Andy Taylor To Join Duran Duran For Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction
When recently asked about Duran Duran’s plans for their performance at the upcoming ceremony, frontman Simon Le Bon confirmed that the former guitarist and bassist would be in attendance. Le Bon also hinted that Warren Cuccurullo (another former guitarist in the band) might join them.
“I’ve already had a definite yes from Andy,” Le Bon told Rolling Stone when asked about the band’s performance at the ceremony.
“He’s definitely up for it. I’m pretty sure Warren will want to do it… We’ve always maintained a decent relationship with these guys. We didn’t have so-called ‘acrimonious splits.’ It was gentlemanly and it was understood. And pretty much mutual.”
Le Bon also explained how the band are choosing songs for the performance. “We’ve got Andy on the first three albums, so you have songs like Hungry Like The Wolf. Rio and Planet Earth,” Le Bon said. “[Cuccurullo] was a very important part of The Wedding Album, which had Ordinary World and Come Undone on it. We’re not struggling for good songs, that’s for sure.”
Taylor joined Duran Duran in 1980 and left in 1986; he returned in 2000 for six years. Cuccurullo, meanwhile, initially joined Duran Duran in 1986 as a session and touring member before officially joining their official line-up in 1989. He left in 2001.
As well as Duran Duran, Eminem, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Eurythmics, Carly Simon, Judas Priest and Pat Benatar will all be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2022.
The honourees for this year’s Hall of Fame have been voted for by more than 1,000 artists, historians and music industry professionals and each “had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture and helped change the course of rock ’n’ roll,” said John Sykes, the chairman of the Rock Hall, in a statement.
The 2022 event, which will mark the Hall’s 37th annual induction ceremony, will be held on 5 November at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.