SAINT PAUL, Minn. - 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 amphitheatre tour next year in support of their current album "Paper Gods." The legendary band, 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 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 more.
Every ticket purchased online for Duran Duran's 2016 headline tour will receive a standard physical copy of "Paper Gods." Fans will receive an email 10-14 days after purchase containing redemption instructions. Festival dates are not included.
Members of the Duran Duran Fan Community will have access to presale tickets and exclusive VIP packages beginning Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. local venue time through duranduranmusic.com. Citi® cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Thursday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details, visit citiprivatepass.com. Fans with the Live Nation mobile app will have access to a password-free presale starting Friday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster-ticketed venues. The app is available via the App Store and Google Play. Tickets for the general public go on sale starting Saturday, Dec. 12 at livenation.com.
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 UK arena tour that wraps up on Dec. 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 Sept. 11 and bowed at No. 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Album chart, earning Duran Duran its highest-charting album in 22 years.
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EVENT:Duran Duran with special guest CHIC Featuring Nile Rodgers
DATE:Saturday, July 23 at 7 p.m.
FLOOR PLAN:End Stage
TICKETS:$29.95 / $39.95 / $64.95 / $94.95 / $134.95
ON SALE:Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m.
DETAILS:Tickets are available at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone using Ticketmaster TDD/TTY, call 800-359-2525. Certain fees may apply.