Arcadia-1985

I’d just gotten the news that Duran Duran might be breaking up. Tony Thompson who I knew from Chic and who I would later work with me with David Bowie was very proud of his newly appointed position as drummer with Power Station. So When I got the call from Simon Le Bon  to join Arcadia, I was flattered that they would think of me to play with them. Even then I had high hopes that their split would be temporary. Nick Rhode was my favorite as he was extremely respectful to me, addressing me as Mr. Alomar and all that. I thought he was cool, but I quickly told him that all the formalities were unneesarry. We got on really well and the Album was pretty much straight ahead. I did some great work on “Election Day“, “The Flame”,  “The Promise” and “Goodbye, Forever”. The next year Duran Duran re-united and continued their odyssey together. Much to the joy of all their fans. It was great to be part of that iconic groups legacy.

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5 Responses to “Arcadia-1985”

  1. Pedro J Martinez February 23, 2016 at 7:10 pm #

    Hi Carlos, a few months ago I came across your name after reading some liner notes from the Arcadia Album. So it prompted me to investigate who you were due to the nature of being from PR then I noticed a pattern, that most the unique music I loved had your touch. I enjoy now reading and making musical connections you have made. Now instead of think hey I like that song from X artist I can say I like the sound of Carlos Alomar in that song…The same I can say of Steve Luthaker, Nile Rogers and Flood to name a few. Today just found out you teach music, so I want to thank you for sharing your craft with the world and teaching it too…Para mi una razon mas de estar orgulloso de ser Boricua! Le deseo, Salud, Felicidad, amor y mucho exito!

    • guitarlos1 February 23, 2016 at 8:54 pm #

      What a cool message thanks Pedro…I’m just doing my best and giving back when I can.
      It’s not what we know…. it’s what we teach.
      It’s not what we have…..it’s what we leave behind.
      Un fuerte abrazo, pana

  2. Paul Chaddock January 16, 2016 at 11:20 pm #

    How was it to play with Nick Rhodes ? I’ve read in Keyboard Magazine that he is the driving force for Duran Duran. Looks like he is a maniac with getting the sound right. What do you think, Mr Alomar ?

    • guitarlos1 January 17, 2016 at 10:15 am #

      He was gracious kind and very professional… The rest would take a book to explain

      • Paul January 18, 2016 at 12:44 am #

        I can just imagine… I really hope you can get your memoirs out there Sir, if you have the time and want to take on such an undertaking. It would be so great ! But then again, your blog is very interesting and so generous with many details. It’s not so much the gossip, rather than the process of making music with these people that is quite interesting. You’ve touched so many styles of music… So much fun to read 🙂

        All the best ! Will keep on reading and listening to your new music !

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