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Simon Le Bon to Officially Open the Sunseeker Stand at the Southampton Boat Show

September 14th, 2018

Sunseeker is delighted to announce that lead singer of iconic British band Duran Duran, Simon Le Bon, will be the special guest at this year’s 50th anniversary show starting on Friday September 14.

Simon, a long-serving ambassador of The Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE), will be officially opening the Sunseeker stand and BLUE exhibition space. Sunseeker will be showcasing its commitment to marine conservation at… read more


Simon Speaks to BBC Radio About Tall Ships

September 13th, 2018

Simon speaks to BBC Radio about Tall Ships Youth Trust and his new ambassadorship.

Tall Ships runs residential sea voyages which help develop individuals’ employability and personal skills whilst at sea. Over the past year the charity has offered support to more than 1,200 young beneficiaries facing challenges including learning difficulties, hearing or visual impairments or behavioural, emotional and social… read more


Youth Sailing Charity Announces Partnership with Duran Duran Frontman Simon Le Bon

September 13th, 2018

Simon Le Bon, frontman of iconic British band Duran Duran, is setting sail as the new ambassador for the Tall Ships Youth Trust which runs seafaring trips for disadvantaged young people across the UK.

The Trust runs residential sea voyages which help develop individuals’ employability and personal skills whilst at sea. Over the past year the charity has offered support to more than 1,200 young beneficiaries facing… read more


Fan Community Q&A Excerpt – Jason Felts of KAABOO.

September 11th, 2018

Duran Duran have one date booked in 2019 and it is in Grand Cayman Island! But what drew them to KAABOO CAYMANs inaugural event?? The Duran Duran fan community was lucky enough to chat with Jason Felts, the Chief Brand + Marketing Officer for KAABOO.

Hi Jason, for our readers that don’t know you, can you introduce yourself?

Hello readers! I’m Jason Felts, Chief Brand + Marketing Officer for KAABOO and CEO of Sir Richard… read more


Duran Duran Appreciation Day, 2018

August 10th, 2018

On this most hallowed of days in our ancient DD calendar, as a small token of our great appreciation for your appreciation, we would like to offer you this video clip, Directed by Gavin Elder, of a couple of songs filmed in Tokyo at the Budokan on the penultimate date of our Paper Gods tour last September. We are hoping to complete editing on the film of the full performance for release later this year but until then… … read more


Fan Community Q&A Excerpt with Patty Palazzo

August 9th, 2018

Who doesn’t know Patty? If you’re a fan of the band, chances are you do. She’s helped design a lot of awesome DD things you’ve seen around for oh, maybe the last 15 years! She worked with John early on with B5, and on Juicy Mens etc etc AND she launched her own totally amazing tee shirt line, Punk Masters. As her newest set goes on sale, we thought we’d check on in and say “hello”!… read more


Q&A with Elliot Taylor!

July 24th, 2018

Elliot Taylor: ace photographer, RICOCHET: David Bowie 1983 book assistant, Denis O’Regan right hand man, Roger Taylor’s son (and so much more!)

He has spent the past year working with Denis on RICOCHET: David Bowie 1983, a museum quality fine art boxed book of photos of David Bowie, taken by Denis O’Regan. The set is limited to 2000 copies.

Elliot was kind enough to do an interview for the fan community… read more


Snapchat, Christian Marclay Sound Stories show

June 20th, 2018

Today in Cannes, I visited the Snapchat, Christian Marclay – Sound Stories show at the Centre D’Art La Malmaison – Five great ideas in five different rooms, beautiful, mesmerising and truly original use of today’s technology. The integration of sound and interactive visuals is spectacular. I really hope the installation travels so that many more people can experience it. Pure joy.

Nick

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John’s ALL LOVE Birthday playlist

June 20th, 2018

Welcome to this ALL LOVE playlist! I hope it’s a celebration of everything we love about music and why it is so special to all of us. It is a real treat to post this on my birthday. I’m going to be grooving, dreaming and tripping to this playlist all summer long. Hope you are too! Press shuffle and let it roll.

