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Friars Heroes Hall of Fame

Howard Jones
Inducted in May 2009

Howard's original Friars links go back to 1973 as the young keyboard player in local band Warrior. Fast forward to 1982, this local artiste played Friars as one of the more interesting and original local acts. Within one year, Howard was headlining Friars and receiving a silver disc for the highly successful debut single 'New Song'. Howard made two further quickly sold appearances in 1984 on the back of the Number One Human's Lib album. From these foundations, Howard pushed on, guided by Friars promoter David Stopps, and by 1985 with two huge albums and several hit singles behind him, was playing at the nation's biggest arenas such as Wembley and the NEC. Howard has continued to record and tour and his 25th anniversary concert in 2008 at London's prestigious Indigo2 sold out with no advertising or promotion, a huge testament to a solid and dedicated fanbase. The webmaster was delighted and honoured to present the Friars Heroes Award to Howard at Wembley Arena in 2009 and advising how deserved this award was. Not only was this a local boy made good, Howard's Friars appearances were always hugely enjoyable occasions. I have great memories of seeing Howard for the first time in 1982 and I still am in 2009!

Howard Jones: It is a great pleasure and honour to receive the Friars Heroes award. Friars played a crucial role in my music education as an audience member as a teenager, and I remember many times hitch hiking and inevitably walking to Friars gigs from Stokenchurch! Friars became the holy grail of gigs when I was in my first band Warrior, and then a great launch pad when things took off in the early 80's. Friars is a defining part of my musical history.

Howard Jones accepting the Friars Heroes Award, Wembley, May 2009:

Picture: Mike O'Connor

Howard's history at Friars



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