Original Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor was forced to miss the band’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame due to ongoing treatment for stage four metastatic prostate cancer.
he famous British new wave band revealed that Taylor was diagnosed four years ago while reading a letter from him to the public during the Hall of Fame ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Taylor was due to reunite with his old bandmates – vocalist Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor – but they said he suffered a setback that wouldn’t allow him to go to Los Angeles from his home in Ibiza.
The ceremony was to be the first time the five-piece Birmingham band had played together in 17 years, having last reformed for a world tour and the Astronaut album in 2004.
The band were the first act inducted at Saturday’s ceremony and took to the stage performing their breakthrough 1981 hit Girls On Film.
They continued with a set that included Hungry Like The Wolf and Ordinary World before addressing Taylor’s absence while reading the letter.
Taylor wrote, “A little 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 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.
“I have the ‘Rodgers and Edwards’ of doctors and medical treatments that, until very recently, kept me going.
“Although my current condition is not immediately life threatening, there is no cure.”
Rodgers and Edwards refer to Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, the pop producers and founders of Chic, who worked with Duran Duran throughout their careers.
He continued: “Recently I was fine after a very sophisticated life prolonging treatment, that was until about a week ago when I suffered a setback, and despite the exceptional efforts of my team, I had to be honest in that physically and mentally I would push my limits.
“However, none of this should or should detract from what this group (with or without me) has achieved and sustained for 44 years.”
Taylor added that he was “really sorry and massively disappointed” that he couldn’t attend the ceremony, noting that he even bought a new guitar for the occasion, but was “very proud of these four brothers” and “delighted” that they accept. this price.
“I often doubted that the day would come. I’m really happy to be here to see the light of day,” he added.
Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar, Eminem, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Harry Belafonte, Judas Priest and Dolly Parton were also inducted at the ceremony.
Duran Duran formed in Birmingham in 1978 and were one of the biggest bands of the 1980s, with hits such as Rio, Wild Boys and the Bond theme A View To A Kill. The three Taylors are unrelated.
The band have risen to prominence again recently, releasing their 15th studio album, Future Past, last year and embarking on a 40th anniversary celebration tour, including headlining the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park in London this year.
They also performed at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace and performed at the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
A documentary film, A Hollywood High, about their recent Los Angeles rooftop concert at the Aster Hotel was released this week.
The project also includes interviews and archival footage that tells the story of the band’s special relationship with the American city.