Did you know that John Taylor was recently on Jonesy’s Jukebox? This, of course, is the radio show hosted by former Sex Pistols’ guitarist, Steve Jones. If you know your Duran history, you also are familiar with the fact that Steve and John played in Neurotic Outsiders together in the 1990s, one of John’s side projects. Every time I listen or watch the two of them interact, their friendship and affection for each other is obvious. This most recent video is a good example.
Of course, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t comment on a few parts of the video. First, I love how excited John clearly is to go to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in order to induct Roxy Music with Simon at the end of the month. The love he has for that band is obvious and I so appreciate the fact that John, even with all of his fame and legions of fans, is still a fan himself.
Then, I love that Steve Jones is trying to raise money for St. Jude’s for children with cancer. As John stated, it is a “no brainer” and a great cause. My mother is a breast cancer survivor so this is a cause that definitely speaks to me.
If all this wasn’t enough, John did give a brief update on the studio work the band has been doing. He spoke about Mark Ronson. The idea of Mark being in the studio with the band is one that excites quite a few Duranies. John did not specify his exact role and how much he will be doing with the band. I, for one, am happy that he is there and I will take however much he actually does. I refuse to get my hopes up too much as I am well-aware that Mark is highly in demand and that lots can change between now and a finished product. That said, the idea still makes me smile.
On that note, what did the rest of you think? Did you enjoy John’s appearance? What caught your attention?
On this date in 1985, Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon were on NRJ Radio in Paris, France. Based on the date, I assume that they were working on the Arcadia project, which was probably featured quite heavily in the interview.
Was anyone lucky enough to have heard this interview? Let’s watch a different interview from the same era.
On this date in 1987, Simon Le Bon was interviewed on CFNY 102.1 in Toronto. This interview took place a couple of days before Duran Duran played in that city as support for David Bowie’s Glass Spider Tour. Did anyone see a show from that tour? I would be interested to see how both Duran was received by serious Bowie fans and vice versa. I saw David Bowie when he toured with Nine Inch Nails in the mid-1990s. I was shocked and appalled that the audience stood and were into Nine Inch Nails but sat or left during Bowie! I wonder if other people noticed something similar with Duran Duran during this 1987 tour.
Of course, when I think of promotion from this era, I think of Three to Get Ready. Part One is below and shows the band communicating with the media!
On today’s date just a few short years ago in 2011…John Taylor was interviewed on radio station 104.5 XLO in Boston. Anyone hear the interview?
On another note entirely, Amanda and I stumbled across some really good news for the blog yesterday. We noticed that we’ve been included on the links page for duranduran.com. For us, this means a lot. We realize that for most fans, they probably read this sort of thing and think “Big deal…who cares?” I get that, and you know, yes – for most people it really doesn’t matter. To Amanda and I though, it is representative of some very hard work over the past three and a half years. Time, energy, and love. We’ve been included among the best fan websites out there. It’s a symbolic gesture that matters, and we truly, truly appreciate DDHQ for including us. It means that we’re working together – and make no mistake, we are. We’re on board to help the band, and to help the fans. It’s a delicate balance that I tend to destroy on a daily basis because I’m very much the bull in a china shop around here….but it’s fun. Amanda and I laugh a lot even as I’m cursing the latest rumor or thinking of how to word something so that no fan can possibly take issue. (Impossible.)
It’s rare that she and I will publicly congratulate ourselves, because let’s face it, it’s not cool to be a bragger, and neither of us are very good at that sort of thing. But this time, I’m going to take the second or two and enjoy.
Sorry I upstaged John’s date in history. Listen…I don’t even remember that interview!! 😀
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