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Saturday May 28th 2011

 

THE 42nd BIRTHDAY PARTY GIG WITH HAWKWIND and WILKO

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The first gig of 2011 after a couple of very near misses and what an interesting one it was too! Wilko Johnson with the awesome Blockhead Norman Watt Roy in his band blew a huge hole in the place with a fantastic set that shows Wilko is still top of his game and still has the moves, and also some of the best bass playing you will see this side of the pond.

Hawkwind also played a blinding and well received set and in doing so became the first band to play all four Friars Aylesbury venues having previously played in 1970, 1972 and 1976. It was worth the patient 35 year wait with a colourful set that included amongst other things, ten feet tall stiltwalkers, aliens and more. Wilko, Norman and Hawkwind received special awards on the night. Have a look at the pictures below and see what you missed if you weren't there.

Kris Needs dedicated his DJ set to Andy Dunkley who was not only important to Friars in the early years but had an association with Hawkwind too.

Photos as credited (and all used with permission) Big thanks as ever to Stuart Robb, Russ Naylor, Neale Wareham.

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

PRE MATCH INTERVIEWS

Hawkwind (May 2011) 

WILKO SPECIAL

HAWKWIND SPECIAL

THE GALLERY HERE  SETLISTS HERE  YOUR VIEWS HERE

WEBSITE REVIEW HERE 

From the bands.....

Dave Brock: Lovely venue, spotted lots of familiar faces in the audience and we have had good feedback about the show...
I was jolly pleased to receive the award on a special evening, thanks to everyone at Friars.......Long may you continue.

THE SETLISTS

Hawkwind: (Thanks Tim Blake) WARRIORS; ASSAULT & BATTERY/GOLDEN VOID/WHERE ARE THEY NOW?; FLYING DOCTOR; Down through the night; PROMETHEUS; SPIRIT OF THE AGE; SENTINEL;
New Jersusalem; POEM; ANGELS OF DEATH; WRAITH; TIDE OF THE CENTURY; PSYCHEDELIC WARLORDS; ASSASSINS ENCORE: Magnu; SILVER MACHINE

Wilko Johnson: TBC

Kris Needs: Kris dedicated his entire set to Friars legend and personal inspiration Andy Dunkley THE PRETTY THINGS - Scene One; FRANK ZAPPA - Willie The Pimp; HEAVY JELLY - I Keep Singing That Same Old Song; SUNRAY - Incantation; ANANDA SHANKAR - Jumpiní Jack Flash; MOTT THE HOOPLE - At The Crossroads; THE FACES - Had Me A Real Good Time; THE GROUNDHOGS - Garden; GENE VINCENT - Blue Jean Bop; ZOLAR X - Space Age Love; WYNONIE HARRIS - Good Rockiní Tonight; FLAMIN GROOVIES - Feel A Whole Lot Better; DR FEELGOOD - Roxette; EAST OF EDEN - Northern Hemisphere; JIMI HENDRIX - 3rd Stone From The Sun; BLUE CHEER - Summertime Blues; THE MISUNDERSTOOD - Children Of The Sun; MOTT THE HOOPLE - Thunderbuck Ram; CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND - Zigzag Wanderer; HUMAN EXPRESSION - Love At Psychedelic Velocity; PINK FAIRIES - Do It; SUN RA - Atlantis; VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR - Refugees [for Andy]; THE ROLLING STONES - You Canít Always Get What You Want

THE FANS

Just some of the feedback we've had!

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

Here's a selection of comments:

"A big thanks to all for a great night at Friars. Just like the good old days"

"Well done for another brilliant concert. Bring on another!"

"Last nights gig was amazing! Keep up the good work!"

WEBSITE REVIEW

This was always going to be an interesting one. Two seemingly musically different as you can acts on the same bill? Would it work? Oh yes.

