2016 - Duran Duran

Nick's David Bowie tribute

After the unexpected death of icon David Bowie on January 10, Nick writes a heartfelt piece on duranduran.com about what David meant to the band and how influential he was to their career. They also paid tribute to David in their “Week in Review” that week, showing how his work helped shape them as a band.

2016 - Duran Duran

Shamir added as show support

The band announce XL Recording artist Shamir is added to 8 shows as support along with Chic featuring Nile Rodgers. Shamir puts out a cover of Duran Duran’s “Hungry like the Wolf” to commemorate the upcoming dates.

2016 - Duran Duran

Headlining 3 European festivals

Duran Duran is announced as headliners for three summer festivals in Europe: on May 28 at Oxford’s South Park for Common People Oxford, May 29th at the Southampton Common for Common People Southampton and June 19th for Northside in Aarhus, Denmark.

  • Simon's Blue Marine Foundation Q&A

    As an Ambassador for the Blue Marine Foundation, a charity that works to provide awareness on ways people can come together to save our oceans, Simon sits for a Q&A to draw attention to the charity.

  • Nick & Nefer attend fashion show

    February 21, 2016

    Nick & Nefer attend the Alexander McQueen fashion show as part of London’s Fashion Week on February 21.

  • Smart phone named after Duran Duran song

    A new flexible smart phone, called ReFlex after the Duran Duran song, is in prototype and being shown at tech conferences.

  • Annual Oscar Kafe show

    February 23, 2016

    On February 23, Nick and Katy do their annual “Oscar Kafe” for the Duran Duran Fan Community, discussing their picks for the 88th Annual Academy Awards. A written transcript of their chat is posted on duranduran.com

  • Simon and Suki Waterhouse award Adele

    February 24, 2016

    Simon and model Suki Waterhouse present Adele with the Best British Single award for “Hello” at the 2016 BRIT Awards on February 24.

  • Buckingham Palace Performance

    March 16, 2016

    On March 16, Duran Duran perform at Buckingham Palace as special guest for The Stroke Association’s #LifeAfterStroke event. The band entertain the crowd with songs “A View to A Kill,” “Hungry like the Wolf,” “Notorious,” “Ordinary World” & “Rio.”

  • Guests at SiriusXM Town Hall

    April 4, 2016

    On April 4th, Duran Duran is special guests on a taping of SiriusXM Radio’s Town Hall. The band answer questions sent in my Listeners for over an hour. The chat is hosted by Mark Goodman.

  • David Lynch Film Performance

    April 10, 2016

    “The Music Of David Lynch,” filmed last year to benefit The David Lynch Foundation, airs on AXS TV on April 10 and features Duran Duran’s performance of “The Chauffeur.” The double vinyl, which also features Sky Ferreira, Moby, Karen O and others is released April 15.

  • Paper Gods tour dates

    Australia’s Bag Raiders join the following dates on the Paper Gods tour:

    April 15-Atlanta

    April 16-Charlotte

    April 19- Dallas

    April 22- Austin

    April 23- Houston

    April 24- New Orleans

  • Barclays Center performance

    April 12, 2016

    On April 12, Duran Duran perform at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, to a rapturous crowd, for the first time. They are joined on stage by special guests Nile Rodgers (“Notorious” and “Pressure Off”), Kiesza (“Last Night in the City”) and Lindsay Lohan (“Dancephobia”).

  • North Carolina transgender awareness performance

    April 16, 2016

    Rather than cancel a scheduled show in Charlotte, North Carolina, Duran Duran decided to use their April 16th performance at the PNC Music Pavilion to raise awareness. Said the band of HB2 (which requires transgender people only use bathrooms that correspond with their sex at birth) “ (it is) plain, old fashioned prejudice, fear and oppression” and pledged support to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. To help with the cause, Duran Duran encouraged fans to register to vote and sign a petition that will be presented at a General Assembly meeting in North Carolina on April 25. A representative from North Carolina Now! came up on stage so the band could be the first people to sign the petition that night. They then dedicated the evening’s performance of “Save a Prayer” to the LGBT community.

