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Today in Duran History – Simon Interview 1987

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!


Today in Duran History – Warhol Museum

On today’s date in 2000, Simon and Nick visited the Warhol museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

The museum is touted as being the global keeper of Andy Warhol’s legacy, and with over 900 paintings, 4000 photographs, film and video as well as other archives and MANY other pieces of Warhol artwork…the label sounds about right.

As I’m sure many if not all Duranies know – Andy Warhol was a big fan of the band, and in particularly Nick Rhodes (who was of course in turn a fan of Andy’s).  Andy Warhol and band

I also found a little video on YouTube – it’s a chat between Andy and Nick.  Take a look!


This Past Week in Duranland – July 21 – July 27

This has been a busy week in Duranland.  Part of me thinks that must be because my partner-in-crime was gone, which left me to blog, when necessary.  It’s all good, though.  I like that there have been things to discuss!  That’s the way it should be!!!  On that note, I’ll do my best to summarize everything that I saw and heard.

Obviously, the two biggest happenings involved the lawsuit Duran is involved with and their upcoming performance on Fashion Rocks.

For those who missed the lawsuit information, which would have been hard to do since the news seemed to be on every news source, both domestically and internationally, the basic idea is that Duran Duran is involved in a lawsuit against Worldwide Fan Clubs, Inc., a company they hired to run part of their paid fan club.  I wrote a blog in reaction to this piece of information, which you can read here.  Of course, there were fans out there who seemed confused or misunderstood due to poorly written headlines and really thought Duran Duran was suing their fans.  This, of course, couldn’t be further from the truth.  In fact, Duran Duran released a statement clarifying the situation here.  Another good article about the situation could be found at Billboard.com here.

In more positive news, it was announced that Duran Duran would be one of the artists performing in this year’s Fashion Rocks, which will take place and be televised on September 9th.  The blog on that is here.

There were lots of little bits of album news released this week as well.  First, this month’s Katy Kafe with Simon revealed a number of tidbits.  The blog about that is here.  Social media also provided some  information.  John Taylor shared that Hollie Cook visited the studio.  Hollie is a British singer who has performed as a solo artist and also as part of the lineup of the Slits.  I’m not sure if this means she is working on the album or just visiting.  Anyone know?  Likewise, there was a studio visit with Natasha Khan of Bats for Lashes.  Hollie and Natasha weren’t the only women in the studio as Anna Ross posted that she was in to work on a new track that she says we are going to love!  According to her status update, she has worked on quite a few tracks.  Beyond the news about who has been in the studio, John also posted a few pictures from the studio, including one with him and a dog, one with Nick and the same dog and one of Mark Ronson.    While we are on the topic of the studio, have you checked out the new pictures in the dd.com gallery?  If not, go here to see them!

The last pieces of news that caught my attention related to 1980s Duran.  First, Buzzfeed posted an article about 6 things you might not have known about the Rio album.  If you want to read it, go here. Then, Bop magazine announced that it would no longer publish monthly publications and would only issue special editions.  For many of us, Bop magazine was one of THE magazines to provide Duran news and posters!  I know that I wasn’t the only one who had many, mnay pictures and posters from Bop magazine decorating my bedroom walls as a kid.  Thus, this news makes me sad.  Truly, it is the end of an era.

I think that is about it!  Of course, there was so much happening that I am sure that I could have missed one, ten or 10,000 things!  If so, let me know so that I can edit this post and add it in!!!


Katy Kafe with Simon – July 2014

There seems to be quite a lot to talk about lately in the Duran universe!  Just this past week, Duran has been been in the news because of their lawsuit against Worldwide Fan Clubs, Inc. (a company, NOT their fans) and because of their upcoming participation in Fashion Rocks.  Then, I find out that the teen magazine, Bop, is ending!  Some of those topics have been blogged about and others are worthy of being blogged about!  Yet, I will instead listen and give some highlights to this month’s Katy Kafe!  Speaking of the paid fan club, truly, one of the best perks is being able to really listen to Katy Kafes.  While we might give some highlights and reactions to what we hear here, it isn’t the same as listening to them, personally.  You get so much out of listening to how the band member sounds, how he reacts to questions, and more.  You also get something out of the questions Katy chooses to ask and her reactions!  On that note, I recommend listening for yourself, then, reading and reacting to the rest of this blog!

