July 2nd, 2015
Welcome to your July D-Blast!
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… read more
June 30th, 2015
Duran Duran and other acts are featured in the War Child PASSPORT BACK TO THE BARS short film. The 7 minute film features all the acts involved in this terrific charity endeavor that raised money for War Child.
Wednesday 1st July, 9am – O2 makes the film available to O2 Priority customers for a 72 hour exclusive.
Saturday 4th July, 9am – O2 Academy TV will host the film and War Child’s YouTube channel will host… read more
June 30th, 2015
Duran Duran has been invited by the Ambassador of the United States in England to perform at a special event to celebrate the 239th anniversary of the Independence of America.
The Ambassador lives in London at the biggest private residence outside of Buckingham Palace, and the band is very excited to have been asked to perform as it’s a huge honour. America has been a great friend to Duran Duran and they can’t… read more
June 29th, 2015
DUE SEPTEMBER 18TH IN THE U.S., PAPER GODS WILL BE RELEASED IN FOUR CONFIGURATIONS, INCLUDING A DELUXE EDITION WITH BONUS TRACKS AND AS A DELUXE LP BOX SET
June 29th, 2015 — Burbank, CA — Multi-platinum superstars Duran Duran have announced more details about their upcoming new studio album, Paper Gods, which will be released in the U.S. on September 18th and in the rest of the world on September 11th through Warner… read more
June 24th, 2015
Pre- order Duran Duran’s PAPER GODS on iTunes and get an instant download of “Pressure Off” featuring Janelle Monáe & Nile Rodgers [produced by Nile, Mark Ronson & Mr Hudson!]
June 24th, 2015
For the past couple of days we have been working to accommodate changes to the circumstances surrounding the band’s appearance on Sunday at the Killarney festival, in Ireland – learning first that there had been an unexpected move to a new location and then this evening that the event had in fact been cancelled completely.
In a statement issued to us by the promoter just prior to 10 pm GMT tonight the band were told:… read more
June 22nd, 2015
In one of the most interesting (and educational) the Duran Duran Fan Community Q&As we’ve done, Chicago based artist Allen Addington takes us through his journey of sketching pencil drawings of Duran Duran band members for girls at school to his own art shows at major Galleries. He has a fan in Nick Rhodes!
When did you first get in to Duran Duran?
It was August 1982 and I was 12 years old. I turned on channel 39 … read more
June 20th, 2015
Listen! to the new Duran Duran single “Pressure Off” featuring Janelle Monáe & Nile Rodgers (co-produced by Nile & Mark Ronson) from the band’s forthcoming album, Paper Gods
June 20th, 2015
What is it about June 20 that always gives me such a tingly feeling? It used to be something about gifts waiting under the bed…now it’s more of a feeling of impending doom…
I’m having a laugh.
I actually can’t think of a better way to spend June 20, 2015 than to be in Barcelona, Spain and to have a massive gig to play at the Sonar Festival that night. Wow! I got my wish!
Thanks for all the kind birthday… read more
June 18th, 2015
DURAN DURAN’S PAGEANT OF THE TRANSMUNDANE
Sometimes the world of collecting Duran Duran can lead away from the beaten path of records, magazines and posters. As you’ll see, there are some spectacular items out there that defy classification!
Let’s start strong with one of the strangest: this Duran Duran condom was sold on the 1993 tour, for concertgoers who wanted a little more bang for their souvenir… read more
June 17th, 2015
On Sale is Local Market Time
09/01 Ibiza Heart at the Ibiza Gran Hotel – TBA
09/05 Gibraltar… read more
June 15th, 2015
FIRST SINGLE IS “PRESSURE OFF,” FEATURING JANELLE MONÁE
Album due September 18th In The U.S. From Warner Bros. Records and September 11th In All Other Territories
Multi-Platinum Band Announce U.S. & U.K. 2015 Tour Dates
Burbank, CA — Multi-platinum superstars Duran Duran will release their 14th studio album, Paper Gods [artwork below] in the U.S. on September 18th and in the rest of the world on September… read more
June 14th, 2015
Thanks very much to everyone for the kind messages today!
Can’t believe it’s this time of year again… every birthday seems to come around so much faster than the last one. I guess that’s just called getting old.
It’s been a fun, creative and interesting year for me – I have continued working with, and developing, some great new artists at my studio. The family and I moved house, and as you all know it can be… read more
June 13th, 2015
Duran Duran have recently announced additional 2015 dates with an exclusive fan community ticket pre-sale (with reduced service charges) PLUS VIP packages! As paid members of the community you will have access before anyone else to pre-sale tickets and VIP packages for many of these shows.
Our fan community pre-sale for US and UK dates will begin on Monday, June 15th at 10am local venue time, with the exception of the… read more
June 13th, 2015
June 11th, 2015
Monday 15th June – 10.30am (GMT+1)
RADIO 3 – SPANISH NATIONAL RADIO – Hoy Empieza Todo to promote Sonar Festival
Wednesday 17th June
TIME OUT BARCELONA (PRINT + ONLINE) to promote Sonar Festival
Friday 19th June
CATALUNYA RÀDIO – MORNING SHOW to promote Sonar Festival
June 11th, 2015
We’re delighted to announce that Duran Duran and Kasabian will be joining us our nine award winners at the O2 Silver Clef Lunch on 3 July.
In celebration of a career spanning 35 years, boasting 14 singles in the Top 10 UK Singles Chart, 21 in the Billboard Hot 100 and more than 120 million records sold worldwide, Duran Duran will be awarded the highly coveted Spotify Lifetime Achievement Award. Considered by many to be … read more
June 8th, 2015
June 8th – Happy Birthday Nick Rhodes! Listen to his message below:
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