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<< 1984 1985 1986 >>

Power Station hits the charts and the touring circuit; Simon Le Bon goes for a swim. Duran Duran releases the Bond theme "A View To A Kill", and plays their final show with the original five members at Live Aid in July. Nick, Simon and Roger form Arcadia' and record So Red The Rose; Andy starts working on solo projects, and Roger leaves Duran Duran.

Date Event
Jan 5 The Wild Boys” video aired on American Bandstand
 ? Andy works in the studio with Robert Palmer on Riptide and “Addicted To Love
Jan Simon invests with Paul and Michael in the 77-foot maxi-yacht Drum, which has a revolutionary new keel design; but they balk at making yearly $40,800 insurance payments and opt not to insure her
 ? "Girls on Film" (Night Version) is included on 12 x 12 Mega Mixes compilation.
 ? John parts company with Tritec Music and the Berrow brothers; begins working with agent Wayne Fortay
 ? "The Wild Boys" (Wilder Than The Wild Boys) is included on the compilation album Maxi Collection released in Argentina.
 ? Nip Drivers release Oh Blessed Freak Show, featuring a cover version of "Rio".
Jan Save a Prayer (live)” single (backed with “Save A Prayer” single edit) released in US
Feb 2 Save a Prayer” peaks at #16 in US
Feb 2 American Top 40 with Casey Kasem: February 2, 1985 broadcast, featuring "The Wild Boys" at no.29.
Feb 11 Duran wins the BRIT Best British Music Video award for “The Wild Boys
Feb 16 Power Station performs “Some Like It Hot” and “Get It On (Bang a Gong)” on the Saturday Night Live TV show in the US; this is Robert Palmer's only live performance with the band (until the mid 1990s); bootlegged on The Power Station: Feel That Heat and 1985-1987.
Feb 17 Simon and Nick appear on Rock Over London radio show (London, UK)
Feb ? Duran Duran: San Remo Festival, Teatro della Vittorie, San Remo, Italy
The band performs “The Wild Boys” (and possibly “The Reflex” as well); Simon performs with an injured leg; bootlegged on Italian Promotion 1984-85
Feb 24 Power Station is reported to be "officially unmade", with no plans for a tour
Feb Power Station's “Some Like It Hot” single released (backed with the instrumental “The Heat Is On”)
Mar Power Station: 33 1/3 album released
Mar The Book of Words published featuring details about 19 Duran Duran songs, edited by Kasper de Graaf and Malcolm Garrett.
 ? John and Andy make a guest VJ appearance on MTV
Mar 13 The Reflex” is named International Hit of the Year at the Ivor Novello Awards
Mar 17 Rock Over London: 211 broadcast in the USA, featuring the Power Station.
Mar 30 Some Like It Hot” reaches #14 in UK
 ? Simon begins wooing Yasmin in earnest during spring in Paris, even as magazines speculate on a possible wedding with live-in lover Clare Stansfield
 ? Duran initially attempted to record the Bond theme "A View To A Kill" with John Barry in John Taylor's flat in Knightsbridge. Unfortunately, they all consumed far too many bottles of wine; John Barry vanished, only to turn up later, a tad the worse for wear, in John's kitchen."
 ? A View To A Kill” single and instrumental b-side "A View To A Kill (That Fatal Kiss)" recorded with John Barry and a 60-piece orchestra at Maison Rouge and CTS Studios in London
 ? The compilation album Formel Eins: Frühjahr '85 released, featuring Duran Duran.
Apr 6 Power Station album peaks at #12 in UK
Apr 6 American Top 40 with Casey Kasem: April 6, 1985 broadcast, featuring "Save A Prayer" at no.33 and "Some Like It Hot" at no.24.
Apr 14 Rock Over London: 215 broadcast in the USA, featuring Duran Duran.
Apr 18 A View To A Kill” video filmed in Paris on the Eiffel Tower.
Apr 19 Westwood One Rock Album Countdown: 85-16 broadcast in the USA, featuring a Power Station interview and "Some Like It Hot".