Before I go into detail, Simon was clearly very chatty and very open! He gave quite a bit of scoop regarding new album and future touring.    There is much to respond to and I have no doubt that I missed some key information.  Listen and remind me about what I missed!

Album news/information:

Some of what he shared isn’t new.  We knew that they were continuing to work with Mr. Hudson.  He talked about how much of an influence he was and that they had written three more songs with him.  Perhaps, this influence is what has led the album to have a different feel to it than what it was in the beginning or than All You Need Is Now.  Simon described AYNIN has having an 80s vibe.  This one he says is more “modern” with, at least, some club vibe.  He also made a point in saying that he hesitates to label it because it can pigeon-hole it.  People, instead, should just listen rather than  speculate about what it is going to be like.  (I, wholeheartedly, agree.  I won’t lie, though.  I like to speculate.  I like to ponder.  I get nervous and want assurances that everything is going to be all right.  That said, I know that Simon is right.  I need to listen first.)

Simon did indicate that things are getting close to being done.  He described the album as having “critical mass” and its own “direction”.  I take that to mean that the album has a personality now.  The individual parts/songs have been created but the album as a whole has a personality.  I look at all Duran albums that way.  This is why I can point out that every Duran album has quality songs on it but I don’t like each album in the same way.  For example, I love the song “Out of my Mind” but Medazzaland definitely isn’t a favorite of mine.  Anyway, they did work with Mark Ronson to “prepare things” and he said something about surprises coming up.  Likewise, they hope to have Spike Stent mix the album in September.  That shows real progress!!!  Another thing that shows progress is that the album has a name.  Simon didn’t share it but did share how long it was in terms of syllables and that they needed to figure out how to spell it!  Fascinating!!!  Any guesses out there?!

Simon did mention a first single and talked about record labels.  As of now, they are unsigned and will take into consideration what the focus is for the label.  Some labels are major labels and others focus on new media.  I couldn’t tell which why Simon was leaning towards but he did voice his opinions about record companies, in general.  Could any of you tell which kind of label he would prefer after listening?  This is an area that I will be keeping my ears and eyes open to in the future.


Simon said that he looked forward to going out on the road after the album comes out.  He hopes to do larger arenas/venues and more festivals.  What do you all think about that???  Would that mean only major cities?  Would that mean less shows?  I wish I knew!

Other topics:

Beyond the band album news, Simon did discuss a few other topics, including Fashion Rocks, the White Nights Festival, family vacations, and photo shoots.  Apparently, for Fashion Rocks, they only have a few minutes to play.  Thus, they have to choose to either do one song or a short medley.  Katy gave her preferences.  What would yours be?  As far as the White Nights Festival goes, he discussed their performance, the city and a funny story about what he was asked to do as far as introducing someone.


I was thrilled to get so much information about the album!!!  I suspect that he was more forthcoming because they are getting close to getting done.  Perhaps, he is feeling really good about what they have accomplished and is ready to share it with the rest of us!  If that is the case, may I recommend a snippet or two?  30 seconds of a song or two?  It wouldn’t be to speculate as much as to share in the excitement!!!





Today in Duran History – Birmingham 1981 & Simon’s…Dancing 2009

On this date in 1981, Duran Duran played at the Odeon in Birmingham, UK.  This, of course, was the summer that John Taylor started his autobiography with as it was the first time that their shows included serious screaming!  Clearly, those attendees knew that this band was something special!

Speaking of something special, five years ago today, I had the opportunity to witness some of Simon’s…err…dancing.  The song was Skin Trade.  The venue was in Orange County, California.  Before I post the clip, I’ll be perfectly honest here.  This is exactly how I want to remember Simon LeBon!!  After all, I can’t remember laughing SO hard at a concert before or since!!!!

We tease because we love!


This Past Week in Duranland – June 29 to July 6

Here is the summary of what has happened this past week with Duran Duran, at least from what I saw.  This is my attempt to keep my very busy self and the rest of you in the know of what is happening and what has happened.  If I missed something, which is highly likely, please let me know so that I could add it here!  For the most part, I’m using the official website and Duran’s social media sites for the information.

