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Duran Duran pay tribute to David Bowie with cover of 'Five Years'; 2021 tour dates on sale now


Fri, Jan 8th 2021 01:35 pm

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Listen to ‘Five Years’

UPDATE: Due to technical difficulties and COVID-19 restrictions, the airing of “A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day!” is postponed for 24 hours. The stream will start at 9 p.m. ET on Jan. 9.

On Friday, internationally acclaimed, multi-Platinum and award-winning pop legends Duran Duran kick-off their 2021 40th anniversary celebrations by going back to where it all began for them, with a stunning stand-alone cover of David Bowie’s timeless classic, “Five Years.”

"My life as a teenager was all about David Bowie. He is the reason why I started writing songs. Part of me still can't believe in his death five years ago, but maybe that's because there's a part of me where he's still alive and always will be,” Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon reveals. “When we got the ‘Ziggy Stardust’ LP and put the needle in the groove, our first taste of its perfection was the song ‘Five Years.’ I can't begin to explain how honored I feel for Duran Duran to be given the opportunity to perform this icon, and to place our name alongside Bowie's for this commemoration of his music."

Listen to Duran Duran’s “Five Years” HERE.

The song comes as part of the highly anticipated global streaming tribute event, set to take place tonight, for what would have been the late and great Bowie’s 74th birthday – and fifth-year anniversary of his passing. Duran Duran will perform “Five Years” live in what is set to be a “spectacular and groundbreaking cinematic virtual experience.”

The track is available worldwide on all platforms. The band will perform a very special live version of it later this evening, on “A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day!” A portion of ticket proceeds will go to the Save The Children organization, a charity important to Bowie. For more information, tickets, VIP packages and exclusive merchandise, go to: http://rollinglivestudios.com/bowie.

The release of the song is just one of 40 initiatives taking place to celebrate the band’s rich and colorful four-decade career, under the umbrella “Duran Duran 40.”

This Summer, Duran Duran will make a welcome return to the stage for some live performances in Europe and the U.K. For more information and tickets, visit http://duranduran.com.

•Tour dates

  • Jan. 8 – “A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day!” – global livestream
  • June 13 – St. Anne’s Park – Dublin, Ireland
  • June 20 – Isle Of Wight Festival – Newport, U.K.
  • June 26 – Rock In Rio Lisboa – Lisbon, Portugal
  • July 4 – Duran Duran at The Lytham Festival – Lytham, U.K.
  • July 7 – Duran Duran at The Scarborough Open Air Theatre – Scarborough, U.K.
  • July 11 – BST Hyde Park – London, U.K.
  • Oct. 8 – Touch The Sunrise – Ibiza, Spain

Kicking off at 9 p.m. ET, “A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day!” will be available for ticketholders around the globe to enjoy live and for 24 hours after its initial stream. With such a wide-ranging lineup of talent, the concert will offer over three hours of music, allowing fans to get comfortable at home, grab a drink and sit back to enjoy, reminisce and experience their favorite Bowie songs as never before – performed by David’s friends, bandmates, and those for whom he was the soundtrack to their lives.

Produced by Mike Garson in partnership with Stacey Sher and Kerry Brown together with Rolling Live Studios, “A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day!” will feature performances from artists including Culture Club frontman Boy George, Pretty Reckless bandleader Taylor Momsen, award-winning comedian and “After Life” star Ricky Gervais, and Ground Control supergroup with Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), and Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), six-time Ivor Novello Award winner Gary Barlow (Take That), Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), William Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins), Oscar-winning actor Gary Oldman, Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Grammy-winning singer Macy Gray, Ian Astbury (The Cult), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz), Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones), Corey Glover (Living Color), Tony-winner Lena Hall, vocal phenom Judith Hill (Grammy winner for “20 Feet From Stardom”), Charlie Sexton (David Bowie, Bob Dylan), Adam Lambert, U.K. chart topping YUNGBLUD, three-time Grammy nominee Andra Day, actor/musician Michael C. Hall, Mott the Hoople icon Ian Hunter, singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Anna Calvi, award-winning musician Atticus Ross, Kind Heaven Orchestra vocalist Etty Lau Farrel, and How to Destroy Angels vocalist Mariqueen Maandig Reznor.

Additional career-spanning artists joining the Jan. 8 global stream include Everett Bradley, Matt Chamberlain, Ava Cherry, Richard Cottle, Greg Errico, Mark Guiliana, Henry Hey, Emir Ksasan, Tony Levin, Geoff MacCormack, Andy Newmark, and Pablo Rosario, plus previously announced alumni including Bowie’s final touring band of Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Sterling Campbell, Gerry Leonard and Catherine Russell, along with Zack Alford, Carlos Alomar, Kevin Armstrong, Alan Childs, Robin Clark, Emm Gryner, Omar Hakim, Clare Hirst, Erdal Kızılçay, Tim Lefebvre, Martha Mooke, Holly Palmer, Mark Plati, Carmine Rojas, Charlie Sexton, Bowie’s longtime record producer and musician Tony Visconti. Special guest appearances will also be made by Nandi Bushell, Mr Hudson, Gaby Moreno, Joe Sumner, Simon Westbrook, The Section Quartet and more.

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