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July 2017 Katy Kafe with Nick Highlights

Sometimes, I sit down to write and I have no idea what I’m going to write about.  Other times, I have it planned out.  Today, I knew exactly what I was going to write about and then…I get news that there is a new Katy Kafe out!  I scrap my plans and opt instead to listen to the Kafe and report on the highlights here!  I’ll save that other blog idea for another day.  As always, when Rhonda or I report on a Kafe, we are only sharing some highlights and our thoughts on them.  If you want to hear the whole thing and everything that is mentioned, I recommend getting a membership to Duran Duran Music yourself!

San Francisco:

Nick talked about how he enjoyed going to the City Lights book store in San Francisco and how much he enjoyed the American Beat poets.  I, for one, wish that we would have been able to get there to check out the book store for myself.  That said, I did not know that Nick enjoyed that type of literature.  Good for him.

Calgary:

The best line of the whole Kafe definitely had to be when Nick talked about how he looked out into the audience there and all he saw was a “sea of cowboy hats”!  Yeah, that is not common at Duran shows!  How funny!

Hawaii:

Nick discussed how the shows have been great.  He said that since there are not many of them, they have been “soaking up” every minute of them.  That makes sense!  He also mentioned that this is the first time they are playing in Hawaii and that there are not many states they haven’t played in, including Alaska, one of the Dakotas, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and a few others.  (For the record, Rhonda and I once thought about that as a goal–to see the band in every state until we realized that there are some states that Duran has never played in and some states they probably won’t ever go back to.)  Interestingly enough, while the band has never played in Hawaii, Nick has visited for a holiday.  Apparently, he, along with others this time, did visit Pearl Harbor, which he called “sobering”.  Indeed.  Nick has been taking photos, including the sunsets, even though he is trying to cut down on his photo taking to give himself a chance to create prints of the photos he has taken over the years.  He might do exhibits and even sell some once he gets more prints made.  (I bet there are Duranies who would love that!!)  He even has a book of photos ready to go and is hopeful that it will be out before the end of the year!

Randomness!

When asked about Hold Back the Rain, he said that the band had gotten pressure by China Chow to put it in the setlist.  Fun fact.  I had no idea who she is, so I had to look her up!  Guess I learned something new today and I thank her from all of the fans.  On a different but equally random note, Nick has seen the Elvis concert from Hawaii.  Alrighty then…

Future Concert Locations?

Nick mentioned that he would like to check off those missing states but that there are a lot of cities in Europe that they need to hit as well.  He also would like to play in China and India someday.

Overall, Nick seemed in good spirits and enjoying his time in Hawaii. I wish there had been some scoop about the 40th and what they are planning or thinking of there, but no luck.  Maybe next time!

-A

2016 Year End Katy Kafe with Roger

The other day, the second of four year end Katy Kafes was posted on DuranDuranMusic.  I just now had the chance to listen to Roger’s, which was entertaining, groan worthy, and interesting all at once.  As always, this little blog post contains only what I think are the highlights.  I highly recommend ensuring that you are a member to the fan club in order to hear the Kafes yourself.

Weather and Christmas Traditions:

The Kafe began, as usual, with a brief discussion about both the weather and the upcoming holiday.  Roger mentioned how the UK had been experiencing warm and sunny weather, which doesn’t feel very Christmas like but he was certain it would get colder soon enough.  (For the record, my weather stinks.  We have already had a bunch of snow and it is super cold (as in below zero).  It does not bode well for the rest of the winter.)  Roger’s family has not put up a tree yet.  They like to wait until it is closer to the holiday so their real tree looks good throughout.

World Event:

Roger chose two events as the big world events:  Brexit (the vote in the UK for the country to leave the European Union) and the US Presidential Election.  He claimed that both were surprising and world changing while attempting to be extremely diplomatic.  Katy, on the other hand, discussed her feeling both on Election Night and since.  While I appreciate Roger’s attempt at being neutral, I relate more to Katy.  That said, Roger shared how Donald Trump attended one of the band’s Red Carpet Massacre shows on Broadway.  Funny enough, I also was in attendance that night.  I had better seats than he did and, for some reason, I believe that he did not stay the entire time.

