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Saturday July 7th 1973

friars aylesbury phase two - borough assembly hall, market square, aylesbury

jack the lad inducted into the friars heroes hall of fame in 2011

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Jack The Lad
Peter Hammill  Zox and the Radar Boys
related friars history (click on date)
Jack The Lad Saturday July 7th 1973 Saturday April 27th 1974 Saturday February 1st 1975 Saturday February 7th 1976 Saturday September 25th 1976 Saturday July 9th 1977

Alan Hull's Radiator (Ray Laidlaw) Saturday October 29th 1977

Lindisfarne (Ray Laidlaw/Rod Clements/Simon Cowe) Friday July 2nd 1971 Saturday January 3rd 1981 Friars Dunstable Thursday October 25th 1973

Van der Graaf Generator (Peter Hammill) at Friars Aylesbury Monday 24th November 1969 Monday 27th April 1970  Saturday July 10th 1971 Friars Bedford Thursday December 17th 1970

Peter Hammill Friday March 18th 1983

Genesis (Phil Collins) Saturday June 19th 1971  Saturday March 11th 1972  Saturday September 2nd 1972 Saturday March 22nd 1980 Friars Dunstable  Monday February 26th 1973 Friars Bedford Friday July 2nd 1971 Friday June 16th 1972 Friars Watford Wednesday 28th June 1972

Brand X (Phil Collins) Saturday December 23rd 1975

Flash (Peter Banks) Friars Dunstable Thursday February 1st 1973 Wednesday June 28th 1972

Narnia (Peter Banks) Saturday April 20th 1974 Saturday June 29th 1974

band line up
Jack The Lad
Rod Clements (bass) Simon Cowe (guitar/mandolin/banjo)  Ray Laidlaw (drums)  Billy Mitchell (guitar) Phil Murray (bass)
Zox and the Radar Boys
Phil Collins (drums) Ronnie Carryl (guitar) John Howitt (bass) Mike Piggott (violin) Peter Banks (guitar)
gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)



Ray Laidlaw, Jack The Lad

Bit of a tall order this one. I can't remember much detail but I have very fond memories of Friars, both venues, the first one being the most whacky. I've got a feeling that the first time Lindisfarne played there we were a last minute replacement for another band, it may have been David Bowie (it was the Faces in 1971 in fact - Ed.) I remember a lot of disgruntled punters in the pub grumbling about having to watch 'some bloody folk group'. As it happened a lot of them stayed and we went down really well. I think David Stopps must have had close links with Charisma records because all of the bands on the label, Genesis, Van Der Graaf, Audience etc seemed to get booked at Friars on a regular basis. As I said, I can't recall much detail, just lots of bonhomie, great audience reaction, good crack in the pub before and after, interesting herbal aromas and lots of bearded blokes and rustic hippie chicks.  Happy daze indeed

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what happened next
Jack The Lad called it a day after the 1977 farewell tour (obviously !) and eventually Lindisfarne reformed having a hit in 1978 with Run For Home and they played Friars again in 1981.
odds and trivia
 Zox and the Radar Boys were a bit of a Charisma Records all star band featuring Phil Collins and Peter Banks, originally of Yes
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Jack The Lad official site 
sound and vision
Jack The Lad - Why Can't I Be Satisfied 
Peter Hammill - In The Black Room

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