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The band mix their 15th studio album, Future Past, and get ready for release in October. A small number of concerts are rearranged for 2022 due to a global pandemic.

Date Event
Jan 4 Synthesiser makers Roland presents an interview with Nick ahead of his Lifetime Achievement Award at the sixth annual event. Past recipients include: Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Thomas Dolby, Jean-Michel Jarre, Omar Hakim, and Phuture's DJ Pierre & Spanky. The presentation is recorded in a 20min video. (Vimeo).
Jan 8 The band release a cover of David Bowie's song 'Five Years', a cover of the David Bowie song off of Ziggy Stardust. It is performed the following evening on “Celebrating Bowie: Just for One Day” Live Stream, which celebrated David’s birthday while raising monies for the Save the Children charity. (YouTube).
Jan 8 In advance of the Bowie celebration, JT picks some of his favourite Bowie tracks as well as a couple of DD Bowie covers for this extensive playlist. (Spotify).
Jan 9 Duran Duran appear among a star studded line-up during a virtual concert in celebration of David Bowie, Mike Garson's A David Bowie Tribute: Just For One Day. The concert included contributions from Duran Duran with Five Years, Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Macy Gray, Charlie Sexton, Perry Ferrall, Peter Frampton, Dave Navarro, and Boy George, and many more (News). Pay-per-view virtual concert tickets also became available from Rolling Live Studios, so fans could re-watch the event. (Tickets).
Jan 10 Realising that Duran will outlive them all, a host of tired old music magazines do an about-face and give their support to Duran Duran for their cover song Five Years. “‘Five Years’ is…the opening track from Bowie’s classic 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, an LP that inspired all the young dudes from Duran Duran to take up instruments and chase the rock ‘n’ roll dream.” – Billboard “Duran Duran Deliver Blazing Cover of David Bowie’s ‘Five Years’.” – Rolling Stone “Duran Duran are back in Ziggy Stardust style.” – Entertainment Tonight Canada “They add in their own flair and pull it off well.” – Brooklyn Vegan “Stellar.” – Loudwire “Stirring Take.” – NME.
Jan 11 Duran Duran officially open an account on Giphy. A selection of animated Gif are uploaded in support of the 'Five Years' single, with transparent backgrounds, for embedding of mainly blogs, mailing lists and forums. (DD Gighy).
Jan 13 Rolling Stone magazine includes the band on their list of the '54 Most Anticipated Albums of 2021'. The has-been publication manages to rank Duran's forthcoming album in 50th place of 54 albums. (Link).
Jan 21 Roland and National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) formally presents Nick with his Lifetime Achievement, during a 1 hour NAMM awards event, broadcast for free to registered users on Believeinmusic.tv (DD.com news), (Facebook Event).
Jan 26 Sirius Radio announce two Duran-centric events: “Duran 40,” an exclusive playlist on Pandora, will feature the band’s biggest hits and fan favorites, along with commentary from the band and special guests, kicking off on January 28. “Duran 40” will be hosted by the BBC’s Claudia Winkleman. Broadcast versions will air on SiriusXM’s Volume (channel 106) and First Wave (channel 33). (DD.com News), (News).
Jan 27 Simon Le Bon’s WHOOOSH! show moves to Sirius XM Volume for a 9pm weekly music show, with co-host Katy Krassner, on the Volume Channel. The show will re-air at the weekend. (News).
Jan 28 Duran Duran get ready to premiere their new video for “Five Years” exclusively on YouTube, with Nick doing an Instagram Live chat thirty minutes before the launch and John talking with fans on YouTube for the last ten minutes leading up to the debut.
Jan 28 "Five Years" video released on the official YouTube channel, with a mimed performance of the song, featuring Mike Garson on piano. John can clearly be seen corpsing at one point. The video is a first of its kind, with the virtual reality team painting ethereal imagery using Tiltbrush, and then, using the Unity game engine, put it all in a timeline for the crew to merge with the imagery of the band. This is the first time anyone has ever shot each member of a band separately and then hand-painted a world in virtual reality around them. (YouTube)
Jan 30 “The Sparks Brothers” film had its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Nick said "I’m happy to see Edgar Wright’s glorious Sparks documentary is being released from the cutting room. It is a whirlwind journey through half a century of one of the most inventive and underrated bands out there. It’s a real thrill to see their resilience, fuelled by artistry and humour, continue to triumph. Watch it as soon as you can!"
Jan 30 Salon magazine celebrates the 40th anniversary of the band’s debut single, “Planet Earth,” which was released on February 2, 1981. This terrific piece not only discusses the album, but the band returning to a space theme throughout their career. (Article).
