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

 

 

6 thoughts on “Year End Katy Kafe with Roger Taylor”

  1. I was fortunate enough to be one of those real fans in that front row. However, I do not understand if it makes the band happy to see their “real” fans at these sort of events why not tell the fans about it? We were lucky enough to find out about it 2 weeks before the event and bought tickets but didn’t find out through Duran world.

    1. Julie, I think you’ve misinterpreted my quotes…I only quoted the word because Roger had said real fans, not because I was offended fans were there (which I didn’t realize – I honestly haven’t paid much attention lately and had no idea who went to see them or when) or because the band mentioned it. Sorry if it came across poorly. – R

  2. I think you misinterpreted what I wrote too! Like you I quoted Rogers words. Roger said “real fans” because the event was made up of a lot of wealthy people who just bought tables for a benefit event not knowing who the entertainment was, so for them to have fans among that is the unknown for them pretty much like a corporate gig. So the point I was trying to make and responding to Roger’s blog and your comment highlighting what he said was that John had previously made a statement saying how much better the event was with the handful of their fans that got in there, Roger also echoing his words. So my point was if they feel like this i.e. happy that some of their own fans were in the audience, why when it was an event that you could just buy tickets for did they not publicise to their fans so more could have been there? Instead it was all secret, until the day when DDHQ started to tweet about it. Hope you get the point I am trying to make?!

    1. OOOHHH!!!! I do understand what you’re saying now. LOLOL I thought you were disappointed in my choice of words there, and I really didn’t mean anything snarky or off by them – I just didn’t have much to add to Roger’s words because DDHQ didn’t really talk about it much. I kind of wondered why they didn’t say anything to the fans before the event either. I mean, the first I heard of the whole thing was after it was already over. I didn’t even realize people could buy tickets, I just assumed it as a private event! Also didn’t even know what kind of people were at the event – now I see what you mean by “real fans” though if the rest of the audience were wealthy patrons. I mean, it’s nice that you were able to go and be there because I’ve been to a couple of those kinds of events over the years and they can be really dead if people don’t respond. Sounds like it could have been really stuffy for the band had you not been there. Makes no sense that they didn’t say anything to promote the event… Glad you cleared that up with me. 😀 -R

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