Duran Duran confirm more album details and pledge backing for historic studio
Duran Duran have confirmed more details of their new album Paper Gods, which will be released on September 11.
Its first single Pressure Off will be released this week. Made with previous Duran producers Mark Ronson and Nile Rodgers, it features guest vocals by Janelle Monae.
The album was also produced by Mr Hudson and Josh Blair, with the other guests confirmed as Lindsay Lohan, Kiesza, Davide Rossi and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante.
John Taylor said of the album, which follows 2011’s Ronson-produced All You Need Is Now: “it really goes back to that strange early Duran mix: hard-edged pop co-existing with this dark, weird, experimental side.”
Meanwhile, the band have backed a Pledge Music campaign to help save Birmingham studio Highbury Studio. Backers will get the opportunity to hear early demos of Duran’s 1982 songs Save A Prayer and The Chauffeur recorded at Highbury, as well as demos by Stephen Duffy, Ocean Colour Scene and Fine Young Cannibals singer Roland Gift. See www.pledgemusic.com/projects/four-sides for details.
Duran tour Paper Gods in November, with tickets at £35-£65. Tickets are on sale now to members of their website and go on general sale on Friday. They also headline Bestival on September 11.
Speaking of the tour, Simon Le Bon told Classic Pop: “I loved recording the album, but I still feel most at home on stage.” Nick Rhodes added: “Simon gets a bit funny if he’s not in front of a crowd for too long. We think the new songs will work very well in concert.”
Classic Pop will have a major interview feature to coincide with Paper Gods.
Duran Duran will play:
Manchester Arena (November 27)
Leeds First Direct Arena (28)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (30)
Brighton Centre (December 2)