The Guitarist And Secondary Bassist For Duran Duran And The Power Station's Diagnosis Was Revealed To The World During His Band's Induction Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Last Week
80's Icon Andy Taylor Diagnosed With Stage Four Prostate Cancer
The musician Andy Taylor, best known for his work as the guitarist and secondary bassist for 1980s New Wave groups Duran Duran and The Power Station, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Prostate Cancer.
The news was first made in private to Duran Duran members Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, and Rodger Taylor before being made public via the band's acceptance speech into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame which took place last Saturday.
During the speech, lead singer Simon Le Bon stated on Andy's behalf: "Many families have experienced the slow burn of this disease, and of course we're no different.
So I speak from the prospective of a family man but with profound humility to the band, the greatest fans a group can 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, or if I would live old enough to see it happen, I'm sure as hell glad I'm still around to see the day".
The band first formed in the West Midlands dystopia which is Birmingham in 1978 and the original line up was made up by singer Simon Le Bon, bassist John Taylor, guitarist and secondary bassist Andy Taylor, and drummer Rodger Taylor (None of the three Taylors are siblings contrary to popular belief).
Though they got their foot into the door with their 1980 self titled/debut album, it wasn't until 1982's Rio was released that fans queued around the block for Duran Duran's records, cassettes, and concert tickets.
Over the years as their music got more elaborate, keyboardist Nick Rhodes and guitarist Warren Cuccurullo would be added into the band in order to perform certain songs live (Often on short notice or during recording sessions).
Following the break up of Duran Duran in 1984, both the Taylors and Le Bon went their separate ways to form their own respective bands.
Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, and Rodger Taylor formed the band Arcadia whist John Rhodes and Andy Taylor along with solo singer Robert Palmer and Chic's former drummer Tony Thompson formed The Power Station (The more successful of the two Duran Duran offshoots).
In 1985, Duran Duran reunited and did the theme for that year's James Bond film: A View To A Kill.
The news came as a shock for both the band's members and their large fanbasses on both sides of the Atlantic, as the group started to make new material for the first time since 2003 and began touring once more (At least in the UK), hosting banging gigs at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in Birmingham along with their traditional Manchester venue, and also performed for the late Queen Elizabeth II during her Platinum Jubilee earlier this year.
The Cancer diagnosis has reminded many of the tragic passing of Adam "MCA" Yauch who died of Salivary Gland Cancer on the 4th of May 2012, after fronting the successful Punk-Rock turned Rap-Hip Hop group The Beastie Boys along with best friends Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz since 1978.
Andy Taylor has not announced how much longer he's got to live, not to his Duran Duran band mates or the public, at this time.