Andy Taylor, former Duran Duran guitarist, has stage four cancer


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CNN

Andy Taylor, guitarist for British band New Romantic Duran Duran at the height of his fame, battling stage four prostate cancer.

The band made the announcement on Saturday during their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Taylor, who did not join former bandmates John Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor and Nick Rhodes at the Class of 2022 celebrations due to ongoing treatment, wrote a letter To mark the occasion.

In the memo, parts of which were read by frontman Le Bon, Taylor revealed he received his diagnosis four years ago and spoke of his joy at being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“There is nothing that comes close to such recognition. You can dream about what happened to us but to experience it, on his own terms, as homies, was beyond amazing,” Taylor wrote in the message relayed by Le Bon.

Addressing his health issues, Taylor, 61, added: “Many families have experienced the slow burn of this disease and of course we are no different; so I speak from the point of view of a father but with a deep humility towards the band, the biggest fans a band can have and this exceptional distinction.

Taylor joined Duran Duran in April 1980 and left in 1986 to pursue a solo career. He then joined in 2001 for a series of successful concerts and their 2004 album “Astronaut” before leaving again in 2006.

Taylor said he was “extremely disappointed” to miss the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame show, which was to be his first performance with the band in 16 years, and that he had “purchased a new guitar” for the opportunity.

“I’m so proud of these four brothers, I’m amazed at their durability, and I’m thrilled to accept this award,” Taylor said. “I often doubted that the day would come. I’m really happy to be here to see the light of day.

In the letter later shared in full on the band’s website, Taylor said his condition was incurable, but he was receiving “sophisticated life extension treatment” that allowed him to “just rock “until recently, when he suffered a “recoil”. .”

“Although my current condition is not immediately life threatening, there is no cure,” he said.

According to American Cancer Societyabout one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Reacting to Taylor’s health update on Saturday, Le Bon said: “It’s devastating news to know and find out that a colleague… Not a colleague, a pal, a friend, a member of our family I’m not going to stay very long. It’s absolutely devastating. We love Andy a lot and you know, I’m not going to stay here crying. I don’t think it would be very appropriate, but that’s how I feel.

Duran Duran formed in 1978 and topped the US charts in the 1980s with his hits ‘The Reflex’ and ‘A View to a Kill’.

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