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Buzzcocks, Eddie, 999 and more

Friday October 8th 2010

 

THE FIRST NIGHT OF FRIARS AYLESBURY PHASE FOUR

A brilliant night which proved that Friars could make the next leap up and so started Phase Four at the biggest Aylesbury venue yet, the brand new Waterside Theatre and Friars was the first gig and proper event in the new place so we became the guinea pigs in many ways! It's a beautiful theatre and I think that as Kris Needs said, Friars came along, turned the Waterside over and well and truly planted a flag in its bottom. Can't argue with that. Even more so having to see a boarded up Civic, still awaiting demolition, on the way to the gig.

All three bands played like their lives depended on it, desperate to show Friars what it meant to be back playing there. All three bands received memento awards marking the first night of Phase Four and to add to this, two very important people in the Friars story received Heroes Awards - the immortal Kris Needs and legendary Friars founding father Robin Pike.

Photos as credited (and all used with permission) - Big thanks to  Stuart Robb, Russ Naylor, Neale Wareham, Michelle Needs, Nigel Lee, Simon Copson

We'll keep this page updated as stuff comes in.

PRE MATCH INTERVIEWS

999 (October 2010)  Buzzcocks (Oct 2010)  Eddie and the Hot Rods (2009)

SPECIAL........including interviews and much more, including maybe you!

THE GALLERY HERE  SETLISTS HERE  YOUR VIEWS HERE

REVIEW HERE  KRIS NEEDS REVIEW HERE ROXETTE REVIEW HERE

From the acts.....

Eddie and the Hot Rods:  Eddie and the Hot Rods were thrilled to receive their second heroes award after their show at the brand new Friars venue on Friday. Barrie Masters remembers well  how the original Friars was a great place to play and hopes this new venue will prove to be as successful. The band had a really good time and would like to thank David for inviting us back

THE SETLISTS

Buzzcocks: (thanks Simon Copson)

 

Eddie and the Hot Rods: Teenage Depression; I Might Be Lying; Quit This Town; Kids Are Alright; Life On The Line; Do Anything You Wanna Do; Why Should I Care Anymore; Ignore Them; Bad Time Again; Power And The Glory; Gloria

999: TBC

THE FANS

Just some of the feedback we've had!

A really great night in a lovely venue - hopefully the first of many great Friars nights.

Just a quick note to say thanks for a great gig last night - bands and audience top drawer - here's to many more. David S also took the time to speak with me on the way in - I was wearing an MC5 t shirt - I was 5 years old when they played Friars ! Thanks to Dave also.

What a fantastic night at the Waterside on Friday - you must all be so pleased with the huge turnout... a brilliant gig !

There is a thriving Friars community on Facebook with hundreds of members!

Here's a selection of comments:

"Really enjoyed the night. The new theatre is superb-big but quite 'intimate' and created a great atmosphere. place looks great -very classy. Like others enjoyed Eddie and the Hot Rods the most. Bars were well stocked and efficient as well. Let's hope its the first of many. Well done to Stoppsy for getting it on and to everyone for supporting it-so many old faces.

"we enjoyed Friday night. great seeing so many old mates again. what a fantastic new venue. perfect for gigs.

"great gig last night...........Punks not dead (Thank god)

"Great start to Phase 4......thought the layout was excellent and really worked well.
Thought the Rods were superb and just stole the night for me

"Eddie and the Hot Rods were the stars of last night - excellent!
Friars will always have the same values no matter what venue. I was v. pleased to see that you can still stand pretty close to the bands/stage -hope it remains that way.
Thanks Mike, David and Kris for making it all happen last night!"

"Well done Friars !!! A fantastic start to the new phase...and looking forward to seeing more bands play there...a great venue - LOADS of bars and bar staff (lol) plenty of room to mill about and catch up/chat with mates - old & new...and a great set up in the hall...loved it - a brilliant nite"

WEBSITE REVIEW

This one is really hard for me to comprehend.

   I never imagined Phase Three would get a Lazarus style second bite of the cherry and for Phase Four to start was well....something myself and many others didn't see as a remote possibility 12 months ago.

   Well, here we were in the shiny new Waterside Theatre, and a lovely place it is too. Would it retain the 'Friars magic' - oh yes it would.

   Needsy kicked proceedings off with some classic tunes and Friars aficionados would have remembered and no doubt regaled in hearing Clifford T Ward's Dubious Circus Company, a stalwart from Friars Phase Two.....can that really have been 35 years ago. And Kris has been with Friars since the very first gig in 1969.

