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New Spring Items in the Duran Duran Webshop!

April 17th, 2014

The Duran Duran webshop has some cool new goodies for the Spring!

The latest:

*Back in stock for the special 3Oth Anniversary of “The Reflex” special edition White “Reflex” design vintage Tee!

*NEW Duran Duran logo Black and Gold Rhinestone shirt, featuring intricate Rhinestone detail front!

*NEW deluxe metallic finish Duran Duran logo black mug!

*Back by popular demand – baby gear – onesies, bibs and Toddler Tees!

* AND MORE!

Check out all the great new swag, stock up for summer!!

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DURAN DURAN – A DIAMOND IN THE MIND DIAMOND DUST LIMITED EDITION VINYL

April 7th, 2014

DIAMOND DUST PRINTED GATEFOLD SLEEVE DOUBLE HEAVYWEIGHT 180-GRAM VINYL TO BE RELEASED 25 MAY, 2014 – – PRICE: £30.00

Responding to public demand, the members of Duran Duran are set to release their first live album on vinyl in more than a decade – as a stunning limited edition with The Vinyl Factory.

Recorded during their 2011 world tour, ‘A Diamond In The Mind’ bristles with classic Duran hits including ‘Planet Earth’, ‘Notorious’ and ‘Rio’, alongside new tracks taken from their critically acclaimed album ‘ALL YOU NEED IS NOW’, which was produced by Grammy award winner Mark Ronson and hit the #1 spot on the iTunes music charts in 15 countries (including the UK).… Read More


Simon Le Bon on Duran Duran’s Forthcoming Album

March 27th, 2014

DD.com’s cameras were lucky enough to grab 30 seconds with Simon for a bit of an album update. Album or song titles? No…very charming frontman? YES!

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Duran Duran Collectors Corner: March, 2014

March 27th, 2014

At the end of each year, the ASK KATY section of the site receives an influx of emails asking if there will be a Duran Duran official calendar coming. To this day it remains a popular item for fans. For those who may not know, the first official calendar was released in winter 1982 via the band’s fan club at the time, and then launched to the public through a small ad campaign in the UK music press.

The next year, the band put out another calendar, and that edition (1983) remains one of the most sought after for collectors today.… Read More


Simon Le Bon Interviewed for COUNTDOWN Special in Australia

March 25th, 2014

Simon has recently been interviewed for an upcoming ABC Australia TV program celebrating Countdown’s 40th anniversary.

Countdown ran on Australian TV from 1974-1987 and was hosted by Ian “Molly” Meldrum. Molly regularly interviewed Duran Duran, among other artists, and formed a great rapport with the band. The guys sang on Countdown, hosted the show and also attended the Countdown Music & Video Awards.

Duran Duran were beloved members of the Countdown family in the 1980s, and it was especially gratifying since Duran Duran had a #1 album in Australia – and a #1 single in Australia as well – before any where else.… Read More


Duran Duran Test Roli Seaboard

March 24th, 2014

Nick and John recently had a visit to the Studio from Roland Lamb, the founder of ROLI. ROLI is a design-led technology start-up based in London that make hardware and software products and services designed to increase the bandwidth of interaction between people and technology.

Nick and John were delighted to meet the team who created and developed the Roli Seaboard, which is “…a revolutionary new keyboard controller. We will be trying out a demo model on the new Duran Duran album and are excited to be collaborating with the team at an early stage by testing one of their other remarkable forthcoming products (more on that another time!)”

L to R – Nick Rhodes, Roland Lamb, John Taylor with a Seaboard

To learn more about ROLI Seaboard, please click here!… Read More


Written Q&A – Fan Community Excerpt

March 16th, 2014

Every month the Duran Duran Fan Community features a Q&A with someone notable in the Duran Duran community. Last month night life impresario Nick Valentine, who recently published a book called CLUBS, DRUGS AND CANAPES , sat down for an interview. An excerpt can be found below:

1. Were you always interested in entertainment? In the book in mentions you and your brother had a band…

I have been obsessed with music for as long as I can remember and started playing guitar at the age of 12 when “The Streets of London” was my first strummed conquest.