Favorites:

Roger mentioned two albums that had a lot of play this year for him, which were Bob Marley’s Legend and David Bowie’s Blackstar.  As far as movies go, he enjoyed both The Revenant and Eye in the Sky.  As far as Duran Duran moments, he focused on the show at New York’s Apollo and playing in Canada, especially Quebec.  It seems to me that Roger along with the rest of the band members are big on historic venues.  Personally, he was proud to be involved in the Road to Recovery project and enjoyed being an “adult” and being a producer for a day for the at-risk kids.  (Hey Roger, you are welcome to come into my classroom any day if you want to feel like an adult!  Ha!)

2017:

As the Kafe was wrapping up, Katy asked about what Roger was looking forward to in 2017.  He talked about the fact that the band is doing shows in South America and more shows in the US.  Katy asked about Japan since John mentioned playing there.  He responded that they want to play there but nothing has been locked in yet, in terms of when.  More interesting than that was when he stated that it might be time to do new material.  Hmm…clearly, 2017 might be more interesting on the Duran front than I expected!

I enjoyed Roger’s Kafe and look forward to hearing from Simon and Nick soon, too!

-A

September Katy Kafe with John Taylor

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.

Next Steps:

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.

Chic:

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.

Festivals:

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.

Stevie Wonder:

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!

iPhone7:

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)

Neurotic Outsiders:

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.

-A

August Katy Kafe with Nick!

Duran Duran Appreciation Day was a little extra special this year.  Not only did fans show how much love there is for the band all over social media, but DDHQ posted a new Katy Kafe.  This one featured Nick!  His presence in the Kafe was VERY welcomed by many as the concern for him has been growing since his departure from the tour in early July.  I have heard many fans ask questions anxiously of anyone and everyone who might know something, anything about what is going on with him.  This questioning, generally, has been done out of love and concern as it is hard for people to sit back and be patient when worried.  Others have attempted to reassure by stating that no news is good news and that Nick is where he needs to be.  The real reassurance came this week, though, when fans could actually hear Nick’s voice for themselves in the latest Kafe.  Hearing his voice put a smile on my face, too!  Soon enough, I was itching to capture the highlights here on the blog.  Of course, if you want to hear it all (and I know you DO!!!) and without my commentary, then make sure you are a member of DuranDuranMusic.com.

Update on Nick’s absence:

Nick reminded everyone that he had to leave the tour to return to England to deal with a family matter and that this was the first time that he had to miss dates.  He is a little concerned that if he doesn’t return soon that Simon will take over the lead for the most times on stage with Duran Duran.  He described it as “relinquishing his crown,” which I thought was super cute!  Then, he apologized for not being at the shows but thrilled that MNDR could stand in for him.  He misses everyone but isn’t sure when he will return.  He felt strongly that the show was in a good place with the lights, the production, the setlist, etc. so he really didn’t want to cancel dates.  (As someone who attended shows, I’m couldn’t be more pleased that they didn’t cancel!)

Bloom Twins:

Nick is writing and producing their album with them and has been over the last 9 months.  The plan is for him to finish when they resume working in September.  He has been enjoying working with them because they are young and open.  Clearly, the implication is that they aren’t jaded about the business like others who are older or more experienced might be.  This is the first band Nick has worked with like this since the Dandy Warhols.   Speaking of projects that he has been working on, he and John hope that the writing for the musical is done this year as well.  (So do I!!)  Interestingly enough, Nick says that the Bloom Twins work really quickly, the opposite of Duran Duran.

MTV Anniversary:

August 1st marked MTV’s 35th anniversary.  Nick talked about how awesome the channel was when it first started.  The channel was started by “young, vibrant, passionate” people who really had a pulse on what was happening.  Whenever Duran showed up, MTV just went with whatever idea Duran came with.  For example, Duran brought Andy Warhol with them one day and that was cool with MTV.  Later, though, the channel shifted to be less flexible and even later became “game show” like.  (Like with so many other things in my life, I find myself wishing that I could have been there to witness those experiences Nick talked about with MTV in person.)  Nick and Katy discussed the possibility of MTV rebooting to once again show videos.  Both didn’t think that was going to work despite Nick’s obvious sadness over the loss of what MTV was.  (I feel his pain as I’m sure most of the people reading this do, too.)

