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<< 2002 2003 2004 >>

The band spend a third year demoing new songs for Astronaut. They send a sampler CD to publishers. The Duran Duran - (2003) - The Reunion Tour.

Date Event
? Duran Duran celebrates the 25th anniversary of the formation of the band in 1978.
? Aikawa Nanase album ID:2 released, featuring John Taylor.
? The promo compilation album and book EMI Gold 2003 featuring a live recording of "Save A Prayer" is released in Taiwan.
? The Devils release a video for "Hawks Don't Share" - directed by Nick Rhodes, produced by Gary Oldknow. (YouTube).
Jan 28 Warren Cuccurullo's album Trance Formed released.
Jan 28 Duran Duran are participating in the first Music Issue for British Vogue with a number of top bands. Their shoot is tomorrow and they will be photographed by Mario Testino. This issue will hit the streets in early Spring. (Source).
? The compilation album Covered released, featuring The Droyds version of "Girls on Film".
Feb Mastermix: Issue 199 - February 2003 released, containing an 80's Heroes mix by Richard Wood featuring six Duran Duran tracks.
Feb 17 The Devils: The Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany (with Gary Numan)
The show is taped for the Music Planet 2Nite show for Arte TV. It is the only full performance the band have done thus far.
bootlegged on Devils: In Cologne, The Devils Show - Soundcheck and Live In Koln 2003
Feb 25 Mindi Abair's album It Just Happens That Way released, featuring John Taylor'
Mar 14 James Angell: The Aladdin Theatre, Portland, Oregon, USA.
guest musicians included John Taylor on bass; released on Private Player In Concert DVD
? The Devils release a video for Big Store, with a different version of the song. Produced by Gary Oldknow. (Video Clip).
Mar 24 "Ordinary World" is included on the compilation album Unplugged: As Good As It Gets.
Apr Duran announces their first tour dates together in eighteen years with the original line up of Simon, Andy, Nick, John and Roger. The first shows (in Japan) go on sale and the renowned 8,000 capacity Budokan Arena in Tokyo sells out in a staggering thirty minutes! A second sell out show at the Budokan is added to the five other dates.
May ? Publishing of famed photographer Mario Testino photos for British Vogue magazine's May Issue, from Jan 29th; becomes the first magazine to publish a photo of the reunited band. The cover of the magazine features Kate Moss looking like Ziggy Stardust. The band get a double page. (Magazine Issue).
May 5 The Dandy Warhols release Welcome To The Monkey House. The album receives critical acclaim and rave reviews for its Duran/Bowie-esque influences – brought to the project by Nick Rhodes’ finely tuned production skills.
May 12 EMI release Singles Box Set 1981-1985, a thirteen-CD collection of the band’s singles to coincide with the 25th Anniversary.
May? Shoo Magazine: Summer 2003 published, featuring an exclusive photo shoot by Nick Rhodes.
May? Duran finishes the demo sessions and plans to go out on tour with the songs.
Jun? The band produce a teaser CD to show to potential publishers while they are out on the tour. The teaser CD has demo versions of a few of the unfinished songs: "Virus", "(Reach Up for The) Sunrise", "TV vs Radio", "Taste the Summer", "Salt in the Rainbow" and "Pretty Ones".
Jun?? Duran in Tuscany, Italy - their first return to the country as the original five. They throw a party, and the event is recorded for that evenings news. (YouTube), (YouTube).
Jun EMI release re-mastered versions of Duran Duran's Rio and Seven and the Ragged Tiger.
Jun? The band members announce their first American dates in eighteen years, including a night at the legendary Roxy Theatre on Sunset in Los Angeles (the first West Coast venue they played some 20 plus years earlier). The show is announced by the band on LA’s KROQ radio. Fans sleep outside the venue for nights in order to secure tickets to the Roxy show. A star-studded audience includes Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani, fellow No Doubt’ers Tony Kanal and Adrien Young, actor Nicolas Cage, Christina Applegate, Beck, Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols.
Jun? Duran announces more US dates, including The Joint at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas which sells out in less than 10 minutes, with a second date being quickly added. Another celebrity-packed audience attends the concert and after-party, hosted by Hard Rock founder Peter Morton. Guests include singer Macy Gray, comedian Jimmy Fallon and Oscar-winner Adrien Brody amongst others.
Jun ? Monkey Dust: Season 2, Episode 4 broadcast on BBC Three in the UK, featuring "Rio".
