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????


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……


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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