Forty five years on and Friars Aylesbury is still making musical history announcing this week music legends King Crimson will be playing at the internationally renowned venue.
Hot on the heels of the highly successful Friars Exhibition held at the county museum last year, securing the first two dates of the King Crimson’s European tour is a coup for Friars.
Aylesbury is the only ‘independent’ concert on the tour, all thanks to ‘friend of the band’ promoter David Stopps.
The world-famous pioneering group played Aylesbury in 1969 when the club was first formed at the new Friarage Hall in Walton Street.
They returned to Friars a year later selling out at Watford Town Hall. A decade later the highly acclaimed progressive band rocked into Aylesbury to sellout the town’s Civic Centre venue.
The Aylesbury double date on August 31 and September 1 at the Waterside Theatre is an historic first for Friars.
Mr Stopps said: “These dates are very exciting for Friars Aylesbury. Not only are King Crimson one of the best bands in the world but this will be the first time Friars has presented an all seated show and the first time that we have presented a band two nights in a row.”
This year the Waterside Theatre celebrates it 5th birthday and it is hoped more Friars dates will be announced soon.
Elizabeth Adlington, area theatre manager of Aylesbury Waterside Theatre said: “We are looking forward to welcoming back Friars Club to the theatre. Friars Aylesbury was one of the very first events to take place at the theatre, and what better way to celebrate our fifth year than by bringing the pioneering Friars Club back to town.”
Tickets for King Crimson go on sale Friday, 10am from the theatre box office and online at www.atgtickets.com