May 21st, 2015
Rio – icon of the 80s!
At the end of 1981 Duran Duran started writing and recording their second album RIO. The album was released in May 1982, so this Collector’s Corner seemed like a good time to celebrate it!
Duran Duran’s RIO is one of the band’s best selling albums, and has been certified platinum multiple times in several different countries. It remained in the US Billboard Top 200 Album chart for almost two… read more
May 20th, 2015
LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, Life is Beautiful Festival announced the official artist lineup for the third edition of the music, food, arts and learning festival. In partnership with Another Planet Entertainment and Insomniac, Life is Beautiful will return to Downtown Las Vegas to provide festival-goers an exciting experience of world-class cuisine, extraordinary art and some of the world’s biggest musicians.… read more
May 14th, 2015
Our very own Anna Ross is putting out a solo album via a very cool Pledge Music campaign! Read more about it in this Fan Community Q&A excerpt!
What made you decide to record your own album?
I think most people want to develop in their career, in some way over time, and having always been interested in music, singing, and songwriting this felt like a very natural progression for me alongside working with Duran Duran.… read more
May 14th, 2015
TOM ODELL, RAE MORRIS, THE FEELING, LAWSON, AND MANY, MANY MORE WILL PERFORM ACROSS THE WEEKEND
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 15TH MAY//@GibMusicFest
Bringing some of the world’s biggest live acts to Gibraltar each year, GMF is back in 2015 with its biggest lineup to date in the picturesque and intimate surroundings of Victoria Stadium on the Rock of Gibraltar.
Co-headlining will be pop icons Duran Duran. Having sold over… read more
May 11th, 2015
Twenty years doing anything is pretty outstanding but twenty years working for Duran Duran?? Talk about lucky. Talk about special. Talk about the best job in the world!
The guys wanted to help me celebrate this occasion with a series of special Kafe’s for the fan community and here’s a ‘highlight’ reel, so to speak.
It has been a lot of fun reminiscing with Nick, Roger, John & Simon about… read more
May 10th, 2015
Double-Disc Deluxe Edition Expands The Classic Album With Demos, Alternative Mixes And Non-Album Tracks And Will Be Available On June 22
A Single-Disc Version Will Also Be Released The Same Day
Duran Duran set sail aboard a 70-foot yacht in the iconic music video for “Rio,” the title track from the British quintet’s second album release in 1982. That hit single, along with others like “Hungry Like the Wolf”… read more
May 6th, 2015
When Duran Duran’s Roger Taylor recorded his drum part for the band’s title track to the fourteenth James Bond film, “A View to a Kill,” he didn’t know that it would be the last time he filled that post for what would be close to twenty years.
On the anniversary of the song’s release, he reflects on recording the track that would end up being the band’s 2nd Number One single, … read more
April 30th, 2015
Let a Bear Sh!t in the Woods – Celebs turn out to free caged moon bears
On May 13, 2015, million-selling artists, comedians and celebrities are coming together. Their goal: to let bears sh!t in the woods.
The “Let a Bear Sh!t in the Woods” campaign features major celebrities including Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Simon Le Bon, Anthony Kiedis, Moby, Duff McKagan, Steve-O, and Matt Lucas in a Spinal Tap-inspired… read more
April 27th, 2015
I just finished Le Tour Auto. Paris to Biarritz via Vichy, 5 days, 4 circuits, 8 hill climbs in a 1950 Jaguar XK120 – no top, no power steering, drum brakes all round, Moss crash gearbox & steel racing pipes. My arms are aching & my ears are ringing. But I did learn heel & toe double de-clutch downshifting while braking.
I was co-pilot to owner/driver François Pourcher; seen here goofing off at a gas… read more
April 26th, 2015
As I come to the end of another year & the completion of another Duran Duran album, I can say that I’m in a really great place at the moment and look forward to the year ahead with immense anticipation!
Thank you, in particular, to the many fans that supported us through the album making process..waiting day & night, rain or shine over the entire two year span of the recording, may of them became very familiar… read more
April 23rd, 2015
ON THE COVER OF THE ROLLING STONE…
One of the greatest ways to know your band is going places is to see them on the cover of a magazine. Over the course of Duran Duran’s career, they’ve graced the cover of a staggering number of magazines from all over the world. Let’s take a look at some of them, going right back to the start.
The band’s early covers follow the release of “Planet Earth”… read more
April 22nd, 2015
Motorbike enthusiasts including Duran Duran front-man SIMON LE BON, TV presenter RICHARD HAMMOND and former England Rugby Captain MIKE TINDALL MBE have joined forces to support the Bike4Life Festival. The annual motorbike festival helps raise money for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and the trio are urging riders across the region to sign up for the event on Sunday 26 April.
