Night Boat on YouTube
After years of fan requests, EMI finally adds the Duran Duran video “Night Boat” to YouTube.
Esquire on "Ordinary World"
Esquire magazine re-visit the “Hit Songs of February 1993,” including Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World.”
Simon and John honoring Nile Rodgers
February 3, 2015
On February 3, Simon and John attend a Grammy Week event honoring Nile Rodgers, held by the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy at Los Angeles’s famous Village Recording Studios. On February 5, they both attend an event at Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine’s Los Angeles home, also honouring Nile.
Interviews with UK media to support fundraising
February 6, 2015
On Friday, February 6 an interview with Nick appears in the London Evening Standard and an interview with Simon runs in the Metro UK. Both are to support the band’s upcoming War Child UK fundraising date at the Wilton Theatre on February 19.
Simon's tribute to Steve Strange
February 12, 2015
On February 12, Simon announces on his personal twitter the death of Steve Strange, who was a huge influence on the New Romantic movement: “I’m very sad to announce that our friend Steve Strange has died in Egypt today. He was the leading edge of New Romantic. God Bless him.”
Warchild UK fundraiser
February 19, 2015
Duran Duran supports Warchild UK by playing a small show to a few hundred people at the Wilton’s Music Hall in London on February 19th. To raise money for an incredible cause fans are encouraged to enter the lottery for tickets via online or text. Each entry costs £4.50 and makes an important donation to War Child.
Nick and Katy's Oscars predictions
Nick does his annual Oscar “Kafe” with Katy where they discuss the nominees for the upcoming Academy Award presentation. He bests Katy by getting Eddie Redmayne correct as the Best Actor winner.
ON/OFF photo book
Duran Duran is announced as part of the ON/OFF Photo Book,a unique portrait project shoot over the past five years to raise money for War Child.
Simon and Yasmin judging luxury cars
March 14, 2015
Simon flies to New Delhi to participate in the Cartier “Travel With Style” event on March 14, which celebrates the design and craftsmanship that goes into creating the most luxurious and distinctive cars. He and Yasmin are among the panel of Judges at the world renowned show.
Simon joins AnimalAsia's photo shoot
March 30, 2015
The morning of March 30 Simon does a photo shoot for AnimalAsia’s “Let a Bear Sh*t in the Woods” campaign shot by rock photographer Katarina Benzova .
Signning a contract with Warner Brothers Records
March 30, 2015
On March 30, Duran Duran sign a global recording contract with Warner Brothers Records. The band attend two label events: one at the James Cole Winery on March 28 and one at the label, where they introduce their new single, “Pressure Off,” produced by Nile Rodgers and featuring Janelle Monáe.
Ace Hotel performance for David Lynch Foundation
April 1, 2015
The band are met with rave reviews for their April 1 three-song-set at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles to benefit the David Lynch Foundation. Other performers include Angelo Badalamenti, Donovan, Julee Cruise, Karen O, Moby, Sky Ferreira, Wayne Coyne and more.
Nick's "raucous ramble" in London
April 16, 2015
On April 16, Nick curates “a ‘raucous ramble’ through his old stomping ground of Soho in London” for Hermes Paris to celebrate the annual ‘Flâneur forever.’
Simon participates in 2000-mile auto rally
April 20, 2015
Simon participates in the Tour Auto Rally 2015 from April 20th through April 25th. Simon will be the co-driver on “P,” a Jaguar XK120, which is the oldest car in the Rally. He and his co-driver will leave Paris for the 2000 mile journey to Biarritz.
BBC recognizes RIO album cover
The BBC names Duran Duran’s RIO one of the 12 most iconic album covers ever.
Nile Rodger BBC special hosted by Simon
April 28, 2015
On April 28 and May 6th, BBC Radio air a two-part special called “Lost in Music: The Nile Rodgers Story” hosted by Simon Le Bon.
Simon participates in AnimalAsia's campaign
Simon participates in AnimalAsia’s “Let a Bear Sh!t in the Woods” campaign along with Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Anthony Kiedis, Duff McKagan and Moby, among others.