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Nick on Eliot Cohen of Red Bus Studio

June 4th, 2018

In 1980 when we worked on our debut album, many of those recording sessions with our producer, Colin Thurston, took place at a studio called Red Bus in NW London. It was a real thrill to return there today for the first time since we made that record.

Our visit was made even more surreal as we entered to find the basic structures all exactly as they were, even the MCI console still remains in studio one… I remember Colin teaching… read more


Watch “A Night with Duran Duran” Trailer here

June 4th, 2018

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Boys on Film – A Night with Duran Duran to air 29 June on BBC Four

June 4th, 2018

In Boys on Film – A Night with Duran Duran, iconic British rock band, Duran Duran, are set to take over BBC Four on Friday 29 June from 9pm. With exclusive access to the band, the night features two newly-filmed documentaries which showcase incredible insights, previously unseen archive footage and rare demo tapes, as well as the group’s thoughts and inspirations across the decades since they first formed in 1978… read more


Duran Duran to perform at KAABOO CAYMAN in 2019!

May 15th, 2018

Just announced!

Duran Duran at KAABOO Cayman, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, February 15 and 16, 2019
Get tickets here!

To celebrate the announcement, the festival has provided a unique promo code to share with DURAN DURAN fans for $20 off 3-day THATCH (GA) passes. The code will be valid for 2 weeks, expiring at 11:59pm CT on Tuesday, May 29th.

Unique Code: DURAN

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#KAABOOcayman #duranduran… read more


John Warwicker Q&A

May 1st, 2018

Here’s an excerpt from the great Q&A we recently featured on the fan community website with longtime Duran Duran contributor John Warwicker:

Under what circumstance did you meet the guys in Duran Duran?

After Camberwell (1977?) I decided that in the near future computers would become an everyday tool of design/art/culture so I decided to research this and ended up doing a Masters degree at Birmingham Polytechnic… read more


Duran Duran’s Visual Designer Lights Up Buckingham Palace

April 17th, 2018

You know what’s cool? When someone from the DD crew work on something pretty spectacular, like Gary Oldknow (@deepvisual on Twitter) has just done.

If you didn’t know, Gary is a visual designer who has worked with the band for many years. He is especially versed in moving image technology. While not the only band he works with, his Duran resume includes: The Latest and Greatest Tour, The Pop Trash Tour, The… read more


Duran Duran for Record Store Day 2018

March 7th, 2018

Duran Duran are excited to have their very special live LP Duran Duran Budokan included as part of this year’s Record Store Day! Captured at Tokyo’s historic venue, Nippon Budokan, on September 20, 2017, this show marked the end of the band’s two year Paper Gods tour which saw them playing to sold-out audiences around the world.

The one-of-a-kind artwork for this LP was created by famed Japanese graphic… read more


31 Songs for 31 Days

March 1st, 2018

“It gives me great pleasure to program a little playlist of my current fave tunes. And I have to say it feels good to have so much exciting new music in there. It’s an interesting time for pop culture and I’m glad to be awake for it. This should get you to springtime. Enjoy!” – JT

Click HERE to listen to John’s March Spotify playlist!

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Q&A with Duran Duran Fan Community Honcho Alan Stewart

February 27th, 2018

Alan Stewart has worked with the band as part of the management team since 2003. He’s had a multitude of roles and most recently began managing the band’s official fan community. He also consults for NFL Football teams, wineries and runs Matt & Kim’s “Scream Team.” Also, he is pretty darn cool.

You’ve had an illustrious music business career- how did you get started?

I walked into a bar while in college… read more


Duran Duran’s John Taylor to Appear at First Birmingham Music Awards

February 27th, 2018

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DURAN DURAN’S John Taylor Pledges Support for New Birmingham Talent

A search for Birmingham’s brightest and best musicians/music industry professionals is underway as the ‘Birmingham Music Awards’ hosts their first ceremony on May 2nd. The organisers of the BMAs are on a mission to bring together the best of the city’s contributors… read more


Nick & Katy’s 2018 Oscar Picks!!

February 26th, 2018

*Members of the Duran Duran VIP Fan Community can hear the full audio, with special synth effects done by Nick (!!), on http://duranduranmusic.com.