2. How does one become the event planner to the stars as you did

Every job I have ever had I kind of stumbled across, though being an excitement junkie tended to put me in the right place at the right time.… Read More


Duran Duran’s Roger Taylor in Zurich for L’Officiel Magazine

March 11th, 2014

On March 6th, Roger flew to Zurich to DJ a very special event – the launch of the Swiss edition of L’Officiel Magazine.

“Twas a great night …having such a good time that I ended up spinning well into the early hours, a great event and I love Zurich, lovely crowd, great city! I played the 12″ mix of “The Reflex” around 1am which ‘rocked the room’!”

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Pam & Gela Launch Event at Bloomingdales; Music by Duran Duran’s John Taylor!

March 6th, 2014

Two great events:

March 15th, 2014, 2pm, Bloomingdales in Century City, LA

Join best-friends and co-founders of Juicy Couture, Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, to celebrate the launch of their new California Cool label Pam & Gela. Take home a gift with your purchase.* Y.E.S. Contemporary Sportswear on 2

March 20, 2014, 6pm, Bloomingdales on 59th Street in New York City, NY

Join fashion mavens and co-founders of Juicy Couture, Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash Taylor to celebrate the launch of their new chic line, PAM & GELA. Y.E.S. Contemporary Sportswear on 2.

Duran Duran’s John Taylor will be providing the soundtrack for the PAM & GELA launch at Bloomingdales in Century City Mall, Los Angeles and he will be in attendance at the Bloomingdales launch in New York City!… Read More


Video Debut: Koishii & Hush featuring John Taylor with “C’est Tout est Noir”

March 5th, 2014

Last year the first single from Koishii & Hush’s debut album, Odyssey, came out. “C’est Tout est Noir,” a collaboration with John Taylor, was released on January 8th, 2013. K&H were not only Duran Duran fans, but very influenced by the band’s sound, so it was admittedly quite exciting for them to work with someone they’d looked up to musically. With remixes of the single available on iTunes and Beatport, and a special maxi CD pressing of just 500 copies signed by Simon Langford, Alex Sowyrda [Koishii & Hush] and John, this project grabbed attention on first listen. With DJ support around the globe, “C’est Tout est Noir” used John’s vocals to great effect, much to the excitement of fans who had been wondering when they’d hear him sing again.… Read More


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: February

February 28th, 2014

“Excuse me. Aren’t you…?”

1985 brought Duran Duran one of their biggest hits in the form of the 14th James Bond theme, “A View To A Kill. ”

Written for the Bond movie of the same name, and starring Roger Moore, Christopher Walken and Grace Jones, the track hit the charts all over the world. Accompanied by a a great video directed by Godley & Creme (who also filmed the video for “Girls On Film”), this video would end up being the last one the original five band members filmed together until “(Reach Up for the) Sunrise” in 2004.

For collectors, the release of “A View To A Kill” may seem not so very interesting at first sight as only a 7″ version was commercially released in a picture cover.… Read More


Simon and Dom Perform at “A Night for Nick”

February 28th, 2014

Simon Le Bon and Dom Brown performed in London at “A Night for Nick,” benefit on February 27th, honouring the late Nick Milligan and his 8 year old daughter Emily who died last summer in a tragic boating accident. Nick was a good friend of Simon and Yasmin Le Bon.

Monies raised from this event will go straight to the Cornish Air Ambulance who helped to save Nick’s wife Victoria’s life, as well as their 3 other children who were also involved in this horrific accident.

Simon and Dom performed “Ordinary World” and “Rio.”

If you’d like to contribute to this very worthwhile cause, please visit http://www.helimed181.co.uk/

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Meet Duran Duran and Enjoy Exclusive Studio Time with the Band in London

February 27th, 2014

Enjoy the exclusive opportunity to visit the Duran Duran in their studio in London! Check out the band’s writing and recording room, hang out with members of the band and take home a Duran Duran swag bag!

