SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER – Seeing Spandau, Idolising Idol & Missing Duran

Duran Duran weren’t around much for these months. They had left/were leaving the UK to do what ever they needed to do on finishing the Notorious album. I had obviously now gotten the bug for meeting people in bands that I liked so off I went to see Spandau Ballet and Billy Idol! I had already met the Spands whilst Duran were in the country. I really wanted to meet Billy Idol to, so I set about trying to do that! These are the entries for between 18th September and 23rd October – not  much Duran – so you can skip this part if you aren’t interested!

Monday 21st September 1986

Went to see Spandau at Nomis. Saw all of them. But Gary remembers me. He goes ‘Hello. I haven’t seen you around for a long time.’ So I just said to him ‘Yeah, sorry. I’ve had school and things.’ I had my photo taken with him too. He’s lovely.

Me with Gary Kemp September 1986 Nomis Studios COPYRIGHT MICHELLE COLDWELL-SIMONS

We also had a group photo for the album done. It was OK.

Also saw today: Fish from Marillion, Fletch and Martin Gore from Depeche Mode.


I never told Duran I was going to see Spandau. I never told Spandau I saw Duran! Silly eh? Just kept it a secret in case they hated us for it! Gary Kemp though remembered my name from the start and even after not seeing him for months – remembered it. Something that for me, none of Duran had ever done!

Seeing Fletch and Martin Gore from Depeche was bizarre. This is how it happened. Rae and I were walking down towards Piccadilly. We were talking about Depeche Mode. She said her favourite member was Fletch and I said mine was Martin Gore. Just as we reached where Our Price record shop was Fletch and Martin Gore came around the corner! We must have looked gob smacked and a bit mental as they walked past us! But how freaky was that!

The album photo was a group of Spandau fans sitting on the steps on Nomis studios. It was going to go inside a gatefold cover for the album they were recording. Unfortunately it never happened!

25th September NOMIS

Went to see the Spands again.

Got talking to Gary. He said he liked my hair and asked if it was natural. He said it was lovely!!! We were talking about Eastenders. And why he wasn’t in a good mood. But I soon cheered him up! He also was talking about a photo session they did the day before and he said to me ‘I know you weren’t there, why weren’t you there?’

By the way, we weren’t told but John flew to New York today – NO ONE TOLD US! Oh Well.


I think that Gary Kemp liked me! He was always very complimentary. Awww!

Not happy about not being told about John’s flight to New York was I? That still happened, even though I was friendly with all the ‘known fans’, some of them still like to have a bit of exclusivity with Duran. It was just the way it was then!

September 26th 1986 NOMIS

Waited for Gary and John Keeble, the rest left early but they were doing an interview. Me and Gary were chatting. Me and Das had photo’s done with him. I got a cuddle from Gary. They were really nice.


Nomis is a recording studio, by the way!

September 27th 1986

Gary remembers my name! Das must have reminded him as she ‘shouted’ my name yesterday. He was really cute. I had my purple and pink striped trousers on. Gary said ‘I like your trousers!’ so I said ‘Are you taking the piss?’ and he was laughing. Really lovely again.


They were jeans. They were white with skinny purple and pink stripes down them. They. Were. Vile!

September 28th 1986

Went to see Simon and Nick fly out but due to bad circumstances – eg between mine Sam and Das’ – I was completely late and missed them completely. I did meet some girls from Germany though, Tanya and Michaela who are in England for a while. (They told their mum they were in Belgium!!!!)They said they would give me some Billy stuff! Yeahhhhhh!


The circumstance was Das and Sam told me to go to one terminal at Heathrow when Duran were at another. This was the last time they did this as they felt bad for me. This is what Duran fans did to keep the band to themselves!!!

Can’t believe that the German girls told their mum they were in Belgium when they were really in ENGLAND! WOW!

5th October 1986

Haven’t seen the Spands because on Friday the Spandau Fans did Gary and Martin’s birthday thing and they didn’t want us there. But on Saturday Gary asked where I was!!!


Spandau fans also liked to keep their band to themselves! Understandable really, especially as we were Duran fans so not really Spandau fans. You weren’t allowed to like both at the time. I did though. 🙂

6th October 19896 NOMIS

Went to see Spandau.

Gary came down the stairs and the first thing he said was ‘Hello Michelle, where have you been hiding?’ Then after a while he asked me what was the matter. He said ‘Why weren’t you at my party?’ So I told him ‘There was some confusion and I felt that I was invited’ So Jo tells me I was being bitchy! Huh! Gary was showing me so much attention that Jo was probably pissed off with me. And. I. Don’t. Care!


