Bates attended Woodrush High School in Hollywood, Birmingham.He and John Taylor (also from Hollywood) formed a band called 'RAF'.He did however send along a little wedding present—an original piece of artwork with the inscription, “To Nick and Julie, love Andy ‘84’.” Rhodes and Friedman divorced in 1992 and in 2014, Friedman auctioned off the wedding gift from Warhol (much to the apparent displeasure of Rhodes who had gotten the bulk of their large art collection when they split) for 9,000.Since hitting the pop charts in 1981, songwriter and keyboardist Nick Rhodes has established himself not only as a gifted musician, but as a trendsetter of David Bowie and Boy George proportions.Earlier this week news reports surfaced that Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes, 54, and his partner had split up. Truth or rumor, when news that the musician was splitting hit the internet Sunday (June 4), Twitter immediately exploded with pithy commentary.
In the second part of our exclusive serialisation he recalls a wild encounter with Keith Richards..the drug addiction that sent the band spiralling towards break-up. The paper had photographs of my band-mates Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and me on the front page, and it didn't mince its words. I cast my mind back to that cold Christmas four years before, when I'd snorted cocaine for the first time in a camper van outside the club.An unschooled musician, he experimented with the sounds his analogue synthesisers were capable of, but shied away from the "novelty" sounds of some other early synth bands.Celebration: The Duran Duran musician and his ex-wife were close friends with the godfather of pop culture.Although Warhol missed their London wedding because he hated to travel - he gave them a heart that he inscribed 'To Nick and Julie, love Andy '84' The striking brunette was at Christies today and brought along her mother Jo Ann Friedman for support, saying: ' I decided I couldn’t bear to let the Warhol Heart go without actually there to watch it go under the gavel.'I feel like I’m saying goodbye to an old friend again, and it just felt wrong not to do so in person.