After ruling the '80s, Duran Duran is back with a new album and they sat down with ETonline's Sophie Schillaci to chat about the project.
The band's 14th studio release Paper Gods, is out on Sept. 11 in the U.S. and they're currently on tour. With 37 years of experience under their belt, 100 million albums sold and two GRAMMYs, the group is full of wisdom.
"We managed our energy a lot better than when we used to," drummer Roger Taylor said. "There was a lot of other stuff going on apart from the shows, so I think we tend to be more focused now."
The band's current members include Roger, 55; bassist John Taylor, 55; keyboardist Nick Rhodes, 53; and lead singer Simon Le Bon, 56. We learned that with four members, the fellas preferred to be interviewed apart - Simon with Roger and John with Nick.
"When there's four people then you have to listen to three other people before you could speak yourself," Simon explained. "Where it's at least I only have to listen to one person before I speak myself."
The new album features guest turns from Kiesza, John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame and Lindsay Lohan, who wasn't easy to corral into the studio.
"Was she on time? No, she was about two weeks late!" Simon said.
"She was a little tricky to tie down," Nick admitted. "She's got her schedules that seem to run on a different time than the rest of the planet, but that's what's kind of great about her."
Lohan's lateness wasn't the worst thing to happen to Duran Duran. The band was unknowingly involved in an IRA plot to kill Princess Diana while she and Prince Charles were at one of their concerts.
"It was kind of shocking that we were at the center of this plot," Roger said. "[We were] apparently very close to being completely blown to smithereens."
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