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Simon Le Bon + Nick Wood join forces with Cannes Lions audience to create “Closer to your Bed” turning advertising creatives into rockstars

June 28th, 2017

Syn Music Tokyo and LA has released “Closer to Your Bed,” a song developed by Simon Le Bon and Nick Wood for their seminar at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. During the seminar, which centered around creative collaboration and took place on Saturday 17th June, Le Bon and Wood invited the audience to record themselves performing finger snaps and singing the main chorus of the song … read more

Simon Le Bon and Nick Wood Collaborate with Cannes Lions Audience to Create “Closer to Your Bed”

June 28th, 2017

Syn Music announced the release of “Closer to Your Bed,” a song developed by Simon Le Bon and Nick Wood for their seminar at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. During the seminar, which centered around creative collaboration and took place on Saturday 17th June, Le Bon and Wood invited the audience to record themselves performing finger snaps and singing the main chorus of the song on their phones.… 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

Just in the Nick of time

June 22nd, 2017

For Duran Duran’s 2015 studio disc Paper Gods (WB), the band invited some friends along for the ride. That’s 21st-century dance diva Kiesza joining Simon Le Bon on lead vocals for “Last Night in the City.” “Pressure Off” features Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers, and delivers on the funk. On “Danceophobia,” Lindsay Lohan appears as a doctor. She’s not that… read more

Becca Cason Thrash — and Duran Duran — Return to Louvre for Charity Gala

June 21st, 2017

PARIS — When Becca Cason Thrash was organizing her Liaisons au Louvre fund-raising gala, she couldn’t have predicted it would take place on the hottest day of the year.

As thermometers in Paris shot up to 35 degrees Centigrade, the quick-thinking Texan socialite decided the day before Tuesday’s event to move the dinner, initially planned under the glass pyramid designed by I.M. Pei, into the basement housing… read more

10 Awesome Bass Performances by Duran Duran’s John Taylor

June 20th, 2017

10 Awesome Bass Performances by Duran Duran’s John Taylor
by Annie Zaleski June 20, 2017 3:57 PM

At Duran Duran concerts, chances are at some point you’ll hear frontman Simon Le Bon leading a chant of “Play the f–king bass, John! Play the f–king bass, John!” This isn’t a case of intra-band turmoil, however: It’s a complimentary rallying cry for stalwart bassist John Taylor.

The Birmingham, England,… read more

Duran Duran Drummer Roger Taylor Joins John Taylor to Help At-Risk Youth Make Music That Matters

June 20th, 2017

JUNE 20, 2017 – 12:10 PM
Dr. Nancy Berk

Legendary Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor is well aware of the power of music. Along with bassist John Taylor, keyboardist Nick Rhodes and singer Simon Le Bon, Taylor has been a force behind a band that has rocked the music industry for over three decades. So when the band’s manager asked if he wanted to use a short break during their tour to work in-studio with at-risk youth in the… read more

Why BBDO and Simon Le Bon are unpicking the creative process to put music at its heart

June 18th, 2017

Why BBDO and Simon Le Bon are unpicking the creative process to put music at its heart

By Katie Deighton-18 June 2017 12:00pm

After creating a string of successful ads soundtracked by Simon Le Bon’s Syn, BBDO Asia cemented a partnership with the commercial music studio aiming to alleviate creatives’ proclivity to think of music as an afterthought.

For the agency, it’s a unique proposition that enables its clients… read more

Today in Rock History

June 15th, 2017

Today in rock history, on this date in 1979. Manchester rock band Joy Division released its debut album, Unknown Pleasures. Arguably one of the most important and influential albums to ever come out of Great Britain, the album and the band almost single-handedly created the genre known as post-punk. Featuring a striking, iconic cover featuring a minimalist depiction of radio waves, the album features Joy Division… read more

Disco rock – 10 of the Best

June 14th, 2017

Led Zep and the Stones liked to up the tempo, Blondie blazed a trail that led to Duran Duran and the Gossip … but was it all dreamed up by George Harrison?

7. Duran Duran: Hungry Like the Wolf
Most pop-culture movements reach a natural end, but disco is perhaps unique in having had a direct hit put out on it. While some may still deny it, the subtext to the “Disco Sucks!” campaign was an effort to reassert the supremacy of… read more

Statement from Simon regarding Modena Cento Ore

June 9th, 2017

It is with a sad heart I tell you that yesterday I had to leave the Modena Cento Ore early.News from home meant I had to cut short the rally & head back to London to be with my mother & rest of the Le Bon family.

