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This Week in Duranland – October 20, 2014 to October 26, 2014

It is Sunday!  It is time to recap the week!  As always, please let me know if I missed anything!

“Lorde’s ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack featuring “Kingdom” with Simon Le Bon and Charli XCX
Lorde has curated the soundtrack for The Hunger Games:  Mockingjay, Pt. 1.  This soundtrack will feature none other than Duran’s very own Simon Le Bon.  Simon has teamed up with Charli XCX to do a song called “Kingdom”.  This soundtrack is due out on November 17th.  For all the details, check out the press release and this blog post.  You can also read an article on billboard.com.

October Collector’s Corner
This month on dd.com, the collector’s corner focuses on Simon and all of his different projects outside of Duran Duran.  If you are someone who is a big Simon fan or someone who wants to know the complete history of the band, I recommend checking it out here.

Live from London
Can you believe that it has been 9 years since Live from London was released?  I was very lucky to be able to go see this live concert in the movie theater, which I wrote about here.

Unstaged
Apparently, Unstaged is now available on DVD in Australia.  Has anyone in Australia purchased it?  I would love a review!

DJ Roger
Apparently, Roger did a little DJ gig at a charity event for the Duke of Edinburgh in London.  This organization focuses on young people from 14 to 24 to help them gain the necessary skills for work and life.  I would head to Duran’s Facebook page to see a picture of Roger at work!

Ask Katy
Have you checked out the Ask Katy questions on dd.com lately?  See what was asked about songs from Seven and the Ragged Tiger being played live and the band’s response here.

Making Patterns Rhyme: a tribute to Duran Duran
Did you see that the entire 22 track album is available for pre-order on iTunes?  It is available October 28th!

John Taylor Supporting Henley Recovery Cafe
John was in the news this week for supporting the recovery and peer support program of the Henley Recovery Cafe as he visited and shared his experiences in recovery.

Yasmin’s Birthday Surprise
Check out the band’s Facebook page to see a picture of Simon and Yasmin at Yasmin’s Surprise Birthday Party!  We wish her a happy one!

Next week should be a busy one with the release of the tribute album and Duran Duran in Austin!  Until then…

-A

Today in Duran History – Arcadia Interview

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.

-A

 

This Week in Duranland – October 13, 2014 to October 19, 2014

It is Sunday, which means that I’m taking the time to summarize all of the official happenings in Duranland.  As always, if I missed something, comment on this thread to add anything I overlooked!

Unstaged
Duran Duran’s Unstaged is now available for rental and download in the UK via iTunes, according to this press release.

Joe Vizvary from Images in Vogue Interview
DuranDuranMusic has a new exclusive interview up on the site.  This time, it is with Joe Vizvary from Images in Vogue.  For those of you who are wondering who Images in Vogue are, they are a band who, in fact, opened up for Duran Duran in 1984.  The interview includes some background information on the band and the band’s experiences not only as their opening band for 3 shows but also the other connections they had.

Katy Kafe with Simon
Rhonda covered all of the highlights of this month’s Katy Kafe here.  If you missed it, start with blog post then head over to duranduranmusic.com to listen to it!

Guyliner
Fashionista.com published an article with the title, “8 Game-Changing Guyliner Moments in Pop Culture.”  Guess which band might have been featured?  For the record, I, personally, am a big fan of guys in eyeliner.

Anniversaries
A few anniversaries were celebrated this week.  First, Medazzaland turned 17 on the 14th.  Second, Big Thing turned 26 yesterday.  Beyond album anniversaries, we celebrated one year since Durandemonium, the fan convention we organized in 2013 in Chicago.  You can read about it on my day in Duran history post from yesterday.  All of these are making me feel pretty dang old!

Peavey’s Anniversary
Speaking of anniversaries, Peavey, the musical instrument company, is celebrating their 50th.  Apparently, John Taylor is helping them with that.  This picture, posted on Duran’s Facebook, was taken for it.

Peavey's 50th anniversary 10.14

Nile Interview
Nile Rodgers is one busy guy!  This week, he did another interview in which he mentioned his current work with Duran.  Check it out here.

Dell World
Duran Duran and Dell?  What’s the connection?  Rhonda covered it all here.  If you missed that blog post, I’ll let you know that it has everything to do with Austin, Texas, in November.

So, what did I miss?!

-A

This Week in Duranland (October 6, 2014 – October 12, 2014)

It is Sunday!  That means that it is time for me to summarize the past week in Duranland.  What happened this week that you (or me!) might have missed?  What do we have to look forward to in the weeks to come?

