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Saturday November 12th 1977

friars aylesbury phase three - maxwell hall, civic centre, market square, aylesbury

pictures from this gig in the galleries

related friars history (click on date)
XTC Saturday November 11th 1978 Saturday December 22nd 1979

Silverhead (Nigel Harrison) Saturday June 8th 1974

Farm (Nigel Harrison) Monday February 16th 1970 Monday June 22nd 1970 Saturday 7th June 1975

Friars Bedford Friday 6th February 1970 Friday September 11th 1970  Friday 19th February 1971 Friars High Wycombe Saturday 28th March 1970  Friars Watford Thursday 24th September 1970

band line up
 Deborah Harry (vocs)  Chris Stein (guitar)  Jimmy Destri (keys)  Clem Burke (drums)  Nigel Harrison (bass)  Frank Infante (guitar)
Andy Partridge (vocs/guitar) Colin Moulding (bass) Barry Andrews (keys) Terry Chambers (drums)
gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)




see Kris Needs' piece on the rise of Blondie including this gig in the Mojo new wave special (March 2008). Also these photos from ZigZag (courtesy of the John Braley collection)

Clem Burke, Blondie

"I must say that I have fond memories of the gig although they're somewhat clouded with time.  I noticed that the Blondie band member info was incorrect as this was our first UK gig with the new line-up of Nigel Harrison and Frank Infante. As you can see the newspaper article with Nigel shows this.

(webmaster - duly noted and updated!)

It was the beginning of a 6 month worldwide tour to promote the Plastic Letters LP. I can only say I remember the audience response to be fantastic and we were all delighted to be back in the UK again. I seem to remember thinking what a fantastic kick off for the tour."

Clem Burke, reiterating 2012 in a conversation with Debbie Harris (Bootleg Blondie)

'Friars was a great gig , I actually do have fond memories of that night & that tour with XTC . Wow, I guess that was a while ago.'

press cuttings


what happened next
Blondie went on to become one of the biggest bands in the UK. Shortly before these gigs, Gary Valentine was replaced on bass by Princes Risborough's very own Nigel Harrison who had played Friars before with Silverhead. After massive success, the band petered out but the core of the bandcame back in 1999 as if they had never been away and as at 2015, they are still playing the UK's biggest venues.

Not long before this gig, XTC had played the King's Head in Aylesbury Market Square. A year later they headlined Friars.

odds and trivia
official web presence
Blondie official site  XTC official site
sound and vision
Blondie - Live in Amsterdam 1977 (week after this gig)
XTC - Heatwave

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