Roger revisits "A View to a Kill"
May 6, 2015
Roger revisits the recording of “A View to a Kill” for duranduran.com. In honour of the anniversary of the song’s release on May 6, Roger wrote a blog about his memories of recording the single.
Katy's 20th anniversary
The band celebrates Katy’s 20th Anniversary by recording four separate Kafes, with John, Nick, Roger & Simon interviewing her for the fan community website. A “highlight reel” is posted on duranduran.com.
Band's tumblr page launches
In mid-May the band launch their tumblr page at http://duranduranofficial.tumblr.com/.
Nick in the studio with Spike Stent
June 1, 2015
Nick spends the evening of June 1 in the Studio with Spike Stent working on remixes for the for the album.
Rio remastered reissue
June 22, 2015
Warner Brothers Records reissues the remastered version of RIO that EMI had put out in 2009. A double-disc deluxe edition expands the original 1982 release with Demos, alternative mixes and non-album tracks, while a single-disc version is also be available, both on June 22.
PAPER GODS coming soon
On June 13, the band post a “Coming Soon” sign on all of their social media accounts, announcing PAPER GODS, the name of their forthcoming album for Warner Brothers Records, to be released on September 11 worldwide.
Upcoming tour dates and PAPER GODS cover reveal
June 15, 2015
On June 15, the band post all of their upcoming tour dates on their website and unveil the cover of PAPER GODS as well as a new photo from photographer Stephanie Pistel.
06/20 Barcelona, Spain Sonar by Night Festival
06/27 The Hague, Netherlands Night At The Park
06/28 Kerry, Ireland Killarney Festival
08/05 Riverhead, NY FOLD Festival
08/06 Bethlehem, PA Musikfest – ArtsQuest Center
09/05 Gibraltar Gibraltar Music Festival
09/11 Isle of Wight, UK Bestival @ Robin Hill Park
09/20 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre ***
09/23 Puyallup, WA Washington State Fair *
09/25 Reno, NV Grand Theatre – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino **
09/26 Las Vegas, NV Life is Beautiful Festival
09/27 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Union Open Air Theatre**
10/01 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl ***
10/02 San Francisco, CA The Greek Theatre, Berkeley ***
10/03 Rancho Mirage, CA The Show Agua Caliente Casino**
11/27 Manchester, UK Manchester Arena
11/28 Leeds, UK First Direct Arena
11/30 Cardiff, UK Motorpoint Arena
12/02 Brighton, UK Brighton Centre
12/04 Birmingham, UK Genting Arena
12/05 Newcastle, UK Metro Radio Arena
12/06 Glasgow, Scotland The SSE Hydro
12/08 London, UK The O2
12/09 Bournemouth, UK Bournemouth International Centre
12/11 Nottingham, UK Capital FM Arena
12/12 Liverpool, UK Echo Arena
* w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers
** w/ Clean Bandit
*** w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers & Clean Bandit
PAPER GODS pre-sale and "Pressure Off" release
June 24, 2015
On June 24, iTunes put PAPER GODS up for pre-sale, allowing fans to immediately download the single “Pressure Off” featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers when they buy the album in advance in the United States. The single comes out in the UK on July 15.
PAPER GODS track listing
June 29, 2015
On June 29th, Duran Duran issue a press release with the track listing of PAPER GODS, full album details and updated 2015 tour dates.
4th of July party
July 2, 2015
Duran Duran perform at a special “4th of July” party on July 2 at the home of the US Ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun, who has been very vocal about his appreciation for the band. It is also the first time the band play “Pressure Off” live.
Spotify UK awards the band
The band is awarded the Spotify UK Silver Clef Lifetime Achievement Award by the Nordoff Robbins charity, presented by Mark Ronson. The luncheon and award show is held at the Grovesnor House Hotel in London. In addition, the band bid £12,000 (or $18,700) for a charity package put up by Mark that includes a DJ Lesson, signed turntable and tickets to one of his UK shows.
