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Wednesday 10 March 2010

The Stranglers: Back In Black & Still On Track @ Brighton Dome

What was angst may have long been replaced by a unity of celebration, and what were young band inner tensions may now have been cemented over by a decade of band stability and a collective return to purpose .. but in some ways time had stood still when the Stranglers took to Brighton Dome's Concert Hall (09/03) stage and delivered a set that spanned more than four decades.
JJ Burnel @ Brighton Dome By Andy Sturmey

Boasting three original members - and three equally iconic figures - the Stranglers, back to a four piece since the change of the millennium, are now cooking on a musical gas that had for a long while been deemed extinguished.

Taking to the stage with their calling-card entrance music, Waltzinblack, still reverberating around the packed hall, the band launched into Time To Die (Stranglers In The Night) and Go Buddy Go (double A-side single), before 'new boy' Baz Warne stepped up to the microphone for his first vocal of the night.

What was long viewed as a gaping whole in the band's line-up has now been filled once and for all. The loss, in 1990, of original Stranglers frontman, Hugh Cornwell, saw them swell to a five-piece before Baz stepped up to the microphone and returned both their artistic credibility and appetite.

And it was a Cornwell song, (Get A) Grip (On Yourself) (Rattus Norvegicus), that was Baz's Brighton introduction. He oozed both confidence and integrity and any lingering doubts from those who hadn't seen the band in a long while were instantly dissipated.

But this wasn't just a legacy act playing it safe. Promoting their recently released career retrospective, Decades Apart, new single, Retro Rockets - and the current line-up's recent material, Norfolk Coast, Lost Control (Norfolk Coast) and Spectre Of Love (Suite XVI) - sat easily alongside old staples of the likes of Nuclear Device & Duchess (The Raven), Golden Brown (La Folie), and Always The Sun (Dreamtime).

The menacing and athletic figure cut by bassist Jean-Jacques Burnel was worth the price of admission alone. Add to that being able to witness the spectacle of 71 year-old drummer, Jet Black, pounding his skins, and Pernod quaffing keyboardist, Dave Greenfield, playing up to his home crowd – then maybe the music was just an added bonus!

Encoring with a brooding Five Minutes and bass shattering No More Heroes, our heroes made their way into the night and on to the next stop of a tour that has been rumbling up and down motorways for the best part of thirty-six years .. long may they reign, and soon may they return. Awesome!

For a detailed history of the early years of the Stranglers visit Hound Dawg Magazine and purchase issue two.

by: Mike Cobley


Head First Acrobats return to the Brighton Fringe Festival with two spectacular shows, Railed for adults, and PreHysterical for children.

Hastings Fat Tuesday have teamed up with The Marina Fountain and The Prince Albert to bring Primal Scream to the White Rock Theatre for a special warm up show ahead of their Screamadelica live dates.

After collaborating with Noel Gallagher on the single Where's My Family Gone, Brighton-bound Andrew Cushin picked up the support of another iconic rock 'n' roller when Pete Doherty signed him to his Strap Originals label.

Building on the sample-based approach of their classic albums Since I Left You and Wildflower, but stepping boldly into new terrain, We Will Always Love You is the latest offering from Brighton-bound The Avalanches.
Credit Leigh Simpson

Barrie Kosky's highly anticipated new production of Poulenc's powerful opera Dialogues des Carmélites will premiere next summer at the 2023 Glyndebourne Festival. It was originally scheduled to appear at the event in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tens of thousands of fans will unite in Brighton to watch the World Cup 2022 on huge anti-glare screens with a world-class sound system, food, drinks and a proper big game atmosphere. 

Actor Michelle Collins chats ahead of her starring role in the comedy thriller Cluedo, the new play, directed by Mark Bell (The Play That Goes Wrong), which visits Theatre Royal Brighton from Monday 13th to Saturday 18th June.
Credit Jim Stephenson

Syrian architects Marwa Al-Sabouni and Ghassan Jansiz will bring a unique architectural element to this year's Brighton Festival by building a temporary community arts venue on Hove seafront in the form of a traditional Arabic arcade.

Brighton-bound Canadian songwriter and musician Leith Ross shared their new single We'll Never Have Sex, alongside a self-directed and produced video, after finding viral fame. 
Credit Olivia Rose

Mercury Prize 2020 winning Kiwanuka looks inward and out, across widescreen sonic landscapes constructed in recording studios in London, Los Angeles and New York, and provides a showcase for the honey-poured mahogany of Michael Kiwanuka's voice.
Credit Summer Dean

Before Dylan Thomas drank himself to death at the tender age of 39, he and his wife Caitlin (née Macnamara) were the great lovers who boozed, binged and brawled their way through the bars of Britain in the 30s and 40s mixing with fellow artists and the bohemian in-crowd, living on tick, behaving scandalously and being forgiven. Their marriage was stormy, passionate and explosive.

Comedian Jason Byrne - who brings his new show to The Old Market, Hove, this October - has not only had his heart unblocked and been given a new lease of life, but his whole career has been unblocked too! 

The artist Maggi Hambling will present her first exhibition at Glyndebourne at the 2022 Glyndebourne Festival, with support from Marlborough Gallery.

Soulful Edinburgh-born newcomer Brooke Combe will be support for Miles Kane when he plays Concorde 2, Brighton, this week.

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