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12 November 2023

Duran Duran Singer Simon Le Bon: “I Want To Play Glastonbury”

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Duran Duran have spoken of their desire to play Glastonbury and suggested they bring Nile Rodgers along as a special guest in a new interview.

Speaking on the BBC’s Headliners podcast, singer Simon Le Bon said: “I want to play Glastonbury. I don’t want to go as a punter, but I want Duran Duran to get the right slot. Anyway, that’s the conversation that we shouldn’t really have on the air. I’d love to do it. I’d like a night-time slot, to be honest with you, and it’s got to be on the Pyramid Stage.”

When asked whether they’d invite any special guests to join them, bassist John Taylor suggested previous collaborators Nile Rogers and Mark Ronson who have both produced work by the band in the past. Taylor said: “You’d have to bring Nile out and maybe Mark.”

Recalling when he first met Rogers, Taylor continued: “We were backstage with Blondie in New Jersey in ’82, Nile was like ‘I’ve heard you!’ When Duran formed, one of its main influences was Chic. Not many people were saying that at that time. People were burning disco records.

“It was very important to him that a young English band was dropping Chic as an influence at that time, because nobody was doing it. To know Nile is to love him. You want to be friends with him, he’s a very generous man on every level.”

The band were recently announced as one of the headliners of next year’s Latitude Festival. The festival will return to Henham Park, Suffolk, from 25-28 July 2024. Tickets are available here and more line-up announcements have been promised soon.

The much-loved band recently released their 16th studio album, Danse Macabre.

Danse Macabre is the soundtrack to the band’s ultimate Halloween party. Across 13 tracks the band unearth bright melodies from the darkness, threading together new songs, themed covers, and newly reimagined versions of their own ‘spooky’ classics. Danse Macabre features covers of Billie Eilish’s Bury A Friend, Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer (feat. Victoria De Angelis of Måneskin), The Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black, the Rick James-inspired Super Lonely Freak, Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Spellbound, Cerrone’s Supernature and The Specials’ Ghost Town, as well as original tracks.

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