John comments on Koishii & Hush single
January 8, 2013
On January 8, Koishii & Hush release ““C’est Tout Est Noir feat. John Taylor” John comments: “I was asked by the trance duo Koishii & Hush to apply a little vocalizing to a dark and tender groove they had been working on. Vocals are not my main gig but I approached it as a follow up to ‘I Do What I Do’, the love song I had contributed to the Nine 1/2 Weeks soundtrack back in the day.” The track and remixes are made available on iTunes, Beatport and other digital retailers.
Nick photographs Charli XCX
Nick Rhodes photographs Charli XCX for hipster art, fashion and culture magazine Untitled. The images appear in the April 18 issue, with behind-the-scenes footage released on YouTube in July.
Nick and Warren Cuccurullo announce TV Mania project
January 14, 2013
Nick Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo announce the release of their long-awaited TV Mania project, Bored with Prozac and the Internet? on January 14. The release comes out digitally and on special edition vinyl (produced by The Vinyl Factory) on March 11, 2013. They additionally launch their own Twitter page at @TVManiaMusic as well as a website at http://tvmaniamusic.com/.
Roger DJ's special Géau Vitamin Water show
January 15, 2013
On January 15 Roger DJ’s a special invitation-only show for Géau Vitamin Water on the beach in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Koishii & Hush announce limited edition single release signed by John
February 2, 2013
On February 2 Koishii & Hush announce that due to demand, they will be releasing a limited edition CD Maxi single with several mixes of “C’est Tout Est Noir,” as well as a CD-only exclusive remix that was not available digitally; only 500 copies will be put in to production, including 20 signed by John.
"Is There Something I Should Know?" 30th anniversary
February 13, 2013
On February 13, EMI Records announces a special blue vinyl release of Duran Duran’s “Is There Something I should Know?” [B-side “Faith in This Colour”] for the 30th anniversary of the single’s release and Record Store Day Europe, on April 20, 2013.
John receives award presented by Robert Downey Jr.
February 15, 2013
Duran Duran’s John Taylor receives the Experience, Strength and Hope Award on February 15, presented by Robert Downey Jr. at Skirball Hall in Los Angeles. John is honored by Writers In Treatment for his commitment to his sobriety and in celebration of his book, “IN THE PLEASURE GROOVE.” Others joining the gala include Buzz Aldrin, Steve Jones, Ione Skye, Michael Des Barres, Ed Begley Jr. and comedian Bobcat Goldthwait.
Nick and Warren's TV Mania project pre-sale begins
February 17, 2013
On February 17 the pre-sale for TV Mania’s “Bored with Prozac and the Internet?” begins on The Vinyl Factory website, where fans can purchase a TV Mania Box Set limited to 100 copies, signed by both Nick and Warren, or the gatefold vinyl edition.
Nick announces photo gallery in London
February 26, 2013
On February 26 Nick Rhodes announces an exhibit of a collection of original photographic works that will show in London from March 7 through April 5, 2013, to celebrate the release of the TV MANIA album, “Bored With Prozac And The Internet?”. BEI INCUBI – translated as “Beautiful Nightmares” – premieres on March 7 at a private, star-studded event at The Vinyl Factory Chelsea, in London.
John becomes a dual US citizen
February 27, 2013
On February 27, John Taylor becomes a citizen of the United States, making him the only Duran Duran band member with dual citizenship.
Ricky Gervais' show revolves around Duran Duran
Ricky Gervais’ groundbreaking show, DEREK, which aired on Channel 4 in the UK, features Derek and his friends at the care home trying to make a movie about Duran Duran.
Music Radar readers vote John the best player in the world
Readers of Music Radar online vote John Taylor the BEST BASS PLAYER in the world, with him receiving over 30% of the vote. John tops the 60-person list that includes Paul McCartney, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Who’s John Entwistle and RUSH’s Geddy Lee
TV Mania announces photography contest
TV Mania announces a contest with the website Lomography, where budding photographers can compete to win prizes from Nick and Warren by taking photographs (no digital!) inspired by the TV Mania song “Beautiful Clothes.” The grand prize winner is announced on April 2.
Spin.com premiers "Beautiful Clothes" remix
March 1, 2013
On March 1, Spin.com premieres the MNDR remix of TV Mania’s “Beautiful Clothes.”
Nowness.com features Nick's Polaroids
March 2, 2013
The following day (March 2) Nowness.com features some of Nick’s Bei Incubi Polaroids, alongside a story on the exhibition.
Simon, Roger, John, Nick, and Dom meet in the studio
March 4, 2013
On March 4, Simon, Roger, John, Nick and guitarist Dom Brown reconvene in the studio in London for the first time since the sessions for ALL YOU NEED IS NOW.
