John Taylor On Whether Inducting Roxy Music To Rock Hall Affected Duran Duran’s Nomination

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Duran Duran’s bassist John Taylor recently joined an interview with SPIN and recalled when he co-inducted Roxy Music into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2019. Taylor also added that inducting Roxy Music impacted Duran Duran’s participation in the Rock Hall.

Roxy Music gained success in the ’70s, especially with the self-titled debut album, which became number ten on the UK Albums Chart. The band inspired the early English punk scene by becoming the pioneers of glam rock elements. The group also provided new wave acts with creative space by developing new sounds for electronic music.

In 1982, Roxy Music released the eighth and final studio album entitled ‘Avalon.’ The album became the band’s most successful work by staying number one in the United Kingdom for three weeks. It also sold a million copies in the United States, proving a commercial success.

As Roxy Music became a significant influence with its musical and visual style, it was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2019. Duran Duran’s John Taylor and Simon Le Bon were the musicians who inducted the band during the ceremony. The two shared some personal memories with the band before the event.

When the interviewer recalled the ceremony as a great night in a recent conversation, John Taylor mentioned that it was a special moment for him. According to him, it was a once-in-a-lifetime proud experience. The interviewer asked whether Duran Duran’s had more potential to be inducted into the Rock Hall after they inducted Roxy Music. The bassist stated that he was told it would have affected Duran Duran’s potential for induction.

Recalling the ceremony, John Taylor said in his words:

“Yeah. It was, honestly, it was so special; I think I’d take that over my band being inducted if you were to offer me one of the two experiences. It was just one of the greatest gifts, one of the greatest privileges of my life, getting to induct them. And that was a one-off.”

When the interviewer asked if that night affected Duran Duran’s potential induction, he said:

“Well, I was told it would.”

Eventually, Duran Duran found the opportunity to see its name in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. This year, the band will be inducted into the Rock Hall along with notable musicians like Eminem, Dolly Parton, and Lionel Richie.