Duran Duran, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lil Nas X and More to Headline BottleRock Fest in Napa

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BottleRock Festival looks amazing.

The festival in Napa, California is set to host some of the biggest names in music this summer during the event, which spans May 26-May 28.

Some of the big names on the list include new Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Duran Duran, along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Smashing Pumpkins, and more.

“Just announced!! Duran Duran performing as part of the @bottlerocknapa Fest, May 26 – May 28, 2023, @napavalleyexpo,” the band shared on Twitter.

Also on the festival bill are Leon Bridges, Billy Strings, Wu-Tang Clan, The National, Sheryl Crow, Japanese Breakfast, Phantogram, and many more. See the full list of musical acts below.

The headlining spot is one of many headlines for Duran Duran as of late. Not only did Kelly Clarkson cover the group on her latest “Kellyoke,” but they also performed at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

The group also released a feature-length documentary concert that aired globally, and they began a big tour at the end of 2022.

In sadder news, however, the group recently broke the news that former member Andy Taylor has cancer.

Taylor left Duran Duran in 1986 then rejoined in 2001 and played on the band’s 2004 album, Astronaut, before parting ways with them again in 2006. Taylor also played with Duran bandmates John and Roger Taylor, along with singer Robert Palmer and former Chic drummer Tony Thompson, in the Power Station from the mid-’80s through 1990s.

Band member Simon Le Bon went on to read a portion of a letter written by Taylor to be shared during the induction, and the band shared Taylor’s full letter on their social media and website.

Taylor’s full letter reads: 

Dear Simon, John, Roger, Nick, my fellow inductees, and countrymen,

I wanted to send a personal note to pass along my sincerest respect to you all for what’s been an amazing career and to also share what has happened to me.

Firstly, can I say what an absolute honor it was to be nominated let alone be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. There’s nothing that comes close to such recognition. I’m proud of everything we’ve achieved together and of the way you have continued. As a guitar player in a progressive band from the synth days of the early eighties, literally from the day I met Nick, John, Simon and Roger they truly valued the contribution of a rather noisy, versatile Northern brat. We all grew up on the same vinyl records and live gigs, from David Bowie to Roxy Music, The Sex Pistols and of course Chic. I could go to all those places as a player and developed a hybrid guitar style that fitted this amazing concept of a band.

I loved going into the studio and recording our material; nobody else sounded like us. We were ripe to absorb what was the art of analogue recording, but with some different kit, Nick’s artful obsession with synth technology was something I’d never seen before and I was introduced to layers. Because we were instinctively the right fit, we evolved very quickly, writing “Rio” as our second album with the confidence our very early success with “Girls On Film” and “Planet Earth” inspired.

You can dream about what happened to us but to experience it, on one’s own terms, as mates, was beyond incredible.

Taylor’s letter continued:

I would like to thank each of my brothers in this great band.

My family: my incredibly sane wife of 40 years, Tracey, my amazing children, Andy, Georgie, Bethy and Izzy, not forgetting my grandson Albie, who’s probably online listening or on Fortnite! The original believers: Paul and Michael Berrow, Dave Ambrose, Terry Slater, Rob Hallett. The producers: Colin Thurston, Alex Sadkin, Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. I’ve also really dug the work with Mark Ronson – I particularly admire “All You Need Is Now” … a DD melody if ever I heard one.Thanks also to Merck, Andrew and Wendy.

Now for the bad blood. Well, the good news is that there is none, just pure love and respect for everything we wrote, recorded and achieved together. What’s the point? There’s no stopping this 44-year thing called “Duran Duran.”

Now to the reason I’m not here: Just over four years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer. Many families have experienced the slow burn of this disease and of course we are no different, so I speak from the perspective of a family-man but with profound humility to the band, the greatest fans a group could have and this exceptional accolade.

I have the Rodgers and Edwards of doctors and medical treatment that until very recently allowed me to just rock on. Although my current condition is not immediately life-threatening there is no cure. Recently I was doing okay after some very sophisticated life-extending treatment, that was until a week or so ago when I suffered a setback, and despite the exceptional efforts of my team, I had to be honest in that both physically and mentally, I would be pushing my boundaries.

However, none of this needs to or should detract from what this band (with or without me) has achieved and sustained for 44 years. We’ve had a privileged life. We were a bit naughty but really nice, a bit shirty but very well dressed, a bit full of ourselves, because we had a lot to give. But as I’ve said many times, when you feel that collective, instinctive, kindred spirit of creativity mixed with ambition, armed with an über cool bunch of fans, well what could possibly go wrong?

I’m truly sorry and massively disappointed I couldn’t make it. Let there be no doubt I was stoked about the whole thing, even bought a new guitar with the essential whammy.

I’m so very proud of these four brothers. I’m amazed at their durability, and I’m overjoyed at accepting this award. I often doubted the day would come. I’m sure as hell glad I’m around to see the day.

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