AFTER all these years The Stranglers have still managed to maintain an aura of danger and cool and aim to show how with another tour that brings them to Leeds next week.
With three of the original line-up - Jet Black (drums), JJ Burnel (bass and lead vocals), Dave Greenfield (keyboards) - still doing their stuff alongside vocalist and lead guitarist Baz Warne, the band remain a big live attraction and can draw on a huge range of hits that go back to 1977 when they released their extraordinary debut album, Rattus Norvegicus.
The Stranglers have proved great survivors, progressing from their punk scene beginnings and going on to chalk up 24 top 40 singles over four decades as well as 18 top 40 albums.
Many of their well known songs have endured well, including Peaches, No More Heroes, Something Better Change and Hanging Around from their early more aggressive days and Golden Brown, Always The Sun, Strange Little Girl and Skin Deep from their more mellow years.
More recent material has come from the Giants album released in March, which was critically acclaimed and was followed by a successful UK tour.
Appearances at the V Festival and many of Europe’s top outdoor events came in the summer and now they have announced another trip round Britain on a 22-date tour that includes a date at the O2 Academy Leeds on Saturday, March 9. Tickets are available from www.ticketweb.co.uk