Feb 2 40th anniversary of Duran Duran's first single, the UK release of Planet Earth.
Feb 2 ThisIsDig.com feature their Top 20 DD songs. (Link).
Feb 5 John Taylor becomes a proud step-grandfather, as Gela's son Travis and his wife Veronica Nash give birth to a Son. (Facebook and Photo).
Feb 12 Record sleeve designer Malcolm Garrett gives and interview for Louder Than War.com. He reveals some stories to go with the artwork. (Article).
Feb 13 The band talk to BBC's Claudia Winkleman for a BBC Radio 2 1hr special podcast show Duran Duran at 40, which airs May (Show), (Episodes).
Feb 14 The second 1hr episode of Duran Duran at 40 on BBC Radio 2, airs May. (Show).
Feb 15 Nick is a guest on the podcast “Last Party on Earth,” with host Tiga, speaking for almost 1:45mins. Nick's hard drive broke in 2020. He has worked with Wendy Bevan for months, making 4 albums worth of instrumentals. Simon yet to sing final vocals on a couple of Moroder tracks. He has sorted through 140,000 of his digital photos. Style matters. Loves magic, Leonard Cohen and David Bowie. The early band played 'Risk'. Growing up stories. Living in fear of 'Prince' and 'The Police'. (Link/Listen).
Feb 16 Andy Taylor is 60 years old today.
Feb 18 duranasty.com enters its 19th year.
Feb 22 Beautiful Colors: The Posters of Duran Duran (Second Edition) is released.

An updated edition of the 300-page art book, released in celebration of Duran Duran’s 40th anniversary. "Duran Duran’s 40th anniversary deserves a proper celebration, and there’s no one better equipped to do it than Durandy. Andrew Golub, the Duran Duran archivist, author, and activist known to fans worldwide as “Durandy,” is releasing his third book - an updated edition of Beautiful Colors: The Posters of Duran Duran. With luxurious new packaging and expanded content. (News), (Buy on Amazon).

Mar 1 Simon appears as a guest on the March 1 episode Blossoms Pubcast, “Instagram Thinks I am a Welder,”. He has finished final vocals on DD15. Whoosh! Sirius Radio show was inspired because his daughter said he never listed to new music anymore. His Top 5 songs from Manchester. (Link/Listen)
Mar 2 Hyde Park British Summertime Festival (With Headliners Duran Duran) still plan to go ahead in 2021. (News).
Mar 6 Bloomsbury Book Series 33 1/3 covers the Rio album. Written by journalist Annie Zalewski. Available as a virtual ebook and paperback. (Buy).
Mar 8 Lisbon and Rio festivals postponed until June 2022 and September 2022. (News).
Mar 12 On March 12, Rhino Records posts an opinion piece on their website saying the Duran Duran release, BIG THING, is an underrated gem. (Article).
Mar ? Formation of The Stand-Ins. Dominic Brown and Anna Ross team up with session musicians Jeremy Stacy (drums), John Hogg (bass), and Mike Bramwell (keys) to form The Stand-Ins. They rehearse covers of well known songs by the greatest bands of all time including: Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, David Bowie, The Beatles and The Eagles among others.
Mar 19 Duran Duran Drop Five Classic Albums on Streaming Platforms. Medazzaland, Pop Trash, Astronaut, Red Carpet Massacre, and All You Need Is Now are now available to stream from Digital Download Providers such as iTunes, Amazon Music, or streaming services (such as Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, YouTube Music.) Also available are TV Manias Bored with Prozac and The Internet?, and Jason Nevin's single remix of (Reach Up for The) Sunrise. (Twitter News), (News).
Mar 20 Astronomia I: The Fall Of Saturn released by Astronomia; a collaboration between Wendy Bevan and Nick Rhodes. This is the first of four planned releases by the group. "Each individual piece is a sonic painting, a tapestry of rich textures and haunting melodies forming soundscapes with an otherworldly atmosphere." The full album of 13 ambient tracks can be played for free from 11 different vendors, including Youtube. (Play Online), (DD.com News), (Track 1 YouTube Demo).
Mar 21 All You Need Is Now is 10 years old today. 9 tunes are released on i-tunes. A special retrospective of the album and the Girl Panic! video is released on the official website. (DD.com News)
Mar 26 Duran Duran's Lytham Festival show now rescheduled for Friday June 1st, 2022. (Local News).
Mar 26 Duran Duran’s show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre has now been rescheduled to Friday 17th September.
Mar 26 Isle of Wight Festival now rescheduled for Sunday 19th September 2021.