Apr "Get It On (Bang a Gong)" single released {b/w "Go To Zero"}
Apr Z100 radio (New York, NY) airs brief interview with Roger as Shadoe Stevens wishes him a happy birthday
Apr 26 NSBA On The Radio: April 26, 1985 broadcast, featuring an interview with Nick Rhodes.
spring The promotional only Fast Foreward: The Power Station magazine published by Capitol Records / EMI America.
 ? Nick and Simon decide to record some tracks of their own; as the project grows, they invite Roger to join them
 ? Nick and Simon name their band Arcadia after the Latin phrase "et in arcadia ego", from Virgil; a tombstone with this inscription appears in a painting by Nicholas Poussin, but the painting wasn't the direct source of the band's name
Apr-May-Jun Simon, Nick and Roger record the Arcadia album So Red The Rose at Studio de la Grande Armee (in Palais de Congres) in Paris with producer Alex Sadkin and numerous musical guests; Nick even performs a few of the backing vocals
 ? So Red The Rose mixed at Soundworks Studio in New York City
May "Some Like It Hot" is included on Disco Mix Club: May 85 Mixes.
May 4 American Top 40 with Casey Kasem: May 4, 1985 broadcast, featuring "Some Like It Hot" at no.7.
May 10 Duran Duran: Montreux Pop Festival, Casino de Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland
bootlegged on See Me, Repeat Me, The Video Archives: Volume III and Montreux 1985
May 10 Westwood One Rock Album Countdown: 85-19 broadcast in the USA, featuring the Power Station.
May 11 Some Like It Hot” reaches #6 in US
 ? The mixed compilation album Deejay Time: Colour released in Italy, featuring "The Wild Boys" and "Some Like It Hot" .
 ? John begins dating Danish model Renee Simonsen after falling in love with her picture on the cover of an early-'80s Roxy Music reissue
May A View To A Kill” single released worldwide, backed with the instrumental “A View To A Kill (That Fatal Kiss)
 ? The promotional single En la Mira de los Asesinos / Subiendo Esa Colina released in Spain, featuring Duran Duran.
May 16 Top of the Pops airs Duran's lip-synch performance of “A View To A Kill
May 17 Power Station hold radio conference on Z100 radio (New York, NY), with exclusive announcement of tour dates
May 18 A View To A Kill” peaks at #1 in US
May 21 John and Andy do interview with KMEL radio (San Francisco, CA)
May 25 A View To A Kill” peaks at #2 in UK
May 28 Duran Duran perform "A View to a Kill" at The Bob Hope Special, (The Royal London Gala For Bob Hope's Happy Birthday Homecoming) featuring Michael Caine, Chevy Chase, Phyllis Diller, Crystal Gayle, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Charleton Heston, Dolores Hope, Julio Iglesias, Kermit the Frog, Ben Kingsley, Miss Piggy, Bernadette Peters, Debbie Reynolds, Brooke Shields, Ray Alan, Rowan Atkinson, Spike Milligan, Mike Yarwood (2:00 hours). Duran Duran bootlegged on The Video Archives: Volume II.
Jun A View To A Kill” video filmed over three days at the Eiffel Tower; in interviews, all band members still maintain they're due back in the studio together in early September
Jun A View To A Kill (soundtrack) album released in US and Japan
 ? John and Renee Simonsen attend the A View To A Kill (film) premiere
bootlegged on Around The World: 1984-85
 ? "A View To A Kill" and "Some Like It Hot" are included on the Spanish compilation ¡Boom! El Disco De Los Éxitos.
summer Rock Journal radio show airs interview clips with Nick, John and Roger
Jun Drum launched
Jun Drum wins the 'Round the Island' race [where?], coming in only six minutes behind the record
 ? Power Station rehearses (with Robert Palmer) for their tour at Gaslight Studios in London
Jun 2 Rock Over London: 222 broadcast in the USA, featuring "A View To A Kill".
Jun 16 Rock Over London: 224 broadcast in the USA, featuring John Taylor.
Jun 20 Robert Palmer backs out of Power Station tour at last minute
Jun 28 NSBA On The Radio: June 28, 1985 broadcast in the USA, featuring "A View To A Kill" and an interview with Nick Rhodes.
