news archive-oct 2010
The Raven flies in Paris
The best known live footage of the band from 1979 was filmed at the Empire Theatre in Paris that November. Until now, this footage has only been available as poor quality copies on Youtube and the like. The French television archive INA has now made the five track recording available as part of a 3 DVD boxset featuring a variety of artists from that era. Priced at around 30 euros it is available through INA, FNAC or Amazon France. Alternatively, the footage is available to download for a charge of 3 euros here. The tracks featured are: Five Minutes, Shah Shah A Go Go, Ice, Down In The Sewer and Hanging Around. It is a great live document of the band at that time...
Thanks to Eric Dochez and Thomas Bouyer for info
Jet Black interview
Immediately before departing for the Sligo gig, Jet gave us an exclusive interview covering a broad range of topics as diverse as Glastonbury, UFOs and his love of carpentry.
Read the full interview here.
More news from the North East
Baz has just confirmed that he will be taking a brief sabbatical from work on new Stranglers' material in December to take part in a short Smalltown Heroes reunion tour. The band recently regrouped after an 11 year break and enjoyed the experience so much that a 6 date tour was booked. No further dates will be added and this will be the final gigs the band play. The dates are in mid December and take in Glasgow, Doncaster, Bolton , Coventry, South Shields and finishing in Sunderland.
Black and Blue opening act confirmed
The final addition to the March British tour line up has been confirmed. London based Mike Marlin will be the opener prior to previously announced special guest Wilko Johnson. More details on Mike can be found here.
Early indications are that the tour is selling very well. When buying your tickets, please ensure you shop around all agencies to find the cheapest transaction fees available.
New Dave ratter
For all the technically minded out there, Dave has now added a blog about what equipment he uses onstage. Read his ratter here
Black and Blue support
The special guest for the British tour in March has now been confirmed. R&B icon and legend of the pub rock scene Wilko Johnson joins the band on tour. Wilko has been a long term friend of the band since his Doctor Feelgood days back in the mid 70s. He was even JJ's flatmate in West Hampstead, London in 1977. Recently the focal point of the MOJO award-winning Feelgood biopic Oil City Confidential, his exciting live performances make his addition to the tour a real bonus. See you there...