Monthly Archives: February 1987

Sunday 8th/Monday 9th February 1987 – Airport/Savoy/Grosvenor House for the BPI Awards

Sunday 8th February – Heathrow



Not a lot happened seeing as Spandau, Whitney Houston, the Pet Shop Boys and Duran were ALL ON THE SAME FLIGHT!

Spandau fans all mobbed JT for some reason so didn’t get to see him. So that was boring. Nick and Simon didn’t seem to get mobbed. I missed Steve and Warren though. Going to the Savoy to try to see Duran tomorrow.

Monday 9th February – Savoy/Grosvenor House Hotel

Went to see Nick and Si leave the hotel at 8 in the morning! I had to get up at 6!!! But saw them and it was nice as there were only five of us there. Simon was OK today. We all had individual pictures done with Nick and Simon. Which was good.

Nick Simon & I very early at the Savoy 9 Feb 1987. They are wearing shades. In February. COPYRIGHT MICHELLE COLDWELL-SIMONS







(We thought that John will be at the BPI awards, but he wasn’t going and we didn’t get to see him either)

At the awards though I missed seeing them. I did meet Debbie Harry at the Savoy though twice – and she’s great! I wanted to see Jon Bon Jovi desperately but I never got to see him come out. Wanted to see Boy George, Curiosity, Blondie, Bon Jovi, George Michael but had to leave so saw no-one. I did see Spandau though. Gary came out and said to me ‘It’s Michelle isn’t it?’ He remembered – aaaaarrrggghhhh. Sorry about the writing I’m so damn TIRED!!!


I can’t believe that I didn’t have that much to say about that trip to Heathrow in my diary entry for Sunday. I mean, WOW! On one plane, landing at Heathrow, were Duran, Spandau, Whitney Houston and the Pet Shop Boys! How fantastic is that? Imagine being on that plane!? I am not sure why they were all on that plane or where they were flying back from but I assume it was a tv show in Europe somewhere. If you can enlighten me – please do. I’m not too happy am I about the Spandau fans mobbing John!? I should be OK with it seeing as I went to see Spandau all the time, but still! My Duran jealousy is evident in this entry!

How indignant am I about having to get up at 6 to go and see Duran at 8!? I wasn’t happy. Nick and Simon wearing sunglasses at 8am on a cold and damp February morning meant they probably wasn’t too happy about the early start either! At least they look human in the picture above. I looked miserable. Scratch that. I ALWAYS looked miserable it seems. I always thought I was a happy soul! Teenagers eh? This pic was another first though. The first time I had a pic with TWO Duran members at the same time.

The BPI Awards are now called The Brits. I remember meeting Debbie Harry and thinking how wonderful she was – but that was at the Savoy. I remember having high hopes of meeting lots of celebrities at the BPI’s. When we got to the Grosvenor House Hotel it was obvious that we wouldn’t see anyone really. Lots of press and crew around. I really wanted to meet Jon Bon Jovi and Boy George, both of whom I have still never met. I was really disappointed. My disappointment shows as I seem to take hardly any interest when I DID meet Gary Kemp again after not seeing him for six months. I should have felt ecstatic that he remembered my name after all that time, but I don’t seem that bothered. Oooh. Fickle me.

Reading this diary sometimes make me want to go and visit this ‘me’ from the 80’s and give her a little slap! How lucky was I meeting ANY of the celebs back then? That’s the trouble with anything though isn’t it? You have a little but you always want to have more!


February 4th 1987 – Conversations with Steve Ferrone

Savoy Hotel/BBC Television Centre

I went to see Duran but spent most of the time with Steve Ferrone! He’s brill! At the Savoy he was so glad to see me I got smothered! At the BBC he was happy to see me again. We went to the reception area and we were waiting for the rest of Duran to arrive for about 25 minutes so we just chatted.

We talked about what I wanted to do as a career, his drums, his girlfriend – who he is marrying next week. He said his kids were doing great. He asked me if I had tickets for the Duran tour and he said he would put me on his guest list! I will be with Jacqui his new wife! We talked loads and he even said he will send my a birthday card in a few weeks!

At reception at the BBC 4th Feb 1987 All of Duran at the time and me with Steve Ferrone. COPYRIGHT MICHELLE COLDWELL-SIMONS

We got into one of the dressing rooms but Simon chucked us out when Warren (the new guitarist) had let us in! Warren was great to us. He said he liked my cross (necklace) and thought my bright red worried looking face ‘becomes’ me!! The make up artist for them was trying to help calm it down by putting witch hazel on it for me!

So Simon wasn’t very nice, John and Nick I don’t really know about as I never really spoke to them, being with Steve all the time. But they said they were supposed to be flying back on Sunday….


I obviously used to get on really well with Steve. He was genuinely interested in what I had to say. I remember telling him I wanted to be a journalist and he was very encouraging – like a dad would be! He WAS old enough to be my dad let’s face it! That’s how I saw him anyway – like a father figure. We chatted for a long while whilst hanging around waiting for Duran to arrive.

I do remember being let into the dressing room by Warren. We didn’t know anything about him at this time. He had only just appeared on our radar around then. We thought he was a lovely man for letting us escape those dreaded commissionaire’s that were chasing us. Simon obviously had other idea’s and told us to leave the dressing room when he got there! Fair enough – I don’t blame him at all! We didn’t get to know more about Warren and his reputation until much later…..

I was very chuffed about getting on Steve’s guest list for tickets. And that he had offered me and not that I had asked him too. The other ‘known’ fans had been on guest lists before but this was new for me! I didn’t take it too to heart though as the tour wasn’t coming to the UK until May and I might have been forgotten about by then! It was just nice to be thought of in that way that Steve would like me as his guest! I was chuffed!

Looking briefly through my diary there isn’t as much written in 1987 as there was in 1986. Further along the years even less! As I got a bit older I obviously had less time to go and see Duran, what with leaving school and getting a job. I still did go and see them as you will see if you continue to read my entries. I hope you are enjoying them still. I enjoy reading your feedback so let me know your thoughts!


The picture in this entry features the following people:- Jenny, Ruth, Moraine, Daska, Sam and Jo. If you want the picture removed please let me know.