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Thursday December 2nd 1982

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

Solstice  Spider
related friars history (click on date)
Ian Gillan Band Friday February 23rd 1979

Gillan Saturday March 1st 1980  Thursday August 21st 1980

Solstice Saturday June 19th 1982  Saturday January 29th 1983

Strapps (Mick Underwood) Tuesday December 7th 1976

White Spirit (Janick Gers) Thursday August 21st 1980

 Unchain Your Brain; Are You Sure; Mr. Universe; If You Believe Me; Trouble; No Easy Way; Nervous; Vengeance; Sleeping On The Job; Smoke On The Water
band line up
Ian Gillan (vocs) John McCoy (bass)  Janick Gers (guitar)  Mick Underwood (drums) Colin Towns (keys)
Dave Bryce (guitar) Colin Harkness (vocs/guitar) Brian Burrows (bass) Rob Burrows (drums
gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)


One of the planned last gigs by Ian Gillan due to apparent voice issues. Id seen him at Friars in 1980 and he was superb. Fast forward to this Thursday night to this farewell tour (which included Wembley Arena) and a surprisingly poor crowd (rumoured to be financially damaging for Friars) saw a half decent gig, but if it had only been 1980 then this would have been a far more fitting way to remember him.

press cuttings

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
odds and trivia
official web presence
Ian Gillan official site   
sound and vision
Gillan - No Laughing In Heaven

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