Duran Duran couldn’t be happier with their first time being nominated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Earlier this week, the band was among those tapped for induction — with the list also including Beck, Pat Benatar, Kate Bush, DEVO, Eminem, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Fela Kuti, MC5, New York Dolls, Dolly Parton, Rage Against The Machine, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, A Tribe Called Quest, and Dionne Warwick.
The band posted their personal reactions on their official website (DuranDuran.com), with frontman Simon LeBon writing, “Just to make it onto the nominations list is an honor that I never expected to experience. But for sure, this distinction is due in large part to the fact that we have an army of fans around the world who have unwaveringly supported us for the past four decades. We are all extremely grateful to all of you for making this happen.”
Bassist John Taylor added, “What a surprise and an honor! To be nominated by such a highly esteemed organization is truly special in this, our fortieth, year. For decades now Duran Duran have been inspired by the incredible support of our beautiful and diverse fanbase around the world. To be considered by the Hall of Famers is truly next level. Let’s hope we make the cut!”
Drummer Roger Taylor went on to say, “The feeling was pure gratitude when I heard this morning that we are nominees for the rock n’ roll hall of fame. A big thank you to not only the Rock Hall for making us part of the ballot, but also to all the DD fans that have made so much noise. The 12-year-old drummer in me just screamed very, very loudly!”
This year’s Rock Hall Inductees will be announced in May 2022. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2022 Induction Ceremony will take place this fall. The date, venue, and on-sale information will be announced later.
Duran Duran kicks off a 12-date European tour on April 29th in Ibiza, Spain.
- Back in October, Duran Duran released its latest album, titled Future Past on October 22nd, which peaked at Number One in the UK.
- Also recently released is the new biogrphy Please Please Tell Me Now – The Duran Duran Story. The tome was written by noted rock biographer Stephen Davis — best known for his tomes on Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones.
- According to the book’s official description: “Featuring exclusive interviews with the band and never-before-published photos from personal archives, Please Please Tell Me Now offers a definitive account of one of the last untold sagas in rock and roll history — a treat for diehard fans, new admirers, and music lovers of any age.”
- Between 1983 and 1993, Duran Duran scored 15 Top 40 hits, including the Top 10’s — “Hungry Like The Wolf,” “Is There Something I Should Know,” “Union Of The Snake,” “New Moon On Monday,” “The Wild Boys,” “Notorious,” “I Don’t Want Your Love,” “Ordinary World,” and “Come Undone” — along with the chart-toppers, “The Reflex” and “A View To A Kill.”
- Duran Duran’s latest album, 2015’s Paper Goods, was co-produced by Chic‘s Nile Rodgers, and peaked at Number 10 on the Billboard 200 album charts.
CHECK IT OUT: Duran Duran on September 20th, 2017 performing “Rio” live in Tokyo: