by Paul Cashmere, Noise11
Duran Duran founder Nick Rhodes has left the band temporarily “to attend an urgent family matter”.
Duran Duran broke the news as the band sets off on the third leg of the Paper Gods tour in the USA.
Nick has been replaced by American singer songwriter and keyboard player MNDR (Amanda Warner) for the time being. Warner was heard on Mark Ronson’s 2010 hit Bang Bang Bang and more recently featuring on Flume’s Skin album performing on the song Like Water.
Duran Duran were expected to announce an Australian tour about now with special guests Pet Shop Boys but the announcement failed to surface last week. It is now unsure if this situation is the cause of the Australian tour news delay.
Duran Duran statement
Regrettably, keyboardist Nick Rhodes will be leaving the current Duran Duran tour tomorrow for a short period of time, to return to the UK to attend to an urgent family matter. The band have just embarked on the third US leg of their Paper Gods tour, which kicked off last night in Nashville. They are currently in Chicago, where they play two nights at the Ravinia Pavilion (Friday July 8 and Saturday July 9).
Nick will be temporarily replaced by long-time friend and collaborator, artist MNDR.
Speaking this afternoon from Chicago, Nick said “I am devastated to be missing even a single date on this tour. We are having such an amazing time and the shows have been fantastic. I will be back as soon as possible but know, in the meantime, that I am leaving both my band mates and the fans in incredibly good hands, with the amazing MNDR.”