Mar 29 The UK Government relaxes restrictions enforced during the pandemic. Some businesses reopen. Travel restrictions lifted May 17th. (Source)
Mar 30 BST Hyde Park event now rescheduled for 10th July 2022. (Re-schedule News), (Buy Tickets)
Late Spring The band finish recording DD15 at Assault and Battery Studio, London.
At last, mixing and remixing can begin while still in isolation, with a new single scheduled to be out in April 2021. (Source 2:22)
Apr 5? The Stand-Ins website goes live at thestand-ins.com. The site was founded/registered May 31st. Several free live YouTube shows are announced, April 22nd, May 6th, May 20th, and June 3rd 2021, Live from The Rockwood Studios. (Home/News).
Apr 5? Dominic Brown's album In My Bones is available for personally signed pre-orders. (Dom Brown Shop).
Apr 5 Dominic Brown posts two clips on The Stand-Ins YouTube channel, only to be taken down later. He riffs some Hendrix. (Channel).
Apr 9 UK Royal Prince Philip Winsor, Duke of Edinburgh, dies of old age at 99 years. The Prince was known for The Duke Of Edinburgh Outward Bound Awards courses for adolescents. Roger DJ'd at the annual award party event in October 2014. (Image).
Apr 9 BBC Radio 2 postpones Duran's DD40 show set to air April 10th. Replaced by a Tribute to Prince Philip.
Apr 9 Amid rumours of a new DD single, Katy Krassner Tweeted of a release possibility "sometime between Roger and John's Birthday." (Source)
Apr 12 Nick and Wendy from Astronomia release a video about their project. Nick says the album was very much inspired by the uncertain times of the global pandemic. (YouTube).
Apr 15 Dom Brown is interviewed by Dirac; specialists of Digital Room Correction. He talks about joining Duran Duran, his solo album, and how Dirac Live has enhanced his music. (YouTube)
Apr 19 The movie Me, You, Madness includes Hungry Like the Wolf in it's soundtrack. (IMDB), (Image).
Apr 20 Record Store Day is held, an event when all independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music.
Apr 22 Nick and Katy discuss their Oscar Pick for 2021. (YouTube).
Apr 22 The Stand-Ins first live performance. Dominic Brown and Anna Ross join their compatriots to perform cover songs, at 8PM GMT. (Setlist), (Youtube-Private), (Channel), (Full YouTube).
Apr 26 Roger Taylor is 61 years old today. He posts a Birthday message online. (YouTube)
? Band manager Wendy Laister gets the idea to work with Nested Minds (when?); who studied under Neuroscientist Karl Friston, and created 'Huxley' - a creative AI that exists in the cloud. Providing with the lyrics, pictures, music and other information about the band, Huxley gets to work dreaming the video for Invisible; resonating smeared images with distorted footage, and band members singing the song - which they shot on an i-phone. The video was created entirely by Huxley and was "untouched by human hands". (Source).
May 2 Astronomia Videos released [updated weekly]. To accompany each track, ASTRONOMIA (Nick Rhodes & Wendy Bevan) will release a visually curated film melding their individual, art-driven aesthetics, commencing with the first single “The Great Attractor” and a new clip every week throughout the year. Visit the Astronomia Instagram page at @astronomiavolumes. (DD.com News/Videos).
May 6 The Stand-Ins second live show scheduled for this date on YouTube, at 8PM GMT. (Channel)
May 7 The band releases the result of a Spotify Social Media poll, which ranked Duran Duran videos. The winning video is “Save a Prayer.” (Link).
May 8 BBC Radio 2 airs the first part of 'Duran Duran at 40, at 9AM GMT. (News), (BBC Schedule), (Show)
May 9-10 A video for their latest single Invisible is filmed at London's Hammersmith Odeon. A huge red Duran Duran sign was on the side of the building. Filming took place Sunday 9th, and the band were present (with Graham Coxon) on Monday 10th. (Image), (Image).
May 11 The 41st Anniversary of Simon joining the band, May 11th 1980; wearing those pink (Simon claims more like maroon) leopard-skin pants.
May 12 Duran Duran announce they will perform their new single at the Billboard Awards show, May 23rd. (News).
May 15 BBC Radio 2 airs the second part of 'Duran Duran at 40, at 9PM GMT. (Show)
May 17 Ordinary World Paul Oakenfold Mix features in the trailer for new Netflix show Sweet Tooth. Series airs June 4th. (YouTube)
May 19 Pre-orders of Duran Duran's latest album Future Past went live at midnight. (Twitter News), (Pre-Order).
May 19 Invisible single goes on sale on streaming media platforms such as i-tunes, Apple Store, and Spotify.
