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Duran's wild boy splits.

Cullercoats-born guitarist Andy Taylor has left Duran Duran due to an "unworkable gulf" between him and the rest of the group.

The 'wild boy' was an original member of the band which enjoyed a string of pop hits such as Rio and A View To A Kill in the 1980s.

Taylor left the group in 1986 to form rock band The Power Station and later record solo material.

He was replaced by American guitarist Warren Cuccurullo until 2001, before being reunited with the original members of Duran Duran.

But in a message on the band's official website, the remaining four group members ( Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor ( said they could no longer work with Andy Taylor.

The statement said: "The past five years have been an incredible journey for us all and having the original five back together was something that we had wanted to see happen for some time.

"As of last weekend, however, the four of us have dissolved our partnership and will be continuing as Duran Duran without Andy, as we have reached a point in our relationship with him where there is an unworkable gulf between us and we can no longer effectively function together."

It's believed that he's left to spend more time with his four children and wife Tracie (she used to cut his hair during the band's heyday) in Ibiza.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 27, 2006
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