Duran Duran got “big break” in Edinburgh – but needed mortgage to pay for it

Ahead of tonight’s (Dec 6) gig at the SSE Hydro, Duran Duran’s Roger Taylor has recalled how the Eighties legends struggled to get a support slot at the Edinburgh Odeon during Hazel O’Connor’s tour before they were famous.

Today, the Birmingham synthpop four-piece are multi-million-selling superstars, but back in 1980 one of their managers had to take out a mortgage to pay for an opening slot during O’Connor’s tour as she headlined in the Capital in support of her album Breaking Glass.

“That was our first big break,” Taylor told the Daily Record, recalling Duran Duran’s first visit to Scotland. “That’s the important thing.

“I remember taking some very long bus rides. I have great memories of playing in Scotland I have to say.

“One of our managers mortgaged his flat to pay for us to get to play as the support act to Hazel O’ Connor, who was a big star.

“She was so gracious and she was much bigger than us at the time. In those days you had to buy on to a tour.

“We were told we had to pay to get a gig so we paid up and it worked.”

Meanwhile, the band – whose hits include Rio, Hungry Like The Wolf, The Reflex and Ordinary World – have admitted that the end could be near for them.

“What I will say is that there aren’t going to be that many more,” said bassist John Taylor, whose band’s most recent album, Paper Gods, was released in September.

“And because that may be the case then you feel that you’ve got to make it as good as you can.

“Because there are not going to be that many, but the ones that are will be here forever.

“In this digital world everything lasts forever, so it is going to be around forever – so let’s just make sure that it is a good one.

“We don’t want to feel embarrassed by it in a couple of years’ time. Having said all of that, you never know.”

Duran Duran play the SSE Hydro tonight.