Duran Duran Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


8th September 2015

Quote: "She was a little tricky to tie down; she's got her schedules that seem to run on different time with the rest of the planet, but that's what's kind of great about her. She's unique and she's got a fantastic energy and Duran Duran love her." DURAN DURAN star NICK RHODES on working with Lindsay Lohan in the studio.


20th July 2015

Fact: Duran Duran star NICK RHODES has revealed Lindsay Lohan's spoken word "role play" on the band's new track Danceophobia was inspired by legendary actor Vincent Price's work on Michael Jackson's Thriller.


9th July 2015

Fact: Duran Duran are so keen for fans to hear their new music, the pop supergroup has brought the release of their latest album forward a week. Paper Gods was scheduled to hit the Internet and stores on 18 September (15), but the Rio hitmakers have scratched that date from their calendars, and now the album will be available from 11 September (15). The album will be the group's 14th.


14th June 2015

Fact: British pop legends Duran Duran have announced they are to tour the U.K and the U.S. later this year (15). The band confirmed the tour, which kicks off in Manchester, England on 27 November (15), after revealing their first studio album in nearly five years, Paper Gods, is due out in September (15).


11th August 2014

Fact: Duran Duran have returned to the studio with producers Mark Ronson and Nile Rodgers to begin work on a new album. The Chic star co-produced the band's 1986 album Notorious, 2004's Astronaut, and Duran Duran's The Wild Boys hit, while Ronson co-produced their 13th studio release, 2010's All You Need Is Now. Duran Duran will also be working with former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante on the new album.


25th July 2014

Fact: Jennifer Lopez, Kiss, Duran Duran, Rita Ora and Usher are among the stars who have signed up to appear at the Fashion Rocks show at the Barclays Center in New York City. The show, which celebrates fashion and music, will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and takes place on 9 September (14).


25th April 2014

Fact: Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante is working with British band Duran Duran on their 14th album. He has been working remotely from his home in California, adding his guitar work on their tracks via the Internet.


14th October 2013

Tweet: "Ed Miliband must have gone to a Us game show host to learn his brand of 'sincerity', fake smile and all." Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon has no faith in British politician Ed Miliband.


28th August 2013

Quote: "We only bumped into each other a couple of times. He visited us one time and (singer) Marilyn tried to embarrass him by putting on gay porn. He didn't seem to be bothered." Boy George recalls an odd encounter with a fellow '80s star, Duran Duran rocker John Taylor.


9th December 2012

Tweet: "The passing of a great man. Sir Patrick Moore who certainly turned me on to astronomy. Hopefully he has become star-gone-super-nova." Duran Duran star Simon Le Bon mourns the loss of the iconic British Tv astronomer and author following his death on Sunday (09Dec12).


20th February 2012

Fact: The iconic yacht famously featured in the promo for Duran Duran's 1982 hit Rio has been restored to its former glory. The vessel, named Eilean, sank after crashing into a ferry shortly after the video was filmed, but she's now been repaired and relaunched by watch company boss Angelo Bonati.


10th February 2012

Fact: Duran Duran's Girl Panic video, which stars supermodels Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen and Eva Herzigova, will be recreated in the window of a New York store on Friday night (10Feb12). A number of models will play out the promo in a replica of the set at the Savoir Beds shop in Manhattan.


23rd September 2011

Quote: "The inspiration was going to India, actually. Every guy there has a beard. And I go, 'Bloody hell, I feel naked!' So I just let it grow. And when I got back I let it grow some more. And then I let it grow some more! I don't know how long I'll keep it. I'll keep it until I get sick of it." Duran Duran star Simon Le Bon on his beard.


20th June 2011

Fact: Duran Duran have re-scheduled their axed U.K. arena tour for December (11). All 11 shows, which were due to begin last month (May11), were cancelled after singer Simon Le Bon fell ill with throat problems. Four gigs in France, Holland, Denmark and Belgium, which were also axed, will now take place in September (11).


15th May 2011

Fact: Duran Duran stole the spotlight from the movie stars at Cannes Film Festival on Saturday (14May11) as they performed at the annual showcase in France. The band agreed to play the set for the (Red) organisation to raise awareness about the Hiv/Aids epidemic.


23rd March 2011

Quote: "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. I was 10 years old and convinced David Bowie was, in fact, an alien." Duran Duran star NICK RHODES on the first record he ever bought.


22nd March 2011

Quote: "That's what they said. I think it suited the story because she was the English rose, she was every woman, sort of. And we were so popular at the time. It was a good story, let's put it that way." Duran Duran star John Taylor pours doubt on the myth the late Princess Diana was a big fan of the group.


