Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

John Glad to Be Home and Back with the Boys; Duran Duran Will Kick off Their First UK Tour in Seven Years in Newcastle This Month. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with Bassist John Taylor

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

John Glad to Be Home and Back with the Boys; Duran Duran Will Kick off Their First UK Tour in Seven Years in Newcastle This Month. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with Bassist John Taylor

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Byline: GORDON BARR

I REMEMBER well the first time I saw bassist John Taylor playing live.

It wasn't with supergroup Duran Duran or his part-time band Power Station - nor was it in a big arena where he was more used to playing.

My first encounter with John Taylor was actually in the infamous Viper Room in West Hollywood in October 1995, two years after actor River Phoenix died of a drugs overdose outside of the club, catapulting it to worldwide attention.

He was on stage jamming with Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols and Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan of Guns 'n' Roses in a band they named Neurotic Outsiders. It was just one of those memorable nights you tick off as having been there and done that - having not realised who would be performing that night!

It's a phase in John's life that remains memorable too.

"They were awesome, those gigs," he tells me from his California home.

"When we were doing those Viper Room shows I would call it gig therapy. I really needed to get back and do something like that. It didn't have a lot riding on it, we were doing it for fun.

"Everything had got a little contrived and precious around the day job, shall we say, and to be able to step away and do that at the time was tremendous. I think we opened with Planet Earth and went from that into Bodies.

"We played all sorts. That experience really got me back on track in terms of being a live musician. It's been a long road and you don't go to college to be a musician. You have no idea where it is going to go. You are making it up as you go along.

"With most jobs there comes a point where you kind of know what you are doing. But this one never stops changing and throwing new challenges down for you.

"That period of time really invigorated me, playing with Steve Jones and the guys from Guns 'n' Roses. It put back the excitement and sense of fun.

"I left Duran for a couple of years and when I came back I came back as a fan. It was really important for me to step away for a while when I did and come back with a completely different perspective on who the band was and what the band had achieved. …

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