Z100 radio (New York, NY) airs brief interview with John as Shadoe Stevens wishes him a happy birthday
summer John and Andy answer fans questions on Z100
Andy suggests Paul Young as a replacement for Robert, but he is not available; as a second choice, Andy suggests Michael Des Barres (of Silverhead and Checquered Past)
The POWER STATION Summer Tour
set lists vary widely, and include the Animotion song “Obsession”, written by Michael Des Barres
Jun 30 Power Station: Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
Jul 1 Power Station: The Ritz, New York, New York, USA
small club warm-up date
Jul 2 Power Station: Jones Beach Theatre, Long Island, New York, USA (with The Bongos)
Spandau Ballet was scheduled to open, but cancelled when sax player Steve Norman broke his leg; bootlegged
Jul 5 Power Station: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland, USA (with Dez Dickerson)
Jul 7 Power Station: Raleigh Civic & Convention Centre, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
venue is changed the day of the show from Dorton Arena
Jul 9 Power Station: Hollywood Sportatorium, Hollywood, Florida, USA
Don Johnson of Miami Vice appeared briefly onstage
Jul 10 Power Station: Expo Hall, Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL, USA.
In preparation for the "Live Aid" charity concert, Duran members arrive in Philadelphia from all over the world and stay in the same hotel
Jul 12 Rick Dees' Weekly Top 40: July 12, 1985 featuring "A View To A Kill" at no.1.
Jul 13 "A View To A Kill" video aired on American Bandstand
 ? The compilation album Toute La Musique Que J'Aime! Vol. 3 released in France, featuring "A View To A Kill".
 ? Euro disco single "DJ's Factory: A View To A Kill" released.
 ? "DJ's Factory: A View To A Kill" is included on the compilation album Dino Maxi Tops, released in Europe.
Jul 13 Power Station: mid-morning, JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
The band performs “"Get It On (Bang a Gong) " and “Murderess”; the entire Live Aid show is broadcast live around the world; bootlegged on Live Aid: The Global Jukebox Vol. 1
Jul 13 Duran Duran: evening, JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
The performance of four songs (“A View To A Kill”, “Union of the Snake”, “Save a Prayer”, and “The Reflex”) is Duran's final official show with the original five members; bootlegged on Live Aid Experience, Live Aid: The Global Jukebox Vol. 1 and Live To Tell DVD
Jul 14 Power Station: Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA (with Swimming Pool Q's)
the audience starts throwing things at the opening act
Jul 15 Power Station: The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (with Swimming Pool Q's)
Spandau Ballet was originally scheduled to open
Jul 19 Power Station: Southern Star Amphitheatre, Houston, Texas, USA (with OMD) Spandau Ballet was originally scheduled to open
bootlegged on The Power Station: Houston, Texas
Jul 19 Hot Rocks: The Duran Duran Story aired on radio
Jul 20 Power Station: South Park Meadows, Austin, Texas, USA (with OMD)
bootlegged; sometimes listed as July 28
Jul 20 American Top 40 with Casey Kasem: July 20, 1985 broadcast in the USA, featuring Duran Duran and the Power Station.
Jul 21 Drum races in the Seahorse Maxi Series at Cowes; she is fifth over the line, but takes first place on points
 ? The promotional only album British Invasion '85 released in Japan, featuring "A View To A Kill".
Jul 21 Power Station: Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas, USA (with OMD)
Jul 23 Power Station: Compton Terrace, Phoenix, Arizona, USA (with OMD)
Jul 25 Power Station: Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA, USA.
Jul 26 The film National Lampoon's European Vacation released, featuring "Some Like It Hot".
Jul 27 Power Station album peaks at #6 in US
Jul 27 Dick Clark National Music Survey: July 27, 1985 broadcast in the USA, featuring "A View To A Kill" (@ no.6) and "Get It On (Bang a Gong)" (@ no.10).