22nd March 2011

Tweet: "I had a complete luggage disaster on Saturday when I got in and opened my suitcase I was looking at the mess a full bottle of wine makes when it shatters in your suitcase. I have to (be) thankful for small mercies though... it was white not red." Duran Duran star Simon Le Bon experienced a messy mishap at the weekend (19Mar11).


21st March 2011

Quote: "He couldn't breathe. Divers went to rescue him. It was awful. I'll never forget it." Simon Le Bon had a brush with death while filming Duran Duran's Wild Boys video - and it haunts choreographer Arlene Phillips.


15th March 2011

Fact: Duran Duran are the only act to score a number one with a James Bond movie theme. A View to a Kill topped the U.S. charts in 1985.


6th January 2011

Quote: "I loved that Reverend and The Makers track, Heavyweight Champion of the World. I was watching the speedway on Sky Sports and they put that track on. I went, 'This is fantastic, it sounds like Duran Duran!'. That's embarrassing, isn't it?" DURAN DURAN singer Simon Le Bon loves music modelled on his own songs.


5th January 2011

Quote: "I can't keep my bl**dy clothes on in the summer. My kids keep telling me to put my swimming trunks on." Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon is a fan of naturism.


29th December 2010

Quote: "We are genuinely known as the ultimate party band." Simon Le Bon on Duran Duran's legacy.


27th July 2009

Quote: "I'm just too free and liberated for university. Some people can juggle a career and college but I'm not organised enough." Duran Duran star Simon Le Bon's daughter AMBER is determined to continue working as a model.


12th July 2009

Fact: Mark Ronson is set to take to the stage with Duran Duran during the band's headlining gig at London's Lovebox Weekender festival on 18 Jul (09). The superproducer has been working on the group's latest record.


26th March 2009

Quote: "I went to see Duran Duran play and that wound me up even more about getting back together. There's still some competition." Gary Kemp admits his 1980s chart rivals spurred him on to reunite his band Spandau Ballet.


7th October 2008

Fact: Paul McCartney, Madonna and Duran Duran will be featured on a forthcoming collection of James Bond themes. The LP, entitled The Best Of Bond…James Bond, is due out in the U.S. on 28 October (08) and will also include tracks from Tina Turner, A-HA, Louis Armstrong, Sheryl Crow and Garbage.


4th July 2008

Fact: When superproducer Mark Ronson teamed up with Duran Duran for the Smirnoff Experience in Paris, France on Wednesday (02Jul08) his backstage demands consisted mainly of cheese.


1st July 2008

Quote: "I'm really pretty nervous. It's pretty surreal." DJ MARK RONSON is anxious about his Parisian concert with rockers Duran Duran on Wednesday (02Jul08).


15th May 2008

Fact: Duran Duran's concert in Las Vegas on Friday (09May08) was a star-studded affair - The Killers star Brandon Flowers and DAVE KEUNING joined the pop supergroup onstage for an encore of their PLANET EARTH hit, while TOOL frontman JAMES MAYNARD KEENAN and DAVEY HAVOK of AFI watched from the audience.


3rd May 2008

Quote: "We've got a lot of great stuff in our archives from over the years, and I think it's time we put something out." Duran Duran star NICK RHODES on the group's upcoming photo book.


29th April 2008

Fact: Duran Duran's stage set on their current world tour was inspired by cult sci-fi movie Blade Runner. The band's name comes from another cult film, BARBARELLA.


21st April 2008

Fact: Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger has re-recorded Duran Duran's pop anthem RIO for a new Caress bodywash commercial, in which she also stars.


20th April 2008

Fact: Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger has re-recorded Duran Duran's pop anthem RIO for a new Caress bodywash commercial, in which she also stars.


7th April 2008

Quote: "I got into Duran Duran, Wham! (and) Adam Ant. Suddenly I'm wearing trousers that zip up the side instead of down the middle. I've made some gross misjudgments." 300 hunk Gerard Butler on his teenage fashion mishaps.


7th February 2008

Quote: "U2 are older than us by a little bit. Madonna's career started later, (but) she's a little older than me." Duran Duran star NICK RHODES insists the band aren't the oldest rockers in the music industry.


30th November 2007

Quote: "What's happened to those fabulous tits?" Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon on the loss of Amy Winehouse's best assets.


26th November 2007

Quote: "If I ever was going to have a homosexual affair with anybody, it would have been Michael Hutchence. We never quite got round to it. But we had a lot of fun." Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon puts his late friend MICHAEL HUTCHENCE at the top of his most wanted list.


19th November 2007

Fact: Fans of pop supergroup Duran Duran picked HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF as the band's best hit at the American Music Awards last night (18Nov07). Devotees picked the song for the quartet to perform at the prizegiving.


