On Friday, the world was shocked as terrorists stormed into Eagle of Death Metal’s concert in Paris and shot it up, killing over a 100 people. We all united and said a prayer for everyone who was there and those who were affected by the attacks.
A few months ago, the California band released a cover version of Duran Duran’s Save a Prayer, and yesterday Simon Le Bon announced on Twitter, “@EODMforNo1 @DuranDuran will donate all proceeds due to us, from this version. Considering options that are useful, peaceful & uniting”
Even though the song has been around for 33 years, it has never had more power than it does today.
UPDATE: Duran Duran issued a statement on their decision to donate all of their publishing proceeds from Eagles of Death Meatal’s cover of their song.
We are honored that the Eagles of Death Metal covered “Save A Prayer,” and included it on their most recent album. In fact, it was a thrill playing the song together recently on TFI Friday in London. We bumped into the band on Friday afternoon of last week, when we were all on our way to Paris on the Eurostar. We were opening Al Gore’s Climate Change concert broadcast there, and they were playing at the Bataclan. What happened that night defies any kind of comprehension. The tragedy that unfolded at their show, and around the city, brought immeasurable sadness to so many and shocked the world. We wholeheartedly support the campaign that the fans have mounted to show solidarity to the band that they love. We will be donating all of our royalties from the sale of this version of the single. There are a number of causes under consideration, all of which are peaceful, effective and unifying.
Simon Le Bon is 56 years old and the lead singer of Duran Duran still has a view to a kill in bathing suit trunks. Seriously, I have come undone looking at this photo that his bandmate John Taylor Tweeted of him. Let’s just say, all she is wants is Bon, Simon Le Bon!
Yoplait used Duran Duran‘s song Hungry Like the Wolf in an ad and the band took their website today to express their displeasure about it.
Many of you have written to us, voicing your dismay about the recent license of our song Hungry Like the Wolf, to a yoghurt commercial. Please know, Duran Duran do not support this usage of their music and unfortunately, this particular license was granted without any prior notification to any of us. Had we known, under no circumstances would we have backed it.
Thankfully, the ad has now been taken off the air and moving forward we hope to avoid any further situations like this.
Personally, I don’t have a problem with the song’s usage in this commercial. I don’t think it is that bad. To be honest, I prefer this to what H&M did their hit Girls on Film.
But what is really interesting about their message, is that we found out that musicians don’t always have control over who uses their tunes. It’s sad that they don’t have power over their own music. I wonder how many other musicians have been in DÂ²’s situation and what advertisements used their songs without their permission. I’d like to think that is what happened to Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman because I detest the M&M’s commercial with I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).
Simon Le Bon came out for an event yesterday and he looked more like an aristocrat from the early 1900’s than a rock star in the year 2013. Rockers from ’80s are supposed to be Wild Boys wearing leather pants or jeans with holes in them, black boots and a T-Shirt, not a suit with an ascot. Now when it comes to that mustache at least he lost the curled up handlebar and that is the only positive thing I could say about it.
I don’t get how his model wife lets him out of the house looking like that, you’d think all she wants is her husband to be fashionable for this century and not for a hundred years ago.
The Duran Duran lead singer’s look is A View to a Kill, but not in a good way. So please someone kill that style now, so I don’t have to view it again.
For years we have seen Simon Le Bon with a full beard, but he recently shaved it off and now he is donning a handlebar mustache. So I am wondering if Duran Duran’s lead singer is switching genres going from New Wave to Barbershop Quartet. I mean I am just trying to come up with some rationale why he is curling his mustache like that because it looks ridiculous. I love DÂ², but all I want is for him to shave that thing off.
UPDATE: Simon Le Bon has a sense of humor about his facial hair because here is what he Tweeted this morning, “Rumours abound his morning that the producers of Lithuanian Idol want to book my ‘tache to be on the judging panel.” Personally I think it is crazy enough to judge on American Idol, since that seems to be the requirement.