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Duran Duran “D-Blast” Archives

[ An archive of Duran Duran “D-Blasts,” which are sent out via email monthly. If you’re interested, sign up here to receive them]

SEPTEMBER, 2017

Welcome to your September Duran Duran D-Blast!

We really and truly are at the end of the Paper Gods tour – with just a few dates remaining! Singapore Grand Prix September 16 & 17, and two night in Japan – September 20 with Nile Rodgers and CHIC plus Bloom twins in Tokyo, and September 22 with Bloom Twins in Osaka . If you need last minute tickets, take a look at the tour page on duranduran.com to see what you might find. We will also be filming the show in Tokyo – so watch out for where this is going to air in the coming months.

We have a lot of great new photos of the guys from the latest tour stops in the DD.com photo gallery. Relive the Paper Gods tour in all its glory right here!

…Speaking of visuals, Croatian television did a nice piece on the band and included two live videos. Watch them here.

If you didn’t get the chance to celebrate Duran Duran Appreciation Day with us on August 10th, the band was feted by fans in high style and these new items were posted online as a “thank you” from the guys:

A new Collector’s Corner video featuring the band members talking about their favorite pieces of memorabilia, and two newly released music videos, “Paper Gods” and “Hungry Like the Wolf,” filmed using 360 technology.

Also – make sure you check out all the cool new swag in the DD Webshop – from the Tiger Hoodie (one of JT’s favorites) to the NARUD NARUD baseball hat and the Paper God T’s… there is something for everyone!

While the tour is winding down, don’t forget the Fan Community STILL has exclusive content, the terrific fan forum, exclusive merchandise, great giveaways EACH MONTH, the Katy Kafe interviews and more! Sign up at duranduranmusic.com. Members who renew at the GOLD level will have their membership extended a year from the date of their current expiration date.

JULY, 2017

Welcome to your Monthly Duran Duran D-Blast!

Duran Duran is on tour! They just finished a few dates in North America (including their first ever performance in Hawaii!), now a break, and then back again for some shows at the end of the summer: August 29 in Croatia, headline spots at the Home Festival in Italy on August 31, Electric Picnic in Ireland on September 3 plus September 16 and 17 at the Singapore Grand Prix. You can get tickets here!

Most excitingly, the band has just announced two shows in Japan for this September, marking their first return to the country in nearly a decade. They will be performing on September 20 at the Budokan in Tokyo with special guest Nile Rodgers & Chic and on September 22 at the Orix Theater in Osaka. Tickets for both shows will be available to the general public at Midnight local time on July 21. Details can be found at http://w.pia.jp/t/duranduran/.

As we are sure you can tell, while on the road, Nick loves to go “Duranspotting” – check out all the new photos in the Gallery – a few sent in by NR – and please don’t forget to email us any you might find!

Speaking of Galleries, with live shows come live photos (and more!). Make sure you take a peek at the new pix on duranduran.com and also on the band’s Instagram page!

Of course, if you can’t make it to one of the handful of upcoming dates, you can still LOOK like you have – the band has added a lot of cool new merchandise, including JT’s favorite “reverse” hat! Have a look in the web shop on duranduran.com.

Duran Duran’s backing vocalist Anna Ross has a solo album coming out soon! It’s called FIRST DAY, and the debut single, which has the same title and was co-written by Simon, is out now along with a cool remix from JT. Read more here!

John and Roger continue to proudly support the Road Recovery charity that works with At-Risk youth, offering them mentorships and workshops relating to music. Roger spoke to Parade magazine about the track they did with some of the kids there, “No Rewind,” and what the whole experience brought to him.

There is great new content on the fan community website! Birthday boy John was June’s Kafe, with Nick in July, not to mention a Q&A with the aforementioned fabulous Anna Ross and a signed CD giveaway from her!

The Fan Community is terrific for pre-sale tickets, one-of-a-kind merchandise, giveaways, the Katy Kafe interviews, forums and more. Sign up at duranduranmusic.com. Members who renew at the GOLD level will have their membership extended a year from the date of their current expiration date.

JUNE, 2017

Welcome to your Monthly Duran Duran D-Blast!

The band is a few weeks away from hitting the road once again. July brings some more shows in North America, and then an August 29 date in Croatia. Headline spots at the Home Festival in Italy on August 31, and Electric Picnic in Ireland on September 3 follow, and then, on September 16 and 17 the band play two shows as part of the Singapore Grand Prix. Review the latest dates here.

While playing these dates, Simon, John and Dom will be giving their used guitar and bass strings to a great organization – www.wearyourmusic.com – as part of an ongoing new initiative they are participating with, where the strings are made into one-of-a-kind, handmade bracelets, with all of the proceeds going to Road Recovery.

In other news, this past week, Simon has been sharing photos from the road – this time from the Modena Cento Ore – another classic car rally which he undertook across Italy, with his good friend, Maison Corthay’s Francois Pourcher. Take a look at the photos from their trip, together with others from the band – on and off stage here.

Speaking of off stage, John and Nick spent some time in New York checking out some of the latest Broadway shows including “Groundhog Day,” “Come from Away” and “Hamilton.” They were thrilled to hear “The Play That Goes Wrong” won a TONY Award for Best Scenic Design, considering Duran Duran is a big part of the play’s scenery!

And in what little downtime they have had, the band members have been curating some very cool playlists on Spotify – recently adding a pre-show playlist that John put together. Make sure you check out DD’s Spotify page here!

We’ve also been adding some interesting content on the fan community website. There is a 40-minute RIO oral history, new Kafe with John, a Q&A with the Blue Marine Foundation and an amazing giveaway from them that includes a signed photo from Simon. The FC is always great for pre-sale tickets, one-of-a-kind merchandise, giveaways, the Katy Kafe interviews, forums and more. Sign up at duranduranmusic.com. Members who renew at the GOLD level will have their membership extended a year from the date of their current expiration date.

MAY, 2017

Welcome to your Monthly Duran Duran D-Blast!

Tour dates! The band is coming back for a few more shows in North America in July PLUS an August 29 date in Croatia, and headline spots at the Home Festival in Italy, on August 31 and Electric Picnic in Ireland on September 3. Review the latest dates here.

It’s RIO mania! It seems like everyone was talking about #rio35, including Simon, Nick, Roger and John! In case you missed it, here’s the link to the 15 minute RIO oral history we posted on May 10, the 35th anniversary of the album’s release. Listen here.

Speaking of, Yahoo Music did a fascinating overview of the band’s career and how it was affected by the release of RIO. If you get a chance, it’s a great read.

The DD webshop on duranduran.com has new merch! If you missed a show or just want another cool tee, there’s a lot of funky new Paper Gods swag. Check out the webshop and get all set for summer!

If you’re a member of the Duran Duran VIP Fan Community, you will have heard a 40 minutes version of the RIO oral history! Not only is the FC great for exclusives, but also access to pre-sale tickets, exclusive merchandise, cool giveaways, the Katy Kafe interviews, forums and more. Sign up at duranduranmusic.com. Members who renew at the GOLD level will have their membership extended a year from the date of their current expiration date.

APRIL, 2017

Welcome to your April Duran Duran D-Blast!

After this small round of March and April dates, which included an incredible run in South America as part of the Lollapalooza Festival circuit, Duran Duran have announced more shows in North America in July and the Electric Picnic Festival in Ireland on September 3rd. Review the latest dates here.

We have a lot of amazing new photos in the latest photo gallery, so if you missed a show you can see what each night brought! John has been trying to get some behind-the-scenes shots during this leg of the Paper Gods tour as well. Flip through the gallery here.

…And more on the live shows – the reviews have been incredible. Make sure you take a look at the PRESS page on the website where you can also catch up on some of the interviews the band members have done.

If you haven’t had a chance to look at this interesting blog that the the Vinyl Factory posted called “Unpacking the Paper Gods Box Set,” definitely check it out. It shows in more detail how intricate the design and packaging are – and highlights the inclusion of exclusive versions of “Pressure Off” and the previously unreleased track “As Seen From A Distance.”

In honour of the “duraniversary” of ALL YOU NEED IS NOW, the band gave away downloadable copies of the “Little Book of All You Need is Now,” which is a fun project compiling all the places the AYNIN stickers were seen during the release DL your copy here.

