Simon Le Bon, the singer for Duran Duran, has expressed how the band is inconsolable after hearing the sad news that their former guitarist Andy Taylor has cancer that cannot be cured.
He spoke about the prognosis while the band was being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so he obviously found the topic important.
He was quoted as saying, “It is dreadful news to find out that a coworker — no, that’s the wrong thing — a comrade, buddy, or one of our family is not going to be around for very much longer.”
“Although we care deeply about Andy, I’m not going to sit here and cry,” she said. I believe that what you are suggesting would be inappropriate, yet that is how I feel.’
Over the weekend, Andy received confirmation that he is currently battling stage 4 prostate cancer.
Because of his illness, he was unable to make it to the event that was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday alongside Simon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, and Nick Rhodes.
Andy wrote the following in a letter that was then read out loud on stage: “Just over four years ago, I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer.” This cancer has taken its toll on many families, including ours, and it has been a painful and drawn-out process for all of us.
‘None of this needs to or should detract from what this band has achieved and maintained for 44 years,’ he went on to say. I have the utmost respect and admiration for my four brothers.
The news of his illness led a number of well-known figures within the music industry to offer their condolences and pay tribute to him.
Steve Stevens, the guitarist for Billy Idol, posted a photo of the two of them together along with some words that read as follows: “Andy Taylor was the very first artist to sing my accolades in the press.” Wonderful evenings were spent together in New York City around the year 1986.
“I’m thrilled that Duran Duran will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but it’s a real bummer to hear of Andy’s ongoing cancer fight.” I am thinking only good things about you, buddy.
Ricky Warwick, the lead singer of Thin Lizzy, was also quick to pay respect to Andy Taylor, writing on Twitter: “Thinking of my good pal Andy Taylor…sending love, strength, and courage.”
“The news of Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor’s illness is sad,” one grieving fan said. No matter what kind of music you listen to, you cannot dispute the enormous impact that this band has had on music from the 1980s all the way up until the present day.