“I am on my way to Manchester for the first date of our UK tour, which is something we’re all really excited about. There has been a lot going on these past few weeks, but Katy mentioned it was the 30th anniversary of Arcadia’s “So Red the Rose” in the middle of November. She asked me what I thought when I looked back at that time.
Forming Arcadia was really a reaction to the anxiety over what was going to happen … read more
Last night we played at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. It was an amazing show for many reasons. The venue began being constructed in 1935. It took six years to complete. It was a government project to create employment at a time that we now call The Depression. I stood on the low concrete stage and sighted up the auditorium, which is flanked by two massive … well yes … red rocks. I stood there,… read more
So finally it has arrived.
September the 11th; that date with so much attached to it.
And in 2015 we lay our own claim upon it.
Because Ladies & Gentlemen, today we are pleased to announce the launch of our fourteenth studio album, released in its glorious entirety.
So please give us your attention and listen to:
If there was one word to sum up what this record means to us, it is – commitment.
John, Nick,… read more
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
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
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
October 11, 2014 marks the ten year anniversary of Duran Duran’s Astronaut, which was the first full album recorded by the original five members of the band since Seven and the Ragged Tiger in 1983. Drummer Roger Taylor shares his memories of recording the album.
Some people say that certain moments change ones life forever. Well, I think I had one of those moments in the year 2000. A few years earlier I had moved back… read more
Duran Duran’s Bass Guy takes a minute from the UK to wish himself a Happy Birthday…(just kidding!!)
Firstly a HUGE thank you to everyone for the wonderful birthday messages!
The big day this year was a particularly eventful, fun and at times surreal one…It coincided with my good friends John and Phoebe’s wedding day. Not only was I an usher, but I was part of a super-group of musicians who are mutual friends of John and Phoebe’s.
Keyboardist, photographer, designer, collector, list-maker, absurdist, Simpson’s fan…it’s Nick Rhodes birthday!
I have to report that I’m in a pretty exotic location (again) for my birthday ..in the Maldives right down in the Indian Ocean, a mere stone’s throw from Sri Lanka . Plenty of memories flooding in ..remembering that life changing 10 days in 1982 when we filmed the videos for “Hungry Like The Wolf,” “Save A Prayer” and “Lonely In Your Nightmare.”
I would possibly have… read more
I went to Parliament in London yesterday to participate in Men’s Health Week 2013. We were raising awareness of issues at the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse, chaired by Tracey Crouch MP. Tracey is an amazing lady who I met when we both spoke on the UKESAD panel a month or so ago. Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb and I joined academics to tackle the stigma in men’s mental health and advocate for more… read more
MUFC Player of the Year Awards.
After the red carpet, my dear friend, United fan (borderline obsessive) Steven and I were shown into the reception room on the 1st floor in the North Stand at Old Trafford. We were taken straight to ‘the gaffer’, ‘the boss’, that is to say, Sir Alex Ferguson – the greatest football manager of all time. I paid my respects to him, and wished him all goodwill and… read more
Pre-birthday week found me in Florida as the sun shines down on another year, another April, another Birthday. No…I’m not wearing a pair of tartan slacks, golf sweater and a flat cap, Florida ‘retiree’ style..not quite there yet! Just getting some R&R before the big day, which finds me working in both Chicago on the 25th in to the 26th (my actual birthday) and the a private gig in New York… read more
It was 1978 in suburban Birmingham, late one Monday night, I was sitting in my parent’s living room with my neighbourhood friend, John Taylor. There were only three TV channels at this time, providing a very limited viewing choice, but we had spotted a screening of the 1968 cult, Sci-Fi movie called, Barbarella. We were curious, and planned to stay in; what we didn’t realise was how that moment was to change… read more
You may have noticed, I’ve gone a little quiet on Twitter of late. Don’t think I haven’t enjoyed our conversations, as always you have entertained me, made me think and more importantly made me laugh, as I stood in line in airports, thinking I might lose my mind if I had to pack a suitcase one more time and for this I am forever grateful. On the book tour, earlier this year, when I found myself without my band… read more
Enjoy this little V-log I made of a recent Atlantic crossing, from Zurich in Switzerland to Los Angeles. No, I wasn’t carrying Nazi gold… This would be the last entry I made into the United States on a British passport as I now have a US passport. (I was granted dual-citizenship this week, something of which I am proud of and amazed by in equal part) ..
