We got a birthday present of sorts this week! Yes, a new Katy Kafe was posted on DuranDuranMusic, the band’s official fan community website. This month features our favorite drummer, Roger Taylor! So, I was forced (yeah…sure) to sit down, take a listen and give a little report about it on here. As always, I’m giving some of the highlights along with some of my thoughts about those highlights. In no way, shape or form will this blog post include everything that was mentioned. If you want to hear the whole thing (and I know you do), head over to DDM and treat yourself to a membership.
Katy started the conversation with a question about the current mini-tour that the band is on. Roger went through each show and stated how great each of them were but then commented about how the band is on their way to Singapore this week. He told a lovely story about talking with his mother and explaining that this is the end of the tour. Her response is one echoed by a lot of fans with something like “you keep saying that!” Indeed, they have! Katy mentioned the Hawaii show and indicated that there might be a contest about which states they have not played in. Do your research now, people! They finished up this part of the conversation with some discussion about the Asian dates. Apparently, the band could attend the Grand Prix, if they have want. (That’s an image!) Roger is looking forward to Japan as they haven’t been there for 9 years. Katy pushed him to reminisce in the early trips to Japan where Roger described it as an “intense” type of “fandom”.
Anniversary of Paper Gods
When asked about Paper Gods, Roger mentioned that the process took a long time but it was a creative time period resulting in one of their best albums in a “long time”. (I always want to ask what that means. How long is he thinking? What other albums is he comparing?) He also said that he would gladly work with Mark Ronson, Nile Rodgers and Mr. Hudson again. Mr. Hudson got credit to taking the album into a modern, contemporary, cooler direction, according to Roger.
The biggest piece of news is that Duran is planning to enter the studio before the end of the year! Yet, it won’t necessarily be an album but entering for a little bit of “fun”! (That caught my attention! I wonder what the heck they are up to! Guesses????)
Roger stated that the band appreciates that they are still going and that they have the fans that they do, which is a really nice way to end a Kafe! We appreciate you right back, Roger!
Overall, there wasn’t a lot of meat to this Kafe, other than the big news at the end. The band will be returning to the studio for something. Roger did say something about new music, but then also said that it might not be a new album. All of that intrigues me. What do the rest of you think that could mean?!