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July D-Blast!

July 2nd, 2015

Welcome to your July D-Blast!

Well….

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


Passport Back to the Bars Film airing this weekend in UK

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


Duran Duran to perform for the Ambassador of the United States

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


Duran Duran Announce Full Details On Upcoming New Album Paper Gods

June 29th, 2015

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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


Duran Duran’s PAPER GODS iTunes Pre-Sale

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!]

Click here!!

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Band statement about Killarney

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


Fan Community Excerpt: Allen Addington Q&A

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


Listen to Duran Duran’s “Pressure Off”

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

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Birthday Message from John

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


Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: June

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


Duran Duran US/UK Tour Public On Sale

June 17th, 2015

On Sale is Local Market Time

06/20 Barcelona, Spain Sonar by Night Festival – ON SALE NOW
06/27 The Hague, Netherlands Night At The Park – ON SALE NOW
06/28 Kerry, Ireland Killarney Festival – ON SALE NOW

08/05 Riverhead, NY FOLD Festival – ON SALE NOW
08/06 Bethlehem, PA Musikfest – ArtsQuest Center – ON SALE 19 June 10a

09/01 Ibiza Heart at the Ibiza Gran Hotel – TBA
09/05 Gibraltar… read more


Duran Duran Announce Title & Release Date of Upcoming New Album

June 15th, 2015

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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


A Birthday Message from Dom!

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


Duran Duran US & UK Tour Pre-Sale/On Sale Information!

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

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Upcoming Duran Duran Media

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

Interviews in :
Daily Mirror
Daily Record
Manchester Evening News
Liverpool Echo
to promote UK tour dates

Saturday 20th June
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Duran Duran & Kasabian to be Honoured at 02 Silver Clef Lunch

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


Nick Rhodes Birthday Message, 2015

June 8th, 2015

June 8th – Happy Birthday Nick Rhodes! Listen to his message below:

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Duran Duran Monthly Collector’s Corner: May

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


Stevie Wonder, Duran Duran – Las Vegas festival announces lineup

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


Fan Community Q&A Excerpt: Singer Anna Ross!

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


Gibralter Music Festival Announces Duran Duran & Kings of Leon to Headline

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


Katy’s Twentieth Anniversary!

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


DURAN DURAN REVISITS RIO

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


Roger Remembers the Recording of Duran Duran’s “A View to A Kill”

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


Simon Le Bon Wants You to Let a Bear Sh!t in the Woods

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


Simon Le Bon on Le Tour Auto Rally, 2015

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


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

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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!

In … read more