Bid now to support the David Lynch Foundation and win a studio visit with Duran Duran!

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It’s Here…Nick Rhodes and Katy Krassner Oscar Picks, 2014!

February 25th, 2014

Rhodes + Krassner’s (drum roll please) Oscar Picks of 2014!!!

This could be the first year Nick ended up seeing more films than Katy – but she still saw most of them, and both of them have a lot to say so….

THE BALCONY IS NOW OPEN!

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Nominees:
John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”)

Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater (“Before Midnight
”)
Terence Winter (“The Wolf of Wall Street
”)
Billy Ray (“Captain Phillips”)

Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope (“Philomena”)

Katy: I would love-love-love to see 
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater win for “Before Midnight
.” That was one of the best films I’ve seen all year, I actually loved the whole trilogy, so that’s my SHOULD win.… Read More


Duran Duran VIP Fan Community Announces New Gold Level Package

February 19th, 2014

The Duran Duran VIP Fan Community is very happy to announce the release of a brand new GOLD level package!

The package features all of the exclusive content, contests and pre-sale ticketing opportunities included in the SILVER level (a $35 value) PLUS:

- An exclusive NEW T-shirt designed by Patty Palazzo featuring a gold foil design
- Stylish multi-compartment messenger bag with brand new Duran Duran logo on flap
- Heavy-duty hard top mouse pad – perfect for home or office
- Red and black logo’d luggage tag for traveling in style
- Fridge magnet with new interlocking DD logo
- Executive-style embossed padfolio with interior card slots
- Executive leather pen with logo’d silver cap
- Welcome letter from Simon Le Bon
* Note: There is no membership card in this package

The GOLD LEVEL is only $79.99 per year for these Limited Edition items and 12 Months of Exclusives!… Read More


Duran Duran Record with Voce Chamber Choir & London Youth Chamber Choir

February 13th, 2014

This week in London, Duran Duran recorded with the Voce Chamber Choir and the London Youth Chamber Choir, led by their Musical Director Suzi Digby OBE.

The two choirs came together on Monday evening with members of the band to record vocals on several new songs on Duran Duran’s upcoming studio album. The session took place at St. Gabriel’s Church in Pimlico.

Voce Chamber Choirs, who most recently worked with The Rolling Stones, and London Youth Chamber Choir, who performed at the National Portrait Gallery on February 8th, had a great time recording with the band. Their vocals were exactly the touch Duran Duran were looking for.… Read More


John Taylor on cover of Intervene Magazine

February 8th, 2014

Duran Duran’s John Taylor shares his Recovery story to launch the inaugural issue of Intervene magazine .

Copies are not usually available to buy individually, but since we have received some queries, they have arranged for Duran Duran fans to purchase copies at a special rate of £5 including p&p. The funds go to the production of the magazine and the charity, The Addiction Recovery Foundation.

The print version is available from:

The Addiction Recovery Foundation (charity no 328133); Email Melissa@addictiontoday.org for more information

This is a great piece on John and his road to recovery. He continues his support of all charities and organizations that draw attention to the ongoing battle of the disease of addiction.… Read More


TV Mania Contest Winners Revealed!

February 3rd, 2014

Congratulations to TV Mania Buenos Aires for winning the TV Mania franchise contest with their entry “Just Very.”

The runners up are:

Second place — TV Mania Singapore with “Beautiful Clothes Nightmarket Mix”

Third place — TV Mania STaRMaN with “Paramount (BSSF Mix)”

Fourth place — TV Mania Chicago with “Beautiful Clothes (Midway Remix)”

Fifth place — TV Mania POLzealand with “Paramount”

Congratulations to all winners, and thanks to everyone who participated. Such creativity!

http://www.tvmaniamusic.com
http://twitter.com/tvmaniamusic
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John Taylor at the London Bass Guitar Show, March 2nd, 2014

February 1st, 2014

This just in from….

