As Duran Duran was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater on Saturday, one of many band’s founding members was absent from the festivities.
Andy Taylor, the band’s unique guitarist, revealed he has been battling Stage 4 prostate most cancers in a letter that singer Simon Le Bon learn to followers in attendance.
“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,” Le Bon learn from the stage.
The total letter from Taylor, which was posted to Duran Duran’s web site, stated that he was doing OK because of “some very sophisticated life extending treatment,” however that he lately ran right into a setback, though his present situation shouldn’t be instantly life-threatening.
“Despite the exceptional efforts of my team, I had to be honest in that both physically and mentally, I would be pushing my boundaries,” Taylor wrote.
Taylor left Duran Duran in 1986, however was with the group because it ascended the pop charts within the daybreak of the MTV period with hits corresponding to “Girls on Film,” “Rio” and “Hungry Like the Wolf.” He reunited with Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor (no relation to both) in 2001. The unique lineup launched new music collectively, together with 2004’s “Astronaut” album, earlier than Andy Taylor departed once more in 2006.
“I’m truly sorry and massively disappointed I couldn’t make it. Let there be no doubt I was stoked about the whole thing, even bought a new guitar with the essential whammy!” Taylor wrote in his letter.
“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.”
Backstage on the Microsoft Theater, simply minutes after studying the letter from Taylor, Le Bon admitted he was on the sting of tears fascinated by it. “It’s devastating to find out that one of our family is not going to be around for a long while. It is absolutely devastating. We love Andy dearly and you know, I’m not gonna stand here and cry. I think that would be inappropriate, but that’s what I feel like.”