Bell, who says the solo album he's working on should be done by the end of next month, isn't afraid of tackling Madge's music, but the pop queen herself does intimidate him. "I met Madonna one time and I couldn't even speak," he recalls. "I had to stop myself from fainting. I could feel myself literally falling on the ground. I had to say, 'Andy, stop your nonsense.'"
Madonna isn't the only singer Bell has been starstruck over. Blondie'sDeborah Harry had the same effect on him. "She invited me to her flat warming in New York one time and I was so scared I couldn't go, I couldn't work up the nerve to go," he says. But after the pair toured together on the True Colors jaunt, they've become friends. "Really, she was my heroine and then to actually meet your idol and then for her to be concerned with you, sitting on the steps smoking cigarettes with you, and just hanging out," he says. "I can't believe we get on so well."
So there is hope for Bell and Madge to be friends yet. "She was really nice," he recalls of their meeting. "I was surprised how little she was and what big Bambi eyes she had." Careful, Andy -- she's not as sweet and innocent as she looks.