Duran Duran, Blur and Gorillaz tour manager and partner die in Somerset accident


A tour manager who worked with some of the best bands of the day and his partner were killed in the A39 crash in Somerset on Friday.

Craig Duffy who worked with Duran Duran, Gorrillaz and Blur and his partner Sue Parmiter died when their VW Golf was involved in a crash with a Mitsubishi Shogun on the A39 reports the Sun.

During his distinguished career, Mr. Duffy has worked with bands such as Franz Ferdinand, Madness, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fugees, U2, Ramones and Ian Dury.

The “true rock and roll” has also worked with vocalists ranging from Russell Watson to Lily Allen and tributes have poured in from music fans and professionals alike.

Some said he could pull off the near impossible and the Blur fan club tweeted, “RIP Blur Tour Manager Craig Duffy and his partner…

“Sincere condolences to all their family and friends. He will be truly missed.”

The collision happened on the main coastal road between Minehead and Porlock, near the village of Tivington.

Social media say Mr Duffy was returning home after undergoing chemotherapy and they were only two miles from Allerford, Somerset, where they lived.

Gerard Franklin, the former Duran Duran publicist, tweeted that Mr Duffy was a pleasure to work with as he was a team player who treated everyone with the same level of respect, courtesy and kindness.

“He was rock and roll in the truest sense – he lived for the music and loved his football,” he said.

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Mr Franklin said DevonLive“Craig was hands down one of the best tour managers in the music industry.

“He was a gentleman, caring and considerate and the ultimate professional. It was great fun to be with him on tour a real joy.

“He was incredibly helpful to the whole team and the people working on his tours and he was well liked by everyone. He was a music fan first and a tour manager second.

“He lived for his music and his football as a Chelsea supporter. He was a giant in the music industry. It’s rare to find such authentic characters and Craig was the real deal, a real gem.”

Punk band The Damned have known Mr Duffy since 1976 and said he “always had a smile and an anecdote to share”.

Describing him as one of the league’s finest tour managers who had worked with so many artists across all musical genres over a long and successful career, they said: “Much of the history is gone. with his passing and he will be missed by many.”

Mum-of-two, Sue had worked at the Queen Hotel in Portsmouth.

“He was a beautiful, generous, always caring and helpful person.” his bosses would have said.

“Truly gorgeous inside and out, with the most magnificent laughter. Her creativity will live forever throughout the hotel and we will never stop missing her.”


Entec Sound & Light wrote on Facebook: “All of us at Entec are absolutely devastated to learn of the tragic loss of one of our closest friends and a member of the Entec family for many years.

“Craig Duffy and his partner Sue were tragically killed in a car accident on their way home from chemotherapy treatment. Our industry wouldn’t be the same without Craig.”

Lisa Reid posted, “I lost my best friend in the world in a car accident. I will miss you sister and I don’t know what I will do without you.”

Live music promoter Nick Courtney said Ms Parmiter was ‘a beautiful soul who always made time to stop and chat’.

The driver of the Shogun was also rushed to hospital with serious injuries and Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses.

They called on anyone driving along the A39 around 3.30pm on Friday to come forward.

A spokesperson said: “We are appealing for witnesses and dash cam footage following a two-vehicle collision on the A39 between Minehead and Porlock in which two people unfortunately died. .

Witnesses should contact the Force’s Roads Policing Unit by calling 101 and giving the call handler the reference number 5221111873.


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