mutter slater, stackridge:
think it must have been the 30th Dec '72 gig - I always remember it as
being 'New Year's Eve' celebration, but my memory could be playing me
false - when a large cake was wheeled onto the stage at the crucial moment
only for Peter Gabriel to pop out and wish everyone a Happy New Year.
Someone e-mailed me recently, who mentioned that he came up to buy me a
drink at a bar near The Friars before a gig. He butted in on a
conversation I was having at the time with someone he didn't recognise,
who turned out to be Peter. I think this must have been the same night.
Then again, there's no real way of being sure
Fair play to Mutter for even
remembering this, but it was actually at this June birthday party gig and
indeed Peter Gabriel did jump out of a cake and read "Now we are six"
Paul Weir, friars fan
Just looking at your
excellent website. I can fill in a bit about Saturday June 7th 1975.
The day before, I was moving permanently from South Mimms to
Cheltenham. Of course my Honda C90 got a serious puncture between Tring
and Aylesbury, so I phoned Dave and Budget who put me up for the night.
While there I wrote a happy birthday piece for the Friars mag, as did
Peter Gabriel who was scheduled to pop out of the cake on the Saturday
night. For some reason I thought Steve Harley might have been involved
I was a rock scribe at the time (NME,
Melody Maker, Sounds, Disc and Record Mirror - sometimes
writing under pseudonyms), and reviewed a few gigs at Friars as well
as making a couple of dodgy appearances at Friars with Gryphon and
Strange but true, the first time I ever visited Lands End (in 1972) I
found Dave Stopps there too "of all the places in all the towns...!