by David Chiu It’s official Duranies: Duran Duran has announced the name and release date of its upcoming studio album. According to a press release sent on Monday, the new album is called Paper Gods and will be released via Warner Bros. on September 18 in the States. It features songs produced by Mark Ronson, Nile Rodgers, Mr Hudson and Josh Blair – as well as guests Janelle Monae, John Frusciante, Kieza and Lindsay Lohan. The first single is “Pressure Off” with Monae.
Here are some of the comments by the band members from the press release about the new record:
Nick Rhodes: “We found a whole new level of inspiration on this album.”
Simone Le Bon: “We’ve allowed ourselves the time to make music that we can be proud of. I judge what we release by my favourite albums – Horses, Harvest, Let It Bleed, Blue, Transformer, Aladdin Sane. Those are classic albums. The only rule is it’s got to be music you can live with for the rest of your life.”
John Taylor: “It really goes back to that strange early Duran mix: the hard-edged pop, coexisting with this dark, weird, experimental side.”
Roger Taylor: “Notorious was a strong touchstone for the band, All You Need is Now definitely reflected our earlier albums, but our starting point here was Notorious. We’re fortunate to be able to be inspired by our own back catalogue – not many bands can say that.”
The band will be touring this year in Europe and some dates in the U.S., listed below: Europe: 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 (Freak Out! Let’s Dance Festival – Martha Clara Vineyards) 08/06 Bethlehem, PA Musikfest – ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks 09/01 Ibiza Heart at the Ibiza Gran Hotel 09/05 Gibraltar Gibraltar Music Festival @ Victoria Stadium 09/11 Isle of Wight, UK Bestival @ Robin Hill Park U.S.: 09/20 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers & Clean Bandit 09/23 Puyallup, WA Washington State Fair w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers 09/25 Reno, NV Grand Theatre – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino w/ Clean Bandit 09/26 Las Vegas, NV Life is Beautiful Festival 09/27 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Union Open Air Theatre w/ Clean Bandit 10/01 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers & Clean Bandit 10/02 San Francisco, CA The Greek Theatre, Berkeley w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers & Clean Bandit 10/03 Rancho Mirage, CA The Show – Agua Caliente Casino w/ Clean Bandit U.K.: 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