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We’ve Come A Long Way! Christmas Concerts – December 2005

21st and 22nd December 2005

Earls Court

The first gig (on the 21st) had a great atmosphere – they played really well and seemed to enjoy themselves. The gig was packed out. Met up with Rocks and Elena too which was really nice.

Second gig was not so good. It hadn’t sold as many seats as the first night and some of the arena was curtained off. It really showed in their playing, the gig just wasn’t the same.

I went to the after show though – that was a laugh. I got quite drunk! I was with Amy, Frank, Jo and Sam – who had given birth to twins only a week before! She’s MAD!

The highlight of my night was John saying to me ‘We’ve come a long way from the BBC haven’t we? And you came to the USA too!’ YAY!

(Amy was the only one to have a picture with John. I asked if he would pose with Amy, at first he said no. He said ‘If I say yes to Amy then I will have to do it for everyone’. So I said ‘It’s Amy, please???’ and he said OK! Bless!)

One more thing. I met Matt Willis! He must have thought I was a right mad old drunken loon! I had my picture taken with him. How sad!

Matt Willis at Earls Court After Show for Duran Duran copyright Michelle-Coldwell-Simons










Notes About This Entry

I remember the atmosphere at that second gig. Going into the arena the day before and seeing it packed out then coming back the next day to a half-filled auditorium must have hit Duran quite hard, therefore the gig didn’t have the same energy. It was probably one of those things where they released the one date at Earls Court, near to Christmas and people treated themselves or family members to a Duran gig as an early Christmas present. I might be wrong but the second gig was probably added without much fanfare and people didn’t know about it. Shame really.

I remember that day going to see Sam with her newly born twins and she was saying – ‘I want to come with you to the gig tonight’. We kept in touch throughout the gig and then towards the end of the show Jo went out and came back in with Sam! I never would have thought that she would even want to come – she had just twins by a c-section so should have been in bed – but not Sam! She came and partied with us! Mad Woman!


And Matt Willis was in a band called Busted, for those who don’t know!



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……