On what would have been David Bowie‘s 74th birthday, Duran Duran have offered their take on the late legend’s ‘Five Years’, the opening track from 1972’s iconic The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. Listen to their cover below.
“My life as a teenager was all about David Bowie,” Simon Le Bon said in a statement. “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. 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.”
The band is set to appear on a livestreamed tribute show tonight (January 8) called A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day! Boy George, Adam Lambert, Michael C. Hall, Mott the Hoople’s Ian Hunter, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, Macy Gray, Gail Ann Dorsey, Tony Visconti, Rick Wakeman, and more will also perform. Tickets for the three-hour livestream concert are on sale now for $2, with all proceeds being directed to Save the Children.