Jul 28 Power Station: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA
broadcast on King Biscuit Flower Hour, bootlegged on The Power Station: Dancing In The Street, We Fight For Love (album) and The Power Station: Get It On Tour
Jul 29 Power Station: Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA, USA (with OMD)
Jul 30 The day before the Vancouver show, John cuts his forehead; he still bears a small scar from this injury
Jul 31 Power Station: PNE Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (with OMD)
John performs with his head still bandaged
Aug 2 Power Station: Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, USA (with OMD)
Jul-Aug Nick, Roger and Simon are in New York City
Simon announces that he and the crew plan to race Drum in the Whitbread Round the World yacht race
Aug 3 "Get It On (Bang a Gong) " peaks at #9 in US
Aug 3 American Top 40 with Casey Kasem: August 3, 1985 broadcast, featuring "A View To A Kill" at no.11 and "Get It On (Bang a Gong)" at no.9
Aug 6 Power Station: The Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO, USA (with OMD)
Aug 8 Power Station: St. Paul Civic Arena, St. Paul, MN, USA (with OMD)
Aug 10 Fastnet yacht race begins
Aug 10 Power Station: Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI, USA
Aug 11 Power Station: Poplar Creek Amphitheatre, Hoffman Estates (Chicago), IL, USA (with OMD)
Aug 11 Drum capsizes when her keel shears off in stormy seas three miles off Falmouth during a trial run at the Fastnet race; Simon and five other crew members are trapped beneath the hull for about 20 minutes before being rescued by the British Navy
A mystery caller warns Simon's parents that there's been an accident before they hear it on the news
Yasmin, waiting for Simon in the resort town of Cowes, watches the rescue efforts on TV, then leaves for the six-hour drive to Falmouth without packing anything
Aug 11 Twenty-four crewmen and their teary-eyed girlfriends and wives (including Simon and Yasmin) take over the Falmouth Hotel and party in the bar until 4 am
Aug 12 Power Station: Castle Farms Music Theatre, Charlevoix, MI, USA (with OMD)
Aug 13 Simon has dinner with Navy Officer Larry Slater, the diver who rescued him, at the hotel
Aug 14 Power Station: Pine Knob Theatre, Clarkston (Detroit), MI, USA (with OMD)
Aug 15 Power Station: Louisville Gardens, Louisville, KY, USA (with OMD)
Aug 16 Power Station: Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA (with OMD)
Aug 17 Power Station: Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, OH, USA (with OMD)
set list includes 'Dancing In the Streets'
Aug 17 The uninsured Drum is salvaged and towed back to Falmouth
Aug 20 Power Station: Civic Center, Hartford, CT, USA (with OMD)
Aug 21 Power Station: Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA, USA (with OMD)
Aug 23 Power Station: Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison (Denver), CO, USA (with OMD)
Aug 24 Power Station: CNE Grandstand, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (with Paul Young, OMD, and Nik Kershaw)
Aug ? Power Station is interviewed on radio station CFGO Ottawa
Aug 25 Power Station: Central Canada Exhibition ("The Ex"), Lansdowne Park Grandstand, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (with Paul Young and Nik Kershaw)
Aug 28 Power Station: Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ, USA (with OMD)
During the encore, a man appears, sweeping the stage. When John goes to confront him, the man turns and grins at him and the crowd -- it turns out to be Nick Rhodes. He "jams" with the band, "playing" his broom. (A rumor that Simon and Roger also attended this show [and thus formed a temporarily reunited fivesome] is false.) bootlegged on Get It On Tour: Summer 1985.
Aug ? Power Station: Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA, USA
Sep "The Wild Boys" is included on Disco Mix Club: September 85 Mixes.
