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Saturday February 18th 1978

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

eddie and the hot rods inducted into the friars heroes hall of fame in 2010

exclusive friars aylesbury interviews with barrie masters, martin gordon, andy ellison

Eddie and the Hot Rods
radio stars  squeeze
related friars history (click on date)
Eddie and the Hot Rods Saturday February 7th 1976 Saturday October 2nd 1976  Thursday December 23rd 1976  Saturday March 17th 1979  Friday October 8th 2010

Squeeze  Saturday June 5th 1982

Difford and Tilbrook Saturday September 22nd 1984

Radio Stars Saturday September 2nd 1978

Kursaal Flyers (Graeme Douglas) Saturday December 28th 1974

band line up
Eddie and the Hot Rods
Barrie Masters (vocs)  Graeme Douglas (guitar)  Paul Gray (bass)  Steve Nicol (drums)
Radio Stars
Andy Ellison (vocs)  Martin Gordon (bass)  Ian MacLeod (guitar)  Jamie Crompton (drums)
Chris Difford (guitar/vocs) Glenn Tilbrook (guitar/vocs) Gilson Lavis (drums) Jools Holland (keys) Henry Kakoulli (bass)
gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)



Barrie Masters, Eddie and the Hot Rods:

In my humble opinion Friars was the best all round gig in the country. The size is great as you're never too far from stage or bar, acoustics are excellent and from the bands point of view a perfect stage size and great dressing rooms.David Stopps ( promoter in my day ) an excellent host, always looked after us well and also ran a tight ship. I must add that the Iggy Pop gig with David Bowie on keys, rates in my top ten gigs of all time. So as you can tell, you won't get a bad word about Friars from me, and I have done more gigs than most bands in the country, most of them I have forgotten by now, but I always remember the Friars gigs I have done. if only all gigs were as good as..... 

Andy Ellison, Radio Stars

I do remember the gig very well, and the venue being one of the best on the circuit, in the late 70's. Played there with EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS and SQUEEZE, and then in our own right, on the first night of the RADIO STARS never ending holiday tour, that went on for about 9 months, starting at FRIARS, AYLESBURY, where we took a coach load of jouranlists to the venue with a conjurer on board, and topless girls serving drinks, i don't remember much about what happened later that night, but all i remember it was a great gig, and i've got great memories of your venue, Happily I'm still alive, and Radio Stars are up and running and could play there again if you want. We recently played The Forum, London

press cuttings


Confirmation that this was the third fastest selling gig in Friars history to that point. Thanks to Steve Wright from the Radio Stars site for these two cuttings.

what happened next
Eddie and the Hot Rods still gig regularly today. Guess what? Eddie and the Hot Rods came back to grace Aylesbury in the Summer of 2008 headlining Hobble on the Cobbles in the Market Square and they finally came back to Friars at the first night of Phase Four where they were thought by many to be the best band on the bill.

Radio Stars still occasionally play.

Squeeze went huge with many hit singles fter a bit of a hiatus are back together (well Difford and Tilbrook) and still play in 2012. Holland and Lavis are in Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

odds and trivia
official web presence
Eddie and the Hot Rods official site  Radio Stars official site  Squeeze official site
sound and vision
Eddie and The Hot Rods - Quit This Town 
Radio Stars - The Beast of Barnsley/Dirty Pictures 
Squeeze - Take Me I'm Yours

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