Headlining Jelling Musikfestival
January 9, 2020
On January 9 it is announced that in their only Danish performance in 2020, Duran Duran will return to Scandinavia to headline the iconic Jelling Musikfestival on Saturday, the 30th of May. Later in the month the band confirm a headlining spot at Rock in Rio Lisboa.Both of these shows are postponed due to the Corona Virus.
PBS airs A DIAMOND IN THE MIND
PBS (US/Canada Public Broadcasting Station) air Duran Duran’s 2011 live concert film A DIAMOND IN THE MIND for their March pledge drive. New interviews with Simon & Nick, recorded at the end of 2019, are used throughout the programming.
Headlining BST Hyde Park
March 10, 2020
On March 10, Duran Duran is announced at the final headliner for the BST Hyde Park on 12 July. Both Gwen Stefani and Nile Rodgers & Chic will be on the bill with others expected to be added.Duran Duran 2020 spring/ summer dates are as follows:
May 1, The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
May 2, The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
May 30, Jelling MusikFest, Jelling, Denmark
May 31, Sommarkvall Med… Concert Series, Stockholm, Sweden
June 7, St Anne’s Park, Dublin, Ireland
June 14, Isle of Wight Festival, Yarmouth, UK
June 27, Rock in Rio, Lisbon, Portugal
July 12, British Summertime Festival, Hyde Park, London, UK
All of these shows are postponed or cancelled due to the Corona Virus.
A DIAMOND IN THE MIND limited-edition vinyl
It is announced that Duran Duran’s A DIAMOND IN THE MIND will be released as a limited edition Pink (transparent) Double LP Gatefold, including Bonus-Track “Is There Something I Should Know?” for Record Store Day Germany in June.
Coronavirus hiatus announced
March 19, 2020
On March 19 Duran Duran announce they had to take a break from recording their 15th studio album because of the Coronavirus pandemic, which made them unable to go in to the Studio. The band started a weekly Twitter chat with fans, with Simon on March 20, Roger on March 27, Nick on April 3 and John on April 10.
Isle of Wright Festival postponed
March 24, 2020
On March 24, the Isle of Wright Festival postpones their Festival, which was meant to take place June 11-14, with Duran Duran headlining the Sunday evening bill. On April 1, Duran Duran announce the postponement of their two Las Vegas dates, meant for the beginning of May, and on April 4, Rock in Rio Lisboa postpone their festival for one year. On April 6 the Jelling MusikFestival announce their postponement. BST Hyde Park follows suit on April 8.
John Taylor contracts Covid-19
April 5, 2020
On April 5, John Taylor posts a note on the band’s social media channels that he tested positive for Covid-19 but wanted fans to know that the illness “isn’t always a killer, and we can and will beat this thing.”
Spirit of Yuri's Night award
April 11, 2020
On April 11, Nick accepts Duran Duran’s “Spirit of Yuri’s Night” award, in acknowledgement of the group’s influence on the style and aesthetics of space and the future.
Nick's Peter Beard tribute
April 20, 2020
On April 20, Nick pays tribute to wildlife photographer Peter Beard: “I’m sad to hear that Peter Beard has left our world. He was truly one of life’s great adventurers, curious and fearless to the end. He seized every moment and and devoured it with intense joy. His energy and profound belief in natural beauty and art was an inspiration.”
April 21, 2020
On April 21, Simon and Katy record their first weekly radio show called WHOOOSH! on Duran Duran Radio. Simon chooses the songs and the pair discuss his choices and more. There is also a Spotify playlist with all the songs they play on the Radio show.
Roger's birthday message
April 26, 2020
For his April 26 birthday, Roger put together a House Party playlist and left a birthday message for fans to thank them for all the greetings they left.
2020 summer shows postponed
The band’s entire 2020 summer show schedule becomes postponed due to the COVID pandemic.
Live social media interview with Nick
May 4, 2020
Nick made a 2.5 hour appearance with Italy’s famed DJ Red Ronnie for his first live interview on social media on May 4. It aired on Ronnie’s Facebook and YouTube channels, and fans had a great time participating with Nick.
Nick's Florian Schneider tribute
May 6, 2020
Nick writes a tribute to Florian Schneider of Kraftwerk when news of his passing was made public on May 6. He was a hero of Nick’s, both as a musician and a performer.
John shows "Planet Earth" process
May 7, 2020
On May 7, John debuts Stone Love Bass Odyssey tutorial, showing fans how the band put together the track “Planet Earth.” After the first episode debuted, John and Chromeo’s Dave 1 did a LIVE Instagram chat together. Other guests have included Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles), Mark Ronson, Nile Rodgers & Billy Idol.
Live version of "Ordinary World"
May 12, 2020
On May 12, the band post a live version of their song, “Ordinary World” on their website; the song was recorded in September, 2017 at a show in Tokyo, Japan.
