When Duran Duran was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in November, it turned into a bittersweet moment when the band revealed that former guitarist Andy Taylor was battling stage 4 prostate cancer. Taylor, who has not performed with Duran Duran since 2006, had originally intended to join his former bandmates at the ceremony, although his condition prevented him from doing so.
62-year-old Taylor spoke about his condition in a new interview with Great Britain 5 News, in which he urged men to get tested if they notice symptoms. The musician said he was diagnosed five years ago after going for a run and experiencing “what you would think might be arthritic pain”. She soon noticed lumps that “felt like tumors” on her neck and had a biopsy. Taylor remembered the moment when he received the diagnosis. “I say. I understand.’ [The doctor] “But it’s stage 4, metastatic … which is a death sentence.”
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As for the Rock Hall ceremony, Taylor said: “I’ve had a lot of preparation with those fabulous people.” When he realized he had to skip the ceremony, he came up with plan B. “I wrote a letter to the band just explaining the situation and they very kindly, generously read it before the ceremony,” he said. . “And that’s when it went public.”
In the interview, the guitarist said he felt sharing his health news gave him a platform to talk about prostate cancer. He pleaded with other men to get tested, and suggested that the ladies “stab them, go get tested.” As for his status, he offered. “There are some new treatments that can help me. And I just thought I’m just going to live life. … Every minute is like an hour, every day is like a week You really want to get the most out of life. And I’ve been very lucky. I’ve had so much in terms of living the dream.”
Watch the full interview below.
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