Tributes paid to former Blur and Duran Duran tour manager Craig Duffy, who has died in a car crash

Nichole S. Gehr

Tributes are staying paid out to former Blur and Duran Duran manager Craig Duffy and his spouse Sue Parmiter, who have died in a vehicle crash. Their fatalities were confirmed by Duran Duran’s former publicist Gerard Franklin, who led the tributes, telling Devon Dwell: “Craig was with no dilemma 1 of the […]

Tributes are staying paid out to former Blur and Duran Duran manager Craig Duffy and his spouse Sue Parmiter, who have died in a vehicle crash.

Their fatalities were confirmed by Duran Duran’s former publicist Gerard Franklin, who led the tributes, telling Devon Dwell: “Craig was with no dilemma 1 of the most effective tour supervisors in the music company.

“He was a gentleman, caring and considerate and the final experienced. He was fantastic fun to be around with on tour a serious joy. He was very handy to all the crew and men and women doing the job on his tours and was liked by everyone. He was a music fan very first and a tour manager 2nd.”

Franklin continued: “He lived for his new music and football being a Chelsea supporter. He was a giant of the new music marketplace. It is unusual to obtain this sort of characters who are real and Craig was the serious deal, a actual gem.”

In accordance to Devon Stay, Duffy and Parmiter were concerned in a collision between Minehead and Porlock, in close proximity to Tivington, on Friday (May well 21). A third particular person was wounded and taken to medical center.

Father-of-two Duffy, who was undergoing therapy for throat most cancers, was effectively recognized in the new music marketplace for his work with the likes of Blur, Duran Duran, Gorillaz, Fugees, Franz Ferdinand, Lily Allen, Radiohead, Pink Scorching Chili Peppers, Madness and U2.

Parmiter, herself a mother of two, experienced labored at the Queen Hotel in Portsmouth.

Tributes have begun to pour in for the pair. Duran Duran bassist John Taylor wrote on the band’s official web page: “It is with excellent sadness we learnt these days of the tragic passing of Craig Duffy: buddy, new music man and just one of the Wonderful Tour Professionals Of All Time.

“Craig and I spent a lot of touring hours trawling utilised vinyl bins all around the world. There was no much better document procuring affiliate than Craig, and if you know me, you are going to know there is no better testament to a friendship than that.”

He included: “I will actually pass up you, you fucker. I hope for your sake they perform The Clash in heaven.”

The band’s keyboardist Nick Rhodes claimed: “We are all heartbroken to hear the stunning news that Craig Duffy and his associate Sue Parmiter have died in a car incident.

“Craig was a greater than life character and a pleasure to be about. He the moment won the accolade of tour supervisor of the calendar year at an field party, so for us he was often ‘Craig Duffy, tour manager of the year’.

He concluded: “Despite our jest, Craig lived up to to his title, he was variety, quiet and realized how to steer the ship. We invested a longtime jointly on tour and we will for good treasure people memories, he remained a punk rocker at coronary heart with a enormous sense of humour, he will be drastically missed. Our ideas are with his household and good friends.”

Blur’s Dave Rowntree wrote: “Have used the working day making an attempt to come to phrases with the actuality that my close friend Craig is no for a longer time with us. My coronary heart goes out to his household.”

Ideal Reported Fred tweeted: “Extremely shocked and saddened to hear that Craig Duffy and his lover Sue died in a vehicle crash yesterday.

“Craig was our tour supervisor in the 90s, we not often agreed on anything at all but we had stayed in touch and remained mates. He was a great dude and an superb TM. Rest in peace.”

The Damned took to Fb to share a tribute. “I very first fulfilled Craig about 1976 when he was just a child doing work for John Curd,” they wrote. “He was and remained enthused with music, generally had a smile and an anecdote to share.

“Over the several years he turned a incredibly deserved leading of the league tour supervisor who, on and off, we labored with as without a doubt he seemed to have labored with so many artists from all genres of songs in a lengthy and profitable job. A big chunk of background has disappeared with his passing and he will be skipped by quite a few.”

They additional: “My deepest sympathies go out to his family at this most tragic time.”

RIP Craig Duffy. I to start with satisfied Craig all around 1976 when he was just a kid functioning for John Curd. He was and remained…

Posted by The Damned on Saturday, May perhaps 22, 2021

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