“We are delighted to announce that John Taylor of Duran Duran, will be appearing at the London Bass Guitar Show on our Main Stage at 3pm on Sunday 2 March, discussing his autobiography, “In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death And Duran Duran,” playing his signature Peavey bass and regaling us with tales from his unique career. We can’t wait to welcome him to the show: info and tickets can be found at www.londonbassguitarshow.com.”

The London Bass Show will take place at the London Olympia on March 1-2, 2014.

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Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: January

January 23rd, 2014

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK

Posters. A much-talked about topic on Duran Duran’s social media as of late, with the publication of Andrew Golub’s terrific new book, BEAUTIFUL COLORS: THE POSTERS OF DURAN DURAN. With such momentum, what better topic for the Collector’s Corner to dive on in to?

Speak to any fan and it seems that a poster on their bedroom wall is a typical rite of passage, be it for a music artist, sports team or movie star. When fans posted photos of their teenage bedroom walls on Facebook not too long ago, there was one particular poster of Duran Duran that many seemed to have in common.… Read More


Duran Duran’s Simon & John for AmFAR

January 14th, 2014

Last week, Simon, John, Dom and Anna Ross flew to Courchevel – the beautiful ski resort located in the commune of Saint-Bon-Tarentaise in the French Alps – where they performed an acoustic set at a private event, in fulfillment of their amfAR pledge that raised close to $900,000 for the charity’s HIV/AIDS work.

The band headlined amfAR’s annual Cinema Against AIDS gala last year, which was celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013. The event, which takes place in the South of France during the Cannes Film Festival, was perhaps the organization’s most glamorous to date, featuring not only a spectacular fashion show, curated by Carine Roifeld, entitled ‘The Ultimate Gold Collection’, but also 38 of the world’s top models – who joined the band on stage during their performance of “Girls on Film.”

With a star-studded audience and some truly extraordinary auction items, the event raised $25 million in just a few hours – making it their most successful fundraiser to date.… Read More


Written Q&A – Fan Community Excerpt

January 9th, 2014

Every month the Duran Duran Fan Community features a Q&A with someone notable in the Duran Duran community. Last month Orla Clarke, who worked on the last Duran Duran tour and now is employed at their management company, sat down for an interview. An excerpt can be found below:

1. Where was the 1st place you traveled to?

The very glamorous city of Blackpool, my Aunt brought me as a surprise when I was twelve. It was my first time “abroad” and I cried when I got to the ferry terminal as I didn’t have a passport, you absolutely didn’t need a passport, but I was inconsolable until I got on the boat.… Read More


2014 New Year’s video from Duran Duran

January 1st, 2014

A 2014 New Year’s video from Duran Duran!

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John Taylor Helps Celebrate Duran Duran’s 2 Millionth Facebook LIKE

January 1st, 2014

As Duran Duran’s Facebook page reaches 2 million LIKES on New Year’s Day, John Taylor sent a thank you to the fans who made it possible!

Watch his message here!

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JT’s New Year’s Eve Mix Tape!

December 31st, 2013

In honor of the New Year, John Taylor has teamed up with Manimal for a cool ‘mix tape’ to play at your party. Dance away 2013 courtesy of JT!

We wish you all a very happy New Year. See you in 2014!