BBC Music Day:

Duran participated in this by playing a show from the Eden Project, which is an attraction focused on plants from different environments, that was then broadcasted for people in the UK to see.  (It is on YouTube now, if you want to watch it for yourself.)  Nick hasn’t seen the broadcast and isn’t very good about watching his own shows.  He does like that the band was able to participate in something new, though.

Appreciation:

Nick sent his appreciation to everyone who has come to see the band on the Paper Gods tour, to all the fans who have been with them “forever” and to all the new fans.  He describes it as “quite a journey.”

2017 Dates??:

When discussing possible dates for 2017, the Far East, Australia and South America were all places mentioned that they need to get to since they haven’t been there yet during this tour.  I’m sure that would make MANY fans very happy!!!

Overall, we didn’t get much in terms of scoops or new information about what is going on behind the scenes.  That said, I, for one, was very glad to hear Nick’s voice and to know that he isn’t giving up his day job anytime soon!  That is something we can all appreciate!

-A

John Taylor in the Kafe!

Wow, I haven’t blogged in forever!  Months, even!  I planned to write a little blog post reflecting my thoughts, feelings and reflections regarding being gone from the blog, writing (or in our case, re-writing) the book, etc.  Fortunately for all of you, John Taylor pushed that blog aside by doing a little video Kafe (or 3!) in the members only section of DuranDuranMusic.  I suffered through (ha!) the videos and will share my thoughts about a few of the highlights here.  As always, I’m sure you all want to watch all of the videos yourself so make sure you are a member and head on over to DDM to see them. I should also point out that most of this Kafe consists of John answering questions sent via Twitter.

Personal Questions:

Book and CD for Summer:  John recommended the book, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, which he describes as a “techno adventure story” with a “history of video games” and a bit of 80s culture.  Simon is now reading it as well.  Personally, this book has popped up a lot for me on recommended lists.  Maybe now is the time to check it out.  As for CD, he recommends d angelo.

Inspiration:  John broke this question down into musical inspiration and personal inspiration.  For musical inspiration, he looks to other musicians like Miles Davis.  Personal inspiration, he turns to his family, especially his parents to remind him to “do the right thing” and “be kind”.

Birthday Memory:  For John, he remembers understanding what a birthday is around 4 or 5 when people came over for a party in their backyard (or back garden in the UK).  He got a yellow truck and had cake!  Aww….

10 People at a Dinner Party:  He hates questions like this and calls it loaded, which I can understand why.  What if he doesn’t include someone?  What if he includes someone people don’t like?  He went with his family, the band and their significant others.  Katy forced him to remove the band, since he sees them all the time.  He said he would like to have his grandparents as he only knew one.  I can relate to that as I only really knew one grandparent (my mother’s mother) and have only vague memories of my grandpa (my mother’s father).  Yet, I never knew my dad’s parents at all and really wish I did being that they were immigrants from Poland and would have fascinating stories to share.

Go back in time to change something:  In general, he really wouldn’t as everything in his life led him to today as he is now very happy.  That said, he wished that he played more sports as a kid and didn’t skip school so much.  He doesn’t understand why he hated being in the classroom so much since he loves learning now.  As a teacher, I wished that he knew and could it explain it to me!  Maybe then I could figure out how to hook my kids who don’t want to come to class.

Now, before I move on to the band related questions, I wanted to just comment on how much I enjoyed his responses on these questions.  I smiled a lot and found myself agreeing quite a bit.  I didn’t as much when it came to the second type of questions.  (Hint:  This is a little foreshadowing.)

Band Related Questions:

Working with Nile and Bernard:  John reiterated statements about working with the two guys from Chic.  He called Nile “enthusiastic” and “supportive”.  Bernard was more “reserved” but “put him at ease”.

The Chauffeur (album version) or The Chauffeur (acoustic demo):  He likes the bass on the acoustic but the album version is a “masterpiece”.

Fondest video memory:  John talked about filming in the videos in Sri Lanka, stating that they had an amazing time.  He mentioned a “beautifully lit” scene at night as they rode an elephant through a city street.  Now, tell me that I’m not the only one seriously wishing that there was a DVD with deleted scenes from their videos?!

