John Taylor: “I think it’s what keeps us touring. We spend a lot of time on the road. It’s a real commitment that you’re making when you’re a touring musician because you are away from your home and you’re away from your loved ones. You have to create this … but that feeling when you walk out on stage and you see those faces. These are people that have been following us for 30 years and they really care. We can go to Istanbul and we can go anywhere. There’s going to be thousands of people waiting to tell us how much they love us and how significant we have been to them in their lives. That’s a pretty profound gift to have been given. Whatever we put into it, and I think really we have just been pouring our own passion.
“Now I can be entirely philosophical about it because we’ve been playing this game for a long time. But thank God—I don’t think I would want to go back to the beginning. Sometimes I miss the early years. The adventure of the early years, you know, when you’re going to America to the first time. Going to New York for the first time. California. Going to Australia or Japan for the first time and really being on your game and everybody working together.
“I don’t know what makes us different from everybody else. But I know how passionate I was as a kid. And having kids now, I got kids but sort of in their late teens. I see my nephews and I see them try to focus their passion and figure out what they really want to do. I know when I was 17, I knew what I wanted to do. I really knew what I wanted to do. Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and Roger, they knew what they wanted to do too. When you got five kids with that teenage energy, just everybody out of school and just busting to go and all focused on a career, that’s possible. If you are lucky enough to hook up with a guy that wants to manage you and put a little bit of money into you and allows you the luxury to being able to work on what you want to do... We had the passion. We made the connections. But again, I really believe in that. I tell kids the same things—focus on your passion and go for it. The world doesn’t need a bunch of people doing shit they don’t care about. I guess that’s why we’ve been awarded because we focused on that passion and we really went for it. And now people love us for staying together.”