August 19, 2006

Duran Duran moving along on new album

By Lars Brandle

LONDON (Billboard) - Veteran British pop/rock outfit Duran
Duran has no desire to slow down.

Despite cruising well past their 25th anniversary as a
recording entity, the members of the quintet are raring to hit
the road again. Speaking from his villa in France, keyboardist
Nick Rhodes told that the band will give total
support to its forthcoming album, due in February or March via

"For us we found that since we got back together, not only
have the live shows been a great joy for us, but since we
notched up another 50 or 60 under our belt, we got back to the
stage where it was really a well-oiled machine again," Rhodes

"If you don't play live for six months, nine months or a
year even, you lose your efficiency," he said. "We promised
ourselves that we would keep trying to play shows even when we
hadn't got new things to promote."

The only live dates on tap so far are a September 23 show
in Warsaw, Poland, an October 29 appearance at the Voodoo Music
Experience in New Orleans and November 11 at the Bang! Festival
in Miami.

In November and December, Duran Duran will apply the
finishing touches to the as-yet-untitled new album, which is
the follow-up to 2004's "Astronaut" (Epic).

"We have got a couple which definitely sound like
contenders (for singles) so far, but I like to get everything
finished so that we can take an objective view," Rhodes said.
"I listened to Marvin Gaye recently. It made me realize how
beautiful some songs from that period can be. It gave me a few
ideas, that's for sure."

In the meantime, online gamers will get the chance to catch
the band in cyberspace. Beginning in September, each Duran
Duran member will immerse his character, or avatar, in the
Second Life virtual world, making them the first major band to
do so. "When I first saw the Second Life site," Rhodes said,
"It was a real epiphany for me."

The group aims to perform its first virtual concert on the
site in the coming months.