Fan community members have been the first to hear about new tour dates and we have also been giving away tickets to many of the shows to our members! PLUS the fan community got their hands on some very hard-to-get tickets to Electric Picnic Festival in September for community members to purchase!! The 2017 GOLD level package is also available now: It gives you access to pre-sale tickets, exclusive content, the forum, exclusive merchandise, cool giveaways, the Katy Kafe interviews and more. Sign up at duranduranmusic.com. Members who renew at the GOLD level will have their membership extended a year from the date of their current expiration date.

MARCH, 2017

Welcome to your March Duran Duran D-Blast!

The Paper Gods tour returns to North America this month. Duran Duran will be coming back to the States for a few shows, before heading to South America for Lollapalooza (3 dates) and one headline show of their own in Brazil before returning to the US again to close out the run. Check out the latest dates here.

We had an extra special Collector’s Corner this month in which the band participated. DD.com did audio interviews with Simon, Nick and Roger – and video with John – where they described their favorite piece of Duran Duran memorabilia. Listen if you missed it!

The Weekend Sailor is now available for Download! A terrific tale about sailing and beating the odds, narrated by Simon, The Weekend Sailor tells the story of Ramon Carlín, his son Enrique, and a crew of novice Mexican sailors who represented their country in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race in 1973. You can download
the film:

Weekend Sailor Vimeo
Weekend Sailor iTunes
Weekend Sailor Amazon
Weekend Sailor Xbox
Weekend Sailor Google Play

The guys are still answering “Ask Katy” Qs each month, so if you have a burning question for one of the band members, you can email askkaty@duranduran.com. Catch up on the latest AK’s here

Lastly, don’t forget, the new fan community 2017 GOLD level package is now available which grants access to pre-sale tickets, exclusive content, the forum, exclusive merchandise and more. Sign up at duranduranmusic.com. Members who renew at the GOLD level will have their membership extended a year from the date of their current expiration date.

FEBRUARY, 2017

Welcome to your February Duran Duran D-Blast!

The Paper Gods tour continues! The band has recently added a handful of dates in North America; in addition to the four shows they’re already doing in this same period in South America. Read about the upcoming dates and ticketing info in the latest press release from Warner Brothers.

Speaking of live shows, we were lucky enough to get some great photos from the band’s two-night stint at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland over New Year’s. We now have a 2017 photo gallery posted on the website, some great photos from the end of 2016, and a new photo album we posted on Facebook!

At the beginning of the month, Simon was a surprise guest at the “Celebrating David Bowie” concert at the O2 Academy Brixton in London. Celebrating what would have been David’s 70th birthday, watch Simon’s performance of the classic song, “Let’s Dance.” The (London) Guardian opined “Simon Le Bon struts and poses in tribute not just to Let’s Dance, but the era it defined.”

As we have mentioned in a previous D-Blast, John and Roger collaborated with youth from the NYC-based charity Road Recovery to produce, mix and record an original song, “No Rewind.” The track is still available through a download-for-donation campaign at www.crowdrise.com/NoRewindForCharity. In addition, John spoke to Richard Blade about the project on Sirius XM’s New Sensation show. Listen here.

The feedback on the new, collectible PAPER GODS vinyl box set has been fantastic! The packaging, and all the added ‘bonuses’ that come with it, have blown fans away. Working with the Vinyl Factory, this special set includes:

• Custom-made magnetized clamshell box with artwork by acclaimed artist Alex Israel
• Seventeen kiss cut magnets printed four colours
• Four 12″ white vinyl records housed in bespoke sleeves
• Four art prints screen printed on Rainbow mirri board
• Thirty-six page booklet printed on 150gsm silk paper stock
• Individually numbered certificate, hand signed by DD & Alex Israel
• This is the only product gathering the complete set of songs recorded for the Paper Gods sessions, including exclusive versions of ‘Pressure Off’ and previously unreleased track ‘As Seen From A Distance’
• Limited to 350 copies worldwide
Click here to find out more!

And lastly, don’t forget, the new fan community 2016/2017 GOLD level package is now available containing:

• Brand new fan community exclusive gold foil Duran Duran logo’d T-shirt
• Exclusive Duran Duran logo’d beanie/winter hat
• Exclusive black ceramic coffee mug with gold Duran Duran “Paper Gods” logo
• Classic DD logo’d Micro sticky note pad
• Custom designed “Paper Gods” artwork and photograph postcard set
• Exclusive custom designed “Paper Gods” album artwork stone drink coaster set
• Welcome letter from John Taylor (reproduction)

Members who renew at the GOLD level will have their membership extended a year from the date of their current expiration date. If your membership has lapsed, or you have never been a member of the official fan community, sign up at www.duranduranmusic.com.

In December we did FOUR weeks of “Giving” on the fan community website, with members winning everything from signed photos to calendars to free memberships! From interviews with the band – January features Nick in the Kafe and December had ALL the band members – to written Q&As, monthly giveaways and pre-sale ticketing opportunities, it’s a great time to be part of the VIP Fan Community!

DECEMBER, 2016

Welcome to the December D-Blast!

John and Roger collaborated with youth from the NYC charity Road Recovery to produce, mix and record an original song, “No Rewind,” which debuted on RollingStone.com last month. It is available, along with some Duran Duran related-prizes, through a download-for-donation fundraising campaign at www.crowdrise.com/NoRewindForCharity.

Duran Duran was honoured with the ASCAP Golden Note Award on November 10th in London. Said ASCAP’s President and Chairman Paul Williams “Duran Duran revolutionized popular music. They are the pioneers of the synth pop and new wave movement and have reached a stratospheric level of success, which is rarely seen in the industry.” Listen to the band on the red carpet talk about how excited they were to receive this accolade here.

The band has once again partnered with the Vinyl Factory on the incredible “Paper Gods” box set, available for pre-order here.

This collectible set includes:

• Custom-made magnetised clamshell box with artwork by acclaimed artist Alex Israel
• Seventeen kiss cut magnets printed four colours
• Four 12″ white vinyl records housed in bespoke sleeves
• Four art prints screen printed on Rainbow mirri board
• Thirty-six page booklet printed on 150gsm silk paper stock
• Individually numbered certificate, hand signed by DD & Alex Israel
• This is the only product gathering the complete set of songs recorded for the Paper Gods sessions, including exclusive versions of ‘Pressure Off’ and previously unreleased track ‘As Seen From A Distance’
• A bonus download card allowing you exclusive access to four unreleased ‘Last Night in the City’ remixes
• Limited to 350 copies worldwide

There are also some great new items in the Duran Duran Web Store if you’re looking for the PERFECT holiday gift for your favourite DD fan, including a 2017 Calendar, Paper Gods themed Christmas Baubles, Paper Gods mug set, Paper Gods Varsity Jacket and more!

And don’t forget, end of year concert dates: Duran Duran at the Moon Palace Arena in Cancun Mexico on December 29th and two dates at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland on New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day!!!

The new fan community 2016/2017 GOLD level package is available!!!!

• Brand new fan community exclusive gold foil Duran Duran logo’d T-shirt
• Exclusive Duran Duran logo’d beanie/winter hat
• Exclusive black ceramic coffee mug with gold Duran Duran “Paper Gods” logo
• The classic DD logo’d Micro sticky note pad
• Custom designed “Paper Gods” artwork & photograph postcard set
• Exclusive custom designed “Paper Gods” album artwork stone drink coaster set
• A welcome letter from John Taylor (reproduction)

Members who renew at the GOLD level will have their membership extended a year from the date of their current expiration date. If your membership has lapsed, or you have never been a member of the official fan community, sign up at www.duranduranmusic.com. From interviews with the band, written Q&As, monthly giveaway and pre-sale ticketing opportunities, it’s a great time to be part of the Fan Community! In addition, as they do every December, the fan community website is giving away something special once a week in December to thank you for being a member!

We want to take this opportunity to say how grateful we are to you for spending this past year supporting Duran Duran. We couldn’t do any of this without you, and if you don’t believe us, watch Simon’s ‘thank you’ video that we posted in September. We look forward to seeing you in 2017!!

NOVEMBER, 2016

Welcome to the November D-Blast!

We are super-excited to announce the new fan community 2016/2017 GOLD level package is now available:

• Brand new fan community exclusive gold foil Duran Duran logo’d t-shirt
• Exclusive Duran Duran logo’d beanie/winter hat
• Exclusive black ceramic coffee mug with gold Duran Duran “Paper Gods” logo
• The classic DD logo’d Micro sticky note pad
• Custom designed Paper Gods artwork & photograph postcard set
• Exclusive custom designed Paper Gods album artwork stone drink coaster set
• A welcome letter from John Taylor (reproduction)

Members who renew at the GOLD level will have their membership extended a year from the date of their current expiration date. If your membership has lapsed, or you have never been a member of the official fan community, sign up at www.duranduranmusic.com. From interviews with the band (Simon took over October), written Q&As, monthly giveaway and pre-sale ticketing opportunities, it’s a great time to be part of the Fan Community!

