January 24
John Taylor and Renee Simonsen attend the 43rd
Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton
Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. [1]
Late January till early February
Nick Rhodes visits Andy Taylor and stays for a week
and a half. They worked on 3 songs [ideas] together
in a studio in Los Angeles. [2]
There is a rare shot of Andy and Nick being photo-
graphed on January 30th at the Spago Restaurant in
West Hollywood, California. [3]
February 15
Drum (with Simon Le Bon on board) leaves Auckland,
New Zealand.
February 19
Nick and Julie Anne Rhodes are in Los Angeles. [4]
February 25
Nick and Julie Anne attend the 28th annual Grammy
Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. [5]
John is doing promotion for his solo single 'I Do What I
Do'. He appears on quite a few TV shows.



April 1
Davout Studios, Paris
They do some informal work and early demos together
at Davout Studios in Paris; they expected Andy to join
them from Los Angeles, but he didn't appear.
John: "What happened was we all arranged to meet in
Paris on April 1st or something to start writing songs
and Andy didn't turn up.
April 5
Nick is in London. [6]
Video shoot for Arcadia's single 'The Flame' at the
Docklands in London with Russell Mulcahy; John,
brandishing a contract, appears briefly in the video. [7]
April 8
John is in London. [8]
April 9
John is in London. [9]
Drum (with Simon) leaves Punta del Este, Uruguay for
the next leg of the Whitbread race.
April 10
John and Nick visit to EMI offices in London. [10]
April 11 till 19
West Side Studios, London
John said they [Nick and he] were starting there.
[11] [12] [13]
Mark Saunders: "Not long after graduating from
assistant engineer to engineer, Duran Duran booked a
weekend in West Side Studios, London where I was
working. They wanted to audition the totally brilliant
drummer Steve Ferrone for the gig as Duran's
drummer, after the original guy [Roger Taylor] left.
Because it wasn't a 'real' recording session they made
do with the lowly house engineer - me!