Roger Andrew Taylor April 26, 1960 Birmingham, England Facts - Began playing the drums at age 12 ... Self-taught by playing along to favorite records In younger years, Roger wanted to be the goalkeeper for the English football club, Aston Villa. Musical inspirations early on - Paul Thompson (Roxy Music), Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones), Tony Thompson (Chic) Joined Duran Duran in 1979 - "Fab Five" Known as "the quiet one" and prefers to speak through his drums Duran Duran - 1980 to 1985 - Drums on first three studio albums Duran Duran, Rio, Seven and the Ragged Tiger Drums on live album Arena Final performance with the original line-up was in July 1985 - Live Aid Benefit concert (Philadelphia) Interim - Roger, Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, Andy Taylor, and John Taylor all received two Grammy awards Side note - So Red The Rose album for Arcadia project in 1985 with Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes Reason for leaving - Intense schedule of recording and touring, pressures of fame, no longer happy Official departure announced by the remaining members of Duran Duran in 1986 Duran Duran - 1994 & 2001-Present - 2001 reunion Sold-out concerts at Wembley Arena and Madison Square Garden Sign on with Epic Records in New York "Reach Up For the Sunrise" & Astronaut ... Worldwide tour over two years Side note - As of 2003, Roger is an established DJ in the House and Hip-hop genres. All You Need Is Now - 2010 Paper Gods - 2015 Source - Wikipedia
I love the song "All You Need Is Now" and doing my part, as a fan, to promote the indeed 13th album on Set List. Yet for unknown reasons even to me, I was not 100% sold on the album in full. 2010 was a busy year for me and I suppose I never gave the album a chance to just listen. In this post, I will listen through the written word. (Wikipedia is my source.) Interesting facts - AYNIN was not issued by a major label, but instead by the band's own label, Tape Modem (UK based) Initial December 2010 release - No. 119 on Billboard 200 ... 15,000 copies sold Full March 2011 release - No. 29 ... 76,000 copies sold in U.S. as of August 2015 Critics - "It's the best album Duran Duran has released since Rio." - PopMatters (9 out of 10) "Duran's Mark Ronson-produced 13th disc is a return to roots for a band that's all implants - which is part of the album's charm." - Rolling Stone (3.5 out of 5) (Praise from The Boston Globe ... High praise from Mojo with 4 out of 5 rank meaning "brilliant") Singles facts - "All You Need Is Now" - Initially released on iTunes as a free download ... Not eligible to rank on sales charts BUT reached No. 38 on Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart "Girl Panic!" - The music video featured models Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, and Yasmin Le Bon portraying Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, and Dominic Brown. (Me - I found the music video to be rather intriguing and creative, but I personally did not like the song.) A fun trip down memory lane.
2010 Reminisce I will always remember Duran Duran publicity giving a shout out to fans to help advertise the release of All You Need Is Now via special code to place prominently on blogs or other websites. I will always remember following in suit by placing a leaderboard-sized banner just below the Set List title. I was so excited to help announce the new album on my new blog. A happy time to reminisce. I recently came across a YouTube video of Roger Taylor giving an update on the album recording. A special way to reminisce.
This post may be a hit or miss, but I thought I would write out "Happy Birthday" to the new precious royal born in the morning hours of April 23rd. As the song goes - Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear (not named yet). Happy Birthday to you. Congratulations to Prince William and Princess Catherine...Will and Kate.
Jerome Allen "Jerry" Seinfeld April 29, 1954 Full history - Wikipedia Television - Seinfeld Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Books - Seinlanguage (1993) Halloween (2002 - Children's Book) Honor - 2005 - Comedy Central named Jerry Seinfeld the "12th Greatest Stand-up Comedian of All Time" (Wikipedia) As you can tell, Jerry Seinfeld is by far one of my most favorite comedians. With this said, Comic Relief does have a tie into music. I researched popular music in the 1950s, honoring the decade Jerry Seinfeld was born in. The results are astounding. (The list below highlights music in the U.S. in the 1950s. A further detail and global history can be found on Wikipedia.) Rock and Roll (Electric guitar as developed and popularized by Les Paul) (American Bandstand) Classic Pop R&B Blues Country Music Jazz Folk Music
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington April 29, 1899 - May 24, 1974 Composer, pianist, and bandleader - led from 1923 until death Piano lessons by age seven..."missed more lessons than he attended"...felt that the piano was not his talent Full history - Wikipedia Honors - 1969 - Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Nixon 1999 - posthumously awarded a special Pulitzer Prize..."commemorating the centennial year of his birth, in recognition of his musical genius..." (Wikipedia source) Duke Ellington's Steinway piano is displayed in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History collection. My take - Duke Ellington defined big band music. The 21st Century would be remiss if not to acknowledge his prof0und impact on the musical arts in the 20th Century and beyond. Jazz gave a beat to the music we know now. Duke Ellington was very much a part of that cause. In this birthday season, an early Happy Birthday to Duke Ellington.
My taste in music is as eclectic as my personal interests. I love to blog and share in a global bond - music. My hope through Set List is to tap into that global bond and bring readers from anywhere and everywhere together. Find intrigue, find interest, find a favorite, find a new love. As the Set List motto goes, rock it!