You know the band and Katy are busy when a Katy Kafe pops up in front of a bank of elevators at the Tonight Show, right??
The September Katy Kafe features none other than The Controller himself, Mr. Nick Rhodes, and while moment was short and sweet, it covered a lot of ground.
Once again (and I type this every single month so y’all should have it memorized now) – these are only what I deem the highlights. I don’t dare attempt to transcribe the entire Kafe, and so if you’re hoping to hear or read the entire script, I would highly recommend paying $35.00 for an entire YEAR of membership to duranduranmusic.com. Thanks!!
Katy asks how Bestival went, and Nick’s description is dry but pointed. “It was large, with lots of people.” He also mentions fire and confetti. He explains that when the band is considering a set list for a festival, “one must take into account that it is not just their audience.” So more well-known music is played, although Nick is quick to add that they did play “The Chauffeur” among other songs such as “Pressure Off” from Paper Gods.
This show brought the crowd a couple of new songs off of Paper Gods: “Paper Gods” and “Danceophobia,” mentioned only after Katy mistakenly mentioned, “What Are The Chances.”…which my ears immediately took note of, because quite truthfully my heart is set on hearing that one live. So with my fingers crossed, I continued taking notes. Nick says that when they play a new song live, they go in expecting disastrous results, which did not happen this time. “Simon remembered the words, everyone seemed to remember their parts.” And Nick is excited and ready to play the new material. They are hoping to add another new song by the Denver Red Rocks show, and by the British shows in November they are hoping for one or two more. This leads into a discussion of the song, “Too Much Information” being included in the set list at this show. According to Nick, he and John had been wanting to do it as a slightly punkier version (which immediately makes MY ears perk up – that song is CRYING for some punk!). Nick continues by explaining that they sped up the song just a bit (Again, the mere notion gets my brain going…PLEASE play this at the Hollywood Bowl!) and finishes by saying that the song is among Simon’s best lyrics and is very prophetic…which it is. The song was recorded back in 1993 (I looked this up) and yet it “fits well with the currently material.” Nick also mentions that the band really enjoyed playing “Planet Earth” at the show, explaining that Ozzie Henderson, his tech, just finished sampling the original string synthesizers used on the original version for the album – so it is completely identical.
Baseball caps and denim
Katy mentions that Nick wore a baseball cap for the sound check at the Tonight Show and asks if denim couldn’t be far behind. With what I imagine to be a wry grin, Nick tells Katy to bite her tongue. He explains that while yes, he does wear baseball caps from time to time, that particular one is special because it is from Graceland. “You can only wear baseball caps with irony, Kathryn.”
Naturally Nick is excited to have the album out and “give it a fighting chance to be heard”. While slightly less-than-enthusiastic about the possible reception – rest assured it is not due to the album itself; instead, recognize the sheer magnitude of what the album is up against these days – there is SO MUCH out there, it is easy to get left to the side. “TV shows,” Nick explains, “still have a way of circumventing.” The album is starting to get some attention, and let’s hope that the momentum continues to build.
As I explained, the Kafe was short, but definitely covered a lot! Until next time…