Duran Duran release their much awaited Andy Taylor and Nile Rodgers collaboration

Virgin Radio

21 Sep 2023, 16:35

Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers and Andy Taylor

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Duran Duran have released a second much anticipated track from their upcoming album, Danse Macabre.

The single, entitled ‘Black Moonlight’, is the first from their new album which features their collaboration with their former guitarist Andy Taylor (who recently made a rare interview appearance on Virgin Radio) and their previous collaborator Nile Rodgers.

Duran Duran released the album’s first single, the eponymous ‘Danse Macabre’ in late August 2023. But while this track featured Taylor as a sound engineer, ‘Black Moonlight’ is the first to feature him on guitar.

Andy opened up about returning to play with the band during an interview with The Times earlier this year. “I’m not going to rejoin the band,” he stressed.

However, he also added: “I would not say no to the opportunity [of playing part time], particularly for the fans. But as I keep reminding people, you have to be asked."

Andy has been dealing with a terminal cancer diagnosis for several years, although he only revealed the news to the public in November 2022.

However, as he discussed with Jayne Middlemiss while appearing on Virgin Radio, he has received some pioneering experimental treatment which has greatly helped extend his life.

“Bang goes the inheritance, kids, I’m still here!” he joked during the interview.

On the topic of collaborating again with Nile Rodgers, Duran Duran’s keyboard player Nick Rhodes said: “Nile Rodgers is a force of nature. When we get into a room, we start playing, and magic happens.”

The band’s frontman Simon LeBon added about ‘Black Moonlight’ itself: “[It’s] 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.”

‘Black Moonlight’ is out now. Duran Duran’s Danse Macabre will be released in full on 27th October 2023.