  • Show dedicated to Prince

    April 22, 2016

    Duran Duran are shocked by the untimely passing of Prince. They dedicate their April 22nd show in Austin, TX to him and also posed thoughts on his artistry on their website. The continue to dedicate their song “Save a Prayer” to him over the course of several shows.

  • Belasco Theater show

    May 2, 2016

    Duran Duran wrap up the Spring leg of their North American tour with a Sold-Out show at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles on May 2nd. The small venue setting served as a “thank you” to fans and featured guest performances from Mr Hudson and Kiesza.

  • Headlining Common People festival

    May 28, 2016

    The band headlines the Common People festival UK, day one in Oxford (May 28) and day two in Southampton (June 29). The performances are met with incredible reviews from the UK press.

  • Eden Project performance

    June 3, 2016

    Duran Duran perform for BBC Music Day on June 3rd at Eden Project in Cornwall. The band play IN the biosphere, something they’ve certainly never done before! Singer Laura Mvula joins them for “Notorious.” The concert is broadcast live on the radio on BBC2 with televised highlights airing Sunday, June 5 on BBC1.

  • Italy Tour begins

    June 5, 2016

    The band kicks off their tour of Italy on June 5th in Taormina. As in the UK, Bloom Twins will be joining them as their opening act.

  • Red Ronnie and Nick video

    March 7, 2016

    On June 7, Nick rides with Red Ronnie to the band’s show at Rock in Roma; Ronnie films the ride and posts on social media.

  • Nick's birthday performance

    June 8, 2016

    Duran Duran perform on Nick’s birthday (June 8) in Verona, Italy. The band and the audience sing “Happy Birthday,” led by opera singer Matteo Zenatti.

  • Tokimonsta joining Paper Gods tour

    The band announce that Tokimonsta will be joining them and Chic on most dates of the third leg of their North American Paper Gods tour.

  • 98.1 debuts new station with Duran Duran song

    July 1, 2016

    On July 1, 98.1 in Eau Claire, WI signs on to a new signal and the first song they played to intro the station is Duran Duran’s “The Reflex.”

  • #LastNightInTheCityDD website

    On the eve of the North American tour, Warner Brothers launch #LastNightInTheCityDD for Instagram, asking fans to tag their posts with this hashtag and then visit their dedicated website so they can see what other people did “last night”!

  • Nick leaves Paper Gods tour

    July 7, 2016

    On July 7, the band post the following statement on their website: “Regrettably, keyboardist Nick Rhodes will be leaving the current Duran Duran tour tomorrow for a short period of time,to return to the UK to attend to an urgent family matter. The band have just embarked on the third US leg of their Paper Gods tour, which kicked off last night in Nashville. They are currently in Chicago, where they play two nights at the Ravinia Pavilion (Friday July 8 and Saturday July 9). Nick will be temporarily replaced by long-time friend and collaborator, artist MNDR.”

  • Apollo Theater performance

    July 19, 2016

    On July 19, Duran Duran perform at the Apollo Theater, in Harlem, NY. It is the band’s first performance in the historic venue. Canadian singer Kiesza join them for “Last Night in the City.”

  • Duran Duran Appreciation Day

    August 10, 2016

    On August 10 the band celebrate Duran Duran Appreciation Day by posting a video greeting, an excerpt of an interview with Nick taken from the latest Katy’s Kafe recorded just for DDAD and a free video download of the band performing “Planet Earth” from June’s BBC Music Day in Cornwall. Tweets of “congratulation” came in from Entertainment Weekly, Entertainment Tonight, The Ellen Show, Electronic Musician, Yahoo Music and more.

  • Club remixes of "Last Night in the City"

    Duran Duran release 2 remixes to clubs for their single “Last Night in the City” featuring Kiesza: One by Kant and the other by Louis Vivet.

