News archive - dec 2009
22 December 2009
Download single chosen, Decades Apart artwork released
Details of spring's new releases are taking shape...
The Stranglers have prepared two new songs for the potential single release. The first track is the Leamington-debuted Retro Rockets and the second is I Don’t See the World Like You Do.
After much deliberation Retro Rockets has been chosen as the download only single.
As an extra bonus both tracks should now be included on the forthcoming Decades Apart compilation as well.
The release dates - through EMI - for the single and album are tentatively 22 February and 1 March respectively although these dates may change.
For those of you who would prefer to have a more ‘physical’ copy of the single, we hope to bring you an exclusive CD single sleeve design that can be downloaded from this site and printed to go with a CDR of the track that you have burned.
We will post a specific link closer to the release date for the single download.
Hopefully, with everyone’s help, we can make a concerted effort to make a big impact on the download only chart to mark the band's 5th decade of chart hits.
Finally, we can exclusively reveal the finished artwork for ‘Decades apart’ which looks great in our opinion. Definite echoes of Rattus there…
22 December 2009
Friday 18 December saw the band play their final gig of a very busy touring year.
They visited a newly opened venue in the Midland spa town of Leamington for a one-off pre-Christmas show.
There had been a great buzz about this gig and the event sold out weeks ago. Fans had travelled from all over the UK as well as from Ireland, Belgium, Sweden and even one intrepid traveller from Japan.
The capacity crowd witnessed a set covering the band's entire career which was similar to that of the three summer UK gigs.
They also gave an added bonus of the first live airing of a brand new song called Retro Rockets.
For the encores, the band joined in with the festive spirit and returned to the stage wearing black Santa hats emblazoned with Bah Humbug (hence the title to this item).
That's it for gigs now until the three Greek dates in a month's time.
22 December 2009
Doing the European
The Stranglers' first gigs of the new decade will be in Greece. They play three dates in late January, visiting Patras (at Akti) , Athens Fuzz and Block 33 in Thessalonika. (Note change of venue in Athens)
Tickets can be bought on www.i-ticket.gr from Friday 18 December. They will be priced at around 25 euros.
Following on almost immediately from the UK tour, the band cross the Channel again for a couple of European gigs, the first in France and the second in Belgium.
The Paris gig is at a lovely old music hall venue Le Bataclan on the 25th and the other is at the Het Depot in Leuven the next night. Tickets are available through the individual links to the left but also for both gigs through www.fnac.com. Ticket prices are between 25 and 30 euros.
There were also rumours of a third date in Amsterdam but this was only pencilled in and has unfortunately not materialised.
Apologies to any disappointed Dutch fans out there.
At the time of writing, there are no further European dates in the pipeline although we will keep you updated as soon as we hear of anything...
12 December 2009
Turning Japanese in April
The band fly east for three Japanese dates at the start of April, for the annual Punkspring 2010 festival.
The band will be in Nagoya at the Zepp on 2 April (along with Lostprophets, 311, The King Blues...and more), then Osaka Zepp on the 3rd and Tokyo's Makuhari Messe on the 4th. The Nagoya and Osaka shows are in 1,800-2,000 capacity venues prior to the larger gig in Tokyo, which holds 20,000.
According to a Japanese website, Punkspring is an annual festival who's "goal was to bring international artists, especially American and British musicians to Japan for 3 days of live concerts featuring punk music bands that many Japanese kids listened to but may not have ever seen in person".
Recent years have seen acts like the Damned and the Buzzcocks play, as well as American bands like Rancid.
The festival website is at www.punkspring.com.
We'll bring you more details once we have them.
9 December 2009
Stranglers return to Hammersmith
The Stranglers return to the legendary Hammersmith Odeon (now Apollo) for their first gig there since a three-night residency on the second Dreamtime tour in March 1987.
The gig will form part of a 16-date UK tour in February and March next year celebrating five decades of touring.
The band also previously played at the Odeon in February 1983, where the band took umbrage at the behaviour of the bouncers and left the stage after four songs. They refused to come back till the bouncers had been removed; they were and the night ended with seats being smashed. The next night was cancelled.
They also played there in 1982 on the La Folie tour and in 1976 with Patti Smith.
The capacity at Hammersmith has been increased since then as -- thankfully -- the downstairs is now all standing.
Tickets are selling very well and it promises to be a great atmosphere!
The tour sees them covering the whole length of the UK with gigs from Aberdeen down to Southampton. The tour kicks off with a trio of gigs north of the border including their first Dunfermline show since 1978.
A very quick apology to any Scottish fans that were upset by the slight misspelling of the town's name on early versions of the poster and tour advert. The mistake was picked up quickly by an eagle eyed Scot and was put right immediately.
To those fans unlucky enough to miss out on tickets for the sold-out pre Christmas gig at Leamington Spa Assembly, there are a couple of gigs within easy reach on the spring tour at Birmingham and Nottingham so book early to avoid disappointment as they are both popular dates on any tour.
Tickets are available through the usual websites and the links are given for each date of the tour in the listing to the left. See you there...
9 December 2009
EMI are releasing a new career-spanning compilation of tracks entitled Decades Apart on 22 February 2010.
In addition to a range of songs from the five decade back catalogue, the compilation will also include a brand new track recorded by the band at the tail end of 2009.
This new track will also be released as the band's first download only single around the same time. We will give you the track listing as soon as we have it and the album artwork will feature a shot from the same recent session that has been used on the UK tour promotion.
EMI also recently released a three CD set compiling all the tracks included in the pair of UA/EMI Singles box sets which were released around 2000. The release came with rather fetching artwork as shown and includes all A and B (or AA!) sides of the UA era singles plus additional edits and foreign releases.
Sony have been busy too. Following on from the Decade compilation released in the summer, The Original Album Classics series is five original albums reproduced as the vinyl original releases on CD and contained in a heavy duty slipcase.
This was released on 28 September.
The track listings on each album are per the original releases. It sounds very similar to the stunning Japanese promo-only EMI box set.
As a footnote, many fans are eager to know how work on the follow up to Suite XVI is progressing. The band are currently working on some new songs in their West country HQ and we hope to bring you some news of further developments soon.
Watch this space...
9 December 2009
UK fans in Franco-Belgian coach expedition
A coach trip from the UK to see the Stranglers in Europe next March is now being organised.
The gigs will be in Paris on 25 March and Leuven in Belgium on the 26th. The itinerary involves an early departure from central London on the morning of the Paris gig, a night in a tourist class hotel near to the venue and travel back to the UK via Leuven to arrive in London early morning on the 27th.
Over 80 fans travelled by coach in February 2009 to gigs in Paris and Ghent at the end of the band's massive 4240 European tour. The trip was very well received and went off without a hitch, and the same team is organising this one.
Travel will be by luxury coach and cross-channel ferry. Hotel accommodation and gig tickets are all included.
The trip is being arranged with the full support of the band and their management.
Places are filling up quickly so for further details regarding the trip, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
9 December 2009
I hope to be the first to welcome you all to this the NEW official Stranglers website.
My thanks firstly go to Adrian Liggins and Christina for their work of the past many years, which has been an invaluable source for 'official' information about band matters.
Adrian has now reached the point where he is too heavily committed to his professional endeavours to continue the project and is passing the task on to Owen and Dom.
Thank you Adrian and Christina
Since the emergence of the current electronic age, and our unavoidable move away from our old magazine-based announcements to the new web based format, there has been much to learn about this new medium. I am looking forward to a future when I hope for many new innovative ideas and services becoming available through these pages.
Jet Black - December 2009