I want to express my gratitude to the rally orgainsers, all especially to Luigi – who has managed to create a motoring event which is top class. It is super competitive, but all done with a great spirit of friendship,… read more

RETRO REVIEW: DURAN DURAN / RIO (1982)

May 25th, 2017

Duran Duran had established themselves as a new force to be reckoned with in the UK with their self-titled debut. It was a smash hit in Europe but failed to gain any traction in the United States. When Rio was released it reached #2 on the charts and banished any worries about the dreaded sophomore jinx. Hoping the album would do just as well in the United States, Capitol released Rio with absolutely no idea how to market the… read more

Nothing Captured the MTV Revolution Better Than Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’

May 23rd, 2017

Arriving at the dawn of MTV in the early 1980s, no one symbolized the New Romantic and music video revolutions like Duran Duran. They were the British masters of style, from their well-coiffed hair and colorful glam to their funk-laced pop-rock that cross-pollinated genres into a dynamic brew.

Singer Simon LeBon, guitarist Andy Taylor, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor, and drummer Roger Taylor offered… read more

Duran Duran on ‘Rio,’ 35 Years Later: The ‘Exotic, Erotic’ Album That ‘Put Us on the Map – and Kept Us There’

May 10th, 2017

Was there ever any album that embodied all things grand and glamorous about the escapist, excessive, exotic, erotic, aspirational ’80s more than Duran Duran’s Rio? The vivid cover art alone — its pale Patrick Nagel creature, with her beguiling cherry ice-cream smile, a sort of Mona Lisa for the New Romantic Age — lent the album instant icon status. And the nightclub-meets-Club-Med classics contained within… read more

Today in rock history; Duran Duran’s Rio changes the world

May 10th, 2017

On this date in 1982, five young British lads who’d grown up listening to equal parts Roxy Music, Chic and David Bowie released the album that would change their lives. And the lives of their passionate fan base. Forever.

Forerunners of the music video age, Duran Duran had gotten a taste of airplay and record sales in their native England and in Japan but success hadn’t come in the States…yet. The band’s sophomore… read more

From the Record Crate: Duran Duran – “Rio” (1982)

May 10th, 2017

What’s the most seminal, classic, 1980s pop song you can think of? What’s the song that perfectly encapsulates the musical trends and styles of the decade? This is a question that will get a multitude of answers from people, but at least a fair number of people would answer “Hungry Like the Wolf”, by Duran Duran from the band’s 1982 album Rio. More than just “Wolf,”

Rio is a quintessentially 1980s album, … read more

Duran Duran: Many Happy Returns To ‘Rio’

May 10th, 2017

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 Written by Graeme Marsh

When Duran Duran released their second album, ‘Rio’, in May of 1982, the power of the music video as a promotional tool had barely taken off. Aside from the legendary Queen video for Bohemian Rhapsody – put together in a matter of hours and subsequently aired on Top Of The Pops – the marketing possibilities had yet to be adequately explored, particularly in relation… read more

35 Years Ago: Duran Duran Invents the ’80s on ‘Rio’ Read More: 35 Years Ago: Duran Duran Invents the ’80s on ‘Rio’ | http://diffuser.fm/duran-duran-rio-album/?trackback=tsmclip

May 10th, 2017

When Duran Duran convened to record the balance of Rio at George Martin‘s storied AIR Studios in the beginning of 1982, they couldn’t have known the major leap they were about to make both in their own career and in pop music as a whole. The sound and stance the album represented would help push them toward the worldwide superstardom that came to full fruition with 1983’s Seven and the Ragged Tiger, and would provide… read more

Duran Duran #rio35 – an oral history

May 10th, 2017

Duran Duran recently sat down with Richard Blade to discuss the making of their seminal album RIO, released on May 10, 1982. Here they go through the 9 tracks that for many became the soundtrack of the 1980s.

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Rock Sinew & Pop Guile: Celebrating 35 Years of Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’

May 8th, 2017

Happy 35th Anniversary to Duran Duran’s Rio, originally released May 10, 1982.

On May 10th, 1982, Duran Duran released their second long player Rio. Their world―and ours―was irrevocably changed. The sensation that swept the world and propelled five English lads―Taylors John (bass guitar), Roger (drums), and Andy (guitar), along with Nick Rhodes (synthesizers, keyboards) and Simon Le Bon (vocals)―into… read more

Duran Duran to Play Croatia this Summer

May 8th, 2017

English band Duran Duran will return to Croatia for the first time in 16 years to play in the capital Zagreb this summer.

Duran Duran will play at the open-air spectacle at Zagreb’s Šalata on 29 August 2017.

The new wave and synthpop band first formed in the late 1970s and developed to become mainstream pop stars by the mid-1980s.

