Before there was Page Six Sean, there was Page Six Ron.
But 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.
“This is gonna be an exclusive thing because I’ve never been a kiss-and-tell type of guy,” Duguay stated on the debut episode of “Up In The Blue Seats,” The Post’s New York Rangers podcast.
The Rangers had simply defeated the Islanders on the Garden on Jan. 20, 1982 when Duguay went to have a good time at Studio 54, the place he typically went on the time regardless of drawing the ire of Herb Brooks — the then-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 later traded to Detroit in June of 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 at all times wished to fulfill Duguay and appreciated 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 know Cher, if she wants something she goes after it,” Duguay says. “Grabs me by the arm and says, ‘You dance?’ I said ‘Yeah.’ So we go and start dancing, we’re dancing to all this fun stuff back then — the Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, Billy Joel. To this day, if you Google ‘Ron Duguay and Cher,’ it breaks down to a slow song. Her head’s on my [shoulder]. She’s looking very comfortable. And you look at my face, and the expression on my face is like, ‘Oh my God, I’m dancing with Cher.’ I look like I don’t feel comfortable because I’m not comfortable, because I grew up as a Canadian watching ‘Sonny & Cher.’”
The second Duguay references was captured completely by The Post’s Vernon Shibla at Studio 54, Cher resting her head on Duguay’s proper shoulder with her eyes closed.
The two 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 instructed Duguay.
They have been sitting in the foyer of Minnelli’s house constructing, ready roughly 30 minutes for her arrival earlier than Cher started to get indignant. She had sufficient, so she and Duguay bought in a taxi.
“Where are we going?” Duguay requested.
“Just come with me, son,” Cher answered.
The cab went 5 or 6 blocks to what Duguay described as a “beautiful” townhouse. Before Cher turned the important thing to open the door to the home, she circled to inform Duguay, “By the way, I don’t beep, beep, beep on the first date.”
“Fill in the blank,” Duguay says on the podcast. “And I said, ‘I’m happy to just be here.’”
Duguay appeared round on the gold data on the wall of the home, however he observed they weren’t Cher data, however moderately these of KISS. Cher then instructed Duguay they have been at Simmons’ home.
“So I’m in Gene Simmons’ townhouse, not sure why I’m there. Next thing I know, she told me, ‘We’re not doing anything tonight,’” Duguay recollects. “Next thing you know, we’re sitting on his bed. And that’s where the story stops.”