Sep 10 Simon appears on Late Night With David Letterman
Sep 11 Power Station: Oakland Arena, Oakland, CA, USA (with OMD)
unconfirmed
Sep ? Power Station: [venue?], Buffalo, NY, USA (with OMD)
unconfirmed
 ? Power Station, including Michael Des Barres, film a guest appearance on an episode of Miami Vice
 ? Simon partners with friend and producer/songwriter Nick Wood to create “Grey Lady Of The Sea” for the soundtrack to the Drum documentary video
 ? Simon is interviewed on Z100 radio (New York, NY); he answers fans' questions and sings “Shout”
Sep Problems with Duran's management/record company/lawyers continue; the band does not get together in September as planned
Sep 17 Arcadia begins filming video for “Election Day” in Paris with director Roger Christian
Sep 20 A refurbished Drum is re-launched from Moody's shipyard; estimated cost for towing and repairs is $400,000
Sep 21 Arcadia finishes filming of “Election Day
Sep 28 Drum leaves Portsmouth Harbor in the first leg of the Whitbread race; Simon is not yet on board
Oct Power Station's “Communication” single released (backed with "Murderess")
Oct 4 Miami Vice episode Whatever Works airs on NBC; Power Station appears, playing "Get It On (Bang a Gong) " onstage during a scene in a nightclub
bootlegged on The Power Station: Video Archive...
Oct 5 American Top 40 with Casey Kasem: October 5, 1985 broadcast, featuring the Power Station's "Communication" at no.37.
Oct 5 Rick Dees' Weekly Top 40: October 5, 1985 broadcast, featuring the Power Station's "Communication".
 ? Michael Des Barres' friend, producer Joel Silver, asks Power Station to record a song for the Arnold Schwarzenneger film Commando; Michael and Andy write a song called "Someday,Somehow,Someone's Gotta Pay", later retitled “We Fight For Love” and included on the end credits of the film
 ? The Power Station folds "for good"; the breakup is variously attributed to exhaustion (and John's raging cocaine addiction), other commitments, the poor performance of the “Communication” single, and the record company's desire to turn the band into another "music machine"
Oct Arcadia's “Election Day” single released (backed with "She's Moody And Grey, She's Mean And She's Restless")
 ? The promo single Election Day / Life's What You Make It released in Italy.
Oct 19 Simon and Nick do a lip sync performance of "Election Day" on German TV Show Na Sowas in Munich
Oct 25 Simon and Nick appear on NRJ radio (Paris, France)
Oct Z100 radio (New York, NY) airs brief interview with Simon as Shadoe Stevens wishes him a happy birthday
 ? The album Mixtime 2 by Joe Vannelli is released in Italy, featuring Duran Duran and Arcadia. .
 ? Andy begins working on solo projects in Los Angeles; he shares a Los Angeles management company with Missing Persons and becomes friendly with the band
Andy enjoys the drugs-and-drink LA party scene with Sex Pistols legend Steve Jones, who is flat broke, without even a guitar
MCA record company offers Andy big money to work on a solo album; he tries to help Steve get sober, buys him a guitar and gives him a year's wages ($50,000) to sort himself out, and they start working on Thunder together
Nov Arcadia's So Red The Rose album released worldwide
Nov 19 Simon and Nick appear as guest VJs on MTV with Nick's friend Keith Haring and Simon's mum Anne
Nov In an interview with No. 1 magazine, Roger still maintains that Duran will be getting back together soon, although he admits that he's under stress and says "if it was up to me, I'd never tour again!"
Nov 30 Simon and Nick appear on Saturday Superstore on BBC Television in London
 ? Simon and Nick do some promotion for Arcadia in Finland
 ? Simon interviewed on Night Flight on the USA Network, mainly about Drum
late Dec Roger, suffering from shyness, overexposure, and a near nervous breakdown, announces he's leaving Duran Duran; he and Giovanna move out to farm country to begin raising children
Dec DMC's megamix album Disco Mix Club: December 85 Mixes released, featuring "A View To A Kill".
Dec The book Nagel: The Art of Patrick Nagel published, featuring the Rio artwork.
Dec 24 John announces his "engagement" to Renee Simonsen
Dec 27 Duran Duran and Culture Club: SuperConcert 1, Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, CA, USA aka "SuperProducers Show"; cancelled
Dec 27 Simon marries Yasmin Parveneh on very short notice in a 15-minute ceremony at the registry office in Oxford (Yasmin's hometown); John claims a previous commitment, but all the other Durans attend
 ? A special package of 12" Maxi Singles Bag is released in Greece (limited edition of 1,000):
Dec 28 The science-fiction programme Timeslip featuring John Taylor aires in the UK.
bootlegged on 1985-1987
<< 1984 1985 1986 >>

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