Duran Duran is planning an October release for its Epic debut album, the first new set by all five original members since 1983's "Seven & the Ragged Tiger."
Duran Duran is planning an October release for its Epic debut album, the first new set by all five original members since 1983's "Seven & the Ragged Tiger." They're working with producer Rich Harrison, who has worked with superstars including Usher and Alicia Keys, as well as Don Gilmore, who's produced Linkin Park and Avril Lavigne.
Tracks earmarked for the album include "Sunrise," "What Happens Tomorrow," "Bedroom Toys" and "Still Breathing." The set will be bundled with a one-hour DVD chronicling a two-night stand this spring at London's Wembley Arena.
Working together again has been seamless, according to lead singer Simon LeBon. "It's very similar to how it worked 20 years ago. Everybody's a little bit more open to how they feel about stuff," he says. The band is not trying to copy the Europop sound that sold them millions of records. "I don't think it would work if we tried to repeat that," he says.
Yet at the same time, LeBon said its important for Duran Duran to keep enough of their own musical heritage so that their old fans could relate to their new music. "We wouldn't want to lose them by trying too hard by trying to connect with a new audience," he offers.
Whether or not the album clicks with listeners remains to be seen. But judging from the sold-out performances Duran Duran has been giving in recent months, LeBon has "no doubt that we will get the attention when we release our stuff because I know there's a huge, huge demand for [new music]."
LeBon claims the group is closer than ever -- even though members still have their disagreements. "We're like any people who get very close. Sometimes you argue with each other. But the fact is we inspire each other musically," he says. "Nobody else does it for me. It's just very special."
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