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Private shows, public gigs and reunion talks, oh my!

August 29th. You’d think that this date would be fairly quiet. It’s at the end of August.  It’s still summer and hot. It turns out that historically, the band always seem to be doing something on this date!

Just one year ago in 2017, the band played at the Salata Open Air in Zagreb, Croatia on this date. I had quite a few friends travel to Croatia for the show, and I can remember being very envious of their travels. Chances are, I missed out on something…

Anybody have the all-music issue of Vanity Fair from 2003? Simon was featured in it! His issue was released on this date. I own this magazine, although right now it is safely (I hope!) in storage, somewhere.

August 29th was busy in the year 2000 for Duran Duran.  Not only did the band play at the House of Blues in Hollywood on this date, but Nick and Simon visited John at his home to discuss a possible reunion.  Think about that for a second. They spent the day at John’s, talking about how it might be good to get the band back together. I’d have to think both Nick and Simon were at least a little optimistic about the idea.  Then that night, they go play a show at the HOB with Warren. I wonder if the thoughts of reuniting entered their minds at all during the show, or if playing the gig solidified whatever they might have been considering for the reunion. I have to wonder what may have been going through their heads that night as they performed and interacted with Warren. Did they know they weren’t going to include him?   Fascinating…

They’ve also played private gigs (they performed in Russia on this date in 2014), and a few other shows here and there.  So while we might think August to be a slow month, it turns out that might not always be so!

Did you see the bear that #FiveAlive Rescue named after (and by) Simon? His name is LeBON. He’s cute!! (The BEAR, Simon. The BEAR! I mean, you’re fine and all…..but its about the bear!!!)  Duran Duran has partnered with Five Alive rescue to secure donations for Animals Asia, which is a wonderful cause. If you click on the picture below, you’ll be taken to the donation site. Every bit helps!

click on the picture to donate to #FiveAlive rescue in honor of DD!

I’ve caused enough trouble for one day. Have a great Wednesday, everyone!

-R

 

October Katy Kafé with Simon LeBon!

It’s that time again! Today I listened to the October edition of the Katy Kafé with the birthday boy this month – none other than Simon Le Bon.  I took notes, shook my head several times, and came up with some highlights to share.

Now for the disclaimer: this is not going to be even remotely close to word-for-word. I picked out what *I* wanted to comment on and share, and if you’re looking for something a little more inclusive, I strongly recommend getting your membership to DDM.

VENICE:  The band went to Venice last week for a private party – it was actually the party of Simon’s friend and it sounds as though a good time was had by all. I guess if you’ve got to play a private gig, I can think of worse places to have to play. If you follow Dom on Twitter or Facebook, you can see a photo from the water “taxi” that took him from the airport to the hotel. Yes, I can definitely think of worse places to have to go for work.

NILE: Katy asked Simon about working with Nile on the album. Simon said that Nile seemed very happy to reconnect with Duran Duran, and that the process of working with Nile is very easy. Nile loves music and he stays current. Given Nile’s current popularity, I would say that the band was lucky to have him work on the album. The man is incredibly busy!!

Simon also said that currently, it appears that Nile and Mark are on two or three tracks for DD14, and that he hopes that they “make it onto the album”.  Between these tracks and the potential of what John Frusciante worked on, I have absolutely no sense of what the finished product will sound like, and I’m sure I’m not alone.

MR. HUDSON:  He has been the main drive with the album and has become a good friend of Simon’s, helping him with “getting the lyrics right”. Mr. Hudson (Ben) is currently working with Spike Stent to mix the album. (Rhonda asks, does this mean it’s really finished being written and recorded?!)

which leads to….

WHEN WILL THE ALBUM BE READY?: Simon begins with this song and dance about how he’s a great writer, lyricist, etc…but he’s not a businessman, he doesn’t manage his own career, and so therefore he hasn’t a “fucking clue” when this album will be done. He says that HE thinks it should be ready in a month, but that he’s also the optimist. They still have to find a label, and labels want a six month lead time. (Six months?!? This waiting thing is just going to go on and on, isn’t it??) Then he goes on to say that he has been going around playing the album for anyone who will listen. (That’s funny, I don’t remember anyone asking ME….) Katy mentions that she wants to listen, and that launches Simon into a short discussion of how nobody gets sent roughs anymore. “No digital files”. It’s too risky. Yeah, you know why it’s risky?? Because fans are productive and downright sneaky. We get hold of things and the next thing you know, everyone in the community has it. Anyone remember Astronaut??

THE BIRTHDAY: Simon will be 56 this year, for those who have lost count. There was a lot of talk about cake and some innuendo about the shape of the tiers of the cake…but if you want that, you can go listen to the file yourself. I just shook my head and willed the topic to change. Simon is going to spend the day with his dad, which he does every year, since they share a birthday,

FASHION ROCKS: Simon said this was a fun show and that he met Gene Simmons, who declared (more than once) that Simon would be popular with the guys in jail.  Good to know….

FORMULA-ONE FAN EVENT IN AUSTIN: For those who only read our blog for the Kafés, the band is playing November 1st at the ACL/Formula-One FanFest in Austin, Texas. They play at the Moody Theater in Austin, which is an intimate venue, and it should be a fantastic show as long as you’re comfortable parting with the $325-575 per ticket price. Simon made sure to say that this is the only public show for 2014. (unless of course you want to go see them at Dell World…which is STILL kind of a public performance, even though the show is at an industry trade event.  The general public, like you and I, can purchase tickets, so check out the details on the blog link above.)

LASTLY: Check out the October 2014 Vanity Fair if you haven’t already. Simon has a photo spread from the deck of the boat we know from “Rio” (Eilean) and an article in the magazine.

Til next time!

-R

 

 

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!

-A