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Saturday June 11th 1977

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

ian hunter harley inducted into the friars heroes hall of fame in 2009

the friars aylesbury eighth birthday party

Ian Hunter's Overnight Angels
The Vibrators
related friars history (click on date)
Mott the Hoople

Monday December 8th 1969 Monday February 2nd 1970 Monday May 4th 1970  Saturday September 4th 1971  Saturday February 10th 1973

Friars Bedford Thursday 1st January 1970  Thursday 26th November

Friars High Wycombe Tuesday 29th September 1970

Friars Dunstable   Friday September 15th 1972

Hunter Ronson Band Wednesday March 19th 1975

The Vibrators 

Saturday November 20th 1976  Tuesday March 1st 1977 

The Boyfriends (Pat Collier)

band line up
Ian Hunter's Overnight Angels
Ian Hunter (vocs/guitar)  Earl Slick (guitar) Curly Smith (drums) Rob Rawlinson (bass) Peter Oxendale (key
The Vibrators
 Ian Knox (vocs) Pat Collier (bass) John Ellis (guitar) John Edwards (drums)
gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)

Ian Hunter:   

         I was a big mate of Pete Frame’s, who said to come with him to the club. Pete had my dog when we left to come to the States. I always liked Stoppsy, in those days of strange promoters he was one of the good ones at that time

We always seemed to have a great time there: One of those gigs which became entrenched in your memory for some stupid reason. We did hundreds of gigs like that but, for some reason, that one would stick out. It just became this very special gig that was up the M1. There were hundreds of ‘em but some that stuck out. Friars was one of ‘em. Great little club

Ian Hunter, on his website, responding to this website's webmaster in 2008:     

 "Well, it was Pete Frame, Dave Stopps and Kris Needs territory wasn't it? I met Dave Stopps on the Ringo tour (he manages Howard Jones) and Kris and Pete came to a recent gig in Milton Keynes (Spring 2008 - we were there too!). (Friars) itself was great but like I say I remember the people - 'Zig Zag' and all that"

Ian Hunter, quoted in the Aylesbury Roxette (talking to Radio 1), summer 1976:

"Aylesbury is like a little San Francisco. It's one of those places where everything seems to start...I don't know what it is, but the people there seem to sense what's going to happen. I know Mott the Hoople happened in Aylesbury long before anywhere else, and it was the same for David Bowie. Everybody seems to be friendly, and they make you feel good - and whenever I played there, I felt like an old friend being welcomed home. In fact the atmosphere of Aylesbury got to me to such an extent that I was seriously considering moving there at one time...but then I moved to America instead."

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what happened next
Hunter's solo career continues to this day and he is still playing gigs as at 2015. We saw him in 2007/2008 and he hasn't lost it in any way. Hunter returned to Friars in December 1977 and encored with old mates The British Lions performing All The Young Dudes.

Mott the Hoople with the original 1969 line up reformed for 40th anniversary shows in October 2009 at the Hammersmith Apollo. Some of the Friars team were there and can confirm it was a sublime experience.

odds and trivia
This was the very day (pop charts were on Tuesdays then) that Don't You Want Me got to No 1 in the UK singles chart. This was the only occasion that an artiste played Friars whilst at Number 1 in the UK singles chart

Destination Venus was in the set to reference Jo Callis' background in The Rezillos and you're MY baby was a reference to ian burden's background

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 Ian Hunter Official Website
sound and vision
Ian Hunter - Shallow Crystals 
The Vibrators - Stitch You Up

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