1. ERIC WHITACRE “Sleep”
-INTRO BY JT-
2. STALLEY “PETRIN HILL PEONIES”
3. HARLEIGHBLU “ENOUGH NOW”
4. ALUNA GEORGE “JUST A TOUCH”
5. GHOST LOFT “SECONDS”
6. THE WEEKND “BELONG TO THE WORLD”
-ANNOUNCEMENT-
7. DARKSIDE “THE ONLY SHINE I’VE SEEN”
8. CASHMERE CAT “WITH ME”
9. KATY B. “5AM”
10. PAUL MCCARTNEY “NEW”
11. ARCADE FIRE “WE EXIST”
12.… Read More


Following in the Footsteps of Duran Duran in Sri Lanka

December 30th, 2013

* Imagine if you could re-create some of the best moments from seminal Duran Duran videos: Lawyer (and fan!) Marc Weitz did just that. He loved the band’s trifecta of videos filmed in Sri Lanka and decided to travel there himself to see the sites he watched over and over again on MTV…to follow is his travelogue of the experience

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DURAN DURAN IN SRI LANKA

by Marc Weitz

As a traveler, I get a little tired of guidebooks, tourist bureaus and other travelers guilting me into visiting “culturally important” sites. Many snobby people take their traveling too seriously.… Read More


Duran Duran’s Monthly Collector’s Corner

December 26th, 2013

EVEN IN ARCADIA, THERE AM I…

For those who aren’t familiar, Arcadia was formed in late 1984 when Duran Duran were recording the James Bond theme “A View to a Kill.” With John and Andy working on the rock influenced The Power Station project, Nick and Simon decided not to take a break and devoted their ‘off’ time to a project once described by All Music Guide as “the best album Duran Duran never made.” Roger (literally) lent his hands to both projects.

The album SO RED THE ROSE by Arcadia was recorded at STUDIOS DE LA GRANDE ARMÉE in Paris.… Read More


Nick Rhodes on the Passing of David Richards

December 26th, 2013

I am sad to hear that producer/mixer, David Richards has passed away. As a band, we had long admired his work with Queen and so asked him to work with us in the early nineties. David mixed The Wedding Album, which came at a significant point in our career. He was working out of his studio in Montreux, so we used to mail him the tapes of each track as we finished recording them. He had an unusual work ethic, sometimes it could take up to six weeks, before we received a mix back, as he would constantly refine what he had, until he was completely satisfied it was ready.… Read More


Happy Holiday from Duran Duran

December 24th, 2013

As another year draws to a close, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support in 2013, as well as the holiday wishes you’ve emailed, tweeted and posted on Facebook. We honestly cannot wait for you to hear the new Duran Duran music in 2014 and look forward to seeing you on the road!

Have a great holiday and a happy New Year!

Roger, Nick, Simon & John

Happy Holiday from Roger Taylor

Happy Holiday from Nick Rhodes

Happy Holiday from Simon Le Bon

Happy Holiday from John Taylor

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Duran Duran Attend Launch for Careless Memories Book in London

December 6th, 2013

Members of Duran Duran and photographer Denis O’Regan attended the launch of new book ‘Duran Duran & Denis O’Regan: Careless Memories’ at 15 Fouberts Place on December 5, 2013 in London. All proceeds from a silent auction sale of some prints went to support the Ace Africa charity.… Read More


Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon Supports ICAP’s Charity Day

December 3rd, 2013

On Tuesday, December 3rd, Simon took part in the biggest single fund raising event in the City of London- ICAP’s Annual Charity Day. On this one day, ICAP, the world’s largest inter-dealer broker, gives away its revenues and commissions to charity.

The idea has proved very successful for 20 years. In their 60+ offices around the world, they have raised more than £100 million for charity. It is inspiring to see what a difference ICAP Charity Day makes to so many people and causes.

Simon participated in support of the Blue Marine Foundation, a charity he has been involved with since last year.… Read More


A Video Tour of Duran Duran’s Careless Memories Exhibit in London

December 1st, 2013

If you’re not in the UK while the Careless Memories Exhibit is being hosted [November 27-December 5th] at 15 Faubert Street in London, watch this video so you can catch a bit of what it’s like inside…

On December 5th members of Duran Duran, Denis O’Regan and Intense will host an invitation-only launch event for the book, with the proceeds of a silent auction that will run throughout the life of the exhibition, going to the Ace Africa charity.… Read More


Duran Duran’s Monthly Collector’s Corner

November 28th, 2013

MY OWN WAY – something up (y)our sleeve?!

