Paul Weller will tonight perform at the very last Friars show at Aylesbury Civic Centre.
Weller played at the venue in the 70’s and 80’s and has agreed to come back for the very last Friars show on June the 4th.
It will be the last Friars gig before the centre is pulled down. A spokesman for Friars said “It is with great excitement that we are able to announce that the last ever Friars Aylesbury Phase Three gig will happen on Friday 4th June and will feature Friars legend Paul Weller and a special guest appearance of Aylesbury hero John Otway.
Friars promoter David Stopps has been trying to secure Paul for the past 2 months. In the end it was Friars founding father Robin Pike and particularly Island Records Managing Director Ted Cockle who managed to persuade Paul to do this very special Friars date which will be the last Friars gig before the Civic Centre is demolished.
Ted Cockle went to Aylesbury Grammar School and was taught by Robin Pike who was head of the Science department. Along with another Aylesbury Grammar School student Rob Stringer (who is currently head of Sony in the US) Ted has risen right to the top of the music industry but still has fond memories and strong connections with Aylesbury.
Paul Weller played Friars with The Jam five times. The first time was 26th November 1977 when he played two shows including a legendary matinee (the only band to do so in the history of Friars). Further Friars Aylesbury Jam shows took place on 17th June 1978, 17th November 1979 and 2nd August 1980.
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