Duran Duran cancels rest of tour in wake of Nick Rhodes' illness

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 30: Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes performs at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as the band tours in support of the album, "All You Need Is Now" September 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Ethan Miller

Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes performs at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Sept. 30, 2011, in Las Vegas.
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(CBS News) Duran Duran has been forced to cancel its remaining tour dates so keyboardist Nick Rhodes can recover from a recent illness. He's "too unwell to perform," a statement revealed on Tuesday.

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The move comes after the British group scrapped four U.S. tour dates this past week. Duran Duran has been in the homestretch of its two-year "All You Need is Now" world tour, which was scheduled to wind down Sept. 1 in Rama, Ontario.

"Rhodes, who has been unwell now for over a week, was advised by doctors today that he is not yet ready to perform, as he is still experiencing the same symptoms that have kept him from the stage for the last few nights," the statement explained.

The band members are "devastated that what has been a triumphant tour for them, with many highlights, has ended this way - and know that the fans will be as disappointed as they are. Nick held out all week, hoping that he would be well enough to perform again for these final few shows, but unfortunately the medical advice he has been given today requires him to continue to rest," the statement continued.

No specifics were given about the keyboardist's illness. An earlier statement said doctors believed it could have been a result of exhaustion, while a later update mentioned a potential "viral infection."

Duran Duran had been on the road behind 2010's "All You Need is Now."

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