No apologies for the quality- this is pure V-log, shot on hand-held… read more
The 20th Anniversary of Duran Duran [The Wedding Album] brought forth some reflection from the band, who are as proud of this record now as they were in 1993 when it came out. A seminal release in the Duran Duran catalog, Simon, John, Nick, Warren and friends reflect on what the album meant to them.
SIMON LE BON:
Twenty years has gone by since we released The Wedding Album. I’ve been trying to think of something to say… read more
I am very pleased and excited that our Blue to Brown debut album is now officially available via iTunes.
Although we released it physically last year we held the digital release back as we wanted the fans to enjoy the CD, package and artwork.
We now have professional PR involved and have been receiving some very positive press coverage and have received a lot of air play in the UK.
The reviews have all been great so far and we… read more
Just been in Punta Del Este, Uraguay for a few days, and I have to say that it’s one of the most beautiful places I have been to for years. Punta is rich in natural beauty…green…beaches that go on for miles and great weather. I generally come down to South America every January to spend time with family, and more importantly, miss out on the coldest month of the year in London :)…although the ‘guiltometer’… read more
GONE GIRL – GILLIAN FLYNN
UNCLE TOM’S CABIN – HARRIET BEECHER STOWE
THE PATRICK MELROSE TRILOGY – EDWARD ST AUBYN
Films & TV:
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
KEN BURNS’ CIVIL WAR
THE BEACH BOYS LIVE AT KNEBWORTH 1980
Gig- EXIT FESTIVAL in Serbia
Party- Nick’s 50th Birthday in London
Event-… read more
Last night in London, I was honoured to meet the godfather of avant-garde cinema, Jonas Mekas. It was on the eve of a new show at the Serpentine Gallery, highlighting his extraordinary career. His influence can be seen everywhere today, even by those who may not be aware. He pioneered visual diaries, many decades before the Internet was unleashed. He looked at the world in a different way, at a different time and helped … read more
Between Hurricane Sandy and the recent U.S. election my own achievements with ITPG seem hardly worth mentioning. But music is important too. It was a realization, at the conversation with Margaret Moser in Austin, when I said “In our house pop stars were more important than politicians.” My mother never mentioned politics, nor did my dad, hardly – but pop was talked about all the time. The songs and the haircuts.… read more
It only feels like yesterday that we were performing to thousands of you every night and jet setting around the world!
The tour had been going so well, and the band seemed to be getting better, and stronger, each night so it was a bit of a disappointment having to cancel the last few shows due to Nick’s illness. We all felt so badly about it.
There are some great aspects to touring, including visits to new and exotic… read more
Good morning from Udaipur. It was an awful long journey; took all day to get here. But waking up to this view makes it all seem worth while. Yasmin’s up on the roof working. Amber and I will probably wander off to the Lakeside Palace after our leisurely breakfast.
Well would you believe it? Leaves are turning red and gold; there’s mist, wait no, goddammit – it’s FOG; if you’re still going out just in a t-shirt, there’s some seriously chilly-nipple action; it’s noticeably earlier when the dusk draws in; hell! some shops are starting the Xmas marketing drive. AND… they haven’t put the clocks back yet. Yes, it’s late October,… read more
Do any of you use a ‘Daily Meditation’ book? I do. I love those pocket-size sound-bite oriented self-help books, usually formatted to a page to a day, filled with positive ideas about the self and selfhood, geared to getting us through the day in a better way. I have a few, mostly kept in the bathroom. Sometimes when I wake with a dull throb of guilt or fear, negative ideas of life crowding in on me – can you relate? –… read more
Three States in a day! Woke up in North Carolina after a fantastic show in Durham the night before. That audience worked the band! So much energy, we loved every minute! Afterwards it was back to the hotel for an episode of “Breaking Bad.: Hooked on season 3 right now, as is Dom. Next morning went for a woodland run followed by a long steam, then got all packed and headed off to Portsmouth, Virginia. There was the usual… read more
We all love Atlanta and having been here 3 times in the past 18 months, it almost feels like home. It’s the third time I’ve played with the band at Chastain Amphitheatre, which is a fantastic open air venue, and we also played a much smaller club venue last April. Atlanta has such a amazing atmosphere and I always seem to meet great people here. A couple of hours before last night’s show I was sat in a restaurant… read more
I am writing this having just got off stage at the Botanic Gardens in Memphis. I always get a special feeling performing in Memphis, due to it’s musical history and the general air of magic, and tonight was no different. The 7,000 + audience were fantastic though I think we had to work a little harder at the beginning of the show due to the chairs and tables deal at the front but by the end it was as raucous as any Duran gig.… read more
Late arrival from Los Angeles – must’ve got stuck in the mailbag.
