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  1. We can only hope that more people do this after a concert. This is what the person said in their comment at the link below in regards to an article on the Lyceum concert. http://notw.typepad.com/showbiz/2007/12/duran-duran-lyc.html
  2. An open letter...

    This thread is starting to look more and more like a legal drama.
  3. RCM out of UK top 100 Album chart

    Looks like it got a bit of jump from X factor.
  4. FemaleFirst interview

    Thanks to TwoMinutesLater for posting in the too much information forum. I thought there were a couple of intersting comments made that i higlighted below. Duran Duran's pop Massacre Yesterday 08:15 The raunchy promo caused uproar and was banned by the BBC and heavily edited by MTV, giving the band the kind of press coverage they could previously only dream of. MTV - which had launched just weeks before the 'Girls on Film' video was released - became instrumental for the band when it came to cracking America, something many UK acts before Duran Duran and proceeding them have failed to do. Hits like 'Hungry Like The Wolf', 'Rio', 'Save a Prayer' and 'Wild Boys' were heavily rotated on the channel and music bible Rolling Stone handed them the title "the first rock group to ride in on a video wave". However, by 1985 - when they were arguable at the height of their fame, after winning two Grammy awards, achieving numerous top 10 hits worldwide and playing to sold-out venues across the globe - rifts were beginning to develop. During a well earned long break, the group appeared to split into two factions, with Andy and John wanting to pursue solo projects and Simon, Nick and still dedicated to Duran Duran. Then, in 1986, Roger left the band citing exhaustion and after some legal wrangling Andy also quit. Although the band never officially disbanded, what followed was years of reshuffles in the group, but one constant remained - the ability to churn out songs, 1993's 'Ordinary World' was an unexpected hit around the world. It wasn't until 2000 that the original five members would finally be reunited. The reformed group released their 11th studio album 'Astronaut' in 2004 and proved they still had a massive following. The LP entered the UK album chart at number three and the US charts at number 17. The band followed the success up with a world tour and went on to headline the Live 8 concert in Rome in 2005. But, by 2006, old tensions had resurfaced and Andy left the group for a second time, later explaining he was in favor of a more electric sound, whereas Simon wanted to go in a different direction. That different direction involved hiring a crack team of hip musicians, including superproducer Timbaland and the reigning king of pop Justin Timberlake, to make Duran Duran cool and relevant once again. Despite the superstar collaborators, the album 'Red Carpet Massacre' has provided the band with the second poorest debut chart entry of their career, reaching just number 44 in Britain. 'Falling Down', a catchy club tune produced by Justin, seemed to be the most sensible option to release as the first single, but that too failed to make it into the top 40 of the UK singles chart, limping in at a disappointing 52. However, as the past 26 years will pay testament, this is one band who will not surrender at the first hurdle. But as the Rolling Stones and to a lesser extent the newly reformed Spice Girls - who also had disappointing sales with their comeback single - have shown, sticking to what you know best guarantees success in the fickle world they call the music industry, and getting down with the kids doesn't work when you are nearing 50! So guys, perhaps it's time to pull out those sweat bands and restyle those mullets and give us another blast of 'her name is Rio and she dances on the sand...' Here, Simon, Nick, Roger and John, talk about "foreplay" with Justin Timberlake, making music that makes people "want to have sex" and their plans for the future. Q: Hi guys, what do you think of the state of the music industry at the moment? Are you fans of TV talent shows like 'The X Factor'? Roger: Not really. But there is nothing wrong with shows likes that. As for the acts they produce, it's where you are going not where you came from. John: I wish there was more focus on song writing. Q: What advice would you give the acts that come from these shows about entering the music industry? Roger: Start writing your own songs and get a good music lawyer. Q: You have worked with some very contemporary, young artists on the new album. How did that come about? Nick: We were huge fans of Justin's first album, I think it was about as perfect as a pop record can be. And I loved what Timbaland had done with Missy Elliott in the past. It just seemed like a good fit for us. And then we all happened to have a few days in New York to get together and see what we came up with. Q: Were you nervous about working with them before you started recording with them, and do you think they were nervous about working with you? Nick: There was a palpable sense of excitement in the room. It was perfumed with adrenaline and nervous energy. At first, things moved as slowly as a chess match, everyone acting with great caution, but once the foreplay was over, we gathered in the control room and I said to Timbaland, 'So, have you got a beat to play for us?' Q: Do you have a desire to nurture the next generation of musician's like Justin? Roger: Not really, he was nurturing us? Q: I don't think anyone would have expected Duran Duran to collaborate with people like Timbaland and Justin Timberlake. Is it important to you to keep on confounding people's expectations about what Duran Duran is all about? Roger: Yes definitely! Simon: Everything we do has to have class, be meaningful, and above all make you dance and want to have sex. On one level we're a really experimental band, and 'Red Carpet Massacre' is one of our most important albums. Q: It seems to be a slight change of direction musically. Do you think you will continue down this route and maybe work with the likes of Timbaland again? Nick: We've never been bound by rules. Many of our most successful recordings were made with dance producers, particularly Nile Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards, so working with Timbaland was a natural fit. Q: You are still seen as one the ultimate 'video bands', how important is video to you now? John: 7 out of 10 Q: What is the story behind calling the new album 'Red Carpet Massacre'? Simon: The press were absolutely f***ing ripping the Hollywood A-listers to shreds with these comments about what they were wearing, and I just thought, 'God, they've been massacred.' The lyrics just came to me. It's a fantasy of evening dresses, cleavage, sexy chicks, having them fighting each other, pulling each other's hair. That's my fantasy. Breasts and a little bit of blood spatter. Q: 'Red Carpet Massacre' and 'Falling Down' both failed to make it into the top 40. Does it bother you when your work doesn't become a huge commercial success? Roger: No, our career is not really dependent on airplay or chart positions. Simon: This album was all about doing something new, which has always been Duran Duran's ethic. It has also allowed us to push through to new countries. Q: What are the band's plans from this point forward? Will there be more singles? A tour? John: Christmas break - then plans to tour the US, Australia, Japan, the UK and Europe Q: Is it true that there is a whole Duran Duran album on the shelf from when Andy Taylor left the band that you couldn't use because he wouldn't allow it? Roger: Yes it's true, and maybe one day they will be released. Q: Andy is writing his autobiography at the moment, is that a cause for any nervousness from any of you? Any skeletons that might get rattled? Roger: Only his. John: Not at all. At this point everything is in the open as far as I am concerned Q: Do you predict an end for Duran Duran at any point or will you become the Rolling Stones for your generation and keep going forever? Roger: I can't see an end right now. John: We will keep going forever. Or we might quit after Christmas! By Kate Sole.
  5. An open letter...

