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The Duke Spirit Is Fleeing Daytona Beach, Seeking Refuge at Fillmore Miami Beach

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English rock band The Duke Spirit is due to open for Jane's Addiction at the Fillmore Miami Beach this Friday. But right now, singer Leila Moss and her crew are lost somewhere outside of Daytona Beach with an angry gas station attendant on their tail.

"We have no idea where we are," singer Moss told Crossfade moments ago. "Our tour manager spilled some gas at the pump and a woman ran out after us, yelling, 'That's your motherfucking fault, dude!'

"There was this theatrical showdown until we hit the gas and she chased after. I think we've lost her. But the day's been a bit hairy since breakfast."

If Moss and friends ever make it to Miami, they'll be glad to be back. The band has been here twice before.

"One of the songs on our new album, Bruiser, 'Everybody's Under Your Spell' is inspired by a cab driver we had in Miami called Fritz Excellent. An amazing character," Moss remembers. "So I'll probably just stroll up and down the street, hailing yellow cabs and hoping to see him again."

"We'll be cranking up the energy to get the room ready for Jane's Addiction," Moss says. "Keeping it short, sweet and aggressive.

"Ever since the tour has gotten to Florida, it's felt like a street festival. In Jacksonville, there was a trumpet player busking out front, a tattoo artist doing work in the foyer, people painting. It was a medieval carnival.

"In Miami, we're expecting things to go off."

Jane's Addiction with The Duke Spirit. Friday, May 18. Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets cost $45.50 to $65.50 plus fees via livenation.com. Visit fillmoremb.com.

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