"You wouldn't expect the arrival of a septuagenarian drummer to give a gig fresh impetus, but the much-loved Jet Black defied all his 74 years putting on a drumming master class, only punctured by a dreamy rendition of Golden Brown - surely one of the most majestic melodies George Harrison never wrote."
"If this was good enough for the crowd, the encore pushed the crowd onto an extra level -who by now had knocked back their fair share of Newcastle brown – into the air like it really was the 1970’s all over."
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"The Stranglers are indeed one hell of a class act, J.J. probably one of the best bass players out there. And they are still uncompromising. And still clearly love what they do after all these years. And they roll on."
"A few things, it was the Feel It Live tour, and bassist Jean Jacques Burnell decided we should feel the bass which with booming feedback left the chap in front of me, already with ear plugs in, grab his ears in pain ..."
"Surely this is against the rules. There’s no way this deep into a career a band can be peaking again. Yet here are The Stranglers, 40 years down the line delivering the best gigs I’ve seen them play in years of watching them."
"Is this any more than a karaoke act designed to keep the Stranglers faithful happy? Quite honestly, no. The Stranglers, even without their singer, are still The Stranglers, and from what I saw tonight, it seems people still want more of The Stranglers."
"Jet’s arrival was heralded by chants of his name as he leaped unfazed into one of The Stranglers’ most complex rhythmical songs, Genetix. Jet’s precision drumming, Dave Greenfield’s unrivalled key’s playing and the combination of JJ Burnel and Warne on guitar set the level of musicianship at a new high as they tore through hits Who Wants the World and Duchess."
"Stranglers bass guitarist, Jean Jacques Burnel, told the Chronicle: “The Stranglers have always had a connection with Bath and The Bell is a favoured haunt when we are in town. We feel that it's important to support it as a musical institution in Bath.”"
"... since the departure of Hugh Cornwell in 1990 The Stranglers have remained stable and strong – their most recent album, 2012’s Giants, was an excellent return to a sound akin to that of their 1970s heyday"