out there for awhile. My thoughts about it? I am THRILLED with this. I couldn’t be happier. To me, AYNIN felt like essential Duran. It didn’t feel dated but it did FEEL like them. It is easily one of their best albums, in my opinion. Thus, I can’t wait to see/hear what they come up with next!!!
You know what surprises me about this week in Duranland? I am surprised that for Duran downtime there was so much going on! It also says to me that this works well for fans. Duran is always there, always present even when they are not officially working. It is like a check-in, of sorts. It doesn’t have to be much, I don’t think. It just needs to be something to say this is what they are working on or what they are doing. I have no doubt that it was keep the fans from doing something drastic!