Calling all punks….
The Stranglers take me right back to my heyday and they still hold a special in my heart, especially as at the time of their success I was living near their home town Guildford where I also saw them perform live. I was a proper fan…with proper punk credentials. During the late 70’s and early ’80s, their anthemic music defined an era, an era of defiance and edgy experimentation which has taken its place in history.
Now 40 years on they are still taking the stage and enthusing audiences both young and (mostly) old….
It’s good to know that with such an expansive career The Stranglers continue to be masters of their own highly original sound, that combines a brilliant melodic touch with dark aggression and effortless cool, unsurprisingly they are now recognised as one of the most credible and influential bands to have emerged from the punk era………….so I couldn’t have been more excited to hear they were Back on the Tracks!
The Stranglers first formed in 1974, the band’s no bullshit attitude was embraced by the punk movement of the late’70s, with their first three albums (Rattus Norvegicus, No More Heroes and Black And White) being released within an astonishing 13 months of each other, scoring hit singles such as Peaches (my favourite), No More Heroes and Walk On By. Further success was to follow with Always The Sun, Strange Little Girl and the mercurial Golden Brown, amongst many others, earning the group 24 Top 40 singles and 18 Top 40 albums
The Stranglers’Back on the Tracks 19-date UK Tour kicks off in Belfast on 28th February culminating in what is bound to be another rousing finale in Manchester on Saturday 30th March. During a hectic year of touring the Southern Hemisphere, Europe and the UK, The Stranglers have also been busy writing and rehearsing new material so audiences can expect to experience some of these new cuts, alongside classic favourites and lesser-performed numbers drawn from their eloquent and extensive catalogue spanning over forty years. With record-breaking, sell-out shows and festival appearances in the UK and throughout the world, demand to see and hear the band is at an all-time high, testament surely to their considerable musical talent and enduring quality of their songs. Special Guests on the 2019 dates are Britain’s finest rhythm and blues band, Dr Feelgood.
I’m looking forward to seeing them at the 02 Brixton! Get booking.
BACK ON THE TRACKS TOUR – 2019
Thursday 28 Belfast Ulster Hall
Friday 01 Dublin Olympia
Tuesday 05 Scunthorpe Baths Hall
Thursday 07 Aberdeen Beach Ballroom
Friday 08 Dunfermline Alhambra
Saturday 09 Glasgow O2 Academy
Monday 11 Nottingham Rock City
Tuesday 12 Reading Hexagon
Thursday 14 Newcastle O2 Academy
Friday 15 Leeds O2 Academy
Saturday 16 Birmingham O2 Academy
Tuesday 19 Guildford G Live
Thursday 21 Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Friday 22 London O2 Academy Brixton
Saturday 23 Cambridge Corn Exchange
Monday 25 Bournemouth O2 Academy
Tuesday 26 Brighton Dome
Thursday 28 Bristol O2 Academy
Saturday 30 Manchester O2 Apollo