Facebook.com/DuranDuranDuran Duran canceled two concerts over the weekend due to the illness of keyboard player Nick Rhodes. A last-minute announcement appeared on the band’s website Saturday, stating Rhodes had been sick for a few days and he’d been advised by doctors not to perform that night at Atlantic City’s new 5,000 seat Revel Ovation Hall. A second gig, scheduled for Sunday at the Stage AE venue in Pittsburgh, was also canceled.
A statement posted Saturday on the band's website reads, “Rhodes, who along with the rest of the band, has now been on the road for almost two years in support of their latest All You Need Is Now album, has been experiencing an array of symptoms that doctors believe could be the result of exhaustion.”
Rhodes apologized to his fans in Pittsburgh via second 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."
The band says it hopes to reschedule the cancelled shows within a few days, so fans should hold onto their tickets and wait for an official announcement of re-scheduled dates.
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