It is time for a special June 2018 Katy Kafe with one of June’s birthday boys, Nick Rhodes!
Record Store Day
Katy began the Kafe asking Nick about Record Store Day. Nick hopes they continue to offer something for RSD, saying that they did the Budokan show as a strictly limited item, and they wanted to do something unexpected. Nick collaborated with John to choose the songs from that show, and then they worked with Japanese artist Tadanori Yokoo along with John Warwicker to do the cover.
As an aside, Katy and Nick briefly chatted about filming the show from the Budokan. Nick says that this film is currently in editing and should surface at some point later this year!
He is the inventor of the World Wide Web, and Nick met with him a month or so ago at a screening of the film about the trajectory of the internet.
Nick suggests everyone watch the documentary. I’ve seen it myself and it is well-worth your time. The web is changing, and unless each of us stands up to protect it, the way we use it today will soon cease. Take the freedom seriously and educate yourself.
One note to make here: I don’t know if even Nick is aware, but he and TimBL (as he is also known in Silicon Valley and the web world) share a birthday!
Nefer’s Birthday in Venice
What started as a simple diner to support a charitable foundation grew into a somewhat more sizable and lavish Gothic-Glamour themed gala!
Nick didn’t say a lot about the party, and much has been mentioned about the way certain magazines referred to Nick as Nefer’s husband and so forth. I’ll cut to the chase: nothing was said.
Update on the Musical
According to Nick the first draft of the musical he has been writing with JT is finished, and they’ve been in talks with various people to decide what to do with it from here. Although it was written to be a full stage production, there are plenty of other options, from a virtual “experience to Netflix, Broadway and beyond. They are exploring all avenues to decide what is best.
Cayman Islands KAABOO
Nick said it sounded fun at that time of year (February of 2019). He mentioned that they haven’t put in many concerts this year because they’ve all been working on other projects that will hopefully see the light of day over the next 18 months….I suppose we will all stay tuned!
Nick also commented that maybe, just maybe later this year there might be a concert or two. He didn’t commit, but he did say that they have nothing on the calendar as of yet but that you never know. In this day and age, there is no reason to plan 100 shows two years in advance. Doing a few shows here or a one-off there can be planned fairly quickly. Then he talked about how this year they might not be doing many but next year (2019) they’ll do a few more, then the following year (2020) quite a bit, and the next year (2021 by my count) even more! He actually sounded open to the idea of doing shows later this year though, which, in my opinion – isn’t a bad sign!
My advice? Don’t hold your breath…start saving your pennies (or dollars) and don’t give up hope!
John had mentioned he would be open to a residency in Vegas at some point, under the right set of circumstances. So Katy posed the same sort of question to Nick. Much to my surprise, he was open to the idea. All kinds of opportunities exist to do different sorts of things in Vegas, and it is manageable cost-wise. He’s not adverse to the idea, but did say that something like that would need to be different to what is already being done (of course!). Nick isn’t interested in being in Vegas for a year, but shorter runs would be fine.
One thing he did mention that I found interesting – Vegas allows for a transient audience. Most people don’t go to Vegas for much more than a weekend at a time. It isn’t like playing to the same people for every single show, which, at the risk of calling myself out since I’ve actually followed them for a week or two at a time, can grow stale, I believe.
Hold up your hands, how many of you would ignore Nick’s comments about playing to different people all of the time and “move” to Vegas for a week or two if the band were in residence??
While Katy asked Nick what he was planning to do for his birthday (He says he may nap!), she also quickly slid the whole “when is the band getting back into the studio” question past him.
Surely at some point in the next few months. They have some people they want to work with.
It’s always exciting to hear possibilities. Keeps MY mind off of the boxes piling up in my living room, which I am off to go tackle!