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Duran Duran and Dolly Parton made it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
May 4th, 2022 under Annie Lennox, Carly Simon, Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Eminem, Lionel Richie. [ Comments: none ]

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced who is going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this November, and Duran Duran finally made it in. The band will be joined by Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Eminem, Eurythmics, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, and Carly Simon.

Several of the inductees released statements about being admitted.

Annie Lennox wrote, “Well – @Eurythmics made the grade, thanks to every single one of our truly loyal ‘fans’! The appreciation goes to YOU! Much love from Annie and Dave! ❤️ 😎😎 Gangstas forever!!”

Pat Benetar and her husband, Neil Giraldo, said, “We are thrilled and humbled to become part of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame family. Thank you to everyone who voted especially the fans and congratulations to all the other inductees.”

Lionel Richie had this to say, “Being elected to @rockhall is an incredible honor. I would like to say THANK YOU to all of the voters, to all of my wonderful fans and to everyone at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Congratulations to all of my fellow 2022 inductees! #RockHall2022”

As of now, Eminem, Carly Simon (who is the second person from my hometown to be inducted because it is all about me), and Dolly Parton have not commented.

I can’t wait to hear what Dolly has to say. The legendary singer initially said she would turn it down. But on Monday, she said she would accept the award gracefully. Now that she is in, I am curious how she will react to it now that it is really happening.

And she deserves it because she inspired plenty of Rockers. However, I think that New York Dolls deserved to be in there over the Eurythmics. Annie Lennox deserves it as a solo act, but not with Dave Stewart and their band. New York Dolls dolled up Punk and Heavy Metal music by the way they dolled it up. They would wear their girlfriends’ clothes on stage, and it is a look that is still popular today. I know many people will disagree, but I think they meet more recognition.

UPDATE: Dolly Parton released her statement. If you want to see what she wrote, then click here!


Andy Taylor responds to Duran Duran’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nom with class
February 7th, 2022 under Duran Duran. [ Comments: none ]

Last week, Duran Duran was nominated to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes, and Roger Taylor issued a statement as a band, but what about Andy Taylor, the fifth original member who left the band for a second and final time in 2006? The guitarist responded to the nomination over the weekend.

I thought it cool to give this a few days, to wait for the dust to settle – it’s a big one, big & most unexpected – I have to say that without a shred of doubt the guys deserve an enormous amount of respect for keeping the band going & very much alive. It’s true – we love survivors & it’s also true that until something like this happens in life, you don’t really know how you’re going to feel. So yes, I’ve definitely got some skin in this game, tingly skin & was choked when I saw my name among the nominations! Award shows add a passing sparkle, but being nominated to TR&RHOF is so much more than a TV moment. As a musician you look at the company you’re now revelling in, both thrilling & humbling but undoubtedly in Duran’s case extremely well deserving, in fact some might say “a tad overdue”… However, it’s the unwavering support from an army of fans, followers & dare I say Duranies whom despite the media’s relentless cheap shots & sheer bloody ignorance towards the band at times, have supported each & all of us, bonkers to think of really… some 45 years later. So Thank You massively from the bottom of my heart, it’s an incredible piece of legacy to be gifted & I’m one very proud fella. ATX

Andy Taylor has led a pretty private life since he departed from the band, so you didn’t know what to expect. But he handled it with class.

A lot of bands who broke up or lost members reunite when they get inducted into the Hall of Fame, like The Police and Journey. So good things can come from it. Maybe Andy will be willing to give D2 a third shot? After all, the third time is the charm. And he wrote a charming letter about the nomination.

That letter was all class and humbleness. It shows he has matured and deserves to be there alongside the four men with whom he played with for decades. I seriously can’t get over his letter because it was so well-written and from the heart.

When it comes to if they should get inducted, the answer is hell yes. They helped to launch MTV with their groundbreaking and controversial videos for Girls on Film, The Chauffer, Rio, and so on. Along with still going strong for almost 45 years, and they are not slowing down.

It is a tough year because Dolly Parton deserves it for being Dolly Parton. Pat Benetar showed us that women can Rock better than a man. Eminem for what he has done for Rap. Dionne Warwick for opening the door for other Black female artists. Lionel Richie sold a lot of albums in the ’80s and proved he is just as strong of a musician as a solo artist. Carly Simon taught us we can all be vain. And The New York Dolls showed us that men can be dolled up in women’s clothing and Rock!

Sorry, but I think Eurythmics, A Tribe Called Quest, Judas Preist, Devo, Kate Bush, Beck, and Rage Against the Machine can wait for another year.


Who knew Hillary Clinton is a Duranie?
October 23rd, 2021 under Duran Duran, Politics. [ Comments: none ]

Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny are doing press for their thriller State of Terror, and they got a thrill. The ladies ran into Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and John Taylor, who are promoting their album Future Past.

I can tell the First Lady is a fan because she has the same expression on her face as I did when I met them for the first time.

Oh, and you can tell the bandmates are just as excited to meet her. I mean, look at the singer’s face; he can barely contain himself. When it comes to the bassist, he is too cool to show it. That is why we love him.


Which member of Duran Duran got the most girls on film? Hint, not John Taylor!
August 3rd, 2021 under Andy Cohen, Duran Duran. [ Comments: none ]

Duran Duran was on Watch What Happens Live yesterday, and Andy Cohen was wondering if there is something he should know about their good ole days when they were wild boys with a view to a kill. They gave some details, but they did not share too much information with him.

What did they share? Things like Simon Le Bon revealing that he has peed in pants when he’s been on stage. And it sounds like that has happened more than once.

John Taylor is the only one who is a member of the mile-high club, and he also destroyed at least one hotel room.

Only one bandmate has gotten into a fight with a member from another band, and it is the quiet Roger Taylor.

And I saved the best for last. When it comes to whose union of the snake saw the most new moons on Monday, it is Nick Rhodes. Hey, he was my favorite until I met them for the first time. Then I was and am all about John. Too bad he has a Juicy marriage going on.

Now we know why their videos were banished until the sun went down on MTV. They were hungry like the wolf living the no-no-notorious Rock star lives!


Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes got Kajagoogoo their big break
June 8th, 2021 under Duran Duran, Limahl. [ Comments: none ]

I don’t know about you, but I love to hear stories about how people got their big breaks. I especially enjoy hearing when another famous person believes in the future celebrity so much that they help them get their start.

Today, Limahl wished Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes a happy 59th birthday. In his post, he shared how the keyboardist changed his life.

“A BIG Happy birthday to NICK (Rhodes) today – I can’t believe it’s almost 40 years since I served you that drink at THE EMBASSY CLUB on London’s Old Bond Street where I worked as a waiter,” The singer wrote, “I enthused to you about my band KAJAGOOGOO. Amazingly you asked me to send you our demos and the rest as they say…you went on to co-produce (with Colin Thurston) our worldwide hit ‘TOO SHY’ 🥂🥂🥂”

To all you future musicians, who are working a day job wishing for your big break, you never where and when you will find it.

It is also nice to know that someone in a band, who just got their big break, was willing to help a stranger have the same opportunity. That is why Nick Rhodes was my favorite member of the band. I knew he had a huge heart to go with his huge you know what!!!


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