Jun? EMI release a 2-DVD Greatest compilation containing all of the band’s seminal videos.
Jul Erol Alkan Presents One Louder featuring Duran Duran is given away with Muzik Magazine in the UK.
Jul 3? The band fly to Japan to kick off their Reunion Tour.
Jul 5 Duran Duran appear on Tokyo FM Radio. Fans are pressed up against the windows. Roger likens it to being in a goldfish bowl. Nick makes a Taylors joke. (YouTube).
Jul 7 Duran Duran: Jo Hall, Osaka, Japan.
available on Encore Series: Osaka July 7, 2003 and Osaka Jo Hall: July 7, 2003
Jul 8 Duran Duran: Zepp, Fukuoka, Japan.
available on Encore Series: Fukuoka July 8, 2003
Jul 10 Duran Duran: Century Hall, Nagoya, Japan.
available on Encore Series: Nagoya July 10, 2003
Jul 11 Duran Duran: Budokan, Tokyo, Japan.
available on Encore Series: Tokyo July 11, 2003 and Budokan: July 11, 2003
Jul 12 Duran Duran: Budokan, Tokyo, Japan.
available on Encore Series: Tokyo July 12, 2003, Duran Duran At Budokan DVD, Budokan: 03 and Come Back to Budokan.
Jul 12/13? Robert Palmer's Final Show, Meli Melo Night, Tokyo. A special event organised by Nick Wood in partnership with an eyewear firm. Robert Palmer performs in Tokyo, featuring Andy Taylor (Duran Duran), Sadistic Mika Band, Koichi Korenaga (Rebecca), and Nick Wood. Also at the show is Simon Le Bon, and Chris Corner from The Sneaker Pimps. Palmer looks terribly unfit, and would pass away of a Heart Attack in September. (Simply Irresistible), (Addicted to Love), (Mama Talk To Your Daughter), (Chauffeur with Chris Corner).
Jul 14? The band fly back to America.
Jul 15? One of Adam Weissler's earlier interviews with Duran Duran. West Hollywood, 2003. The one where Nicks makeup is in no need of retouching, and the shoot is endlessly delayed with phone calls. (YouTube).
Jul 15 Dani Behr interviews celebs at the Roxy show for eXtra (YouTube).
Jul 15 Duran Duran: The Roxy, Los Angeles CA, USA.
Jul 16 The band featured on CNN News. Clips from The Roxy event. John says when they were young, the band wanted number 1s; now they want to be relevant. Andy suggests they are still looking for number 1s, in "a relevant sort of way". (YouTube).
Jul 16 Duran Duran at The Roxy event report features on Access Hollywood; bootlegged on The Video Archives: Volume XXXV 2003-2004. In attendance are Gwen Stefani and Christina Applegate. Christina said "They were our Beatles." Andy says "It wasnt a party in Sri Lanka, jumping around in elephants p*ss.". News that Michael Jackson wanted to make a song with the band. (YouTube).
Jul 16 Duran Duran: Pacific Ampitheatre, Costa Mesa CA, USA.
available on Encore Series: Costa Mesa July 16, 2003 and Live At Orange County 2003
Jul 17 Duran Duran: The Joint (Hard Rock Hotel), Las Vegas NV, USA.
available on Encore Series: Las Vegas July 17, 2003
Jul 19 Duran Duran: The Joint (Hard Rock Hotel), Las Vegas NV, USA
Jul The band records their five Japanese shows, one of their Las Vegas dates and their first show in Orange County, to release both individually and as part of the Encore Series: Box Set, available only on the Internet through themusic.com.
Jul 24 The Best Of The Power Station album released by EMI.
Aug 1 American Wedding film released, featuring "The Reflex".
Aug 9 Nina Blackwood's Absolutely 80s: 03-32 broadcast in the USA, featuring Duran Duran.
Aug 10 Duran Duran Appreciation Day picked up by YM Magazine, and the news spreads. (DD.com).
Aug 12 Bloodhound Gang's One Fierce Beer Run DVD released, featuring commentary by John Taylor.
Aug 27 Fan interviews and band interviewed ahead of their show at The Ritz. (YouTube).
Aug 27 Duran Duran: The Ritz, The Webster Hall, New York NY, USA.