  • Duran Duran performs with Chic for the last time

    September 1, 2016

    On September 1st in Everett, WA at the XFinity Arena, Duran Duran join Chic onstage for “Good Times”. It is the last date with Chic as Duran Duran’s special guest on the Paper Gods tour.

  • Tobin Center performances highest grossing second show in theatre history

    September 7, 2016

    Duran Duran is honored with the news that their second show on September 7th at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio is the highest grossing second show in the theatre’s history.

  • MNDR thanks fans

    MNDR, who filled in for keyboardist Nick Rhodes on the 3rd and 4th legs of the Paper Gods tour, puts out a message of THANKS to Duran Duran fans, offering a free download of her song, “Kimono.”

  • Nominated for an EMA

    September 27, 2016

    On September 27th, the nominees for the MTV EMA Awards are announced, with Duran Duran up for Best World Stage. The 2016 show is in Rotterdam, Netherlands on November 6th. Duran Duran performed at the 2015 EMA’s and won the first ever Global ICON award presented.

  • John participates in bass clinic

    October 22, 2016

    John Taylor participated in the Bass Player Live Clinic on October 22 at SIR Studios in Los Angeles, CA. John is interviewed by Incubus bassist Ben Kenney followed by a signing for attendees.

  • Golden Note Award from ASCAP

    November 10, 2016

    Duran Duran receive the Golden Note Award from ASCAP on November 10, 2016 at One Embankment. The ASCAP Golden Note Award is one of the top acknowledgments that ASCAP bestows upon songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Said ASCAP President Paul Williams, “We are delighted to present this extremely unique and innovative group with the ASCAP Golden Note Award.”

  • NOTORIOUS thirtieth anniversary

    November 21, 2016

    On November 21, the 30th anniversary of the release of the band’s fourth album, NOTORIOUS, Simon, Nick, John, Roger & Nile Rodgers participate in an audio oral history on the recording of the album.

  • Participation in Lollapalooza

    Duran Duran confirm their participation in Lollapalooza South America with three shows in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. They also announce two dates in California in March.

  • Limited edition Paper Gods vinyl

    The Vinyl Factory announces a limited edition Paper Gods Vinyl box set that comes with four 12″ white vinyl records in bespoke sleeves, housed in a custom-made magnetised clamshell box set. China Chow helmed the art direction with Alex Israel, who did the Paper Gods album cover.

  • "No Rewind" charity single

    November 22, 2016

    John & Roger participate in the charity single “No Rewind,” which debuts on RollingStone.com on November 22. The track, a collaboration with at-risk youth who are part of the Road Recovery program, record a dance-rock track, available as a donation-for-download.

  • Simon films first episode of "Music"

    December 5, 2016

    On December 5, Simon flies to Rome to film the inaugural episode of the new show “Music,” airing early January, 2017 on Italy’s Channel 5.

  • Nick's Warren Cuccurullo tribute

    December 8, 2016

    Nick posts a tribute on duranduran.com for guitarist Warren Cuccurullo on his 60th birthday on December 8. In addition to an overview of his career, Nick writes a song in his honour called “60 Bars.”

  • John attends treatment centre party

    December 15, 2016

    John attends the Mount Carmel Alcoholic Treatment Centre Christmas party with London Mayor Saddiq Khan and Ruth Allenby on December 15, 2016.

  • Hammersmith Apollo surprise performance

    December 16, 2016

    Duran Duran is the surprise guests at “Brian & Robin’s Christmas Compendium” at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on December 16. The band performs a 40-minute set to a very excited (and surprised!) crowd.

  • 2016 Year End Highlights

    duranduran.com post the band’s 2016 Year End Highlights, where each band member shares what was special about their year.

  • MGM National Harbor performance

    December 31, 2016

    On December 31, 2016, Duran Duran perform at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland for a sold out New Year’s Eve show at the newly opened hotel and casino. The band are presenting with their own ‘gambling chips” from the GM of the casino.

  • "Save a Prayer" George Michael dedication

    December 31, 2016

    Duran Duran dedicate their December 31 performance of “Save a Prayer” to George Michael.