Yesterday, at work, I logged into DuranDuranMusic to hear the first of the year end Katy Kafes. This one featured our favorite drummer, Mr. Roger Taylor! Just like Rhonda when she blogs about a “Kafe”, I was armed with pen and paper in order to take notes. That said, I’ll be giving my thoughts about some of the highlights, which may be incomplete at that since I was at work and had many interruptions! Therefore, as always, I recommend you log into DDM yourself to hear the entire thing!
2015 was a BIG year!
After a brief discussion about the Christmas holiday, Katy opened the more official part of the Kafe with a question about Roger’s personal highlights during a year of much activity, including the release of the band’s latest album, promotion for the album, and tours in the U.S. and in the UK. Roger focused much of his answer on the album, Paper Gods. He talked a lot about how this album required more effort because they were co-producing it, which required their presence in the studio daily for 8 hours a day for 2 years. (I had to sort of laugh at this–as it sounds like a normal daily job that most of us get to experience all the time!) He furthered stated that it was a challenge to break through the perception that a “mature” (his word!) band has had their best work in the past, but that the live shows helped many get how good it is. I have to concur on this. Even when we ask fans about favorite songs, albums, etc., more than likely, they will choose something from Rio or the first album.
From there, the discussion easily moved to focus on the tours in the US and in the UK. Roger stated that he found the UK tour, in particular, to be “incredible” and one of the best tours ever. He mentioned the show at the O2 Arena in London as an amazing show as “everything had fallen into place”. Everything just seemed to work at that show and that it helps that everyone on stage is really relaxed with each other. (Now, I really wished that I could have attended that one! It sounds like it was an awesome show!)
Roger mentioned how long the shows were, especially in the UK and how well the new songs fit. Last Night in the City is a favorite of his to play and that he thought that Pressure Off worked better live than some of the old songs! He also mentioned how they were able to replicate the sampling and what not that was done in the studio for the live show.
Katy asked Roger about some of his favorites from the past year, including album, movie, moment. Roger’s responses weren’t that surprising. For example, he chose Mark Ronson’s album along with the movie, Amy (about Amy Winehouse), which really was “intense” and showed what the industry requires of people. (Note to self: See the movie, Amy, when I can!) His favorite moment of 2015? It was playing at the O2 when “all the work they had done came to fruition”. He also had a lot of family and friends in the audience. In fact, he was able to spot his son, Julian, in the crowd, which is a really sweet story and well worth the time to listen to the entire Kafe! He also enjoyed playing at the Hollywood Bowl and at Red Rocks. Lastly, Roger was asked which word would describe 2015. His answer: Satisfaction.
2016 will see a lot more touring for Duran Duran, which Roger is looking forward to since the live show has gotten better, according to him, with better lights and screens as well as more confidence with the new songs. The US dates are already out there but he hopes to be able to add Italy, South America and Australia. In fact, he expects that they will be touring pretty much the entire 2016. I suspect that gives a lot of Duranies something to look forward to!
As with any year end Kafe, Roger did send his holiday greetings to everyone. I had to laugh when he said that Duran has the “most patient fans in the world”. You could say that again, Roger! 😉 I would say that most fans are like Roger, though, in feeling pretty satisfied with how 2015 turned out for Duran Duran.