Ahead of their performance at the virtual David Bowie tribute Just For One Day, Duran Duran dropped his cover of the late legend’s “Five Years”.
The band kick the synths to The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the spiders of Mars interpretation, because Simon Le Bon is supported by choristers for the climatic choir. “Your face, your race, the way you speak,” he sings. “I kiss you, you are beautiful, I want you to walk.”
“My teenage life was all about David Bowie,” Le Bon said in a statement. “He’s the reason I started writing songs. 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. 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 have the opportunity to play this icon and place our name alongside Bowie’s for this commemoration of his music.
The band will be performing at Just For One Day on Friday, January 8, on what would have been Bowie’s 74th birthday. Boy George, Adam Lambert, Michael C. Hall, Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan and many more will be performing as well. Tickets for the livestream are on sale now for $ 2. All proceeds will be donated to Save the Children, which Bowie supported with funds from his 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden in 1997.
Duran Duran will celebrate his 40th birthday with a brief overseas tour, which kicks off June 13 in Dublin, Ireland on June 13. They will spend the summer making stops along the UK and will end in Ibiza, Spain on October 8. More information is available on the group’s website.