Duran Duran ain't gonna play Sun City
Duran Duran has canceled their South Africa tour just a week before it was to begin. Various media reports say it's because of poor ticket sales. So far the only on-the-record account blames it on the local promoter. The band hadn't played the country since the early '90s.
"The worst part of this for us is disappointing our South African fans who we were really excited to be performing for again," singer Simon Le Bon said, according to iAfrica.com. "We had planned to debut some of our new record on this run, as well as playing many of the familiar songs from our catalogue. We haven't been to South Africa for a long time - and were looking forward to reconnecting with the audiences there."
Drummer Roger Taylor said in a blog item on the Duran Duran website that it was particularly painful to him, since he had missed the '90s visit to the country. Plus, he's stuck in an arctic storm in the U.K. at the moment.
"When I went out for a 3 hour snowy walk yesterday, the parks and streets were full of unusually congenial people chucking snow balls at each other and drinking mulled wine (which I am sure is actually just heated up Sangria in disguise)," Roger wrote. "I love the extremities of our British climate, and it’s probably why I still live here. I couldn’t bear to be in a City that has no real visible signs of the changing seasons. I’m glad to be here in ‘THE BIG CHILL’, even if I did have to glumly unpack the beach shorts and sun tan cream I had packed in readiness for a South African summer."
The band's new album -- All You Need Is Now -- is set for digital release on Dec. 21. A world tour is expected in 2011.