It was just announced that on November 10th, Duran Duran will be receiving ASCAP’s prestigious GOLDEN NOTE award given to songwriters, composers and artists who have “achieved extraordinary career milestones.” Said ASCAP president Paul Williams, “Duran Duran revolutionized popular music. They are the pioneers of the synth pop and new wave movement and have reached a stratospheric level of success, which is rarely seen in the industry.”

The band received another honor at the end of September with their MTV EMA nomination for Best World Stage performance! You can vote for Duran Duran (as many times as you’d like!) until November 4th by clicking here. Let’s see them take this one home!

John and Roger collaborated with youth from the NYC charity Road Recovery to produce, mix and record an original dance-rock song, “No Rewind,” which is available, along with other Duran Duran related-prizes, through a download-for-donation fundraising campaign at www.crowdrise.com/NoRewindForCharity. Make sure you check it out!

Between Nile Rodgers & Chic, Tokimonsta and the amazing MNDR, the band had as much fun as they’ve ever had on the September leg of the Paper Gods tour, and they’re excited to get back out. Simon gave a special thank you, and if you didn’t catch the video, you can watch it here.

A few more dates to look forward to (and more on the way in 2017!) – Duran Duran at the Moon Palace Arena in Cancun Mexico on December 29th and just announced dates at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland on New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day!!!

AUGUST, 2016

Welcome to your August D-Blast

Given the fact that the band have been on the road in North America since the beginning of July, and are planning to come back for some more dates at the end of August through to September, we thought we’d share some of the amazing reviews the Paper Gods Tour is getting across the board!

“The pairing of Chic with Duran Duran has made for one of the most exuberant tours in years.” – ConcertBlogger.com

“For a band that’s been committed to their craft for decades, it’s an appropriate and reassuring message that they’re still pushing ahead. Many others would take a safe approach to their 14th album, but Duran Duran still innovates while staying in touch with their fan base.” – The Philadelphia Key

“Playing behind 2015’s Paper Gods, Duran Duran took a jam-packed crowd on an impressive time-machine ride into the past – with some modern flourishes thrown in for good measure.” – Philly Voice

“Throughout the two hours Duran Duran was on stage, the band felt modern and fresh no matter the age of the song” – Orange Country Register

“Duran Duran treated the overwhelmingly female audience to a multimedia show highlighting the best of its arena past and revitalized present.” – AXS.com

“(Duran Duran’s) shimmering pop songs – and ‘80s-defining music videos – evoke images of beaches, sun-drenched escapades, and effortless style suited for any occasion” – St. Paul City Pages

“Duran Duran sure did kick up a surprising amount of funk at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday night.” – MN Star Tribune

“Still, the hottest tour of the summer is actually … Duran Duran with opening act Chic featuring Nile Rodgers.” – Salon.com

For a list of the remaining tour dates, and where to buy tickets, click here! And don’t forget to check out the band’s website and social media on August 10th for some Duran Duran Appreciation Day surprises!

JULY, 2016

Welcome to your July D Blast!

Duran Duran is just about to kick off the second leg of their North American tour!! Since our last D-Blast, they’ve added in three more dates: an additional date in Durant, OK on Sept 10th, an additional date in San Antonio, TX on September 7th and an already-sold-out date at the Apollo Theater in New York City on July 19th. If you want to make sure you’re not missing out on a show (with featured guest Nile Rodgers & Chic and opening act Tokimonsta), please visit our tour page and see what show you can add to your calendar!

We have some great live photos in the Duran Duran Tour Gallery from the band’s recent tour of Italy and stand-alone dates at the UnAIDS event in Basel, Switzerland and the NorthSide Festival in Denmark. Make sure you take a look at the Paper Gods 2016 Gallery.

We’ve had a few fun features on the website this month, including a Q&A except with DJ Mad Marj, a Q&A excerpt with Bernie Guerra (John’s guitar tech) and a brand new Collector’s Corner on Duran Duran tee shirts that happens to be a recent favourite of Nick’s! There was also a great piece on the guys from Amoeba Records as they play “What’s in my Bag?” If you missed it, make sure to watch it here.

If you are a paid member of the fan community, we have had a lot of cool stuff going on! There was a pre-sale for the Apollo Theater show, a Q&A with Halo Circus (who have an amazing cover of DD’s “Do You Believe in Shame”) and a John Taylor Birthday VIDEO Kafe!

We are currently working on a brand new GOLD membership package which we hope to announce soon the DD Fan Community website. In the meantime, members who renew at the SILVER level, and would like the GOLD package when it comes out, can email customer service and you will be provided with a special-priced upgrade link once it is available.

We look forward to seeing you on the road!

JUNE, 2016

Welcome to your June D Blast!

By the time you read this D Blast, the band will have two UK festivals under their belt and be about to play a third!

Duran Duran headlined Common People Oxford and Common People Southampton the last weekend of May and both performances were met with raves. You can read what people were saying about the dual headlining weekend in the PRESS section of the website here.

This coming Friday, June 3, the band is headlining an incredible BBC Music Day event in Cornwall at Eden Project. The guys will be performing in the rainforest biome, and the one-of-a-kind show will be simulcast on the radio, with a special airing on BBC television on Sunday night. You can read up on how to catch of the band’s BBC Music Day performance across radio, TV and online, here . From there, the band head to Italy for their Paper Gods Italia tour, then over to Denmark where they are headlining the Northside Festival on June 19. A brief break follows before they come back to North America on July 6 for their first show in Nashville, where Nile Rodgers & Chic will once again join them as special guest. Make sure to take a look here for a list of ALL the upcoming dates.

Duran Duran did a bit of promo in the last few weeks you may have missed:

Watch the band talk to Jenna Bush Hager on this great segment from TODAY show.

Learn why the band feels rejuvenated on tour this time around via Reuters TV.

Listen to Simon and John on BBC’s Steve Wright Show.

If you are a paid member of the fan community, we have had a lot of fun stuff going on! We had a Q&A with both celebrity DJ Mad Marj (giving away some DD vinyl pieces) and John’s bass guitar tech Bernie Guerra (gave away John’s guitar picks!). Nick was our Kafe guest for May, and not only did we pre-celebrate his birthday, but he dropped a few scoops our way. Most importantly, we were able to give away tickets to see the band at both Common People Oxford and Southampton, which our members loved!

We are currently working on a brand new GOLD membership package which we hope to announce within a month or so on the DD Fan Community website. In the meantime, members who renew at the SILVER level and would like the GOLD package when it comes out should simply email customer service and you will be provided with a special-priced upgrade link once it is available.

MAY, 2016

When this D Blast hits your in box, Duran Duran will be on a short but well deserved break, before hitting the road again for some shows in Europe! The band will be headlining three festival shows in England, one in Denmark and five of their own gigs in Italy. Then they swing back to North America in July all the way until the beginning of September. Get all the latest tour information here.

The reviews from the past leg of the tour have been really good, with The New York Times saying “Duran Duran has a surprisingly strong affinity for funk, one thing that has made its songs durable.” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution commenting, “(the show was) a well-balanced blend of hits spanning their admirable 30-plus year career and new songs from their strikingly fresh current album, “Paper Gods.” Read more of the great notices in the press section of the website.

We just announced Duran Duran will be on The Today Show with correspondent Jenna Bush Hager on May 24. We have some fun, behind-the-scenes photos from the soon-to-air interview here.

Speaking of photos, we have lots of great live shots from the band’s recent shows! Make sure you take a look at the Paper Gods 2016 Gallery.

Have you renewed your membership with the Duran Duran Fan Community? You definitely want to be able to continue to access packages and pre-sale tickets for any upcoming dates… and if you are a paid member, we’re doing a cool giveaway for five pairs of tickets to Common People Oxford or Southampton (winner’s choice)! Make sure you enter – directions are on the fan site. We just ran a great Q&A with John’s guitar tech Bernie, who gave us some guitar picks to give away, and of course, Roger was our (birthday) Kafe for April. If you missed his website birthday message, click here!

APRIL, 2016

Welcome to your April D Blast!