Duran mania spreads to New York when the band plays their first date in eighteen years on the East Coast at Webster Hall (formerly The Ritz). All 1,500 tickets sell out in a mind blowing two minutes, crashing the Ticketmaster website for at least 30 minutes.
bootlegged on Back Together - Back At The Ritz and Live In The Ritz
Aug 27 The show and after party celebration is attended by many New Yorkers happy to see the band back together including Christie Turlington, Edward Burns, Chloe Sevigny, Debbie Harry, Tatum O’Neal, Famke Janssen, Michael Musto, The Donnas and film director Brett Ratner. JT interviewed, says DD are making a comeback. It feels like home. (YouTube).
Aug 28 The band members attend the MTV Video Music Awards in New York as presenters the night after their show at the Ritz, and are surprised with a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Kelly Osbourne and Avril Lavigne. The band sits with Justin Timberlake
bootlegged on The Video Archives: Volume XXXV 2003-2004. (Award Surprise), (Post-Interview).
Aug 29 Simon is featured in the Vanity Fair all-music issue doing a Q&A with George Wayne in New York, the day after the band wins their surprise MTV Award.
Aug/Sept? During this period the teaser CD with short demo versions of a few of the unfinished songs (used to demonstrate the new work to potential labels and producers) was leaked to the Internet and quickly copied throughout the band's fan base. The songs on the CD were "Virus", "(Reach Up for The) Sunrise", "TV vs Radio", "Taste the Summer", "Salt in the Rainbow" and "Pretty Ones". The collection was known as The Beautiful Colours EP after another song was discovered Beautiful Colours (song), and included with Another Astronaut - The Demos and Beautiful Colours. The band were very unhappy about the leak and with the exception of "(Reach Up for The) Sunrise" which became their first single, and "Taste the Summer", the leaked songs were not included in the final version of Astronaut.
Sep 19 Duran Duran: Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara CA, USA.
Sep 20 Duran Duran: KROQ Inland Invasion III, Hyundai Pavilion, San Bernardino CA, USA.
bootlegged on KROQ Inland Invasion
Sep 20 "Rio" (US Edit) is included on the compilation album Hanging With The Strokes, given away with the British music paper NME.
Sep 21 Duran Duran: Now & Zen Fest, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco CA, USA.
bootlegged on Now & Zen Fest 03
? The live compilation album Alice@97.3: This Is Alice Music 8 released, featuring Duran Duran at the Now & Zen Fest.
Sep 26 Power Station lead singer Robert Palmer dies suddenly of a heart attack in France. He had reportedly smoked 60 cigarettes a day. The band share heartfelt thoughts - DD.com Thoughts on Robert Palmer.
Sep 28 Simon is a co-presenter, with Lisa Maffia of So Solid Crew, at the MOBO Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Simon thanks God for the history of the band. (Youtube).
Oct 2 Duran launches their paid Fan Community at www.duranduranmusic.com, making concert tickets available to members first, as well as showcasing exclusive photos, footage and content.
Oct 2 Q Magazine and Nile Rodgers presents Duran Duran with The Q Lifetime Achievement Award at the Park Lane Hotel in London. The event is televised around the world. It comes only five weeks after the MTV lifetime award. They pay tribute to Robert Palmer, who died last week. bootlegged on Transmissions 2003. (DD.com).
Oct 3 The band interviewed for GMTV. There is a debate as to how many millions records they have sold. Nick says they are playing Boston that night. (FB Vid).
Oct 3 Duran Duran: Mixfest, Fleet Center, Boston MA, USA.
Oct 11 Duran Duran: House Of Blues, New Orleans LA, USA.
Oct 12 The band fly to London.
Oct 14 Duran Duran: Forum Kentish Town, London, UK
The band plays their first UK show since 1984 as the original lineup to an ecstatic sold-out crowd. Fans camp out at The Forum, in Kentish Town, London; Sky News reports that there were over 200,000 requests for tickets for a venue that could only hold 2,000 people. Simon sings Friends of Mine with extra venom. Bootlegged on London Forum. (Intro, screaming), (FOM, HLTW), (ITSISK clip), (CM clip), (SAP clip).
Oct 15 The reunion mentioned on UKs GMTV with a news report about the Kentish Town show. (YouTube).
Oct 15 Duran participate in a Prince's Trust fundraiser at the Royal Albert Hall, entitled 'Fashion Rocks' As the band performs "Girls on Film", models including Yasmin Le Bon strut the catwalk dressed in Donna Karan. The televised event raises over one million pounds for charity. Bootlegged on Transmissions 2003 (YouTube), (YouTube 1:20).
Late Oct/Nov? 25th Anniversary of the formation of Duran Duran, with Stephen Duffy.
