Eighties new wave/synth pop band Duran Duran announced that they will spend the spring and summer of 2016 touring in support of their latest album.
The Paper Gods Tour will kick off in Durham, North Carolina, on March 28, 2016. Disco icons CHIC, led by guitarist Nile Rodgers, will join the band on almost every date of the tour, with an additional support act to be announced at a later date.
The tour will be divided into two legs. The first will run through April and includes shows up and down the East Coast and Canada including Brooklyn. The second leg of the tour keeps the band stateside in July and August including shows in Toronto, Boston and Philadelphia.
Paper Gods was released worldwide on Sept. 11 and peaked at No. 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart, earning Duran Duran its highest-charting album in 22 years. Since the 1980s, Duran Duran have placed 21 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 including Not. 1 hits “A View to a Kill” and “The Reflex” and have sold more than 100 million records worldwide. The band became most notable for their use of music video and were awarded with a MTV Life Time Achievement Award in 2003.
Rodgers served as a producer on Paper Gods and has enjoyed a long collaborative history with Duran Duran including the band’s hit singles “The Reflex” and “Wild Boys” as well as the 1986 album Notorious. CHIC found success in the late ’70s with the disco hits “Le Freak” and “Good Times.” In October 2015, CHIC was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the 11th time.
Four of the five band’s original members — singer Simon LeBon, bassist John Taylor, keyboardist Nick Rhoades and drummer Roger Taylor — performed several West Coast shows with CHIC shortly after the release of Paper Gods this past October. Shortly after the albums release, Duran Duran embarked on a sold-out U.K. arena tour that wraps up on Dec. 12.
Members of the Duran Duran Fan Community will have access to pre-sale tickets and exclusive VIP packages beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, through the band’s website. Citi card members will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, through Citi’s Private Pass Program. Fans with the Live Nation mobile app will have access to a password-free pre-sale starting at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Ticketmaster-ticketed venues. Tickets for the general public go on sale starting Dec. 12 at Live Nation.
Duran Duran’s 2016 Paper Gods Tour dates
03/30/16 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheater
04/02/16 Tampa, FL Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheater
04/05/16 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
04/07/16 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
04/08/16 Washington, DC Verizon Center
04/11/16 Montreal Bell Centre
04/12/16 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Arena
04/15/16 Atlanta, GA Phillips Arena
04/16/16 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
04/19/16 Dallas, TX American Airlines Arena
04/22/16 Austin, TX Austin 360 Amphitheater
04/23/16 Houston, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
04/24/16 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
07/06/16 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater
07/11/16 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Center
07/13/16 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheater
07/17/16 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
07/21/16 Philadelphia (Camden, NJ) BB&T Pavilion
07/23/16 Minneapolis, MN Xcel Energy Center
07/24/16 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
07/29/16 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
07/30/15 Irvine, CA Irvine Meadows Amphitheater
07/31/16 San Diego, CA Sleep Train Amphitheater
08/03/16 Phoenix, AZ Gila River Arena