I was on Facebook this morning, and narrowly missed another John Taylor Tweeting session. I’m apparently VERY talented at missing those, but that’s alright. He’s on UK time, and I’m pretty much on west coast of America time, and so that’s the way it goes. I love that he has his accounts set up to where his twitter posts are copied to Facebook, by the way. I still comment on them when I want, and John isn’t subjected to my thought patterns. Probably for the greater good of everyone, no? (Yes, I can and do laugh at myself often!) Anyway, one of the comments to John…actually a couple of them really…were regarding Andy. I’ll wait for you all to compose yourselves, as I know this must have been as shocking for you to read as it was for me. (that’s some Thursday Sarcasm for you)
As I recall, one of the tweets was a question to John – the person wanted to know who he’d like to play with as a guest on this tour. His answer? Andy. This of course just fueled the ever-present fire for Andy fans out there. After that honest tweet, I could envision John’s Twitter account, full to the brim with all SORTS of Andy questions. Where would you want him to play? What songs would you want to do? How many shows would you want to play with him for….and the list goes on and on. Naturally, John doesn’t (and probably cannot!) answer every tweet, so I’ll never know for sure what was asked. Another question a few minutes later was something to the extent of: On a scale of 1-10, what are the chances of Andy returning to the band. I’ll wait for you all to gasp in shock as you know I must have at reading that question. Again. Rather than put us all out of our misery, John has to answer in a way that leaves the door just a little bit open. He responds by saying permanently? 0 for a one off? 5.
Not long before this nonsense, I read somewhere in my news feed that someone else read on Andy’s twitter (This is all meant to sound EXACTLY as insane and as much like a old fashioned game of Operator as you’re reading!) that he said he would have played with Duran Duran in Ibiza had the tour not been cancelled.
Right about now, I’m wishing this blog had sound effects. I’d have something like “Duh Duh DUH” play in the background.
I have to say that Andy Taylor has done more for the nostalgia factor for this band than Rio. What I mean by that statement is that by Andy leaving the band back in the 80’s, many of us (this blogger included) waited, crossed our fingers and hoped for the day that he would come back to the band. Call it the hope of youth, call it immaturity, call it whatever you’d like – there were a lot of fans that wanted the original five together forever. That Rio would once again be played as the Fab 5. That angels would get their wings, and that cats and dogs would live together in harmony. World peace would finally arrive and we’d all live happily ever after once again. Then, by an amazing bit of luck, our dreams came true. Well…everything except the world peace part, and those angels – I’m really not sure about those. A reunion took place, and Astronaut was our moment in the sun. Then Andy left again. Once again many people are thinking about sacrificing small animals, sending smoke signals and begging whatever band member that will give them the time of day to get Andy back. Once again Rio, the first album AND Astronaut are seen as the end-all, and for that faction of fans who insist on living in hope that the world will once again come full circle and be perfect once again, and maybe this time world peace really will come right along with a full reunion of the Fab 5. It’s the nostalgia of the idea that back when we believed the band was perfect, there were 5, and our guitar player of choice was Andy Taylor.
I really thought by now the fervor would have died down. I guess I figured that the saying, “Fool me once, shame on me; fool me twice, shame on you” would have been taken to heart – and really, it was by a lot of people. Many fans out there wouldn’t want Andy back. I’m not quite in that camp myself, but there are many that are, and I really can’t blame them. They’ve moved on, they deal with change well and probably even run with scissors occasionally. (Something I’m afraid to do because the last time I tried – I literally punctured a hole in my foot. Not a joke. I still remember screaming bloody murder when it happened – I was about 10 then! Did I mention I’m a bit of a klutz?) The funny thing is, there are a group of fans who are insistent – Duran Duran is only really Duran Duran with Andy. That of course, isn’t up to me to decide. I only report what I see and hear.
My only reason for blogging about this topic today is that I’m simply amazed that what – 5 years after the man left, we’re STILL asking about his return. I suppose for some of us, we’ll never stop wanting. I love Andy. Always have. I also feel strongly that if for whatever reason, he doesn’t want or can’t commit to being in the band the same way that the other four have done; or if he can’t or won’t work with the other four – that it’s for the best he’s not in the band. I don’t concern myself these days with why he really left, because what’s done is done. I guess for my own sanity, I’ve moved on. I’m glad he came back and did the reunion because it was something very, very special that I’ll never forget, and yes – there is absolutely a part of me that misses him being on stage – but only when he was FULLY with the band. I hate(d) watching the shows where he truly looks detached from the rest of them and seems to be going through the motions of playing his own show. I can’t imagine that was easy for him, or for the others. I don’t really know – but it’s very clear they weren’t all a cohesive unit, and for me, that’s not enough.
What’s even funnier is that I don’t ever hear or see people begging for Warren’s return in this same way. Perhaps it’s because there are many, many fans who would call for the public flogging of those people. Maybe it’s because Warren was the #2 guitarist – not the original. I’m not sure. I read the reminders from his fans that he was in the band longer than Andy, and that somehow entitles him to be able to trash Andy….which still ticks me off to this day, but yet it’s very clear to me that Warren doesn’t have the same outcry for a return that Andy does. It’s fascinating.
I posted a comment in response to one of John’s tweets today on Facebook. I think it was where he said that there was a 0 chance of Andy returning permanently but 5 (out of 10) for a one-off. My comment?
“Let the Andy Taylor thing GO.”
Really. Don’t you think it’s time? Why or why not? -R