It is the final week of this part of Duran Duran’s Paper Gods Tour. Tour time moves so fast. I feel like Paper Gods was released just a few weeks ago rather than a year ago (anniversary is a week from tomorrow!) and that they just start playing shows. As this part of the tour comes to a close, I wanted to take a few minutes to summarize some of the latest news, info, reactions regarding this tour.
Saying Good-bye to Chic
This past week, Chic played their final show with Duran. Social media marked the moment with photos and videos. The photos started a few days before including this photo posted on Duran Duran’s social media:
Clearly, the touring family is a large, happy one based on this photo! Then, Nile tweeted about how he is going to miss being on tour with Duran. I think most people who saw the two bands together would say that they, too, will miss him being on tour. There were many, many, many times that I read and heard about how perfect of a bill this was. Usually, fans ignore the “opening band”. In this case, that was impossible. Instead, the shows often felt like there were two genuine headliners. On a personal note, I definitely believe Nile’s appearance on stage with Duran during Notorious breathed new life into that song!
Anyone who has seen Chic live or watch videos of their performances knows that during their final song, Good Times, they bring people on stage with them. This creates a real party atmosphere! Well, apparently, for their final show, a few special guests appeared.
Here is a longer video of this song:
Clearly, there is a lot of love between both bands and I’m sure that Chic will be missed by both Duran and their fans.
Duran Duran is playing in Cancun, Mexico, on December 29th. Earlier this week, the pre-sale information appeared on the DuranDuranMusic website for those fans hoping to get tickets before the general public sale. Today, though, the tickets went on sale through Ticketmaster for everyone. This is a show that would be fun to attend, especially since it is taking place somewhere warm in December when I will likely be driving through snow and wearing a winter coat. Unfortunately, the costs for this show are out of my budget, but I’m sure that everyone who is able to go will have a blast!
Awaiting More Dates
Fans all over the world are anxiously watching and waiting for more tour dates. There are many areas of the world that hasn’t seen a Duran show for many years. Then, there are some areas like South America that has seen/heard touring rumors for 2017 but nothing official has been said. Of course, Duran also stated previously and repeated with the Cancun pre-sale that they are hoping to have one more show on the East Coast of North America before the end of this year. Many fans are hoping for word on that show, sooner rather than later! I know that I’m anxious to see where and when while hoping that it is such that I might be able to squeeze a trip in somewhere.
Until more dates are announced, I am going to focus on appreciating the last few dates in North America for this leg of the Paper Gods Tour by watching videos, looking at photos and reading stories from those in attendance. I hope those fans scream loud enough for me!!