Ahhhhhh. Gary wanted me at his party!!! It wasn’t a party as far as I remember. The Spandau fans had bought presents and a cake and they gave it to him at the studios. Was nice to feel wanted though!

8th October 1986 NOMIS

Went to see Gary. Rae and I was walking down the street and we saw Martin and Tony so we crossed the street! We didn’t want to see them!

I said to Rae, ‘Please let me see Gary on my own’ Then Gary and John walked out, John is Rae’s favourite!

We talked and talked. I asked Gary whether they were playing a gig on the 31st and he said in a few weeks he’d tell me. It was really good to see our favourites on their own. They are flying out to do a telly show, so will see them Monday. We tried to get Gary to give us a lift home. He was taking John home and his car only had two seats, he said he would have otherwise!


Missed out on getting a lift home! Shame really as Gary only lived about a mile away from me at the time!

13th October 1986 NOMIS

Oh God. I feel so bad. Just writing this I just remembered that Gary said ‘Goodbye Michelle’ and I practically ignored him. Shit.

Gary Kemp and I taken with the school camera October 1986 COPYRIGHT MICHELLE COLDWELL-SIMONS

Good-ish day. I took photos with the school camera. Got Gary and Martin to sign a Smash Hits poster of them. John and Rae had a pic done. They are all so nice, Spandau. It’s Gary’s birthday on Thursday so that’s the next time I’ll go down.


My hair was CRIMPED! From around this time I crimped my hair almost everyday as I HATED having curly hair! This picture went into my photography exam as I developed the film and made the print!

Thursday 16th October 1986 NOMIS

Gary’s Birthday

I gave him my card and he liked it. He was a bit tipsy and champagne that the band had bought him.

I got well annoyed with him as he was a bit drunk and he drove himself home.


Naughty Gary Kemp! Hope he learnt his lesson. I hated people who drank at the time. Hated people who drank and drove a car more. Remember being very annoyed at him! Hehehe.

22nd October 1986

HMV New Store Opening!!! OXFORD STREET

Jo told me that Billy had gone into the party already but Rae and I decided to risk it. We had to leave by 10pm though. Billy and Steve Stevens turned up and I thought they were already in there. The press pushed us out of the way but I got a great view of Billy not so good of Steve. I always say this at the end of entries but I LOVE BILLY IDOL!!!!!!

23rd October 1986


Met Billy at Chrysalis.

He looked gorgeous. He was with Steve Stevens. He sign things, his new album that I bought today. And we all had billboard posters of Whiplash. He signed them too. I got mine signed and it said ‘love you’ on it. I think I was the only one! (written after – I WAS!)

Then I asked him to pose for me. He did, but I didn’t wind  the camera on so he waited. I said thanks. Then he came over and KISSED ME ON THE CHEEK!!!!!!!! I went crazy!

Billy Idol & Me Chrysalis 23rd October 1986. Just before THE KISS! COPYRIGHT MICHELLE COLDWELL-SIMONS

Anyway we waited for him to come out and we all had individual pictures done. I had mine last, again and this time Billy kissed me STRAIGHT ON THE LIPS!!!!! God I thought I was going to freak out there and then but I didn’t!

Framed! Group shot meeting Billy! October 1986 COPYRIGHT MICHELLE COLDWELL-SIMONS

Das, Sam, Rae, Bang, Amy and I met him. Sam went crazy and chased the car! I couldn’t believe it!

Being kissed like that by Billy is – God – BRILLIANT! I’m definitely in love with him!!

PS He kept telling me he wasn’t allowed out at night!!!!


So many exclamation marks on this entry. I was very shocked. I had never been kissed by someone famous before – or since – and I got two in one night from Billy.  And I said I was in LOVE with Billy! How sweet!

As to suggesting he wasn’t allowed out at night…what did he mean? You can see what I looked liked – he couldn’t have been propositioning me…..could he???


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

4 responses to “SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER – Seeing Spandau, Idolising Idol & Missing Duran

  • kaz

    That’s so cute that you didn’t like people who drank back then, considering JT’s reputation at the time for partying. I guess he must never have seemed under the influence when you two were bantering !
    What an exciting teenage life you had, so glad you kept a record and are sharing it with us. X

    • thedurandiaries

      Thanks Kaz! Do you know what? We all were really niave at the time. I would argue with everyone that Duran NEVER did drugs, even though the papers were full of their drug taking and partying! Maybe I was just really green and just didn’t realise! I wrote about Gary being drunk as he was visibly drunk – maybe Duran were better at hiding it!? Mx

  • Sally

    Omg you got kissed by billy idol you are so lucky I would have freaked out I would keep kissing him hehe I am a huge 12 year old billy idol fan please see my youtube

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