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Friday February 23rd 1979

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

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Ian Gillan 
Teaza  The Cameras
related friars history (click on date)
Gillan Saturday March 1st 1980  Thursday August 21st 1980  Thursday December 2nd 1982

Pete Trewavas and Robin Boult (Orthi, Heartbeat, The Robins, The Cameras)  Monday September 20th 1976 Thursday 23rd December 1976 Saturday 19th March 1977 Friday December 23rd 1977 Saturday 14th October 1978

Marillion (Pete Trewavas) Saturday February 20th 1982  Saturday June 19th 1982 Friday March 18th 1983 Thursday December 29th 1983 Saturday December 22nd 1984

Strapps (Mick Underwood) Tuesday December 7th 1976

band line up
Ian Gillan Band
Ian Gillan (vocs) John McCoy (bass)  Bernie Torme (guitar)  Mick Underwood (drums) Colin Towns (keys)
gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)

Dave Leeson, Friars fan:

Gillan's gig at Friars was one of those surprise gigs which had low expectations but proved to be a corking night out. Gillan's previous albums since leaving Purple had been leaning on the jazzy side of rock so when he kicked off the show with Secret of the Dance from the new album and started shaking his mop of long hair around, i was in heavy rock heaven. The gig continued at a relentless pace with the rest of the band featuring gypsy guitar god Bernie Torme and the large menacing figure of John McCoy on bass crashing out Gillan songs as well as Purple classics.

A footnote to this gig was that on trying to impress a new girlfriend I managed to get backstage and being in a somewhat drunk state managed to kick Gillan's  beer over and in a rather loud voice proceeded to enquire the whereabouts of Mr Gillan only to discover him standing next to me with a towel over his head, he was not impressed, neither was my soon to be ex-girlfriend.

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what happened next
A popular turn at Friars, it was no surprise that Gillan made four headlining appearances including the 1982 date on his farewell tour as he had been advised that his voice could be under threat. Gillan the band fell apart and subsequently (after vocal cord surgery) went on to front a reformed Deep Purple who still tour to this day
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