Nick as Curator
According to the press release on duranduran.com, Nick acted as curator for a set of artwork for the Parisian Galerie 1900-2000.  This is for the upcoming Frieze Masters art fair that will take place from October 15th to October 19th in London.  I wish that I was in London to be able to attend this fair myself, especially as Nick pointed out that this Galerie had a tremendous collection of Dada and Surrealist art!

Unstaged Availability
It seems like there is more news about Unstaged each and every week!  Now, the big news is not only will it be available On Demand in the US and Canada but it will also be available for download and rental on the same day (October 14th)!  The press release has a list of where you can rent, download or watch via On Demand.  Likewise, the same press release said that there will be news coming about international air dates and DVD releases.

Astronaut Anniversary
This weekend marks the 10 year anniversary of the release of Astronaut.  TEN YEARS!?!  I can’t believe it.  To me, it feels like it was just yesterday when it was released.  Roger wrote a very nice piece about his remembrances from the reunion and from making Astronaut.  It is definitely worth a read.  The best line, in my opinion, is the last line about how it worked for a period of time.  It definitely did!

Recent Pictures
Pictures from Duran Duran’s Facebook page–Simon from a recent photo shoot and John in the studio!

Simon photo shoot 2014John from studio 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Rhodes & Lori Majewski
This week, Nick was interviewed along with Mad World author, Lori Majewski on the Robert Elms show on BBC London.  Rhonda covered this interview well on this blog post.

Simon, Lorde and Hunger Games
Like the Nick and Lori interview, Rhonda covered this here and gave all the details!  To summarize, Lorde picked Simon for the next Hunger Games Soundtrack!

What did I miss?  While I might have missed some stories on the Duran front, I will tell you what I definitely miss.  I miss seeing the band.  I miss going on tour.  I miss Duran shows.  I miss my friends.  These news tidbits are good but I want more.  Am I the only one?

-A

This Week in Duranland (September 22 to September 28, 2014)

I’m hoping that this post comes out coherently and clear.  I apologize, in advance, if it doesn’t as I’m typing this with a significant fever.  For the record, I never get fevers and I hate being sick.  Despite my illness, let’s check into Duranland this past week.  What happened?  What did you miss if you weren’t paying attention or if you were sick like me!?

Unstaged On Demand!
According to the press release on duranduran.com, Duran Duran’s Unstaged will be available On Demand in the United States and Canada on October 14th!  Thus, you can watch it from your own living room then!  I would also recommend checking out the band’s YouTube page for extras!

Birmingham Music
Duran Duran was one of many artists featured in a little news article on famous bands/artists coming from the city of Birmingham, which you can read here.

Austin Auction
There are two online auctions to meet Duran and to get 2 VIP tickets for their show in Austin as part of the Grand Prix Formula1 Fan Fest.  This auction is in support of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research.  The other auction is for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

Geneu Beauty U
Nick has a new project!  He is the creative director for Geneu, which is a beauty company that focuses on anti-aging products, in particular.  Read about it here!

Duran Duran & Nile Rodgers
Billboard.com featured an article about the collaboration of Duran and Nile for the upcoming Duran Duran album.  I highly recommend reading this article.  I loved reading about Nile’s excitement about working with Duran but I learned some things, too, including that John views this album as one with “various formulas” while Nick sees it on the dance floor.  According to the article, they are also in discussions with various labels.  Interesting.

Simon on ESPN Radio
Did you get a chance to listen to this interview?  I love how Simon puts these interviewers in their place right away!  Obviously, though, he did this interview to advertise Unstaged coming to On Demand.  Nonetheless, he certainly gave them a run for their money, which I have to admit entertained me greatly!

Social Media
John posted a couple of pictures this week from a little record store shopping at Antone’s Records in Austin, Texas.  Dom also mentioned being in Austin.  Apparently, they were playing a private gig there and, luckily, there are some videos of the performance floating around the internet.

#duranduran

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What else did I miss?!  Please let me know what I missed so that I can add it here!  Until then, let’s welcome in October and, hopefully, a month closer to hearing #DD14!

-A

Today in Duran History – Bristol

On todays date in 2011, Duran Duran played at the Trinity Center in Bristol , UK.  This date was the third show to be played after Simon LeBon’s vocal chords healed enough to be able to perform after having to cancel 47 dates included in the All You Need is Now World tour in 2011-2012. This show, along with three other very small UK gigs, were dubbed “the rehearsal gigs”, as the band prepared to go back out on tour. Duranies were elated that Simon’s voice had returned, seemingly stronger than it had ever been prior.

I’ve found a video clip to share (thanks to Mimi!!) and you BET I’m gonna show Secret Oktober!!!

-R

 

 

 

 

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!

-A

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!

-R

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!!!

-A

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.

Touring:

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.

Overall:

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!!!

-A