Duran Duran’s original guitarist Andy Taylor was forced to miss the band’s intro to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame due to being treated for stage four metastatic prostate cancer.
He is best known for his British new wave group, which revealed that Taylor was diagnosed four years ago while reading a letter he wrote to an audience at a Hall of Fame ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Taylor planned to reunite with his old friends – singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor – but they say he suffered a setback that cost him his life. couldn’t get to Los Angeles from his home in Ibiza.
The ceremony was set to be the first time the five-piece band from Birmingham performed together in 17 years, finalizing their world tour and Astronaut album in 2004.
The group gave their first performance at Saturday’s ceremony and took the stage by performing their 1981 breakout hit Girls On Film.
They continued with a series that included Hungry Like The Wolf and Ordinary World before addressing Taylor’s absence by reading the letter.
“Just over four years ago, I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer,” Taylor wrote.
“Many families have experienced the slowness of this disease and of course we are no different; so I speak from a family man’s point of view but with deep humility towards the band, the greatest fans a group can have and this special award.
“I have the ‘Rodgers and Edwards’ of doctors and medical treatment that until very recently I was able to continue.
“Although my current condition is not immediately life-threatening, there is no cure.”
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Rodgers and Edwards refer to Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, pop producer and founder of Chic, who have worked with Duran Duran throughout their careers.
He continued: “Recently, I was fine after some very complex life-prolonging treatment, that was until a week ago when I failed, and despite the exceptional efforts of my team , I have to be honest that both physically and mentally, I will push my boundaries.
“None of this, however, should or should not detract from what this band (with or without me) has achieved and maintained over 44 years.”
Taylor added that he was “really sorry and deeply disappointed” that he couldn’t attend the ceremony, noting that he even bought a new guitar for the occasion, but that he was “so proud of it” these four brothers” and “overjoyed” when they accepted. this award.
“I often doubted that day would come. I’m sure glad I’m around here to see this day,” he added.
Also introduced at the ceremony were Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar, Eminem, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Harry Belafonte, Judas Priest and Dolly Parton.
Duran Duran formed in Birmingham in 1978 and was one of the biggest artists of the 1980s, with hits including Rio, Wild Boys and the Bond theme A View To A Kill. The three Taylors are not related.
The group has resurfaced recently, releasing their 15th studio album, Future Past, last year and going on a 40th anniversary tour, including the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park , London this year.
They also performed at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace and starred in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
A documentary, A Hollywood High, about their recent rooftop concert in Los Angeles at The Aster Hotel was released this week.
The project also features interviews and archive footage that tells the story of the band’s special relationship with the US city.
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