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Simon Le Bon was lead singer of the 1980s pop group Duran Duran, known for recording the hit song “Hungry Like the Wolf.” He left the group before they later reunited in 2001.
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But otherwise the album went largely unnoticed. A similar fate met their 2000 release, Pop Trash.
Skilled at writing hits, Le Bon took on different type of musical challenge, creating the score for Mario Van Peebles’ film Love Kills (1997). The album was done with Le Bon’s company, Syn Studios, which he started with friend and composer Nick Wood.
The "Fab Five" reunited in 2001 and began working on a new album while looking for a new record deal. After years of being ignored and underestimated, Duran Duran began to receive some accolades for their work. They received an MTV Video Music Award for lifetime achievement in 2003 and the BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music in 2004. The BRIT Award marked the first time in 18 years that the group had played together live. Returning to touring, the group sold out a string of concerts throughout Great Britain. The obvious fan interest helped Duran Duran secure a contract with Epic Records. Featuring the single “(Reach Up for the) Sunrise,” Astronaut (2004) was the reunited group’s first release. The "Fab Five," however, soon became four when Andy Taylor left the group in 2006.
In 2007, Duran Duran kicked off their next album, Red Carpet Massacre, with a series of concerts on Broadway in New York City. Sounding very contemporary, the recording featured some collaborations with pop sensation Justin Timberlake and some assistance from legendary hip-hop and rap producer Timbaland. Le Bon and the rest of the group have been touring extensively to support the new album.
Le Bon and his wife have three children. The man who once had legions of teenage fans is now the father to three teenage girls, Amber Rose Tamara, Saffron Sahara and Tallulah Pine.
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