The band is back in North America for another leg of the Paper Gods tour and the reviews are great! The Atlanta Journal Constitution said: “The band’s U.S. tour kickoff Monday night at the lovely, intimate Durham Performing Arts Center offered a well-balanced blend of hits spanning their admirable 30-plus year career and new songs from their strikingly fresh current album, ‘Paper Gods.” and the Miami New Times said “Friday night at Bayfront Park, Miami was spoiled rotten by headliners Duran Duran, who played damned near all of its hits.” CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers will be the guest at most of the shows, and new artist Shamir is on a handful of dates as well.

The band have recently added more shows to the summer leg, so make sure to take a look here for a list of ALL the upcoming dates and VIP packages available for Community members! Remember, in most markets on the North American tour, your ticket purchase comes with a copy of the “Paper Gods” CD!

And ITALY! Duran Duran is thrilled to be coming back to Italy in June for the Paper Gods tour. Click here to see if you will be able to catch a show!

Along with reading some of the great show reviews, the band has also been doing a lot of interviews with regional papers. You can read the pieces that have run in the press section of the website. We’ve also been keeping track of some of the radio interviews that have run. You can listen here.

Each month, members of the Fan Community are privy to a fun, exclusive Q&A with a person who is involved with the band in one-way or another. After the features run for a month, we put an excerpt on duranduran.com and they frequently contain some interesting nuggets from our interviewees. Read up on the Q&As you may have missed.

We’ve also been doing some fun ‘Week in Review’ videos on the band’s YouTube page. Make sure you follow us there and set up a notification so you can get an email every time we post a new video! Watch them here.

If you are a paid member of the fan community, we have had a lot of fun stuff going on! We had a Q&A with author Maya Gottfried, who worked with Simon on last year’s Animal Asia “Let A Bear Sh!t in the Woods” campaign. Maya loved a signed photo she received from the band, so we will be giving away three signed photos to three lucky Community members! Simon was our Kafe guest for March, and not only did he give us a little scoop, but he was quite entertaining (we’d expect nothing less!).

Check out the amazing VIP packages available for most of the shows and make sure you’ve renewed your membership with the Duran Duran Fan Community to access those packages and pre-sale tickets for any upcoming dates!

MARCH, 2016

Welcome to your March D Blast!

By the very end of this month, the band will be back in North America for another leg of the Paper Gods tour, bringing their amazing new UK stage production set (as well as an incredible set list) with them. Once again, Nile Rodgers feat. Chic will be joining Duran Duran, and Shamir will be on eight of the dates. There have been a few new shows (including Ottawa Bluesfest and Sunfest in Florida) added since the last Blast, so check here for a list of ALL the upcoming dates and VIP packages available for Community members! In most markets your ticket purchase comes with a copy of the “Paper Gods” CD!

The band is also doing some press for the upcoming shows. You can read the pieces that have run and also see what is coming up by visiting the press section of the website.

Simon was a presenter at last month’s BRITs, handing out Best British Single to Adele for the song “Hello.” He had such a fun time he did an impromptu Kafe for everyone to hear. You can listen to it here.

Our Collector’s Corner Monthly feature on the site has become so popular that it now has its own page on the site! If you’ve missed any, or just want to scroll through them in one place, here is your chance!

We also recently posted the album trailer for PAPER GODs on our YouTube page. If you haven’t had a chance to watch it, grab a quiet spot and six minutes, and see what went on behind the scenes.

If you are a paid member of the fan community, we have recently had a lot of very interesting features running! We had a Q&A with singer Tessa Niles, who worked with the band for many years, about her amazing new book, BACKTRACK (and she gave away three signed copies!) and a February spotlight on Marnie Dunstan, who works with Mr Hudson. John did a great visual Kafe in January on the passing of HIS idol, David Bowie, and, of course, February brought the annual Oscar Kafe with Nick and Katy. New dates (and member pre-sales) have continued to be added, so make sure you’ve renewed your membership with Duran Duran Fan Community !

FEBRUARY, 2016

Welcome to your first D Blast of 2016!

We had a lot of fun celebrating 2015, with the release of “Paper Gods,” but now we’re fully focused on 2016! If you missed the band’s year-in-review lists posted at the end of December, you can still check out their thoughts on their busy year here.

After an incredible UK tour, ending in Liverpool with special guest Seal joining the band on stage to sing “Save a Prayer,” the band is taking a well-deserved break before hitting the road again (with CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, and Shamir on eight of the shows) at the end of March for the first leg of a North American tour. Leg 2 will commence this summer. Click here for a list of the upcoming dates and VIP packages available for Community members! Also, don’t forget that in most markets your ticket purchase comes with a copy of the “Paper Gods” CD!

Shamir was so excited about the tour, he put out a cover of Duran Duran’s “Hungry like the Wolf” to celebrate the upcoming run!

The band were also announced as headliners for three summer festivals in Europe: on May 28 at Oxford’s South Park for Common People, May 29th at the Southampton Common for Common People , and June 19th for Northside in Aarhus, Denmark.

Hope you’ve been enjoying the “Week in Review” on YouTube as much as we’ve enjoyed putting them together; you can catch up on them via the Duran Duran YouTube channel here.

February brings the Oscars – and Nick & Katy’s Oscar Kafe. In the meantime, we’re loving this familiar track heard on THIS commercial promoting the telecast!

If you are a paid member of the fan community, you must have loved December! As a thank you to fans, we did five weeks of giveaways, one every week , with some really great stuff! We also had a “Year End” Kafe with each band member and a Q&A with artist Alex Israel, where HE gave away signed glasses to members! Don’t forget to check out the amazing VIP packages (seats in the first five rows) available for most of the North American shows and make sure you’ve renewed your membership with Duran Duran Fan Community to access those packages and pre-sale tickets for all the upcoming dates!

DECEMBER, 2015

Welcome to your Monthly Duran Duran D-Blast!

Not sure how we got to the last D-Blast of the year, but here we are! It has been a really amazing 12 months and we have you to thank for that!

You must know that Duran Duran is on the road! The band kicked off their UK tour in Manchester on November 27th and will end in Liverpool on December 12th. SEAL will be the Special Guest for eight dates along with The Bloom Twins who will be opening on the whole tour. To learn more click here.

ALL the UK VIP packages are sold out, but make sure you’ve renewed your membership with the Duran Duran Fan Community because there will be 2016 dates announced soon. In addition, we’re giving away two items a week during the whole of December to lucky fan community members as a “thank you”!

Before leaving for the tour, the band did a lot of great television appearances, and hands down, their performance of “What Are the Chances” on The Graham Norton Show was hailed as one of their best ever by fans. Catch the interview portion with the band here.

If you’re in the UK [perhaps for the current tour?] check out the Duran Duran Pop Up Shop at the Sanderson Hotel in London. They will be selling copies of Denis O’Regan’s CARELESS MEMORIES book, and select prints, until December 12.

Duranduran.com has lots of great behind-the-scenes photos in the latest Gallery, and you can catch up on the what the media are saying about the band Press on the website as well. And if you haven’t watched the video for “Pressure Off,” take four minutes and check out the great clip, featuring Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers & Janelle Monáe!

Hard to believe the holidays are upon us, but if you’re looking for some terrific stocking stuffers, there’s lots of new merch items – and some pretty incredible PAPER GODS limited edition, hand made, Holiday baubles – in the webshop. Take a look here.

Thank you all so much for making PAPER GODS such a huge success. In case you forgot Simon’s sentiments back in September, take a look here.

Wishing you all a happy holiday and a healthy and joyous New Year. See you in 2016 on the road!

NOVEMBER, 2015

Welcome to your November Duran Duran D-Blast!

We can hardly believe it has been 6 weeks since PAPER GODS was released – a lot has happened:

* Duran Duran was profiled with a fantastic interview on CBS SUNDAY MORNING.

* The band performed for a standing room only crowd in NYC for The Michael Kors #FlashYourGold Fashion Week Event.

* Duran Duran was on THE TODAY SHOW, with singer Kiesza joining them to perform “Last Night in the City.”

* Billboard announced Duran Duran’s PAPER GODS has cracked the Billboard Top Ten on their Top 200 chart, which is the first time the band has done that in 22 years. The album reaches #5 on the UK charts, #2 in Italy and #4 in the Netherlands.

* Duran Duran performed “Pressure Off” on ELLEN, joined onstage by Nile Rodgers & Janelle Monae.

* Duran Duran is presented with the Q Magazine ICON Award by Charli XCX at The Grovesnor House in London on October 19.