May 19 Simon Le Bon is a special guest on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, 8:39 AM on BBC Radio 2. He says he heard the first single Planet Earth on BRMB Birmingham radio. The single is about a dysfunctional relationship, it's not a 'party tune', but the party banger is coming. The Assault and Battery Studio was old school. New album due October. (Source), (YouTube).
May 19 Invisible video is released on DD's official YouTube channel at 3PM UK time. It uses footage distorted by Huxley, an augmented reality artificial intelligence. (Invisible Video).
May 19 The official website compiles a list of press articles from this date, including: the Today Show, Rolling Stone, Musicweek, NBC and NME (DD.com Links).
May 20 The Stand-Ins third performance on YouTube, at 8PM GMT. (Channel)
May 20 The band interviewed by UK ITV News at 10, airs at 10PM. Clips from the interview are posted on the ITV website. They discuss how they made the Invisible video. (Article/Clips).
May 21 Two days after it's release, Invisible peaks on the official UK download chart at #44. (Chart link).
May 21 A news article about the band appears in The Guardian UK newspaper; featuring an interview conducted during their Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo date on May 10th. Roger reminisces about thousands of kids packing the Odeon. Simon was reluctant to make the album. Invisible is about someone who isnt listened to. Reportage may yet see the light of day. Nick says record labels becoming rich is like getting promoted for doing the worst possible job. DD six years ahead of i-tunes. (Article), (Full/Proboards).
May 21 John Taylor interviews Dominic Brown about his solo album In My Bones in Classic Pop Magazine. (News), (Link).
May 21 Simon talks with RTL in Italy, via Zoom. The news single contains a line about silent voices; which Simon says lines up with feelings towards current UK politics. The band like to explore and experiment with other great artists. Album title: "In the future, every moment in the present will be the past". (YouTube).
May 21 Simon interviewed on Italy's DeeJay Radio. They mention The Reflex was the first music video produced with CGI, a trend continued with Five Year and Invisible. The band will need a work permit to travel after the pandemic. (Source).
May 22 Nick, Simon and John interviewed for Canada's ET (Entertainment Tonight), ahead of their show at the Billboard awards. They talk about the Billboard show, and the video for Invisible. Clips of a recent photoshoot. (Source).
May 22 Duran (and Blur) ex-tour manager from the AYNIN tour, Craig Duffy, is killed in a road traffic accident. John and Nick pay tribute to him on Instagram. (News), (DD.com Tribute), (Instagram).
May 23 The band talk live online to E! ahead of their show at the Billboard Awards. (YouTube). Clip of the band talking about their first live shows, where Simon opened with "I Feel Love". (YouTube).
May 23 Duran Duran perform their new single Invisible, pre-recorded live from May 10th at Hammersmith Odeon London, at their first ever The Billboard Music Awards, on Sunday May 23rd at 8pm ET/5pm PT. The show was broadcast on NBC and later online. Blur’s lead guitar player Graham Coxon also took to the stage with them during their set; consisting of Notorious, Invisible and HLTW. (YouTube)
May 25 Simon appears on Billboard’s PopShop Podcast to discuss the band’s new single “Invisible,” its AI-created video, the group’s upcoming 15th album and more. (Link).
Jun 2? Duran Duran joined The Strombo Show / House of Strombo today at 2PM PT/5PM ET on Apple Music. They are putting finishing touches to the album, working on mixes and artwork. Album was supposed to be EP, but once they spent more time in studio they decided to make a whole album. JT talks about the Sex Pistols. UK touring might happen in Nov/Dec, depending on the pandemic situation. (Link)
Jun 3 The Stand-Ins perform their fourth show on YouTube at 8PM GMT. Set list included: Start Me Up (The Rolling Stones), Life on Mars (David Bowie), Remedy (The Black Crows), Led Zeppelin Medley, and Purple Rain. (Channel)
Jun 8 Nick Rhodes is 59 years old today. He gives a Birthday message talking about astronomy, Astronomia 2 released date Jun 20th, and saying we all deserve a refund for 2021 from our governments. (YouTube)
Jun 8 Simon interviewed on Spanish state channel news show, Telediario. He mentions how he must not only be vocally fit to sing, but physically as well. The band want to put four tracks (singles) out from the new album over the next 4 months, to develop a presence on radio and globally on social media. Ibiza show mentioned. He loves Spain. (Link/Video)
Jun 11 JT sits in on “For Your Ears Only,” a new podcast featuring artists that ‘reveal secrets from their favourite film and television music.’. (Link).
