Duran Duran 5/25/22

Duran Duran is riding high in 2022 with a high profile summer tour on the books and their November 5th induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Los Angeles. Co-founding bassist John Taylor spoke to Spin and discussed where Duran Duran fits into the rock universe, explaining, “I’ve spent 40 years sort of figuring out where we stand in the continuum of 20th century electric music. And I’m okay. I’m good with it. The thing about accolades is that, Duran Duran. . . we’ve always been a people’s band. We were never overlauded by the institutions, and so we don’t live or die by awards. I mean, it’s nice. It’s going to be great to perform. It’s a great opportunity to perform with our peers. I had a fantastic time a couple of years ago, when Simon (LeBon) and I inducted Roxy Music. I really, really had a great time. Yeah. And that’s what it is — and life goes on.”

Taylor went on to say, “We’ve been going a long time. I mean, 40 years is four times the Beatles. If you do anything — if you’re a writer, whatever it is that you do when you’ve been doing for that long — you’ve really had to dig deep. I have to dig deep as a musician, as a bassist, to pick up that bass and practice. I’ve got to have a pretty deep philosophy about what it is I’m doing and what it’s all about.”

He added that keeping a group together for decades is perhaps the ultimate achievement: “We’ve got four out of our five original members (in Duran Duran). And to keep people together like that, and to keep us interweaving — and it not be like, just passive aggression — and just dialing it in to keep it fresh, we all have to dig deep.”

John Taylor admitted that any time the band hits the road or releases new music, they’ve got a lot to live up to: [“You can’t take anything for granted. Y’know, and until the tickets go on sale, the record’s in the stores, you just can’t, y’know, you just can’t. But, historically, we know, it can have a big effect on an audience, y’know, if the lights are right. We’re hoping that when we take it to the people, they’re gonna get it. They’re gonna feed off our energy.”] SOUNDCUE (16 OC: . . . off our energy)

  • Duran Duran with Nile Rodgers & Chic North American tour dates (subject to change):
    August 19 – Welch, MN – Treasure Island Amphitheater
    August 20 – Chicago, IL – United Center  
    August 22 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
    August 23 – Washington, D.C. – Merriweather Post Pavilion  
    August 25 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    August 26 – Columbus, OH – WonderBus Music & Arts Festival (Duran Duran only)
    August 30 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
    September 1, 3  – Las Vegas, NV – Wynn Las Vegas (Duran Duran only)
    September 4 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center  
    September 7 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center   
    September 9, 10, 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl (Duran Duran only)

TL; DR

  • John Taylor of Duran Duran spoke to Spin and said of the band’s upcoming Rock Hall induction, “We’ve always been a people’s band. We were never overlauded by the institutions, and so we don’t live or die by awards.”

SIDE NOTES

  • All six members of Duran Duran will be on hand this November 5th when the band is inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater — including former guitarists Andy Taylor and his replacement, Warren Cuccurullo.