Duran Duran wow with Calvin Harris mash-up at the Hydro

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Scottish DJ Calvin Harris' debut was given the New Romantics treatment by Duran Duran at the Hydro tonight.

For the synth-pop legends finished off the UK leg of their Future Past tour in spectacular style at the city venue with a mash-up of their 1981 hit Girls on Film and the 2007 song that first propelled the Scot into the spotlight, Acceptable in the 80s.

The fitting mix was one of many highlights during the incredible show which celebrated some of the band’s biggest hits.

Never one to shy away from a bit of creativity, the icons arrived on the Finnieston stage via a visual spaceship.

Wild Boys and Hungry Like the Wolf quickly followed allowing the nostalgia train - or spaceship in this case - to go full steam ahead.

Frontman Simon Le Bon instantly proved to be effortlessly cool as he then took on some of the Duran Duran’s biggest hits including the James Bond track A View to Kill and the highly infectious Notorious.

Armed with charisma, Le Bon, said: “Sadly it’s the last night of our UK and Ireland tour.

“But the good thing is we are here in Glasgow.”

And this was a fact that clearly delighted the packed-out Hydro with some adoring female fans screaming, “We love you, Simon.”

Mixing the old with new, the group played tracks from the 2021 studio album Future Past but it was ultimately the classics that won the city crowd over.

Is There Something? delighted the audience as images of Duran Duran at the height of their fame adorned the screens on stage.

While the ballad Ordinary World proved to be a moment to remember.

Fuelled with emotion, the band delivered a rendition that not only showcased the prowess of Le Bon’s voice but showed off the musicianship of the rest of the band including bassist John Taylor, keyboardist Nick Rhodes and drummer Roger Taylor.

Duran Duran’s sound is timeless, they have a back catalogue that stands the test of time and easily contributes to why the eighties was one of the best decades in music.

Reflex and Girls on Film reinforced this with the band’s high-energy delivery of the pop classics before an encore of Save a Prayer and Rio really got the party started.

Courtesy Glasgow Times