    That post was deleted and so was the user "esecallum". I'm tired of having to put up with those idiotic posts meant only to stir up trouble. I did find, however, the links to electric shock treatment and germ treatment interesting.
  6. lyceum pics

    Great pictures!
  7. An open letter...

    Sorry, but you don't really know what happened either. And what reason would they have for lying? And if they are lying, why isn't Andy suing them or coming out with a statement to counteract what they are saying in the press? How more official can you get than the remaining 4 members telling the story? Furthermore, why hasn't Andy made a statement on his side of the story? Wait....I guess we'll have to buy his book to find out. Honestly, its too bad that he left and I wish they could have stay togther as the orginal 5 member band, but the Andy Taylor fans have to get over the fact that he is gone. He left the band high and dry once before why is it so hard to believe he would do it again?
  8. An open letter...

    So what do you call the book that he is writing?
  9. #158 on billboard 200

    I think we get it.
  10. NITE RUNNER 2nd single

    Actually with the exception of the too much information forum and FAQ's forum, you have to be registered to read all other forums.
  11. RCM, the flop !!!

    I just helped her. Duran Duran fan my Aunt Fanny!
  12. RCM, the flop !!!

    So we are back pedaling on NR and SD now? More T&T? Timbaland is on those songs enough! What you are suggesting is to simply take the name Duran Duran out of those ongs. The songs are what they are.
  13. RCM out of UK top 100 Album chart

    Greatest or RCM?
  14. Duran Duran starts over

    I'm sure it will all be in his book.
  15. sing blue silver 2008 THE EVENT

    As long as no one gets hurt.