*The band premiered their “ “Pressure Off “ video online. The well-received clip was directed by Nick Egan and features Nile Rodgers & Janelle Monáe.

*Duran Duran were presented with the very first MTV Video Visionary Award at the MTV EMA’s in Milan.

* The band performed on Later With ….Jools Holland on October 20 & 23rd and TFI Friday on October 30.

….and a lot more! If you’ve missed anything at all, make sure you follow the NEWS, PRESS & TIMELINE sections on DuranDuran.com. And if for some reason you don’t have YOUR copy of Paper Gods you can buy it here.

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After a brief touring break, Duran Duran will be doing a pre-Christmas UK tour. ALL the UK VIP packages (seats in the first 5 rows) are sold out! Make sure you’ve renewed your membership with the Duran Duran Fan Community to access 2016 pre-sale tickets!!

SEPTEMBER, 2015

PAPER GODS IS ALMOST HERE!

What else could we possibly talk about in the September D-Blast??!! At least 24 D- Blasts have been leading up to this moment, so let’s re-cap…

Duran Duran’s PAPER GODS will be released in-stores and online September 11, 2015. Thank you all so much for your patience, support, encouragement and excitement leading up to this moment. As Simon said in a previous Katy’s Kafe, this is YOUR record. There would be no Duran Duran without the backing of the fans, and the band couldn’t be more proud to deliver this album to you.

If you still haven’t pre-ordered the record, you can do so online here. There are various different formats available to choose from. First there is the regular CD (which comes in both a standard and deluxe edition – the latter having three extra tracks on it and different packaging), then there’s the Deluxe Fan Edition CD (which includes a 16 page booklet, an exclusive Paper Gods Fortune Teller, a 16 sticker pack (so you can create your own version of the artwork), and a special cover PLUS the 3 bonus tracks), and last but not least, there is also a bundle that includes the Deluxe Fan Edition + T-shirt or a vinyl version of the album + T-shirt. And for those of you who love vinyl the standard 12-track album will also be out on for turntable lovers everywhere!

At this point, we hope you’ve heard, and are enjoying, the tracks below. The response so far has been amazing, and the band is very excited for you to hear the whole thing! We love that you are spreading the word – so in the lead up to the release, let’s make as much noise as we can about the new record!

“Pressure Off”

“Paper Gods”

“You Kill Me with Silence”

“What Are the Chances?”

“Last Night in the City”

Keep your eye out – the band has a lot of television appearance in the pipeline both in the US and overseas. So far, what we can announce are:

CBS Sunday Morning, airing on September 13
The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing on September 23

Duran Duran will also be doing a few more live dates in the US before taking a break and then hitting the stage in the UK at the end of the year. Click here for the rest of their 2015 shows, and stay tuned for the 2016 tour announcements!

If you are a paid member, there are still amazing VIP packages (seats in the first 5 rows) available for several of the UK concerts. Make sure you’ve renewed your membership with Duran Duran Fan Community to access those packages and pre-sale tickets for all the upcoming dates!

AUGUST, 2015

Welcome to your August D-Blast!

By the time you get this, the band will have already played one (or two) of the shows on this short U.S. run. They’re really looking forward to these dates and are excited for a larger tour in 2016!

If you’ve been ultra busy this summer you might have missed:

Duran Duran’s forthcoming album PAPER GODS now has a worldwide release date of September 11th! You can pre-order the album online on iTunes and immediately get a download of the first single, “Pressure Off” featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers

You can also listen to the track on the band’s YouTube channel and we’ve added a cool behind-the-scenes “Making Of” featuring the band, Nile Rodgers and Mark Ronson. Not only that, but we were able to capture live footage of the band while they performed at a special private event in London at the US Ambassador’s home on July 2nd. Watch Duran Duran’s “Pressure Off” Live now!

We have some GREAT new shots in the Duran Duran PAPER GODS Photo Gallery, and will be adding in more pictures from the U.S. run as we get them – click here and see if you can catch a show!

The band did some cool video interviews with Billboard Magazine during their cover photo shoot that everyone really enjoyed. You can make sure you don’t miss any of the guys’ latest press by bookmarking the PRESS page on DD.com here!

War Child UK, which the band continues to support, released a very moving video last month on the success of the PASSPORT: BACK TO THE BARS campaign that Duran Duran participated in. If you didn’t get a chance, you can watch the video here.

The DD Fan Community has been busy with terrific pre-sale packages and VIP experiences for almost every show on this leg of the tour. If you ordered pre-sale tickets and/or VIP packages on the fan community website (via our ticketing partner Crowdsurge), you can expect to receive them 2-4 weeks before your show with VIP reception info will be emailed 3-6 days before the show.

Members also have exclusive access to content to Katy’s Kafe (including an amazing one this month with John), Q&As and contesting!

If you currently belong to the fan community and want the new GOLD membership, simply click RENEW under your username and you will receive the new GOLD merchandise and we will add 12 months of membership beyond your current expiration date. Visit the Duran Duran Fan Community and click JOIN or RENEW.

JULY, 2015

Welcome to your July D-Blast!

Well….

We’ve been busy!

If you haven’t been online at all since our last D-Blast you may have missed that:

Duran Duran’s forthcoming album is called PAPER GODS and you can pre-order it on the Warner Brothers online store, iTunes and/or Amazon! Paper Gods will be out on September 18th in the US and September 11th in Europe and the rest of the world.

Duran Duran’s first single, PRESSURE OFF, featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers, is available in the US from your favourite digital retail store – and if you pre-order the album, you get the download automatically. It will be hitting iTunes UK on July 24th – and don’t forget, you can also listen to it on the band’s YouTube channel.

The single has been getting all kinds of great reviews, which you can read about on the PRESS page. We also have photos from Duran’s recent performance in Barcelona at the SONAR Festival, which was an incredible “first” show for the band, together with shots from the Dutch ‘Night at the Park’ festival last weekend!

Speaking of shows…Duran Duran will be on tour in the US and UK in addition to the already announced Festival dates! Click here for all the dates (and if they’re not coming to your city this time, they will be back in 2016).

And in other VERY exciting fan community news, we have terrific pre-sale packages for almost every show on this leg of the tour, not to mention a brand new GOLD membership package available. The package features a variety of special, exclusive items you won’t find anywhere else. This is a great time to join or renew a lapsed membership, as not only will you have access to pre-sale tickets but you will also get this great new package. Not to mention member exclusive Katy’s Kafes, Q&As and contesting!

Don’t worry if you are a current member – if you would like the brand new GOLD package simply click RENEW under your username and you will receive the new GOLD merchandise and we will add 12 months of membership beyond your current expiration date. Visit the Duran Duran Fan Community and click JOIN or RENEW.

JUNE, 2015

Welcome to your June D-Blast!

Two big Duran Duran birthdays are in June – and maybe some special surprises? June 8th we celebrate Nick and June 20th, JT. Keep your eyes peeled on Duran Duran’s website and social media for some pretty exciting album and tour related announcements!

In other big news this month – Duran Duran added more dates to their pre-album tour schedule: The Gibraltar Music Festival on September 5th and the Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas June 25-27th. (NOTE: MORE 2015 DATES ARE COMING!! Please keep an eye on your inbox over the next week or so as you will be the first to get the details!) See all of the band’s upcoming shows here.

Roger revisited “A View to a Kill” for us! In honour of the song’s anniversary, Roger wrote a blog about his memories of recording the single. Read what he had to say here!

Another anniversary took place last month – Katy clocked twenty years with Duran Duran! She did four separate Katy’s Kafe’s with the band members on the Fan Community website and then put together a special “highlight” audio reel for everyone to hear!

We were able to get some great photos from Corthay and put together a terrific Gallery of shots from Simon’s Tour Auto Rally through France. You can see the photos here and read what he wrote about his journey here.

The latest Collector’s Corner features all the different versions of RIO. You can read about them here and see which ones are in your collection! And speaking of RIO, Warner Bros is re-issuing the 2009 RIO re-master!

The fan community gave away a pair of tickets to some of the band’s Festival dates to lucky VIP members. . Congratulations to our winners, we expect to hear back from you after the shows!

And in other VERY exciting fan community news, we are happy to announce that we have a brand new GOLD membership package available. The package features a variety of special, exclusive items you won’t find anywhere else. This is a great time to join or renew (if your membership has lapsed) as not only will you have access to pre-sale tickets for the upcoming tour but you will also get this amazing new package. Don’t worry if you are a current member and don’t expire for months. If you would like the brand new GOLD package simply click RENEW under your username and you will receive the new GOLD merchandise and we will add 12 months of membership beyond your current expiration date. Visit the Duran Duran Fan Community and click JOIN or RENEW.

