Duran Duran has announced that it will release its studio album, Paper Gods, in the U.S. on September 18 via Warner Bros. The album was co-produced by dance music legend—and producer of 1986’s Notorious—Nile Rodgers, Kanye West/Jay-Z collaborator Mr. Hudson, and retro-funkmaster Mark Ronson, along with Grammy-nominated engineer Josh Blair. (The latter two also worked on Duran Duran’s last studio album, 2011’s All You Need Is Now.) Guest appearances on Paper Gods include Janelle Monáe (who’s on the forthcoming first single, “Pressure Off”), ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, electro upstart Kiesza, and actress/singer Lindsay Lohan.
As for what Paper Gods sounds like, fans of Duran Duran’s early-’80s post-punk/goth/synthfunk days seem to be in luck. “[The album] really goes back to that strange early Duran mix: the hard-edged pop coexisting with this dark, weird, experimental side,” bassist John Taylor says in a press release.
Duran Duran will be teaming up with Rodgers and his band Chic for a handful of live dates, including a September 20 stop at the Red Rocks Ampitheatre and an October 1 appearance at the Hollywood Bowl. The band is also performing at the inaugural edition of Rodgers’ FreakOut! Festival in Riverhead, New York; the two-day event features performances by Beck, Chaka Khan, Paloma Faith and Keith Urban, among others.
Duran Duran 2015 tour
June 20—Sonar by Night Festival—Barcelona, Spain
June 27—Night At The Park—The Hague, Netherlands
June 28—Killarney Festival—Kerry, Ireland
August 5—FreakOut! Festival—Riverhead, New York
August 6—Musikfest - ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks—Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
September 1—Heart at the Ibiza Gran Hotel—Ibiza
September 5—Gibraltar Music Festival @ Victoria Stadium—Gibraltar
September 11—Bestival @ Robin Hill Park—Isle of Wight, U.K.
September 20—Red Rocks Amphitheatre—Morrison, Colorado
September 23—Washington State Fair—Puyallup, Washington
September 25—Grand Theatre - Grand Sierra Resort & Casino—Reno, Nevada
September 26—Life Is Beautiful Festival—Las Vegas, Nevada
September 27—Cal Coast Union Open Air Theatre—San Diego, California
October 1—Hollywood Bowl—Los Angeles, California
October 2— The Greek Theatre—Berkeley, California
October 3— The Show - Agua Caliente Casino —Rancho Mirage, California
November 27— Manchester Arena—Manchester, U.K.
November 28—First Direct Arena—Leeds, U.K.
November 30—Motorpoint Arena—Cardiff, U.K.
December 2—Brighton Centre—Brighton, U.K.
December 4—Genting Arena—Birmingham, U.K.
December 5—Metro Radio Arena—Newcastle, U.K.
December 6—The SSE Hydro—Glasgow, Scotland
December 8—The O2—London, U.K.
December 9— Bournemouth International Centre—Bournemouth, U.K.
December 11—Capital FM Arena—Nottingham, U.K.
December 12—Echo Arena—Liverpool, U.K.