Duran Duran concert postponed
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British New Wave band Duran Duran, scheduled to play Pittsburgh for the first time in seven years, postponed its concert at Stage AE Sunday due to the illness of keyboardist Nick Rhodes.
The night before, the band cancelled its show in Atlantic City. It was unclear whether Duran Duran would play the Pittsburgh show until the announcement came at around 3:15 p.m. Sunday. Before that, fans lined up at Stage AE for the show noted on Twitter that the lighting and sound equipment was being taken down.
Mr. Rhodes released a statement on Sunday, saying, "I was hoping that after missing last night's show, I would be feeling up to traveling and performing today, but having seen the doctor again first thing this morning, I have been told that I need to continue to rest, pending further tests tomorrow. I feel completely helpless over the situation and all I can do is apologize to our fans -- who I hope know that we would never let them down unless it was totally unavoidable.
"This is the final leg of our world tour -- and I can't tell you how disappointed I am with this outcome."
Duran Duran posted on its website Saturday that Mr. Rhodes had been "unwell" for the past few days, perhaps suffering from exhaustion. The band noted Sunday that doctors now believe the illness "could be the result of a viral infection."
The band is hoping to reschedule the show within the next few days, so ticket-holders are asked hold on to their tickets until further details are announced.
On Sunday, the band's Facebook page was filled with well wishes for Mr. Rhodes from fans, along with some complaints, like this one:
"Massively disappointed in this. To cancel a show within 2 hours of stage time is b.s. Why did they not decide this earlier in the day?
"There was no consideration for the fans that had to travel and made expensive hotel bookings to spend the night in AC for the show."
Duran Duran wasn't the only late August disruption to the Stage AE calendar. Lamb of God was forced to cancel its tour, including last Thursday's date here, when its singer Randy Blythe was detained on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic. He has since posted bail and returned to the United States.
First Published August 27, 2012 12:00 am