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Interview: 20 Years of Sobriety with John Taylor of Duran Duran

April 19th, 2018

To say I was excited to interview John Taylor would be the understatement of the century. As an allegedly together adult, I resisted the urge to tell him that my adolescent bedroom was papered with his image (covered in lipstick kisses, despite the fact that I didn’t and still don’t wear lipstick). In short, my inner 14-year-old was having a conniption fit while my outer adult had a glorious, insightful conversation… 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

Duran Duran’s Rhodes turns film expert during Oscars season

March 2nd, 2018

LONDON (AP) — It’s the time of year when film enthusiasts turn into industry experts to handicap the Oscars race — and Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes is no different. Rhodes takes his Oscar predictions seriously — so much so that he has been putting them on the band’s website for about a decade, with detailed commentary.

“I love to watch movies. I’ve always watched them since I was… read more

Duran Duran star predict Oscar Winners

March 2nd, 2018

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Duran Duran’s John Taylor to present accolade at Birmingham Music Awards

February 28th, 2018

Duran Duran’s John Taylor to present accolade at Birmingham Music Awards
By Rebecca Stanley | Entertainment

Duran Duran founding member John Taylor is set to present a special accolade in Birmingham.

The second city-born bassist will announce the winner of the Rising Star Award at the Birmingham Music Awards, sponsored by the Town Hall and Symphony Hall.

Talking about the awards, John said: “Birmingham… read more

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

February 27th, 2018

DURAN DURAN’S JOHN TAYLOR TO APPEAR AT FIRST BIRMINGHAM MUSIC AWARDS
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 – THE WEDDING ALBUM 25 YEARS LATER

February 11th, 2018

In the 1990s, enthusiasts of New Wave music—the genre illuminated by the commercial spotlight in the decade that preceded it—lamented the shifting of the lenses’ focus onto Grunge, among other edgier and heavier styles of Alternative Rock music. Unfortunately the style shift sideswiped the majority of the New Wave forerunners of the 1980, relegating many into the fringes of the scene, leaving only a few resilient… read more

TRIBUTE: Celebrating 25 Years of Duran Duran’s ‘Duran Duran’ (a.k.a. ‘The Wedding Album’)

February 11th, 2018

Happy 25th Anniversary to Duran Duran’s seventh studio album Duran Duran (a.k.a. The Wedding Album), originally released February 11, 1993.

Today, how could anyone not appreciate the progressive pop airs of Notorious (1986) and Big Thing (1988)? These two records by Duran Duran, then made up of John Taylor (bass), Nick Rhodes (keyboards, programming), and Simon Le Bon (vocals), were masterfully influenced by… read more

Italian Impresario David Zard Dies

January 30th, 2018

David Zard, a pioneer of the Italian live music industry, died in Rome, aged 75, on Jan. 27. Zard is credited with staging the first Italian concerts by Genesis, Lou Reed, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and more.

Zard was born in Tripoli, Libya. He began his career organizing concerts in Tripoli for the local Italian community. He was forced to leave his native country … read more

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

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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

Duran Duran to headline Dubai Jazz Festival 2018

December 6th, 2017

Duran Duran to headline Dubai Jazz Festival 2018
Rio and Girls on Film singers to top opening night of 2018’s festival

Absolute heroes of 1980s British pop rock Duran Duran are coming to Dubai next year, as the first confirmed headliner of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2018 has been announced.

Famous for massive chart hits from bygone decades like Girls on Film, Hungry Like the Wolf and View to a Kill – immortalised… 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

Las Vegas Radio: CBS To Present NYEve Weekend Spectacular

October 30th, 2017

This holiday season, CBS RADIO will present an electric roster of New Year’s Eve weekend shows at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Beginning Friday, December 29 and lasting into the early morning hours of 2018, Vegas residents and visitors alike will enjoy four epic shows across what’s sure to be three unforgettable nights of music headlined by Foo Fighters, Duran Duran, and Zac Brown Band, with a special performance… 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

DURAN DURAN AT THE BUDOKAN/Rockin On Magazine

October 8th, 2017

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(Translation) 9 years since they were last here and 14 since the last time they played the Budokan, Duran Duran’s show this time at the Budokan was filled with commemorative surprises, the ultimate being Nile Rodgers opening the eventful concert.

The band’s mentor for over 30 years, not only did Rodgers bring his full band to Japan just for the Duran Duran shows, he lavished the audience with hit after hit he’s produced,… read more

The History of the Music Industry’s First-Ever Digital Single, 20 Years After Its Release

September 14th, 2017

In September 1997, Capitol Records made history by releasing Duran Duran’s “Electric Barbarella” as the internet’s first-ever digital single, heralding a massive shift in how the music industry operates

Twenty years ago this month, in September of 1997, Capitol Records became the first major label to sell and digitally distribute a single from a well-known artist on the internet, arguably… read more

20 Years Ago: Duran Duran’s ‘Electric Barbarella’ Becomes the First Digital Single Download Read More: 20 Years Ago: Duran Duran’s ‘Electric Barbarella’ Becomes the First Digital Single Download

September 11th, 2017

Duran Duran is music video pioneers thanks to their elaborate ’80s clips and the way they leveraged the cutting-edge medium for promotion. But the U.K. new wavers are also online music pioneers: In 1997, they became the first major label artist to sell digital downloads of a single.

