Earlier than there was Web page Six Sean, there was Web page Six Ron.
However there’s one story Rangers nice Ron Duguay had by no means shared earlier than, now revealing for the primary time how he ended up in Gene Simmons’ bed with Cher after an evening out at Studio 54.
“That is gonna be an unique factor as a result of I’ve by no means been a kiss-and-tell sort of man,” Duguay stated on the debut episode of “Up In The Blue Seats,” The Put up’s New York Rangers podcast.
The Rangers had simply defeated the Islanders on the Backyard on Jan. 20, 1982, when Duguay went to rejoice at Studio 54, the place he typically went on the time regardless of drawing the ire of Herb Brooks — then the Rangers coach who led the “Miracle on Ice” USA squad over the Russians en path to a gold medal on the 1980 Olympics. (Duguay was traded to Detroit in June 1983.)
Duguay, who was 24 on the time, says he was minding his personal enterprise at Studio 54 when a girl pointed at him and known as him over. It was Liza Minnelli, who stated she’d at all times needed to fulfill Duguay and preferred the Rangers. After Duguay chatted with Minnelli’s husband, Minnelli invited Duguay to her home for a celebration later in the night and requested if he’d like to fulfill somebody. When he stated sure, Minnelli known as over none apart from Cher, 35 on the time, who had been on the dance flooring.
“If you understand Cher, if she desires one thing, she goes after it,” Duguay says. “Grabs me by the arm and says, ‘You dance?’ I stated, ‘Yeah.’ So we go and begin dancing, we’re dancing to all this enjoyable stuff again then — the Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, Billy Joel. To today, if you happen to Google ‘Ron Duguay and Cher,’ it breaks right down to a sluggish music. Her head’s on my [shoulder]. She’s wanting very comfy. And also you have a look at my face, and the expression on my face is like, ‘Oh my God, I’m dancing with Cher.’ I seem like I don’t really feel comfy as a result of I’m not comfy, as a result of I grew up as a Canadian watching ‘Sonny & Cher.’”
The second Duguay references was captured completely by The Put up’s Vernon Shibla at Studio 54, Cher resting her head on Duguay’s proper shoulder with her eyes closed.
The 2 then went again to Minnelli’s desk, the place she stated she and her husband have been going again to their home. “C’mon, we’re going,” Cher informed Duguay.
They have been sitting in the foyer of Minnelli’s residence constructing, ready roughly 30 minutes for her arrival earlier than Cher started to get indignant. She had sufficient, so she and Duguay obtained in a taxi.
“The place are we going?” Duguay requested.
“Simply come with me, son,” Cher answered.
The cab went 5 – 6 blocks to what Duguay described as a “stunning” townhouse. Earlier than Cher turned the important thing to open the door to the home, she rotated to inform Duguay, “By the best way, I don’t beep, beep, beep on the primary date.”
“Fill in the clean,” Duguay says on the podcast. “And I stated, ‘I’m comfortable to only be right here.’”
Duguay seemed round on the gold information on the wall of the home, however he observed they weren’t Cher information, however quite these of KISS. Cher then informed Duguay they have been at Simmons’ home.
“So I’m in Gene Simmons’ townhouse, unsure why I’m there. Subsequent factor I know, she informed me, ‘We’re not doing something tonight,’” Duguay remembers. “Subsequent factor you understand, we’re sitting on his bed. And that’s the place the story stops.”