Jun 10 Cleveland OH Radio Channel 88.3 "The Sting" presents an 18 hour Duran Duran marathon. (News), (Website)
Jun 11 Simon is a guest on BBC Radio 2, Gary Davis Sounds of the 80's show. They play a 10min megamix of songs from the first album. Simon selects four tracks including Spandau Ballet's To Cut A Long Story Short, and thanking them for being an inspiration. (Listen)
Jun 12 DD fan DJ Diablo Roja from Atlanta, Georgia curated and presented a continuous 3-hour mix of 40 years of DD videos. Steamed live for three separate time zones on MixCloud.com. (News).
Jun 13 John reminisces about A View to a Kill in an article for Retro Pop Magazine. He said: “It was a big, big record to make… I think that Duran’s involvement did what Paul McCartney’s did; I think it rose the bar on what the theme song could do for a [James Bond] film, if it was placed rightly.” (Link).
Jun 14 Dominic Brown is 49 years old today. He posts a special message of thanks on DD.com, in which he talks about working with The Stand-ins, and also hopes "We" (DD) will be touring again soon. (DD.com News).
Jun 14 Nick interviewed on Zoom about Astronomia for MusicRadar.com. He also lists his Top 5 Synths, where the Roland Jupiter-8 comes out on top. "If I hear a noise in my head, chances are that I can make it with the Jupiter". (Article).
Jun 15 40th anniversary of Duran Duran's first album, the worldwide release of Duran Duran (1981 album). Andy Taylor tweets: "It was 40 years ago today… Thanks for the ride, memories, dramadies - who could ever have imagined it would become what it became..." (Andy Twitter). Articles were published on (Billboard) and (Ultimate Classic Rock).
Jun 15 Roger and John record an ‘oral history’ video for YouTube about the making of the band’s first album to honour the 40th year since its release. They confirm 1981 studio dates. Their flight cases used to be part of The Who's touring rig. Bob Lamb was very good at getting the sound. (YouTube).
Jun 16 Grunge.com features an article about the groups unreleased album Reportage, amid speculation that the band recently signing to the BMG record label could lead to a release. (Article).
Jun 18 Simon interviewed by The Project TV, for Channel 10 in Australia. He talks about the contemporary influence on the new songs. 1984 Mega-band Mania. Substance abuse and pressure caused the band to split in 1985. The fandom of Princess Diana. (YouTube).
Jun 18 John Taylor is a guest on the Richard Blade show, on SiriusXM. He says the band lost enthusiasm for DD40 and instead are concentrating on releasing the new album. (YouTube).
Jun 19 Rolling Stone Magazine article on the 30 Sexiest Videos of All Time ranks Duran's Girls on Film at number 11, just behind Britney Spears, Madonna and Prince. 'The Chauffeur' video doesnt even make the list. (Link)
Jun 20 John Taylor is 61 years old today. He posts a special Thank You to fans in an online video, stating he would love to do more live shows soon, and the band are still working very hard on the Future Past album. (YouTube).
Jun 20 Astronomia II: The Rise of Lyra released by Astronomia; a collaboration between Wendy Bevan and Nick Rhodes. This is the second of four planned releases by the group. The full album of 13 ambient tracks can be played for free from 11 different vendors, including Youtube. (Play Online)
Jun 21 The Stand-ins performed live at 'The Bedford' in South-west London.
Jun 27 DDWW Interview: Annie Zaleski Discusses Rio 33 1/3. (Interview).
Jun 29 RetroPop features an interview with Dom Brown. He explains thet not being a member means he is free to pursue solo work. (Source)
Jun 29 Please Please Tell Me Now: The Duran Duran Story, a biography book by Stephen Davis is released. (Buy), (Audiobook)
Jun 30 Simon Le Bon is awarded Facebook Songwriter of the Day. He accepts the award on behalf of the band, 'Songwriters' of the Day. (FaceBook)
Jul 3 Nick interviewed for the UK BBC technology programme Click; which celebrated it's 21st Birthday recently. He and Nested Minds Network specialist Dr Muddy Bhatt discuss how they encouraged 'Huxley' to come up with the video for Invisible. Each frame was generated from the lyrics. Huxley didnt do a very good job at first, until Simon also wrote down the emotions behind each line of the lyrics. (Link).
Jul 3 Sterling Campbell interviewed for the DrumWise tuition channel on Youtube. Say says DD helped him to break into the 1990s. (YouTube 22:00)
Jul 9 Duran Duran on The Today Show. Roger says the secret of their success is “not looking back.” Le Bon adds: “We’re good mates, and that goes a long way toward keeping us together as a band.” They mime three live songs; Invisible, Notorious (song), and the Premier of Give It All Up. This performance was pre recorded at Hammersmith in London on May 10th with Graham Coxon; a 'different' Live version than the Billboard one, but recorded on the same day. (Interview), (Inv.), (Not.), (GIAU), (GIAU).