War Child Duran Duran short video
War Child release a short video featuring Duran Duran about the success of their Passport: Back to the Bars fundraiser the band participated in. The event also won the “Best Use of Events” category at the National Fundraising Awards.
Nick on CBS THIS MORNING
July 13, 2015
On July 13, Nick appears on the U.S Morning show CBS THIS MORNING speaking about GeneU, the skin care line that he is the art director for.
Duran Duran on Billboard cover
July 24, 2015
Duran Duran appear on the cover of the July 24 issue of Billboard Magazine.
The Capitol Theatre performance
August 1, 2015
Duran Duran perform two sold out shows at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on August 1 & 2, with Penguin Prison opening with a DJ set. On August 5, they perform at the inaugural FOLD Festival, produced by Nile Rodgers. Nile joined the band on-stage for “Notorious,” and Nile & Janelle Monáe join the band to perform “Pressure Off.” Other artists at FOLD include Keith Urban, Chic, Beck, Chaka Khan, Pharrell and more.
John and Roger live interview on Tumblr
August 4, 2015
On August 4, John & Roger participate in a live Tumblr #AnswerTime interview with fans.
Duran Duran doantion to David Lynch Foundation fundraiser
August 5, 2015
Duran Duran donate a package to support a David Lynch Foundation fundraiser via CharityBuzz. The auction includes two tickets to see the band at the FOLD Festival in Riverhead, NY on August 5 and the opportunity to listen to the forthcoming Duran Duran album in a New York City Studio and meet the band.
August 6, 2015
On August 6, the band wrap up this short US-run with a show at Musikfest in Bethlehem. Glasser opens for them at this show.
Rolling Stone PAPER GODS review
Rolling Stone reviews the new album and says “If Paper Gods were a debut from some upstart band, the buzz would be insane.”
MLB Central uses "Pressure Off"
MLB Central uses Duran Duran’s “Pressure Off” in a spot for the channel.
Nick Rhodes Twitter Q&A
August 13, 2015
On August 13, Nick Rhodes does his first ever Twitter Q&A on Duran Duran’s Twitter page.
PAPER GODS tracks begin release
Duran Duran begin releasing tracks off of PAPER GODS with various media partners. After premiering the song with the media partner, the song becomes available on digital retail outlets later in the day; people who have pre-ordered PAPER GODS get the tracks automatically.
“Paper Gods” premiered on Entertainment Weekly.
“You Kill Me with Silence” premiered on The Daily Beast.
“What Are the Chances?” premiered on Idolator.
Rolling Stone calls PAPER GODS a must-hear album
Rolling Stone magazine calls “Paper Gods” one of the must-hear albums of the Fall.
Behind-the-scenes of PAPER GODS
September 2, 2015
Duran Duran takes you behind-the-scenes of recording the album in a trailer released on September 2.
PAPER GODS Target-exclusive version
Target announces an exclusive version of PAPER GODS, with 2 extra tracks & a pink cover.
Promo tour highlights
Duran Duran continue their promo tour of the US & UK, speaking with radio and television. Highlights includes:
-The One Show airing on September 8
-CBS Sunday Morning airing on September 13
-Lorraine Show airing on September 14
-Loose Women airing September 15
-The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon airing on September 15
-Today Show airing September 17
-The Ellen DeGeneres Show airing September 23
"Pressure Off" filming
September 4, 2015
On September 4, the band film the video for “Pressure Off” at Black Island Studios in London. The video is directed by Nick Egan (“Ordinary World”).
BBC Radio 2 Album of the week
September 5, 2015
Duran Duran’s PAPER GODS is BBC Radio 2’s Album of the week for the week of September 5.
Pitchfork streams PAPER GODS
September 8, 2015
On September 8, Pitchfork streams the PAPER GODS album in its entirety.
Band attends GQ awards
September 8, 2015
The band attend the GQ Awards in London on September 8, where they present Giorgio Moroder with the Inspiration Award.
