“David Bowie’s apocalyptic vision in the song ‘Five Years’ was written almost half a century ago, yet it seems ever more poignant today,” Duran Duran’s keyboardist Nick Rhodes said in a statement. “Although it is five years since David left Planet Earth, his vast catalogue of songs remain as significant and inspirational as they always have been. Mike Garson’s heartfelt celebration show was a testament to the breadth of influence that David had on other musicians. It was also a display of the deep affection and gratitude for what he gave to us all.”
Duran Duran is commemorating another special date — their own 40th anniversary as a group — by starting a new Pandora program called Duran 40, which is dedicated to their greatest hits and fan-favorite tracks. The band also kicked off a new WHOOOSH! SiriusXM program, where lead singer Simon Le Bon and his co-host, the band’s director of digital media Katy Krassner, chat about and play some of their favorite records.
Watch Duran Duran’s official “Five Years” Bowie cover video below.