on breaking his leg at Friars at this very gig, writing in the
Chapter and Verse autobiography, 2007 said
I was still trying to work out
how to break the gap between stage and audience. Very often I felt I
was a filter between the audience and the band, because sometimes
they thought they could play behind a black curtain and it wouldn't
matter. I knew that it did matter and we had to make those
connections. So at Friars I wanted to jump out in the audience,
which would have been fine, except that a dancer doing some early headbanging, and probably well pissed,
changed direction at a crucial moment and broke my fall as I jumped off
the stage. Consequently I landed badly and broke a bone in my leg, but
because it was 'The Knife', an up number, I was pumped full of adrenalin.
I knew something had gone but I couldn't feel any pain at all. I got some
people from the audience to carry me back on stage, couldn't stand up and
finished the number on my knees. Eventually the rest of the band had gone
off stage after taking their bows. I was still there on my knees and I
could see them thinking "You old ham, stop milking it"
writing in the Chapter and Verse autobiography, 2007 said:
"We played a lot at Friars Aylesbury which was a great venue for us
throughout this period, and we were friendly with Dave Stopps who ran it"
Thanks Luca Alberici for the