Exactly 32 years ago this month Duran Duran released their fourth single ,’My Own Way.’

After the successful debut album ‘Duran Duran’, with singles ‘Planet Earth’, ‘Careless Memories’ and ‘Girls On Film’, the band started to work on new music in the Fall of 1981 at Townhouse Studios in London. “My Own Way” was released mid November 1981 to bridge the gap of time between the release of ‘Girls On Film’ (July 1981) and ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’ (May 1982).

The original single version of ‘My Own Way,’ which peaked at number 14 in the UK charts and remained there for a respectable 11 weeks, was a bit of a departure for the band.… Read More


Duran Duran’s John Taylor Supports Road Recovery’s Rock ‘N Ride

November 27th, 2013

Duran Duran’s John Taylor, who has been very active with the Road Recovery charity, caught wind of founder Gene Bowen’s 1,500 mile bicycle fundraiser ride throughout New York this past summer and got in the act! In addition to a video of support, John helped to raise money for the charity’s various endeavors by auctioning off an exclusive 20 minute Skype chat which was snapped up almost immediately.

Road Recovery helps at-risk youth battling addictions and other adversities. Support them at http://bit.ly/rr-fundraiser

Catch John’s video of support here. … Read More


Duran Duran’s Careless Memories Exhibit in London

November 25th, 2013

If you’re going to be in London through December 6th, a selection of photographs from the upcoming CARELESS MEMORIES book By Denis O’Regan will be on display at a dedicated pop-up store, at 15 Foubert’s Place, off Carnaby Street, in Central London, (not far from the band’s original 1984 office). The exhibit is just being set up (as you can see from the photos below) and they hope to announce the opening day soon.

The night before the exhibition closes, members of Duran Duran, Denis O’Regan and Intense will host an invitation-only launch event for the book, with the proceeds of a silent auction that will run throughout the life of the exhibition, going to the Ace Africa charity.… Read More


Duran Duran and photographer Denis O’Regan release new coffee table book: ‘Careless Memories’

November 21st, 2013

Duran Duran and photographer Denis O’Regan release new coffee table book: ‘Careless Memories’

On December 15th 2013 Intense Books will publish Duran Duran’s ‘Careless Memories’, a limited edition coffee table book by photographer Denis O’Regan, documenting the band’s record breaking 1984 ‘Sing Blue Silver’ tour. Containing hundreds of exquisitely restored, previously unseen photographs, taken mostly during the North American and Japanese legs of the band’s tour, ‘Careless Memories’ provides an unparalleled visual history of Duran Duran’s ascent to the top, with a commentary from the band members themselves.

Priced from £250, each special edition ‘Careless Memories’ large format, hard cover book (373mm x 249mm) will be bound in cloth, and will contain 200 pages of both colour and black and white images.… Read More


Duran Duran Celebrate the Thirtieth Anniversary of “Seven & the Ragged Tiger”

November 20th, 2013

Duran Duran reminisce on the making of SEVEN AND THE RAGGED TIGER. The 30th anniversary of the album’s release is today.

*best if listened to on headphones.

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Duran Duran’s UnStaged Screening at the Museum of Modern Art

November 5th, 2013

The Duran Duran screening of UnStaged at the Museum of Modern Art premiered last night in New York City. The film was part of the Contenders film festival, and the David Lynch directed UnStaged kicked off the entire fest.

The movie screened at 7:30p and 8pm, and the band introduced the film as well as participated in a Q&A after the first screening.

Duran Duran opening remarks

Duran Duran Q&A

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Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes on Lou Reed

October 27th, 2013

I am very saddened to hear Lou Reed has died. Less than two months ago, it was great to see him in London collecting a GQ award for inspiration. He has always deserved so much more recognition that he has been granted. Like Elvis and The Beatles, Lou Reed pioneered and influenced a future generation of musicians, Duran Duran being just one of those bands on an endless list, grateful to benefit from his fearless, inventive and unique style.

