Duran Duran confirm they are working with John Frusciante

Band say they are "thrilled with the results" of collaboration with former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist

Duran Duran have confirmed that they are working on new music with former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante.

A blog post on the band’s official website published yesterday (April 24) was posted to clarify rumours circulating online about Frusciante’s involvement in the band’s upcoming studio effort. In the statement, which you can read below, the group state that they had wanted to keep news of the collaboration under wraps but were forced to confirm it by circumstance.

Despite working together, Frusciante is not in the studio with the members of Duran Duran, nor are there plans for him to tour with the group in the future. Duran Duran are working on their 14th studio album with producer Mark Ronson. It will be their first album since ‘All You Need Is Now’ in 2010.

The statement reads as follows: “We were holding this exciting news because we were hoping to give you full details when we announced, but as word has leaked out, catching us rather off guard, we wanted to confirm… yes it’s true, the extraordinarily talented John Frusciante has indeed been doing some work from his home base in California on our new album. The tracks have been going back and forth via the internet, and we are thrilled with the results. We are all such big fans of John’s work and are honoured to have him adding his magic to the record! There are no current plans for John to tour with us, but his guitars sound incredible on the tracks.”

Frusciante has remained active since his departure from Red Hot Chili Peppers and recently started a new band with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta/ At The Drive-In. Earlier this year he also streamed his latest solo album ‘Enclosure’ via a satellite in space.