The group was a leading band in the MTV-driven “Second British Invasion” of the US. They… read more

DURAN DURAN – LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY: THE REMIXES

April 30th, 2017

[4 out of 5 spills]

An interesting EP from Warner Music arrived, containing four remixes of Duran Duran’s “Last Night in the City” featuring Keisza, from their latest album Paper Gods. The remixes are by four of the world’s greatest dance producers and production teams, and it also includes a Canadian connection.

The first mix is by L.A. Producer Tokimonsta (aka Jennifer Lee) and the second, more club friendly… read more

Duran Duran to Perform during the Singapore Grand Prix, September 16 & 17

April 24th, 2017

Iconic British rock band DURAN DURAN to perform at the Village Stage on Saturday, 16 September , 2017 and the Padang Stage on Sunday, 17 September, 2017

Since their debut in 1981, DURAN DURAN have released fourteen albums, garnered sales of more than 100 million records, and been honoured with numerous prestigious accolades, including two Brit Awards, two Grammy Awards, seven Lifetime Achievement Awards and a star… read more

Why a Phenomenon Like Duran Duran May Never Happen Again

April 9th, 2017

Bigger than One Direction?

Bigger.

Bigger than Justin Bieber?

Bigger.

Bigger than Taylor Swift?

Bigger.

Trying to describe Duran Duran to a teenager in 2017 is like trying to explain why nearly every human loves coffee and chocolate – it’s not the science behind the reasoning, it’s the taste behind the desire.

Kids today are armed with mountains of data, so they can easily Google chart positions and recording … read more

Duran Duran might’ve just played the best Azalea Festival concert of all time.

April 8th, 2017

The ’80s icons proved they’re no mere nostalgia act with an epic performance.

By John Staton StarNews Staff
Looking and sounding like they haven’t skipped a beat since the 1980s, the veteran English band Duran Duran wowed an Azalea Festival crowd Friday night with an energetic show that was an aural and visual feast.

The crowd started out small and sedate. But not long after an opening set by Athens, Georgia, band… read more

Duran Duran (Once Again) Proves Their Music Will Never Go Out of Style

April 7th, 2017

It was a fairly warm spring evening in South Florida but inside the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood the temperature was on fire, as world famous English band Duran Duran played their trademark pop-rock to a packed audience made up of new and older fans.

The show part of the “Paper Gods” World Tour, kicked-off with loud cheers from the crowd as band members Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Nick Rhodes and fill-in guitarist… read more

Duran Duran will headline The Roundup MusicFest July 11 at Shaw Millennium Park.

April 7th, 2017

Duran Duran will headline The Roundup MusicFest July 11 at Shaw Millennium Park.

“I’ve been looking forward to announcing the headliner for what is sure to be the concert event of the summer,” said Sarah Geddes, communications director of The Roundup MusicFest.

“We’re also very excited to partner with corporate Calgary to raise funds for our charity partner, the Calgary Military Family Resource Centre… read more

Duran Duran Remains Timeless at Hard Rock Live

April 6th, 2017

Visiting Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood these days is a bizarre experience. The mammoth entertainment and gaming property is undergoing a massive face-lift that has left much of the site a desolate landscape. Gone are Bongos, the Fort Lauderdale Improv, and Murphy’s Law Irish Pub. In their place stand, well, very little. Demolition and construction are underway for an overhaul… read more

Duran Duran to bring mix of hits and new pop anthems to the Azalea Festival

April 4th, 2017

Longtime drummer Roger Taylor says the mix of the fresh and the familiar keeps the ’80s icons going.

By John Staton StarNews Staff

If you’d told a teenage Roger Taylor back in 1980 that the band he was drumming for would be going strong nearly 40 years later, he wouldn’t have believed you.

But that’s just where Taylor finds himself with pop stalwarts Duran Duran, who headline a concert for the N.C. Azalea Festival… read more

REIMAGINING DURAN DURAN

April 4th, 2017

Roger Taylor talks circus acts and closing the generational gap, ahead of Azalea Fest concert

Since their 1981 self-titled debut record, Duran Duran has released more than a dozen studio albums with countless hits across generations: “Rio” (1982), “Is There Something I Should Know?” (1983), “Notorious” (1986), “Ordinary World” (1993), “Electric Barbarella” (1997). The band rode new-wave… read more

Duran Duran bringing world tour to Wilmington’s Azalea Festival

April 4th, 2017

One of N.C.’s oldest annual celebrations, complete with a coronated queen, celebrities, Azalea Belles and a renowned ‘who’s who’ Garden Party can be a tough act to follow. That’s where pop phenoms Duran Duran come in.