In the late 80s we were playing a charity show in New York City, where through a mutual friend, I had managed to persuade Lou to come and perform a couple of his songs with us.… Read More


A Birthday Message from Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon

October 27th, 2013

He never lets a year pass without sending thanks to all who have sent birthday wishes via email, social media, and yes, we still get a few to the PO Box!

Listen here for Simon’s AUDIO thank you for all the birthday love!

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The Best Films of 2013 as Selected By MoMA Film Curators Opens with the World Theatrical Premiere of Duran Duran: Unstaged

October 24th, 2013

THE CONTENDERS BRINGS TOGETHER THE BEST FILMS OF 2013, AS SELECTED BY MoMA FILM CURATORS

Sixth Annual Film Series Opens with the World Theatrical Premiere of Duran Duran: Unstaged Followed by a Special Q&A with the Band

The Contenders 2013
November 4, 2013–January 16, 2014
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters

Tickets go on sale one week prior to each screening at 9:30 a.m. at The Museum of Modern Art (tel: (212) 708 9400) and online at MoMA.org. For the Duran Duran screenings, tickets will go on sale Monday 28 October at 9.30 a.m..

American Express Card Members can purchase VIP packages beginning Monday, October 28 at 9:30am EST.… Read More


Duran Duran’s Monthly Collector’s Corner

October 24th, 2013

WELCOME TO THE CLUB : PART ONE – THE WILDERNESS YEARS

By the summer of 1981, Duran Duran’s fan base had swelled to the point where they had too big an audience to still be able to personally handle requests from fans for signed photos and info on the band. So some friends were rounded up to help, and the Duran Duran Club was born.

The first official club packets were sent out in the summer of 1981. We were lucky enough to re-visit the very first one issued, No. 001, and speak to the person who received it, Marc Linekar.… Read More


ADDENDUM: Making Patterns Rhyme: A tribute to Duran Duran on Manimal

October 15th, 2013

** Making Patterns Rhyme: Manimal Records’ Duran Duran tribute album, slated for release on Feb. 25th, 2014, this week announced three amazing new additions to the line-up: French actress and avant garde performer Soko, who will be covering “Girls on Film”; Brooklyn indie trio Crocodiles – who have yet to announce which cover they would like to do; and Los Angeles goth/garage band Spirit Vine, who have signed on to cover “Night Boat”. In other news on the project, sadly, Grimes will now not be able to contribute to the record due to scheduling issues. More artists and song titles will be added in January.**

From the LA based indie label that brought you Bat for Lashes, Warpaint and the 2010′s Bowie tribute (which featured Duran Duran’s stellar cover of “Boys Keep Swinging” along with Carla Bruni, Edward Sharpe, and others) comes the long promised Duran Duran tribute record, appropriately titled Making Patterns Rhyme.… Read More


Duran Duran’s UNSTAGED to show at In-Edit Film Festival, Barcelona

October 9th, 2013

Duran Duran’s film, UNSTAGED, directed by David Lynch, has been accepted at In-Edit, a premiere festival in Spain.

The Beefeater In-Edit Festival, specializing in the genre of music documentary will screen the David Lynch directed ‘Duran Duran Unstaged’ and also ‘Enzo Avitavile Music Life’ by Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs’ and ‘Philadelphia’), in its eleventh edition, to be held from October 24 to November 3 in Barcelona.

This year, the festival has created a new section, which has been dubbed ‘First cut’, intended to receive domestic works unfinished at the time of closing the program. In this section you can see ‘Cuchibiri Cuchibiri’ Peret documentary directed by Carles Prats and ‘No more Tour, about the latest concert tour Fermin Muguruza.… Read More


Duran Duran Participate in North America Record Store Day presents Back To Black Friday, November 29, 2013

October 9th, 2013

In May, 1993, shortly after the release of their seventh, platinum-selling studio album, commonly referred to as The Wedding Album, legendary British rock band, Duran Duran, played an intimate acoustic show at the now-defunct Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard, in Hollywood. Three reworked versions of classic Duran Duran tracks were captured at this one-off midnight event, that was broadcast live around the world: “Come Undone,” “Notorious,” and “Hungry Like The Wolf”. These songs were then released on the band’s NO ORDINARY EP, a limited promotional cassette, available only in the United States.

