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Duran Duran History: Tetsuya Komuro’s Album

Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back to 2013 when the artist, Tetsuya Komuro released an album entitled Digitalian Is Easting Breakfast 3 (DEBF3).  I’m sure that all of you are wondering the same thing.  Who and how does this relate to Duran Duran?

Tetsuya Komuro is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter.  He is a successful record producer and is heavily involved in the dance music scene in Japan.  The album released in 2013 has two Duran connections.  First, it was co-produced by Nick Wood.  If you are a Simon fan, you know that Nick Wood is a British musician, singer, songwriter and producer and friend of Simon’s.  He also formed his SYN Production studios in Tokyo with Simon.  The second connection is that this album also features Saffron Le Bon, Simon’s daughter.

Here is a sample with Simon’s daughter:


Duran Duran News: 2/2/15 to 2/15/15

It has been two weeks since I attempted to summarize all of the official Duran Duran news.  Clearly, there has been some activity with Duran Duran.  As always, let me know if I missed anything!

The Music of David Lynch

Duran Duran will be among more than 10 performers/guests to make an appearance at a special show in Los Angeles on April 1st to celebrate the music of David Lynch and to benefit the David Lynch Foundation.  Want to know more about it or get tickets?  Read the official press release here or our reactions to it here and here.

Bestival Festival

Duran Duran is going to be playing the Bestival Festival in the UK on September 12, 2015.  Want details or tickets?  Read the official press release and/or Rhonda’s blog post about it here.

 Out and About

Simon rugby Feb 2015Grammys1 2015

The members of Duran Duran have been out and about, it seems.  Simon and others went to the recent rugby game between England and Italy.  SpBAFTAeaking of Simon, he also attended a little pre-Grammy party with John and Nile Rodgers!  Nick was busy, too.  He was attending the BAFTA’s   The band’s official Facebook page posted these pictures.

Valentine’s Day

Save a Prayer was featured in Mad World’s Ultimate Valentine’s Day Mixtape Part Deux.  You can read Rhonda’s blog post about the entire list on Discord and Rhyme!

Before the Rain Film Maker

Remember when Duran Duran had a contest on Genero TV for the best videos to go along with the tracks on All You Need Is Now?  Well, the winner of the Before the Rain has been busy!  Read about what he has been doing here.  Here is his version of Before the Rain:

On that note, I’m absolutely positive that I missed some Duran Duran news from the past 2 weeks.  Please comment below on anything I missed!  I would appreciate that!



Duran Duran History: In Concert – New Rock: 94-04

Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back to 1994 when Westwood One radio broadcast in New York aired a Duran Duran special entitled “In Concert – New Rock:  94-04”.  This featured live tracks that were recorded in Vegas at the Bally’s Hotel and Casino on August 24, 1993.

The broadcast featured the following tracks:

Hungry Like the Wolf
A View to a Kill
Come Undone
White Lines
Girls on Film
Ordinary World

There are some interesting tidbits to this recording.  Apparently, Simon’s voice sounds very strained and, if you know your Duran history, you know that Simon lost his voice completely 8 days later.  Rumor has it that this broadcast might be found a a bootleg, entitled “Live At Westwood One”.


Duran Duran News: 12/22/14 to 1/4/15

It has been two weeks since I summarized all of the Duran Duran news that I could find.  The holidays are always super busy and this year I went on a vacation of sorts out of town for a week, which got in the way from staying in touch with Duranland.  Now, I’m attempting to catch up!  As always, do let me know if I have missed something!

Holiday Messages

Speaking of the holidays, did you catch the band’s holiday messages?  If not, you still can.  Just click on the link here!


If you didn’t have a chance to listen to the band members’ visits in the Katy Kafe and, as a result, think you missed their favorites of 2014, think again!  The official website was kind enough to list of all of their favorites right here!

JT’s New Year Mix

Of course, if you are more focused on the present, you might be more interested in new music.  If so, John Taylor came to the rescue with a New Year mix.  After you listen to it, let us know which songs you like best?

Katy Kafes

Did you get a chance to listen to all of the Year-End Katy Kafes?  If you haven’t, Rhonda gave us the highlights:


 Top Moments

Duran Duran described their overall top moments on the examiner.com site, which you can read about here.

End of the Year Studio Shots

The fans received a small bit of a holiday present when the band’s social media posted end of the year studio pictures on Christmas Eve.

This doesn’t seem like a very long list.  Did I miss a bunch of Duran Duran news?  Was it relatively quiet because of the holidays?  Let me know!




Duran Duran History – Simon Le Bon’s Marriage

Today’s Duran Duran history takes us back to 1985, 29 years ago, when Simon married Yasmin.  As you probably know, they also are proud parents to three daughters.  While their marriage might seem like a cliche due to their rock star/model status, clearly, they have done something right to have their marriage last for so long.  In my opinion, this is even more impressive considering how both of their professions have required them to far from home at times.

Of course, I had to include the Yasmin segments from Behind the Music.  Perhaps, the way she not only approaches the fans but also Simon himself has helped keep their marriage strong.

Happy Anniversary to Simon and Yasmin!

Daily Duranie Review – Duran Duran Calendar

I have spent a lot of time this week running to and from post offices and intensely watching tracking information on packages shipped.  ‘Tis the season.  One of the packages I have been watching for was the 2015 Duran Duran calendar that I knew had been shipped due to a appreciated email from the DD webstore.  I have already admitted in previous blogs that I do tend to collect a lot of Duran Duran merchandise.  I am not a complete collector, though.  I know that there are people out there who collect every piece of vinyl or every poster or every tour book, etc.  I admire those people, but I tend to buy a bunch of random stuff, including the calendars, most years.  I am not sure why I still choose to buy the calendar.  I have my own calendar that I make and love.  Still…I have a hard time resisting.  So what do I think of this year’s?  Was it worth it?

