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Duran Duran, Human League, Depeche Mode: These British New Wave Bands’ Classic Records Turn 40

January 19th, 2021

When it comes to British alternative rock albums, 1981 truly delivered the goods. At a time when the United Kingdom were in the midst of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s administration, civil unrest in the form of riots, and the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, that year brought out some of the most arresting and innovative albums in the genres of post-punk, New Wave and synthpop from these read more

Duran Duran Pay Tribute to David Bowie with Moving Cover of “Five Years”

January 8th, 2021

SET TO PERFORM ON GLOBAL LIVE STREAMING EVENT ‘A BOWIE CELEBRATION: JUST FOR ONE DAY!’

ON JANUARY 8, 6PM PT, ADDITONAL PERFORMANCES CONFIRMED BY IAN ASTBURY, GARY BARLOW, BILLY CORGAN, ANNA CALVI, ANDRA DAY, PERRY FARRELL, PETER FRAMPTON, BOY GEORGE, RICKY GERVAIS, MACY GRAY, ADAM LAMBERT, DAVE NAVARRO, GARY OLDMAN, TRENT REZNOR, GAVIN ROSSDALE, TONY VISCONTI, RICK WAKEMAN, YUNGBLUD, AND MANY MORE

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Duran Duran Share Cover of David Bowie’s ‘Five Years’

January 8th, 2021

Duran Duran are starting the year off with a commemoration for David Bowie, who would have turned 74 today. They’re paying tribute to the late icon with a cover of “Five Years,” a deep-cut from the classic The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, ahead of their performance on A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day tomorrow at 6 pm EST. A portion of the ticket proceeds go to one of Bowie’s favorite organizations,… read more

Duran Duran Share Cover of David Bowie’s “Five Years”: Stream

January 8th, 2021

The new wave legends are also set to participate in the star-studded tribute livestream “A Bowie Celebration: Just for One Day

Duran Duran will mark what would have been David Bowie’s 74th birthday by joining the star-studded tribute livestream “A Bowie Celebration: Just for One Day”. In anticipation, the new wave legends have shared a new cover of Bowie’s 1972 classic “Five Years”.

“Five Years” wasn’t chosen… read more

Duran Duran Deliver Blazing Cover of David Bowie’s ‘Five Years’ Band will perform at upcoming Bowie tribute Just For One Day on Friday

January 8th, 2021

Ahead of their performance at the virtual David Bowie tribute Just For One Day, Duran Duran have dropped their cover of the late legend’s “Five Years.”

The band kick up the synths for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars rendition, as Simon Le Bon is bolstered by backup singers for the climatic chorus. “Your face, your race, the way that you talk,” he sings. “I kiss you, you’re beautiful, I want you … read more

Duran Duran to Release Cover of David Bowie’s ‘Five Years’ on What Would Have Been His 74th Birthday

January 7th, 2021

The band will perform the cover live during “A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day!” on Friday

Duran Duran is paying homage to David Bowie ahead of the fifth anniversary of his death this weekend.

On Friday, what would have been the late rock icon’s 74th birthday, the band will release a cover of Bowie’s 1972 song “Five Years.” They’ll then perform it live during the global… read more

Roger’s 2020 New Year’s Eve Playlist

December 30th, 2020

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Duran Duran 2020 Holiday Greetings

December 25th, 2020
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Adam Lambert, Anna Calvi, Duran Duran And More Join Line Up For David Bowie Tribute Livestream Event

December 16th, 2020

Adam Lambert, Anna Calvi, Duran Duran And More Join Line Up For David Bowie Tribute Livestream Event. Further acts have been confirmed for A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day!.

Organised by David Bowie’s longtime pianist Mike Garson (pictured), the event will be streamed globally on January 8, 2021, coinciding with what would have been the late icon’s 74th birthday and the fifth anniversary of his passing.… read more

Peter Frampton, Duran Duran, Ian Hunter & more added to lineup of virtual David Bowie birthday concert

December 16th, 2020

Peter Frampton, Duran Duran, Mott the Hoople’s Ian Hunter and ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman are among the artists who have newly joined the lineup of a recently announced livestream event marking what would’ve been David Bowie’s 74th birthday.

