everything apparently, and I have only great ones of the
fabulous Friars." David Bowie,
February 28th 2014
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 celebrate the fan led
petition to rename Aylesbury to Aylesbowie just for one day,
someone went to great lengths to alter the town signs leading
Whilst there are many opinions on the statue,
most are overwhelmingly positive and the subsequent vandalism on
March 26th dismayed the whole town. We are confident the
perpetrator will be caught.
Neale Wareham's gallery
Full gallery from Erasure gig
CAMEL WILL RETURN TO WHERE IT ALL STARTED, PLAYING THEIR CLASSIC
ALBUM ‘MOONMADNESS’ and
other classic Camel tracks, at the Waterside Theatre on 10
are available now from Waterside Box Office or online from
and ticketmaster.co.uk. Tel: 0844 871 7607
will be entirely seated.
After several years of trying, Friars Aylesbury is ecstatic to
be able to announce that Camel will be making their long overdue
return after a short break of 37 years.
Camel played Friars no less than six times in the seventies.
They first appeared on May 25 1975 just three months before
Friars Phase 2 at the Borough Assembly hall ended. They went
down a storm and were immediately booked to play Friars again,
which by this time had moved to the Civic Centre. This second
gig on Nov 8 1975 was the one that most remember best. It was
part of their classic Snow Goose tour which is regarded by many
to be Camel’s finest hour. Expect to hear Camel play tracks like
‘Rhayader’ and ‘The Great Marsh’.
Half of the evening in September 2018 will be their 1976 album
‘Moonmadness’ in its entirety which is regarded by prog rock
fans to be a complete classic marking the return of vocals to
the band’s music.
Camel feature main man Andrew Latimer on guitar, Colin Bass on
bass, Denis Clement on drums and Peter Jones on
Prog Rock magazine readers voted the Waterside to be the second
best prog rock venue in the country after those amazing Friars
gigs by King Crimson and Marillion. The number one venue was the
Royal Albert Hall so to come second was quite an achievement.
The Thin White
Book now available to purchase
At last it's
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
Audio/Vicious Squirrel in Kempson Close, Aylesbury
(Avoids P&P charges).
proceeds from the book will go to the Aylesbury Bowie Statue
fund. We still need to raise £65K to fully fund the project
so every amount helps. The book is written by the legendary
Kris Needs and also has contributions from Pete Frame,
It contains some amazing Friars Aylesbury photographs by
Michael Putland and Mick Rock as well as copies of the Bowie
Friars newsheets, tickets, posters and contracts. Mick
Rock’s famous fellatio shot with Bowie and Mick Ronson taken
at Friars Aylesbury on 15 July 1972 is included.
For those of
you who received copies of the book through the Kickstarter
reward packages, here is Kris Needs signing the books (in
the same room and on the same sofa that he designed the iconic Friars
including the Bowie ones)
Statue 'Earthly Messenger' will be unveiled under the arches
in Aylesbury Market Square in March 2018
There is also a dedicated website which will be updated over the
coming days and weeks