Simon Le Bon says Rock Hall of Fame can go ... well, read it for yourself
A lot of stink has been generated over the last few years by Duranies who aren't happy that their beloved Duran Duran continues to be snubbed by "Jenn Wenner Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." (I believe that's its name). Don't count the lads from England among the naysayers.
"I have a problem with the institutionalization of rock 'n' roll," Simon Le Bon tells Yahoo Music in a lengthy interview posted Wednesday. "I just feel like saying, 'F- off!' I think the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in itself is not a bad thing, but I don't feel that I have to be placed alongside Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, the Rolling Stones, U2, and all those other guys for me to have validity."
Duran Duran's new album Paper Gods is getting props from critics, but ...
"We're kind of immune to [rock] criticism now," John Taylor told Yahoo. When we came out, the first few years, the critical press was really heavy. We had a rough ride, you know? And the kind of press that considers itself significant did not get on 'Team Duran.' So we learned very quickly to not lean on that at all."
Still, Taylor says he's grateful to the artists who preceded Duran Duran - many of whom are enshrined in the hall of fame.
"I mean, I can't ever pay back Paul McCartney, or George Harrison, or Johnny Rotten, or Joe Strummer, or Bryan Ferry for what they gave to me," he said. "They took me out and gave me a life."
Read the full interview here. Great stuff.