Don’t forget to Bookmark:

Duranduran.com

The Duran Duran VIP Fan Community

Duran Duran on Facebook

Duran Duran on Twitter

Duran Duran on Instagram

Duran Duran on YouTube

Duran Duran on SoundCloud

AND the band’s BRAND NEW Tumblr page! Duran Duran on Tumblr

MAY, 2015

Welcome to your May D-Blast!

Things are heating up for the band, and it looks like they will have a summer single. Keep your ears peeled for “Pressure Off,” featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers. We are hoping to have a clip of the song, ahead of the release, for you soon!

In case you missed the news, the upcoming Duran Duran album will be coming out on Warner Brothers Records! The band seems on track for a September album launch.

They are re-convening in the Studio on May 6th, but the guys will soon be totally focused on promotion and performances. Both Simon and Nick used their recent “free time” for some cool ‘side jobs’!

Nick was invited by Hermès to curate a “raucous ramble” through his old stomping ground of Soho in London. To celebrate Hermès’ annual theme of ‘Flâneur forever,’ twenty-five invited guests discovered rock art history, Bowie iconography, Tin Pan alley folklore and the world of new electronica thanks to Nick. Read more here.

Simon participated in two sports events. To start, he was part of the Tour Auto Rally 2015, which took place from April 20th through April 25th. The 24th edition of the Tour de France Automobile saw 225 cars compete against one another. Simon was the co-driver of “P,” a Jaguar XK120, the oldest car in the Rally. Simon co-drove with Francois Pourcher in their Maison Corthay and Cifonelli sponsored car. You can see and read more about his adventures here.

The other event he lent his support to, but couldn’t participate in, was the Bike4Life Festival. Of the annual fundraiser, Simon said, “Two of my biggest passions in life, next to music, have long been sailing and motorbikes, so I am thrilled to be able to support this year’s Bike4Life event, alongside “Foggy”, Richard Hammond and Mike Tindall and help raise valuable funds for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. The life-saving work that all of the UK’s air ambulance services do, alongside the RAF/Royal Navy SAR helicopters teams, is vital – and like so many bike enthusiasts, I know the value of emergency medical care only too well. I am honoured to have been invited to get involved in this year’s campaign and lend my support.”

The end of April also brought Roger’s birthday. He was so thrilled with all the tweets, Facebook posts and emails helping him celebrate. Read this year’s birthday message from RT here.

Have you caught the latest Collector’s Corner on Duranduran.com? We post them every month, and this past one, about early magazine covers, was particularly fun. Check it out here.

Keep your eye out for Simon’s “Let a Bear Sh*t in the Woods” campaign in mid May. The pictorial supports a highly visible movement to stop excruciating bear bile extraction from thousands of moon bears currently in captivity in Asia.

Lastly, mark your calendar for the handful of festival shows the band is playing this summer – and the fan community is giving away a pair of tickets to members for each date!

June 20: Sonar Festival, Barcelona, Spain

June 27: Night at the Park, The Hague, Netherlands

June 28: Killarney Festival, Kerry, Ireland

September 11: Bestival, Isle of Wight, UK

For ticket links, please visit the band’s tour page at Duranduran.com.

If you’re a Member of the Duran Duran Fan Community, we hope you’ve been enjoying the exclusive content we’ve been able to bring you recently, including a birthday Kafe with Roger, a special Kafe with Katy for her anniversary with the band, a new Q&A with Duran backing singer Anna Ross – who has her own album coming out via a Pledge music campaign plus cool giveaways each month (if you’re a member, check your email!!) AND – we thank you for your patience as the band develops a BRAND NEW gold level package to be released early this summer!

APRIL, 2015

Welcome to your April D-Blast!

A lot has happened since our last blast, with the incredible news that Duran Duran has signed a global recording contract with Warner Brothers Records.

As such, the band has been really busy!

At the end of March the band put the finishing touches on #DD14, handing it over to Spike Stent to complete mixing. The band then flew to San Francisco where they participated in Live At The Vineyard – a radio event at the James Cole Winery “In The Vineyard” event for their new label, where they met with key programmers and music supervisors. From here, on Sunday morning they traveled to Los Angeles for a “meet & greet’ with staffers at the Warner offices on Monday afternoon. At both events, the band played their upcoming single, “Pressure Off,” featuring Janelle Monáe, produced by Nile Rodgers and Mark Ronson, with additional vocal production by Mr Hudson and Josh Blair.

Mid-week the band spent time rehearsing, and then performing, at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel for the David Lynch Foundation. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the event was a fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit foundation, which brings transcendental meditation to raise performance in at-risk populations and help heal toxic stress, including PTSD.

Lastly, Simon found time to squeeze in a quick photo shoot for AnimalsAsia “Let a Bear Sh*t in the Woods” campaign. The pictorial supports a highly visible movement to stop excruciating bear bile extraction from thousands of moon bears currently in captivity in Asia.

Don’t forget the band are playing a bunch of festival shows this summer – and the fan community is giving away a pair of tickets to members for each date.

June 20: Sonar Festival, Barcelona, Spain

June 27: Night at the Park, The Hague, Netherlands

June 28: Killarney Festival, Kerry, Ireland

September 11: Bestival, Isle of Wight, UK

For ticket links, please visit the band’s tour page at Duranduran.com. There may be more added, so keep an eye on DD.com!

If you’re a Member of the Duran Duran Fan Community, we hope you’ve been enjoying the exclusive content we’ve been able to bring you recently, including a brand new Kafe with Simon, a new Q&A with author Suzi Parker, giveaways each month and a BRAND NEW gold level package on the horizon!

MARCH, 2015

Welcome to your March D-Blast – let’s jump right in.!

February brought the announcement of more Festival dates for the band! The confirmed shows thus far are:

June 20: Sonar Festival, Barcelona, Spain

June 27: Night at the Park, The Hague, Netherlands

June 28: Killarney Festival, Kerry, Ireland

September 12: Bestival, Isle of Wight, UK

For ticket links, please visit the band’s tour page at Duranduran.com. There may be more added, so keep an eye on DD.com!

In addition to the festival shows, the band will also be participating in a fundraiser for the David Lynch Foundation on April 1 by performing one Lynch-related song and one Duran Duran song at the event. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Foundation, the Los Angeles based event will benefit the nonprofit foundation, which brings transcendental meditation to at-risk populations suffering from PTSD. There is still some incredible VIP tickets left, which includes a pre-show event with David Lynch, cocktails, hors-d’oeuvres and a Shepard Fairey designed poster. Lend your support to a great cause here.

Speaking of live shows, the band’s recent concert at Wilton’s Music Hall for War Child UK was a cracker! Starting with a DJ set from Mr Hudson and ending with the standing-room-only crowd going crazy for “Rio,” it was an incredible evening from start to finish.

You can see a set of live photos from the show here
and read some of the terrific reviews here.

Nick did his annual Oscar podcast with Katy for members of the fan community the last week of February. A written portion was made available on DD.com. Did his choices match yours??

If you’re a Member of the Duran Duran Fan Community, we hope you’ve been enjoying the exclusive content we’ve been able to bring you recently, including Nick’s aforementioned (over an hour long!) annual Oscar Kafe, great new Q&As with Joshua Blair and Mr Hudson, giveaways each month and a BRAND NEW gold level package on the horizon!

In addition, the Duran Duran Fan Community is thrilled to be giving away a pair of tickets to each of the festival shows announced in this DBLAST (Sonar, Night at the Park, Killarney and Bestival)!

If you are a member in good standing please email DDVIP@magusentertainment.com with “FESTIVAL” in the subject line and indicate which festival you would like to attend. Winners will be chosen randomly until we have one fan community winner for each of the four festival dates below. The winners will be notified at least two weeks before each date. If you are chosen as a winner, you will then have 24 hours to accept the tickets before we move on to another randomly selected Fan Community member. Please note these contest prizes are for a pair of TICKETS ONLY (for the fan community member and their guest) and do not include meet and greets, travel or accommodation, so please enter ONLY if you are able to get yourself to the festival sites on the dates below. Here they are:

This is a fantastic opportunity to see DD at some of the coolest festivals out there! If you are able to ATTEND, and want a chance at winning a pair of tickets, please email DDVIP@magusentertainment.com with “FESTIVAL” in the subject line and indicate which show you can attend. Good luck!

