There are only a few days to go before The Stranglers embark on another tour. It does not seem long since the band completed its extensive and very successful UK tour back in the Spring, which left me with the impression that they are enjoying playing live more than ever.
If this is the case they are certainly making the most of it during the remaining months of 2015, beginning with a mini tour of English Towns of smaller than usual venues ahead of a number of festival appearances. Several of the gigs (Hampton Pool, York and Holmfirth) are already sold out, but at time of writing there are still tickets left for the Assembly Hall in Worthing on July 10th, The Venue in Middlesborough on July 14th and King Georges Hall in Blackburn on July 16th.
November sees the band set out on a European Tour encompassing 12 dates in France, one in Switzerland (Zurich), one in Germany (Köln), and two each in Belgium (Brussels and Leuven) and the Netherlands (Eindhoven and Leiden), before supporting Simple Minds of a series of arena gigs in London, Leeds, Glasgow, Dublin and Aberdeen. For links to all these, see The Stranglers website here.
I am a big fan of The Stranglers, and they are one of the only bands from my youth that I still follow. I do so because they still have that hunger and energy to perform, and their new material fits almost seamlessly with their older stuff. They are well worth checking out, with all this touring they are going to be a well-honed unit.