From the official website/DuranDuranMusic:

The official website posted an excerpt from an interview from the art director at the Vinyl Factory, which was responsible for both All You Need Is Now and A Diamond in the Mind on vinyl.  The excerpt shows some of the questions and pictures to represent the answers to those questions. If you are interested in all the questions and all the picture answers, head over to DuranDuranMusic!  The paid fan site also has another new interview.  This time, it is with photographer, Barry Fidnick, who took photos of the Unstaged screening at MoMA in the fall of 2013.  He also happens to be a huge fan!!  There is also a giveaway of a print from the MoMA screening!

From social media:

The band’s twitter and Facebook has been advertising some new items in the band’s online store.  Some of the new items include hats, a beach towel, a mug and a t-shirt.  I have already seen many a Duranie make purchases.  If you are interested in seeing the items or buying yourself, go here.  If you have gotten something you ordered, we welcome reviews!

Another piece of news is that Rio on vinyl is available on pre-order.  This is a double vinyl of the remastered edition from 2009.  The link for information is here.

Photos of Simon from a Vanity Fair photo shoot have appeared on the band’s social media.  These photos are of a sailing Mr. LeBon!  They are worth checking out!

Ultimate Guitar featured Khanada on bass guitar for those interested in learning to play it!  You can find that here.

Interview Magazine included an interview with Luxxury, which included their version of Planet Earth, which you can read here.  If you want to read Rhonda’s review of the song, go here.

What did I miss???  Please, let me know so that I can add it!


The Past Week in Duranland

It is Sunday.  It is the beginning of the new week.  Since I’m not going to “work” right now, due to summer vacation, I’m struggling to keep track of days and days of the week.  While I’m paying more attention to social media and Duranland, I’m still finding myself missing things or gliding over posts/tweets, etc.  I’m distracted.  I figured, then, that it might be good for me (and you!) to go through the past week and summarize the latest.

From duranduran.com:

John Taylor responded to a news piece from ITN News in which they declared Redditch, an area very close to where John grew up, to be the least musical place in the UK.  This did not sit well with our Mr. Taylor, who had recently met with local musicians there.  Thus, he put together a “mixtape” of the music there to show ITN News that their research didn’t cut it.  To read the full article and listen to the mixtape, go here.

The monthly collector corner’s was also posted.  This month focused on sheet music and song books of various Duran singles and albums, the last of which featured music from Big Thing and Liberty.  Very cool stuff!  To read the full article, please go here.

From Duran’s Facebook and Twitter accounts:

While their social media asked people to raise their virtual hands if they owned a copy of A Diamond in the Mind on vinyl, to guess whose shoes matched band members for a Tweetsake, to watch a clip of Wild Boys from the  2012 Olympics as well as to visit some other links, including on from GoFugYourself.com about Simon, the post that got the most attention featured a couple of photos.  If you missed these posts, the photos were from a photo shoot completed on June 26th.

Here is one from Duran’s facebook page!  The other can be seen on their post from June 26.

June 26 2014 A

From what I saw, this excited most fans!  Who doesn’t love current pictures?!  More importantly, the idea of a photo shoot got more than a few people’s minds wondering.  What’s the photo shoot for?  A magazine?  A project?  THE ALBUM?!  Could it be a sign that the album is getting closer to being finished?!

Beyond the fan focused posts, there were a few posts about The Reflex.  Why?  Simple.  It was 30 years ago on June 23rd that the song reached number one on the Billboard charts.  The article on duranduran.com  from Billboard can be found here.  Like many other fans, on one hand, I cheered this moment!!!  On the other hand, the fact that it was 30 years ago made me feel darn old!

I think that is about all the news for the week.  Did I miss anything?  What stood out the most to you???




Book Club: Mad World (Kim Wilde, Howard Jones, and Berlin)

Welcome to the latest post in our most recent book club!  This time around we are discussing the book, Mad World.  We will be reading and discussing the chapters on Kim Wilde, Howard Jones and Berlin.  Hopefully, you, too, will read those chapters and dive into the discussion!

Kim Wilde:


I knew of Kim Wilde as a kid but I didn’t know her really well.  I definitely knew the song, “You Keep Me Hanging On,” and liked it, but I didn’t know enough to say that I was a fan.  I never thought about the songs or about the fact that she was a female singer.  Did this chapter make me see her and her position in the New Wave musical era differently than just a simple singer?  It made me think more about the status of women in the industry, then vs. now, for sure.

