Duran Duran Shares ‘Black Moonlight’ Featuring Nile Rodgers from Halloween-Inspired Album
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Duran Duran, the iconic British band, is back in the spotlight with their latest single, ‘Black Moonlight,’ featuring the legendary Nile Rodgers and former bandmate Andy Taylor. This hauntingly catchy track is the second of three original songs the band has cooked up for their upcoming Halloween-inspired album, ‘Danse Macabre.’
The song marks a reunion with Nile Rodgers, a longtime friend and frequent collaborator, who previously produced Duran Duran’s 1986 LP ‘Notorious.’ ‘Black Moonlight’ follows the album’s lead single, sharing the same name.
Keyboardist Nick Rhodes, speaking about ‘Black Moonlight,’ emphasized Nile Rodgers’ incredible talent:
“Nile Rogers is a force of nature. When we get into a room, we start playing, and magic happens. Nile always says that CHIC is his first band, and Duran Duran is his second. Thematically, I personally prefer the moon to the sun. Simon took the idea and ran with it.”
The band’s charismatic frontman, Simon Le Bon, chimed in, saying:
“‘Black Moonlight’ is this classic Duran Duran-Nile Rodgers collaboration. When Nile started playing his guitar in the studio, he really inspired everyone with his riff, and the song just kind of wrote itself.”
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Adding to the excitement, former Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor also makes an appearance on the track.
Taylor, who played with the band intermittently from 1980 to 2006, explained that his departure was purely due to “creative” reasons and not personal.
Although Taylor was set to reunite with Duran Duran last year when the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, his treatment for stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer prevented him from attending.
‘Danse Macabre’ is scheduled for release on October 27 via Tape Modern and BMG. The album promises a blend of new original songs, reimagined classics from Duran Duran’s catalog, and some intriguing covers.
Among the covers featured on the album are Billie Eilish’s ‘Bury A Friend,’ Talking Heads’ ‘Psycho Killer’ (featuring Måneskin bassist Victoria De Angelis), The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It Black,’ The Specials’ ‘Ghost Town,’ Siouxsie and the Banshees’ ‘Spellbound,’ and Cerrone’s ‘Supernature.’
Keyboardist Nick Rhodes shed light on the album’s inception, explaining:
“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 humor was simply irresistible.”
“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.”
With ‘Danse Macabre,’ Duran Duran is set to capture the essence of emotion, mood, style, and attitude, continuing to explore the interplay between light and darkness that has always been at the heart of their music.