Andy Taylor, guitarist for British New Romantic group Duran Duran at the height of his fame, is battling stage four prostate cancer.
The band made the announcement Saturday when they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Taylor, who was unable to join his former bandmates John Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor and Nick Rhodes at the Class of 2022 celebrations due to ongoing treatment, penned a letter to mark the occasion.
In the memo, parts of which were read by frontman Le Bon, Taylor revealed he had received his diagnosis four years ago and spoke of his delight at being inducted into the hall of fame.
“There is nothing that comes close to this recognition. You can dream about what happened to us, but to experience it, on your own terms, as teammates, was beyond incredible,” Taylor wrote in the message relayed by Le Bon.
Touching on his health issues, Taylor, 61, added: “A lot of families have experienced the slow burn of this disease and of course we’re no different – so I’m speaking from a family man’s perspective , but with a deep humility towards the band, the great fans that a group can have and this exceptional recognition.”
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 his 2004 album “Astronaut” before leaving again in 2006.
Taylor said he was “hugely disappointed” to miss the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame show, which was to be his first time performing with the group in 16 years, and that he had “bought a new guitar” for the occasion
“I’m so proud of these four brothers, I’m amazed at their durability, and I’m so happy to accept this award,” Taylor said. “I often doubted the day would come. I’m sure glad I came to see the day.”
In the letter later shared in full on the band’s website, Taylor said his condition was incurable but that he was receiving “sophisticated life-prolonging treatment” that had allowed him “mostly” until recently when he suffered a “reversal”. .”
“Although my current condition is not immediately fatal, there is no cure,” he said.
According to the American Cancer Society, about 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 colleague, a friend, one of our family he’s going to be around for a long time. long. It’s absolutely devastating. We love Andy so much and you know, I’m not going to sit here and cry. I don’t think that’s very appropriate, but that’s what I think.”
Duran Duran formed in 1978 and topped the US singles charts in the 1980s with their hits ‘The Reflex’ and ‘A View to a Kill’.