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Updated: Mar 7

The English New Wave legends Duran Duran, which consists of Simon Le Bon (vocals), Nick Rhodes (keyboards) , John Taylor (bass), and Roger Taylor (drums), have revealed the official music video for their latest track and album namesake Danse Macabre. This stunning new video, helmed by creative director Linc Gasking, features cutting-edge, AI-driven techniques, some of which were launched only last weekend. Ultimately, a 3D animated masterpiece has been created that normally would have required an entire crew, a significant budget, and a year of work.

"I like the idea that if you can imagine something you can make it come to life, well at least in animated form… With the Danse Macabre video we did exactly that. We began by deciding who would be on the ultimate Halloween party guest list, then a selection of witches, mythical beasts, vampires and demons were rapidly developed, using the latest AI animation techniques. I was truly astonished when I first started to see the results. It was something that would have previously taken a team months in an animation studio, but it was all happening almost instantly in front of our eyes." - Keyboardist Nick Rhodes on "Danse Macabre" video.

"We are at the beginning of a new medium of storytelling, with a camera directly into the imagination.” - Director Linc Gasking

Watch the official music video for Danse Macabre HERE. Or click the thumbnail below.

The band recently announced their highly anticipated 16th studio album: Danse Macabre. The record is due for release on October 27, just in time for Halloween, on Tape Modern via BMG and available to pre-order HERE.

The soundtrack to Duran Duran's ultimate Halloween party, Danse Macabre, was inspired by their October 31st Las Vegas performance.In 13 tracks, the band weaves together new songs, themed covers, and reimagined versions of their own 'spooky' classics, all while exhuming bright melodies from the darkness.

Title track ‘Danse Macabre’ is the first of three brand new songs from this full-length. As distorted, growling synthesizers scream around Simon Le Bon's swaggering verses, a handclap-laden hook hypnotizes the listener. The song also features former guitarist Warren Cuccurullo. This is the first collaboration between Cuccurullo and the band since 2001. They also teamed up with producer Mr Hudson, displaying the chemistry they developed on the Paper Gods album.

Listen to ‘Danse Macabre’ HERE.

The song ‘Danse Macabre’ celebrates the joy and madness of Halloween. It is the title track of our forthcoming album, which gathers together an unusual mix of cover versions, reworked Duran Duran songs and several new compositions. 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. - Nick Rhodes on "Danse Macabre"

Danse Macabre follows a wave of landmark achievements for Duran Duran. Their 2022 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Famemarked yet another career peak with the year already having seen the band headline London’s Hyde Park, perform at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, close the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in their home town of Birmingham, and a headline tour across North America which included sold out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden and three nights at the Hollywood Bowl. Danse Macabre will be released on October 27 via Tape Modern for BMG with artwork featuring images adapted from a collection of authentic vintage séance photos sourced by Nick Rhodes at auction. It will be available on Black 2LP and CD, with a limited-edition Translucent Galaxy 2LP. The album will also be available on high res blu-ray audio. Pre-order HERE. Catch them on tour from 9/16 -9/23. See the dates below.

‘DANSE MACABRE’ (ALBUM) TRACKLIST Nightboat Black Moonlight Love Voudou Bury A Friend Supernature Danse Macabre Secret Oktober 31st Ghost Town Paint It Black Super Lonely Freak Spellbound Psycho Killer (feat. Victoria De Angelis) Confession in the Afterlife 2023 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES 09/16 – Little Caesars Arena – Detroit, MI* 09/19 – Scotiabank Arena – Toronto, ON* 09/20 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC+ 09/22 – Forest Hills Stadium – Queens, NY* 09/23 – Ocean Casino Resort – Ovation Hall – Atlantic City, NJ * w/ Nile Rodgers & Chic and Bastille +w/ Nile Rodgers & Chic

Duran Duran’s 16th studio album, Danse Macabre is out October 27. Pre-order HERE.


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