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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!


December 28th 1986 – My First Concert! (And it’s not Duran – Ooops!)


They were great! They played all the songs off the Barricades album and different ones from their other albums.

Gary was making faces at us mob at the front, me, Amy and Das. We got 13th row but ran to the front. We were RIGHT at the front!

The concert was really good. Lights, sound etc. Gary looked really good. Liked the white vest top……mmmmm.

Spandau Ballet Wembley Arena December 28th 1986 COPYRIGHT MICHELLE COLDWELL-SIMONS










Tony’s voice was really good and the rest of them were great too.

The Spandau fans were really bitchy after though. They left us on the train to go to an aftershow party. Jo and Kris were invited as they had organised the strippergram for Martin and Gary’s birthday. Annoyed. I mean – Gary had ASKED where I was and why I didn’t go to his party!!!


I know, I know. This is the Duran diaries. But like I said, I met lots of bands when following Duran and Spandau were like my second choice! And they HAD a tour! Duran did not tour until the following year.

In a way I was glad I got to go to another gig first before seeing Duran live. I then had something  to compare Duran to when I did see them perform live.  And Spandau were a similar kind of band too. (Please no arguing here – both were five piece bands that started in the early 80’s under the New Romantic sound genre who were both moving into different sounding area’s of music by the mid 80’s. That’s all I meant!)

I enjoyed this gig immensely. It was lovely to also get some recognition from the band onstage too. They interacted with us, which I didn’t expect! I mean this was Wembley Arena! I thought you wouldn’t SEE the band on stage as it was such a big venue.

In those days you were allowed to run to the front of a gig. You didn’t get told to go back to your seat. You didn’t get told to SIT DOWN like I have in some more recent gigs. Gigs back then meant that if you had a seat in the first say 15 rows, you had EVERY chance of making it to the front! As soon as those lights went up – YOU RAN! Gigs back then meant you sang, danced, hollered and waved. You took pictures. You waved a lighter around in the slow numbers – taking care not to set anyone’s hair on fire of course. You could SMOKE at gigs!  You had a good time. These days you can’t leave your seat. You can’t stand up sometimes.  I have been moaned at for DANCING at gigs before. You certainly can’t have a lighter anymore and you can get your camera confiscated. A lot of the fun has been taken out of going to concerts. I know for Health and Safety reasons but still.

So this is the end of my Duran diary for 1986. And the last entry is not even a Duran one! Not to worry. More Duran to come in 1987…..

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???

July 30th 1986 – Seeing ‘The Rivals’

Maison and the BBC

Went to see Simon John and Nick go in and then went to see Spandau Ballet at the BBC. They are doing TOTP. (Top of the Pops)

We got in finally and they were great. Especially Gary Kemp. He was really nice and remembered my name.

I also saw Chris De Burgh (who did Lady in Red) and the DJ Mike Read. We nearly got caught in the BBC at first. We ran around trying to find places to hide. We ran into some toilets and Doris and Lorraine from 5Star were in there! We had photo’s done in the toilets!!! It was really funny!

Good day. Brill day in fact. Gary Kemp was soooooo nice. So was Steve Norman. Rae got her photo done with her favourite Spandau, John Keeble.


Oh-Oh I hear you think. She defected to the enemy! NO NO NO! A few of the fans that followed Duran used to go and see Spandau too. One day I just tagged along – when they were on Wogan. The same fans went to see them doing Top Of The Pops so again I tagged along. I mean, Duran were in the studio’s and not coming out for HOURS, so it was something to occupy our time. I would go and see Duran when they went into the studios, then go and see Spandau somewhere, then jump back on a tube and see Duran come out of the studio’s. We didn’t tell Duran who we had been seeing though! That is how it started off, as a way of occupying the hours in between when Duran entered a studio – early afternoon – until they left – around 10 o’clock at night. Duran were still the band that I wanted to go and see, but I used to like going to see Gary Kemp too.

I was really chuffed that Gary Kemp remembered my name. After all I had only met him briefly once before. I had met Duran quite a few times and they had not once remembered my name! Gary was a really lovely man and we came from around the same area of London so we had quite a bit in common. I used to go and see Spandau but not talk to anyone else in the band except Gary really. My first concert was actually a Spandau Ballet one that Christmas 1986…….but that’s a different story!

Gary Kemp and I at the BBC July 1986


This was another day that we had not been legitimately let  into the BBC. I am not sure if this was a ‘run under the barriers at the front of the BBC’ entry or a ‘climb over a fence at the back of the BBC’ entry! We had been chased around again by the security guards otherwise known as the Commissionaires and ended up this time hiding in the toilets, where two of the girls from 5Star happened to be! I can’t believe that we had asked them for a photograph. In the loo! And they said yes! I remember seeing the picture afterwards and in it was the girls from 5star, us girls and some toilets in the background! I don’t have that picture unfortunately. I hope someone still has it somewhere!

I know this blog is called the Duran Diaries, but I did say I will mention other celebrities that I met along the way…..this entry hardly mentions Duran at all! Sorry Duran fans!