April 10th 1986 – Guess Who’s Back?


Met JT again!!! This time he was going out. He came out of his house and walked over to us and said ‘What you lot doing here?’ and we said ‘Yet again!’ and he just smiled. He put a bag into the Aston Martin and tried to start the engine and it didn’t work! A chauffeur had earlier pulled up and knocked at John’s but hadn’t answered so he drove away. John must’ve have called him because he came back. (Same chauffeur Nick had the other day). Anyway we asked him where he was going and he said ‘Haven’t you girls got anything better to do?’ So I said ‘Nah, this is more interesting.’ Anyway. He then said. ‘Well, I’m going for a spot of lunch and then onto EMI.’ So guess where we went after John left? EMI!!!

John going into EMI in 1986


When we got there about 3/4 of an hour later we met Nick! Me & Rae missed JT going in but Sylv & Terri saw him and took a pic with my camera for me. They said he recognised them and looked around as if to look for me & Rae. Back again tomorrow!



Looking back now he must have got so sick of fans sitting outside his house day in day out. But he was always courteous and polite when in fact he could have been annoyed at the constant invasion of his privacy. He came over to chat, told us his plans and off he went. And there it is. If you wanted to know what Duran were doing at any given point and be told the truth, ask a member of Duran! We didn’t ask where he was going for lunch because he had told us where he was going AFTER lunch, which gave us time to jump on the tube from Knightsbridge to Bond Street to see John! Missing him that day wasn’t a problem because we got to meet Nick. (Awwwww. How sweet were our friends saying John looked around for us. HE DIDN’T!!! He got out of a cab, smiled and waved and went into EMI! But those little things, like thinking John WOULD be wondering where we were what made our day!)

I must have just stood in the crowd meeting Nick because I didn’t write much about him in the diary. I just stood and listened and took pictures I imagine. I always felt very shy around other Duran fans. It was around this time we started meeting who I would term the ‘Known Fans’. These were a bunch of fans that had been around since ’84, that Duran knew by name and that I felt extremely intimidated by! Some of them later on became my really good friends who I now class as my closest friends today. But back then, they scared the hell out of me. And they could make up a story or two to throw us off the scent too! But read on to find out about that!

One more thing to say is look at Nick’s shirt and remember it. It may crop up in other pictures on other Duran members too! Oh and John’s  Aston Martin was ALWAYS breaking down!


About thedurandiaries

Long time Duran fan. Followed them since 1985 - and that means physically going to see them! I kept a diary from 1986 and thought it may be funny to write them up on a blog. And the profile picture is of the actual of diary. Yes it has Care Bear stickers on it. But this was the 80's. And Care Bears were cute. View all posts by thedurandiaries

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