Duran Duran canceled Saturday night’s Atlantic City show at the last minute due to the illness of keyboardist Nick Rhodes.
An announcement posted on the band’s website Saturday said that Rhodes had been sick for the past few days, and that doctors had advised him not to perform that night at the Revel Ovation Hall.
“Rhodes, who along with the rest of the band, has now been on the road for almost two years in support of their latest All You Need Is Now album, has been experiencing an array of symptoms that doctors believe could be the result of exhaustion,” the statement said.
“I have struggled through the last few nights, hoping that I could simply work through this, but today I felt so unwell I had to see a doctor,” Rhodes says in the statement. “We absolutely hate to disappoint our incredibly loyal fans and cancel a show at the last minute, but unfortunately the doctor has strongly recommended that this is what we do on this occasion – so it is with enormous regret that we are unable to perform in Atlantic City tonight.”
The band says that it is hoping to reschedule the show within the next few days.
Musician will play himself as a survivalist
The singer will play himself in an episode about the survivalism movement whereby people make active preparations for potential global disasters. During the episode, Waits introduces Simpson patriarch Homer to a group of committed “preppers”.
Executive producer Al Jean described the plot as “Homer becomes a prepper”, telling TVLine: “We did a lot of research into the ‘prepper’ phenomenon, where people are convinced that some horrible catastrophe – like an electromagnetic pulse – is going to occur, and that people will have to survive without the grid.”
Jean also revealed that Waits does not sing in the episode, but said that fans will recognise his distinctive voice “in a second”. The episode will air in December (2012) as part of the show’s upcoming 24th season.
Waits released his 17th studio album, ‘Bad As Me’, last October (2011). His next screen appearance will come in Seven Psychopaths, a black comedy film starring Colin Farrell that is scheduled for release this October (2012). He is rumoured to be voicing the character of Gepetto in a new animated movie version of Pinocchio.
According to Rolling Stone magazine “Judging by the plot, the episode might make an interesting companion to the apocalyptic video for “Hell Broke Luce” that Waits released at the beginning of August.”