360 technology video debut
September 10, 2015
The band debut their exclusive 360 technology lyric video for “Pressure Off” on Mashable on September 10. Said Nick, “The lyric video we have created uses virtual reality technology in a simple but effective way, so that the viewer can become immersed in the interactive experience, navigating his or her way through the multi-dimensional environment.”
Bestival festival performance and PAPER GODS release
September 11, 2015
The band head to the Isle of Wight on September 11, the day PAPER GODS is released, to headline Saturday night’s Bestival festival.
Band profiled on CBS SUNDAY MORNING
September 13, 2015
On September 13 Duran Duran is profiled on the influential morning news programme, CBS SUNDAY MORNING.
Boom Boom Room performance
September 13, 2015
The evening of September 13, the band perform for a standing-room only crowd at the Boom Boom Room in New York City for the Michael Kors #FlashYourGold Fashion Week Event.
The Today Show performance
September 17, 2015
Duran Duran are on The Today Show on September 17. Kiesza joins them to perform “Last Night in the City”; they also play “Pressure Off,” “Hungry like the Wolf,” “Save a Prayer”and “Ordinary World.”
PAPER GODS cracks Billboard Top Ten
September 20, 2015
On September 20, Billboard announce Duran Duran’s PAPER GODS has cracked the Billboard Top Ten on their Top 200 chart, which is the first time the band has done that in 22 years. PAPER GODS reaches #5 on the UK charts, #2 in Italy and #4 in the Netherlands.
ELLEN "Pressure Off" performance
September 23, 2015
Duran Duran perform “Pressure Off” on ELLEN on September 23, joined onstage by Nile Rodgers & Janelle Monáe.
Amoeba Hollywood performance
October 1, 2015
After a week that saw a triumphant set at the Hollywood Bowl on October 1, the band wind down their extended stay in Los Angeles with a standing-room only in-store appearance at Amoeba Hollywood on October 5, where they met with fans and signed CDs for over three hours.
October 7, 2015
Duran Duran meet fans at the new J&R Music Express in Century 21 in New York City on October 7.
Madison Square Garden performance
October 8, 2021
Duran Duran end their month plus in the US headlining the Fresh 102.7 Fresh Fest at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden on October 8. Other artists include Phases, A Great Big World, Rachel Platten and Adam Lambert.
"Paper Gods" hits Billboard Top 40
October 12, 2015
For the week of October 12, Duran Duran surpass U2 as the longest charting artist on the American Top 40 countdown as “Paper Gods” debuts at #39 on the chart.
Jimmy Kimmel Live performance
October 15, 2015
Duran Duran appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on October 15 performing “Pressure Off.” The show puts “You Kill Me with Silence” on their website, with Yahoo continuing the concert with a post-show event that airs on Yahoo Live.
I Heart Radio Festival performance
October 18, 2015
Duran Duran is one of the featured acts at the I Heart Radio Festival in Las Vegas on October 18.
European Promo Blitz confirmed
Duran Duran confirm a “European Promo Blitz” with appearances at The Q Awards, The EMA’s, Later with Jools Holland and more.
Later...with Jools Holland taping
Duran Duran perform 4 songs, which are taped and aired over two nights on Later…with Jools Holland.
Q Magazine ICON Award
October 19, 2015
Duran Duran is presented with the Q Magazine ICON Award by Charli XCX at The Grovesnor House in London on October 19.
X Factor Italia performance
October 22, 2015
Duran Duran appear on the #1 Most Watched show in Italy, X Factor Italia, on October 22 performing “Pressure Off.”
MTV awards Duran Duran with first Video Visionary Award
October 23, 2015
On October 23, MTV announces that Duran Duran will be the first artist to receive the newly created Video Visionary Award at the EMAs in Milan on October 25.
MTV World Stage performance
October 24, 2015
On October 24, Duran Duran perform in Piazza Duomo the evening before the 2015 MTV EMAs as part of an MTV World Stage production. MTV Other artists include Ellie Goulding, Marco Mengoni, Santa Margaret and Jaselli.
