Only five years after the kings of 80’s pop reformed its original line up, Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor has said so long to the band right before the group was about to embark on the U.S. portion of its current world tour.
The band left a message on their website commenting that the dynamics with Taylor had become a problem that they couldn’t resolve, and that they have once again “have dissolved our partnership and will be continuing as Duran Duran without Andy.”
The message also stated the group had “reached a point in our relationship with him where there is an unworkable gulf between us and we can no longer effectively function together.”
There have been no details given as to what caused the rift, or how long the band has been trying to work past the problem.
Duran Duran became one of Britain’s most popular music acts in the 1980s thanks to hit singles and a new experiment called the music video. The band saw huge success with singles like “Rio” and “Hungry Like the Wolf.”
The group’s original line-up – singer Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor and Andy Taylor (none related) – returned to rock music five years ago after the group had stumbled with different members throughout the 90s.
Duran Duran does intend to continue its successful world tour with the remaining four members. Dates include eight U.S. cities.
Dom Brown is expected to fill in for the departing Taylor until the conclusion of the tour on November 11. The group then has plans of heading back into the studio to continue work on a new album with hopes of it being release sometime in 2007.