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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

 

This Week in Duranland – November 3rd to November 9th, 2014

What happened last week in Duranland?  It was quiet, right?  I don’t think so!  I know that I had a hard time keeping up with everything.  Anyone else?  If so, this is post is for you and for me!

Wild Boys Anniversary
Despite all of our efforts, time has not stood still.  This means that Wild Boys really did just turn 30!  It is hard to believe that it is 3 decades old.  Rhonda discussed all of this as well as the video posted of John Taylor talking about the song and video on dd.com on this blog post here.

Austin
Obviously, there was a ton of activity regarding Duran Duran’s performances in Austin.  First, they played at the Formula1 Fan Fest.  Then, they played at Dell World.  If you want to catch up on those performances, I recommend reading the following blog posts:  I Wish I Was On That Plane and You’ll See I’m Right Some Other Time.  The posts give links to reviews and a playlist of video clips, which is perfect for those of us dying for a show!!!  If that wasn’t enough, DuranDuranMusic has exclusive photos for members.

Press Clips
Duranduran.com has a new gallery!  It is a collection of press clips.  If you have some, you should definitely send them on to Duran Duran!

Simon and Hunger Game Soundtrack
Lori Majewski, author of Mad World, wrote a little article on Yahoo! Music News about Simon’s appearance on the upcoming Hunger Games soundtrack.  If you didn’t check it out, do it here now!

Countdown
According to the post on Duran’s Facebook:  Countdown’s 40th Anniversary special is airing next week in Australia.  Duran Duran is featured on part 2, which will air on Sunday, November 23rd at 7:40.  Hope someone will share with the rest of us!

Finishing Up DD14!
Speaking of Duran’s Facebook, more studio photos were posted.  These were posted with the statement about how they were “finishing up DD14”!  Let’s hope!  I think we are all dying for it!!!

Careless Memories and Nick:
Nick Rhodes was interviewed this week on the webiste, BlackBook, to discuss the book of photographs called Careless Memories, by Denis O’Regan.

An Illustrated Guide…
Duran Duran was featured in “An Illustrated Guide to Every Animal in Rock Music”.  Before you read the guide, can you guess which animal might be featured?  After all, Duran Duran mentions quite a few animals in their songs…

Today Show Mention
The Today Show discussed who should be the next artist to do a James Bond theme this week.  This, of course, led to a Duran Duran reference along with a brief debate about who is the better band member:  Simon or John!  It is a fun watch!

Gavin Elder
Does that name sound familiar to you?  If not, let me catch you up.  Gavin is Duran’s videographer!  Thus, if there is a video put out by the band, it is usually done by Gavin!  This week, he got a little recognition on the Between 10 and 5 website.  Learn more about Gavin and his work here!

It definitely wasn’t a quiet weekend in Duranland!  It was so busy that I wouldn’t be surprised if I missed a thing or ten!  If so, drop me a comment here!

-A