After the tour:  He plans for the Paper Gods Tour to last until next year as he hopes to take the tour to South America, Asia and the rest of Europe.  I, of course, am glad to hear that as there are many fans who haven’t had a chance to see them yet and would really like to!  He also said that he hoped the musical that he is working on with Nick gets to the next level.  Exciting!!!!

Most challenging new song:  Most of them he has got down by now, but he probably makes a few wrong notes a night on Last Night in the City since he is playing a synth and Paper Gods and Pressure Off are both “tricky”.  That said, he described What Are the Chances as a “deeply fucking felt emotional song” that he loves playing and loves to hear Simon sing.  Aww…Then, he states that they would love to add more but they are actually cutting the setlist some as the shows will be 90 minutes for this next leg since they will be playing with Chic and Tokimonsta.  Okay.  Here is where I wished he said more and explained it so that I could understand.  Why is there a time limit exactly?  If the venue requires a cut off time, why not move up the start time to play more?  Will they play longer at shows that Tokimonsta isn’t playing at?  Why have three artists on the bill?  Speaking only for myself, I am going to shows to hear Duran Duran play.  I want them to play as long as possible and I don’t think I’m alone in that.  As a customer, I want to feel like I’m getting my money’s worth.  I know that is already a lot of grumbling within the fan community about the shorter sets, lack of variety and the expensive tickets.  This statement doesn’t help.

Would you let the fans decide the setlist:  One of the things about the job that he really loves is building a show and trying to figure out what song works where, next to what, etc. and that he wouldn’t want to let that go.  I can understand that.  I wouldn’t want to let go of a lot of the things we do here, if readers asked to take over.  I get control freaks.  😀  Then, he goes on to say that it would be a lot of work to get songs ready to be played for a fan made list.  Speaking again for myself, while I get that, I also think the pay off would be great!  People would come out in droves for fan created set lists!  Heck, maybe, they don’t want to do an entire set that way, but would about having fans pick out five or six songs that can be rotated in?  I just think it would build committed fans’ enthusiasm, make for better shows and probably sell more tickets.

As someone who has tickets to a lot of shows and who was using the summer tour to reward hard work we did on writing our book, I want to be excited for the shows.  Yet, it is hard to after hearing about the shorter setlist or the lack of variety in songs.  The thing is that I know myself.  I know that if I go into a show being a little less excited, it affects how much fun I have and how good the show is.  Past experience has taught me that.  I want to go in being as excited as possible.  It will help me but it will help those around me be excited, too.  The optimist in me hopes that they rethink these decisions between now and the start of the US date.

 

-A

Katy Kafe January 2016 Highlights

Did you get a chance to watch (yes, I said “watch”!) the latest Katy Kafe that was posted yesterday?  If you are anything like me, I struggled to view it.  After asking on Facebook and Twitter, here is the information I received.  Those who were able to watch it used older devices.  For example, someone tried on her Mac and iPhone5 with no luck, but she was able to watch it on her iPod Touch4.  Likewise, I tried on my Mac, a PC, and my iPhone6 with no luck.  After reading about the iPod Touch4, I decided to try my iPad, which is about 5 years old.  Guess what?  It works.  Now, I realize that everyone still might not access to an older device.  I emailed customer service at the fan community website about the problem and they promised to get back in touch with me once their tech team looked into the problem.  Hopefully, my highlights here will hold people over until everyone can watch it for themselves, which I highly recommend.  I ALWAYS recommend getting a membership in order to hear/watch the Katy Kafes since our blog posts just offer some highlights and commentary.  They are in no way a complete transcript.

I was happy to hear that there was a new Kafe out since the Duran camp has been very quiet for the month of January.  I found myself wondering what the band might be up to and thinking.  I was hoping that this Kafe might offer some insight, especially since it is a video one!  Well, this Kafe did not disappoint, even if the majority of it was not focused on Duran Duran, specifically.