The online concert, dubbed A Bowie Celebration: Just for One Day!, will air January 8, 2021, which also is two days before the fifth anniversary of the… read more

Yungblud, Anna Calvi, Duran Duran and more added to line-up of David Bowie tribute livestream

December 16th, 2020

A host of names, including Yungblud, Anna Calvi and Duran Duran, have been added to the line-up of the special charity livestream event which will honour David Bowie‘s life and career next month.

A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day! will be streamed globally on January 8, 2021 to mark what would have been the late artist’s 74th birthday, and will be hosted by Bowie’s longest-standing bandmember Mike Garson. The event… read more

Duran Duran, Adam Lambert, YUNGBLUD, Peter Frampton, Andra Day and More Added to “A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day!” Stream and “Save the Children” Beneficiary

December 15th, 2020

Duran Duran, Adam Lambert, YUNGBLUD, Peter Frampton, Andra Day and More Added to “A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day!” Stream and “Save the Children” Beneficiary

Duran Duran, Adam Lambert, YUNGBLUD, Andra Day, Michael C. Hall, Ian Hunter, Anna Calvi, Atticus Ross, and more added as featured performers plus additional Bowie alumni including Peter Frampton, David Sanborn and Rick Wakeman

The extensive concert… read more

Avant Gard Composer Harold Budd dies aged 84

December 9th, 2020

I am sad to hear that the great composer, musician and master of minimalism, Harold Budd has left us.

The beauty of his work was a gift to us all, calm and understated. I have spent endless hours listening to his collaborations with the Cocteau Twins and Brian Eno, which are sublimely elegant compositions. From the many gems he produced, for me it is The Pearl, that remains an unsurpassed masterpiece of its genre.

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40 YEARS LATER: JOHN TAYLOR OF DURAN DURAN LOOKS BACK AT THE BEATLES AND THEIR LEGACY

December 8th, 2020

“I will never forget the feeling of hearing that news. I was stuck in London traffic, the December rain pouring. It was cold and I was lonely.”

John Taylor remembers John Lennon, and the Beatles album “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’’

December 8, 2020 –

It’s forty years since John Lennon was shot dead. I will never forget the feeling of hearing that news. I was stuck in London traffic, the… read more

Duran Duran announced for BST Hyde Park 2021

November 30th, 2020

Duran Duran announced for BST Hyde Park 2021

Duran Duran are the second act confirmed for next year’s BST Hyde Park.

The band, who are currently celebrating 40 years together, were originally scheduled to be part of the cancelled 2020 series and will now headline the festival on July 11, 2021. It will be their first London show in six years.

Guests announced so far include Nile Rodgers & Chic and Grace Jones,… read more

Duran Duran, Chic and Grace Jones to play BST Hyde Park 2021

November 30th, 2020

Postponed show will now go ahead on July 11

Duran Duran will headline BST Hyde Park on Sunday July 11, 2021, supported by Nile Rodgers & Chic and Grace Jones.

Duran Duran were originally due to the play the festival this year; anyone who bought tickets for that event is guaranteed tickets for the new date if they rebook.

Tickets go on general sale on Wednesday December 9 from here.

It will be Duran Duran’s first London… read more

Duran Duran announce huge BST Hyde Park gig with Chic and Grace Jones

November 30th, 2020

Duran Duran have announced a new date as part of London’s BST Hyde Park for July 2021.

The band were set to play the festival this summer, but the entire event was cancelled back in April due to coronavirus concerns.

The new date is set for Sunday July 11, 2021, and will see Duran Duran play their first London gig in six years.

Nile Rodgers and Chic will support the band at the show, as planned for the 2020 gig, with Grace Jones … read more

BST Hyde Park is BACK for 2021 With Duran Duran & Special Guests!

