New Wave icons Duran Duran were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame over the weekend, and while celebrating, the band also revealed some sad news: founding guitarist Andy Taylor, who hasn't played with the band since 2006, has been living with stage four prostate cancer. He did not appear at the ceremony, but did send along a letter that, in addition to thanks and recollections of his years in the group, included a long segment about his cancer, calling his physicians the "Rodgers & Edwards of doctors," a reference to Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic with whom the band collaborated on some of their biggest hits. Frontman Simon Le Bon read part of the letter to the crowd:
Just over 4-years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer. 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 have the Rodgers and Edwards of doctors and medical treatment that until very recently allowed me to just rock on. Although my current condition is not immediately life threatening there is no cure. Recently I was doing okay after some very sophisticated life extending treatment, that was until a week or so ago when I suffered a setback, and despite the exceptional efforts of my team, I had to be honest in that both physically and mentally, I would be pushing my boundaries.
However, none of this needs to or should detract from what this band (with or without me) has achieved and sustained for 44 years. We've had a privileged life, we were a bit naughty but really nice, a bit shirty but very well dressed, a bit full of ourselves, because we had a lot to give, but as I’ve said many times, when you feel that collective, instinctive, kindred spirit of creativity mixed with ambition, armed with an über cool bunch of fans, well what could possibly go wrong?
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!