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Duran Duran Explain Nick Rhodes’ Absence from Summer Tour Dates

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Founding Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes will be absent during a string of dates on the band’s summer tour, but they assure fans his exit from the lineup is only temporary.

“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,” reads group’s press release. “The band have just embarked on the third U.S. 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 7 and Saturday July 8).”

As their statement goes on to explain, Duran Duran have drafted singer/songwriter/producer MNDR to stand in for Rhodes while he’s away. Referred to as a “longtime friend and collaborator,” she has opened for the band in the past, and the two acts share a connection in producer Mark Ronson, who manned the boards for Duran Duran’s most recent efforts and enlisted her involvement in his own Record Collection LP.

“I am devastated to be missing even a single date on this tour,” Rhodes wrote of the announcement. “We are having such an amazing time and the shows have been some of the most exciting of our career. I will be back as soon as I can but know, in the meantime, that I am leaving both the band and fans in great hands, with the fabulous MNDR.”

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