everything apparently, and I have only great ones of the
fabulous Friars." David Bowie,
February 28th 2014
1956 - 2019
It is with great sadness that we learnt that Friars legend
Barrie Masters, of Eddie & The Hot Rods, has left us.
Barrie was very ill when he played, in May of this year, at the
Friars Aylesbury 50th Anniversary gig with Stiff Little
Anyone else would have cancelled, but Barrie was determined to
do it as he regarded Friars as his favourite gig in the country.
He had to pull back on one song and let Dipster take lead vocals
but soldiered on through their anthemic “Do Anything You Wanna
Do’ to complete a storming set.
At the end of the set David Stopps, on stage, presented Barrie
with the Friars Heroes Award and the Friars audience immediately
went into a football style chant of “Barrie, Barrie, Barrie,
Barrie” which brought Barrie to tears. He told David afterwards
he had never had a reaction like it.
Later Sue Stopps caught him in the backstage corridor of the
Waterside emotionally looking at the Friars photo exhibition
(which will be there until the end of November). He was looking
at each photo with nostalgia and wonderment and said to Sue
“I’ve had the best life”.
Barrie Masters lived for rock music and playing on stage to a
live audience. He was a true Friars Aylesbury legend.
Thank you so much to Richard Carr, of Bucks TV, for putting this
video together at such short notice.
FRIARS AYLESBURY PRESENTS
STEVE HILLAGE + GONG
FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2019
AYLESBURY WATERSIDE THEATRE
TICKETS ON SALE NOW from ATGTickets, Ticketmaster and See Tickets.
Steve Hillage is recognised as one of the
20th Century’s most influential guitarists and
producers and has a long and distinguished history with Friars
He first played Friars in December 1973 at
the Borough Assembly Hall with his band GONG whose latest
incarnation will be supporting Steve on 15 November.
In October 1975 he released his first solo album ‘Fish Rising’
and in 1976 his follow up album ‘L’ which resulted in his first
Friars solo headliner in October 1976. Two more Friars
gigs followed in October 1977 (This was one of the fastest
selling Friars gigs of all time which resulted in him being
presented with the prestigious FA Cup) on his Motivation Radio
tour and in 1978 in conjunction with his ‘Green’ album which was
produced by Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason.
Since then he has been associated with a
myriad of artists and bands including Kevin Ayres, Mike
Oldfield, Hawkwind, Sting, Ozric Tentacles and even Sham’69. As
a producer he has produced The Charlatans, Simple Minds,
Genesis’s Tony Banks and Robyn Hitchcock among many others.
Like Bowie, Steve Hillage has always been
re-inventing himself so it was no surprise that in the late
eighties he became involved with techno/ambient music and along
with his wife Miquette Giraudy (who played with Steve on all his
solo Friars gigs) formed System 7 which had collaborations with
The Orb’s Alex Paterson, Laurent Garnier, Youth and Paul
For this monumental return to Friars
Aylesbury Steve will be playing tracks from his 1970’s albums
Green, L, Fish Rising and Motivation Radio. Reviews of shows
earlier in 2019 have been astonishing. Expect to be moved.
Tickets are available from ATG Tickets, Ticketmaster and See
Wow, that SLF/Eddie
gig was something - galleries from that gig and other Friars
gigs this year by clicking the relevant poster
STEVE HACKETT FRIARS AYLESBURY 2
For the first time ever, Steve will perform the
seminal Genesis album ‘Selling England By The Pound’ in its
entirety. Released in 1973, the album went to No.3 in the UK
charts and has been described as ‘the definitive Genesis album’.
It includes such favourites as ‘Dancing With The Moonlight’,
‘Firth Of Fifth’, ‘Cinema Show’ and, of course, ‘I Know What I
Like (In Your Wardrobe)’. Other favourite classic Genesis tracks
will also feature in the show.
marks the 40th anniversary of one of Steve’s most popular solo
albums Spectral Mornings and Steve will rightly celebrate this
milestone by performing some of the masterpieces from this
Fans will also be treated to highlights from Steve’s new album,
to be released in 2019.
Joining Steve on this tour are Roger King
(keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend
(saxes/flute), Jonas Reingold (bass/twelve string) and Nad Sylvan on vocals.
HEROES....JUST FOR ONE DAY
The statue was unveiled on Sunday
March 25th to a large crowd, a large audience watching live
online and covered by local and national media. This was
followed by an amazing gig featuring local heroes Marillion,
Howard Jones, John Otway and the Dung Beatles.
To see the statue live, there is a dedicated
Thin White Book - A History of David Bowie and Friars Aylesbury
is now available here from the Friars Aylesbury online shop -
link above in menu or click this link.
If you are in
the Aylesbury area you can also purchase the book from Rocky &
Kook or Aylesbury Music, both in Temple Street, Aylesbury or Deco
Audio/Vicious Squirrel in Kempson Close, Aylesbury
(Avoids P&P charges).
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