Their sound ruled the airwaves and the video waves for many years thanks to their wonderful melodies and incredibly exotic music videos that you would easily see on MTV (yes that happened once believe it or not), and I am speaking of none other than Duran Duran. The band recently announced their 2016 “Paper Gods Tour” to support their latest album of the same name and they will be bringing along Nile Rodgers and Chic as their special guests. Check out the massive press release that I received along with some artwork and the dates. I will return at the close with some additional thoughts.
The Press Release:
December 8, 2015 — (Los Angeles, CA) — In what is promising to be one of the most eagerly anticipated tours of 2016, multi-platinum superstars Duran Duran have announced that they will hit the road for an extensive North American arena and amphitheater tour next year in support of their critically acclaimed album Paper Gods. CHIC, led by guitarist Nile Rodgers, will appear as special guests on almost all of the dates with an additional support act to be announced. Rodgers served as a producer on Paper Gods and has enjoyed a long collaborative history with Duran Duran.
The Paper Gods Tour will kick off on March 28, 2016 in Durham, NC and will be divided into two legs. The first runs through April with shows up and down the East Coast of America into Canada, including Washington DC, Brooklyn, NY, Atlanta, Austin and Montreal. The second leg returns the band to the road stateside in July and continues through early August with shows in Las Vegas, Irvine, San Diego, Toronto and many more.
Every ticket purchased online for Duran Duran’s 2016 headline tour will receive a standard physical copy of Paper Gods. After purchasing their tickets, fans will receive an email within 24-48 hours containing album redemption instructions. Festival dates are not included. Members of the Duran Duran Fan Community will have access to pre-sale tickets and exclusive VIP packages beginning Wednesday, December 9 at 10 a.m. local venue time through www.duranduranmusic.com. Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Thursday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Fans with the Live Nation mobile app will have access to a password-free presale starting Friday, Dec. 11 at 10:00 a.m. [local time] at Ticketmaster-ticketed venues. The app is available via the App Store and Google Play. Tickets for the general public go on sale starting Dec. 12 at www.livenation.com, with the exception of the July 6 show in Nashville, which will go on sale at a later date.
Duran Duran’s four original members: singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor, and drummer Roger Taylor, performed a few special West Coast shows with CHIC around the release of Paper Gods in October before embarking on a sold out UK arena tour that wraps up on December 12. In its review of the band’s recent Leeds show, The Guardian raved that “everything that is wonderful about pop music seems to occupy the triumphant final half hour, as a sea of blondes, brunettes and husbands come together to bellow ‘Planet Earth,’ ‘Girls on Film,’ ‘Rio,’ and the rest. Every arm is raised skyward in a giant communal bonding, an audiovisual illustration of Le Bon’s insistence that ‘music is a healing force.’” Paper Gods was released worldwide on September 11 and bowed at No. 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart, earning Duran Duran its highest-charting album in 22 years.
“Paper Gods Tour” dates:
03/28: Durham, NC — Durham Performing Arts Center
03/30: Saint Augustine, FL — Saint Augustine Amphitheater
04/01: Miami, FL — TBA
04/02: Tampa, FL — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*
04/05: Bethlehem, PA — Sands Bethlehem Event Center
04/07: Uncasville, CT — Mohegan Sun Arena*
04/08: Washington, DC — Verizon Center*
04/11: Montreal, QC — Bell Centre*
04/12: Brooklyn, NY — Barclays Center*
04/15: Atlanta, GA — Philips Arena*
04/16: Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion*
04/19: Dallas, TX — American Airlines Arena*
04/22: Austin, TX — Austin360 Amphitheater*
04/23: The Woodlands, TX — The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
04/24: New Orleans, LA — Smoothie King Center*
07/06: Nashville, TN — Ascend Amphitheater*
07/08: Chicago, IL — TBA
07/09: Chicago, IL — TBA
07/11: Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre*
07/13: Toronto, ONT — Molson Canadian Amphitheater*
07/17: Mansfield, MA — Xfinity Center*
07/21: Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion*
07/23: St. Paul, MN — Xcel Energy Center*
07/24: Kansas City, MO — Starlight Theatre*
07/29: Las Vegas, NV — Mandalay Bay Events Center*
07/30: Irvine, CA — Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre*
07/31: Chula Vista, CA — Sleep Train Amphitheatre (San Diego area)*
08/03: Glendale, AZ — Gila River Arena (Phoenix area)*
*denotes show with CHIC FEAT. NILE RODGERS as Special Guest
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I have a confession to make. Even though I am a tried and true Metalhead from bottom to top and from the inside to the out, there was a time when I loved some bands just as much as the ones bringing me the heavy. Yep. The early years of Duran Duran’s original albums was stuff that I really and truly enjoyed and before locking into a lengthy tenure with some Metal bands as a drummer and I even used to jam out to some New Wave stuff with friends of mine and would have to work on several DD numbers. I think this stuff still rocks and has withstood the tests of time as far as classic music so I am sure that these concerts are going to be something that their fans will remember for a long time. I think its cool also that they get a copy of the new album with their ticket. You cannot go wrong with that at all. I’m going to see if I can be a part of their Brooklyn show at Barclays Center since I have never ever before seen the band in concert but that all depends upon the Metal stuff that might be going on around it. I’ll keep you posted on that as the show draws closer so be sure to be on our Official Facebook or Twitter to know my plans. So what do you think of this particular tour? Is this a band you’d like to cross off your bucket list by seeing as part of an expanding your musical horizons? Let me know in the comments section below.
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