Duran Duran inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Duran Duran has been admitted to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of the 2022 class.

The seminal new wave group formed in the late 70s and released their self-titled debut album in 1981. For more than a decade they remained a dominant force in music, selling more than 100 million records and winning fans across the globe . Their list of hits – including “Girls on Film”, “Hungry Like the Wolf”, “Rio” and “Ordinary World” – are still popular on the radio and with new generations of fans.

Duran Duran were inducted into the Hall of Fame on their first nomination, although they have been eligible since 2007. They won fan’s voice before the announcement of the inmate of the year. The current lineup – singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor – were all on hand to accept the honour, although a promised reunion with former members Andy Taylor and Warren Cuccurullo did not take place.

Robert Downey Jr., in his opening speech recognized Duran Duran’s longevity, their musicality – and their headbands. “It all comes down to two words – confidence and belief,” Downey added. “Duran Duran invites us all to put our best days here now, and still ahead of us.”

Andy Taylor couldn’t make it, Le Bon said. He read a letter from their original guitarist revealing that Taylor is suffering from metastatic prostate cancer.

John Taylor cited Duran Duran’s many influences, including The Beatles, Mick Ronson, Nile Rodgers and Siouxsie and the Banshees, among others. “These artists and so many others were parents, mentors and spiritual guides,” he said. “Without their music, we might never have found each other.”

Nick Rhodes compared their deep bond to a kind of polygamy, while also arguing for the induction of New York Dolls, another important influence. “We share this award with you,” he told their adoring fans.

This was not the first time members of Duran Duran appeared on the Rock Hall stage. In 2019, John Taylor and Le Bon were ready to enter Roxy musican experience Taylor recounted Spin was “one of the greatest privileges of my life.” In the same conversation, he laughed off suggestions that Duran Duran’s new-wave sound did not belong among “rock” artists.

“After electronics started coming in and we’re building on these very square bases of electronic impulses, that’s when people went, ‘That’s not rock ‘n’ roll,'” Taylor said, “and for the first couple of years , seemed important. ‘What do you mean we’re not rock ‘n’ roll?’ And then I thought, ‘Fine, fine. We’re not rock ‘n’ roll. So what?’ And now, yes, now you’re going into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”

Rodgers, who remixed their 1983 hit “The Reflex,” was part of the induction video that played before the band’s acceptance speech. He also worked with Andy and John Taylor on the Duran Duran offshoot band Power Station.

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