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Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor is suffering from stage four cancer

Duran Duran’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was supposed to include a meeting with one of the band’s former members, Andy Taylor, but he was absent from the ceremony because he is suffering from stage four cancer, his former bandmates said. .

During the ceremony in Los Angeles, Simon le Bon, the frontman of the British band, which enjoyed huge success in the 1980s, read a letter from Andy Taylor. In it, he explains that four years ago he was diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer.

Olivia Rodrigo was among the performers of the evening

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The disease is not “immediately life-threatening,” but “there is no cure,” Taylor wrote. He notes that despite the extraordinary efforts of his team, it would be too much for him both physically and mentally to participate in the ceremony.

“But none of this should detract from what the band has accomplished (with or without me) over 44 years,” Taylor wrote.

Speaking to reporters backstage, Simon le Bon said the news of Taylor’s illness was “absolutely devastating”. “We love Andy. I’m not going to stand up here and cry, I think it’s inappropriate, but that’s how I feel.”he said.

In 2006, the band cut ties with Taylor over “irreconcilable differences” between him and the new wave pioneers.

Former band frontman Warren Cucurulo was also absent from Saturday’s ceremony in Los Angeles.

Otherwise, Lionel Richie shone, “Duran Duran” were tentative but refined as ever. Eminem was Eminem, wrote the Associated Press about the induction ceremony of artists into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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The artists took different approaches to marking Saturday night’s event, but all of them can now forever say they are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also Pat Benatar, Carly Simon, The Eurythmics, Harry Belafonte, Judas Priest and Dolly Parton, who enthusiastically accepted the title, though she had temporarily given it up.

The first inductees into the Hall of Fame at the ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, following a remarkable speech by actor Robert Downey Jr., were Duran Duran, who took the stage with their 1981 hit pilot, Girls on Film. Fans in the audience screamed, but the music was gone, the band barely audible from the stage except for vocalist Simon le Bon, who sounded almost a cappella.

It was a fun, if unsuccessful, start to what had been a smooth and at times triumphant show.

Ritchie and Kravitz

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“His songs are the soundtrack to my life, to your life, to all of our lives,” said Lenny Kravitz, inducting Lionel Richie into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Richie opened his performance with the ballad “Hello,” which nearly collapsed under the weight of the moment. His 1977 hit “Easy” with the Commodores followed, and the mood turned triumphant when Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made a surprise appearance on stage for a guitar solo and vocal partnership with Richie. The crowd’s most violent reaction of the evening came from their performance of 1983’s “All Night Long.”

They were followed on stage by Eurythmics with a danceable version of Missionary Man, followed by an inspiring performance of their most famous hit, Sweet Dreams. Dave Stewart called Annie Lennox “one of the greatest performers, singers and songwriters of all time” and a tearful Lennox replied: “Thank you Dave for this great adventure.”

Absent from the ceremony were Harry Belafonte, who is 95 years old, as well as Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor and Carly Simon.

Eminem was in the role of the exception, as he has been throughout his career. He was the only hip-hop artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the only one to become famous after the 1980s. He is only the 10th hip-hop artist out of over 300 stars in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Duran Duran

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When the nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced in May of this year, Dolly Parton turned her down on the grounds that she was a country singer. In the months that followed, however, she was dissuaded and headlined Saturday night’s ceremony.

Ah, that Eminem!

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“I’m a rock star now,” she exclaimed as she accepted the award. The country singer said she will have to earn the title retroactively. She then left the stage briefly and returned in black leather and an electric guitar to sing a song she had written especially for the ceremony. She closed the show with a rendition of her country classic Jolene, which also featured Simon Le Bon, Benatar and even Judas Priest’s Rob Halford.

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