Meridian, MS (November 24, 2004)–A testament to Duran Duran’s enduring legacy, Astronaut–the first studio album featuring all five original members since 1983’s Seven and the Ragged Tiger–recently debuted and is staking out real estate atop the charts internationally. Duran bass player John Taylor’s first professional bass amp was a Peavey, but it wasn’t until show at NYC’s Webster Hall last year that he connected with Peavey basses.
A tech handed him a Peavey Cirrus five-string bass guitar backstage, and he was immediately taken by its finish and feel. “When he showed up with this Peavey, I was blown away by the finish–the tiger stripe,” Taylor said. “It plays like a dream, and the range of tones is just fantastic. I started using it from day one and after we went back into the studio after our British tour, we recut a lot of the record, and I used the Cirrus on all of it.”
Taylor also rekindled his love for Peavey bass amplifiers with a Pro Series rig, which has become the standard setup for rock bass players. “I’m a bit of an old-school bass guy,” he adds, “and my tech and I were looking for something that could give me that sound but would be more reliable. I have to say I’ve never had a more consistent amplifier than this Peavey. I’ve had no problems and it does everything I want it to do.”
Taylor’s full Peavey bass rig consists of a Peavey Pro 500 head, GPS 2600 power amp and Pro 810 cabinets. In addition, guitarist Andy Taylor plays through Peavey Triple XXX guitar amps.