Today brings Roger Taylor to the Katy Kafe. I always know it’s December when Katy announces Year End Kafes, and it’s a happy Monday because today the first one was posted!
Roger Taylor Goes Retro with Do They Know It’s Christmas
The purpose of the Year End Kafe’s are to wrap up the year, and today Roger Taylor took time out from the final (we’ll see about that) mixing of the album to chat. They began retro-style, by talking about “Do They Know it’s Christmas?”. Katy asked Roger Taylor how he felt about it being the 30th anniversary for the record, and Roger responded saying that his first feeling upon hearing it each year is “annoyed”. I guess he’s tired of hearing it after all these years…which I can understand. Completely. (Although this is not the song I would have in mind while feeling that way…) He did say though that it’s “amazing that Bob [Geldof] got them all together”, and back then, bands were very tribal. There were a lot of bands in that group that would have never spoken to one another outside of an event like that. Who knew!?!
Roger Taylor’s Favorite Concert of 2014
Recently Roger went to see Peter Gabriel at Wembley, which he said was an amazing show (he likes that word almost as much as Americans like the word “awesome”). He talks about the lights and shades of the show and his records, which reminds me of the Duran Duran lyric that I know each and every single one of you worth your Duranie membership card is singing in your head right this minute. “Come on show me all the light and shade that made your name”. Song? Lonely In Your Nightmare for the win, Alex!! (The game show Jeopardy. If you’re not from the US, you have no idea what I’m going on about. Google it.) Moving on…Katy asked about my very favorite Peter Gabriel song ever, wondering if Peter played “In Your Eyes”. Roger responds saying that yes, it was the last song and that yes…it was “AMAZING”. Of course it was, Roger. It’s “In Your Eyes”!!! Roger says we all need to go see it live or listen to it on YouTube…so you guessed it, I have it here:
Roger Taylor’s Favorite Album of 2014
For Roger, the favorite album of the year came later than expected as he very recently discovered a band called Jungle that is very big in the UK. Roger says that the band has a Marvin Gaye retro-feel and that he loves the album. You can hear Time here and Heat here.
Additionally, Roger talks about the latest Coldplay album, Ghost Stories, which was mixed by none other than Spike Stent. He cites the depth of the album, and the light of some of the songs, saying that these two albums are his favorites of the year.
Roger Taylor On His Best (or Favorite) Events of the Year
Roger begins with a huge personal event – his youngest son Julian just appeared in his first Nativity event as a shepherd. According to Roger, he sang, had some lines and even danced. I’m sure he was adorable!! Let’s face it this event was probably FAR better than the Duran Duran event in Austin, which of course was the next event Roger mentioned.
The F-1 Fan Fest in Austin whet the band’s appetite for playing live again, he says. They played for an hour and a half, and he really enjoyed the race the following day.
Roger also made mention of the Teenage Cancer Trust in London. He said this show was particularly fun because of the “real” Duran Duran fans in attendance at the show.
For the band, 2014 was really about finishing the album. Roger claims that the album “really is nearly finished”, saying that they are spending 10-12 hours a day in the studio to get it done. Something tells me they’re hoping to be finished by the new year, if not Christmas. I’ll say that by the way Nick looked in the Lindsay Lohan photo from earlier today, he’s never left that studio! He had a bit of the “I-am-crazed-and-haven’t-left-the-studio-in-a-few-days” look going on there.
Roger Taylor looks ahead to 2015
Roger says he’s looking forward to people hearing the new album, and playing again. He says that they are steadily building towards that moment when it is released from the studio, which feels like a moment of freedom. He continued, saying that they need to work on the business-side and get that completed in the next few months and then hopefully if all goes well we will actually hear new music by April or May, but maybe not the entire record. (Let me just say that this is the third or fourth year in a row we’ve heard something similar…and it’s getting tougher and tougher to believe or even have ANY kind of understanding of what sort of album we’re going to be getting.)
Roger says he’s working on “Durantime”…which in turn Katy likened to the movie, Interstellar. I’m not sure if any of you have seen that, but basically the astronauts think they’ve only been gone two years when in fact they’ve been gone something like twenty-three. There’s that whole time-warp thing, you know. Roger Taylor, ever-the-sensible-one, replied half under his breath, “Oh, don’t say that…the NEXT album could very well be that way!” (That’s not a good plan unless they’re looking to have all the Duranies show up on various band member doorsteps to motivate them….just saying.)
They finish up with Katy asking about an album title, of which there still is not one (Yes there is – it’s #DD14, don’t you know?!?), and Roger saying “Time does fly in between Duran Duran albums” when Katy mentions that her son Tanner was just a baby when All You Need is Now was released, and Roger’s son Julian hadn’t even been born.
You’re right Roger, time DOES fly. Four years is a very long time, even by Duran Duran standards.