Duran Duran was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And then, this happened.

Durannies were thrilled when their band finally made it into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Plans were made for a big reunion performance at the induction ceremony this weekend featuring all the original members. But when the time rolled around, there was no Andy Taylor to be found. Where was the bass player?

The news wasn’t good. During their acceptance speech, the rest of the band explained Taylor’s absence by revealing that he has stage four metastatic prostate cancer, something that was diagnosed four years ago.

The band read a letter he’d written: “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.”

He wasn”t able to attend the ceremony because he recently suffered some kind of “setback.” The good news is that his current condition is “not immediately life-threatening, there is no cure.”

He continued: “Despite the exceptional efforts of my team, I had to be honest in that both physically and mentally, However, none of this needs to or should detract from what this band (with or without me) has achieved and sustained for 44 years.”

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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