THE STRANGLERS | 14.03.2019 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

THE STRANGLERS | 14.03.2019 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

The Stranglers – 14th March 2019 – Newcastle O2 Academy

The Stranglers – 14th March 2019 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

It’s been a week short of one year since they were last here but The Stranglers don’t rest on their laurels and are back with a new set to keep the fans bouncing. The stage is set up to resemble a kind of industrial warehouse with huge air con fans and oil drums and a neon sign on the backdrop displays No More Heroes, a phrase sadly becoming truer every week!

Jean Jacques Burnel as cool as ever has a huge smile on his face as he walks over to his bass and the band belt out Tank to get the night underway! It’s a set well mixed with old and new but such is the strength of the songs every one of them is a “banger” as the kids say these days 😉

Rattus Norvegicus is visited for the first of 5 times tonight with a blistering version of Get A Grip (On Yourself) but the set covers all eras not just living in the past. The band are heading into their fifth decade looking and sounding stronger than ever with newer songs like Man On The Moon, This Song and Water sitting perfectly with older favourites Duchess and that dirty bass led classic Peaches. It was great to hear Princess of the Street bringing the tempo down a bit with some fantastic guitar and keyboard work from Baz and Dave.

I’ve always felt Greenfield’s keyboard sound is an important part of the Stranglers identity rather than just background and Something Better Change is a perfect example of this. Of course, the hits are there (Golden Brown, Always The Sun, etc) but for me Hey (Rise Of The Robots) and Bring On The Nubiles were my particular highlights in this 24 song set.

I have friends who go to many of the gigs each tour and as Burnel punches the shit out of his bass before that ever familiar intro to No More Heroes I can see why and even as a casual fan I’m already thinking I can’t wait to see them again next time as they certainly show no signs of stopping and just get better every time.

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THE STRANGLERS | 29.03.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

THE STRANGLERS | 29.03.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

The Stranglers – 29th March 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy – Review and photos

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Waltzinblack booms out of the PA system and the O2 crowd go nuts as The Stranglers make their way to their stage positions and kick into Curfew from the Black and White album. The next hour and three quarters is a master class in how a band in their 44th year can still pull in a crowd and still feel fresh!

The Stranglers - 29th March 2018 - Newcastle O2 Academy
The Stranglers – 29th March 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

The 25 song set (including Waltz intro) takes in at least 11 of their albums. Get a Grip from Rattus is next up with Greenfield’s unmistakable keyboard sound even if you can’t see him behind the tower of gear you know full well it’s him! Baz Warne is targeted early on from a member in the crowd for a bit of local football banter but he swiftly puts the heckler down with a retort that has not only the crowd but also JJ Burnel creased with laughter.

The set is littered with massive tunes (Something Better Change, Go Buddy Go, I Feel Like A …, etc) but for me it’s that distinctive Burnel bass at the beginning of Peaches that raises the heckles on the back of my neck. Burnel and Warne are a fantastic upfront pairing sharing the vocal duties almost equally and a number of big fans have commented to me about how this current incarnation is the best in a long time and great to see them having a blast together on stage. Have to say Jean-Jacques Burnel is still one of the coolest players even after 44 years!

The Stranglers - 29th March 2018 - Newcastle O2 Academy
The Stranglers – 29th March 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Hanging Around is another classic track that brings back so many memories of my youth when at that time a lot of my “punk” friends were trying to get my long haired hippy self to listen to this new phenomenon!

A lovely triple of Golden Brown, Always The Sun and their version of Walk On By gets the Geordie choir singing their hearts out! The three tracks from their last release Giants sit perfectly amongst the classics tonight.

By the time No More Heroes brings the night to a close the place is a sweaty but very happy mess! Roll on the next tour

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