19th November 2007

Fact: Fans of pop supergroup Duran Duran picked HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF as the band's best hit at the American Music Awards last night (18Nov07). Devotees picked the song for the quartet to perform at the prizegiving.


13th November 2007

Quote: "What's it like working with Mr Le Bon? Pure f**king hell, that's what." Justin Timberlake jokes about collaborating with Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon for the band's latest studio album, RED CARPET MASSACRE.


9th November 2007

Quote: "I see Paris Hilton on the cover of a magazine, I think, 'Why?'. I don't really get it. But I guess it becomes a soap opera in itself. People enjoy the rise to fame. They enjoy when they go to rehab. They enjoy when they get out and get arrested. It's like the new kind of soap opera." Duran Duran drummer ROGER TAYLOR muses on PARIS HILTON's fame.


7th November 2007

Fact: Duran Duran's new video, Falling Down, features a Britney Spears look-a-like entering rehab under protest.


2nd November 2007

Fact: Pop group Duran Duran are giving their loyal fans the opportunity to chose which songs they perform at the upcoming American Music Awards in Los Angeles ceremony on 18 November (07).


15th October 2007

Quote: "Duran Duran were on the Timbaland express; we had merged, cross-pollinated and created the genesis of a new sound for us all." NICK RHODES waxes lyrical about the band's collaboration with the superproducer.


2nd October 2007

Quote: "We haven't got fat, we've got hair, and we can still put clothes on... OK, we don't look like we did 25 years ago, but we don't look that bad." Simon Le Bon insists Duran Duran have still got what it takes.


26th September 2007

Quote: "The worst thing that ever happened was a pork pie got thrown during an argument in 1980." Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon recalls the group's wild boys days.


25th September 2007

Quote: "I don't want to be one of these middle-aged drug users. There's something quite sad about that. But I don't believe in saying 'never again'." Duran Duran star Simon Le Bon thinks his drug-taking days are behind him.


5th September 2007

Fact: Eighties pop supergroup Duran Duran have landed their first gig at Los Angeles' Walt Disney Music Hall - after signing to play at U.S. TV news show Entertainment Tonight's post-Emmy Awards party.


8th July 2007

Quote: "As a parent I want a decent world for my kids to grow up in and if we can draw attention to this and make people start doing the things that really count ... then that will do something." Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon after the band performed at LIVE EARTH in London.


7th July 2007

Quote: "As a parent I want a decent world for my kids to grow up in and if we can draw attention to this and make people start doing the things that really count ... then that will do something." Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon after the band performed at LIVE EARTH in London.


7th July 2007

Quote: "Everyone who did not arrive on a private jet put your hands in the air." Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon to fans at Live Earth London.


2nd July 2007

Quote: "She had a real energy and elegance and beauty and great sense of humour and did a lot to modernise the way people think about things, particularly the royal family." Duran Duran singer NICK RHODES is still in awe of Diana, Princess of Wales, 10 years (97) after she died in a Paris, France car crash.


19th June 2007

Fact: Metallica have been added to the packed bill at London's Live Earth global-warming awareness concert on 7 July (07). The star studded concert - one of many to be staged around the world on the same day - will also feature Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, Snow Patrol, Madonna, Genesis, Black Eyed Peas, Bloc Party, Corinne Bailey Rae, Damien Rice, Duran Duran, James Blunt, John Legend and Keane.


17th May 2007

Fact: EVIL DEAD star Bruce Campbell has given Duran Duran a lounge vibe in a cheesy new Old Spice body spray TV ad. The actor croons the British pop supergroup's Hungry Like The Wolf hit in the new TV campaign for Old Spice's new Ahoy line.


30th January 2007

Fact: Duran Duran star John Taylor and his wife, Juicy Couture co-founder GELA NASH, have created a new signature bass guitar for instrument manufacturers Peavey. The new bass, which features a strap designed by Nash, will retail for $1,295 (GBP664).


10th May 2006

Fact: Veteran band Duran Duran will make their first ever US festival appearance headlining the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Hallowe'en (31OCT06). The British band will star alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers.


5th March 2006

Fact: Duran Duran founders NICK RHODES and John Taylor have compiled an album featuring the glam rock, post-punk and electronic tunes that inspired them when they started out as musicians. The album, ONLY AFTER DARK, will be released later this year (06).


30th November 2005

Fact: <p>Julianne Moore and Salma Hayek have been named as hosts of the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize Concert. They will be joined at the star-studded show by performances from Gladys Knight, 1980s group Duran Duran and British pop trio Sugababes. </p>


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