Legendary rock band The Stranglers have rescheduled their final full UK tour – and dedicated it to the memory of their keyboard player Dave Greenfield.

The band, who were formed in Guildford in 1974, rose to prominence during the punk explosion of the mid-70s, though they never considered themselves part of the new wave.

Despite numerous line-up changes which have left bassist JJ Burnel as the only original member, they still have a loyal following to this day.

They announced in January that they would be hitting the road for one last full tour this October and November, to play a career-spanning set.

But their plans have been ruined by first the coronavirus pandemic and then the death from the virus at the age of 71 of Greenfield, whose playing was so integral to The Stranglers’ sound.

This week, the band announced that despite restrictions on live performances being eased as the UK gradually emerges from lockdown, they had no option but to postpone the tour until 2021.

A statement on their Facebook page said: “Unfortunately, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on live concerts, we need to consider everyone’s welfare, and therefore have no choice but to defer the planned autumn UK tour until the spring next year. The tour will now take place from late March to the end of April.

“As you can imagine, with numerous other artists wanting to reschedule their tours in that period, the dates available at the venues were limited and this has meant that, in some cases, the equivalent day of the week to the original date wasn’t always free. For example, the original Friday and Saturday at Glasgow have now become a Thursday and Friday instead, with Aberdeen moving to the Saturday.

“Sadly, the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena show has been moved to the Cardiff Great Hall instead due to availability issues, but all the original dates have been rearranged, with the addition of a new gig in Warrington. The Brixton shows on 16-17 April mark the exact 44th anniversary of the band’s first headline shows at the Roundhouse on the Rattus tour back in ’77.”

Tickets for the original dates are all valid for the rescheduled shows and, for Glasgow, a Friday ticket will now be for the Thursday, and Saturday for the new Friday date. Special guests for all dates will be Ruts DC, plus Mike Peters from The Alarm at Cardiff too.

The tour kicks off on Dave Greenfield’s birthday, 29 March, in Lincoln, and finishes at the Corn Exchange in his adopted hometown of Cambridge on 30 April. The band felt this would be a fitting finale to what will already be an emotional tour, and the final date has now sold out.

They added: “Apologies for any inconvenience that the rescheduling of the tour causes, but circumstances are clearly out of our control. See you on the road in 2021.”

Tickets for those dates which are not already sold out are available from www.thestranglers.co.uk

Gary Welford
ipamusic.co.uk owner