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Bastille and Hans Zimmer release a reworking of "Pompeii" which was released a decade ago

01 September 2023, 12:27 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Bastille have come together with multiple Academy Award and Grammy-winning composer Hans Zimmer to release a special reworking of their era-defining international hit single, "Pompeii".

The brand new rendition, "Pompeii MMXXIII", came about as frontman Dan Smith and Zimmer were working together on other projects. A captivating live recording of the track was filmed in Cardiff with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Hans Zimmer says, “It’s been proven time and time again that a beautiful, crafted song by a great band can have many lives and "Pompeii" is a shining example of this. Working hand in hand with Bastille and my team at Bleeding Fingers has been an exhilarating experience and an honour to be part of this remarkable journey."

“Having the opportunity to work with the living legend that is Hans Zimmer, and his brilliant team, has been an absolute dream," adds Dan Smith. "Working with them on this new version of “Pompeii” has been incredible and has put the biggest smiles on our faces throughout the whole wonderfully surreal experience.”

"Pompeii" is the lead single from the band’s multi-million selling debut album Bad Blood which was originally released in 2013 charting at number two in the UK charts. The single remains in the Top 50 most streamed songs of all time in the UK with over 3.5 billion streams.

2023 has been a year of celebration for the Grammy and Brit winning four-piece as they mark the 10-year anniversary of the release. Over the summer Bastille released, Bad Blood X an extended edition of Bad Blood which included three never-before-heard demos, two additional covers and a string of live tracks.

"Pompeii MMXXIII" is out now.

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