WILD BOYS; Exclusive NEW BOOK LIFTS THE LID ON EIGHTIES BAND'S RISE TO FAME AND THEIR HEDONISTIC LIFESTYLE Duran Duran's Andy Taylor Talks about Fun Times with Rod Stewart

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WILD BOYS; Exclusive NEW BOOK LIFTS THE LID ON EIGHTIES BAND'S RISE TO FAME AND THEIR HEDONISTIC LIFESTYLE Duran Duran's Andy Taylor Talks about Fun Times with Rod Stewart


Byline: By Rick Fulton

ROD STEWART has a reputation for being a tightwad, but now one of his admirers has let slip he's also a lightweight when it comes to drinking.

Andy Taylor, Duran Duran's guitarist, worked with him in the Eighties and Nineties and when they went for their first boozy drink together, Rod secretly threw away his cocktails.

But while Faces pal Ronnie Wood once claimed Rod was "tighter than two coats of paint", Andy says of the Scots-daft singer: "Contrary to the grumpy tight rumours, I've seen his wallet.

"Someone else used to keep it for him though, but he's shrewd."

In the Eighties, Andy wrote, produced and played guitar on Rod's Out Of Order album and featured on singles Lost In You, Forever Young and My Heart Can't Tell You No.

In the Nineties, the pair teamed up again for Rod's Spanner In The Works and went to No.1 in America with You're The Star.

Andy, 47, said: "Rod was a childhood hero of mine and after I left Duran Duran for the first time, we shared the same management so we arranged to see if we could work together.

"I thought he could hold a drink and we started on the cocktails.

"What I didn't know was Rod was tipping his drinks into a plant pot or if I went to the toilet, he told the waiter to take his glass away.

"But then on other occasions I would make sure he drank every drop.

"He's a very endearing man. We had a lot of fun together."

Andy wrote Girls On Film, Rio and View To A Kill with Duran Duran as well as playing guitar on Robert Palmer's Addicted To Love and producing Rod and rock band Thunder.

He and Rod shared the same sense of fun, admitting they both drew rude pictures on toilet rolls for the next guest in the presidential suite at the Carlisle Hotel in New York.

Andy said: "Rod discovered the Queen was due to stay there, so he drew a picture of a man's private parts on the toilet roll.

"He's the funniest man I've worked with.

"He's survived throat cancer, which is pretty damn significant if you are a singer.

"He does like to think of himself as a tartan-clad footballing Scot.

"He should get the Faces on the road and I'll play bass for free."

The guitarist, who now lives in Ibiza, is the first member of the Duran boys to spill the beans about life in one of the Eighties' biggest bands.

His autobiography Wild Boy: My Life In Duran Duran, has just been published and lifts the lid on their huge careers in the UK and America, their cocaine addictions, and an IRA plot to kill the band, Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Taylor first quit the band in 1986 and then again in 2006, after the original members teamed-up to release UK top three album Astronaut in 2004.

Andy had worked on an unreleased album Reportage, but the band's record company rejected it before he left his old group and now he admits that next year he could be facing them in court.

He said: "We are headed for an acrimonious trial next year. It's about the split. It's like a divorce and you have to wind down business in respectful way."

While Duran Duran were teen idols, behind the scenes drugs and drink gripped the band.

In the book, Andy describes how he chopped out a line of cocaine for Keith Richards when he met the Stones in Paris when Duran Duran were recording the video for View To A Kill.

While the band's wild antics made the headlines when an old acquaintance spilled the beans, it was John Taylor's violent temper that showed the real horror of what went on behind the doors of MTV's first video band.

The Eighties are best known for their lavish over-indulgence and Duran Duran were the poster boys.

Of course, with the highs there are lows, and in Germany in 1982, John put his hand through a light fitting after the band were jumped in a club, which resulted in drummer Roger being beaten unconscious. …

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