When Duran Duran was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, guitarist Andy Taylor was notably absent. His bandmates learn a letter onstage, nevertheless, wherein Taylor revealed to the Los Angeles crowd that he has stage 4 prostate most cancers.
“Just over 4-years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer,” Taylor wrote within the letter, which has since been printed on Duran Duran’s web site. “Many families have experienced the slow burn of this disease and of course we are no different.”
The 61-year-old added that Duran Duran has “the greatest fans a group could have” and referred to as the induction an “exceptional accolade.” Whereas Taylor defined that his prognosis wasn’t “immediately” life threatening, he reminded everybody that “there is no cure.”
“Recently I was doing okay after some very sophisticated life extending treatment, that was until a week or so ago when I suffered a setback,” he wrote, “and despite the exceptional efforts of my team, I had to be honest in that both physically and mentally, I would be pushing my boundaries.”
Lead singer Simon Le Bon learn the heartbreaking letter after opening the ceremony with a medley of Duran Duran hits together with “Girls on Film,” “Hungry Like the Wolf” and “Ordinary World” with bandmates Nick Rhodes and Roger and John Taylor, in keeping with Rolling Stone.
Andy Taylor joined the group in 1980 solely to exit in 1986 — and reunited with the band in 2001 solely to as soon as once more depart in 2006, in keeping with Leisure Weekly. He effusively chronicled within the letter how a lot the group “achieved and sustained for 44 years” and stated that “we’ve had a privileged life.”
“Let there be no doubt I was stoked about the whole thing, even bought a new guitar with the essential whammy!” Taylor 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,” Taylor added. “I’m sure as hell glad I’m around to see the day.”
The induction ceremony can be obtainable to stream on HBO Max on Nov. 19.