David Bowie’s Death

John talked about when he found out about David’s death and how he won’t ever forget it.  He goes on to describe Bowie as a “creative parent”, which I found very logical.  He did after all influence not only Duran Duran but so many and it does make sense then when John said that losing him was like “losing a family member.”  John and Katy went on to discuss the extent of his creativity and the extent of his influence.  David’s album, Blackstar, was discussed as well and John said that he was enjoying it and that it felt “fitting” in light of his passing.  Two parts of the conversation really grabbed me.  First,  John discussed how David had been leading a very quiet life with his family the last few years and how that made John “happy”.  According to John, he was able to focus on “what was really important to him” rather than things like going to big events and touring.  Based on this, I wonder if that would be John’s choice on how to live his life if he found himself in a similar situation.  The other part of the conversation that spoke to me was when Katy asked if John was reading articles about Bowie as a fan or as a peer, John said as a fan as “you never able to shake that off” but that also he knew him as a person.  As John talked about Bowie’s death, I couldn’t help but to think that he understands how many of us would feel if something happened to one of them.   He talked about how it was like a part of them had died because he mattered so much.  It caused them to stop and think and reflect about their own lives while dealing with negative feelings of sadness and fear.  John talked about how he has to process the loss of HIS David Bowie and when he gets with Nick, they will talk about the loss of THEIR David Bowie.  This is exactly how it would be for Rhonda and myself if/when we lose someone connected to Duran Duran. When John articulates things like this, I really know that he GETS fandom.  He really does.

Upcoming Tour and Cover Songs

While the majority of the Kafe focused on David Bowie’s death, Katy did ask one big question about the upcoming tour.  Will there be a tribute to David Bowie?  John said that they would discuss it but haven’t yet.  Katy then asked which was the favorite David Bowie cover song that they did.  John began by listing all of the ones they did.  Here’s the thing.  The band played a LOT more Bowie songs that I think any of us knew.  Obviously, many were not recorded.  I would love, love, love for them to record all of the Bowie songs that they have done and release it for all of us to hear/have/treasure.  Which one was his favorite, though?  None as David Bowie was a hard act to follow.  On a different note, John is looking forward to the upcoming tour since the audiences were so great in the fall!  He is also anxious to “dive back” into Paper Gods.  Spoiler alert  John says that he does not see the setlist changing from what it was.  I’m not super happy to hear that as I always want to see/hear new stuff.

I, for one, am glad to have taken the time to really watch and listen to this Kafe.  I feel like it has helped me process David Bowie’s death a little more, which I am grateful for.

-A

 

 

Year End Katy Kafe with Roger Taylor

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.

The Tours

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.

Favorites

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.

Next Year

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!

Holiday Greetings

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.

-A

All of Which I Deny: Duran Tour Dates

Is it me or does it feel like the world just sucks right now?  The news feels full of nothing but tragedy, war, tension, grief…fear.  In thinking about the events of the last couple of months, I think about what John pointed out in the Katy Kafe that Rhonda blogged about yesterday (you can read that here), which is that concerts are supposed to be safe places, away from society’s ills.  Concerts are supposed to be escape, including Duran Duran concerts.  They are meant to be fun, a party.  Attendees can forget about their lives, their problems, their frustrations and just have a good time.  This idea is such a strong one for me that I find myself thinking more about show when my world is less than ideal.  My desire to go on tour grows as I find myself more and more frustrated with “real life”.  I didn’t really realize that, though, until this very week.

I hate the weeks at work right after a little vacation.  I know that I should feel refreshed and full of patience but the exact opposite seems to happen.  Annoyance and irritability creep in quickly when I realize how short my break actually was.  I joked this week that I forgot about being rested from vacation about 15 minutes into the school day on Monday morning after looking at my email about upcoming staff meetings.  How did I deal with this crabby mood?  Simple.  I started thinking about Duran shows.  Were my thoughts about Duran shows fed by seeing tweets and posts from friends on tour in the UK?  Absolutely.  Did it help that Rhonda sent me a video clip she had found from the Manchester show?  Of course!  I started to think about how much I wanted Duran shows to look forward to!  I wanted to put my energy into something fun as opposed to frustrating like work or upsetting like national or international news.    I wanted that escape that we know Duran shows give!

