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Duran Duran To Cover Billie Eilish, Talking Heads And More On New Album 'Danse Macabre'

Wednesday, 30 August 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

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Duran Duran have announced details of their halloween-themed 16th studio album.

'Danse Macabre', due out on October 27, will feature original compositions, reimagined Duran Duran classics and covers of songs from a variety of different artists and bands.

Inspired by a special halloween show Duran Duran played in Las Vegas in 2022, the LP will include renditions of Billie Eilish's Bury A Friend, Talking Heads' Psycho Killer with Måneskin bassist Victoria De Angelis, The Rolling Stones' Paint It Black, The Specials' Ghost Town, Siouxsie and the Banshees' Spellbound and Cerrone's Supernature. Head below to check out the tracklist and cover art.

As a teaser, the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees have shared the LP's title track, which offers an eerie aesthetic through their synthy, new wave sound. Keyboardist Nick Rhodes commented:

"The song Danse Macabre celebrates the joy and madness of Halloween. It is the title track of our forthcoming album, which gathers together an unusual mix of cover versions, reworked Duran Duran songs and several new compositions. The idea was born out of a show we played in Las Vegas on October 31st, 2022.

"We had decided to seize the moment to create a unique, special event…the temptation of using glorious gothic visuals set to a dark soundtrack of horror and humour was simply irresistible."

"That evening inspired us to explore further and to make an album, using Halloween as the key theme," he continued. "The record metamorphosed through a pure, organic process, and not only was it made faster than anything since our debut album, it has also resulted in something none of us could have ever predicted.

"Emotion, mood, style and attitude have always been at the heart of Duran Duran’s DNA, we search for light in the darkness and darkness in the light, and I feel we have somehow managed to capture the essence of all of that in this project."

Duran Duran are currently touring North America alongside Nile Rodgers and CHIC, with dates lined up through to September 23.

Earlier in August, former Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor announced his first solo album in over three decades, 'Man's A Wolf To Man', due out on September 8. 

'Danse Macabre' tracklist:

1. Nightboat
2. Black Moonlight
3. Love Voudou
4. Bury A Friend
5. Supernature
6. Danse Macabre
7. Secret Oktober 31st
8. Ghost Town
9. Paint It Black
10. Super Lonely Freak
11. Spellbound
12. Psycho Killer (featuring Victoria De Angelis)
13. Confession In The Afterlife

Duran Duran Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu August 31 2023 - SAINT PAUL Minnesota - Minnesota State Fair Grandstand (USA)
Fri September 01 2023 - CHICAGO Illinois - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island (USA)
Sun September 03 2023 - CANANDAIGUA New York - Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) (USA)
Wed September 06 2023 - BOSTON Massachusetts - TD Garden (USA)
Thu September 07 2023 - PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania - Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia (USA)
Sat September 09 2023 - PITTSBURGH Pennsylvania - PPG Paints Arena (USA)
Sun September 10 2023 - CUYAHOGA FALLS Ohio - Blossom Music Center (USA)
Wed September 13 2023 - WASHINGTON District Of Columbia - Capital One Arena (USA)
Sat September 16 2023 - DETROIT Michigan - Little Caesars Arena (USA)
Tue September 19 2023 - TORONTO Ontario - Scotiabank Arena (Canada)
Wed September 20 2023 - MONTREAL Quebec - Bell Centre (Canada)
Fri September 22 2023 - NEW YORK - Forest Hills Stadium (USA)
Sat September 23 2023 - ATLANTIC CITY New Jersey - Ovation Hall at Ocean Casino Resort (USA)

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