We've waited since 1980 when Wilko was a member of the Blockheads for him to tread the Friars boards again. He didn't disappoint for many reasons. Musically tight and brilliant, the distinctive machine gunning of the Fender Strat and Norman Watt Roy's mesmerising bass (and let's not forget Dylan Howe keeping the beat down) had the crowd lapping it up. And Wilko still has the moves and THAT stare. Peppered with more modern (and well received) Wilko material, we were treated as hoped to a couple of Dr Feelgood classics and I guess the only grumble (and maybe I am being a pedant) was there was no Roxette but that didn't put a dampener on the set. It is clear that many people here tonight were also here for the legendary Feelgood 1975 gigs at Friars.

   I have to confess to be not quite a Hawkwind virgin but not completely aware of what is actually a massive body of work. When I spoke to Dave Brock for the website, I mentioned that since they last played Friars they had released something like 25 albums. That is astonishing. Whilst having been made aware of what the Hawkwind experience might entail, seeing this show in the flesh was an experience. Huge constant projection and two dancers who contributed massively to the show whether they be stilt walkers, aliens or indeed at the end Silver Machines. Musically and visually very stimulating and a wide ranging set including material from their most recent album Blood of The Earth. Hearing Silver Machine from my younger years live was a joy.

   When I started the concept of the Heroes Awards, on my original list was Dr Feelgood and Ian Dury and the Blockheads - well in some way we have rewarded all those classic gigs with awards for Wilko and Norman. Hawkwind deservedly received their award from Kris Needs for being the first, and possibly only band to play all four Friars venues.

   Everyone seemed to enjoy it and as ever Needsy played some exciting eclectic stuff as you will see listed below.

   Please do send in your thoughts on the gig as well. I went home happy to have seen two legends in one night.

THE GALLERY

All pictures: Used with permission and as credited and © 2011 www.aylesburyfriars.co.uk except where noted

 

Welcome to Friars Aylesbury - the legendary venue out in the sticks.

Picture: Stuart Robb

Showing the way, stage manager John Braley and David Stopps.

Picture: Stuart Robb

Gearing up for the show started in earnest at lunchtime. In the production office are Judy and Rick Pearce.

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Friars promoter David Stopps making last minute plans.

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Back for the night was legendary Civic manager John Braley who has now stage managed Phases Two to Four. And it was the very first time he had been seen in a Friars shirt!

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Early afternoon and the PA people move into position and as last time the floor has yet to be dropped four feet.

Picture: Mike O'Connor

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Picture: Mike O'Connor

Hawkwind have arrived and start setting up.

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Picture: Mike O'Connor

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Soundcheck time!

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Dave Brock, Tim Blake and Mr Dibs in playful form before the gig.

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Picture: Mike O'Connor

What the bands see!

Picture: Mike O'Connor

At the side of the stage were the costumes and props that the dancers would use throughout the show.

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Picture: Mike O'Connor

At the box office is Friars Founding Father Robin Pike along with Vicki Austin

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Robin Pike and with him Friars members numbers six and seven from the very first night in 1969.

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Running the merchandise stall is Aylesbury Roxette's Judy Pearce.

Picture: Stuart Robb

IT'S WILKO TIME!

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Russ Naylor

In recognition of Norman Watt Roy's appearances at Friars going back to 1972 with Glencoe and of course with Ian Dury and The Blockheads, David Stopps presents a Heroes Award.

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

The webmaster presented an award to Wilko - for the legendary Dr Feelgood gigs of 1975 (of which part of May 75 made it onto the No1 live Stupidity album), his coming back to Friars in 1977 and also was part of the Blockheads in 1980.

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Space time!

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Hawkwind's projected visuals and stiltwalkers and aliens were something to behold.

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Dave Brock who has been in Hawkwind since day one.

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Russ Naylor

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

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

The first (and possibly) the only band to play all four phases of Friars received a Heroes Award in recognition of this and were presented the award by another Friars hero who saw the band at Friars on the previous three occasions, Kris Needs.

 

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

Dave Brock with the award.

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

And closing the show with the immortal Silver Machine.

Picture: Neale Wareham/Modent Art

 

 

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