Andy Taylor, the original guitarist for Duran Duran, is currently undergoing treatment for stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer. As a result, he was unable to attend the band’s induction ceremony into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
At the event held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, the British new wave band revealed Taylor’s illness to the crowd by reading a letter from him that was included in the package. Taylor is 61 years old.
Why Couldn’t He Play With Old Bandmates?
Taylor was supposed to get together with his old band colleagues, vocalist Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor, and drummer Roger Taylor, but they reported he had a setback and couldn’t fly out from Ibiza.
Having last reunited in 2004 for a world tour and the album Astronaut, the five-piece Birmingham band was slated to play together for the first time in 17 years at the ceremony.
The band performed their 1981 breakout single “Girls On Film” as the first act to be inducted on Saturday.
After acknowledging Taylor’s absence by reading the letter, they continued with the set, which featured Hungry Like the Wolf and Ordinary World.
What Did Taylor Say About His Metastatic Prostate Cancer?
Taylor wrote,”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; 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.
“I have the ‘Rodgers and Edwards’ of doctors and medical treatment that until very recently allowed me to just rock on.
“Although my current condition is not immediately life-threatening, there is no cure.”
The name “Rodgers and Edwards” is a reference to Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, the pop producers and creators of Chic, who collaborated with Duran Duran throughout their career.
Taylor continued, saying he was “very proud of these four brothers” and “overjoyed” they were accepting this honour, but that he was “truly sorry and massively disappointed” he could not attend the ceremony and had even bought a new guitar for the occasion.
“I often doubted the day would come. I’m sure as hell glad I’m around to see the day” he exclaimed.
Dolly Parton, Judas Priest, Harry Belafonte, Carly Simon, the Eurythmics, and Lionel Richie were also admitted at the ceremony.
Most Popular Band of the 1980s
One of the most popular bands of the 1980s, Duran Duran formed in Birmingham in 1978 and became famous for songs like “Rio,” “Wild Boys,” and “A View to a Kill,” which became the title song for the James Bond film. They are not linked in any way, shape, or form, the three Taylors.
The band has re-emerged on the scene with the release of their 15th studio album Future Past in 2018 and a tour celebrating their 40th anniversary, which included a performance at this year’s British Summer Time festival in London’s Hyde Park.
They were also featured at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace.