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Duran Duran announces new album “Danse Macabre”, drops title track

Author Hernan Osuna - 31.8.2023

English rock pop titans Duran Duran have announced their upcoming 16th studio album, “Danse Macabre”, set for release on October 27th via Tape Modern/BMG. The album is a collection of original songs inspired by Halloween, along with covers that have inspired the band throughout the years.

Along with the album announcement, the UK group has also shared the record’s title track, “Danse Macabre,” as a lead single. You can listen to it below.

The LP will feature collaborations with Nile Rodgers and Måneskin’s Victoria De Angelis. It has been described by keyboardist Nick Rhodes as, “an unusual mix of cover versions, reworked Duran Duran songs and several new compositions.”

Among the covers included on the album are renditions of Billie Eilish’sBury a Friend,Talking Heads’Psycho Killer,The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black,Siouxsie and the Banshees’Spellbound, Cerrone’s “Supernature,” and The Specials’ “Ghost Town.

The 13-track “Danse Macabre” was inspired by a show the band played in Las Vegas on October 31, 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 humor was simply irresistible,” said Nick Rhodes. “That evening inspired us to explore further and to make an album, using Halloween as the key theme. 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.”

The keyboardist continued, “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.”

Pre-order “Danse Macabre” here.

Duran Duran “Danse Macabre” Track Listing
01-“Nightboat” (originally on Duran Duran)
02-“Black Moonlight” (new original song)
03-“Love Voodoo” (originally on The Wedding Album)
04-“Bury a Friend” (Billie Eilish)
05-“Supernature” (Cerrone)
06-“Danse Macabre” (new original song)
07-“Secret Oktober” (originally a B-side for “Union of the Snake”)
08-“Ghost Town” (The Specials)
09-“Paint It Black” (The Rolling Stones)
10-“Super Lonely Freak” (combines Duran Duran’s “Lonely in Your Nightmare” and “Super Freak” by Rick James)
11-“Spellbound” (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
12-“Psycho Killer” (Talking Heads)
13-“Confession in the Afterlife” (new original song)

Duran Duran 2023 Tour Dates:
8/26 – T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, NV*
8/28 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO*
8/29 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO*
8/31 – Minnesota State Fair – St. Paul, MN*
9/01 – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island – Chicago, IL*
9/03 – CMAC – Canandaigua, NY*
9/06 – TD Garden – Boston, MA*
9/07 – Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA*
9/09 – PPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh, PA*
9/10 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH*
9/13 – Capital One Arena – Washington, DC*
9/16 – Little Caesars Arena – Detroit, MI*
9/19 – Scotiabank Arena – Toronto, ON*
9/20 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC+
9/22 – Forest Hills Stadium – Queens, NY**
9/23 – Ocean Casino Resort – Ovation Hall – Atlantic City, NJ

** w/ Grace Jones, Nile Rodgers & Chic and Bastille
*w/ Nile Rodgers & Chic and Bastille
+w/ Nile Rodgers & Chic