Talk about biting the hand that feeds you: Duran Duran is suing its own fan club.
As first reported by The Chicago Sun-Times, the eighties-era British group behind hits like Girls on Film and The Reflex, has accused its Chicago-based fan club of breaching contract by not paying band members revenue as previously promised.
The lawsuit claims Duran Duran entered into a contract with Worldwide Fan Clubs Inc., based in the Chicago suburb of Glenview, back in 2010 with the understanding that the company would collect membership dues and sell merchandise to the band’s fanbase.
According to the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court this week, the contract allegedly stipulated Duran Duran would receive 75 per cent of all profits realized.
The lawsuit also alleges that Worldwide Fan Clubs failed to maintain precise fan-club records, collect membership fees and keep proper accounting records.
According to the band’s lawyer, the company has yet to pay Duran Duran a dime. As such, the band is demanding 23,500 pounds (roughly $41,000 Canadian) in compensation.
But perhaps the biggest surprise: Duran Duran are currently working on their 14th studio album, with the assistance of former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, and still regularly perform concert dates, appearing most recently at the White Nights of St. Petersburg Festival in Russia.
Well, Duran Duran always claimed they were Hungry Like the Wolf.