The Stranglers have decided to fulfil their final full UK tour, despite the recent death of Dave Greenfield.

The keyboard player, whose playing was integral to the band’s sound, died on May 3 from coronavirus after a stay in hospital for heart problems.

The 71-year-old had been an ever-present in the band since 1975, and both they and his family have been overwhelmed by messages of condolence.

Now, after much soul-searching, the remaining members of the band have decided that they will go ahead and proceed with their October tour, in Dave’s honour.

They have also pledged to finish the new album, which they working on at the time of his death.

The band released a statement last night which said: “Dave’s death has been an absolute tragedy, and mere words cannot describe our deep sense of loss and the sheer, raw emotion that we have felt over the past month.

“Dave was our dear friend and band mate and we will miss him forever. The loss has had an absolutely devastating effect on us as a band, and we’ve spent a lot of time in reflection and discussing the future.

“We had all been working on recording a new album, much of which is ready to mix. Dave was, of course, an integral part of our work on this new material, and, therefore, we fully intend to bring the project to fruition as soon as we can get back together.

“We have also been thinking of you, our fans. We have read the many posts and messages with regard to the Final Full Tour and, after much discussion, we have decided to proceed with the shows in Dave’s honour.

“Dave was very much looking forward to this being our final, full outing, so we believe it’s the most suitably fitting way for all of us together to say goodbye. JJ, Baz and Jim.”

Covid-19 restrictions permitting, The Stranglers’ final full tour is due to start in Lincoln on October 20 and finish in London on November 21. Ruts DC will be special guests at all the shows.

Gary Welford owner