But the frontman has revealed the first time he ventured north of the border was as part of a DRAG act almost 30 years ago.
Le Bon was a young, struggling drama student when he was forced to don a mini-skirt and a pair of sexy fishnet stockings for the lead part in a university Fringe show.
A year later Duran Duran were well on their way to world domination of the pop charts with debut single Planet Earth shooting into the UK Top 20 and their eponymously-titled debut album reaching the Top 10 both here and in the US.
Short skirt and fishnets
Recalling that first visit, Le Bon, 50, said: “I was at university doing drama at the time. I had just joined the band – we’d played a couple of shows but I wasn’t yet sure if I wanted to leave university.
“The show was called Dragoman. It was rubbish, but it was fun.
“I played a ringmaster who halfway through changed out of his ringmaster outfit and put on a dress, hence the title.
“It was actually a tight little wooly cardy and a short skirt and fishnet tights and I loved it.
“Acting was as dream but the reality was that, at the time, I could write my own songs and get up on stage and have it all ‘now’ as long as I dedicated myself to it.
“And acting was just a dream. I’d got used to the disappointment of not getting the auditions and all that stuff, and here were people who wanted me, so I thought, ‘I’ll go for this’.”
Now a four-piece after the departure of guitarist Andy Taylor, the group, who have sold 70 million records worldwide, are appearing at Edinburgh Castle next Thursday and will be supported by DJ/producer Mark Ronson.