Duran Duran Announce 2016 North American tour with Chic Feat. Nile Rodgers as Special Guests

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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.

At almost every venue, 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 10 am local market time via www.livenation.com, with the exception of the July 6 show in Nashville, which will go on sale at a later date. Montreal goes on sale on Dec. 11 at 10am local market time.

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.

Duran Duran’s 2016 Paper Gods Tour dates are as follows:

3/25 & 26 Niagara Falls, Canada --- Niagara Fallsview Casino (No CD available)
03/28 Durham, NC --- Durham Performing Arts Center
03/30 Saint Augustine, FL --- Saint Augustine Amphitheater
04/01 Miami, FL --- Miami Open (No CD available)
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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