Duran Duran has released a cover of the classic David Bowie song “Five Years” in honor of what would have been the late artist’s 74th birthday.
In an interview with People of the cover, singer Simon Le Bon said, “When we got the LP ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and put the needle in the groove, our first glimpse of its perfection was the song ‘Five Years’. I can’t begin to explain how honored I am for Duran Duran to have the opportunity to perform this icon and place our name alongside Bowie in this commemoration of his music.
Further detailing Bowie’s influence on himself, Le Bon added, “He’s the reason I started writing songs. A part of me still can’t believe he died 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 will perform “Five Years” live tonight (January 8) at the live event “A Bowie Celebration: Just for a Day!”. In addition to Duran Duran, the all-star event will feature a stacked lineup of musicians and other celebrities, including Trent Reznor, Adam Lambert, Billy Corgan, Perry Farrell, Lzzy Hale, Ian Hunter, Joe Elliott, Atticus Ross , Gavin Rossdale, Peter Frampton, Tony Visconti, Ricky Gervais, Boy George and a supergroup dubbed Ground Control consisting of Corey Taylor from Slipknot/Stone Sour, Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters and Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney from Jane’s Addiction.
Virtual tickets for “A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day!” starting at $25, with additional packages available with exclusive products and other experiences. From each virtual ticket sold, $2 will be donated to save the childrenan organization Bowie supported for many years and raised funds for at his 1997 50th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden.
For more details on “A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day!”, head over to RollingLiveStudios.com.
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