When Duran Duran was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, guitarist Andy Taylor was notably absent. His bandmates read a letter on stage, however, in which Taylor revealed to the Los Angeles crowd that he had stage 4 prostate cancer.
“A little over 4 years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer,” Taylor wrote in the letter, which has since been posted on Duran Duran’s website. “Many families have experienced the slow burn of this disease and of course we are no different.”
The 61-year-old added that Duran Duran had ‘the biggest fans a band can have’ and called the induction a ‘huge honour’. Although Taylor explained that his diagnosis was not “immediately” life-threatening, he reminded everyone that “there is no cure.”
“Recently I was fine after very sophisticated life extension treatment, this was until about a week ago when I suffered a setback,” he wrote, “and despite the exceptional efforts by my team, I had to be honest in that both physically and mentally, I would push my limits.
Lead singer Simon Le Bon read the heartbreaking letter after opening the ceremony with a medley of Duran Duran hits including ‘Girls on Film’, ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’ and ‘Ordinary World’ with bandmates Nick Rhodes and Roger and John Taylor, according to Rolling Stone.
Andy Taylor joined the group in 1980 only to leave in 1986 – and reunited with the group in 2001 only to start again in 2006, according to Entertainment Weekly. He effusively recounted in the letter how much the group “has accomplished and sustained for 44 years” and said that “we have had a privileged life”.
“Let there be no doubt that I was thrilled with it all, I even bought a new guitar with the essential whammy!” Taylor wrote. “I am so proud of these four brothers. I am amazed at their durability and am delighted to accept this award.
“I often doubted the day would come,” Taylor added. “I’m sure I’m glad to be here to see the light of day.”
The induction ceremony will be available to stream on HBO Max on November 19.