Duran Duran announces new album, Paper Gods, plus tour dates

John Frusciante, Janelle Monáe, Nile Rodgers, and Lindsay Lohan (?) will all appear on the band's 14th LP


On September 18th, Duran Duran will release their new album, Paper Gods, via Warner Bros. Records. The New Wave veterans’ first LP since 2010’s All You Need Is Now marks their 14th to date. It was recorded in London and, as we noted in March, boasts a star-studded cast of collaborators, including former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, Janelle Monáe, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Kiesza, and Lindsay Lohan (yes, really), among others.

According to a press release, Paper Gods aims to “capture the duality and sense of conflict at the heart of Duran Duran’s music.” Bassist John Taylor elaborated, saying, “It really goes back to that strange early Duran mix: the hard-edged pop, coexisting with this dark, weird, experimental side.”

Keyboardist Nick Rhodes added, “That’s something that’s essential to all of us. It’s great to be able to lift people’s spirits — and your own — with a strong shot of pure pop, 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 foot in the darker, more Gothic side of life.”

Both Rodgers and Monáe are slated to appear on the album’s first official single, “Pressure Off”, which is due out later this week.

Additionally, Duran Duran has lined up new North American and European tour dates, including festival gigs and shows with Rodgers and Chic. The full itinerary is below.

Duran Duran 2015 Tour Dates:
06/20 – Barcelona, ES @ Sonar Festival
06/27 – The Hague, NL @ Night At The Park
06/28 – Kerry, IE @ Killarney Festival
08/05 – Riverhead, NY @ FreakOut! Let’s Dance Festival
08/06 – Bethlehem, PA Musikfest @ ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks
09/01 – Ibiza @ Heart at the Ibiza Gran Hotel
09/05 – Gibraltar @ Gibraltar Music Festival at Victoria Stadium
09/11 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
09/20 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre *#
09/23 – Puyallup, WA @ Washington State Fair *
09/25 – Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre #
09/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival
09/27 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Union Open Air Theatre #
10/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *#
10/02 – San Francisco, CA @ The Greek Theatre, Berkeley *#
10/03 – Rancho Mirage, CA @  Agua Caliente Casino #
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, UK @ 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

* = w/ Chic
# = w/ Clean Bandit