November 30th, 2020

American Express Presents: BST Hyde Park

Duran Duran’s Only London show in 2021! First London show in 6 years

Joined by Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Grace Jones, more acts to be announced

American Express presents BST Hyde Park returns in 2021, for what will be THE celebration of the summer in the heart of London! British icons Duran Duran are back, excited to play their hugely anticipated show on Sunday, 11th July.… read more

Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon reveals band will play new music at British ­Summertime festival in London

November 29th, 2020

RIO-PEN FOR BUSINESS Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon reveals band will play new music at British ­Summertime festival in London

EXCLUSIVE

IT’S been five years since Duran Duran’s last album Paper Gods but finally Simon Le Bon has some good news for fans.

In an exclusive interview the singer revealed the band will be playing new music at next year’s ­British ­Summertime festival — as it was confirmed they are to headline… read more

35 today: The story of Arcadia’s So Red The Rose – In their own words

November 25th, 2020

The story of the album featuring new interviews with Nick Rhodes, Carlos Alomar, Andy MacKay and Mark Egan

Released in November 1985, Arcadia’s only album So Red The Rose is one of the most remarkable side-projects in pop. Created by Duran Duran‘s Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon when they had time on their hands while Andy Taylor and John Taylor were living out their rock star dreams in The Power Station, So Red The Rose is often… read more

Nick Rhodes on what makes a good reissue and a potential ‘Liberty’ redux

November 24th, 2020

Nick Rhodes has told SuperDeluxeEdition he wants Duran Duran to release a deluxe edition of their Liberty album – and revealed he and John Taylor recently rediscovered “three or four” songs from the sessions of their third album, Seven And The Ragged Tiger.

Meanwhile, Rhodes also discussed plans for the band’s next new album, which will follow 2015’s Paper Gods.

Talking to SDE around the 35th anniversary of Arcadia’s… read more

Duran Duran Perform at the 2007 ‘Concert for Diana’: Watch – Rolling Stone

November 19th, 2020

“It worked well for us,” said Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor. “It was genuine. I don’t think it was some sort of PR stunt. It was massive for us because she was the number one icon of the early Eighties.”

Watch Duran Duran at the Concert for Diana on RollingStone.com

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Listen to John on the 500 Podcast

November 19th, 2020

“Duran Duran bassist John Taylor’s first concert was to go see Roxy Music with Nick when they were 14 and 12 years old respectively. This is what this show is all about. Musical inspiration and storytelling, check out EP396 of the 500 Podcast. It’s a banger”

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Duran Duran Reveal Headline Show Headline Show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre

October 30th, 2020

British music icons Duran Duran will delight fans next summer with a momentous outdoor show on the stunning Yorkshire coast.

Duran Duran have sold over 100 million records worldwide, scored 18 American hit singles and 21 UK Top 20 tunes, cementing them as one of the most successful and influential bands of all time.

Next summer, the band will bring their epic live show to Scarborough Open Air Theatre – the UK’s biggest … read more

Roger’s OFFICIAL 2020 Halloween Playlist

October 29th, 2020

“If I was going to DJ a Halloween Party this year, here are some tracks I’d definitely include. Happy Halloween!”

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Simon’s 2020 Birthday Message!

October 27th, 2020
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Touch the Sunrise with Duran Duran

October 8th, 2020

Next October (2021), we’re continuing our 40th anniversary celebrations by inviting 4,000 of our fans to join us in Ibiza for three days of dancing on the sand and soaking up the Ibizan sun. As one of the highlights in a string of events that will take place over the coming months celebrating the band’s rich and colorful career and the release of their 15th studio album, we’ve organised a special weekend that will include… read more

Duran Duran Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Paper Gods

September 11th, 2020

FIVE REASONS I LOVE ‘PAPER GODS’ – John Taylor

1 – THE TITLE TRACK

I love DD ‘journey’ songs (‘Nightboat’, ‘New Religion’, ‘The Valley’), songs that we allow full rein to, that we resist the urge (always present) to cut down to three and a half minutes. Like those songs, ‘Paper Gods’ is political and autobiographical, without being obviously so. The bass story alone is a symphony! Listening … read more

WHOOOSH! A brand new weekly Spotify podcast/playlist hosted by Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon

September 3rd, 2020

WHOOOSH! Radio

Available now on Spotify

Duran Duran front man, Simon Le Bon, has released a new podcast series called WHOOOSH!that is now exclusively available on Spotify. In this new series Simon talks about some of his favourite records from years gone by, together with music he has more recently discovered.

