To commemorate this huge achievement, The Stranglers are embarking on a major world tour, kicking off in the UK in late February and rolling through Europe, North America and the Far East, before a series of festival appearances and very special events still to be announced (full details of the British dates are below).
A comprehensive series of anniversary reissues, rarities and collectors items are soon to be revealed, essential for fans old and new, continuing to mark their long, pioneering and often controversial career, which has seen these enfants terrible go from being the quintessential anti-establishment scourge of the music industry who were banned by the BBC to becoming pillars of said establishment with their performance at the 2012 6Music Proms at the Albert Hall with a full orchestra.
The Ruby Anniversary Tour of the UK runs for 28 dates, including London’s Hammersmith Apollo, which the band first played in 1976. The set will see The Stranglers playing tracks from all of their 17 studio albums in a special 40th Anniversary set, starting with their debut and now iconic album Rattus Norvegicus.
They will play the following shows, with special guests still to be announced.
Thu February 27th - INVERNESS Ironworks
Fri February 28th - GLASGOW O2 Academy
Sat March 1st - DUNFERMLINE Alhambra
Mon March 3rd - LIVERPOOL O2 Academy
Tue March 4th - LINCOLN Engine Shed
Thu March 6th - BRIGHTON Dome
Fri March 7th - FOLKESTONE Leas Cliff Hall
Sat March 8th - LONDON Hammersmith Apollo
Mon March 10th - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Tue March 11th - LEAMINGTON SPA Assembly
Thu March 13th - SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion
Fri March 14th - NEWCASTLE O2 Academy
Sat March 15th - SHEFFIELD O2 Academy
Mon March 17th - OXFORD O2 Academy
Thu March 20th - CARDIFF Uni Solus
Fri March 21st - LEEDS O2 Academy
Sat March 22nd - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
Mon March 24th - PORTSMOUTH Pyramids Centre
Tue March 25th - GUILDFORD G Live
Thu March 27th - BRISTOL O2 Academy
Fri March 28th - CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Sat March 29th - MANCHESTER Academy
THE STRANGLERS – 1974 to 2014:
Formed in 1974 as The Guildford Stranglers, the band were initially based in The Jackpot, an off-licence run by their drummer Jet Black. Quickly developing a pub-rock following they were soon swooped into the punk movement, opening for both Patti Smith and The Ramones on their British tours.
Releasing their first three albums – ‘Rattus Norvegicus’, ‘No More Heroes’ and ‘Black And White’ – within 13 months of each other and scoring hit singles with the likes of ‘Peaches’, ‘Something Better Change’ and, of course, the track ‘No More Heroes’ itself, The Stranglers quickly trademarked their sound; a swirling, heady concoction of psychedelic keyboards, growling vocals, hard-edged bass and an almost jazz-like drum sound.
But it was their attitude to the music press that really set them apart. Accused of being both sexist and racist by critics who didn’t see the patent absurdity and sarcasm in their lyrics, The Stranglers chose the path of most resistance and went to war. Notorious spats included punching the journalist Jon Savage at a public event, leaving another journalist strapped to a wheelchair in Reykjavik airport while his plane departed and gaffer-taping a third writer to a girder on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower with his trousers round his ankles. The list of misdemeanors is endless.
While these ‘japes’ hardly endeared them to the press, they didn’t harm the band’s popularity as they racked up more and more hit singles and broke box-office records including the most consecutive nights played at London’s Roundhouse, beating records set by the Rolling Stones and The Who. So it was no surprise that the 80’s saw The Stranglers spring to even greater heights of commercial success all around the world with the likes of ‘Golden Brown’, ‘Strange Little Girl’, ‘Always The Sun’ and ‘European Female’, amongst many others.
Having released their 17th studio album in 2012, ‘Giants’, to across the board critical acclaim from their once-loathed adversaries in the press, The Stranglers are now revered as one of the most exciting, credible and influential bands to have emerged from the British new wave scene. Proof that the original meninblack, The Stranglers, are as essential today as at any time in the last 4 decades. And showing that they do indeed laugh longest and loudest.
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