2015 calendar cover

The 2015 calendar maintains a lot of the elements of the calendar that we know and love.  For example, the calendar is large (about the size of a vinyl album) and the quality is fabulous with sturdy, glossy pictures.  As always, the band members’ birthdays are listed.  I gotta ask, though…why not include Dom’s birthday?  Of course, I could say that about Dom, in general, but I’m getting ahead of myself.  The other thing I do like about the calendar is the use of the gold font and the latest DD logo.  I like that the gold logo is on every month in the corner of a black header.  Yet, the one thing I do wonder is why the header has to be so large.  There is a lot of empty black at the top of the page.  That said, most people, most Duranies are really only concerned with the picture part of the calendar.

How are the pictures?  One thing I should say before I run through the months is that the focus is studio pictures while the band works on DD14.  The extra picture in the front is mostly equipment used with a small picture of the group working on the album that we saw so much on social media, earlier this year.  You know the one I’m talking about–the one with Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Mr. Hudson, etc.  I like that picture but wish that it had been a bit bigger.  January is Simon and the pictures of him are good ones.  In fact, I would say that he looks focused.  That said, like the first picture, this one’s main focus is equipment.  February’s focus is Nick and is very similar to Simon’s in that Nick looks good and seems very focused.  John has March and unlike the first two months, one of the pictures features a smiling John.  I’m definitely not complaining about that one!  Why couldn’t that picture have been bigger, though?!?  April is owned by Roger, no surprise there.  This is the first month that the picture of the actual band member is the visual focus.  I much prefer that.  May has more of Simon and I find this month disappointing.  The pictures are harder to see.  Nick is the focus of June.  At this point, I have to ask.  Does Nick always have June?  It sure feels that way.  I know that his birthday is in June, but so is John’s.  Can’t he have his birthday month every once in awhile?!  Anyway, I really like this one as the main picture is a cool shot of Nick.  July has more smiling John!  Yay!  The visual focus there is a shot of his hand playing bass.  While I would have preferred a cool shot like the one of Nick, this is good, too.  August is Roger’s and more like June with the focus being a big picture of Roger but it isn’t as cool as Nick’s.  September is a close up shot of Simon, which is nice but I have to ask.  Why is Simon on September and not in October?  That’s weird.  As for that October, it is a nice, clear picture of Nick.  I preferred the artistic June one, though.  How is November?  I’m not gonna lie.  It is my favorite.  There is a fabulous picture of John Taylor.  Every once in awhile, my inner fangirl comes out.  The year ends with Roger and it has a silly Roger picture and a more artistic one.

So, what do I think, overall?  There are a number of times that I wish there was less focus on equipment and more on the band.  I liked some of the artistic photos the best.  There was only one month that I found really disappointing and that was the one of Simon.  Likewise, I wish that they would just embrace Dom and include him in the calendar.  So, looking at some of the strange choices and the lack of Dom, was it worth it?  As a John fan, I have to say that November almost makes it worth it by itself!  Is it the best calendar ever?  Probably not but it is pretty good considering that the photos weren’t from photo shoots or live shows, but instead were from the studio.

Was it worth the purchase then?  I would say that I’m happy that I bought it but wouldn’t have been too upset if I hadn’t bought it.  What do you think?  Did you buy it?  Do you think it was a good purchase?


Duran Duran News – 12/1 to 12/7

It is Sunday!  Time to recap any and all Duran Duran news from December 1st to December 7th.  This week seemed very quiet on the Duran front, from what I recall.  Am I right?  Was it a quiet one?

December Giveaways

DuranDuranMusic.com, the fan community site, is giving away something each week in December.  For the first week in December, they were giving away a signed CD.  I haven’t heard or seen if there was a winner yet, but if you were a winner, let us know so that we can cheer for you and with you!

Update from Simon!

Last week, Rhonda blogged about Duran Duran and Twitter.  Funny enough, Simon has showed up on Twitter the last couple of days.  Initially, these tweets were about Simon’s attempts to return to the “real world”, at least that is what I got out of them.  Perhaps, as part of this process, he even did a little bit of responding to people.  Then, yesterday, he posted a picture.  This wasn’t just any picture but a picture of Nick and Spike Stent (who mixes albums) with a message about how they were getting “deep in the mix”.  Now, I don’t know about the rest of you but this seems pretty exciting to me.  It means that the album really is close to being done!  Of course, they might need to deal with the record label part of the process, but it still gives me a little bit of hope that we really are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

 More Studio Time!

If Simon’s tweets weren’t enough, Duran Duran also updated the Facebook status to say, “More Studio time for Duran Duran today, #DD14 is coming! ”  Well then!  They even posted a picture.  I couldn’t resist bringing this one over here.  I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that it is of John Taylor.  😉

John Dec. 2014

 Careless Memories Gallery

Do you own a copy of Denis O’Regan’s Careless Memories photography book?  If so or if not, if you are in or near London, you might want to check out the Careless Memories Gallery from December 8 to December 14th from 9 in the morning to 9 at night to see his work and photographs of Duran Duran.

That is all of the news that I saw.  Did I miss something?  It is not shocking to any of you that the most exciting news is that the mix of DD14 is happening and they are getting work done on the album.  Truly, its release can’t come soon enough.  Although, a tour might make the wait a bit more bearable to me…