Ordinary Whirl: Duran Duran announce new album, tour dates, and reminder they are still dapper af


Duran Duran are back — and looking rather sharp.

The legendary pop group over the weekend announced that their new record, due this September and their first in five years, will be called Paper Gods. To celebrate, Duran Duran have also unveiled a string of nine North American tour dates, though it stays on the other side of the country with shows in California, Colorado, Washington, and Nevada. Fans on this side of the Atlantic and the eastern part of the country could get their fix on August 5, when Duran Duran plays the FOLD Festival in Riverhead, Long Island.

The brainchild of Duran Duran co-producer Nile Rodgers, FOLD stands for Freak Out Lets Dance and will also feature Chic, Beck, Janelle Monàe, Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban and others.


Here are some Paper Gods album details from Billboard, once you stop gazing at the photo up top:

Paper Gods is the group’s 14th studio effort and first for Warner Bros. Records. (The act signed with the label in March.) The album will be preceded by the single “Pressure Off,” which features Janelle Monae. Paper Gods was produced by Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and Mr. Hudson, and also features guest turns from Kiesza and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante.

Paper Gods reunites Rodgers and Duran Duran, who have a long history together. He co-produced the band’s Notorious album (featuring the title track, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100), “The Wild Boys” single (another No. 2 hit) and remixed the No. 1 hit “The Reflex” to great success. He also co-produced tracks on Astronaut. As for Ronson, he co-produced Duran Duran’s last studio album, 2010’s All You Need Is Now.


Here’s the band’s Twitter announcement, with full 2015 tour dates, as of today, down below…


June 20: Sonar Festival (Barcelona, Spain)
June 27: Night at the Park (The Hague, Netherlands)
June 28: Killarney Festival (Kerry, Ireland)
Aug. 5: The FOLD Festival (Riverhead, Long Island, N.Y.)
Sept. 5: Gibraltar Music Festival (Gibraltar)
Sept. 11: Bestival (Isle of Wight, England)
Sept. 20: Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison, Colo.)
Sept. 23: Washington State Fair (Puyallup, Wash.)
Sept. 25: Grand Sierra Resort & Casino (Reno, Nev.)
Sept. 25-27: (exact date to be announced) Life is Beautiful Festival (Las Vegas)
Sept. 27: Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre (San Diego)
Oct. 1: Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles)
Oct. 2: The Greek Theatre (Berkeley, Calif.)
Oct. 3: Agua Caliente Casino (Rancho Mirage, Calif.)
Nov. 27: Manchester Arena (Manchester, England)
Nov. 28: First Direct Arena (Leeds, England)
Nov. 30: Motorpoint Arena (Cardiff, Wales)
Dec. 2: Brighton Centre (Brighton, England)
Dec. 4: Genting Arena (Birmingham, England)
Dec. 5: Metro Radio Arena (Newcastle, England)
Dec. 6: The SSE Hydro (Glasgow, Scotland)
Dec. 8: The 02 (London)
Dec. 9: Bournemouth International Centre (Bournemouth, England)
Dec. 11: Capital FM Arena (Nottingham, England)
Dec. 12: Echo Arena (Liverpool, England)