Before I get to gender roles, I was struck by her discussion of the lyrics to “Kids in America”.  She mentioned the idea that you don’t have to directly identify with the lyrics to be able to sing them or like them.  She says this, of course, because she isn’t American singing about kids in America.  I have to agree with her.  You don’t have to directly identify a lyric to sing it or like it.  Look at Duran’s lyrics.  I am sure that Simon can’t relate to every single thing he has sung about.  In fact, I might argue that a lot of Simon’s lyrics aren’t exactly autobiographical.

During this chapter, it seems clear to me that Kim just rode the waves of her experience.  She didn’t think about writing the songs herself, but was content to let her father and brother do it, at least at first.  Image wasn’t at the top of her list either.  Was that because she was young?  Was that because of her personality?  A combination thereof?  Possibly.  Yet, I think about how things went for her as a young female singer compared to the young female singers of present day.  Now, image is central to everyone’s career, I think, especially women.  This reminds me of last week’s discussion in the discussion about Yaz and how Alison Moyet pointed out the push for women to just act like sexual toys now.  Clearly, Kim felt sexy, at times, but didn’t feel sexualized, or objectified, in the way that Alison referred to many female performers today.


My knowledge of Kim Wilde pretty much starts and ends with “Kids in America”.  It was a song I heard on the radio and recognized, but I wouldn’t say I know her music beyond that one song.  It’s not that I didn’t care for her, it’s that my sights were focused elsewhere. 

I never really gave it much thought that Kim was singing a song about America and yet she wasn’t from here. It was just a song.  Personally I think that a good writer *does* always identify in some way with what they’ve written or sung about, but just as we say that Simon’s lyrics aren’t always as transparent as they may seem – I think the same can be said for nearly everyone.  That said, Kim Wilde didn’t even write the songs. Her father wrote them for her to sing and created an image for her from there. It’s not exactly the deepest story of someone climbing stardom from the rock bottom, gripping by their fingernails to get to the top, you know?  I mean, the song is fine – but let’s be realistic about what it was.  Was she talented? Sure. Talented enough to get by without her father doing the writing? Not immediately. I think even Kim acknowledges that her part was played elsewhere, with more to come later on.  Everyone gets their start somehow.

I agree with Amanda that Kim seemed to just ride the wave of her career. It seemed to me as though she knew her place, played her part but had no ambition for more. She was happy with what she had, and perhaps that was a sign (to her) that her real love was elsewhere. I see that she’s still recording and signed to a label, but I also see that she has had other interests in her life. Some people are not necessarily designed to do only one thing in their life, and maybe Kim Wilde is among them.  

Howard Jones:


I love that Howard Jones thought about what message he wanted to send with his first single.  I love the message about going after your number one dream, too.  Obviously, if he had the chance to write, perform and release a single, then he would be showing the world that dreams do come true.  I like the idea of that.  Of course, if he wasn’t successful, would the message still ring true?  As he points out, this was part of his own struggle to feel like he was in control of his own future.  It also puts him against the grain of the time since he was optimistic about the future when many others were not.

As the authors pointed out in the introduction, there were other elements of Howard Jones that didn’t fit into the usual New Wave scene.  Two things that he mentioned that shows this include the discussion on image and the discussion on his lyrics.  First, while he did have some spiky hair, he didn’t feel it super necessary to dress in a crazy sort of way.  He felt that if people wanted to wear jeans and a t-shirt, that’s cool.  Likewise, if people wanted to be more “flamboyant”, that would be fine, too.  Clearly, he wasn’t as focused on image in comparison to so many other artists of the time.  Second, he mentioned that the importance that the song lyrics be such that people could relate to them.  His lyrics were grounded in reality versus lyrics like David Bowie’s that he called “meaningless”.

In many ways, Howard Jones and Kim Wilde provide an interesting contrast to each other.  On one hand, neither one let image dictate.  On the other hand, Kim was more open to lyrics she didn’t directly relate to.  Perhaps, this has everything to do with Howard being a songwriter and Kim being initially just a singer.  That said, I see both of their points and, as a listener, I appreciate both–lyrics that I can relate to and lyrics that I don’t.  To me, quality lyrics is more important.


