Duran Duran recording new music with Andy Taylor, 62, amid his cancer battle

Andy Taylor left Duran Duran in 2006 (Picture: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Duran Duran are recording a new album with 62-year-old guitarist Andy Taylor.

Taylor, who left the band in 2006, announced his cancer diagnosis in November when the world-famous group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

At the time, Taylor confirmed he’d been battling stage 4 prostate cancer for five years.

Speaking in a new interview, bassist John Taylor revealed their former bandmate has agreed to part of a ‘meaningful’ new record the band’s working on.

Speaking at the Unforgettable Evening in LA event, which raised £1.6 million for the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, Taylor said: ‘When he dropped the bomb two days before the Hall of Fame, it was really shocking and terribly sad.’

According to the Mirror, he added: ‘We’re working on an album right now that is going to be coming out at the end of the year and he’s playing guitar.

The guitarist confirmed in November that he was battling cancer (Picture: Donato Sardella/WireImage)

Duran Duran was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame late last year (Picture: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Frontman Simon LeBon will head to Ibiza to record with Andy in his studio (Picture: Fin Costello/Redferns)

‘Had he come to LA and just gone on the TV show, we probably wouldn’t have even thought about it.’

The musician went on: ‘That [the album] happened as a result of this. There’s a lot of cover songs on the album, songs meaningful to us when we were kids. So having him be a part of that project is great.’

The Girls on Film hitmakers will record most of the record in Los Angeles and London but frontman Simon LeBon will also head to Ibiza to record with Andy in his studio.

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‘LeBon is flying to Ibiza to work with Andy. I kind of wish I was there. I think it’ll be great,’ Taylor confirmed.

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‘It’ll be really profound for them. They haven’t been in the studio together in maybe 10 to 20 years.’

The hitmaker also hinted at the possibility the sessions could feature in a documentary because he suggested they will be filmed, saying: ‘Somebody will have an iPhone on it.’

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