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TORN VOCAL CORD PUTS DURAN DURAN TOUR ON HOLD

Duran Duran put its U.S. tour on hold indefinitely Friday because lead singer Simon LeBon has serious throat trouble.

His doctors reported he "has a torn vocal cord and his throat is in an ulcerated condition."The damage is not permanent, but LeBon has been put on antibiotics and told to rest for at least a few weeks.

"We are devastated that we're unable to play for now," keyboardist Nick Rhodes said. "It came as a great shock to us that Simon had torn a vocal cord. The shows we've done so far on the tour has all been a great success. However, we're left with no option but to postpone the shows because of the possibility of jeopardizing Simon's voice permanently before it has the chance to heal."