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The Past 2 Weeks in Duranland (August 4 to August 17)

I apologize for not summarizing what took place in the world of Duran Duran last Sunday.  As you all know, last Sunday was August 10th, Duran Duran Appreciation Day.  We had quite a few blogs that day and, frankly, it took me a looooooong time to compile the list of what fans loved about Duran Duran.  Thus, I thought I could take a week off from summarizing the news.  What seemed like a good idea a week ago might not seem like a good idea now.  I will do my best.  As always, I look at the band’s official sites as well as social media for official news.

The official website posted three big pieces of news this week.  First, on the 4th, there was an official press release about the upcoming release of Making Patterns Rhyme, a tribute to Duran Duran.  Various tracks from this album have been available on the internet to give people a change to preview the album.  This press release provided a full track listing and dates for release (August 26 for digital release and October for physical release).  Personally, I’m looking forward to hearing it as a whole project and love that the proceeds will go to Amnesty International.  To read the complete article, go here.

In a connected note, DuranDuranMusic released a member exclusive Q&A with Paul Beahan who runs Manimal Vinyl, responsible for this upcoming tribute album.  I love reading these Q&As, especially when it is clear that the interviewee is a big fan who has put one’s passion into a career and Paul is a good example of that!  Very inspiring to me!  If you are a member, you, too, can read it here.  Members also have a chance to win a limited edition 7″ box set of the album!  How cool!

While on the topic of cover songs, there was an Ask Katy question about covers that you can read here.

Beyond the upcoming tribute album, there was  BIG  news from the studio!!!!  The band returned to the studio on Duran Duran Appreciation Day with…both Nile Rodgers and Mark Ronson!  If you have been around social media at all the past week or so, I’m sure that you have seen the photos!  You can go here to see the ones posted on the official website’s news section.  I recommend heading over to the gallery on duranduran.com to see more studio pictures, too!   While most people were excited by this news, there was a bit of controversy.  (What’s new in Duranland?!)  First, you had the fans wondering, “Where’s Andy?”  (Clearly, those fans missed that announcement in October of 2006–almost 8 years ago!)  Then, you had the question about Dom Brown.  Is he on the album or not?  This was made more dramatic when the pictures were posted with statements about how the gang was “all” there.  Interestingly, Dom then popped on social media to comment about Nile’s funky guitar at the studio that day.  Clearly, he still is involved, which we are VERY thankful for!  Of course, the rest of world’s media has covered this a bunch as well, which means that there have been a ton of articles from a variety of sources about this!  I do love Duran getting attention, especially for something as positive as this!

The last piece of big news posted on the band’s official site was about the Unstaged screenings across the United States on September 10th (and September 14th for some select locations).  It sounds like a lot of people will be going, us included!  I have heard/seen fans make plans to get together with other fans before or after, which makes us very happy!  If you want to read the official announcement and want the link to buy tickets yourself, go here.

Any other news on Duran Duran’s social media?  Oh, yes…

We learned that Katy will be on vacation this upcoming week.  We hope she has a good vacation!  More interesting is that there will a promo week coming up in September!

John Taylor appeared briefly with his daughter, Atlanta, on the show, Undone with Amanda De Cadenet.  I found the show on YouTube with John’s part starting about 12 minutes in.  Let us know what you think then.

BBCAmerica posted an article about 5 Duran songs that they thought are worth listening to.  Read the article here and tell us what songs you would have chosen!

Speaking of Duran tracks that are loved, read about Nile’s favorite Duran tracks here!  What do you think of his choices?!

So, Duranies, I ask you:  What did I miss?!  Let me know and I’ll add it on here!



I heard you speak my name

I’m sure at least some noticed an invitation appearing on Monday morning from none other than John Taylor. He asked Duranies to join him at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood on Tuesday night, where Halo Circus was to appear and perform.

Halo Circus is a band fronted by Alison Iraheta, their label is a subsidiary of Manimal Vinyl called Badlands Records. As you might already know from reading previous blogs – Halo Circus’ version of “Do You Believe In Shame” is included on the upcoming Making Patterns Rhyme tribute album. They also have another single, “Gone” that is worth checking out.

When John issued the invitation, I was curious as to how many Duranies might show that night. From my own observations it didn’t seem as though the “Do You Believe in Shame” cover went over well with many Duran fans, and so it was tough to gauge interest. That said, John Taylor seemed to indicate that he would be there that night, and I figured that many fans might make plans to go solely for that reason.

I was not able to be there myself, but I heard from many that John was in fact there, and I’ve seen several photos of the evening…but what I was most excited by was a video posted of Halo Circus performing “Do You Believe in Shame”. Personally I loved the album version of the cover. Alison’s voice speaks to me, telling me a completely different story of that song than I’d ever heard before.  It hits me in my soul – and while yes, the original is the original, this long time Duran Duran fan actually PREFERS this cover. Halo Circus gave new life and meaning to this song for me, breathing a sense of urgency, pain and desperation that strikes me right in the gut. I love it. My question was whether or not I’d feel that same intensity in a live performance, so I was delighted to find video of this song on YouTube. Check it out!

This one song exceeded my expectations for the entire night…and you can bet that the next time they play, I won’t miss the show…John Taylor or not!