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Year End Katy Kafe with Roger Taylor

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.

-R

 

 

Duran Duran News – 11/17 to 11/30

It has been two weeks since I posted a summary of what has been happening in Duranland.  I didn’t do it last week as I was busy with some out-of-state guests.  (waves at Rhonda)  Anyway, I thought I would take time this weekend to catch us all up by compiling any and all Duran Duran news in one spot!

Dom Brown Anniversary

Did you know that Dom Brown has been with the band for 10 years?!  10!  Duranduran.com celebrated this fabulous anniversary by posting a note from Dom himself.  As a big fan of the guy, Rhonda, too, posted a little blog about this important occasion.  I, for one, love the last line of his note–here is to 10 more!

November’s Collector’s Corner

This month focused on the album, Notorious.  I never knew that there were subtle differences in how the album looked in various countries or what all of the remixes for this album are.  Yet, you can find all of that information and more over on the duranduran.com’s post.  Fascinating stuff!  It definitely makes me want to be more of a collector!

A View to a Kill Extended Mix

Did you know that there was an extended mix of this song?  Apparently, there is and it just recently surfaced!  See the post on duranduran.com to read John’s quote about it and to click on the link to hear.  After that, tell us what you think about it!

Duran Shopping

‘Tis the season for a little shopping!  Duran Duran has a new calendar out this year with the focus being studio pictures.  Buy it now here and read Rhonda’s thoughts about it here.  Perhaps, you want to support a little blog you know (and hopefully love!) by shopping at our Cafe Press store.

 Patty Palazzo

If you are a paid member of DDM, I highly recommend logging in and checking out the interview with Patty Palazzo.  You can learn a lot about her history on the Duran team as well as her own designs with Punk Masters!  I look forward to seeing her new line, which is to be released in December!  After you finishing this interview, check out Rhonda’s interview of her and Lori Majewski here!

 Band Members:  Out and About

Nick and his girlfriend, Nefer, attended the Guy Bourdin image maker exhibit at the Somerset House in London last week.  Check out Duran’s Facebook page for a picture of them!

Kingdom

Have you heard the song, “Kingdom,” by Charli XCX featuring Simon Le Bon yet?  If not, it has been released and getting lots of press.  BostonHerald.com covered it here.  The Examiner covered it, too!  Empty Light House reviewed it as well!  If that wasn’t enough, ABC Radio News wrote about it, too!  Look for our thoughts about it soon!

Band-Aid Anniversary

Can you believe that Duran Duran and other pop stars met thirty years ago to record the song, Do They Know It’s Christmas?  I try not to think about it too much as it makes me feel very old!  Nonetheless, there has been lots of press about it.  I recommend starting with Rhonda’s blog about it.   Then, you definitely should read the behind-the-scenes article by Mad World author, Lori Majewski!  After that, you can check out the article on Be80s here.  Heck, even Huffington Post UK covered it here!

Gallery Update

Duranduran.com updated the band’s gallery to feature the band’s performance for the Teenage Cancer Trust benefit.

Nick’s Beauty Side Project

Nick’s latest project, Geneu, an anti-aging product was featured in the latest issue of Wallpaper Magazine!  Need a refresher about this project of Nick’s?  Check out the press release on the band’s official site.

That’s all I could find on official sites.  Did I miss something?  I am confident that I have.  If so, comment about it so that the information is included!  Thanks!

-A

This Week in Duranland – November 10 to November 16, 2014

I figured that this week in Duranland might be kind of quiet since they had their big public appearances last week.  Yet, it turns out that the week was plenty busy!  Did you catch everything?  Did I?  Read on to find out!  As always, I checked their official website, their official fan community website and their social media.

“Soul Boys of the Western World”
John Taylor wrote a couple of short notes this week on the band’s official website.  The first note was about this documentary, which is about Spandau Ballet.  In the note, John raves about the documentary and encourages everyone to see it.  I would think that any Duran fan would be interested since they were their “rivals” of sorts and could enlighten people about the music and fashion of the early days of both bands in the UK.

Teenage Cancer Trust
The band did perform this week!  Many of us were wondering if there was a show somewhere as Simon had tweeted about Movember and about how he can’t have one on stage but can shave everything else after the 15th, which indicated that there was a show in the works.  While it wasn’t a public appearance, they played in London for a fundraiser.  I love that the band wants to give their time and energy to causes like this one.  Read John’s complete note about it and see a picture here.

November Katy Kafe!
I’m sure I’m not the only one who looks forward to these each and every month!  I, especially, can’t wait if it means getting a scoop and we definitely got one this month!  Rhonda covered it all in her post earlier in the week!

Kingdom!
The song by Charli XCX featuring Simon is out tomorrow!  What does everyone think of it?!  I have to admit that I’m pretty excited about being able to buy new music featuring anyone connected to Duran!

Unstaged
The live performance directed by David Lynch played yesterday in Portugal at a film festival.  Read about it here.

More Anniversaries!
This week saw the 7th anniversary for Red Carpet Massacre and the 30th anniversary of Arena that Rhonda discussed here!

2015 Calendar!!!
As Rhonda talked about here, the Duran Duran calendar for 2015 will be available on November 27th!  I have to admit that I’m looking forward to this one!

Okay, Duranies, what did I miss?!

-A