Interestingly enough, the most recent Katy Kafe has only increased my desire to focus on upcoming Duran shows or an upcoming Duran tour because John Taylor mentioned a plan to tour the US in 2016.  He said that they hoped to do shows here in the spring and another wave of shows in August at outdoor venues.  Now, the normal, not-annoyed-with-world Amanda would objectively ponder details like:  When would presales happen?  Will I have money to get tickets then?  Could they just announce the dates THEN do presales  like a month or so later?  Should they be playing outdoor venues in the HEAT of SUMMER?  Nick got sick during a similar tour in 2012.  Is that the best course of action for them or us?  Yet, I don’t feel like things are very normal right now.  I don’t want to be practical.  I don’t want to be afraid that these spring dates will be such that they are super hard for me and/or Rhonda to attend.  I don’t want to worry about money.  No, I want that escape.  I want…no…NEED a break from reality.  I need the fun.

Will the always-practical Amanda return?  Probably.  I’m sure that even if tour dates came out tomorrow and presales followed quickly after that, I wouldn’t buy tickets to all shows as much as I would want to.  I would end up factoring  work, cost, timing, family duties, etc. as Rhonda would do the same.  After thinking it all through, we would make the best decisions we could while considering all of our responsibilities.  Maturity would reign.  Still, I can’t help wishing for the escape, the escape from the world’s problems and personal frustrations.  I also wish that I could just let go of responsibilities for awhile and just do whatever in order to have fun.  I long to be a little crazy, a little impulsive.  I guess part of me just wishes that I could say to work, “Bye work.  I’m leaving to go on tour.  I’ll be back when it is done.  Maybe.”  As I always point out, dreams are free.

On that note, does anyone else have good Duran clips that you have seen that would provide me with some joy, some real world avoidance?!  Maybe I’ll just watch the video Rhonda sent me again here:

-A

Duran Duran News – 12/8 to 12/14

This week was an interesting one in terms of Duran Duran news.  While I can’t say it was quiet, did it contain a lot actual news or was it  mostly rumor?  Read on and see what you think.

John Taylor at the House of Commons

Duranduran.com reported that John Taylor visited the House of Commons (the UK equivalent to the US House of Representatives) to present a report on Addiction created by the Centre of Social Justice.  From the press release and what I read, it offers many actions that the UK government could take to work on addiction throughout the country.  Good for John for continuing his work in this area!

 December Giveaways

According to DuranDuranMusic.com, there was a winner of week one of the fan community’s giveaway, which was a signed cd.  The lucky winner was Kathy Ponder.  Congrats go out to Kathy!  Last week, they were giving away 3 2015 calendars.  This week, they are giving away three signed copies of John’s autobiography, In the Pleasure Groove.

Katy Kafe

The end of the year Katy Kafes have started!  This past week, Roger visited the Kafe.  Rhonda covered the highlights and her reaction here.

Ask Katy

There was a new Ask Katy question this week.  The focus was on Denis O’Regan’s book of photographs, Careless Memories.  We, of course, have talked about this book many times, which you can read here and here.

Gavin Elder

Maybe you are someone like me who likes to find out about the team behind the scenes working with Duran Duran.  Perhaps, you like the visual aspect of the band.  If so, then I definitely recommend watching this video on Gavin Elder, the film maker who has been working with Duran since, basically, the reunion shows.

 More Studio Work

Duran Duran’s Facebook posted a new picture from the studio this week.  John Taylor also posted some new pictures on Instagram this week, including one of him in a Santa hat.  Merry Christmas, indeed.

Studio December 2014

I think that was about it.  Yes, there were rumors.  We covered those through the week.  Until next week…

-A

 

Year End Katy Kafe with Roger Taylor

Today brings Roger Taylor to the Katy Kafe. I always know it’s December when Katy announces Year End Kafes, and it’s a happy Monday because today the first one was posted!

Roger Taylor Goes Retro with Do They Know It’s Christmas

The purpose of the Year End Kafe’s are to wrap up the year, and today Roger Taylor took time out from the final (we’ll see about that) mixing of the album to chat. They began retro-style, by talking about “Do They Know it’s Christmas?”.  Katy asked Roger Taylor how he felt about it being the 30th anniversary for the record, and Roger responded saying that his first feeling upon hearing it each year is “annoyed”.  I guess he’s tired of hearing it after all these years…which I can understand. Completely.  (Although this is not the song I would have in mind while feeling that way…) He did say though that it’s “amazing that Bob [Geldof] got them all together”, and back then, bands were very tribal. There were a lot of bands in that group that would have never spoken to one another outside of an event like that. Who knew!?!

