Duran Duran was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame last night, but the night turned somber when Andy Taylor, who was supposed to join the band for a live performance was unable to attend after announcing he was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer.
Singer Simon Le Bon read a letter written by Taylor to the fans which included the statement:
“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 profound humility to the band, the greatest fans a group could have, and this exceptional accolade. I’m truly sorry and massively disappointed I couldn’t make it. Let there be no doubt I was stoked about the whole thing, even bought a new guitar with the essential whammy! I’m so very proud of these four brothers, I’m amazed at their durability, and I’m overjoyed at accepting this award. I often doubted the day would come. I’m sure as hell glad I’m around to see the day.”
Andy Taylor was diagnosed four years ago with incurable cancer. It is not immediately life-threatening but his health was such that he could not attend the ceremony.