“Five Years” is, of course, the opening track from Bowie’s classic 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, an LP that inspired all the young dudes from Duran Duran to take up instruments and chase the rock ‘n’ roll dream.
“My life as a teenager was all about David Bowie,” writes frontman Simon Le Bon in a statement posted to Duran Duran’s socials. “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.”
On Friday (Jan. 8), Duran Duran will perform for A Bowie Celebration: Just for One Day, a three-hour live stream concert featuring Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, Peter Frampton, Ricky Gervais, Billie Corgan, Perry Farrell and many more.
Just for One Day! kicks off here at 9PM ET. Tickets start at $25, with proceeds donated to Save the Children, which Bowie supported with ticket sales from his 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden in 1997.
Duran Duran has recorded a handful of Bowie covers over the years, from “Fame” to “Diamond Dogs” and “Boys Keep Swinging” and, in 1987, Duran Duran’s Strange Behaviour tour joined forces with Bowie’s Glass Spider for a run of North America dates.
Bowie died Jan. 10, 2016, just two days after his 69th birthday.
Following Bowie’s death, Duran Duran’s founding keyboardist Nick Rhodes remarked: “There was no question that as a musician, David Bowie was the singular person who inspired me more than anyone else to become a musician.”
Since the release of their hit 1981 single “Planet Earth”, Duran Duran has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, landing 30 top 20 singles in the U.K. along with 21 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Coronavirus restrictions notwithstanding, the band will release a 15th studio album in 2021, the followup to 2015’s Paper Gods which went Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic.
The new wave stars will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a handful of international concert dates, kicking off June 13 at St. Anne’s Park in Dublin, Ireland, and wrapping Oct. 8 with the Touch the Sunrise event in Ibiza, Spain.
Stream Duran Duran’s version of “Five Years” below.