Andy Taylor, the founding guitarist for Duran Duran, has been identified as having stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer, the band announced during their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which Taylor was unable to attend due to ongoing treatment.
While presenting a letter from Taylor to the crowd during the Hall of Fame ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the legendary British new wave group revealed that he had been diagnosed four years earlier.
In order to reunite with his former bandmates, singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor, and drummer Roger Taylor, Taylor had been scheduled to fly from Ibiza to Los Angeles. However, according to his bandmates, Taylor had suffered a setback that prevented this from happening.
The five-piece Birmingham band had not performed as a unit since 2004 when they last went on tour and released the album Astronaut. The ceremony was to be their first performance as a unit in 17 years. The group took the stage to perform their 1981 breakout hit Girls On Film as the first act honored during the ceremony on Saturday.
Before addressing Taylor’s absence, they performed a set that featured Hungry Like the Wolf and Ordinary World.