I apologize for the lateness of the blog today. I promised myself that I would get some of that pesky school work done before I completed the more fun task of listening to September’s Katy Kafe and blogging about it. As always with I’m only going to be sharing what I think the highlights were and my thoughts about them. If you want the complete deal, I suggest getting that membership to DuranDuranMusic and listening for yourself. This is one Kafe that is worth it!
End of the Tour:
John commented about how they are on the verge of finishing this tour, which really began for them last year. He said that the end allows them to look back at the accomplishment while looking forward to the break and the next steps. I have to admit that I have always wondered what the end of the tour must be for them. I know what it is like for me. It is usually one of mixed emotions. While I’m glad to return home and get some sleep, I’m also terribly sad in that I don’t know when I will see the next Duran show or the next time that I will see my friends, especially Rhonda. It also usually motivates me to do more work about the blog, our writing or fan events. I guess it is safe to say that tours usually inspire me.
This Kafe brought the good stuff right away with Katy asking about next steps. While there wasn’t a major scoop, there was a few details that I focused in on. First, the return to the States (probably that East Coast show that DDHQ has hinted about) will be around New Year’s. (I don’t mind that. I do have a winter vacation then. Just for the record.) Second, 2017 will hopefully include some “special shows”. That has me wondering what that means! Of course, he did also mention the idea of continuing the tour to Australia, Asia and South America. Interesting to note there was no mention of the Broadway musical or ballet that he and Nick have been working on.
When Katy brought up the topic of Chic, I have to admit that I wondered what else could be said since most critics, fans, etc. have all talked about how having Chic on tour with Duran was awesome because they fit together well. Well, JT talked about how Simon was more “emotional” and “open” on this tour, which showed when he talked about the band’s love for Nile each night. He also mentioned the hope to get Chic to join them for an Australia tour.
The topic of festivals came up in relation to the question of whether or not the band would return to North America. John was open by saying that it wasn’t his decision but that he thinks the best way to keep trying to get the album heard is by playing live dates and that festivals mean that people who wouldn’t have heard Paper Gods get to hear it. Katy then wondered if they might come back to the States next summer for some festivals. John said that many people would agree with that thinking. Of course, while understanding this thinking, festivals make me cringe. I’m too old to enjoy them with all the discomforts that they bring.
John talked about how amazing it was to be at the festival in Aspen with Stevie Wonder. (I, too, thought it was amazing when I got to see Stevie Wonder play at the 2013 Inaugural Ball!) I smiled throughout his description of watching Stevie perform then meeting him and getting a picture taken with him. He sounded like many of us do when describing meeting him!
Yes, they talked about the new iPhone design that is coming out that features the cordless headphones. Apparently, the phone will also be waterproof, which could be important to people who have had incidents with their phone and water. (coughRhondacough)
This year marks the 20th anniversary of John’s side project, Neurotic Outsiders. John shared the story about how the project came together, which is interesting story about they started playing one gig together for a fundraiser before being offered a residency at the Viper Room in LA. More interesting than that, John discussed where his head was at the time, since the side project began right before he left the band. He talked about how his ideas with Duran had run out and that he was interested in sticking to LA more. As someone who is self-described as old school, he also liked (and still does) the idea of a residency. He described this project as the opposite of Duran. While Duran is complex, this band was simple. While they made an album of new material, John felt that the album should have been them live.
Overall, this Kafe was a joy to listen to. John sounded very upbeat and positive. His openness and positivity showed with each topic that came up. As someone wondering what will be next for Duran Duran, the Kafe provided me with a sense that whatever it will be will be good.