FEBRUARY, 2015

Welcome to the first D-Blast of 2015 – there is a lot going on since our last one of 2014!

If you missed it, the band ended the year with four separate Katy’s Kafe chats for the VIP Fan Community, reviewing their favourites of 2014. They also left holiday messages on their SoundCloud page.

To read their faves click here.

To hear the holiday messages listen here.

Another sign of a New Year? A new Simon’s Reader! Last year it was Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch,” this year Simon did an audio Reader for “The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack,” which you can listen to here!

We’ve had several good Collector’s Corners as of late, so in case you’ve missed some, here’s a recap of December and January. How many of these items are in your collection?

However, the most EXCITING news we’ve had of late is the announcement of some live dates on the horizon!

Duran Duran will be performing for War Child UK, raising money for children in war-torn countries via donations that provide an opportunity to be included in a ticket lottery for the band’s intimate concert at the Wilton Music Hall in London on February 19. To learn all about this amazing event, read more here!

The band is also performing at this year’s Sonar Festival in Spain and at Night At the Park in the Netherlands. Read all about these great summer Fests now!

If you’re a Member of the Duran Duran Fan Community, we hope you’ve been enjoying the exclusive content we’ve been able to bring you recently, including FOUR exclusive, member only Katy’s Kafes, FIVE weeks of holiday gift giving from the band and a recent 2015 Kafe with John where he talked about the upcoming album and his thoughts on the process of putting out new music in 2015. Finally, look for a BRAND NEW gold level package this Spring!

DECEMBER, 2014

Welcome to your Monthly Duran Duran D-Blast!

Wow! The end of the year! Doesn’t it feel like it came around quickly again?

No new Duran Duran music for you yet (hint hint) but to keep you satiated, the song “Kingdom” by Charli XCX featuring Simon was released on November 17th on The Hunger Games/Mockingjay Part 1 Soundtrack, to rave reviews. You can hear this terrific track here.

The band had an amazing time in Austin, performing at the Grand Prix and the Dell World party, as well as the Teenage Cancer Fund charity surprise appearance. We’ve put a lot of new photos in the Gallery for you to look at until the band finally get back on the road next year!

There were many “Duraniversaries” last month – Band Aid, Seven & the Ragged Tiger, Arena and the release of the single “The Wild Boys.” JT took some time out of his studio schedule to share his memories with us in this terrific video.

Speaking of anniversaries, Dom traveled down memory lane since he just celebrated 10 years with Duran Duran. Read his great blog here.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a terrific stocking stuffer, there’s the NEW 2015 Duran Duran calendar available in the band’s web shop! Click here for the calendar and other great goodies! Several items have been packaged together this year – more bang for your holiday buck (or pound, or lire…you get the picture!)

The Duran Duran VIP Fan Community website is living large in December with FOUR year end Kafes and FOUR weeks of giveaways! Did we mention that a Fan Community membership is a pretty terrific gift to yourself or a friend?? Don’t miss out on keeping your membership and information up-to-date since the band will surely go on tour next year to support DD#14! And oh yea, if you heard Nick’s November Kafe – there was a new song title in there!!

NOVEMBER, 2014

Welcome to your Monthly Duran Duran D-Blast!

October past by so quickly as Duran Duran spent their month (for the most part) in the studio finishing up DD14!

To keep us satiated until the album comes out next year, UNSTAGED is slowly making its debut around the world: The movie has been shown at many film festivals in different countries, the DVD is out in Australia, the film played in the US in September, and now it’s available for download in the UK and the US on iTunes.

We had some more big news when it was announced that Simon would be on the upcoming Lorde-curated “Hunger Games/Mockingjay Part 1” soundtrack, which is coming out November 17th. Simon sings with Charli XCX on a song called “Kingdom”, that he co-wrote with her and recorded with Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend when he was in New York for Fashion Rocks. We cannot wait to hear it – and judging from the great press it’s garnered, neither can anyone else!

In mid-October, Roger took some time to revisit the release of ASTRONAUT for the tenth anniversary of the album’s release. If you missed his great Blog, you can read it here.

Both John and Nick went to events surrounding Frieze Masters Art Fair, London, but only Nick curated a collection! Check out DD.com if you missed the news!

And we can’t say “goodbye” to October without mentioning the birthday boy, Simon, who shared his 2014 Birthday message with us on October 27th!

By the time you read this Blast, we should also have some GREAT photos of the band from their recent Austin trip for the Grand Prix COTA event! We will be adding new shots to the Gallery all the time – like these terrific behind-the-scenes rehearsal photos! – that were taken in London while they were preparing for the event – so keep checking!

The Duran Duran VIP Fan Community website has been giving away some pretty cool items to members! Several lucky fan community members who purchased tickets to the show in Austin have been rewarded with a Meet & Greet with the band before the show. Other recent giveaways include a copy of Denis O’Regan’s CARELESS MEMORIES book, tickets to Fashion Rocks, a singles box set from Manimal Vinyl and more! We also had a great birthday Kafe with Simon this month as well as an a-m-a-z-i-n-g Q&A with Joe Vizvary from IMAGES IN VOGUE, who opened for Duran Duran on their 1984 tour! Please make sure all your membership details are up to date and that your email address is current. If you win something and we can’t reach you we’ll have to move on to someone else!

OCTOBER, 2014

Welcome to your Monthly Duran Duran D-Blast!

Lots has happened this month, so if you missed some of it on the website or social media, we’re here with the review!

The band played a great set for the unveiling of the new 2016 Mazda Miata on September 3rd. It was a secret show at a top-secret location (an airport hangar in Monterey, CA) and we were able to send a few fan community members to catch the performance! Part of their set was broadcast live on Mazda’s YouTube channel, so if you missed it, you can watch it here.

A few days later the band were in New York for Fashion Rocks. Not only did the guys do a three-song-medley and get shout outs from Afrojack and Nico & Vinz, but viewers who Shazam’ed the show were able to download a free exclusive live track of Duran Duran’s “Girl Panic!” If you didn’t catch the show, which aired live on CBS, you can watch Duran’s performance here. We also have a lot of great new photos from the event in the Gallery on DD.com.

Many of you in the US went to see Duran Duran Unstaged, which played in movie theaters across America for one night only on September 10th. We put together a Gallery of all the tickets and marquees you shared with us – take a look at it here. Unstaged will be coming to ON DEMAND in the US and Canada on October 14th!

The band is coming to Austin, TX for a special date taking place on November 1st. Duran Duran is headlining the US Grand Prix Formula 1 event as part of COTA’s Fan Fest Weekend! The event is one of highlights of the racing season and there are a few packages to choose from that include possibilities for very VIP food, drink and parties; In addition, the band is participating in two great auctions to win tickets and a M&G at the Austin show, which will benefit two fantastic charities: Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research and Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund.

Billboard magazine featured a quick chat with both John and Nile Rodgers about the upcoming album. Looks like DD14 will make its appearance in 2015, so please watch this space!

The Duran Duran VIP Fan Community website has been giving away some amazing things to members! Recent giveaways include tickets to Fashion Rocks, passes to the exclusive Mazda show Monterey, a RIO re-issue album, a singles box set from Manimal Vinyl and a copy of the upcoming Denis O’Regan photo book CARELESS MEMORIES. We’ve also had an exclusive Fashion Rocks photo album, some fantastic Q&As and funny moments on Katy’s Kafe’s, including one live from New York with Roger! Finally, our members were given FIRST access to pre-sale tickets to the Austin show 48 hours before ANYONE else. Make sure all your membership details are up to date!

SEPTEMBER, 2014

Welcome to your Monthly Duran Duran D-Blast!

We hope you enjoyed Duran Duran Appreciation Day on August 10th as much as we did! The band is excited for next year’s shows and thought posting a live version of David Bowie’s STARMAN, filmed during the ALL YOU NEED IS NOW tour on a concert stop in Greece, would get everyone in the mood! The Patty Palazzo- designed-Bowie-meets-Duran-Duran photos posted in advance were also a great addition. Thanks so much for all the support on the 10th!

By the time you read this, the band will be in California rehearsing for their performance at the launch of the 2016 Mazda Miata MX5. A handful of Fan Community members won passes to this once-in-a-lifetime Duran Duran event in Monterey. If you can’t be there, some of the show will be broadcast live on Mazda’s YouTube channel. Make sure you tune in on September 3rd at 6pm PST!