BIKE 4 LIFE FESTIVAL 2015 will take … read more
April 20th, 2015
So for those who don’t know you as the DD supportive tweeter that you are, tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a journalist and author, based in Little Rock, Ark. I cover politics and culture for many publications and my work has appeared in numerous publications including The Economist, The Washington Post and Town & Country. I’m the author of “Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt”, “1000 Best Bartender’s… read more
April 16th, 2015
The upcoming Tour Auto Rally 2015 begins next week, on April 20th, running through April 25th. Organized by Peter Auto, the 24th edition of the Tour de France Automobile retrospective will see 225 automobiles compete against one another over race circuits and multiple stages on closed roads.
Simon will be the co-driver on “P,” a Jaguar XK120, which is the oldest car in the Rally. Simon will be driving with… read more
April 16th, 2015
Nick Rhodes was recently invited by the celebrated Parisian quality goods company maker, Hermès, to curate a raucous ramble through his old stomping ground of Soho in London.
To celebrate Hermès’ annual theme ‘Flâneur forever,’ twenty-five privately invited guests discovered rock art history, Bowie iconography, Tin Pan alley folklore and the world of new electronica.
Impassioned by his… read more
April 1st, 2015
Duran Duran has spent the last few days in California – first in San Francisco, where they participated in a radio event for their new label, Warner Brothers Records, then in Los Angeles at the Warner offices. At both events, the band played their upcoming single, “Pressure Off,”produced by Nile Rodgers and featuring Janelle Monáe.
Mid week the band also spent time rehearsing, and then performing,… read more
March 27th, 2015
WARNER BROS. RECORDS SIGNS DURAN DURAN TO GLOBAL RECORDING CONTRACT
ICONIC MULTI-PLATINUM BAND COMPLETE NEW STUDIO ALBUM WITH PRODUCERS NILE RODGERS, MARK RONSON AND MR HUDSON
BURBANK, CA – March 27, 2015: Warner Bros. Records (WBR) announced today that it has signed a global recording contract with international superstars Duran Duran.
Singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor, and … read more
March 20th, 2015
An excerpt from the Fan Community’s February Q&A with Mr Hudson.
How did you get involved in music ?
It was all around me. I have three older brothers (yes they are DD fans) who love music. There were guitars and drum machines lying around and a piano in the living room. The eldest was interested in home recording and built his own bass amp with my Dad’s supervision. A massive influence and inspiration for me.… read more
March 19th, 2015
There’s A Dream That Strings The Road
This month marks the anniversary of the release of Duran Duran’s “Is There Something I Should Know?” one of the most recognisable tracks the band released in the 80s.
Rocketing to the top position of UK Top 40 on the week of release, this single was Duran Duran’s first no. 1 hit in the UK. The track was a huge success in the USA, reaching no. 4 on the Billboard Top 100. The song was… read more
March 17th, 2015
Cartier hosts a biennial event in India called the Cartier ‘Travel with Style’ Concours D’Elegance at the Jaipur Polo Grounds in New Delhi. This year was the fourth edition and featured classic automobiles and motorcycles, with a Veteran-Vintage Class for motorcycles post 1930. Simon and Yasmin were both judges at this event, with Amber in attendance, and all had a wonderful time in Delhi looking at all the classic… read more
March 16th, 2015
A small Studio update ….
*Spike Stent will begin mixing most of the upcoming album starting tomorrow, March 17.
*Kiesza is expected back in the Studio for a few days to do a bit more work.
*Violinist Davide Rossi is one of the guests on the album as well.
March 5th, 2015
Nick Rhodes played host this evening – Thursday the 5th of March – at London’s famed Blakes Hotel for an intimate soiree celebrating a milestone 70th birthday for his good friend, and long time Duran Duran partner-in-style, fashion designer Antony Price. Predictably, the invitation called for a dress code of ‘GLAMOUR’ and guests – consisting of Duran Duran band members, Antony’s… read more
February 27th, 2015
FOURTH EDITION OF THE CARTIER “TRAVEL WITH STYLE” CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE JAIPUR POLO GROUNDS, NEW DELHI, 14TH MARCH 2015
Renowned automotive experts comprise the judging panel. From Sandra Button to Jean Todt, Riccardo Patrese, David McKirdy, Yasmin & Simon Le Bon and many more.
The fourth edition of the International biennial Concours d’Elegance Cartier “Travel With Style”- one of the four best… read more
February 26th, 2015
PROGRAMMES…GET YOUR PROGRAMMES HERE!
