Duran Duran Guitarist Quits

LONDON (October 27, 2006) — Duran Duran announced that guitarist Andy Taylor has quit the veteran rock group.

Duran Duran said Taylor quit last weekend but that the remaining four members singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor plan to continue recording and performing as a group.

“We have reached a point in our relationship with him where there is an unworkable gulf between us and we can no longer effectively function together,” the band said Thursday in a statement on their Web site.

Duran Duran apologized to fans for not making the announcement sooner, saying they realized that speculation had been running high about Taylor’s future.

The band, led by Le Bon, were a big act in the 1980s but later faded from popularity before regrouping five years ago.

“Although obviously disappointed and saddened about this, we are excited about the next chapter of the Duran Duran story and look forward to seeing you all soon,” the statement said.

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