   At 7.45 David Stopps kicked off Friars Phase Four in style announcing 999 to the stage and minor issues of a blown amp aside, they delivered a great set ending with classics Emergency, Homicide and I'm Alive.

   Eddie and the Hot Rods sold out Friars with ease on many occasions in the past and on this form it wasn't too hard to see why.

   Buzzcocks turned the clock back with a set made up of more recent material but heavy on classics culminating in a devastating encore of Oh Shit, Ever Fallen In Love and Orgasm Addict. They were up for it and Steve Diggle's hard hitting anti-X Factor/plastic pop acceptance speech after receiving their Friars award will live in the memory of any true music lover.

   A brilliant night and it was also fitting that two special awards were given out by David Stopps. Friars founding father Robin Pike received his award and remember that without Robin, there would have been no Phase One never mind Phase Four. Aylesbury journalistic legend Kris Needs received a special award for all his support over the years that said 'Always First With The News' - enough said. Roll on the next gig - it can't come quick enough.

KRIS NEEDS REVIEW

FRIARS PHASE 4 ROARS IN AT THE WATERSIDE    by KRIS NEEDS

World famous rock club Friars Aylesbury staged its first concert at the town’s new Waterside Theatre last Friday, commencing Phase Four of its 41 year existence with celebratory sets from punk veterans the Buzzcocks, Eddie and the Hot Rods and 999.
Despite minor teething problems like the downstairs bar running out of beer, the first major music event at the new venue drew a sizable crowd, ranging from the curious to original diehards from Friars’ first night in June, 1969. Once again, the club’s uniquely warm atmosphere was strongly in evidence.
  All three bands played the club in its last incarnation at the Civic Centre. 999, who made their Friars debut in March, 1979, kicked off proceedings with a spirited set, peaking with their theme song ‘Emergency’. Eddie and the Hot Rods [last minute replacements for Penetration, who cancelled owing to their guitarist suffering a broken collar bone] were local favourites around 1976, appearing at Friars several times and returning to headline Hobble On The Cobbles in 2008. The Hot Rods’ infectious brand of high energy rock ‘n’ roll went down a storm, particularly their 1977 hit ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do‘ and traditional tour de force ‘Gloria‘.  After the Hot Rod's set Friars promoter David Stopps presented two 'Friars Hero' awards on stage to two people who have been at the heart of Friars since 1969. The first was to the man who's idea it was to start Friars in the first place, former Aylesbury Grammar School teacher Robin Pike, and the other was to me which was a marvellous surprise.
  The Buzzcocks, who played Friars in May, 1978 and March, 1979, capped their career renaissance of recent years, leaving no doubts that, as just about the only surviving band from 1976’s original punk rock wave, they are still firing on all cylinders, inciting their faithful following into a roof-raising reception as they charged through classics such as ‘Ever Fallen In Love With Someone You Shouldn‘t Have‘, ‘What Do I Get‘, ‘Boredom‘ and ‘Orgasm Addict‘.
  “We had a great time,” said guitarist Steve Diggle afterwards. “We always liked playing at Friars back in the day but this new venue’s fantastic. Good luck with it all.”  David Stopps commented "Everyone seemed to love the Waterside as Friars new home. The Waterside staff were just brilliant. Watch this space for some exciting gigs next year."

THE NEW ROXETTE REVIEW

Here begins a new phase for Friars in an impressive new building which makes scant concession to the traditional. Some say it’s like wandering into a giant celestial game of Jenga; others just describe it as ’woody’. People seem to either love it or hate it, there’s no middle ground, but at least everyone’s talking about it.

Veteran punks 999 opened the evening with their second Friars appearance (the first was in March 1979). Sadly things did not run smoothly for the currently pared down trio. An amplifier malfunction left us with Nick Cash’s bass and vocals backed only by drums which simply did not do justice to their brand of sonic attack. Eventually someone got the guitar up and running on a purloined amp and 999 were able to deliver some satisfactory punky thrash although the phrase ‘too little too late’ did spring to mind. Their disappointment was hopefully eased by the presentation of a Friars Heroes award.