The exciting news about Duran Duran live dates in the new year has brought a real buzz to the start of 2015! And what better way to celebrate live performance than with a look at the history of the tour programme.
The programme was first introduced in seventeenth century theatres, where hand-written booklets would be distributed to the audience detailing the cast, crew and… read more
February 24th, 2015
Joshua Blair has been working with Duran Duran since they began RED CARPET MASSACRE (then called REPORTAGE), and his relationship with the band has continued to grow. There for every step of DD#14, Josh took some time to participate in a Fan Community Q&A, excerpted here:
How did you get involved in music in the first place?
Music has always been in my family. My Grandfather was a choir master for a local choir and sang… read more
February 20th, 2015
Simon Le Bon and his band sound strangely current in 2015, says James Hall. 4 stars
The crumbling edifice of this old institution has seen better days, and its façade could do with a lick of paint. But enough about Simon Le Bon. Wilton’s, the world’s oldest surviving grand music hall, was a spectacular venue for one of Duran Duran’s most intimate shows for decades.
It may just be down to the never-ending cycle of pop… read more
February 20th, 2015
Pop’s great survivors showed that they’re far more than a guilty pleasure, says John Aizlewood: 5 out of 5 stars
Not usually ones for the small gesture, only the siren entreaties of the Warchild charity could tempt arena stalwarts Duran Duran to play a tiny venue. And so, last night, they performed their most intimate concert since they escaped the Birmingham club scene in 1981, to 300 fortunate winners of Warchild’s… read more
February 17th, 2015
Rhodes + Krassner’s (drum roll please) Oscar Picks of 2015!!!
THE BALCONY IS NOW OPEN!
This year seems like it is pretty predictable – or, as the American’s say, a lock! Nick and Katy both agree that it seems like the big categories are all sewn up, but still worth having an Oscar chat about!
*Members of the Duran Duran VIP Fan Community can hear the full audio on http://duranduranmusic.com.
ADAPTED … read more
February 12th, 2015
We’ve always been lovers, not fighters, everyone knows that. So, now that Bestival’s Summer of Love theme is out in the open and our amorous adventures are well and truly underway, we’re more than a little excited to turn our attentions to our first line-up announcement! Featuring our mighty Thursday Big Top headliners and our Saturday main stage headliners, and… read more
DLF LIVE and AXSTV Present: THE MUSIC OF DAVID LYNCH Featuring Angelo Badalamenti, Duran Duran, Karen O & moreFebruary 10th, 2015
THE MUSIC OF DAVID LYNCH
Featuring Angelo Badalamenti, Duran Duran, Karen O, Moby, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Sky Ferreira, The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, and many more
April 1st, 2015 // Theatre at the Ace Hotel // Los Angeles
All-Star Lineup Performs Music from David Lynch’s Films, Twin Peaks, and Original Catalog Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of The David Lynch Foundation
February… read more
January 28th, 2015
Duran Duran has announced two summer Festival shows today.
January 22nd, 2015
Collector’s Corner – January 2015 – Save Your Prayers
The Duran Duran track “Save A Prayer” was released worldwide in August 1982. However, due to the popularity of the video on MTV, the song was re-released with a live version in 1985. This month marks 30 years since its release, and as it is one of the most significant ballads by Duran Duran, we’re discussing it in this month’s Collector’s Corner!
In … read more
January 14th, 2015
War Child and O2 present
PASSPORT BACK TO THE BARS
The smallest gigs… to make the biggest difference
February 16-24, 2015
War Child and O2 are proud to announce the incredible full line-up, dates and venues for Passport Back To The Bars, a week of one-off events offering incredible access to some of the biggest names in music in the most intimate venues – supporting War Child after an unprecedented year of violence … read more
January 13th, 2015
An excerpt from the Fan Community Q&A with designer/artist Patty Palazzo, who really, needs no introduction!!
OK, so we know a lot about you already, you have been part of the Duran team for how long now?
I first started working with John (solo) in late 1995 and first started to work as part of the Duran team in 2003 when the reunion came about.
How did you move from working as John’s assistant to becoming a designer?… read more
January 10th, 2015
“Yesterday I attended Todd Lynn’s fashion show – It was a unique experience, sharp modern clothes with Japanese and punk influences.
The band Slaves played live to provide the soundtrack. It was exciting to see musicians with real raw energy and passion again. I am now looking forward to their debut album which is out in May. Great to see PJ Harvey too, who is very popular on Duran Duran iPods – she … read more
December 31st, 2014
“Paul from Manimal asked me if I would do another year-end Soundcloud playlist, like we did last year. I wasn’t sure I wanted to, as I’ve been so caught up in mixing the new Duran Duran album I almost didn’t want to give serious head space to any other music but ours. However .. music is so damn important to me – sometimes I think it’s the very blood that keeps my heart pumping – I realized I did want… read more
December 31st, 2014
Each year Roger, John, Simon & Nick share their favourite happenings from the year. Below they rate 2014 – seems like it was a very good year!
