BARCLAYS CENTER – With 29 gold, platinum or double platinum albums, and more than 70 million records sold, Duran Duran remains one of the world's most iconic bands. The veteran hit-makers brought their act to Barclays Center Tuesday to promote their "Paper Gods" album, but the show was also a collaboration between the megaband and at least two prominent cultural figures from New York, one expected, the other something of a surprise.
The band known for such unforgettable hits as "Hungry Like the Wolf," "Rio" and "The Reflex," opened their hours-long concert with Paper Gods, the title cut from their latest hit album.
It's a massive collaboration by Duran Duran with mega-producer and New York native Nile Rogers. He's got a lengthy list of outsized hits in his own right with his band Chic, and having produced acts as varied as David Bowie and Diana Ross, to name just two of many.
The concept for Paper Gods was created with the help of former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Freschanti, Rogers and Mark Ronson, best known for his worldwide smash hit, "Uptown Funk."
"Collaboration is one of his things," said Roger Taylor, Duran Duran's drummer, about Ronson, in an exclusive interview.
Taylor, who, along with Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon, and John Taylor, formed Duran Duran in 1980. Roger Taylor told PIX11 News that their new work is so varied, it even has Lindsay Lohan contributing spoken verse on it.
"She's performing tonight," he said about the Tuesday night concert at Barclays. "She has an amazing spoken voice, perfect for the 'Danceophobia' song" on the Paper Gods album.
Taylor also said that New York's variety and flair match that of the band, making Barclays Center a perfect venue for the band. "The buzz is all about this place and Brooklyn," he said. "To be here tonight is incredible."