Nov 7? The band fly to America.
Nov 8 Duran Duran: The Borgata Casino Event Centre, Atlantic City NJ, USA.
Nov 9 Duran Duran: Warner Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
Nov 9 Roger meets Gisella Bernales, the daughter of a Peruvian ambassador, during the band's after-party in Washington D.C. In 2007, Roger described this meeting as 'Love at first sight'. He was still married for his first wife Giovanna at this time.
Nov 10 Duran Duran: Tower Theatre, Philadelphia PA, USA.
Nov 12 Power Station drummer Tony Thompson dies of kidney cancer.
Nov 13 Duran Duran: Agora, Cleveland OH, USA.
bootlegged on Agora Theatre, Cleveland: November 13, 2003
Nov 14 Duran Duran: Kool Haus, Toronto ON, Canada.
Nov 15 Duran Duran: Royal Oak, Detroit MI, USA.
Nov 15 Brazilian acoustic rock musician Emmerson Nogueira releases the album Versão Acústica 3, featuring a cover version of "Ordinary World".
Nov 17 Duran Duran: House Of Blues, Chicago IL, USA.
Nov 18 Duran Duran: House Of Blues, Chicago IL, USA.
Nov 19 Duran Duran: House Of Blues, Chicago IL, USA.
Nov 21 Duran Duran: Tabernacle, Atlanta GA, USA.
Nov 22 Duran Duran: Twiropa, New Orleans LA, USA.
Nov 23 Duran Duran: Cullen Auditorium, Houston TX, USA.
Nov 24 Duran Duran: Majestic Theatre, Dallas TX, USA
Nov 26 Duran Duran: Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque MN, USA.
Nov 28 Duran Duran: Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix AZ, USA.
Nov 29 Duran Duran: Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ, USA.
Nov 30 Duran Duran: 4th & B Theatre, San Diego CA, USA.
bootlegged on 4th & B Theatre, San Diego: November 30, 2003
Dec 2 The Deftones perform The Chauffeur, at Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota. (YouTube).
Dec 3? The band fly to New Zealand.
Dec The band joins pop star Robbie Williams as the special guests on his tour of Australia and New Zealand (December 2003). The first stadium concert in Sydney sells 50,000 tickets in one hour, and a second Sydney date is added because of the demand.
Dec 4? DD were the lead story and front page headline of the NZ Herald. They were in the social pages a lot and seemingly attended every party in NZ and invited every lady in the country to the show during their small amount of time there.
Dec 5? The band give a New Zealand press conference, recorded for New Zealand TV. Andy explains how Robbie Williams phoned them up one day. The band watched his performance Live at Knebworth, and decided to give it a go. (YouTube).
Dec 5? The band record an interview for New Zealand TV. Robbie Williams has not yet jointed them. Clip of press conference. Nick makes a joke about why they all look so good. Their favourite lines from a song. Clip of fans at signing. (YouTube).
Dec 5? The band attend a meet and greet in a late night bar (before Robbie Williams joins the tour). The bar is suspected to be SPQR at 150 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland. (Source).
Dec 6? Nick and Roger interviewed for New Zealand TV. Roger plays a Xylophone/metal keyboard. The host explains one of SLB's doodles (which he snatched). Nick talks about the new digital shift in marketing. (YouTube).
Dec 6 Duran Duran: Western Springs, Auckland, New Zealand.
Dec 7 The band fly to Australia.
Dec 8 Duran Duran: Brisbane Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Australia.
Dec 9 Duran Duran: Metro Nightclub, Melbourne, Australia.
Dec 10 Duran Duran: Telstra Dome, Melbourne, Australia.
Dec 12 Duran Duran: Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia.
Dec 13 Duran Duran: Aussie Stadium, Sydney, Australia.
Dec 14 Duran Duran: Aussie Stadium, Sydney, Australia.
Dec 16 Duran Duran: Indoor Stadium, Singapore, Singapore.
After a successful stint Down Under with Robbie Williams, where the band adds solo shows to cope with fan demand, they finish 2003 with a sold out show in Singapore; bootlegged on Live In Singapore
Dec 17 The film Monster, starring Charlize Theron, is released in the United States, featuring the song "All She Wants Is"; the film is later nominated for an Oscar, and the band finds out director Patty Jenkins is a fan.
? Duran teams up with Amnesty International, participating in their Second Annual Music for Humanity Auction. The band auctions off concert tickets, backstage passes and a signed skateboard on EBay to raise money and awareness for Amnesty International.
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