Duran Duran's Andy Taylor Reveals Cancer Diagnosis At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

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When Duran Duran was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame connected Saturday, guitarist Andy Taylor was notably absent. His bandmates work a missive onstage, however, successful which Taylor revealed to the Los Angeles assemblage that helium has signifier 4 prostate cancer.

“Just implicit 4-years agone I was diagnosed with signifier 4 metastatic prostate cancer,” Taylor wrote successful the letter, which has since been published connected Duran Duran’s website. “Many families person experienced the dilatory pain of this illness and of people we are nary different.”

The 61-year-old added that Duran Duran has “the top fans a radical could have” and called the induction an “exceptional accolade.” While Taylor explained that his diagnosis wasn’t “immediately” beingness threatening, helium reminded everyone that “there is nary cure.”

“Recently I was doing good aft immoderate precise blase beingness extending treatment, that was until a week oregon truthful agone erstwhile I suffered a setback,” helium wrote, “and contempt the exceptional efforts of my team, I had to beryllium honorable successful that some physically and mentally, I would beryllium pushing my boundaries.”

Duran Duran pb  vocalist  Simon Le Bon (at the podium) reads Taylor's missive  astatine  the Microsoft Theater successful  Los Angeles.
Duran Duran pb vocalist Simon Le Bon (at the podium) reads Taylor's missive astatine the Microsoft Theater successful Los Angeles.

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Lead vocalist Simon Le Bon work the heartbreaking missive aft opening the ceremonial with a medley of Duran Duran hits including “Girls connected Film,” “Hungry Like the Wolf” and “Ordinary World” with bandmates Nick Rhodes and Roger and John Taylor, according to Rolling Stone.

Andy Taylor joined the radical successful 1980 lone to exit successful 1986 — and reunited with the set successful 2001 lone to erstwhile again depart successful 2006, according to Entertainment Weekly. He effusively chronicled successful the missive however overmuch the radical “achieved and sustained for 44 years” and said that “we’ve had a privileged life.”

“Let determination beryllium nary uncertainty I was stoked astir the full thing, adjacent bought a caller guitar with the indispensable whammy!” Taylor wrote. “I’m truthful precise arrogant of these 4 brothers. I’m amazed astatine their durability, and I’m overjoyed astatine accepting this award.”

“I often doubted the time would come,” Taylor added. “I’m definite arsenic hellhole gladsome I’m astir to spot the day.”

The induction ceremonial volition beryllium disposable to watercourse connected HBO Max connected Nov. 19.

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