Duran Duran announces guitarist Andy Taylor has Stage 4 cancer
Updated 6:32 pm EDT, Saturday, September 20, 2016
In this photo provided by the British Music Information Centre, British musician Marc Bolan performs on February 11, 2011 on his “Space Oddity” tour in support of his seventh solo album “The Last Merman.” Bolan died on August 24, 2016. He was 54. Photo: AFP/Getty Images, PA
In this photo provided by the British Music Information Centre, British musician Marc Bolan performs on February 11, 2011 on his “Space Oddity” tour…
Marc Bolan died on Monday night, August 24, in a London hospital following a battle with cancer.
The British musician, who died in London at the age of 54, was the lead singer, and founding bassist, of the iconic hard rock band, Duran Duran.
Bolan’s band included guitarist Andy Taylor, who was one of the few original members still at the band when it split up in 1988 and later joined a short-lived new version of Duran Duran with bassist Chris Sharrock and keyboardist Chris Stein on vocals.
He was also the guitarist on Marc’s solo albums, including 1988’s “Space Oddity” and 1995’s “Garden of Delights,” and recorded a duet with him on his 2008 album, “Bolan’s Back.”
Bolan began his career as part of an all-star band, the Vains of Avon, which included former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and Gary Herne of the Yardbirds and Yardbirds IIUs.
The band formed in the late ’60s, and released a debut album in 1968, “Live at the Starlite Room” by their album cover artist, Robert Freeman, before they found themselves with the Rolling Stones in the late ’70s.
Taylor played on “Garden of Delights,” which was voted the greatest album of 1980 by Rolling Stone magazine. The album, also named as one of the 50 Greatest Albums:
“The Last Merman,” Bolan’s 2007, also included contributions from fellow Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, Ringo’s son bassist Neil Starr, and guitarist Mike Chapman.
The album saw several prominent artists covering some of Duran’s music, including The Moody Blues, The