Favourite Concert of 2014
For me, it was Peter Gabriel at Wembley. It was quite something! The “SO” album was one my favorites of the 80s, and he was playing the whole of the record. It was a very powerful experience.
Favourite Album of 2014
I’ve just become… read more
December 25th, 2014
Happy Holidays from Nick, Simon, John & Roger!!
Thanks for all the great support this year as the band finishes up DD#14.
Listen to their messages here!
December 18th, 2014
DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET
Nick Rhodes has always been an avid photographer and lover of photography as an Art. You could always find Nick and his trusty camera documenting life as it blasted by him while on the road touring with Duran Duran.
Around 1983, in the quiet of hotel rooms around the world, Nick started working on something new, a fusion of media: photography meets television. He would manipulate the television picture… read more
December 17th, 2014
War Child and O2 are proud to announce Passport Back To The Bars, a week of one-off events offering incredible access to big name acts in the most intimate music venues – supporting War Child to bring hope and safety back to children in war zones, after an unprecedented year of violence.
Produced by War Child, O2 and the Music Managers Forum, the Passport shows are a part of BRIT Awards Week 2015. These will be the smallest… read more
December 11th, 2014
“I went to the House of Commons in London Tuesday to help launch the Addiction Report by the Centre of Social Justice. The report makes many significant points about problems of addiction and alcoholism facing many people in Britain. I wouldn’t say I agree with every single thing in it, but if half of it were to come to pass, our society would be a much better place to live in.
You can view the report here: http://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/publications/ambitious-for-recovery… read more
November 25th, 2014
So you’re in a band in Canada. You start to build up some local success. You score a single everyone is interested in. And then Duran Duran circa 1984 come to play in Canada and your band is asked to open for them. AMAZING, right? In one of our coolest Q&As to date, Joe Vizvary from the band Images in Vogue, themselves part of the 80s music story, tells us all about his experiences in the band and being asked to open … read more
November 20th, 2014
Knock, knock… Notorious!
In November, 1986 Duran Duran put out the album NOTORIOUS worldwide. Having paired down to a trio, the band got creative in what would turn out to be a seminal release for them. Simon, John & Nick teamed up with Nile Rodgers, who they had worked with before on several tracks, and brought some funk in to the Duran canon.
This was an important time for the band. After the success of “Seven… read more
November 19th, 2014
So it’s exactly 10 years today since my very first show with Duran Duran… time has flown by so quickly, it seems like half that time!!
I’ll never forget my first meeting, and subsequent show, with DD on 19th November 2004. I received a call, out of the blue, first thing on a Wednesday morning from Chris Rowley, who was their tour manager at the time. A friend in the business had given him my contact info.… read more
November 15th, 2014
I flew to London on Thursday to perform at Lawrence Dallaglio’s fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust. Lawrence is a friend of Simon’s, and Simon was keen we take part in the event. I am really glad we did.
Friday was designated Children in Need Day in the UK, so it was nice to play a small part in it. The show was terrific fun, and a small – but hardcore – group of Duranies made it to the performance, which… read more
November 12th, 2014
Last night I went to see the Spandau Ballet documentary, “Soul Boys of the Western World.”
It was a fantastic experience, I loved it. It’s a great, great film about music and friendship, and anybody – any fan of Duran Duran – should see it. It’s just terrific.
The movie was very funny, very warm, with great music and great fashion from the time. On top of that, I walked out of the… read more
November 3rd, 2014
Live from Austin – it’s John Taylor, talking about the genesis of the Duran Duran song “The Wild Boys” and its impact 30 years later!
October 28th, 2014
If you weren’t able to attend, here are a few photos from the collection I curated for Galerie 1900-2000 at Frieze Masters. Hope you enjoy them. – Nick
October 27th, 2014
Click here to hear a message from Simon recorded for all the kind people who emailed, tweeted and posted birthday greetings for him today!
October 23rd, 2014
FRONTMAN ON THE SIDE
The members of Duran Duran have had a number of cool side projects throughout the years. THE POWER STATION and ARCADIA, and recently TV MANIA were all released and promoted worldwide and are known to most Duran fans.
But one member of the band has done some things that fly a little more under the radar.
That’s right, Simon has been stepping out on us for quite some time now! One of his earliest forays… read more