Co-hosted by long-time band associate, Katy Krassner, the series uniquely sits within Spotify’s playlists, meaning that… read more

Duran Duran Debut Album to be part of National Album Day UK

August 12th, 2020

“National Album Day is adopting a 1980s theme for its third edition, set for Saturday, October 10.

The initiative is organised jointly by record labels body the BPI and the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), and is supported across the BBC, along with AIM and other music trade associations, retailers and digital platforms.

Special releases will include new albums, boxsets and classic reissues such… read more

Nick and John On Instagram LIVE for Duran Duran Appreciation Day 2020

August 10th, 2020

ICYMI: John & Nick’s very fun, very lively, very informative DDAD2020 chat on Instagram Live!

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#DDAD2020 is coming!

August 7th, 2020

Mark these two things down in your calendar!

Monday Aug 10: Nick and John on Instagram LIVE (@duranduran), 10a PST, 6pm BST. Make sure you FOLLOW Duran Duran on Instagram to watch!!

Monday Aug 10-11 : DDAD Sale in the web Shop on duranduran.com! 20 % OFF ALL STORE PURCHASES from 00.00 am PST / 08.00 am BST August 10th to 03.00 pm PST /11.00 pm BST August 11th. Use discount code: DDADstore20 at checkout

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Roger’s Desert Island Discs Volume 3

August 6th, 2020

Volume 3 in a series of chats with Roger on songs that changed his life!

Featuring:

Blondie
Japan
Queen
James Brown
The XX
Duran Duran

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UK charity auction offering the chance to meet Duran Duran at band’s 2021 Dublin concert

July 24th, 2020

A recently launched charity auction benefiting the War Child UK organization is offering a variety of exciting prizes and experiences, including the chance to win two tickets to a 2021 Duran Duran concert in Dublin, Ireland, and the opportunity to meet the band backstage before the show.

Proceeds from the auction will support War Child UK’s initiative to raise money for children in conflict zones who have also… read more

WHOOOSH! has moved to SPOTIFY!

July 17th, 2020

What thrilling news we have: The WHOOOSH! radio podcast with Simon & Katy is now available to listen to on Spotify. Quelle exciting!!!!!

Listen and let us know what you think (cause we want to know) via askkaty@duranduran.com. Enjoy!

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New swag in the DD Web Shop!

June 30th, 2020

Come check out the new swag in the DD Webshop. See photos below and visit the store here:

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ALSO! COMPETITION TIME ! This Summer we are updating the DD Store Lookbook and we want YOU to be a part of it. If you want the chance of not only featuring in it, but receiving a £50 gift voucher to be spent in our store, follow the steps below:

1) Take a picture of you and/or friend(s) or family member(s) wearing, using or displaying one of your… read more

POP TRASH at 20

June 19th, 2020

On June 19, 2000 Duran Duran released the album POP TRASH. With not one Taylor on the record, it was a different experience for the remaining band members. Here, Warren Cuccurullo, Nick Rhodes, Engineer Ken Scott & Art Director Andrew Day recall the work and creativity that went in to putting the album together.

ANDREW DAY, ART DIRECTOR

Way back in 1995, Madeleine Farley put an advert up on the noticeboard in the café… read more

Watch all of John’s STONE LOVE BASS ODYSSEY Tutorials!

June 14th, 2020

You can now watch all of John’s tutorials on this YouTube playlist. Enjoy the Odyssey!

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Isle Of Wight Festival announces 2021 headliners

June 12th, 2020

Lewis Capaldi, Lionel Richie and Duran Duran are among the headliners for the 2021 Isle Of Wight Festival.

All three acts had been set to perform at this year’s event, which would have taken place at Seaclose Park, Newport, this weekend had it not been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2021 festival is scheduled for June 17-20. Scottish singer-songwriter Capaldi and soul superstar Richie will headline … read more

THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL CONFIRMS HUGE 2021 LINE-UP

June 12th, 2020

This weekend marks what should have been The Isle of Wight Festival 2020, when festival goers were due to stand arm in arm in Seaclose Park, experiencing that special island atmosphere. Whilst we’re celebrating some of the festival’s greatest moments from home this year on Sky Arts and Absolute Radio, organisers are delighted to announce the line-up for next year’s event, taking place from 17th to 20th June 2021.