Howard Jones has always been a favorite of mine, and it’s because of those lyrics. He writes songs that make me think, and I like that. I also liked that for Howard, he was more interested in writing quality songs than he was with being cool in order to attract attention.  I think I sensed that immediately – and it drew me in. He didn’t fit in, *I* certainly didn’t fit in much in high school, and I just liked his music. Easy.

I was completely struck by what Howard shared about David Bowie…particularly because it is exactly, without question, what I feel when I hear his music.  I like David Bowie’s music. I cannot stand the lyrics most of the time. I don’t get any meaning from them. I don’t feel lighthearted. I don’t feel anything.  As Howard says “Art for art’s own sake is just not me. I like being able to relate to what people are saying.”  That’s  exactly it. I know that this is practically blasphemy coming from a Duran fan – but it’s the truth for me. I’m really not a Bowie fan because I just never quite got it.  Hey, we all have our faults. 

Howard Jones has to be one of the most grounded musicians I’ve ever really read about. Perhaps for a lot of people that makes his story boring – it certainly isn’t ever going to hit headlines, but I like that about him.  He’s married, he has children, and he writes amazing music.  It’s as though he hasn’t allowed that one portion of his life – his career – to BE his life or to transcend all else.  I applaud that. 



Unlike Kim Wilde or Howard Jones, Terri Nunn of Berlin, right away in this chapter, discussed image and their focus on it.  The image she wanted the band to have was “elegant but sexy”.  She wanted to seem grown up and classy with dresses and martinis.  The band should be able to fit in with bands like Roxy Music.  I can appreciate that aesthetic as Duran portrayed that image, too, at times with their cool suits and fancy drinks.  Like Duran, they also went for a bit of controversy to get attention.  I can understand the motive for doing something like doing a song like “Sex (I’m a…)” even if it didn’t go exactly as planned.

It seems to me that Berlin’s story is like so many others.  Once a hit happened, the ego exploded like it did with Terri Nunn’s demands about how playing “Take My Breath Away” at the Academy Awards should be.  Of course, the fame also means that there is a cycle of life from studio to road to studio to road with little real interactions and few, if any, real relationships.  In the case of Berlin, they fell apart, which seems pretty normal to me.  I would think that kind of lifestyle would be exhausting and would cause tension and irritation for most people, no matter how great the relationship was to begin with.  Thus, the bigger question to me isn’t why Berlin couldn’t survive but how come some bands do survive.  What do those bands have that most bands do not?


It is funny to see how image really mattered to some bands and not to others – although to be fair I think that most bands cared about image in the 80s, even if it was about making sure that they were completely different from anything else out there. (conversely nowadays I think image is about making sure you’re exactly like everyone else, oddly enough…) 

Being a child of the 80s, I grew up watching “The Metro” on Video One or MV3. (But I had no idea that Richard Blade and Terri Nunn were almost married!) I would look at Terri Nunn and immediately sense that there was no way on this God’s green earth that I’d ever be as cool.  That alone made me respect her and love her music…and that voice?  She was amazing then, and she’s amazing now. I will say this though: just as many people say that Duran Duran would be nothing without Simon LeBon because he is the “voice” (a stance I do not agree with, personally)….I think that is why Terri has been able to continue on as Berlin.  She’s the voice and the image. I didn’t ever even acknowledge that other people might have been in that band, because to me it just didn’t matter. Now whether that is something to applaud or something to fuss over probably depends on whether you’re Terri Nunn or one of those other guys in the band. 

Oddly, I was never a fan of Take My Breath Away. It’s a great song. Terri sings it beautifully. I also heard it about ten million times over the course of a single summer – and while it’s a beautifully sultry piece, I’m still a much bigger fan of “The Metro”.  I think it might be due to what Jonathan Bernstein said – it’s much more European-sounding than American.  

I live in Orange County (CA) and as a result I see ads for Berlin playing all over the place. I’ve seen them several times, and they put on a great show. Terri Nunn does an excellent job, and while sometimes you’ll go see a band that was big in the 80s and they’ll kind of seem like they’re just there to pick up their paycheck….that has never been the case with Terri. She still looks HAPPY to be there, happy to connect with the crowd.  I believe that is why her shows sell so well, because it’s impossible to come away without feeling just a little fired up, and who doesn’t want that?? 

