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Saturday September 25th 1975

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

exclusive friars aylesbury interview with morgan fisher

pictures from this gig in the galleries


related friars history (click on date)
Mott the Hoople Monday December 8th 1969  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

Mott (Dale Griffin/Overend Watts) Saturday September 13th 1975  Saturday June 12th 1976

Hunter Ronson Band Wednesday March 19th 1975

British Lions (Dale Griffin/Overend Watts and guest appearance by Ian Hunter) Friday December 23rd 1977

Ian Hunter's Overnight Angels Saturday June 11th 1977

Cheeks (Verden Allen) Saturday November 2nd 1974

band line up
Ray Major  Morgan Fisher  Nigel Benjamin  Dale Griffin  Overend Watts
Andy Clark  Stephen Amazing Jim Copley Dave Bunce
gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)




Morgan Fisher, Mott

I don't really have any specific memories/memorabilia re Friars, except that I always enjoyed playing there. Of course next year (2009) is the 40th anniversary of the formation of Mott. That would be the time to reform for a world tour... No offers have come in yet - we need to get those 87,000 ex-Friars members clamouring for it!

Jimmy Copley, Upp

I have many memories of Friars, I well remember my gigs with Upp. All the very best to all at Friars...where did the years go?

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what happened next
Mott the Hoople split in 1974, not before Hunter brought out the highly acclaimed 'Diary of a Rock and Roll Star' book. Ian Hunter still records and tours to this day (the webmaster saw him in 2007/2008 and he was on blistering form, with Verden Allen joining him on stage in 2007). Hunter played Friars in 1975 as the Hunter Ronson Band with the late Mick Ronson and in 1977 as Ian Hunter's Overnight Angels. The remainder of Mott the Hoople carried on as Mott with a couple of line up changes (see date links above) Hunter also provided a guest appearance at the British Lions (remains of Mott with John Fiddler from Medicine Head) gig in Dec 1977. Mick Ralphs, post MTH, joined Bad Company with Free's Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke. Dale Griffin continued into the Mott and British Lions periods (both of whom played Friars) and then became a Radio 1 producer and is now in ill health.

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. They reformed again for a UK tour in 2013 with Pretenders drummer and long time Mott associate Martin Chambers on drums

Upp were Jeff Beck's backing group for some time (Beck played on their debut album in 1975 seemingly uncredited) and appear to have split by around 1977. Jim Copley went on to drum for many major artists and is currently in Manfred Mann's Earthband

odds and trivia
At the 2009 Mott the Hoople reunion gigs, did we really see Friars flyers going across the screens?
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