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Friars Princes Risborough

Tuesday October 6th 1970

british legion, princes risborough


related friars history (click on date)
Genesis Monday April 13th 1970 Monday June 15th 1970 Saturday June 19th 1971 Saturday March 11th 1972  Saturday September 2nd 1972  Saturday March 22nd 1980 Friars Princes Risborough Friday October 6th 1970 Friars Dunstable Monday February 26th 1973 Friars Bedford Friday October 23rd 1970  Friday July 2nd 1971 Friday June 16th 1972 Friars Watford Wednesday 28th June 1972

Peter Gabriel  Friday August 24th 1979

Stackridge (Peter Gabriel guest appearance) Saturday June 7th 1975

Chameleon Monday June 1st 1970 Monday July 6th 1970 Monday June 8th 1970 Saturday June 19th 1971

Possible setlist:Grandma; Let Us Now Make Love; Little Leaf; Dusk; Stagnation; White Mountain Twilight Alehouse;Visions of Angels;Key to Love; I've Been Travelling All Night Long; Going Out to Get You; The Shepherd; Looking For Someone; Jamaican Longboat; Pacidy; The Knife
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gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)



Charlie Stannett, Friars fan from Princes Risborough

I  was one of the few people who actually went to that concert which was held in the function room UPSTAIRS at the British Legion in Risborough.

It was obviously a long time ago but things I seem to remember:

 No more than about two or three dozen people in total, including the musicians; quite a few more simply stayed outside listening for free

-          Mike Rutherford had new electric guitars which I think included double-necked (possibly a home-made forerunner of the Shergolds???) but that might be a false memory

-          I mucked in helping them manhandle equipment up & down the stairs, gaining a splinter in my finger for my troubles

-          After the gig, I was helping somebody sweep the same stairs when Peter Gabriel walked down and jokingly dropped a business card on the ground. Unfortunately the other chap who was sweeping made PG pick it up otherwise I’d still have it as a souvenir!

      One of the general things I also seem to remember about early Genesis is that they were one of the first bands I can remember matching the power of their PA to the combined wattage of their guitars. What do I mean by that? Most bands at the times aspired to a 100W “stack” (usually Marshal) per instrument, then married it up with a 100W PA (usually WEM).  Genesis had something like a total of 400W of instrument amplification, matched with 400W of PA

Stitch, Friars fan from Princes Risborough

I am writing to tell you about Genesis in Princes Risborough.  Although my memory is probably not interesting enough to include I thought I'd write anyway.  I was born and raised in Risborough and one night I had my window open and being quite young was in bed. I could hear this music coming from the British Legion and hung out the window to listen. I couldn't really tell what was happening.  So years later ( and a Genesis fan ) I found out it was Genesis playing.  There, not that cool but for me, pretty good

As below courtesy of Les Payne's personal scrapbook.


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what happened next
Genesis  Where do you start? ! Steve Hackett joined the band, replacing Anthony Phillips and in 1975 Peter Gabriel left Genesis to pursue a solo career and has been phenomenally successful. Hackett left to pursue a solo career in 1977 after the Wind and Wuthering album. Genesis remained a core three piece (their 1978 album wonderfully called "...and then there were three"....) and went on to become one of the world's biggest bands and whilst huge played Friars again in 1980 creating the biggest demand in Friars history. Genesis were still filling stadiums until 1992. Collins officially left in 1995, with him enjoying huge solo success alongside his Genesis commitments. Banks and Rutherford soldiered on with Ray Wilson from Stiltskin, but after one album called it a day. The core trio reunited in 2007 and proved they could still fill stadiums. Rumours still persist that a reunion with Hackett and Gabriel is on the cards (having not been able to do it in 2007)

John Mayhew died in 2009. Anthony Phillips has kept himself busy in music

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Genesis - Visions of Angels


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