Now, more than twenty years on, this rare collector’s item is being re-released in celebration of Record Store Day presents Back To Black Friday on white 10” vinyl.… Read More


John Taylor guests on new Diane Birch Album

October 8th, 2013

Sharing the love…

Beside being in the Studio with Duran Duran, John also plays bass on the first single from Diane Birch’s new album ‘Speak A Little Louder’ out on October 15th.

The single is called “All The Love You Got” and is co-written and co-produced by Eg White, Questlove and Steve Greenberg. John recorded his bass part at Sphere [photo below].

Watch the video for the single here and purchase Diane Birch’s new album here!

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New York La La La featuring Duran Duran’s “The Chauffeur”

September 30th, 2013

Hollywood Skaters Prowl the Set in an Aaron Rose and André Saraiva Film for L’Officiel Hommes

“Paramount Studios is fantastical by nature,” says artist and filmmaker Aaron Rose of the faux New York City streets and sun-baked Los Angeles location of today’s cinematic fashion short. Sweeping through the vacant lot, Rose and his co-director, L’Officiel Hommes editor André Saraiva shot a dreamlike portrait of professional skateboarders Jerry Hsu, Austyn Gillette, and Josh Harmony, besuited in Dior Homme, Saint Laurent, and Prada. Set to the epic pop of Duran Duran’s “The Chauffeur,” the slow-motion skaters are confronted by a trio of models in lace lingerie led by Belgian beauty Anouck Lepere, in a touch that echoes the band’s 1980s videos.… Read More


Duran Duran’s Monthly Collector’s Corner

September 26th, 2013

Japan – land of the rising sun and obi’s – Part I

All Duran Duran releases in Japan are true gems. The Japanese sense for quality is remarkable, and the records serve the imagination of both fans and collectors, not only for the rarity, but also for the paper band on the side (obi – 帯 ) which comes with all records, CDs, DVDs and books released in Japan.

The obi-strip, often designed to respect the artwork, provides information for the retailer and the consumer like price, Japanese release date and track listing. Many Japanese consumers consider the obi part of the packaging and dispose of it after purchase, making Japanese releases with their original obi much more sought after than ones without it.… Read More


John Taylor Tweet Chat #2

September 24th, 2013

After the successful September 23 tweet chat to promote the North American paperback release of IN THE PLEASURE GROOVE, John Taylor is returning to the computer keyboard on Monday, September 30th at 4pm EST for another round. The chat will follow the same format, with fans tweeting questions that include the hashtag #readpenguin so the host can pass the questions along to John to answer. We will have more specific details as the date gets closer.

IN THE PLEASURE GROOVE is out NOW, with a new foreword written by band mate Nick Rhodes.

You can find more information about the next tweet chat here, and purchase the book online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.… Read More


John Taylor’s “In the Pleasure Groove” in Paperback & Upcoming Tweet Chat!

September 18th, 2013

John Taylor’s “In the Pleasure Groove” will be available in paperback in the US as of September 24th – not only that, but there’s a Foreward written by Nick Rhodes, which makes it well worth checking out again.

To commemorate the big event, Penguin USA will be hosting a twitter chat with John on September 23rd (follow @PenguinUSA & @thisistherealJT on Twitter). The chat will begin at 4pm EST, and to follow along, please search for the hashtag #readpenguin, which John will put in all his replies. You can start tweeting questions to @PenguinUSA at 4pm on the 23rd. Please include @thisistherealJT in your Qs!… Read More