Duran Duran Announce New Album, ‘Paper Gods,’ Out This September
Duran Duran have announced they will release their next album, Paper Gods, on Sept. 18 in the U.S., and Sept. 11 everywhere else, via Warner Bros. This marks the English outfit’s 14th album following 2011’s All You Need Is Now.
For their upcoming full-length, Duran Duran enlisted producers Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Josh Blair and Mr Hudson. The album will also feature collaborations with former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, Canadian singer Kiesza, violinist Davidé Rossi and actress Lindsay Lohan. Additionally, Janelle Monáe will appear on the album’s forthcoming lead single, “Pressure Off,” which was co-written by Rodgers and Ronson.
According to the band, Paper Gods recalls early Duran Duran, specifically their 1986 album, Notorious.
“It really goes back to that strange, early Duran mix: the hard-edged pop coexisting with this dark, weird, experimental side,” bassist John Taylor said in a press release.
“Notorious was a strong touchstone for the band,” drummer Roger Taylor added. “All You Need Is Now reflected our earlier albums, but our starting point here was Notorious. We’re fortunate to be able to be inspired by our own back catalog — not many bands can say that.”
“It’s great to be able to lift people’s spirits — and your own — with a strong shot of pure pop,” keyboardist Nick Rhodes said, “but the world we live in isn’t all just made of that stuff, so it seems natural to me that we have kept one for in the darker, more Gothic side of life.”
Duran Duran will embark on a tour in support of Paper Gods on June 20 in Barcelona. They’ll make their way to the states on Aug. 5 and 6 for concerts in Riverhead, N.Y., and Bethlehem, Pa. They’ll return in September for a handful of dates in Colorado, Washington, Nevada and California.
Duran Duran 2015 Tour
June 20: Barcelona, Spain – Sonar by Night Festival
June 27: The Hague, Netherlands – Night At The Park
June 28: Kerry, Ireland – Killarney Festival
Aug. 5: Riverhead, NY – FOLD Festival
Aug. 6: Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest
Sept. 1: Ibiza – Heart at the Ibiza Gran Hotel
Sept. 05: Gibraltar – Gibraltar Music Festival @ Victoria Stadium
Sept. 11: Isle of Wight, UK – Bestival @ Robin Hill Park
Sept. 20: Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sept. 23: Puyallup, WA – Washington State Fair
Sept. 25: Reno, NV – Grand Theatre – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
Sept. 26: Las Vegas, NV – Life is Beautiful Festival
Sept. 27: San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Union Open Air Theatre
Oct. 1: Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
Oct. 2: San Francisco, CA – The Greek Theatre, Berkeley
Oct. 3: Rancho Mirage, CA – The Show – Agua Caliente Casino
Nov. 27: Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
Nov. 28: Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
Nov. 30: Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
Dec. 2: Brighton, UK – Brighton Centre
Dec. 4: Birmingham, UK – Genting Arena
Dec. 5: Newcastle, UK – Metro Radio Arena
Dec. 6: Glasgow, Scotland – The SSE Hydro
Dec. 8: London, UK – The O2
Dec. 9: Bournemouth, UK – Bournemouth International Centre
Dec. 11: Nottingham, UK – Capital FM Arena
Dec. 12: Liverpool, UK – Echo Arena