news archive - May 2011
29th May 2011
Convention details page
November's Convention is now under six months away... The banner above links to a new Convention details page where all information relating to the sold out event will be collected together. At present, this page contains general details about the event's location plus information on accomodation, transport etc. Further details will be added as and when they are confirmed.
Seven Days In Nice review
24th May 2011
Changes to June Sunderland gig
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the organisers have moved the forthcoming Sunderland gig to an indoor venue at North Shore (Manor Quay), which is part of Sunderland University. Details and location can be found here. The date remains unchanged and doors open at 3pm. There have also been some changes to the day's line up and Sunderland band The Futureheads have been added to the bill. Tickets for the gig are priced at £25 and part refunds for original ticket holders will be paid at the door on the day. Tickets are available from Seetickets. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause...
14th May 2011
Once upon a time in the East End...
Jet has blogged about a trio of memorable gigs from his pre-Stranglers days. It's a tale of debauchery, murder and Cockney cowboys!
13th May 2011
JJ to guest with Polyphonic Size
Belgian band Polyphonic Size are appearing at the Brussels Summer Festival in Belgium on Thursday 18th August.
JJ, pictured right onstage with PS at the Marquee in '88, has confirmed that he is to guest on several tracks during their set. There may even be a possible surprise track too...
The venue is the 7000 capacity Le Mont Des Arts and further details can be found on the band's website here
On the Stranglers' front, two summer European dates are in the pipeline and details should follow in the next few days...
7th May 2011
The Meninblack tour- a fan's recollections
February and March 1981 saw the band touring the UK to promote their latest album The Gospel According To The Meninblack. Phil Coxon has written a diary of the ups and downs he experienced whilst following the band on this 23 date trek.
5th May 2011
Andy Dunkley (1942-2011)
We have just been made aware of the untimely death of longstanding band acquaintance and ally Andy Dunkley - also known as 'The Livin' Jukebox'. He started his career as a roadie then moved on to a DJing in the late Sixties. He became the resident DJ at the Roundhouse in the early 70s and also collaborated with Hawkwind amongst others.
It was in his role at the Roundhouse that he first came into contact with The Stranglers during their earliest appearances there. Andy's ties to the band strengthened over the next few years and he eventually tour managed the band for a period around 1980. More recently, it was Andy who introduced the band's historic return to the Roundhouse in 2007. Sadly, he was also scheduled to DJ at the band's forthcoming convention in November.
He famously introduced an early Stranglers' gig with the words:
"Here's a band you'll be queueing up to see in three months time!"
Roundhouse 2007 Photo credit Ian Grant (please click image for full photo)
3rd May 2011
JJ guests at Italian gig
JJ has been invited to appear with 'Elitarian Undead' rock band The Mugshots at their 10th anniversary concert in Italy on 25th June. The gig takes place at Vinile 45 in Brescia and JJ is expected to guest on a few tracks. The band's website can be found here and the venue Myspace page here. Further details as we get them...
1st May 2011
Memorabilia-No More Heroes
The second article in the album memorabilia series spotlights the vast array of items relating to the band's autumn '77 release No More Heroes which even included a full sized billboard poster!