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Tough Questions from Duran Duran's Warren Cuccurullo

Magazine article Guitar Player

Tough Questions from Duran Duran's Warren Cuccurullo

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"Are you kicking ass, or are you a lazy wimp?" That crucial question is the basis of guitarist Warren Cuccurullo's work ethic. "You have your idols, and you always try to get up to their standards. Frank Zappa and Bowie and Prince give me the stuff I measure myself against."

In fact, Cuccurullo's first major job was as a second pair of hands for Zappa in the Joe's Garage bands. That gig was followed by a plunge into radio-friendly new wave with drummer Terry Bozzio's Missing Persons during the early '80s. But since '86, Cuccurullo has found steady employment adding his crafty touches to Duran Duran's techno-pop.

These days, the group is out to prove that there's a serious musical pulse behind the old heartthrob image. Cuccurullo and bandmates--Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes, and John Taylor--are currently touring in support of an eponymous Capitol release, and they're packing houses with, of all things, an acoustic lineup. "I use a Gibson Chet Atkins, and John plays a Yamaha plug-in acoustic bass," says Cuccurullo. "Nick plays some synths, but no sequencers, and we've got a cello and two violins. …

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