Review: Duran Duran and Seal, SSE Hydro, Glasgow

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Verdict: Four stars.

There are many things that should stay in the 80s...

But Duran Duran aren't one of them.

The legends proved how they contributed to arguably one of the greatest eras of music as they performed at the SSE Hydro last night.

Opening up with Paper Gods, Wild Boys and Hungry Like The Wolf, frontman Simon Le Bon moved around the stage with the same moves he showcased in the 80s - though perhaps they should have stayed there - before he screamed, "Glasgow."

And if that wasn't enough for an opener, soul singer Seal put on a top show earlier in the evening kicking off with his 90s hit Crazy. His stunning vocals were effortless, and the charismatic star took the audience on a journey of his career singing hits Killer and Kiss From A Rose.

But the fans were wanting their New Romantics heroes and Duran Duran were only willing to give a masterclass in the genre.

Teaching began as the classic 007 James Bond opening scene appeared on the big screens before they performed their iconic theme tune for A View to Kill. Le Bon, backed my Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor, then showed his appreciation for the Glasgow audience as he beamed, "You guys have something special about the way you appreciate music."

And when the music is that good - who can blame them?

Le Bon's distinct vocals haven't faltered with age, and he still owns the stage in a youthful manner. Their sound is timeless and their hits still work today for this reason. Performing Notorious flaunted this as the track's hook was later used by the late rapper Notorious BIG self-titled single. A highlight was Ordinary World, which he dedicated to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and shows off just how beautiful Le Bon's voice.

Girls on Film and Rio ended the night in spectacular style, and proved that a trip down musical memory lane can be wonderful, especially when Duran Duran lead the audience on that journey.

Courtesy Herald Scotland

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