It is that time of year once again Dear Readers! While Nick and Katy don’t cover every category, they really invest their time in the films they do discuss. This year they added in CINEMATOGRAPHY & COSTUME DESIGN and removed FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM & DOCUMENTARY… read more


Nick on the death of Designer Judy Blame

February 20th, 2018

I am deeply sad to hear Judy has left us…

He was a rare creature with a beautiful vision and undoubtedly key to sculpting the shape of style in the 1980s. His indelible fingerprints are all over the pop culture that followed.

We worked together on the Wild Boys video where his contribution was spectacular. As both an artist and friend, his attitude, instinct and humour were a potent combination.

– Nick, February… read more


Duran Duran on Wedding Album 25th Anniversary

February 11th, 2018

To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the release of THE WEDDING ALBUM Duran Duran is sharing this special video of their song, “Come Undone,” filmed at Symphony Hall in Birmingham England on March 19, 1993.

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Duran Duran on David Zard

January 27th, 2018

Duran Duran’s groundbreaking Strange Behaviour tour of Italy was sponsored by Jeans Uniform and promoted by David Zard, who passed away today; his legacy includes an incredibly successful career.

Below, John & Nick comment on his passing.

“Very sad to hear, David was such a great guy. The tour he promoted was one of the most fun we did, in large part because of his charm and sense of humor. Italy has lost… read more


10 Essential Duran Duran Deep Cuts

January 22nd, 2018

Duran Duran had it all. Five good-looking lads from England who made smashing pop songs, pioneered the music video format and were adored by princesses. Their fans, Duranies, were the noisiest in the world (the band was entered into the Guinness Book of Records for the “loudest pre-show concert noise”). They partied hard, dated (and married) supermodels. They wrote the soundtrack to the first half of the ‘80s.… read more


Roger Taylor’s New Year’s Playlist: 18 songs to bring us into 2018

December 30th, 2017

GET UP – JAMES BROWN

The creator himself. Released just after my 16th birthday in 1976 but still killer!

MY FEET KEEP DANCING – CHIC

From the creator to the original masters ..Chic! Any song that has a tap dancing solo in it deserves credit. Very much part of my mis-spent youth on the dance floor.

THE GROOVE LINE – HEATWAVE

Amazing early example of electro funk from the late and great Rod Temperton who went… read more


Duran Duran : Band Year End Lists

December 30th, 2017

SIMON

Event of the Year

For Duran Duran, playing Lollapalooza, in particular, the show in Buenos Aires.

For England, Harry getting engaged to Meghan Markle.

For me, my mum passing away

Movie

I didn’t see many movies this year. I quite enjoyed “Blade Runner 2049.” It was a visual feast. I missed “Dunkirk,” and that probably would have been my #1 film. I think I will love it.

Book(s)

I really … read more


John Taylor Year End, 2017

December 29th, 2017

John

Event of the Year

I think one of the most significant things that happened was when the Swedish Church removed gender identification out of their teachings. I thought that was extraordinary, especially in light of everything that has been said about sexual politics. It didn’t get a lot of attention in the media as I would have liked.

Movie

I am an old English boy and so I did love “Dunkirk.” It … read more


Nick Rhodes year End, 2017

December 28th, 2017

NICK

Event of the Year

I found most of the world events upsetting and depressing. I am hoping in 2018 our whole world will perhaps see a little more common sense.

Events I liked were museums and galleries, shows that I saw. Notably, the Royal Academy of the Arts had three interesting shows, all on at one time. 1) Matisse in the Studio 2) Jasper Johns “Something Resembling the Truth” 3) Dali / Duchamp exhibitionread more


Roger Taylor’s Year End, 2017

December 27th, 2017

Roger

Event of the Year

Brexit seems to be an ongoing thing in the UK… And of course, the royal engagement.

Movie

“Dunkirk.” I saw it in a great cinema with an incredible sound system. I loved it and thought it was amazing. I also saw the movie “Everything Everything” on the aeroplane and I liked it. I wasn’t expecting anything so I was pleasantly surprised.

Book(s)

I love biographies, I can devour them.… read more


Simon Le Bon’s Year End, 2017

December 26th, 2017

SIMON

Event of the Year

For Duran Duran, playing Lollapalooza, in particular, the show in Buenos Aires.