As soon as that event is over, the band will be preparing for their appearance at FASHION ROCKS, live from the Barclays Center on September 9th. The show will air that night on CBS at 9pm. Make sure to tune in if you won’t be in the audience in Brooklyn! And check out the great ROAD TO FASHION ROCKS videos posted on a Fashion Rocks microsite.

The very next day on September 10th, Duran Duran will be in movie theaters across the USA for one night only with UNSTAGED. If you aren’t sure whether the film is playing near you, make sure you check this link! We also have been unveiling several UNSTAGED videos on the Duran Duran YouTube Channel.

The band has also announced their only ticketed date in the USA, taking place on November 1st at the US Grand Prix Formula 1 event as part of COTA’s Fan Fest Weekend! The guys are so excited to be part of this celebrated event, which is one of the highlights of the racing season. The packages include possibilities for food, drink and parties; we hope to see you there!

Finally, Duran Duran is nearing completion of an album producer Nile Rodgers recently described as “sick” (in a good way!) and they’re all very excited to start sharing tour and release dates with you all soon. Please make sure you check the band’s website and social media pages frequently for the latest news!

And if you aren’t aware, the Duran Duran VIP Fan Community website has been giving away some amazing things to members! From the new RIO vinyl and to tickets to Fashion Rocks, to passes to the exclusive show in Monterey, they’ve been making sure every member has a chance at some GREAT prizes! Given everything that is happening (pre-sales, contests and content), please consider joining or renewing. If you are a current member, please make sure you edit your profile and update all of your contact info.

AUGUST, 2014

Welcome to your Monthly Duran Duran D-Blast!

There’s so much DD-ness happening, we’re not sure where to start!

Mark your calendar – Duran Duran Appreciation Day [started by fans in the late ‘80s] is upon us once again. Make sure you check out duranduran.com and the band’s social media on August 10th while the band celebrates along with you!

July started off with a bang as the band flew to St. Petersburg, Russia for the White Nights Festival. We posted some great photos on the fan community website and also a few cool shots and a video on duranduran.com .

The guys have also been doubling down in the studio and writing with Mark Ronson who will be back in the production seat in mid-August, alongside longtime friend and collaborator, Nile Rodgers. The band resumed work with Mr. Hudson the week of July 21st, and duranduran.com posted a few photos of Simon/Nick/Roger/John and Mr. H together.

Two new vinyl releases are making fans happy: A DIAMOND IN THE MIND double vinyl with diamond-dusted sleeve, and the double vinyl RIO re-issue from Rhino. Check out the US edition and UK edition here!

It was also announced at the end of July that Duran Duran will be returning to the Fashion Rocks stage on September 9th, with a live performance from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn that will air on CBS television in the US! Tickets are on sale as of August 1st, 2014

Oh and if you want some great new songs for your iPod, John created a play list in response to ITN News stating that Redditch was the least musical town in the UK (boo!). Click for John Taylor’s Redditch High County Mixtape .

There has been some great new member only content on the Duran Duran VIP Fan Community website. Simon did a Katy’s Kafe, we posted a photo album from the band’s recent trip to Russia, a few new Q&As, giveaways including “A Diamond in the Mind” vinyl, Reflex T-shirts and photo prints from photographer Barry Fidnick AND a pair of tickets to see the band perform at Fashion Rocks!!! Finally, Fan Community members were granted access to Fashion Rocks tickets before they went on sale to the general public. Soon touring will be back on the docket so make sure you keep your membership, and information, updated!

JULY, 2014

Welcome to your Monthly Duran Duran D-Blast!

The band has been pretty chatty since our last D-Blast, with Simon doing an unexpected “Katy’s Kafe” and Nick, John and Dom celebrating birthdays in June. Let’s review:

Simon was very enthusiastic about helping to surprise Nile Rodgers with the IMS Legends Award in Ibiza in this excerpt from his kafe in May. No one tells a story like Simon!

As for the June babies, Nick’s birthday arrived first on June 8th, with this audio message from him.

Dom did a ‘birthday diary’ on his big day, letting us in on a wedding he attended, complete with photos (you may spot some familiar faces).

Last of our birthday boys, John surprised everyone with a video greeting!

John also took some time out in June to meet with people at DHI (Developing Health & Independence) – talking to care givers and patients about his own journey in recovery. He also spoke to BBC Bristol to help shed light on what people’s every day struggles with staying sober are.

In other news, the incredible A DIAMOND IN THE MIND double vinyl with diamond-dusted sleeve has arrived! Fans have been thrilled with this item and we’ve loved the photos you’re sharing on social media!

The latest Collectors Corners have been posted on DD.com – in May, the focus was on Awards, and in June, sheet music. If you missed them, both are definitely worth a read!

The Duran Duran web shop just added some terrific new items including a mug, rhinestone tee shirt, beach towel and baseball hat, all with the new DD logo! Click here to check them out – they’re doing some great incentives through July!

We hope you’ve been enjoying some of the exclusive content on the Duran Duran VIP Fan Community website. We’ve recently had Kafes from Nick, Simon and John, some amazing giveaways, including copies of A DIAMOND IN THE MIND on vinyl, a one-of-a-kind Q&A with Vinyl Factory art designer Rory McCartney and some new videos as well!

MAY, 2014

Welcome to your Monthly Duran Duran D-Blast!

As you may already know, the guys are currently in the studio in London with producer Mr. Hudson, having an amazing time, working on finishing up #DD14! If you’ve missed the happenings, here’s a recap:

Alongside news of working with Ben (aka Mr. Hudson) (see great studio shot here), over the past week the band members have also been able to confirm that they’re trading tracks with ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper guitarist John Frusciante!

In other news, there are lots of great new Duran Duran items coming to market over the next few months, including the incredible A DIAMOND IN THE MIND double vinyl with diamond-dusted sleeve, that’s being produced by The Vinyl Factory. It certainly seems to be on the top of many collectors’ lists as it’s the band’s first live album release in over a decade!

The web store has also put up some new tee’s for the summer, including this fan-favorite “REFLEX” shirt, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the song.

And speaking of The Reflex, the band and Nile Rodgers took time out of their hectic schedules to talk about the making of that career-changing single. It’s a lot of fun to watch them reminisce about the creation of that song

Even though many of you communicate with the band via Twitter & Facebook, we still get great questions for the ASK KATY portion of the website. Ever wonder about the genesis of the Duran Duran song THROB? Wonder no more!

We hope you’ve been enjoying some of the exclusive content on the Duran Duran VIP Fan Community website. We’ve recently had Roger’s birthday Kafe, some amazing giveaways including the new “Reflex” tee shirts and signed copies of SEVEN & THE RAGGED TIGER, and two GREAT Q&As – one with “Beautiful Colors” archivist Andrew Golub and one with “Mad World” author Lori Majewski. Both of them put together prize packs for Community members as well!

APRIL, 2014

Welcome to your Monthly Duran Duran D-Blast!

What a busy few months the band has had. Let’s recap!

In February, the band got together with the Voce Chamber Choir & the London Youth Chamber to record some music for their forthcoming album. You can read more about how it all came together here.

Even though the band is busy in the studio working on the album, Roger found some time for a DJ gig! At the beginning of March, Roger DJ’ed for a magazine launch in Zurich. See what he has to say about it here.

John was a featured speaker at the London Bass Guitar Show on March 2nd. He not only participated in a Q&A, but also stayed and signed copies of “In The Pleasure Groove.” The fan community site received a great recap from a member who won tickets to the show through the website. Read her report here!

John was also in New York City at the end of March for the launch of his wife’s new clothing line, Pam & Gela. The new line debuted at Bloomingdales and both John and his daughter, Atlanta, were there to lend support. Check out the Facebook photo album from that night.

Our cameras captured Simon giving a bit of an update on the band’s new album. Never one to miss an opportunity to be cheeky, check out what Simon Says here!

Have you visited the Duranduran.com Photo Gallery lately? We’ve recently posted a bunch of new photos, so if you haven’t looked in a while, click here

We hope you’ve been enjoying some of the exclusive content on the Duran Duran VIP Fan Community website. We’ve had two new Kafes since the last E-Blast – the Oscar Only Kafe with Nick and a March Kafe with Simon. We’ve also done two written Q&As and two more giveaways, including a signed copy of Durandy’s new hardcover book on the posters of Duran Duran, “Beautiful Colors.”

The BRAND NEW Gold level package is also now available, and if your tweets are any indication, the Patty Palazzo designed tee shirt is a HUGE hit! Please visit