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Saturday September 2nd 1978

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

friars aylesbury cup winners 1980

pictures from this gig in the galleries

exclusive friars interviews with andy ellison and martin gordon


The Boyfriends  The Reaction
related friars history (click on date)
Radio Stars Saturday February 18th 1978 Saturday December 10th 1977

The Reaction Saturday April 15th 1978

The Boyfriends Saturday March 25th 1978

Talk Talk (Paul Webb/Lee Harris/Simon Bremner) Saturday November 20th 1982

The Truth (Chris Skornia) Friday December 10th 1982 Saturday October 29th 1983

The Vibrators (Pat Collier)   Saturday November 20th 1976  Tuesday March 1st 1977  Saturday June 11th 1977

 HOLIDAY TOUR Likely set list based on that tour: Radio Stars; Elvis Is Dead Boring (Letís Rot); Is It Really Necessary; Boy Meets Girl; (Iíve Got Dem Old) Sex In Chains Blues (Again Mama) Pt. 1 & Pt. 2; The Beast Of Barnsley; Rock And Roll For The Time Being; Talking ĎBout You; The Mania Express; Throwaway; The Real Me; From A Rabbit; Radio Stars (Long Version); Nervous Wreck; No Russians In Russia; Good Personality; Dirty Pictures
band line up
Radio Stars
Andy Ellison (vocs)  Martin Gordon (bass)  Ian MacLeod (guitar)  Jamie Crompton (drums)
The Reaction
Ed Hollis Paul Webb (bass) Lee Harris (drums) Simon Bremner (keys)
The Boyfriends
Chris Skornia (keys) Pat Collier (bass) Mark Henry Steve Bray
gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)





Andy Ellison, Radio Stars:

I do remember the gig very well, and the venue being one of the best on the circuit, in the late 70's. Played there with EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS and SQUEEZE, and then in our own right, on the first night of the RADIO STARS never ending holiday tour, that went on for about 9 months, starting at FRIARS, AYLESBURY, where we took a coach load of jouranlists to the venue with a conjurer on board, and topless girls serving drinks, i don't remember much about what happened later that night, but all i remember it was a great gig, and i've got great memories of your venue, Happily I'm still alive, and Radio Stars are up and running and could play there again if you want. We recently played The Forum, London.

Steve Wright, radio stars website

Many congratulations on your 40th anniversary. Growing up through the late 70's Friars was a venue that my favourite band Radio Stars played on numerous occasions. Thanks to singer Andy Ellison they had some wild nights there !! It is a venue that I will always remember. Check out the Official Radio Stars Website -

press cuttings

Thanks to Steve Wright from the Radio Stars site for the below, probably from NME.

Thanks to Steve Wright from the Radio Stars site for the below


what happened next
Radio Stars still occasionally play.

The Reaction morphed into Talk Talk who headlined in 1982 and went on to have reasonable success in the 1980s

odds and trivia
official web presence
Radio Stars official site
sound and vision
Radio Stars - Nervous Wreck 
The Boyfriends - Last Bus Home

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