For England, Harry getting engaged to Meghan Markle.

For me, my mum passing away

Movie

I didn’t see many movies this year. I quite enjoyed “Blade Runner 2049.” It was a visual feast. I missed “Dunkirk,” and that probably would have been my #1 film. I think I will love it.

Book(s)

I really … read more


Band Holiday Greetings 2017

December 24th, 2017

December 2017 Collector’s Corner: Band Talks Holiday Faves

December 21st, 2017

The last Collector’s Corner for 2017 goes out with a bang – the band talk about their favorite holiday gift and favourite holiday song.

Watch here:

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Richard Blade Q&A

December 13th, 2017

We never re-print a whole member exclusive Fan Community Q&A, but Richard Blade’s was such a great read, and well, it is the holidays, we thought we’d post it on duranduran.com in its entirety.

Enjoy!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up?

In the south of England, in a little seaside town called Torquay – about 300 miles from Birmingham and the Rum Runner. Because Torquay was popular… read more


Exclusive SiriusXM Special Performance with Duran Duran December 9th in Miami

November 17th, 2017

Duran Duran to Perform Special Concert in Miami Beach for SiriusXM

Intimate, special performance at the Faena Theater, to air live on The Pulse and 1st Wave channels

NEW YORK– November 17, 2017– SiriusXM announced today that GRAMMY Award-winning, iconic British band Duran Duran will perform a special invitation-only show for SiriusXM on Saturday, December 9 at the Faena Theater in Miami Beach.

The exclusive … read more


Nick Rhodes partnering with Sonos on Intimate Bowie Event

November 8th, 2017

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Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes will be partnering with Sonos and participating in an intimate event celebrating David Bowie’s work and legacy as told through the powerful stories of artists and fans. Song Stories: Bowie will take place on Friday 17th November at Sonos’ new concept store in London.

A series of intimate events honoring David Bowie’s work and legacy, as told through powerful stories… read more


Duran Duran’s “Face for Today” fan video

November 1st, 2017

Duran Duran wasn’t able to make the original intention of this video come to fruition but the band thought you’d like this just as much.We hope you enjoy Duran Duran’s “Face For Today” fan video.

“You’ve got that thing which makes us smile”

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Halloween Playlist from Nick

October 31st, 2017

I have seen many Halloween playlists in the past and it always struck me (as things unexpectedly do at this time of year) that they tend to feature the same songs. There are of course some great ones like “I put a Spell on You” by either Screamin’ Jay Hawkins or Nina Simone, “Lullaby” by The Cure, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus…… read more


Duran Duran to play New Year’s Weekend in Las Vegas!

October 29th, 2017

While the Paper Gods tour has officially come to an end, the band IS playing a New Year’s Date in Las Vegas on December 30th, as part of a three-night CBS Radio celebration to close out 2017 featuring shows by Foo Fighters (12/31) and the Zac Brown Band (12/29)!

Here is what you need to know:

WHEN: December 30, 2017

WHERE: The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

DOORS: 7:00pm

SHOWTIME: 8:00pm

PUBLIC ON SALE: Friday, … read more


Medazzaland 20th Anniversary

October 12th, 2017

It’s the name of a place, but not a physical place. More a state of mind.

Medazzaland.

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It’s not insignificant that the title of Duran Duran’s ninth studio album, released 20 years ago this week, is the name of such a place.

Medazzaland is transportive and, in its best moments, transcendent. It’s the band’s most Lynchian album; the surface might be dazzling, but darkness, sadness and … read more


Lorina Mapa Q&A

October 10th, 2017

“A graphic memoir about growing up in the Philippines in the 1980s with Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and the EDSA Revolution. Mapa returns to Manilla as an adult for the funeral of her father and come to terms with her past. A graphic love letter to her parents, family, friends, country of birth, and perhaps even to herself.”

The Duran Duran Fan Community spoke to author Lorina Mapa about her new graphic novel,… read more


FanCommunity Q&A Excerpt with Amy Vachon!