The Duran Duran tune in question was the electro-shocked “Electric Barbarella,” the lead single from the band’s LP, Medazzaland.… read more

Duran Duran Stages Floating Private Concert in Monaco for Luxury Yacht Owners

September 10th, 2017

Simon Le Bon was in fine form for the event, which saw 500-plus well-heeled fans shedding their ties to boogie on the dinghy launch ramp-turned-dance floor.

Security was tight at the Yacht Club de Monaco for Duran Duran’s “Extra Ordinary World” concert (a play on the band’s 1993 hit “Ordinary World”) on Friday, with triple security checks at the entrance and two wristbands per… read more

Duran Duran at Electric Picnic: 1980s wild boys in thrilling form Only be the bitterly cynical would be left cold by the dizzy pop of their magnificent songs

September 4th, 2017

It’s always a sad state of affairs when your once snaked- hipped idols turn into bloated dead beats – the crypt keepers of your past. Can teen dreams ever transform into a reality? From the screams that greet the Bohemian Rhapsody-style visuals, Duran Duran attempt to put that to the test.

Worryingly, it initially looks like we’ve got Normo le Bon in a nondescript leather jacket and sensible slacks but then the lights… read more

Countdown to Electric Picnic

August 29th, 2017

COUNTDOWN TO ELECTRIC PICNIC: Duran Duran set to bring a treasure chest of hits to the Main Stage

When Duran Duran’s current line-up of Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor take to the Electric Picnic main stage, they’ll have quite some back catalogue to choose from.

Formed in Birmingham in 1978, and named after a character from Roger Vadim’s sci-fi classic Barbarella, the band have had several… read more

PAINTING POP, HOCKNEY AND NICK RHODES’ POLAROIDS: THROUGH THE CURATORS’ EYES

August 17th, 2017

This summer at Abbot Hall Art Gallery our exhibitions are Painting Pop, including David Hockney’s works on canvas and a room of his etching and aquatint prints, A Rake’s Progress, celebrating Hockney’s works of the 1960s in the year of his 80th birthday. Charu Vallabhbhai, Lakeland Arts’ Curatorial Manager reminisces on her childhood in Bradford and hearing David Hockney speak when she was an art student … read more

Duran Duran predicted the power of fans

August 10th, 2017

BY: SARAH KURCHAK
AUG 10, 2017

The only thing weirder than Duran Duran’s 1984 concert film is how important it still is 33 years later

During a recent Google search to determine whether I was hearing things, or if Duran Duran really had sung about glory holes (they had, metaphorically, on a track from the 2011 album All You Need Is Now), I stumbled on a 2013 interview that keyboardist Nick Rhodes did with Rolling Stone.… 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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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 worth the 37-year wait

July 17th, 2017

It took Duran Duran 37 years from the debut of their classic lineup before the band performed in Hawaii for the first time Sunday night at the Blaisdell Arena. It took less than 0.37 seconds for its Hawaii fans to show their aloha.

After a nearly four-decade wait that included a canceled show in 1994, Duran Duran’s Hawaii fans were primed. When the lights went down and some silhouettes made their way onto the stage, the … 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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Duran Duran leaves Rogers Place Hungry for more

July 11th, 2017

Following the charge of the Thin White Duke, this second British Invasion came across the ocean, its bands as disparate as Billy Idol, Def Leppard and Gary Numan. To pulverize our charts, what they and others like Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Eddy Grant and Wham! — even Iron Maiden — had over our continental efforts was an overall superior video savvy at the dawn of MTV, when absolutely nothing mattered more.

Fashionista… read more

Review: Duran Duran in Oakland, 7.7.17

July 8th, 2017

As Simon Le Bon crooned and the capacity crowd swooned, one thing became abundantly clear during the Duran Duran show on July 7 at the Fox Theater in Oakland:

This band most definitely belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

And it’s absolutely baffling that it still has yet to be enshrined, despite being eligible for induction for over 10 years now.

Want me to name names? OK, fine. I’d vote for Duran Duran above Cheap… read more

Staying Power: After nearly 40 years, Duran Duran still causing hearts to race

July 8th, 2017

It might be the least-surprising celebrity revelation ever.

But it seems Simon Le Bon could get a little randy in the early days of Duran Duran.

The lead vocalist is on the line waxing nostalgia about his band’s salad days hanging out at the Rum Runner. It was before the wild 1970s drifted into the not-so-wild 1980s, and the Birmingham nightclub was a booming hot spot where Le Bon would first meet his bandmates and, apparently,… read more

Duran Duran is Music’s Original Startup Founding member Nick Rhodes discusses how the “Rio” rockers have worked to stay relevant for nearly 40 years.

June 29th, 2017

Steve Jobs. Elon Musk. Nick Rhodes?

While the Duran Duran founding member and keyboardist might not be one of the first names you’d think to mention when listing innovators, he certainly deserves to be. That’s because his band, the one best known for its good looks, impeccable fashion, and monster hits such as “Hungry Like the Wolf,” have also long been shrewd observers of the next big thing.

In 1979, before the… read more

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

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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