Jul 12 The band attend a photo shoot for magazines and promotion of the new album. (FaceBook)
Jul 13 Duran Duran Fandom wiki gets an update. The tiled background has gone, as nobody has access to the admin section.
Jul 13 40th Anniversary of the worldwide release of Girls on Film, Duran Duran's second single.
Jul 13 36th Anniversary of Live Aid, July 13 1985.
Jul 13 Ultimate Classic Rock magazine pays tribute to Girls on Film. (Article).
Jul 13 Duran Duran confirm their participation at the Global Citizen Live event, September 25th. (DD.com News)
Jul 13 Nick is in Naples, Italy, at the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte. (FaceBook).
Jul 19 The UK government hesitantly begins to lift a pandemic ban on social gatherings, and the enforcement of social protections and distancing, which has been in place since April 2020. This removes the limit on the number of people who can attend concerts, and masks are no longer required by law.
Jul 21 John's protege Merchant releases the single Dead Days & Gatorade, along with a video directed by Nick Egan. John played bass guitar on the track. (Facebook), (YouTube).
Jul 21 John interview's Merchant on IG Live. (IG Live, Merchant)
Jul 21 Simon confirms on his Whooosh! show that he has the acetate for the new album; which means the album is mixed and finished. He confirms this again the following week.
Jul 22 John and Gela attend the DiscOasis in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles - a roller disco created by Nile Rogers. (Facebook).
Jul 26 The band are in New York promoting their new material. Rumours of a new video with Chai, and Jimmy Fallon show. (Source)
Jul 26 Under the Volcano, a documentary about George Martin’s Air Studios on the Caribbean island of Montserrat, features an interview with Nick. It is available to stream or buy. (Trailer), (Buy).
Jul 27 The story of SYN is told in an article for Little Black Book online. Nick Wood explains how the studio came into being. (Article).
Jul 27 Simon records an episode of Whooosh! with Katy at SiriusXM studio in NYC. (FB Photos)
Jul 28 Simon confirms on his Whooosh! show that the new album is finished.
Jul 30 Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson, a six-part documentary series airs on Apple TV. The six shows look at various artists including Paul McCartney, The Beastie Boys, Dave Grohl; and a guest appearances by Nick Rhodes and Andy Taylor during Episodes 1 and 4. (News), (Trailer).
Aug 1 40th Anniversary of the launch of MTV in the United States.
Aug 2 Duran Duran interviewed on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in New York, for Bravo TV. Simon does a comedic impression of his bum note at Live Aid. GOF was like being on a porn film set. Mike Jagger said "stick together". Michael Jackson story. They would like to have a biopic made about their lives. John is a member of the mile high club. Simon has urinated while on stage. (Source), (1), (2), (3), (4).
Aug 3 Billboard reprints some quotes from last nights interview with Andy Cohen. (Article).
Aug 5 News of the release of a new single More Joy is announced on DD.com, along with the track listing for the new album. (DD.com News)
Aug 5 The second single from Future Past is released, entitled More Joy, with an animated video and lyrics to follow. This is a dance song produced by Erol Alkan.
Aug 5 More Joy enter the UK i-tunes downloads singles chart at #36 (Source), #48 in Italy (Source), and #58 in Australia (Source).
Aug 5 Rolling Stone Magazine publishes a brief article about More Joy. The song was inspired by a jam. Nick says it reminded him of a Japanese Arcade game. It was Simon's idea to include Chai. (Article).
Aug 5 An interview with Simon appears in Vulture Magazine. He talks about the story behind Tel Aviv. Nick's life is an ongoing art project. Story behind the Invisible video. Simon wants a 1970's mullet haircut. (Article).
Aug 6 Bandwagon Online features an article about More Joy. (Article)
Aug 6 Andy Taylor set to attend Rock and Raise fund raiser event in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Sept 15th. (Article)
Aug 7? Simon attends the small and discreet wedding of Mark Ronson and Grace Gummer in New York City this weekend. Grace Gummer is the daughter of three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep. (News)
Aug 8 NME magazine online features an interview with Simon, in which he mostly talks about the lack of income from streaming services, where artists get 0.2p per stream, and says this needs to be reformed. (Article). This comes after an official government enquiry into streaming services in July.(Streaming News July)
Aug 8 Le Bon family granted a multi-million house extension, according to British Daily Mail newspaper online, because their kids refuse to leave home. (Article)
Aug 10 Duran Duran Appreciation Day. For Duran Duran Appreciation Day 2021, the band release a video mainly about the development of More Joy. (YouTube). John said on DD.com "It always blows my mind there is such a thing as ‘Duran Duran Appreciation Day’. We are very lucky monkeys indeed to have been showered with the love and appreciation that we have been, from you, fans and music lovers, for the length of our careers. We want to take this day to appreciate ALL OF YOU, without whom none of it would be fun or worthwhile. You all keep us on the road. Thank you!".
