The final Kafe has been posted! This one featured one Mr. Nick Rhodes who enjoyed a little white wine while he chatted with Katy about his 2017 highlights. As always, I recommend tuning in yourself as I’m only sharing bits and pieces. Hearing it for yourself is much better! On that note, let’s dive in.
Nick found most of the world events to be upsetting and depressing. (For the record: Same here. The low level depression is real.) I wish Nick hopes that 2018 brings more common sense to the world and that we move away from the far right wing politics that we are moving towards. (Again, same here. I won’t lie. As someone with a history degree, my anxiety about the current state of affairs is high.) He would prefer politics to be at the comfortable center. That said, he discussed some of the fabulous exhibitions he attended, including ones at the Royal Academy, MOMA, San Francisco, Tate Modern and lots more.
He has not seen many movies yet but will need to in order to participate in the Oscar’s annual discussion. He did like Blade Runner and is a big fan of the original. Like previous members have mentioned, it was really “beautiful” and “stylish”. Nick mentioned a couple of other movies but many of them were hard to understand due to a poor phone connection between himself and Katy. While he is not a big fan of war movies, Dunkirk was quality. He did recommend a documentary entitled “Sex, Fashion and Disco,” about Antonio Lopez, a “talented artist.” Sounds fascinating.
In the least shocking statement of all, Nick stated how he preferred picture books over other kinds. One that he discussed was a book called Night Procession, which is available on Amazon for a tiny $120. Well then…Nick does say that it is “magical” as it about photographs with animals at night in the forest. “Beautifully strange,” indeed. Katy thought that the photos are a little “creepy” but are “very Nick” in terms of style.
He has not watched much TV even though he has many shows he would like to see. One that he is interested in is Twin Peaks, a show led by David Lynch. I’m actually shocked that he has not seen it yet. He tried to watch the new episodes live when he was in LA but alas…it did not work out.
Nick often depends on John Taylor to share the latest music that he has found, but this year he has been abandoned by John in this. He has found some on his own. 2017, in Nick’s opinion, has been great for female singers. He listed some, but again, I struggled to hear specific names. (I blame my lack of knowledge about current/new musical artists. I guess I need a John Taylor in my life to share things with me!)
Favorite Duran Duran Moment:
He mentioned Lollalapooza in South America, partly because they hadn’t played there in a long time and that there was a LOT of fans there this time. Hawaii was a special show, which allowed them to cross out another U.S. state. He also talked about how the tour ended in Japan. Miami, their most recent show, got a shout out as well.
When in Tokyo, he decided to stay there an extra week to make a documentary on Japanese photography. He was then able to interview many of the greats from the last century. Now, he is going to start piecing it together with no idea when it will come out since he is doing it all on his own.
What He’s Looking Forward to in 2018:
He mentioned finishing the documentary as well as the musical with John. I laughed when he talked about how they started it 7 years ago. I can relate. Since the tour ended, they spent a few weeks getting it into shape. Looking to release it to Broadway then to the UK, maybe, possibly. (Makes note to start saving money now to travel to see it.) He believes that it represents what they set out to do with it. It fascinates me, that’s for sure. Beyond those and more, he looks forward to his “day job”. He stated that they already have some dates (limited ones) planned, including the one in Dubai. According to Nick, this makes John and Simon happy, in particular, because they really miss the live shows. (For the record, so do we.) Then, 2019 and 2020 isn’t that far away. Likewise, the studio is coming, sometime in the next few months with the idea that it could turn into a new album but it doesn’t have to in this day and age. Katy did ask if they would tour for the anniversary. Nick’s response? There will be lots going on but he imagines that there will be shows.
Nick’s Kafe was nice and long! In fact, it had to be broken up into 2 parts. Of course, he will return before too long for the Oscars special.