I have returned from the Friars Club exhibition in the Aylesbury Museum. It has been on for several months and I have only just managed to get to it. The Friars Club was the host for many rock bands during the 70’s and early 80’s. Famous names like Free, David Bowie, Blondie, Pink Floyd, Emerson Lake and Palmer played Aylesbury in their early days of success. Friars club was still running when I first moved to the area back in 1982, alas the club stopped in 1984 before I had even heard of it. It has reformed, but is not running the weekly events it was renowned for.
The exhibition consisted of the advertising posters, band booking contracts, ticket stubs, band pictures, news letters etc. There was a drum set from Pink Floyd on show, along with the bass guitar from Marillion. To me the Friars club did not exist, the exhibition though was still a throw back in memory lane, remembering all those bands who had played in my formative youth. When I saw a poster for Rare Bird, I immediately thought of the vinyl album back at home which I have not played for years. That will be going on the record deck shortly.
I went around the the exhibition with a friend who was in her teens in the early 80’s, she had visited Friars club in its later days between 1982 and 1984. She said it had been the only good thing to have come out of Aylesbury. She recounted how her £6 pocket money for the week went on £4 for a ticket to Friars and the £2 on drink and chips.
Another pricing point, in the early 70’s a ticket cost 70p. Glastonbury first ticket in the 70’s was a pound, with free milk on tap. Now the price is £210. OK can’t compare the first Glastonbury festival with a Friars Club gig, and todays Glastonbury.