Aug 10 Australia's Studio 10 show on Channel 10 features a special Duran Duran segment, in their morning show this morning. Montage of 80s clips, and they spoke about the new album and SLB's recent comments on streaming and expanding his home. (Source).
Aug 11 Roger and Simon Speaking to NYC radio Q104.3 on Out of the Box with Jonathan Clarke show, about Future Past. "Invisible," story. Talk of Huxley. Mike Garson story. Falling song with Mike Garson is very special. Roger met David Bowie around 1983 during the Modern Love era, and was star struck. New U.S tour dates, 32 shows about to be booked. Princess Diana; DD was her band, Charles was a Dire Straits fan. Louvre diamond story. (YouTube).
Aug 12 The official animated video for More Joy is released. (YouTube).
Aug 12 Simon spotted heading towards his yacht in Portofino, Italy. Reported by the British Daily Mail newspaper. They speculate to get away from family dramas at home. (Article)
Aug 12 Duran Duran make an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallen, at NBC Studios New York. A pre-recorded performance of Invisible. (YouTube)
Aug 12 Simon and Yasmin take photos with fans Nicoletta and daughter Arianna, in Portofino Italy. (FB/Story).
Aug 13 Simon sails to the island of Palmaria, greeted the diners of Locanda Lorena restaurant with the shout of "Wild Boys". After Catalan lobster, spaghetti alla Giuseppe, and the traditional sea bream in salt, he continued a tour of the island. (Article-Italian).
Aug 16 The official website presents Collectors Corner, with tickets and some rare memorabilia. (Article).
Aug 17? Simon and Yasmin surprise diners at the Juan and Andrea restaurant in Formentera. Suddenly, a man gets up from his table, approaches the guitarist and asks him for a song. The audience is stunned to hear Hungry Like The Wolf. "He has given us this wonderful moment," commented the restaurant. (Article/Video-Spanish)
Aug 18 Forbes publishes a Q&A with Nick and Wendy Bevan about the Astronomia project. (Link)
Aug 19 VH1's Behind The Music revival series features a special episode about Duran Duran. With new interviews. The original Behind The Music Duran Duran special was broadcast in April 1999, and remastered in 2010. (News), (Trailer), (FB Clip),(FB Clip)
Aug 19 First review of Future Past leaks in a small article in the Vancouver Sun newspaper. They say Wing is the only bad song. Tonight United; a party banger with Giorgio Moroder; will be the standout track, and could lead to a DD revival. (Article)
Aug 20 The band announce the first dates on their U.S tour. Oct 3rd and 10th, at the Austin City Limits festival in Texas. Ibiza confirmed April 2022. (News).
Aug 20 Duran Duran reach 2 million Spotify subscribers. The most popular song on Spotify is Hungry Like the Wolf with 226 million plays. (DD Spotify)
Aug 20 The Chauffeur featured in the movie Habit (2021). (Wiki), (IMDB)
Aug 23 DDHQ announce two live show dates in September, at the O2 Institute in Birmingham, England. Priority tickets were made available early to members of the Duran Duran fan community. General admission tickets went on sale Fri 27th Aug.(DD.com News), (News), (Tickets).
Aug 26 Stephen Duffy talks with British Yorkshire Post newspaper about The Hawks. (Article).
Aug 28 News of the new DD single Anniversary revealed in RetroPop magazine. Release date is set for Tuesday 31st August. (Wayback Link).
Aug 31 Anniversary is the third single from Future Past; premiered on UK BBC Radio 2 Zoe Ball Show at 7:50am GMT, and released worldwide shortly afterwards.
Aug 31 Anniversary peaks at #21 on the Italian Download Charts (Source), and #26 in the UK. (Source). The song breaks into the top 100 in Germany, New Zealand, Denmark and USA.
Aug 31 Duran Duran: Arena di Verona, Italy. The band were the special guests on stage at Arena di Verona, broadcast live on RTL 102.5 at 20.30pm. Anniversary was played live for the first time, and also (Reach Up for The) Sunrise. The host says "Duran Duran are the soundtrack to our lives".
