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Up Close & Personal Tour 2001

Does anyone remember Wes Wehmiller and Joe Travers?

They played bass and drums, respectively, for Duran Duran while touring in the early 2000s.

Wes Wehmiller  was born in New York City and grew up in Pennsylvania and Delaware. He was a very accomplished bass player, and studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston on a scholarship.  After college, he moved to Los Angeles and formed his own band, I Claudius. When John left Duran Duran, Warren brought Wes on board as a bassist. He remained with Duran Duran until 2001 when John returned. He remained a friend to many Duran Duran fans following his departure. Wes died in 2005 from thyroid cancer.

Joe Travers was born in Pennsylvania, and also attended the Berklee School of Music. Familiarly, he worked with  Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa’s band Z, and was brought on board to play with Duran Duran for their Latest & Greatest Tour by Warren.  He has continued to work with Warren in the years following their departure from Duran Duran.

Wes and Joe began Duran Duran’s Up Close & Personal Tour, which started on this date in 2001 at the Houston Rodeo in the Houston Astrodome. This is interesting given that there were only a few weeks between the end of the Pop Trash tour and this one, which seemed to take place in much smaller venues, for the most part. (Hence the name of the tour!)