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Thursday 18 September 2014

Duran Duran sue their own fan club

Jess Denham

Published 25/07/2014 | 13:57

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Duran Duran perform at the BT London Live concert

Eighties pop band Duran Duran are suing their own fan club for alleged breach of contract.

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The English group filed a lawsuit against Worldwide Fan Clubs, demanding in the region of $40,000 (€29,700) in damages, reports suggest.

Duran Duran struck a business deal with the Chicago company in 2010, under the agreement that the latter would manage the fan club and be responsible for merchandise sales, membership fees and keeping the accounts in order.

The musicians are supposed to receive 75 per cent of the profits, however, their lawyer accuses Worldwide Fan Clubs of not meeting these conditions and failing to maintain accurate financial records, despite repeated requests.

The company’s owners declined to comment when Associated Press contacted them for a response.

Duran Duran began in 1978 and are known for hits such as “Hungry Like the Wolf” and Rio”, with Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and John Taylor still playing with the band.

The group are working on their 14th album at present after performing a gig in 2012 to mark the London Olympics opening ceremony.

Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante is helping Duran Duran with their next record and “adding his magic”, but it remains unknown how many tracks he will play on. Mark Ronson is producing.

Independent.co.uk

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