Roger Taylor’s Favorite Concert of 2014

Recently Roger went to see Peter Gabriel at Wembley, which he said was an amazing show (he likes that word almost as much as Americans like the word “awesome”).  He talks about the lights and shades of the show and his records, which reminds me of the Duran Duran lyric that I know each and every single one of you worth your Duranie membership card is singing in your head right this minute.  “Come on show me all the light and shade that made your name”.  Song?  Lonely In Your Nightmare for the win, Alex!!  (The game show Jeopardy. If you’re not from the US, you have no idea what I’m going on about. Google it.) Moving on…Katy asked about my very favorite Peter Gabriel song ever, wondering if Peter played “In Your Eyes”.  Roger responds saying that yes, it was the last song and that yes…it was “AMAZING”.  Of course it was, Roger.  It’s “In Your Eyes”!!!  Roger says we all need to go see it live or listen to it on YouTube…so you guessed it, I have it here:

Roger Taylor’s Favorite Album of 2014

For Roger, the favorite album of the year came later than expected as he very recently discovered a band called Jungle that is very big in the UK.  Roger says that the band has a Marvin Gaye retro-feel and that he loves the album.  You can hear Time here and Heat here.

Additionally, Roger talks about the latest Coldplay album, Ghost Stories, which was mixed by none other than Spike Stent.  He cites the depth of the album, and the light of some of the songs, saying that these two albums are his favorites of the year.

Roger Taylor On His Best (or Favorite) Events of the Year

Roger begins with a huge personal event – his youngest son Julian just appeared in his first Nativity event as a shepherd. According to Roger, he sang, had some lines and even danced. I’m sure he was adorable!!  Let’s face it this event was probably FAR better than the Duran Duran event in Austin, which of course was the next event Roger mentioned.

The F-1 Fan Fest in Austin whet the band’s appetite for playing live again, he says. They played for an hour and a half, and he really enjoyed the race the following day.

Roger also made mention of the Teenage Cancer Trust in London. He said this show was particularly fun because of the “real” Duran Duran fans in attendance at the show.

For the band, 2014 was really about finishing the album. Roger claims that the album “really is nearly finished”, saying that they are spending 10-12 hours a day in the studio to get it done.  Something tells me they’re hoping to be finished by the new year, if not Christmas. I’ll say that by the way Nick looked in the Lindsay Lohan photo from earlier today, he’s never left that studio! He had a bit of the “I-am-crazed-and-haven’t-left-the-studio-in-a-few-days” look going on there.

Roger Taylor looks ahead to 2015

Roger says he’s looking forward to people hearing the new album, and playing again. He says that they are steadily building towards that moment when it is released from the studio, which feels like a moment of freedom. He continued, saying that they need to work on the business-side and get that completed in the next few months and then hopefully if all goes well we will actually hear new music by April or May, but maybe not the entire record.  (Let me just say that this is the third or fourth year in a row we’ve heard something similar…and it’s getting tougher and tougher to believe or even have ANY kind of understanding of what sort of album we’re going to be getting.)

Roger says he’s working on “Durantime”…which in turn Katy likened to the movie, Interstellar.  I’m not sure if any of you have seen that, but basically the astronauts think they’ve only been gone two years when in fact they’ve been gone something like twenty-three. There’s that whole time-warp thing, you know. Roger Taylor, ever-the-sensible-one, replied half under his breath,  “Oh, don’t say that…the NEXT album could very well be that way!” (That’s not a good plan unless they’re looking to have all the Duranies show up on various band member doorsteps to motivate them….just saying.)

They finish up with Katy asking about an album title, of which there still is not one (Yes there is – it’s #DD14, don’t you know?!?), and Roger saying “Time does fly in between Duran Duran albums” when Katy mentions that her son Tanner was just a baby when All You Need is Now was released, and Roger’s son Julian hadn’t even been born.

You’re right Roger, time DOES fly.  Four years is a very long time, even by Duran Duran standards.

-R