Duran Duran Are ‘The Greatest Gifts From Each Other,’ Says Bassist John Taylor

Duran Duran are “everyone’s greatest gift” and continue to inspire and motivate each other to write music, said bassist John Taylor.

The musician said that without the band’s chemistry, he was “not sure how many of us would still be making music today.”

It precedes the release of a new 75-minute documentary film, titled A Hollywood High, released as part of the band’s 40th anniversary year.

In addition to documenting their recent rooftop gig in Los Angeles, the film also features interviews and archival footage that tells the story of the band’s special relationship with the American city.

Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

The musician said that without the band’s chemistry he was ‘not sure how many of us would continue to make music today’ (Niall Carson/PA)

It was filmed in March from the rooftop of The Aster hotel in the heart of Hollywood which overlooks the Capitol Records building, the site of the famous new wave band’s original American record label.

Band members Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John and Roger Taylor all took part in a Q&A ahead of a special screening of the film, which is slated for an official release on November 3.

The event, held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, coincided with Le Bon’s birthday, and he received a rendition of Happy Birthday from the adoring audience.

When asked what kept the band motivated and inspired to write after four decades, John replied, “The fact that we were a team and always had each other.

“I think we are everyone’s greatest gift.

“If we weren’t a band like this, I don’t know how many of us would still be making music today.

“The fact that we have to stand up and come together to be that team.”

Roger added: “We’re still music lovers, we didn’t close the shutters in 1985, we’ve always been into contemporary music and we just want to keep writing.”

“There is a collective curiosity,” Le Bon said.

The band said they “didn’t know we were making the movie”, which added “authenticity” to the project.

Platinum Jubilee

Duran Duran performs during the Platinum Party at the Palace outside Buckingham Palace, London, on the third day of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

“We document a lot of what we do…but we were documenting this event, which was basically a showcase to kick off the US tour,” John said.

“The fact that we didn’t know we were making the movie, I think you get an authenticity that you wouldn’t get if we knew we were making a movie.”

Duran Duran formed in Birmingham in 1978 and were one of the biggest bands of the 1980s, with hits such as Hungry Like The Wolf, Rio, Girls On Film, Wild Boys and Bond theme A View To A Kill.

They released their 15th studio album, Future Past, last year and are set to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next week.

The band recently played a number of gigs as part of their 40th anniversary celebration tour, including being one of the headline acts at the British Summer Time festival in London’s Hyde Park.

They also performed at the final Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace and performed at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony held in their hometown of Birmingham.

The upcoming documentary film is being directed by filmmakers Gavin Elder, Vincent Adam Paul and George Scott with Lastman Media and Magus Entertainment serving as executive producers.

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