Eddie and the Hot Rods are an historically significant band. They were one of the prime movers in the crossover from pub rock to punk and unfortunately never received the long term recognition they really deserved. Tonight, with an impressively huge sound, Barry Masters and friends gave it their best to an enormously appreciative crowd. Do Anything You Wanna Do sounds as great now as it did back then. Even after all these years the grit and the energy’s still there to an unbelievable level. After the set Barry and band were another ecstatic group to receive a well deserved Friars Heroes award.

Two more well deserved Heroes awards were handed out straight after Eddie’s. These went to DJ, Writer and designer of the Friars logo Kris Needs and to founding father of Friars Robin Pike. Well done chaps!

The Buzzcocks still have boundless energy. Combine this with Steve Diggle’s righteous polemic and Pete Shelley’s incurable romanticism and you have the ultimate in punk pop confection; sweet with a touch of acidity. Add huge clanging shards of guitar mayhem and howling freeform feedback between songs and the package is not only complete but practically perfect. They treated us to all the hits and a whole lot more. ‘Fast Cars’, ‘You Say You Don’t Love Me’, ‘Noise Annoys’, ‘Ever Fallen In Love…’, ‘Orgasm Addict’, ‘Love You More’, ‘Oh Shit’, ‘What Do I Get?’ They roared along like a massive tsunami dragging pogoing punx of all ages along in their wake and finally making landfall with the fifth Friars Heroes award of the night.

A great start to a new Friars phase in an amazing new venue. Just ask any of the exhausted, overheated crowd heading out into the night…

Here’s looking forward to next year and many more nights like this.

Rick Pearce

THE GALLERY

All pictures: Used with permission and as credited and © 2010 www.aylesburyfriars.co.uk except where noted

Picture: Stuart Robb

A few before the show. The dressing rooms are HUGE! This was the Buzzcocks one.

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Beavering away in the Production Office is promoter David Stopps and Jam Central's Stuart Robb

Picture: Mike O'Connor

A magnificent setting.

Picture: Mike O'Connor

I included these ones as you see the stage being prepared, level with the floor. Given the unique way this is all set up with the theatre, the floor was dropped four feet in time for the gig.

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Two of the very friendly Waterside staff - they were all wearing specially commissioned Friars badges for the evening.

Picture: Michelle Needs

Two of Aylesbury's best known characters. You know who they are.

Picture: Mr and Mrs Bonzi

Ace Friars lensman Russ Naylor with Barrie Masters.

Picture: Russ Naylor

Lensmen extraordinaires Neale Wareham and Russ Naylor to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude for recording all the recent Friars gigs for posterity and allowing us to show their work on this website.

Picture: Stuart Robb

Official Friars Hero Kris Needs and the lovely Mrs Needs.

Picture: Russ Naylor

David Stopps, Mike O'Connor and Friars lensman Don Stone, somebody else to whom we are very grateful for his continued support and pictures.

Picture: Russ Naylor

David Stopps with some of the good people who keep Friars ticking - Rick Pearce, Kris Needs, Judy Pearce

Picture: Michelle Needs

999 belt it out - the first band to play Friars Aylesbury Phase Four

Picture: Sue O'Connor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Mr and Mrs Bonzi

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Mr and Mrs Bonzi

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Russ Naylor

999 received a commemorative award to mark the first night of Phase Four

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Mr and Mrs Bonzi

It's Eddie time!

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Eddie and the Hot Rods played a very well received set like they had never gone away.

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Russ Naylor

Eddie and the Hot Rods received a commemorative award to mark the first night of Phase Four

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Michelle Needs

Kris Needs receives his Friars Heroes Award from David Stopps for services beyond the call of duty over 41 years.

Picture: Michelle Needs

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Neal Weareham/Modent Art

Picture: Russ Naylor

Robin Pike receives his truly deserved Founding Fathers Friars Heroes Award from David Stopps. Without Robin, there would have been no Phase One, never mind Phase Four. Fact.

Picture: Michelle Needs

Picture: Michelle Needs

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Buzzcocks closed the night with a 100mph set peppered with classics.

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Nigel Lee

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Nigel Lee

Picture: Sue O'Connor

Picture: Neale Wareham

Picture: Sue O'Connor

Picture: Sue O'Connor

Amongst much mayhem at the end, Buzzcocks receive their commemorative award too. Steve Diggle's passionate acceptance speech will live long in the memory....

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Michelle Needs

Picture: Michelle Needs

Picture: Sue O'Connor

Post-gig.

Picture: Michelle Needs

Picture: Michelle Needs

Picture: Simon Copson

Picture: Simon Copson

 
 

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