September 13th, 2017

Holy moly, we love Amy Vachon! She is, as one would say, an unsung hero (in the DD crew). She works with the Fan Community and has become a trusted, diligent and fun member of our gang. Read this excerpt from Amy’s Q&A!

How did you get into the glamorous world of rock n’ roll?

I got my start in an all-female band called ‘Catfight’ here in Chicago, networked with other musicians in different bands… read more


Duran Duran “Face for Today” Selfie Update

August 31st, 2017

Thank you so much to all the Duran Duran fans who responded to our call for ‘Face For Today’ selfies! We appreciate your efforts getting creative and sending such great photos our way. Unfortunately, when the band’s tech team began working on piecing together the video screen footage, many of the photos became pixelated, causing the images to appear very distorted on the big screens.

Though we don’t… read more


Duran Duran Venture into Virtual Reality

August 10th, 2017

Happy Duran Duran Appreciation Day 2017!

To commemorate #DDAD17, Duran Duran decided to release two recently recorded videos, “Paper Gods” & “Hungry Like the Wolf.” Both songs were filmed in Oakland, CA on July 7th using 360 cameras, which allows the viewer to experience them in virtual reality!

Here are a few tips to maximize your 360-degree viewing experience:

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Anna Ross Q&A Excerpt

August 9th, 2017

Each month the Duran Duran Fan Community posts a Q&A with a person who is some how associated with the band. Last month, we spoke to Anna Ross, who is more than just an ‘associate,’ she is one of the live voices of onstage Duran!

What is the inspiration behind the album FIRST DAY?

The inspiration is about doing that thing you’ve always been meaning to do in life but never got around to.

I’d always been … read more


Duran Duran Confirm Two Shows in Japan

July 20th, 2017

It has been 35 years since their first tour of Japan and nearly a decade since their last shows in the country, and now Duran Duran are back! Touring around the world with their new album, “Paper Gods,” as well as performing many of their greatest hits at sold out shows night after night, the band has just confirmed 2 shows in Tokyo & Osaka! Their show at Tokyo’s famed Nippon Budokan will include Chic featuring … read more


Duran Duran in Hawaii, July 16, 2017

July 16th, 2017

There aren’t many more firsts for this band, but July 16, 2017 will be their first concert performance in Hawaii at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall! Coincidentally, Duran Duran’s 1st performance with the classic 5 member lie-up (Simon/John/Nick/Roger/Andy) at the Rum Runner in Birmingham was also on July 16 (1980).

#Aloha #DuranDuranHI #duranduran #papergodsontour

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Q&A with Poppy from the Blue Marine Foundation

July 10th, 2017

Hi Poppy! Tell us a little bit about yourself

I’ve worked at the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) for the past two and a half years. My role is fairly broad: I organise BLUE’s events, including our London to Monaco Cycle, manage our Join BLUE membership scheme, oversee our social media accounts, marketing and communications. I have a passion for wildlife and conservation and my favourite sea creature is the Vaquita … read more


Anna Ross’s “First Day”!

July 9th, 2017

Our own Anna Ross is about to release her debut album, FIRST DAY, and the single, also called “First Day,” and co-written by Simon, is available now!

You can BUY the “First Day” single on iTunes and LISTEN on Spotify!

WATCH three different “First Day” trailers:

First Day opening trailer

First Day mid song trailer

First Day chorus trailer

PRE ORDER the “First Day” … read more


Ann Le Bon

June 27th, 2017

Upon the passing of Ann Marie Le Bon last week, we have received lots of inquiries about where to send flowers or donations. With much gratitude and love, Simon and the Le Bon family have suggested that, as an alternative to sending flowers, a donation be made to The Royal Trinity Hospice in the name of Ann Marie Le Bon. The team at the hospice went above and beyond during the last days of Ann’s life. Their care, respect… read more


Birthday Message from Dom

June 14th, 2017

Dear All,

I’m writing this on a gorgeous hot sunny day on a beautiful beach in Ibiza as I decided to sneak away for a few days with Martha this year for my birthday. My kids are with their grandparents and apparently behaving very well 😉

It’s been a good year for many reasons including some great touring and shows with DD. My faves include my first visit and performance in Nashville, the Apollo NY, Cancun in Mexico, the… read more