Nick and Warren's Katy's Kafe special
March 28, 2013
On March 28, Nick and Warren record a special “Katy’s Kafe,” made available for everyone to listen to, not just members of the band’s fan community.
Duran Duran reaches 1 Million Facebook Likes
March 31, 2013
On March 31 at 2am EST, Duran Duran’s Facebook reaches 1 Million LIKES.
Duran Duran places well in online polls
April 1, 2013
On April 1, Duran Duran fare very well in two online polls: BBC Radio 2’s fan-selected Top 100 Albums, with RIO placing in at #3. And a #2 placement for Duran Duran’s debut album, Duran Duran in a Slicing Up Eyeballs online poll for the Best Album of 1981. Simon said about the Radio 2 accolade “Absolutely over the moon about this poll. It’s a huge deal for us, and I know how much we owe to all of you for it. Thank you.”
Nick contributes to remix album
In April MNDR’s Feed Me Diamonds (Remixes – Part II) featuring seven remixes is released. Nick contributes the ‘Radiant Cut’ remix for the album.
John cancels festival appearance to work in the studio
John Taylor has to cancel his appearance at the LATITUDE Festival in the UK on July 19 due to a scheduling conflict with the band’s need to be in the studio.
Nick's Milo O'Shea tribute
April 2, 2013
Actor Milo O’Shea passes away on April 2, after a short illness. The next day, Nick posts a blog on duranduran.com about Milo, and how his performance as Dr. Durand Durand in the movie Barbarella inspired the band’s name.
The Contra Costa Times poll rewards Duran Duran
The Contra Costa Times begins an online competition with 32 artists they feel should be inducted in to the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, including Duran Duran. After 16 weeks of voting, pairing two bands against each other for one week, Duran Duran are declared the winner. Online voting from the band’s very loyal fans cinches the win with 54% voting for DD over the other semi-finalist, Depeche Mode.
Slicing Up Eyeballs ranks RIO the best album of 1982
Alternative website Slicing Up Eyeballs ranks the Top Albums of 1982 with a Reader’s poll that places Duran Duran’s RIO at #1, topping a list that includes The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Clash and Roxy Music. “The second album from Duran Duran made the U.K. band genre-defining superstars around the world on the backs of its trio of hit singles and now-classic music videos.”
Nick directs "Beautiful Clothes" video
April 29, 2013
Nick makes his directorial debut with TV Mania’s video for “Beautiful Clothes,” which premieres on April 29 simultaneously on the sites for Vogue Italia, GQ UK and Yahoo.com.
Koishii, Hush, & John Taylor release signed CD
Koishii & Hush release the maxi CD single “C’est Tout Est Noir“ on CD with all copies signed by Koishii, Hush and John Taylor.
RIO makes a Simpsons cameo
May 5, 2013
The Simpsons, a favourite television show of the band’s, features a graphic of the single “Rio” in a jukebox in Mo’s Bar on the May 5 episode.
Nick and John in the studio
May 6, 2013
Nick and John spend the week of May 6 in the studio in London together, working on an original musical idea.
"Girls on Film" used in Michael Kors TV spot
May 9, 2013
New York designer, Michael Kors, announces the release of three new fragrances, on May 9. Duran Duran’s “Girls on Film” is chosen as the music for the global TV spot, shot by Mario Testino and featuring Ashton Kutcher and Karmen Pedaru.
Manimal announces tribute to benefit Amnesty International
May 13, 2013
On May 13, Manimal announces MAKING PATTERNS RHYME: An Art-Rock Tribute to DURAN DURAN to benefit Amnesty International. According to the press release, this record will focus on the band’s deep cuts and obscure early catalogue.
Simon participates in Manchester United event
May 15, 2013
On May 15, Simon participates in the Manchester United Player of the Year Awards at the Theatre of Dreams in Manchester. It marks the last time Sir Alex Ferguson will be in attendance as the coach of the team.
Nick exhibits photograph in Cannes
In May, Nick Rhodes exhibits his “Pale Blue Nurse” photo at Baoli Cannes for the Lova Images Exhibit. Acclaimed photographers and celebrities donate images to Lovaganza celebrating life and happiness. These photographs are then auctioned during charity VIP events in aid of all the programs that Lovaganza supports.
Duran Duran perform at Cannes in AIDS benefit
May 23, 2013
On May 23, Duran Duran perform at the tail end of the Cannes Film Festival for the CINEMA AGAINST AIDS XX event to support and raise money for amfAR. A private, in-home performance by Simon, John and Dom was auctioned for over $850,000.