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Roger’s Desert Island Discs!

May 25th, 2020

The first in what we hope become a series of chats with Roger on songs that changed his life!

Featuring:

The Beatles
Jackson 5
Generation x
David Bowie
Duran Duran

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Duran Duran to reissue live album A Diamond In The Mind

May 19th, 2020

Duran Duran have announced the reissue of their live album A Diamond In The Mind on vinyl, coming this Friday 22 May. An exclusive edition on pink vinyl will land in August.

Recorded on Duran’s 2011 tour for their album All You Need Is Now at Manchester MEN Arena, the live set was originally released in 2012. The new 2LP vinyl edition adds a version of Duran’s 1983 classic Is There Something I Should Know? from the concert, … read more

Duran Duran Summer Shows – Update

May 18th, 2020

Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, many of the festivals the band had been planning to be a part of have been canceled or rescheduled to 2021 including Jelling MusikFest, Isle of Wright Festival, Rock in Rio Lisboa, Sommarkväll Med… Concert Series & BST Hyde Park. There are plans to reschedule the band’s show at St Annes Park in Dublin for next year. Please check the band’s social media and websites… read more

Simon’s Whooosh on Duran Duran Radio

May 15th, 2020

Simon has been hosting his own radio show, Whooosh on Duran Duran Radio, each week! The episodes, co-hosted with Katy, air every Friday on duranduran.com!

If you missed any:

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

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Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” Live version for Download

May 12th, 2020

Play below or download (right-click or control-click):

ORDINARY WORLD

Came in from a rainy Thursday on the avenue
Thought I heard you talking softly
I turned on the lights, the TV, and the radio
Still I can’t escape the ghost of you
What has happened to it all?
Crazy someone say
Where is the life that I recognize?
Gone away
But I won’t cry for yesterday
There’s an ordinary world
Somehow I have to find
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John’s Stone Love Bass Odyssey Episode 1

May 10th, 2020

Airing every Wednesday on Duran Duran’s Instagram and Facebook!… read more

Duran Duran bassist John Taylor breaks down their biggest songs in new series/ MusicRadar

May 10th, 2020

Stone Love Bass Odyssey sees the keen groovesman reveal his secrets – see the first episode on Planet Earth now.

One of the elements that set Duran Duran apart in their ’80s heyday was their bass lines – and we have John Taylor to credit for that. Now the bass ace is using his lockdown time in LA to breakdown the low end work behind their biggest songs in a new series.

The first of John Taylor’s Stone Love Bass Odyssey… read more

David Lynch and Duran Duran Launch Initiative for Medical Professionals Fighting Coronavirus//People Magazine

May 7th, 2020

Heal the Healers Now is bringing the transcendental meditation (TM) technique to medical professionals across the country amid the ongoing health crisis

David Lynch and Duran Duran, along with their famous friends, are lending support to aid healthcare workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, the Center for Health and Wellness of the David Lynch Foundation launched a new initiative, called Heal the… read more

Musicians Who Are Wearing Masks During the Pandemic / Billboard Magazine

May 7th, 2020

Musicians are often rocking the coolest styles, whether they’re performing or just hanging out with friends. But since the global coronavirus pandemic, they’re accessorizing with something we should all be wearing — a mask.

Though states are now starting to reopen, many artists were already sporting face coverings when shelter-at-home orders were still in place across the nation. From head-to-toe… read more

Nick on the passing of Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider

May 6th, 2020

“I just heard the very sad news that Florian Schneider, the co-founder of one of my favourite bands, Kraftwerk, has died.

When I first heard their song Autobahn, I was struck by how radically different it sounded from everything else on the radio. It became a surprise hit in the UK and sparked my lifelong admiration for their innovation and creativity.

Kraftwerk’s influence on contemporary music is deeply… read more