Former Duran Duran Member Andy Taylor Misses Rock Hall of Fame Induction Because of Stage 4 Cancer

Former Duran Duran Member Andy Taylor Misses Rock Hall of Fame Induction Because of Stage 4 Cancer

Andy Taylor was scheduled to attend Duranduran ”s induction into Los Angeles’ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. After performing a medley from their hits, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, and Roger Taylor explained their absence.

LeBon announced that Andy was diagnosed with stage four of prostate cancer four years ago. He read a portion of a letter from Taylor, who had hoped to join the band on stage for the first time in 17 years but his health did not allow him to travel from Ibiza.

Taylor left the band in 1986. He rejoined in 2001 and played guitar on 2004’s Astronaut before leaving again in 2006.

Below is the complete letter.

Dear Simon, John and Roger, Roger, Nick, my fellow Inductees

I wanted to write a personal note to express my gratitude to you all for your amazing career and to share what has happened to us.

First, I want to say how incredible it was to be nominated and even more so to be inducted into RRHOF. Nothing can come close to this recognition. I am proud of all we have achieved together and the way you have carried on. I was a guitarist in a progressive band since the synth days of early eighties. They valued my contribution as a noisy, versatile Northern brat from the moment I met Nick, John and Simon. We all grew up on the same vinyl records and live gigs, from David Bowie to Roxy Music, The Sex Pistols and of course CHIC. I was able to travel to all these places as a player, and developed a hybrid style of guitar that fit this amazing concept OF A BOMB .

I loved going into the studio to record our material. No one else sounds like us. We were ready to learn the art of analog recording. But with a different kit, Nick’s obsession with synth technology was something that I hadn’t seen before. I was also introduced to layers. We were intuitively the right match and we developed quickly. RIO was our second album. With the same confidence that our early success with Girls On Film’ and Planet Earth’, we wrote it.

It’s easy to imagine what might have happened, but it was amazing to actually experience it with your mates.

I want to thank all my brothers in this amazing band.

My family: Tracey, my incredible wife of 40years – Tracey, my incredible children Andy, Georgie and Bethy, not to mention my grandson Albie who’s probably listening online or playing Fortnite!

Paul and Michael Berrows, Dave Ambroses, Terry Slaters, Rob Hallett were the original believers.

The Producers: Alex Sadkin, Colin Thurston, Bernard Edwards, and Nile Rodgers – I also really dig the work with Mark Ronson – I especially admire ‘All You Want Is Now’. That’s a DD tune if I ever heard one.

Also, Merck, Andrew, and Wendy.

The bad news is that there is no bad blood. It is just pure love and respect for all we have accomplished together. What’s the point? There’s no stopping this 44-year thing called “Duran Duran”.

Now, let’s get to the reason why I’m not there:

Just four years ago, I was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic prostate cancer. Many families have suffered the slow burn of this disease, and we are no exception. I speak as a family-man, but with deep humility to the band, the greatest fan a group could have, and this extraordinary accolade.

I am blessed with the Rodgers & Edwards of doctors. My medical treatment has allowed me to continue living my life as normal until recently. My current condition is not life-threatening, but there is no cure. I was doing well after some very advanced life-extending treatment. But, that was only until a week ago, when I experienced a setback that forced me to admit that I was pushing my limits both mentally and physically.

This should not, however, diminish the achievements and longevity of this band (with or with me) for 44 decades. We had a very fortunate life. We were a bit naughty, but we were also very nice, a bit shirty, but very well dressed. But, as I’ve often said, it’s impossible to go wrong when you have a collective, instinctive, similar spirit of creativity combined with ambition and armed with an awesome bunch of fans.

I am truly sorry and deeply disappointed that I was unable to make it. It’s not hard to believe that I was thrilled about everything and even bought a new guitar with all the essential whammy.

I am so proud of these brothers. I am amazed at their endurance and I am thrilled to accept this award. It was a day I doubted would ever come. I’m glad that I’m here to see it.

All My Love


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