news archive - June 2011
27th June 2011
JJ blogs from the studio...
At the end of last week, the band returned to their West country base to start work on recording new material that they have been working on. JJ took time out of the studio session to send us a quick update on progress.
23rd June 2011
Baz now 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...
Update- JJ is now unable to appear with the Mugshots on Saturday but Baz has stepped in in his place.
13th June 2011
New gig for Northern Ireland
The Stranglers are confirmed to appear at the Feile An Phobail festival in West Belfast on Saturday 6th August. It is the band's first date in Northern Ireland since late 2008. More details and ticket info will be available on the festival website which is not yet updated.
Stranglers featured in new punk book
During 1976, an unsigned act in an ice cream van visited a small village called Jacksdale in Nottinghamshire. The town was home to the 'Grey Topper', a venue which played host to many up and coming bands during the 70s including The Stranglers.
The long defunct venue is the focus of a new book called The Palace and The Punks which features interviews with many of the bands that appeared there. Jet was very interested in the project and was interviewed for the book. Further details can be found here.
5th June 2011
Martin Rushent (1948-2011)
We have just received the sad news that another early band collaborator, Martin Rushent, passed away yesterday aged 63. He started as a studio engineer in the early 70s and then moved on to production, mostly working at TW studios in Fulham, London. He worked closely with The Stranglers for a couple of years following their signing to UA in December '76.
Martin produced the band's first three albums Rattus Norvegicus, No More Heroes and Black and White as well as the string of singles. They parted ways during the recording of The Raven and he went on to set up his own studio Genetic. He worked with many other bands, notably the Buzzcocks, Generation X and the Human League. RIP
4th June 2011
Baz's fond farewell to Tuckers
Following the recent closure of the legendary West country drinking establishment, which was bestowed the honour of its own Stranglers' song, Baz has written a blog about his experiences in Tucker's Grave and the rocket-fuel rough cider that was sold there ...
1st June 2011
A return to the French riviera
A new gig in the south of France has been added to the band's summer itinerary. The band are playing the famous riviera city as part of the 'Sortir A Cannes' festival, which is a series of concerts taking place in the autumn in various venues.
The gig is at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres on Friday 9th September. Tickets and further details can be found here
Seven Days In Nice review
1st June 2011
JJ's solo dates France 1989
Ten years after Euroman had departeth, JJ stepped back onto the stage as a solo performer to promote the release of his album Un Jour Parfait.
He played a lone pair of gigs in France in Spring '89. The concerts had a European theme as he was joined onstage by various friends and colleagues for these unique dates.