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Saturday December 22nd 1984

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

marillion and john otway inducted into the friars heroes hall of fame in 2009

exclusive friars aylesbury interview with fish, pete trewavas, mark kelly and john otway

last friars aylesbury gig for 25 years


John Otway
related friars history (click on date)
Marillion Friday May 29th 1981 Saturday August 1st 1981 Saturday October 31st 1981 Saturday February 20th 1982 Saturday June 12th 1982 Friday March 18th 1983 Thursday December 29th 1983

Darryl Way's Wolf (Ian Mosley)  Saturday November 3rd 1973

Orthi, Heartbeat, The Robins, The Cameras (Pete Trewavas)  Monday 20th September 1976  Thursday 23rd December 1976 Saturday 19th March 1977 Friday December 23rd 1977 Saturday 14th October 1978  Friday 23rd February 1979

John Otway Thursday December 23rd 1971 Saturday 13th September 1975 Saturday March 20th 1976 Tuesday December 6th 1977 Sunday August 13th 1978 Saturday April 28th 1979 Thursday December 27th 1979 Sunday December 28th 1980 Saturday March 5th 1983  Friday June 4th 2010 Friars Bedford Saturday December 18th 1971

John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett  Saturday June 16th 1973 Monday September 20th 1976  Saturday March 19th 1977 Thursday May 25th 1978 Saturday February 20th 1982

Assassing; Garden Party; Cinderella Search; Punch And Judy; Jigsaw; Chelsea Monday; Emerald Lies; Misplaced Childhood (Part 1); Giz A Bun; Script For A Jester's Tear; Incubus; Fugazi; Market Square Heroes; Auld Lang Syne
band line up
Fish (vocs)  Pete Trewavas (bass)  Steve Rothery (guitar)  Mark Kelly (keys)  Ian Mosley (drums)
gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)



SITE WEBMASTER, SOMEWHERE IN NORTH BUCKS:                                                                    Can’t remember if there was a support – I’m sure there was (John Otway apparently - Ed), but more significantly this was the final night of Friars (nb this was written in 2008) not that anyone knew it. Marillion played to the usual partisan singalong crowd and I remember Fish cursing the “Japanese technology” that caused a hand held search light to fail and also wondering through the crowd mid song (couldn’t tell you which one though!)

Fish at this gig (courtesy Andre Kreutzman)

press cuttings
what happened next

         Were the biggest thing out of Aylesbury for years and by the mid eighties were filling huge arenas. Fish left the band in 1988 and has since released a considerable number of solo albums and is still touring as at 2012. Marillion employed Steve Hogarth as their new singer and 20 plus years on, retain a loyal and big fanbase which paid for one album to be made in return for credit on the sleeve. Their style has changed with only an occasional nod back to the Fish era.

n 2007, Fish headlined Aylesbury's Hobble on the Cobble annual event, finally being able to sing Market Square Heroes in the Market Square. What made this particularly noteworthy and indeed very newsworthy was that he replaced his band for this song with Messrs Kelly, Rothery, Trewavas and Mosley making this the first 'classic' Marillion performance in nearly 20 years

Marillion came back to Friars in 2013, selling out again and drawing an audience from all over the UK and beyond

Marillion were inducted into the Friars Heroes hall of fame in 2009.

Otway of course is timeless and came back to Friars appropriately for the final Phase Three gig having played the first one in 1975. He has been awarded two Heroes Awards - one with sparring partner Willy Barrett and 2009 and a one off Special Award in 2010 at the last night of Phase Three. He is the only artist, along with Stiff Little Fingers, to receive two Heroes Awards in addition to the Friars Aylesbury Cup which he was awarded in 1979

odds and trivia
Did you know that Johnny Helmer of Friars legends The Piranhas is Marillion's modern day lyricist?
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sound and vision

Marillion - Assassing       

John Otway and Robin Boult - Body Talk

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