Roger starts Desert Island Discs
In May, Roger starts filming a series of Desert Island Discs for duranduran.com, featuring meaningful songs that changed his life.
John's Reddit AMA
May 26, 2020
On May 26, John participates in an AMA on the bass guitar sub-Reddit forum.
POP TRASH retrospective
June 19, 2020
On June 19 Nick got together with Warren to do a terrific POP TRASH retrospective in honour of the record’s 20th anniversary. Featuring the two of them, along with Ken Scott (Engineer) and Andrew Day (Art Direction), it’s a great read with a cool pictorial accompaniment.
June 8, 14 & 20 are DD birthdays: Nick, Dom & and John respectively, and they celebrated with fans this way: Nick left a very “Nick Rhodes” birthday message, Dom stopped in to say hello and JT put together a 60 For 60 Spotify playlist for his birthday!
WHOOOSH! on Spotify
July 17, 2020
On July 17, the WHOOOSH! podcast makes its debut on Spotify with episode #13.
Duran Duran Appreciation Day
August 10, 2020
August 10 brought the 2020 Duran Duran Appreciation Day and featured a LIVE chat between Nick and John on Instagram. If you missed any of it, you can watch it all here.
Duran Duran rereleased for National Album Day UK
August 12, 2020
On August 12 it was announced that Duran Duran would be participating in National Album Day UK by releasing their first record, Duran Duran, on white vinyl.
Nick discusses Charlie Chaplin
September 15, 2020
On September 15, Nick appeared on the CHAPLIN TALKS podcast with Charlie Chaplin’s grandson Spencer, talking about Charlie, the world’s first superstar.
PAPER GODS 5-year anniversary
September 11, 2020
On September 11th, the band celebrated the 5th anniversary of PAPER GODS with these messages.
"Touch the Sunrise" weekend in 2021 announced
October 5, 2020
On October 5, the band announce the “Touch the Sunrise” weekend, taking place in Ibiza from October 8 – 11, 2021. The entire weekend is devoted to Duran Duran, culminating in a live performance by the band.
John on Rockonteurs podcast
October 20, 2020
On October 20, John appeared on Rockonteurs podcast with Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt for a terrific (and funny) conversation on the history of their bands.
Headlining Lytham Festival in 2021
The band is announced as a headliner at the Lytham Festival, which will take place during the summer of 2021.
The last band birthday for 2020 was Simon – hear his birthday message here.
Headlining Scarborough Open Air Theatre in 2021
October 30, 2020
On October 30, Duran Duran is announced as a headliner at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre for summer 2021.
October 31, 2020
Roger and Nick get in to the spirit of Halloween with playlists they made for the big day. You can listen to Roger’s here and Nick’s here!
Nick announces new photo book
Nick announces a collaboration with the Vinyl Factory on the release of a new photo book called BEI INCUBI.
John on The 500 Podcast
November 4, 2020
JT’s at it again! On November 4 he is a guest on The 500 Podcast with Josh Adam Meyers, discussing Roxy Music.
SO RED THE ROSE retrospective
Superdeluxeedition revisits Arcadia’s SO RED THE ROSE with a retrospective that includes current interviews with Nick, Mark Egan, Andy MacKay & Carlos Alomar.
BST Hyde Park rescheduled
November 30, 2020
On November 30, the band announces that they’ve re-scheduled their BST Hyde Park show for 11 July, 2021 with special guests Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Grace Jones.
New limited-release book announced
December 1, 2020
On December 1, the band post a video which shows off a new book, THE COLLAPSING SYMPHONY, limited to 500 COPIES. The book features Nick’s archives and surrealistic collages by Rory McCartney, available exclusively in the Duran Duran web store.
"Ordinary World" charity cover released
In December, singer Kitty Coburn and the Creative Collective release a cover of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World.” Proceeds will go to the Royal Free charity which works alongside the three hospitals in the Royal Free London NHS Trust to provide services for people across north London.
John's John Lennon tribute
December 8, 2020
On December 8, the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, John Taylor writes a beautiful piece on a Beatles album that changed his life.
Charity performance for David Bowie's birthday announced
Duran Duran is announced as one of the performers for A BOWIE CELEBRATION: JUST FOR ONE DAY will feature several acts performing Bowie tracks whilst raising money for the Save the Children charity. The livestream takes place on January 8, David’s birthday.
Annual Collector's Corner
The band does their annual audio Collector’s Corner for 2020.
Year End Kafe
As part of their Year End Kafes on the Fan Community site, the guys discuss their highs and lows of the past year. Read their 2020 lists here.
Simon appears on BBC Radio 2
December 29, 2020
Simon ends the year by appearing on BBC Radio 2 on December 29 to talk about the band’s upcoming Hyde Park Summer show.
Roger's New Year's Eve playlist
Roger curates his annual New Year’s Eve music playlist.