Duran Duran bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor have shared a new track titled "No Rewind," which the duo created in collaboration with at-risk youth in the Road Recovery program.
Over the course of nine months, the Duran Duran members and the young people involved in the New York–based program traded riffs, demos and ideas before finally recording "No Rewind" at New York City's Threshold Recording Studio during a stop on Duran Duran's Paper Gods tour.
John Taylor said of the project in a statement, "Road Recovery offers a safe, drug and alcohol-free place for young people to learn and work, and with professional guidance, introduces them to all aspects of the music business – from songwriting and performance, to the delivery of their music to fans, either live or via recordings. The track ['No Rewind'] itself says a lot about Road Recovery's work and philosophy. Lyrically and thematically, it's an expression of the real concerns of sober kids."
"No Rewind" is available as a tax-deductible, download-for-donation at CrowdRise, with Duran Duran also offering up exclusive incentives to benefit the charity. Fans who donate $10 or more will automatically be entered into a lottery where one winner receives a signed set list, autographed memorabilia and other ephemera from the Paper Gods tour.
Duran Duran is also offering, for one person who donates $5,000, an opportunity to meet the band backstage at one of their upcoming tour dates.
Road Recovery was established in 1998 and features music industry professionals mentoring at-risk youth through creative workshops, live concerts and recording projects. Check out the charity's site for more information.
"Our young participants began writing together by drawing from their life experiences. In the process, they dreamed of collaborating with the cultural innovators from Duran Duran," A&R executive and Road Recovery staffer Michael Alago said in a statement. "The magic of Road Recovery provided our kids the chance to realize their dreams, and as a major label A&R veteran for over 25 years, I was honored to be invited into the recording and production process. It's been a joy to make 'No Rewind' a reality with the amazing creative mentors John Taylor and Roger Taylor."