Moseley. Birmingham, England
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Nick Rhodes (born Nicholas James Bates; 8 June 1962) is an English musician, best known as the founding member and keyboardist of the new wave band Duran Duran.
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Nick Rhodes (born Nicholas James Bates, 8 June 1962, Moseley, Birmingham, West Midlands) is the English keyboardist for Duran Duran. Rhodes and singer Simon Le Bon are the only members to have been with the band throughout its 33 year professional career. Rhodes has been with the band since its creation in 1978. He has also released albums with Arcadia in 1985 (a Duran Duran side-project), as well as The Devils in 2002 with Stephen Duffy. Bates was the only child of well-off parents, the owners of a Birmingham toyshop. In 1978, Bates left school at the age of sixteen, and founded Duran Duran with his art school friend John Taylor. At about the same time as the name Duran Duran was chosen for the band, he decided to change his name, allegedly due to being taunted by classmates with the moniker "Master Bates", to Rhodes after the Greek island(or after the Rhodes keyboards, according to early magazine articles and interviews). He attended Woodrush High School in Hollywood Birmingham. While in Woodrush, he and John Taylor formed a band called `RAF` with other classmates. As the band coalesced into its final lineup in 1979-80, Duran Duran started playing at a local Birmingham club called "The Rum Runner". The club owners became the band`s managers, and Rhodes began working at the club as a disc jockey.
With his bandmates Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor, Rhodes formed the side project Arcadia while Duran Duran was on hiatus in 1985. The band had a moody, keyboard-heavy sound, far more atmospheric than Duran Duran (or the hard rock of the other Duran splinter group of 1985, Power Station). The band scored a major hit with "Election Day" and the band`s only album, So Red The Rose, went platinum in the US but was less successful in their native UK. The band never toured and was dissolved when Duran Duran regrouped in 1986. Throughout the 1990s, Rhodes worked on a side project called TV Mania with Duran bandmate Cuccurullo. They created a self-described "social junk culture triptych opera" composed of music, dialogue, samples, and "found sound," and hoped to make it into a Broadway play. The music and packaging have reportedly been finished, but they have not found a label to release it. In 1999, Rhodes reunited with Duran Duran`s original vocalist, Stephen Duffy, to create new music based on some of the earliest Duran music the two had written together. The result was the album Dark Circles, released under the name The Devils. Also in 1999, Rhodes had a small guest appearance (in voice only) as a Canadian bomber pilot in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. In 2006 Rhodes and John Taylor collaborated on the compilation album Only After Dark.
Rhodes met Julie Anne Friedman (heiress to the Iowa, USA Younkers Department Store fortune) at a yacht party while on an American tour in 1982, and married her on 18 August 1984. They have one daughter together, Tatjana Lee Orchid (born 23 August 1986). After a brief separation and an attempt to reconcile, they filed for divorce in 1992. Rhodes became enamoured of the art world early in his career, making friends with Andy Warhol and The Factory crowd, and attending exhibitions worldwide. At the end of 1984, he released his own book of abstract art photographs called Interference. Many of the photos were displayed at an exhibition at the Hamilton Gallery in London. Rhodes` father, Roger Bates, to whom he was close, died in 2008. Duran Duran`s 7 July 2008 concert at the Birmingham NIA was dedicated to Rhodes` father. Rhodes is distantly in line to the Barony of Cartsburn, his second cousin being the present and fourteenth Baron.
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Nicholas James Bates
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Interference  (Michael Joseph)
John Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor
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Roger Bates (died 2008)
Stephen Duffy, Kajagoogoo, The Dandy Warhols, Warren Cuccurullo, The Devils
His hobbies include photography and he is very into Art Deco. • His art collection includes Warhols,Picassos,Basquiates and Clementes.
He has not seen his natural hair colour since he was 16 years old.
David Bowie, Roxy music
Woodrush High School, Birmingham
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Pop, pop rock, synthpop, new wave
Keyboards,, analog synthesizerss,, digital synthesizers
Duran Duran, Arcadia, The Devils, TV Mania, Kajagoogoo, The Dandy Warhols
Keyboards, sampler, vocals
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