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


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Andy Taylor, guitarist for British New Romantic band Duran Duran at the height of their 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 did not join his 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 note, parts of which were read by frontman Le Bon, Taylor revealed that he received his diagnosis four years ago and spoke of his joy at being inducted into the hall of fame.

Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Andy Taylor, Roger Taylor and Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran

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

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Touching on his health issues, 61-year-old Taylor added: “Many families have experienced the slow burn of this disease and of course we are no different; so I speak from the perspective of a family man, but with deep humility towards the band, the biggest fans a band can have and this exceptional award.”

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

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Taylor said he was “hugely disappointed” to miss the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame show, which was expected to be his first time performing with the band in 16 years, and that he “bought a new guitar have” for the occasion.

“I’m so very proud of these four brothers, I’m amazed at their durability, and I’m thrilled to accept this award,” Taylor said. “I often doubted the day would come. I’m sure glad I’m there to see the day.”

In the letter, which was 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 allowed him to “just rock on” until recently when he suffered a “setback had”. .”

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

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According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.

In response 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 partner, a friend, one of our family won’t be there for very long. It is absolutely devastating. We love Andy very much and you know, I’m not going to stand here and cry. I don’t think it would be very appropriate, but that’s how I feel.”

Formed in 1978, Duran Duran topped the US singles charts in the 1980s with their hits “The Reflex” and “A View to a Kill”.

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