July 1st to 29th – Bits and Pieces

For pretty much the month of July, I didn’t keep a proper diary. I had just written what I presume I thought were key events or happenings. They go something like this……

July 1986

I’m not writing everything anymore, just the important stuff!

Roger is going to be coming back! In a few months! Yipeeeeee!

Andy is coming back too…….

Today 17th July 1986 I went to Maison Rouge Studios. Nick Simon and John. No Andy or Roger. They were alright. But lots of foreign fans mobbed them.

Giovanna turned up. She had been to a Julie Anne baby shower/party or something. Talked a lot to Korin today.

18th July 1986

Today I saw Simon Nick and Roger go in to the studio’s. (Maison) I also saw Spandau Ballet and  5Star. (At Wogan) Steve Norman is gorgeous!

PS I also saw today Holly Johnson and Wolfgang (Holly’s boyfriend) and Tim Moore of The Crew (Nik Kershaw’s band.) So good day for famous people.

21st July 1986

I saw Simon Nick and John. And Steve Ferrone! I just love that man’s kids! I played with them all night. JT left early as he went to Spain with Renee, had to go to catch a flight.

The kids, Jason and Becky were really great. I love those kids. I had lots of pictures done with them.

Me with Becky, Steve Ferrone's daughter.

Me with Becky, Steve Ferrone's daughter. COPYRIGHT MICHELLE COLDWELL-SIMONS

28th July 1986

Today I waved to Si, I was the only one who had seen him coming and he did a big wave back to me!

Also today I stood on my own when Simon and Nick came out. They got mobbed! I went and stood on my own and got another little wave from Simon.

JT was in a mood today. I asked him about Renee and her driving. He said she’s been working so hasn’t had time to practice.

Good day for me and Simon.

By the way. Saw George Michael the other day. He was in the Fulham Road. In an open top sports car. A Merc I think. He was playing Wham! and looked really nice.

Behind the Masion Bars. I had run in the gate to take this pic! COPYRIGHT MICHELLE COLDWELL-SIMONS


I don’t think I stayed this blase about keeping a diary as I go back to writing a full entry on most days after this. I think I just must have gotten bored of writing ‘We sat around all day, chatted. Saw Duran, chatted. Took pictures. Came home’. Because that IS what happened most of the time!

I love that I had written that both Roger and Andy were coming back. That ended up NOT being the case. That was the only time I ever saw Roger’s ex-wife Giovanna and having a baby shower obviously meant that Julie Anne was pregnant. (I hadn’t mentioned this before in the diary.) At this stage I had never seen Roger!

Seeing other celebrities often happened when we were going to see Duran. We often went to the filming of TV shows so obviously we saw whoever else appearing on it. We also saw celebrities just out and about on the streets of London. I remember that we met Holly Johnson and his boyfriend just walking along the Fulham Road which is where Maison Rouge Studio’s were. And George Michael too, just driving along. Well he did bring attention to himself in an open top car blasting his own music out didn’t he????

Maison Rouge was a studio where Duran had previously recorded some of Seven and the Ragged Tiger album. Some of the fans that I was getting to know in ’86 used to go and see Duran at Maison in ’84. That was called First Maison. The recording of this album was Second Masion! First Maison didn’t haven any fences or gates around the studio doors. I went to see Maison the summer before – just on a Duran pilgramage to the places that they had been. There were no fences or gates. When Duran started recording in the summer of ’86 – there were fences and gates! I think the owners must have learnt their lesson from the years before! The new security meant that Duran could actually brace themselves before leaving! Open the studio door, then hang around at the fence and chat, then open the gate and make a run for it!

Simon escaping Maison Rouge studios. The doors before the fences and Gate!

Simon (and Nick) escaping Maison Rouge studios. The doors before the fences and Gate! COPYRIGHT MICHELLE COLDWELL-SIMONS

I mention Steve Ferrone. He was the drummer on this album which, as you can probably gather, is the Notorious album. He is a lovely man and I got on with him really well. He brought his kids to the studio that day and left them outside with us! We just played with them, looked after them, baby sat them actually! Steve had unpaid babysitters whilst he was drumming with Duran! Not bad eh?


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

8 responses to “July 1st to 29th – Bits and Pieces

  • Anne

    Wow can’t believe Steve just left his kids outside with you like that. Seems crazy by today’s standards. Glad you were a good babysitter and not a nut.

  • Simone

    I love the pic of behind the bars…the clothes, hair, just adorable! That’s how I remember the 80s!

  • gcompson

    I’m so glad you kept a diary! I was working at Maison Rouge during this time as a Tape Op. The front door was held open by a fire extinguisher and Simon asked me to close it because he didn’t want fans watching him every time he was heading for the toilet – which was on the right hand side next to the front door, if you were inside the building facing out. I lifted up the fire extinguisher and accidentally dropped it on my foot – it hurt like hell. I wonder if you or any of the other fans who were in the street at the time noticed this? I also remember Steve Ferrone telling me that if I kept eating like I was at the time, I would get fat. He was right! Andy Hamilton also came in one day during those sessions, and we all went and had a curry that night. I can barely remember some of the things that happened, but those moments stand out. Also, Yasmin kept beating me at darts. I still can’t play darts!

    If anyone has more pics, I would love to see them.

    • thedurandiaries

      Hi! I am sure you must be in a lot of one and my friends pictures. What did you look like? I could have a look through my pictures from Maison and send you any if I have them! 😁

      • gcompson

        That’s great – thank you!

        Here are two links to pics from around that time, but I was 17 at the time I was working at Maison Rouge.

        The first pic was when I was around 19.

        Second pic, I was around 15.

        I hope it helps, and thanks again 😁


      • thedurandiaries

        Will have a look through and see if I can spot you – and ask my friends to do the same!

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