Having a WaltzinBlack with the Meninblack.
The Stranglers arrived in Glasgow on the second night of their Ruby Anniversary Tour to play to a sold out Academy on Friday night. Just how were they going to cover their 40 year career in a set that lasted 2 hours? There was clever use of Video screens to illustrate the songs as they were being played with 2 standing out. Stranglers fans are fiercely loyal and their support was rewarded during No More Heroes. Fan submitted photos flashed up throughout the song. The History of the Stranglers was covered as Never to Look Back was played. Pictures and news clippings took the story from the beginning to the present including the appearance of Hugh Cornwell and Paul Roberts on screen. The performance was comprised of 2 sections. [There were 2 Drumkits….all will be explained!!!] The main set had JJ Burnel, Dave Greenfield and Baz Warne joined by Jim MacAuley on the drums [Bloody good he is too!!!] for a set of Stranglers classics and lesser known albums tracks featuring songs from all 17 [YES 17] albums. From openers London Lady, No More Heroes and Coup de Gras to Norfolk Coast and Hanging Around at the close the audience were more than entertained. The encore had the drum stool taken over by The inimitable Jet Black, still playing well into his 70’s. Playing Baroque Bordello, Always the Sun, Golden Brown, Strange Little Girl and Genetix the encore was over all too soon…….or was it? JJ Burnel thanked the audience for coming to their 40th Anniversary. Then it was time for one last song. Jim MacAuley took his seat behind his kit and The Stranglers proceeded to blast out an amazing Tank from Black & White. Then it was all over. The crowd left the Academy sweaty and satisfied to the strains of The Meninblack from the Raven album. The Stranglers live…………….Pure Class!!!
Words courtesy of Andy Wilson
Pix By Westy