Simon attends charity performance
May 30, 2013
Simon attends a special charity performance of Punchdrunk’s SLEEP NO MORE in New York City on May 30. Proceeds go to support Arms Around the Child and Act V The End of AIDS.
Timbaland invites Simon to perform
June 1, 2013
Timbaland invites Simon to perform as his special guest at the Sound Of Change Concert at Twickenham Stadium on June 1. Though he worked with the band on Red Carpet Massacre, Timbaland never performed live with them, thus this marks the first appearance of the two together on stage.
Duran Duran wins Ology Music's Battle of the Bands
Ology Music’s website holds its Second “Battle of the Bands” starting with eight bands and ending in a final competition between Duran Duran and Pearl Jam. Duran Duran fans vote online, taking the band to victory with 492 points to 23.
John works on Men's Health Week
June 12, 2013
On June 12, John goes to Parliament and 10 Downing Street in London as part of Men’s Health Week 2013. He works with MP Tracey Crouch to raise awareness on Alcohol and Drug misuse. Later that evening, John and Nick attend the annual event of the Founders Forum, hosted by Prince Andrew at Windsor Castle.
John's speaking engagement announced
June 20, 2013
On John’s birthday, June 20, The Edinburgh International Book Festival announce that he will appear for a speaking engagement on August 17, in support of his recently-released biography.
Duran Duran reaches 100,000 Twitter followers
June 21, 2013
On the evening of June 21, @MaslowMyPrince became the 100,000th follower on Duran Duran’s official Twitter page.
Total Radio UK hosts Duran Duran marathon
July 4, 2013
On July 4, Total Radio UK hold an all-day Duran Duran music marathon online.
Ology plays all Duran Duran videos
July 5, 2013
On July 5, Ology play all 39 Duran Duran videos as a tribute to the band.
Simon and Yasmin judge Cartier contest
July 14, 2013
On July 14 Simon and Yasmin are part of a panel of judges for the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance, at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. Later that evening, Simon is a special guest at the Nile Rodgers/Chic’s performance at Hyde Park for “Heart in the Park.” Simon and Nile perform Duran Duran’s “Notorious” to the delight of the packed crowd.
Band celebrates Duran Duran Appreciation Day
August 10, 2013
The band members celebrate Duran Duran Appreciation Day with fans on August 10 with an exclusive video and audio download of “The Reflex” from their UK Olympic Performance in Hyde Park from 2012. John and Roger both post “Thank You” messages on duranduran.com.
John speaks in Edinburgh while Roger DJ's in Ibiza
August 17, 2013
John speaks to a sold out crowd at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on August 17. On the same day, in a different country, Roger DJ’s at Club Tripic in Ibiza.
Simon joins boat race
September 1, 2013
On September 1, Simon joins the crew of the boat Hamilton in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.
Nick and Nefer attend GQ Men of the Year Awards
September 3, 2013
Nick and his girlfriend Nefer attend the GQ Men of the Year Awards on September 3, at the Royal Opera House in London.
Nick and Warren launch TV Mania franchise
September 3, 2013
For the first time in music history, on September 3, Nick and Warren announce the launch of a TV Mania franchise, where fans can create their own TV Mania materials from a toolkit of music, image and design elements. Fans participating are encouraged to ‘become’ TV Mania for a particular location (e.g. TV Mania Sao Paulo). Nick and Warren determine the best entrants in early 2014.
Nick participates in Channel 4 special
September 20, 2013
Nick participates in the Channel 4 (UK) special about the seminal UK show, The Tube, called REWIND THE TUBE. Nick is intereviewed for the last episode, which airs on September 20.
Band works on new album
September 23, 2013
The band spend the week of September 23 working on their new album in the studio in London.
John's book releases in paperback in North America
September 24, 2013
The paperback version of John’s IN THE PLEASURE GROOVE is released in North America on September 24. The book includes a new foreword, written by Nick and a different cover to both the earlier-released hardback and UK paperback editions. To celebrate the event, John hosts a Twitter Q&A on September 23 followed by another one a week later on September 30.
"The Chauffeur" used for short film
September 25, 2013
On September 25, influential cultural site, NOWNESS premieres Aaron Rose and Andre Saraiva’s short film for L’Officiel Hommes, featuring professional skateboarders Jerry Hsu, Austyn Gillette and Josh Harmony, set to Duran Duran’s iconic track ‘The Chauffeur’.
Nick takes photo for book cover
Nick Rhodes takes the cover photo for nightlife impresario Nick Valentine’s book, Clubs, Drugs and Canapés, released in October of 2013.