Next week we’ll be discussing Flock of Seagulls, Modern English and Soft Cell, so do some reading at the beach or poolside and join in!!


Today in Duran History – Simon and Timbaland

On this date in 2013, Simon performed with Timbaland at the Sound of Change Concert in the UK.  This concert’s purpose was to promote education, health and justice for every female on the planet.  In the usual Daily Duranie fashion, we addressed this appearance in the blog here.  It got quite a bit of attention and a number of people commented, leading to a significant debate on Facebook, in particular.  A year later and my opinion hasn’t changed.

Here is the performance:

In my search for the performance, I also found an interview with Simon, which you can see here.  Simon’s part starts at about 2:52 minutes in.

What did you think of the performance?  The interview?


Never a Dull Moment – Simon’s Surprise May Katy Kafe!

I spied news that Simon decided it was time for an impromptu Katy Kafé yesterday, and I could have written right then exactly how it was going to go.  He had plenty to say, and Katy’s goal was to basically try and funnel the energy in the right direction.  I could hear the energy emanating from my computer speakers as he began the Kafe with all sorts of talk about pugs.  Yes, pugs…as in dogs. He goes on a full tangent coming up with every possible tagline for pug licking. Not that I wasn’t following along well, but I really wasn’t following.  Next time I’m going to need more caffeine before listening to a Kafe.  Or something.

As typical, I am going to attempt to decipher the news of the day. This is not going to be word for word, and as always – to really understand Simon, or at least so that you can be as thoroughly entertained as possible, you should get a DDM membership so that you can hear the Kafé in all of it’s glory. It was a very short Kafe, given that it was impromptu and all, nevertheless, we did get a scoop of sorts. No song titles, no snippets…but I think they might know just how long the album is going to be, and it sounds like they’ve settled on the tracks they’re going to use.

As of yesterday, it sounds like Simon would like the album to have eleven (11) tracks.  When asked why eleven, Simon said that it was because he couldn’t get it down to ten.  If only WordPress allowed emoticons…

At any rate, Simon then said that they could put out a 16 track album, but they’re not, and that sometimes less is really more.  I’ll be completely blunt: “more” for me at this point would mean getting us a song to hear soon, and then maybe spreading out the introduction of the entire album over the course of say…a few months.  How, you ask? Simple! By “releasing” a single song track a week or so, because it would create buzz and MORE buzz each time something was released and spread to the fan community and public over Twitter and Facebook. This isn’t a new idea, nor is it MY idea…but it’s a really good one. Rather than have two weeks, or even less, of a lot of “chatter” on social media, by slowing the release of the record to a song every week or so, you’re extending the life of the PR and social media chatter. Why? Each time something new is released, Duran Duran has the chance to be trending, and the music has an opportunity of being heard.  When you release everything all at once, really great songs get buried, and let’s be honest: people do not buy music by the album any longer.  Sales show that, and while I’m fully aware most Duran fans would buy the whole album – I hate to say it – we are not the the center of the universe.  Maybe the most important part, yes…. but surely not the center.  (That’s sarcasm)  Oh, and touring. Yes, “more” for me means touring.  Soon.  (I’m allowed to wish. I don’t care if the rest of you aren’t ready for them yet. I’m a fan, and I am ready!)

So what else did Simon say?  They were working in the studio with Mr. Hudson – and I believe that Simon and Katy spoke just yesterday so that means Mr. Hudson must be making a reasonably sized contribution to the album.  I can hardly wait to hear what they’ve

The reason for the impromptu Kafé was Simon wanted to share the events of the past couple of weeks with the fan community.  As we all know, Simon went to Ibiza last week to surprise Nile Rodgers at the IMS (International Music Summit) dinner. He presented Nile with the Legends award, and afterward jammed with Nona Hendryx, Nile Rodgers and George Clinton.

Then, a couple of nights ago he went and saw Caetano Veloso, one of the greatest Brazilian artists, at the Barbican Center.  Warren Cuccurullo turned him on to Brazilian music back in 1989 when they were staying in the South of France.

No song titles or other huge scoops…but it certainly sounds like they’re working, and with any luck the road to having a finished album before us is growing shorter!