MTV Award presented by Ruby Rose
October 25, 2015
Duran Duran is presented with the MTV Video Visionary Award on October 25 at the MTV EMAs by actress Ruby Rose (“Orange is the New Black”).
TFI Friday performance
October 30, 2015
Duran Duran perform their songs “Pressure Off” and “Save a Prayer,” [with Eagles of Death Metal] on the October 30 episode of TFI Friday, hosted by Chris Evans.
Eiffel Tower performance for climate awareness
November 13, 2015
Duran Duran fly to Paris on November 13 and perform “What Are The Chances” outside of the Eiffel Tower to kick off Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Reality telethon to promote Climate Awareness. Later in the day, the band is made aware of the terror attacks in Paris, learning that Eagles of Death Metal had just finished performing their cover of “Save A Prayer” before the gunmen stormed the Bataclan.
"Save a Prayer" cover proceeds donated to charity
November 16, 2015
A fan led campaign to get Eagles of Death Metal’s version of “Save a Prayer” to number 1 in the UK gains momentum on social media. On November 16, Duran Duran announce they will donate all the publishing proceeds from the song to a charity that will help to promote peace and tolerance.
Bloom Twins to open for UK tour
Duran Duran announce The Bloom Twins as the opening act for their UK tour, with Seal joining as a special guest on 8 of the 11 dates.
Simon and John on BBC Breakfast
November 18, 2015
On November 18, Simon and John appear on BBC Breakfast to promote their UK tour, kicking off November 27 in Manchester.
Graham Norton Show performance
November 20, 2015
The band perform ““What Are the Chances” on The Graham Norton Show on November 20.
UK tour receives rave reviews
The band’s UK tour kicks off in Manchester to rave reviews throughout.
“Everything that is wonderful about pop music.” – The Guardian
“The sight and sound of thousands of pop fans joyfully bellowing ‘This is planet Earth, ba-ba-ba!’ is a response that cannot fail to gladden the heart.” – The Telegraph
“Gig of the week.” – The Mail on Sunday, “The fans were wanting their New Romantics heroes and Duran Duran were only willing to give a masterclass in the genre.” – The Herald
“An experience to linger long in the memory.” – Birmingham Mail
“The band were bang on, time after time, and delivered a fantastic evening of musical memories plus other tracks from their latest offering Paper Gods.” – Manchester Evening News
“A magnificent night.” – Newcastle Chronicle
“Le Bon deserves a spot among of the halls of the great frontmen as he stood with his shoulder wide stance, oozing charisma, with a voice which has not faltered in 30 years.” – The Argus.
O2 Arena performance
December 8, 2015
Duran Duran perform to a sold out crowd at London’s O2 Arena on December 8. They are joined onstage by PAPER GODS collaborator Mr Hudson and Lindsay Lohan, who reprises her role as ‘the doctor’ on the song “Dancephobia.”
North American tour announced
Duran Duran announce their 2016 North American Paper Gods tour with Simon doing a live video chat from backstage at the O2 Arena on Facebook Mentions, becoming the first artist to announce a tour using Mention. The band will be touring with special guest Chic feat. Nile Rodgers in April and July, 2016. At almost all venues, ticket purchasers will get a copy of PAPER GODS.
Liverpool performance concludes UK tour
December 12, 2015
The band end their UK tour with a bang in Liverpool on December 12. Special guest Seal comes out onstage to join the band’s performance of “Save a Prayer.”
Duran Duran performs at Warner holiday party
December 14, 2015
Duran Duran play their last gig of 2015 at their label’s holiday party on December 14 [along with other Warner’s acts] at a Pub in Somerset. They perform “Hungry like the Wolf,” “Notorious,” “I Don’t Want Your Love,” “Pressure Off,” “Planet Earth,” “White Lines,” “Save a Prayer” & “Rio.”
Year in revview
December 30, 2015
On December 30, the band post their Year in Review on duranduran.com. The week before, each band member did a “Year End” audio Kafe on the fan community website.