(Full Show), (Anni), (Anni), (Sunrise).
Aug 31 The band receive the RTL Power History Award during the Verona show. (Full Show)
Sep 2 Notorious (song) sampled and covered in the movie trailer for Red Notice. (Trailer).
Sep 2 Nick and Simon discuss new album on Italian TV. (Link)
Sep 2 Duran Duran special guests at German Radio Prize Gala 2021, Hamborg Germany. They play Anniversary and Ordinary World live. (News - German), (Anni).
Sep 3 A new autobiography by Ian Little entitled Baptism of Fire takes pre-orders. Limited Deluxe Edition (400 copies/£75), and regular hardback (1600 copies/£22) are available. (Order)
Sep 4 Adam Buxton celebrates the 40th anniversary of MTV through British music; on BBC Radio 2. (BBC Player). (BBC Listing).
Sep 7 A video was shot on location in London today, possibly for Anniversary or Beautiful Lies. (Source).
Sep 10 Rachel O'Connor; who appeared in BBCs The Voice Series 3; reveals she is a new backing singer for Duran Duran on their UK tour. (Source), (Instagram), (YouTube).
Sep 11 More Joy reaches #2 on the 365 Radio Powerplay Top 30, with Anniversary making a new entry at #7. (Link)
Sep 13 The band spend a day in rehearsals to prepare for their Birmingham shows. (Source).
Sep 14 Duran Duran: The O2 Institute, Birmingham, England.
The band debut Tonight United live, and also cover 'Acceptable in the 80's'. (Reflex), (Reflex clip), (Anni clip), (ST), (CU), (PO clip), (FOM), (SAP), (SAP), (TU), (TU), (HLTW clip), (HLTW), (GOF/Accept 80's), (WB), (OW), (Rio Clip/Finale), (Rio/Finale).
Sep 15 40th Anniversary of Duran Duran's first American tour.
Sep 15 Duran Duran: The O2 Institute, Birmingham, England.
(Highlights 1), (Highlights 2), (Inv. clip), (Reflex), (Reflex), (SLB Speech/Anni), (PE), (PE), (FOM), (GOF/Accept 80's), (PD/WB clip), (WB/Rio), (Rio/Finale).
Sep 15 Rock n Raise will take place at Wylam Brewery in Newcastle UK, on September 15, with Andy Taylor (Event). (Highlights-15mins), (PE), (Johnny), (TakeItEasy), (SLIHot), (WHT), (CM), (HLTW/WB), (Rock It), (AddictedTL), (GetItOn), (TakeYouHigher), (Delilah), (Andy Intro/Rio/Finale), (Rio/Finale).
Sep 17 Duran Duran: Scarborough Open Air Theatre.
Postponed from 2020; the first concert to be announced for 2021. (Intro/Inv.), (Reflex), (Not.), (CU), (AVTAK/FOM), (FOM), (PE), (PE), (PE), (PO), (OW), (Sunrise), (WL), (Accept 80's/Band Intros/GOF), (SAP), (SAP), (PD/WB/Rio/Finale), (Rio/Finale).
Sep 18 James Bond: Soundtrack Stories - Part One: The Classic Years - 9pm, 18th of Sept on BBC Radio 2. Ensemble interviews including Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes who discusses how they brought 80s glamour to Bond with View To A Kill (BBC Listing).
Sep 19 Nile Rodgers is 69 years old today.
Sep 19 Duran Duran: Isle of Wight Festival - Isle of Wight, UK. Duran Duran due to headline the main stage on Sunday 19th Sept. (Venue/Tickets), (Tickets).
Sep ? Possible release of a fourth song from Future Past, Possibly a duet.
Sep 25 Global Citizen Live; a 24-hour global event, aiming to "unite the world to defend the planet and defeat poverty". Hailing from 6 continents, the broadcast will feature artists, celebrities and world leaders coming together to create change. Live performances from all over the world, including: Lagos, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, and Sydney. (Event).
Oct ? Possible release of a another song from Future Past. Probably Tonight United.
Oct 3 Duran Duran: Austin City Limits (ACL) Festival, Zilker Park, Austin Texas. Headlining the Honda stage 8:30-9:30pm. (Source), (Tickets).
Oct 10 Duran Duran: Austin City Limits (ACL) Festival, Zilker Park, Austin Texas. Headlining the Honda stage 8:30-9:30pm. (Source), (Tickets).
Oct 22 Scheduled released date of Future Past, Duran Duran's 15th album.
Oct 27 Simon Le Bon is 63 years old today.
Dec 8 Warren Cuccurullo is 65 years old today.
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