Duran Duran suing their own fan club?
80s legends Duran Duran are reportedly suing their own fan club - or, more accurately, the firm that funs their official fan club – for withholding profits.
Duran Duran performs at London's Hyde Park
The Chicago Sun Times reports that the band is in the middle of a legal battle because the Chicago-based Worldwide Fan Clubs allegedly failed to hand over more than £23,000 in profits. They want to reclaim that £23k, and are looking for another £500 on top of that. It all sounds nicer when you say it in dollars. Duran Duran wants $40k.
According to the lawsuit, Worldwide Fan Clubs, Inc. entered into a contract with Duran Duran. This contract stated that the company would create a fanclub presence for the band the manage it, which involved the warehousing and selling of official band merchandise. They were also charged with: maintaining accurate information for fan club records, collecting membership fees, keeping accurate accounts and – crucially – handing over 75% of the profits to the band. Duran Druan claims that Worldwide Fan Clubs failed to keep accurate accounting records and make revenue payments to the band, hence the lawsuit.
Recently, Duran Duran – formed in Birmingham – were amongst a plethora of midlands band omitted from the region’s ultimate playlist . The Moody Blues, Led Zeppelin, Slade and Roy Wood were also missing from the final 20-strong B-side album, created to highlight the region’s musical strength.
Emma Gray, Director of Marketing Services at Visit Birmingham, said: “We feel the final B-side album perfectly reflects the region’s rich and diverse musical heritage, and shows that with artists including Lady Leshurr, Soweto Kinch and Laura Mvula, it is a hotbed of exciting new talent.
“Music tourism is big business; in 2012 it was worth £119 million to the West Midlands economy and an incredible 50 per cent of concert audiences came from outside the region – far higher than the national average of 41 per cent.”