18th/19th September 1986 – Andy Returns, Briefly

Air Studios


No-one was around today as it was Nile Rodgers birthday and the band were having a party for him. BUT…….

ANDY turned up!!!

His 6ft body-guard and Andy shoved fans out of the way of the doors where we were standing, being a right bastard!


Andy was mucking about and laughing going in. He even waved to us from the lift!

Rae cried because she didn’t see him on Friday because she was rooted to the spot the minute she saw Andy. Her excuse wasn’t that, it was because the body-guard and everyone else got in the way of her favourite!

By the way. Andy got sent up some paper to get autographs done, with a list of our names. We thought it might come back with just a few pieces of paper with ‘Andy Taylor’ scribbled on it, but he wrote ‘To so & so, Love Andy’ so that’s good.

PS. I might be in the middle of the next Spandau Ballet album!


This was Andy’s brief return to Duran Duran! I think he must have been only contractually obliged to play on some songs on the Notorious album as he was only at Air studios for two days.

I imagine that on the first day when he arrived at the studio that Andy was expecting trouble.  Hence the body-guard. NONE of Duran have body guards going into studios as far as I’m aware. I think he was hired in case irate Duran fans attacked Andy for leaving Duran! It didn’t happen like that. Sure we were annoyed that he was leaving – although officially still nothing had been said. We were happy to see Andy, and for me it would have been the first time I had met him. None of us wanted to fight him for God’s sake – we were a bunch of teenage girls and boys! He obviously thought that if he was going to the studio’s he’d need some muscle and that muscle wasn’t particularly nice to us. Sad that.

The second day he must have realised that he wasn’t going to get set upon by us and was being quite playful. We even got personalised autographs from him. I had left the studio’s later that evening and Andy was still inside. Rae, my friend the Andy fan, stayed out all night that night to try to meet him properly. At around 1am someone was sent down from the studios. They asked Rae and another girl who was hanging around outside to see if they could find a shop open to buy some Rizla (cigarette papers) for Andy. They gave them money and off they went! Honoured to have been asked! They walked the streets of London looking for a 24 hour shop which in those days probably were few and far between. I remember seeing Rae the next day and she was so tired but so pleased to have been asked to go and buy Andy’s cigarette papers! Bless! Amazed that the people in the studio would allow teenage girls to walk the streets that late at night though I must admit.

This is the last entry in my diary for Duran for a while. They must have flown somewhere else to do mixing or production or something! I had to find something else to occupy my time……..so I went to see Spandau Ballet & Billy Idol instead……..


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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