Can they recover from the 'Massacre'?
Duran Duran's "Red Carpet Massacre" tour is finally rolling into North America. The band today announced a 20-city leg of their current world tour.
Beginning on April 29 in Vancouver, the tour hits most of the usual big-city stops -- including Orlando and Boca Raton here in Florida (no Tampa Bay dates). It wraps up May 30-31 in New York, where they're scheduled to play in Central Park.
Tickets for all shows will go on sale to the public on March 15 at 10 a.m. Pre-sale and VIP packages -- available to members of Duran Duran's fan community -- go on sale March 12.
"These are going to be extremely exciting shows for us – taking a very different format to the last world tour we did in 2006," Simon LeBon said on the band's official website. "We have been working on completely different arrangements for some of the older material and will be integrating a lot of our latest record into the performances. We need to keep things fresh – not only for ourselves, but also for our audiences."
The "Red Carpet Massacre" album could use the promotional help. After a decent first week of sales in November, it fell quickly to the bottom and then out of the charts in both Britain and the United States. The album met with mixed reviews from critics, and the new material -- heavily modernized and reliant more on computers than instruments -- chased guitarist Andy Taylor from the band.