The multi-platinum band’s Friday (4/7) show in Wilmington is among the top attractions during the 70th Annual N.C. Azalea Festival. The performance is part of the band’s… read more

Duran Duran Drummer Roger Taylor on ’80s Nostalgia and Exploring New Sounds

April 3rd, 2017

Duran Duran hits Hard Rock Live.

If a Duran Duran show sounds like a throwback to the “Greed Is Good” era, well, you’re half right. The five-person act fronted by singer Simon Le Bon emerged in the early ’80s as part of the New Wave movement that bifurcated from punk rock; in the following decade, Duran Duran became one of the best-known bands in the world, achieving mainstream success in America… read more

Lollapalooza Argentina, Day 2: From Duran Duran to the Strokes, With the Weeknd & More in Between

April 2nd, 2017

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The second day of Lollapalooza Argentina 2017 was almost a carbon copy of the previous one on the surface: bright hours of sunlight and the same level of attendance. The taste of the audience, however, was completely different.

After the fierce sets that Metallica and Rancid delivered the previous night, the next day was primarily one for the newer generations. Nevertheless, Duran Duran hit Main Stage 2 with its swagger… read more

Duran Duran Are a Truly Great Band, Even Now

March 23rd, 2017

Duran Duran
March 22, 2017
Smart Financial Center
by Cory Garcia

There was a time, however brief in the long arc of history, when the then lads of Duran Duran were one of the biggest acts in music. Rad songs, good looks and being one of the first acts to really embrace the emerging medium of music videos had the group playing some of the biggest venues around the world in the mid-’80s. Did you know they played after Phil Collins,… read more

Duran Duran to headline Electric Picnic Sunday September 3

March 23rd, 2017

The XX headline Friday night, A Tribe called Quest headline Saturday night and Duran Duran headline Sunday night, September 3.

Allow us to transport you from an Ordinary World to an extraordinary place filled with music, culture, laughter and magic – Electric Picnic 2017. From the mundane to the insane, from your house to Our House – Stradbally Hall, on the stunning 600 acre estate. Ain’t Nobody not going … read more

LISTEN & WATCH Duran Duran at their Lollapalooza South America Dates

March 22nd, 2017

Whether you’re there or not, you can catch highlights of Duran Duran’s performances at Lollapalooza South America if you live in one of the below countries!

BRAZIL, March 26 (will only work in Brazil)

Live broadcast via Multishow/Bis (local television).

Live webcast stream via www.lollapaloozabr.com, www.youtube.com/user/LollapaloozaB, www.g1.com.br, www.gshow.globo.com, www.globo.com… read more

Duran Duran Will Never Go Out of Style

March 22nd, 2017

Depending on your taste in accents, Roger Moore has probably been one of the best actors to don James Bond’s suave ivory dinner jackets.

In one film in particular, 1986’s A View to a Kill, Moore’s 007 not only seduced Grace Jones (who played a character named May Day) but also faced off against perennial cool-but-creepy bad guy Christopher Walken on top of the Golden Gate Bridge. While the movie made… read more

the little book of ALL YOU NEED IS NOW

March 21st, 2017

Duran Duran’s 13th studio album, ALL YOU NEED IS NOW was first released digitally on December 21, 2010 and as a physical release on March 21/22, 2011. During that time period, DDHQ noticed that photos of ALL YOU NEED IS NOW stickers kept popping up on social media. They came with no explanation, and seemed to be of public locations all over the world. And then they stopped.

Some time later, after the physical release… read more

Embracing the Return of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World”

March 21st, 2017

This month on NBC’s The Voice, seventeen-year-old Josh West performed Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” and received a four-chair ovation from the show’s celebrity hosts. Judge Gwen Stefani gushed about her love for the song after the contestant nailed its soaring melody with his operatic rock voice. The following day, Duran Duran’s original 1992 recording of “Ordinary World” entered the U.S. iTunes… read more

Duran Duran Announce More 2017 Tour Dates, New Remix EP

March 20th, 2017

This summer, Duran Duran will continue their tour in support of 2015’s Paper Gods. Today, they announced a few more concerts in North America, and revealed a new EP that contains remixes of one of that album’s songs, “Last Night in the City.”

The group are currently on the road, with shows in Dallas and Houston in the next few days before they head off to South America for a week followed by concerts in Fort Lauderdale,… read more

CONCERT REVIEW: DURAN DURAN THROWS TWO DAY BASH IN PALM SPRINGS

March 20th, 2017

Duran Duran at Agua Caliente Casino

What a party.

