Tributes to former Blur and Duran Duran tour director Craig Duffy who died in car crash


Tributes are paid to former Blur and Duran Duran manager Craig Duffy and his partner Sue Parmiter, who died in a car crash.

Their deaths were confirmed by former Duran Duran publicist Gerard Franklin, who led the tributes, recounting Devon Live: “Craig was without a doubt one of the best tour directors in the music business.

“He was a gentleman, caring and considerate and the professional par excellence. It was a lot of fun to be with him on tour, a real joy. He was incredibly helpful to the whole team and people working on his tours and was appreciated by everyone. He was first a music fan and then a tour director.

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

According to Devon Live, Duffy and Parmiter were involved in a collision between Minehead and Porlock, near Tivington, on Friday May 21. A third person was injured and taken to hospital.

The father of two, Duffy, who was undergoing treatment for throat cancer, was well known in the music industry for his work with Blur, Duran Duran, Gorillaz, Fugees, Franz Ferdinand, Lily Allen, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers. , Madness and U2.

Parmiter, herself a mother of two, had worked at the Queen Hotel in Portsmouth.

Tributes started pouring in for the pair. Duran Duran bassist John Taylor wrote on the band’s official website: “It is with great sadness that we learned today of the tragic passing of Craig Duffy: friend, musician and one of the great directors. tour of all time.

“Craig and I have spent many hours on the road searching for used vinyl bins around the world. There was no better record shopping associate than Craig, and if you know me, you will know that there is no better sign of friendship than this.

He added: “I will really miss you, asshole. I hope for your good that they play The Clash in Heaven.

Group keyboardist Nick Rhodes said: “We are all heartbroken to hear the shocking news that Craig Duffy and his partner Sue Parmiter died in a car accident.

“Craig was a larger than life character and a joy to be around. He once won the title of Tour Director of the Year at an industry event, so for us he has always been” Craig Duffy, Tour Director of the Year ”.

He concluded: “Despite our joke Craig lived up to his title, he was kind, calm and knew how to steer the ship. We spent a lot of time together on tour and we will cherish these memories forever, he remained a punk rocker at heart with a huge sense of humor, he will be sorely missed. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. “

Dave Rowntree from Blur wrote: “I’ve spent the day trying to come to terms with the fact that my friend Craig is no longer with us. My heart goes out to his family.

Right Said Fred tweeted: “Extremely shocked and saddened to learn that Craig Duffy and his partner Sue died in a car accident yesterday.

“Craig was our tour manager in the 90s, we rarely agreed on anything but we kept in touch and remained friends. He was a great guy and a great MT. Rest in peace.”

The Damned took to Facebook to share a tribute. “I first met Craig around 1976 when he was just a child working for John Curd,” they wrote. “He was and remained enthusiastic about the music, always had a smile and an anecdote to share.

“Over the years, he became a much-deserved senior league tour manager with whom every now and then we worked, as he indeed seemed to have worked with so many artists of all musical genres at the course of a long and successful career. Much of the story is gone with his passing and he will be sadly missed. “

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

RIP Craig Duffy. I first met Craig around 1976 when he was just a child working for John Curd. He was and remained …

Posted by The Damned on Saturday, May 22, 2021

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