Very laid back, not quite Hotel California; it’s more like The Hissing of Summer Lawns up here in the Hollywood Hills. A yellow butterfly landed on my tummy, stretched, spread itself like a tattoo, then off it flew.
OC was hot and humid; choking and binding we wowed the the Cali crowd; pretty tanned girls with beach blonde hair, dark boyfriends.… read more
‘La Dolca Vita’ is the phrase that springs to mine we I reflect on our latest run through Italy , the country that we have had a long love affair with …in fact it seems like a marriage that gets stronger and stronger with time and the relationship between us never seems to fade…I felt that these have been the most well received show’s in Italy since my time back with the band..with particularly… read more
What an extraordinary city! It’s been almost 20 years since my last visit (I spent a fortune on a bottle of Chateau Latour) and have been looking forward to arriving here for weeks.
We got in to our hotel late, about 4am Sunday after a show in Macedonia. Everyone was happy, but tired. I woke up at midday and knew I wanted to get over to the old part of the city, which I now know is known as Sultanahmet (named for Sultan Ahmet,… read more
Hello all, I am writing this Postcard from the beautiful city of Prague.
As well as really enjoying the show last night I have had a wonderful time strolling the quaint streets of this enchanting place in the gorgeous sunshine!
As well as coming here to perform a few years ago with DD I have been several times with my wife Martha.
In fact she first brought me here a few weeks after we first met for a little ‘romantic break’.… read more
It may sound delusional, but one of the great things about this job, is the fact that time and time again, on an almost regular basis, we keep on having encounters with superlatives.
Last night’s show at Lunar Park indoor arena, in Buenos Aires, was one such occasion. In the bus back to the hotel from the venue, as we sat in our soaked stage clothing, we all agreed it was possibly the best show that we’d ever played,… read more
I’m sitting on a bus, driving into Sao Paulo, after deplaning from Rio. It’s almost six p.m. We’ll be at the hotel soon and I can’t wait. Getting bumped around in rush hour traffic is not terribly glamourous.
Great show in Rio last night, and it had been a long day. I wasn’t expecting as much, but you never know which gigs are going to catch fire. This one did.
We have been in Sao Paulo a few times… read more
Relentless rain in Rio, who cares we’re still in Rio! With Sugarloaf and seeing Jesus off the to do list, did a very non committal gym work out and then overdosed on desserts at the All you can Eat buffet, Great! Simon Willescroft suggested Caipirinhas in the rain. I don’t normally drink before the show as I said in my last postcard but it was chucking it down so we went for a beach hut pub crawl. We drank Caipirinhas… read more
Going down to Antigua to sail on the newly restored Eilean, the boat we filmed the Rio video on in 1982, was a much better experience than the nostalgic one I had anticipated it would be.
As it happened, we were staying on the same beach in English Harbour, that we stayed, and filmed on, all those years ago. It’s not surprising then, that we did spend an inordinate amount of time trying to work out, for example, which wooden… read more
We stopped off in Antigua ‘en route’ to South America for our concert dates there to say hi to ‘Eilaen,’ the boat that was featured in the “Rio” video on this very island. She has been fully restored to her former glory and it feels very nostalgic to be walking her decks and around the locations of the video 30 years later…and Antigua is a wonderful place to be for any reason!… read more
Well, I’m nearly at the end of my trip to Japan. In the week that I’ve been here, I’ve seen some amazing sights – and you have to remember that I’ve been coming here for thirty years; I’ve spent some very relaxing times at traditional Japanese Ryokans; I’ve spent an awful lot of time in hot spring baths, or onsens, which were outside in the sunshine, inside beautiful 18th Century… read more