John featured in British GQ
Duran Duran’s John Taylor is featured in the “Best of British Music” portfolio in the 25th Anniversary issue of British GQ. Each participating musician’s print is in the window of the tailor that made their suit. John is featured in the window of Gieve’s & Hawkes at Number One, Savile Row.
UnStaged opens the Contender film festival
November 4, 2013
The band’s UnStaged film, directed by David Lynch, is chosen to open The Contenders film festival at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The band attend both screenings of the movie, on November 4 at 7:30PM and 8:00PM, introducing the 8pm screening to the sold out crowd and holding a Q&A for the audience at the sold-out 7:30pm screening. Afterwards, there is a party at upper east side restaurant East Pole. Attendees include the band, Debbie Harry, Richard Phillips, Diane Birch and Larry Mullen Jr. from U2.
Duran Duran to be featured in fan's book
It is announced that Duran Duran will be featured in the book Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s, by Lori Majewski to be released in April, 2014. Nick Rhodes writes the foreword for the book.
Duran Duran superfan announces book of band's posters
Duran Duran ‘super fan” Andrew Golub, better known to friends as “Durandy” who has amassed an incredible collection of Duran Duran tour posters over the years will be releasing a book in 2014, a self-published book called “Beautiful Colors,“. This set, with a foreword written by Nick Rhodes, is the only print collection of posters and advertisements that the band is aware of.
Seven and the Ragged Tiger 30th anniversary
November 21, 2013
Duran Duran commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the release of their third album, Seven and the Ragged Tiger, on November 21 by posting a short podcast about their memories of the recording process.
Nick and John interviewed regarding New York Club
November 5, 2013
John is featured in an Abrams’ book called Area by Eric and Jennifer Goode, chronicling the New York club’s meteoric rise in the mid ‘80s. On November 5, Nick Rhodes attends an event at The Hole on the Bowery in Manhattan, showcasing photographs of the scene at Area taken by Andy Warhol. Shortly afterwards, Nick is interviewed for a documentary about the legendary club for Vice.
John participates in charity gala
November 20, 2013
John Taylor participates in the Amy Winehouse Foundation Gala in London at the Dorchester Hotel on November 20. He auctions off two mini Taylor guitars signed by the band and raises over £24,000 for the Foundation.
Simon presents at award show
November 17, 2013
On November 17 Simon presents an Award for Best Musical at the 59th Annual Evening Standard Awards in London. He attends the event with his daughter Amber.
Duran Duran announce coffee table book
November 21, 2013
On November 21, Duran Duran and Denis O’Regan, who was their official tour photographer in 1984, announce the forthcoming publication of DURAN DURAN : CARELESS MEMORIES, a coffee table book of photographs shot during that time. Alongside this, the band’s online web shop debuts the 2014 Duran Duran calendar, made up entirely of Denis’s photos from that tour. Denis exhibits the photos at a dedicated pop-up store at 15 Foubert’s Place, off Carnaby Street, in Central London, (not far from the band’s original 1984 office). On December 5, members of Duran Duran, Denis O’Regan and Intense Books host a launch event for DURAN DURAN : CARELESS MEMORIES, with the proceeds of a silent auction going to the Ace Africa charity. The book is expected to be released in 2014.
Joh supports teen charity
Once again John lends his support to teen support charity Road Recovery, filming a short video talking about founder Gene Bowen’s bicycle ride across New York State to raise money for this incredible organization. John donates a 20-minute SKYPE chat to help raise more funds, which is snapped up immediately.
Simon participates in day of charity
December 3, 2013
On Tuesday, December 3, Simon takes part in the biggest single fund raising event in the City of London, ICAP’s Annual Charity Day. ICAP, the world’s largest inter-dealer broker, gives away its revenues and commissions to charity on this one day. Simon participates in support of the Blue Marine Foundation, a charity he has been involved with since last year.
Classic Pop Magazine recognizes Duran Duran
Classic Pop Magazine announces that Duran Duran is the most popular group of the classic pop decade, tied with Depeche Mode. Both acts have SIX singles in the magazine’s Top 100 songs of the ‘80s.
Nick and John work in the studio together
December 16, 2013
Duran Duran close out a fruitful year in the studio on December 13. Nick and John spend December 16, 17 and 18 in the studio together doing work on their musical.
Year-end Katy's Kafe
The band each record a year-end Katy’s Kafe for the Duran Duran VIP Fan Community website, discussing their highlights of the year.
David Richards passes away
December 20, 2013
On December 20, THE WEDDING ALBUM mixer, David Richards, passes away aged 57.
John's New Year's Eve mixtape
December 31, 2013
On December 31, the band post a mix-tape curated by John Taylor as a New Year’s Thank You to their fans.