- Publish Date
- Monday, 7 November 2022, 11:57AM
Beloved guitarist and original Duran Duran band member Andy Taylor has been diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer.
The revelation came as the '80s synth-pop band performed at the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony over the weekend.
After being inducted by actor Robert Downey Jr., lead singer Simon Le Bon read a letter from the 61-year-old, who was unable to attend due to health complications.
"Just over four years ago I was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer. Many families have experienced the slow burn of this disease and of course, we are no different," Taylor penned.
"So I speak from the perspective of a family man but with profound humility to the band, the greatest fans a group could have, and this exceptional accolade."
Of his absence at the event, he revealed he was "massively disappointed" that he couldn’t be there with his bandmates Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, and Le Bon and shared that he’d even bought a new guitar for the occasion.
"Despite the exceptional efforts of my team, I had to be honest in that both physically and mentally, I would be pushing my boundaries."
He also revealed that while his condition is "not immediately life-threatening, there is no cure."
"However, none of this needs to or should detract from what this band (with or without me) has achieved and sustained for 44 years.
" ... we were a bit naughty but really nice, a bit shirty but very well dressed, a bit full of ourselves because we had a lot to give, but as I’ve said many times, when you feel that collective, instinctive, kindred spirit of creativity mixed with ambition, armed with an uber cool bunch of fans, well what could possibly go wrong?"
Of the band’s induction he wrote: "I’m so very proud of these four brothers; I’m amazed at their durability, and I’m overjoyed at accepting this award.
"I often doubted the day would come. I’m sure as hell glad I’m around to see the day."
Along with Duran Duran’s entry into the Hall of Fame, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Eminem, Eurythmics, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, and Carly Simon were also inducted.
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