Duran Duran commenced their short 2017 Spring Tour on Friday at the most enjoyable The Show at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA (just outside Palm Springs) with sold-out back-to-back performances at the 2,000 seat venue. The Tour of the Americas, which heads south in a few weeks to central America before wrapping up the States in April, continues support for the… read more

Duran Duran adds stop in Honolulu to North American tour

March 20th, 2017

Brace yourselves: Duran Duran is coming to Honolulu.

The iconic band, whose hits include “Hungry Like the Wolf” and “Rio,” will perform at the Neal Blaisdell Arena on July 16.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday.

The stop in Honolulu is part of a North American tour that kicks off next month.

The Oahu date was added Monday, along with dates in four other cities.

The group is promoting… read more

DURAN DURAN ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL U.S. AND CANADIAN DATES ON 2017 TOUR

March 20th, 2017

DURAN DURAN ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL U.S. AND CANADIAN DATES ON 2017 TOUR

NEW EP LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY (FEAT.KEISZA) [THE REMIXES] OUT NOW

March 20th, 2017 (Burbank,CA)- Duran Duran have announced additional dates for their 2017 World Tour for this summer, in support of their current album Paper Gods. The new U.S. and Canadian dates include shows in Oakland, San Francisco, Edmonton, Calgary, and Honolulu. Tickets go on… read more

Duran Duran Bassist John Taylor On How to Stay Relevant: “As You Get Older You’ve Got to Dig in Deeper”

March 17th, 2017

Two years ago, Duran Duran released its highest charting album in 22 years. We spoke with bassist John Taylor about that feat.

Best known for ’80s hits like “Rio” and “Hungry Like the Wolf,” the new wave and synth-pop band Duran Duran have been making music for nearly 40 years and seen six of their albums reach top 10 on Billboard. With their most recent release Paper Gods, the band put out their highest charting… read more

Duran Duran bring their only SoCal show to the desert

March 14th, 2017

With their wavy hair, showy clothes, cool British accents and sexy movie caliber videos that blew your mind, Duran Duran ruled the 80’s MTV era.

They weren’t too bad on the eyes either.

Some 35 years later – after some line-up changes, side projects and new hairstyles – one of the hardest working bands with four of five core members, is still at it. They perform Friday and Saturday at The Show at Agua Caliente Resort… read more

Why Duran Duran’s John Taylor looks at live music as a ‘vote for togetherness’

March 14th, 2017

By Vanessa Franko / vfranko@scng.com

Published: March 13, 2017 Updated: March 14, 2017 6:26 a.m.

When John Taylor turned on the radio on a recent Sunday night, he didn’t expect to hear his bass playing back at him.

As a founding member of Duran Duran, it’s not unusual for the band’s beloved hits, like “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “Girls on Film” and “Ordinary World,”… read more

Duran Duran’s “Last Night in The City (featuring Kiesza)” Remix EP

March 9th, 2017

Hear Duran Duran’s “Last Night in The City (featuring Kiesza)” TOKiMONSTA Remix on Soundcloud. Rolling Stone magazine called the song “a standout from the pop rock group’s 2015 LP.”

And now you can listen to ALL the recent remixes with a 4 track EP available for download online (worldwide) on March 10th via https://wbr.ec/lnitc_remixes

Duran Duran – Last Night in the City – The Remixesread more

TOKiMONSTA Remixes Duran Duran

March 9th, 2017

TOKiMONSTA Remixes Duran Duran
Los Angeles Producer Remixes Duran Duran’s
“Last Night in the City (feat. Kiesza)”

TOKiMONSTA just shared her remix of Duran Duran’s single “Last Night in the City (feat. Kiesza),” one of several new remixes of the track that will be released via Warner Bros. Records. The Los Angeles-based producer and Young Art Records label head went out with the iconic British band last… read more

Still “Hungry Like The Wolf” Duran Duran’s connection to Coachella makes their return to the desert extra special.

March 8th, 2017

After making its mark in the 1980s, Duran Duran blasted back into the music scene in 2014 on a hazy, golden-desert sunlit stage at Coachella. The warm breeze brushed across Roger Taylor’s hair as he held his drumsticks and prepped to play his first festival set.

With 14 albums, 11 Billboard Top 10 singles, and innovative music videos comprising a successful career, Duran Duran continues to influence generations of… read more

Still Hungry: Going Strong After 40 years, Duran Duran Comes to The Show for Two Performances

March 6th, 2017

Even though Duran Duran began in 1978 and was one of the most popular new wave bands of the 1980s, the band’s current music still sounds cutting-edge.

Duran Duran will be returning to the Coachella Valley to perform at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa on Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18.

During a recent phone interview with bassist John Taylor, he explained what has kept Duran Duran going.

“I guess… read more