Monthly Archives: April 2004

Duran and The Scissor Sisters – April and May 2004

Wembley Arena – 24th April, 30th April and the 1st May

Fantastic set of concerts. Best i’ve ever seen them. Went backstage after the 30th April show and met Roger for the first time in 18 years! What a sweetheart! I also met Jake from the Scissor Sisters.

I met Ana from the Scissor Sisters on the 24th show. She was so lovely. So I called her over on the 30th’s show too and she introduced me to her best friend Christy. We had a great time.

On the 1st May show – it was a fantastic night. It was the last show of the tour and the atmosphere was superb. Met Ana again and Christy and we chatted for a while. Then we went backstage and we found out we can use our  passes to go to the party to celebrate the end of the tour at the Cafe Royal on Regent Street.

Wembley Pass 2004

Wembley Pass 2004 Copyright Michelle-Coldwell-Simons

It was so cool. Got a smile and a wink from John but the place was so full up – it was like a cattle market! Simon was huge headed, Roger was cool and Nick was laid back.

Met up with Rocks which was lovely. Fantastic set of gigs. Superb!

Notes About This Entry

The five dates of the Wembley tour was supported by Goldfrapp for the first few and the Scissor Sisters the last. For my birthday that February my husband Gary had bought me the Scissors CD. He had heard Comfortably Numb on Jo Whiley and thought – ‘My Michelle would love them!’ He was so right. No-one else had heard of them in my circle of friends except perhaps Frank so I, for once, was so excited to see a support act. It was amazing to meet Ana for the first time. She had finished her support set and came to the side of the stage to watch Duran – she is a MASSIVE Duran fan. I was standing at the front left of the stage on the barrier so called her over for a chat. She was so lovely. The following gig she did the same but this time came over to chat to me! She had been so excited to meet Duran – even got things signed! It was so refreshing!

Another after show party – I was so lucky to go to them I can tell you. In reality there really isn’t much reason for going. Duran aftershows are normally jam packed to the rafters with industry people, models (of course), some fans (how the hell did they get in!!) and sometimes the band themselves. Not all band members would go to some aftershows. This one was attended by all although I don’t remember Andy being there…..I sat and talked to Rocks (DD’s roadie from the 80’s) and his girlfriend Elena most of the night!

(I have also written a small piece on the back of this entry where there once was a backstage pass – it had been ripped off and some of my diary entry was missing too. I had gone to see the Scissor Sisters perform in Brighton at the Concorde 2. All I can make out of the entry was that it was a sweaty gig. Ana came out to say hi, we spent half an hour chatting and she persuaded me to never get a tattoo! She also gave me an email address to keep in touch.)

There is another gap of nearly a year or so in my diary. The next entry will be from 2005 – the year I get to fulfill one of my dreams!!

 


It’s Been A Long Time Coming – An entry from the Naughties

April 2004

Oh good Lord! How can this be? Still going, diary – 18 years later.

Things have developed a bit since 1998. I have seen Duran a couple of times in the past few years. I saw them live – Pop Trash tour. It just wasn’t the same for me with John not being there. I found that tour well – TRASH!

Still. I saw Duran – Well Simon Nick and Warren do Storytellers for VH1 in 2000 – and I was 6 months pregnant at the time. A lot of us won tickets and had to meet under the clock tower at Waterloo Station then board a bus to the wilds of Windsor for it. We had to sit on filthy dusty sofas for hours……but it was interesting.

Then October 2003 – DURAN as in Simon, Nick, JOHN, Roger and ANDY (!!!!) reformed and played at the Forum. Of course I was there with Jo, Frank, Sam, Amy and Rae. It truly was FANTASTIC! I finally, after 21 years got to see ANDY play live with Duran. The original five members. It was magical. They sounded better than ever, really tight and really seeming to enjoy themselves.

I went to the aftershow party too. It was in a really posh restaurant. There was lots of press there and photographers. The best thing was when all the press were finished there were all these hangers-on trying to get the bands attention. But John came over to us (Jo, Frank, Sam and Me) and just chatted. For ages. About this and that. I asked him if he remembered me. He said ‘NO’ and I believe him!

Aftershow Reunion Gig 2003 Copyright Michelle Coldwell-Simons

And now it’s April 2004. It’s been 20 odd years and the fab five are on the road again touring. They are playing FIVE SOLD OUT GIGS at Wembley. I went to a great show on the 13th April, didn’t go to the 14th but I am going to the one on the 24th and 30th of April and the 1st of May! I am so looking forward to it.

I may be 33 now and people have said I should be over this by now. If Duran are still up for it and the oldest one of them is 12 years older than me – WHY SHOULDN’T I????

NOTES ABOUT THIS ENTRY

A big gap this time between entries. I had moved from London to Brighton on the South Coast in 1998 so I would presume that the diary would have been packed and left in a box in the loft until I managed to find it again to write this entry! It is a shame that I didn’t have it to hand because I only remember parts of going to the VH1 Storytellers and being 6 months pregnant at the time didn’t help with my memory! I would have to watch the footage to remember any of it to be honest!

I love the Forum gig. It truly was the best gig EVER for me up to that point. I had seen Duran live many times before but I had never seen Andy with them. (My mum wouldn’t allow me to go to gigs so my first Duran tour was the Strange Behaviour tour in 87 – minus Andy). I was with all my old Duran friends and we had an absolute blast. The aftershow too was brilliant because it seemed that once all the press stuff was over John genuinely wanted to talk to us, ask us about the gig and what we thought – almost to reassure himself that it went OK. He was very lucid and chatty because he was NOT ON ALCOHOL! And John didn’t remember me. He never does! (I should have a complex!)

The next entry describes the concerts in a bit of detail along with the first time I met the Scissor Sisters……