By John Taylor

With a brand new advent through Nick Rhodes

The expertise. The aura. The video clips. From their 1981 hit "Planet Earth" to their most modern number-one album, All you would like Is Now, John Taylor and Duran Duran have enchanted audiences all over the world. it has been a wild journey, and—for John in particular—dangerous. John recounts the tale of the band's formation, their great good fortune, and his trip to the threshold of self-destruction. instructed with humor, honesty—and filled with specific pictures—In the excitement Groove is an impossible to resist rock-and-roll portrait of a band whose acceptance hasn't ever been stronger.

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They'd turn into the couple i used to be closest to. Simon and Yasmin might shield me in lots of hours and days of unmarried lonely-heartedness, inviting me to affix them on relatives vacation trips, and that i might spend many an evening within the visitor quarters at their London city residence. yet i didn't make the marriage. unusual offerings have been being made. One correct selection I made was once to come back on board with Duran. it might be as inventive as whatever i'll do on my own or with the other collaborators, and a complete lot more secure. within the new yr, I drove all the way down to Gloucestershire, to Moreton-in-Marsh, the village to which Roger had relocated. We had a drink on the neighborhood pub. He used to be having fun with the calm of lifestyles there with Giovanna and their younger kinfolk, driving horses and dealing his farm. He appeared pleased with the swap of velocity. i have to have come at him like a freight educate, assuming he may leap on the chance to play with Simon and Nick and me back, specifically given the renewed enthusiasm the 3 people had for purchasing again within the video game jointly. yet Roger wasn’t up for it. He was once apologetic yet there has been no turning him. We drank up and parted methods. strolling around the pub car parking zone, i discovered it nearly most unlikely to visualize Duran with out Rog, enjoying these songs with out him at the drums. I had by no means hooked up with one other drummer the best way I had with him. The belief that got here with the never-ending hours of eyeballing, the musical constitution that he and that i had equipped jointly, had pop out of our friendship first. yet as I hit the London street, I observed there has been no position for emotion. I went into survival mode. Having made my choice to return to the band, I had no goal of letting my plans be derailed by way of someone else, even Roger. I couldn’t attraction him, I couldn’t switch his brain, and Simon, Nick, Andy, and that i have been simply going to need to take care of it. we would have liked a brand new drummer. I had met an grand drummer on the strength Station, an Englishman from Brighton named Steve Ferrone, who were within the standard White Band and had turn into one of many nice long island consultation drummers. Steve’s favourite funny story approximately his band identify used to be “They’re white and I’m regular. ” I used to funny story that he used to be like Tony Thompson with time; he had a similar vast sound that I enjoyed, yet used to be even more disciplined. additionally there has been extra jazz in Steve’s enjoying. I ran the belief previous Simon and Nick, and we agreed to ask him to London to play with us as we begun laying down the tracks that will shape the root for a brand new album. once more i used to be going to need to adjust my bass enjoying sort on the way to paintings with a drummer who wasn’t Roger. From an artistic viewpoint, that was once no undesirable factor. twiddling with Tony Thompson had ready me for something. The elements I wrote for the infamous classes, jamming with Nick and Steve, or operating off digital loops that we had programmed, weren't in any respect what i might have written with Roger. I did pass over the straightforward chemistry with Roger, yet with out him i used to be compelled to imagine in a different way, and that made me develop as a musician. Duran have frequently been applauded for “not making an analogous album twice,” yet shall we now not have performed so had we attempted.

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