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Birthday message from Roger

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


Duran Duran Monthly Collectors Corner: April, 2015

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.

RECORD MIRROR 1981

The band’s early covers follow the release of “Planet Earth”… read more


Simon Le Bon and others Lend Support to Bike4Life2015

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


Duran Duran VIP Fan Community Excerpt: Q&A with Suzi Parker

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’sread more


Simon participates in the Tour Auto Rally 2015

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


Nick Celebrates Hermès’ Annual ‘Flâneur forever’

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


Duran Duran: Newsworthy in Los Angeles

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


Warner Bros Sign Duran Duran to Global Recording Contract

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


Fan Community Excerpt: Mr Hudson Q&A

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


Duran Duran Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: March, 2015 »

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


Simon at Cartier’s ‘Travel with Style’ Concours D’Elegance

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


Duran-land

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.

Stay tuned…#DD14

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Antony Price Birthday Bash at Blakes

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


Cartier “Travel With Style” 2015: a stunning exhibit curated by Manvendra Singh of Barwani

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


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner, February 2015

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.

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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


Fan Community Q&A Excerpt: Joshua Blair

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


Duran Duran, Wilton’s Music Hall, review: ‘unalloyed joy’

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


Duran Duran, Wilton’s Music Hall – music review: ‘A supreme pleasure’

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


Nick & Katy’s Oscar Picks 2015!

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.

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Bestival Unveils the First Acts to Feel the Love (Duran Duran included!)

February 12th, 2015

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TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 10:00AM

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 & more

February 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


Duran Duran Announce Two Summer Festival Shows

January 28th, 2015

Duran Duran has announced two summer Festival shows today.

On June 20th, the band will be part of the Sonar Festival, in Barcelona, Spain. Tickets are on sale here.

On June 27th, the band will be part of Night at the Park, The Hague, Netherlands. Tickets are on sale here.

Duran Duran will also be performing a one-off show benefiting War Child UK at the Wilton Music Hall on February 19th. This amazing charity raises money for… read more


Duran Duran’s Monthly Collector’s Corner, January, 2015

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!

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The smallest gigs… to make the biggest difference. Duran Duran perform in support of War Child

January 14th, 2015

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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


Fan Community Excerpt: Patty Palazzo Q&A

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


A Note from Nick

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


John Taylor New Year’s Mix Tape!

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


Duran Duran Year-End Favourites, 2014

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!

ROGER

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


Happy Holidays from Duran Duran, 2014!

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!

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Duran Duran’s Monthly Collector’s Corner, December, 2014

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.

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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


Duran Duran to perform London concert benefitting War Child

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


John Visits the House of Commons to Launch Addiction Report

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-recoveryread more


Joe Vizvary/Images in Vogue: Duran Duran VIP Fan Community Q&A Excerpt

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


Duran Duran’s Monthly Collector’s Corner, November, 2014

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


Dom Brown’s TEN YEAR Anniversary Message!

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


JT on Teenage Cancer Trust

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


John on Spandau Ballet’s “Soul Boys of the Western World”

November 12th, 2014

Last night I went to see the Spandau Ballet documentary, “Soul Boys of the Western World.”

Wow.

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


John Talks about “The Wild Boys”

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!

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Nick’s Frieze Collection

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

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2014 Birthday Message from Simon Le Bon

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!

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Duran Duran’s Monthly Collector’s Corner, October, 2014

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.

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But one member of the band has done some things that fly a little more under the radar.

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That’s right, Simon has been stepping out on us for quite some time now! One of his earliest forays… read more


Lorde’s ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack featuring “Kingdom” with Simon Le Bon and Charli XCX

October 21st, 2014

The track list for the Lorde-curated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 soundtrack was revealed Tuesday, and the young “Royals” singer has done an impressive job of mixing established artists, up-and-coming acts and special guest features.

Lorde, Chvrches, Bat for Lashes, Grace Jones, Tove Lo and the Chemical Brothers with Miguel all provide new tracks to the soundtrack, which will also see Charliread more


Duran Duran’s UNSTAGED comes to UK iTunes!

October 15th, 2014

Duran Duran’s UNSTAGED, directed by David Lynch, finally comes to the UK via iTunes for rental and download!

Click here!

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Duran Duran VIP Fan Community Q&A Excerpt

October 13th, 2014

John Warwicker’s name is so closely associated with Duran Duran history, it’s hard to believe that we haven’t spoken to him sooner! He’s an incredible graphic designer and has also worked with the band on some pretty iconic stuff! Here’s an excerpt from a recent Q&A he did for the band’s fan community website

How did you get involved with working with Duran Duran?

The chance… read more


Roger Remembers ASTRONAUT

October 10th, 2014

October 11, 2014 marks the ten year anniversary of Duran Duran’s Astronaut, which was the first full album recorded by the original five members of the band since Seven and the Ragged Tiger in 1983. Drummer Roger Taylor shares his memories of recording the album.

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Some people say that certain moments change ones life forever. Well, I think I had one of those moments in the year 2000. A few years earlier I had moved back… read more


Duran Duran’s UNSTAGED Available in North America on October 14th

October 9th, 2014

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On October 14th, 2014, Duran Duran UNSTAGED will be available in North America for digital download AND rental on iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Microsoft Xbox and Vudu.

The list below will service ON DEMAND customers for rental:

AT&T
Comcast
Cox
Frontier
Dish Network
Verizon
Telus
Rogers
Shaw
MTS
Sasktel
Cogeco
Blockbuster on Demand
M-Go
Dish Network
DirecTV

We hope to have news on a DVD release and International… read more


Nick Curates Collection at Frieze Masters Art Fair

October 6th, 2014

Nick has curated a collection of artwork for Parisian Galerie 1900-2000, for the upcoming Frieze Masters art fair in London, which will take place October 15-19th.

“I have often visited Galerie 1900-2000, and admired their spectacular selection of Dada and Surrealist art. I was thrilled when they asked if I would curate their exhibit for Frieze Masters, it was the perfect excuse to delve deep into their inventory,… read more


Duran Duran’s UNSTAGED On Demand!

September 22nd, 2014

Watch Duran Duran’s UNSTAGED from your own home. Available On Demand nationwide in the U.S. and Canada on October 14th!

Check out the great “extras’ we have on our on YouTube page and make sure to tune in 10/14!

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Simon Le Bon in Vanity Fair UK

September 18th, 2014

Grab the October issue of Vanity Fair UK, which comes with a supplement called ‘Vanity Fair On Time.’ Terrific essay written by Simon and amazing photos taken on the original RIO boat, Eilean.

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Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner, September, 2014

September 18th, 2014

Join the roundabout of ‘Carnival’!

At the end of the Summer 1982, EMI had some fresh ideas on how to bolster sales of RIO, originally released in May of that year. MTV mania was just taking hold, and the timing was right. Part of their plan was to bring in re-mixer David Kershenbaum for an EP. The result, CARNIVAL, was released in September 1982 in just three major territories, discussed below. This already made the EP… read more