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Andy Taylor, the band’s founding guitarist, has been identified as having stage 4 prostate cancer.
The performer shared his diagnosis in a letter that was read by his former band members on Saturday during their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The band’s classic lineup hadn’t performed together since 2006, therefore the occasion was intended to serve as a reunion.
Taylor stated that he had “purchased a new guitar” for the occasion and was “massively disappointed” to have missed the performance.
Taylor’s letter, which was read aloud to the crowd by singer Simon Le Bon, began: “Just over four years ago, I was diagnosed with stage four metastatic prostate cancer.
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 honor. “Many families have experienced the slow burn of this disease and of course, we are no different,” he said.
Born in Tynemouth, Taylor wrote that he was receiving “sophisticated life-extending treatment” but was unable to attend the ceremony in Los Angeles due to a recent “setback.”
Although my condition is not immediately life-threatening, he continued, “there is no cure.”
One of the biggest pop groups of the 1980s, Duran Duran was founded in Birmingham and was well-known for their extravagant music videos and upbeat, synthesized pop songs.
They opened the show with a hit-filled medley that included Girls On Film, Hungry Like The Wolf, and Ordinary World because they were the first band to be inducted at this year’s Hall of Fame concert.
Along with Judas Priest, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Eurythmics, Pat Benatar, Carly Simon, Eminem, and Harry Belafonte were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Her nomination was initially rejected by Dolly Parton, whose hits include Jolene, I Will Always Love You, and 9 to 5, who later changed her mind.
During her acceptance speech, she exclaimed, “I’m a rock star now!”
“I didn’t really believe I had done enough to merit being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back when they first announced they would do so. I was unable to comprehend at the time. But for me, tonight is a very, very special night.”
The singer then performed a star-studded rendition of Jolene with Pat Benatar, Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics, Simon Le Bon, Brandi Carlile, and Rob Halford of Judas Priest.
Dr. Dre gave the induction speech for Eminem and mentioned that almost everyone he knew had tried to talk him out of working with a white rapper.
But Dre claimed, “I knew that his gifts were undeniable.” I was willing to stake my entire career on the idea that each of us was exactly what the other needed.
Using his speech, Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, paid tribute to the rappers who had influenced him, including early pioneers like Tupac, Chuck D, Outkast, and Snoop Dogg as well as more obscure artists like Lord Finesse and JJ Fad.
He did so in part to draw attention to how little hip-hop is honored in the Hall of Fame.
The guitarist declared, “Man, those were my rock stars.” “And I just want to add that those are just a few of the names I hope will be taken into consideration for induction in the future. Because many of us wouldn’t be here without them. I for one would not.”
Then, Eminem performed his hits My Name Is, Rap God, and Sing for the Moment, the latter of which featured Steven Tyler from Aerosmith, whose voice was sampled in the original song.
Then he introduced Ed Sheeran, who performed Stan live.
Eminem declared, “I’m not supposed to be here tonight,” after his performance. “I’m a rapper, I nearly died from an overdose, and I had to really fight to survive, to name a few things. I studied hip-hop after dropping out of high school.”
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, two of Janet Jackson’s longtime collaborators, were inducted.
Before becoming one of America’s most well-known production teams, the duo began as members of Prince’s side project The Time. They wrote nearly all of Jackson’s singles, including What Have You Done For Me Lately, Rhythm Nation, That’s The Way Love Goes, and Together Again, as well as hits for the SOS Band, Mary J. Blige, Usher, and Mary J. Blige.
Jackson said, “I feel like we broke through the music business together. They taught me so much, and I took their lessons to heart.
“There was pressure when I started working on what would eventually become Control in their hometown of Minneapolis. We had sandbox vibes like we were kids again. There were times when it didn’t even feel like we were recording a record because of how much we talked and laughed.
In 2011, the British metal band Judas Priest performed songs like You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’, Breaking The Law, and Living After Midnight on stage with estranged guitarist KK Downing.
Frontman Rob Halford claimed that he was the band’s only gay member.
“No matter your sexual orientation, physical appearance, or your beliefs or lack thereof, we refer to ourselves as the heavy metal community. Anyone is welcome.”
The Edge of U2 inducted the Eurythmics, Lenny Kravitz inducted Lionel Richie, and Sara Bareilles inducted Carly Simon.
Simon, who recently lost both of her two younger sisters, declined to sing; in her place, Bareilles sang Nobody Does It Better. Olivia Rodrigo then performed a strutting rendition of You’re So Vain.