Steve Hillage is recognised as one of the 20th Century’s most influential guitarists and producers and has a long and distinguished history with Friars Aylesbury. He first played Friars in December 1973 at the Borough Assembly Hall with his band Gong who are reforming for this 2019 tour and will be supporting Steve on 15 November. In October 1975 he released his first solo album Fish Rising and in 1976 his follow up album L which resulted in his first Friars solo headliner in October 1976.
This was one of the fastest selling Friars gigs of all time. Two more Friars gigs followed in October 1977 on his Motivation Radio tour and in 1978 in conjunction with his Green album which was produced by Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason. Since then he has been associated with a myriad of artists and bands including Kevin Ayres, Mike Oldfield, Hawkwind, Sting, Ozric Tentacles and Sham’69. As a producer he has produced The Charlatans, Simple Minds, Genesis’s Tony Banks and Robyn Hitchcock among many others.
Like Bowie, Steve Hillage has always been re-inventing himself so it was no surprise that in the late eighties he became involved with techno/ambient music and along with his wife Miquette Giraudy (who played with Steve on all his solo Friars gigs) formed System 7 which had collaborations with The Orb’s Alex Paterson, Laurent Garnier, Youth and Paul Oakenfold. For this monumental return to Friars Aylesbury Steve will be playing tracks from his 1970’s albums Green, L, Fish Rising and Motivation Radio, all of which had top 40 successes. Reviews of shows earlier in 2019 have been astonishing. Expect to be moved.
Steve Hillage + Gong at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Steve Hillage + Gong at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on Friday 15th November at 7.30pm