Original Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor was unable to attend tonight’s induction party at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Los Angeles to honor the group, as the guitarist was battling health issues related to stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer.
As they entered the rocker hall at the Microsoft Theater, Doran Duran revealed that Taylor, who was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer four years ago, had a relapse due to the diagnosis that did not allow him to fly to Los Angeles from Ibiza, Spain. The band honored Taylor during the concert reading portions of the acceptance speech.
“Just over four years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer. Many families have slowed this disease down and of course we are no different; so speaking from the perspective of a family man but with deep humility to the band, the greatest fans can have band and this extraordinary honor,” Taylor wrote in his speech.
Only a portion of the speech was read during the acceptance speech, but a more detailed version was posted on the group’s website, leading to more details about his setback.
“I have Drs Rodgers and Edwards and medical treatment that until very recently allowed me to get over it. Although my current condition is not immediately life threatening, there is no cure.” Recently I have been fine after some very advanced treatment that prolongs my Age, and that was until a week or so when I had a relapse, and despite the extraordinary efforts of my team, I had to be honest that physically and mentally, it would push my limits.”
Behind the scenes in the press room, Simon LeBon detailed his feelings about Taylor’s condition, briefly.
“It’s devastating news to find out that a colleague…not a colleague – a friend, a member of our family – is not going to be around for long. It’s so devastating. We love Andy dearly. I’m not going to stand here crying or anything, it would be inappropriate, but this is what I feel “.
Then LeBon cut more lines of questioning about Taylor. “Now that we’re out of this way, we can’t go back to it, please,” the singer said, noting that he was too distraught to tackle the topic further.
Duran Duran—named after a character in Jane Fonda’s movie “Barbarella”—was formed in Birmingham in 1978 by keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor, adding drummer Roger Taylor a year later. The group, which was completed in 1980 with the addition of guitarist Andy Taylor and vocalist Simon Le Bon, continued their mainstream success with their 1982 album “Rio”, followed by a slew of MTV video songs including “Planet Earth” and “Is Something Gotta”? To know him” and “Hungry Like a Wolf” dominate the music channel. Andy Taylor’s unconventional guitar work has been a driving force behind the band’s popularity, selling tens of millions of albums, including the Golden Globe-nominated song, “A View to A Kill” from the James Bond movie of the same name.
The original five-piece band remixed for a world tour and “Cosmonaut” album in 2004 and tonight was the first time they’d played together in 17 years, the statement said. It was set to be a special treat for the band’s “Duranies” fan base, which is responsible for Duran Duran’s earning her spot as the best vote-taker in the public vote, scoring 934,880 in her first-ever nomination.
In 2019, Le Bon and bassist John Taylor were on hand to induct Roxy into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In his letter, Andy Taylor acknowledged the influence of Roxy’s music, writing, “We’ve all grown up on the same vinyl records and live gigs, from David Bowie to Roxy Music, Rhe Sex Pistols, and of course CHIC. I can go to all those places as a player and develop a hybrid style for guitar Fits this amazing concept of A BAND…”
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Read Taylor’s entire message below:
Dear Simon, John, Roger, Nick, fellow enlisted men and fellow citizens
I wanted to send a personal note to show all of you my sincerest respect for what a wonderful profession it has been, and also to share what happened to me.
First, may I say what an absolute honor it would be to be nominated, let alone be inducted into the RRHOF. Nothing comes close to this recognition. I’m proud of everything we achieved together and the way you carried on. As a guitarist in a progressive band from the Synth days of the early ’80s, since the day I met Nick, John, Simon, and Roger, they have truly appreciated the contribution of a boisterous and versatile northern brat. We’ve all grown up on the same vinyl records and live gigs, from David Bowie to Roxy Music, The Sex Pistols, and of course, CHIC. I can go to all those places as a player and develop a hybrid guitar style that fits this amazing concept of A BAND…
I loved going to the studio and recording our material. Nobody is like us. We were ready to take in what the art of analog recording was, but with a few different tools Nick’s savvy obsession with synthesis technology was something I had never seen before and was familiar with laymen. Because we were instinctively fit, we developed very quickly, writing RIO as our second album with confidence in our very early success with “Girls On Film” and “Planet Earth”.
You can dream about what happened to us but experiencing it, on one’s own terms, as colleagues, was incredible.
I would like to thank all my brothers in this wonderful band.
My family: my sane 40-year-old wife – Tracy – my adorable kids, Andy, Georgie, Bethy and Izzy, not to mention my grandson Albee, who probably listens online or in Fort-nite!!!
Original Believers: Paul and Michael Perrault, Dave Ambrose, Terry Slater, Rob Hallett.
Producers: Colin Thurston, Alex Sadkin, Bernard Edwards, Neil Rodgers – I’ve also really dig into working with Mark Ronson – I’m particularly impressed with All You Need Now, it’s a DD tune if you’ve ever heard it.
Thanks also to Merck, Andrew and Wendy.
Now for the bad blood, well the good news is that there is nothing, just pure love and respect for everything we wrote, recorded and achieved together. what is the point? There’s nothing stopping this 44-year-old thing called “turnover”.
Now for the reason I’m not here:
A little over 4 years ago, I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer. Many families have experienced slow this disease and of course we are no different; So speaking from the perspective of a family man but with deep humility for a band, the greatest fan a band can have and this extraordinary honor.
I have Doctors Rodgers and Edwards and medical treatment that until very recently allowed me to get through it. Although my current condition is not immediately life threatening, there is no cure. Recently, I have been fine after some very advanced life-prolonging therapy, and it was until a week or so when I had a relapse, and despite the extraordinary efforts of my team, I had to be honest about it both physically and mentally, I was I’ll do it. push my limits.
However, none of this needs or should detract from what this band (with or without me) has achieved and sustained for 44 years. We’ve had a special life, we’ve been a little naughty but really cute, a little sloppy but very well dressed, and a little full of ourselves, because we had so much to offer, but as I’ve said so many times, when you feel the collective, innate, family creative spirit mixed with ambition, Armed with an impressive lineup of fans, well, what could possibly go wrong?
I’m really sorry and very disappointed that I couldn’t do that. There should be no doubt that I was so amazed by the whole thing that I even bought a new guitar with the base hit!
I am very proud of these four brothers; I am amazed at its durability, and I am very happy with this award. I often doubt that the day will come. I’m sure hell glad I’m here to see you today.
All my Love
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