Nick's Art & Duran Favourites of 2009

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Here are my Art & Duran favourites of 2009:

Art highlights:

The Surrealist Photo exhibit at the Pompidou Center in Paris

The Ed Ruscha exhibit at the Hayward, Southbank Centre, London

Anish Kapoor exhibit at the Royal Academy, London

The Pop Life exhibit featuring Haring, Koons, Warhol and more at the Tate Modern, London

The John Baldessari show at Tate Modern

The Tim Burton retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City

The John Galliano fashion show in Paris, which was exquisitely beautiful.

The Giles Deacon fashion show in Paris. I’ve seen all his UK shows, this was his first one in Paris, and it was great.

Duran Highlights:

Our summer shows including Edinburgh Castle (just beautiful), The Lovebox Music Festival in Victoria Park, London (very special, our first big outdoor event in London), and the West Coast Dates (fun to play, despite the fact that I had a broken foot!)

Our first tour where we used lasers - so much fun, they will definitely be back...

And working with Mark Ronson – he is a joy to work with and we’re making a record that has the real Duran Duran sound.

Hopefully we will be seeing a lot of you next year when we finally finish the album and we do some tour dates. This one is going to be fun to play live.

I wish you all a very happy shopping season for whatever denomination you are from, or supporting, and hope you have a great holiday... we will see you next year! Nick