Speaking with Duran Duran's John Taylor

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Speaking with Duran Duran's John Taylor

March 18, 2005

John Taylor, bassist for Duran Duran, says the legendary band can't wait to get back to Chicago. Formed in Birmingham, England, in 1978, Duran Duran, who were once poster boys for an entire generation of teenagers, are back together for a 10-week reunion tour.

Here's what Taylor had to say:

On keeping fit for the tour: I'm exercising, steaming, and if you can believe it, we have a martial arts sensei with us on the road to keep up the body maintenance.

The tour: The reception has been tremendous. Every show we've played there is such a deep level of affection from the audience. It's a great feeling to be together again, coming at it from the standpoint of experience and really having grown up. The last time we played at this level together was 21 years ago.

Raising teenagers: It's a double-edged sword for kids to be a teenager and to have to deal with a parent's celebrity. I try to lead by example. It was a great feeling having my 12-year-old daughter and her friends at one of the recent shows.

On a professional standout moment: I always think about the James Bond thing [in 1985, Duran Duran's theme song for "A View to a Kill" became the only Bond tune to make it to No. 1 on the charts]. It was really something for us, nailing that, against the odds. We really rose together as a band.

Favorite Duran Duran song: I don't have a favorite. But if I had to pin it down I'd say "Rio" -- which was born out of pure energy.

The magic of Duran Duran: We've come back as a team, we get along, and are able to put egos on the backburner, because ultimately we're entertainers. It's good-time music, it's got soul -- even though we're lily-white Englishman. I've seen a lot of hard-core stuff with other musicians I've played with, but really we're a well-brought-up band; we're definitely not lightweights but we're mensches -- we write thank-you notes.

Courtesy Chicago Sun Times