Duran Duran are hoping to create a ballet performance score

'80s pop quartet want to turn album off-cut into full classical music

’80s pop legends Duran Duran have announced that will be starting work on an old track in the view to turn it into a ballet score, it has emerged.

In 2015 the group released ‘Paper Gods’ their first album in 4 years. During the process the group cut certain tracks from the album that did not fit into the LP’s final tracklisting.

Speaking to Billboard, keyboardist Nick Rhodes said that one particular off cut is in view to being used, and they are now in the process of turning the b-side into a full length score for a ballet production.

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“(The track) would clearly lend itself well to that kind of imagery, and I’ve always enjoyed the ballet,” he said in the interview. “We have particularly good ballet in London, so we’ll have to see if we can persuade them to work on it.”

“I can’t really reveal more than that at the moment ’cause we’re on the first draft,” he continued “but we’re quite pleased where we are. It’s a challenge. It’s all brand new material. It’s a completely different discipline than trying to write songs together as a band. We’re almost finished.” The news comes in the wake of Rhodes and bandmate John Taylor working on a stage musical set in the art world.

Duran Duran scored a succession of hits in the 1980’s, including albums ‘Rio’, ‘Seven and The Ragged Tiger’ and a string of albums and releases through the 90’s and 2000’s.

No further details on the proposed ‘ballet score’ have been revealed to date (19 February)

In December 2015, Duran Duran announced that they will donate proceeds from Eagles Of Death Metal’s cover of their song ‘Save A Prayer’ to charity following a campaign to get the band to Number One in the aftermath of of the tragic terrorist attack at their gig in Paris.

Taking to Twitter, Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon wrote: “EODMforNo1 DuranDuran will donate all proceeds due to us, from this version. Considering options that are useful, peaceful & uniting.”


Watch Eagles Of Death Metal performing ‘Save A Prayer’ with Duran Duran below.

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