"With 76-year-old drummer Jet Black sticking up a middle finger to health conditions which threaten leaving him for dead at each gig on the tour, The Stranglers still have every bit of the punk spirit they’ve proudly carried for 40 years."
All set up for @HughCornwell @unbounders pic.twitter.com/FbWyM80QE8 — Chepstow Bookshop (@ChepstowBooks) March 25, 2015 Hugh Cornwell signing copies of Arnold Drive tonight. pic.twitter.com/PVNlXg9Nj5 — Chepstow Bookshop (@ChepstowBooks) March 25, 2015
"Tonight in Manchester it’s a sold out Academy gig, an audience of 2600 eagerly awaiting to see a band most of them will have seen over 30 years prior. As a younger music fan, it makes me question as to which bands will still be around in 30 year ..."
The Stranglers - The Raven @ Manchester Academy 21/3/2015
"‘Oh Fuck’ came the line at the end of the phone. You see at some point last week I made the mistake of calling home and mentioning to my Dad that I was off to see The Stranglers on Friday night. He had reason to be fearful."
The Stranglers - Peaches - Cambridge Corn Exchange 20/3/15
"Despite a sterling performance from Jim MacAulay on drums, he simply cannot get away from the fact that he is not Jet Black (cue much chanting of Jet Black's name). The fans' desire to see this elder statesman, whose will to play fails to diminish in the face of ill health, was satiated as he came on for four songs ..."
"Bassist JJ Burnel talks about surviving and confounding the music industry, issues of identity, the nature of existence, martial arts, empire/imperialism, the potency of protest, the European ideal and crucially the reinvigoration of the band."