Guitarist leaves ahead of tour, recording.

Duran Duran's comeback will continue without the services of Andy Taylor. The band's founding guitarist has split with the band again, this time ahead of a string of U.S. dates, beginning tonight (Oct. 26) in Chicago, due to a "gulf" developing in their partnership.

According to a statement issued today on behalf of remaining members Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and John and Roger Taylor (the Taylors are unrelated), the band was "disappointed and saddened" by the development, but would push on into its "next chapter."

"As of last weekend," reads the statement, "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."

A spokesman for the band confirmed Dom Brown would replace Taylor on the upcoming American shows, which are slated to run until Nov. 11.

Rhodes recently told Billboard.biz that the band was planning to enter the studio later this year, to record a new Epic album due out in the first quarter of 2007.

Justin Timberlake and Timbaland will contribute to the as-yet-untitled album, which is the follow-up to the 2004 album "Astronaut." That album has shifted more than two million copies worldwide, according to a spokesperson.

Taylor was a member of the quintet which went on to become one of the world's most popular bands in the mid-1980s. He played guitar on the Duran Duran's first three studio albums -- "Duran Duran" (from 1981), "Rio" (from 1982), "Seven and the Ragged Tiger" (from 1983) -- the live album "Arena" (from 1984), and contributed to the 1985 hit single "A View To A Kill," which was the theme song for the James Bond film of the same name.

He later recorded some sessions for the 1986 album "Notorious" but had split with band.

Taylor was later replaced by American guitarist Warren Cuccurullo, before he rejoined the group in 2001.

Taylor had also achieve international chart hits in the mid-80s with "Some Like it Hot" and "Get It On" as a member of supergroup the Power Station, along with frontman Robert Palmer and drummer Tony Thompson (both of whom have since passed away) and Duran Duran bandmate John Taylor. He subsequently moved on as a solo artist.