Thu 21 Mar 2019
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
Artists watched: Stranglers

Ticket for Stranglers

At the start of the year I had a few bands on my hitlist of people to see, but I never thought I'd end up seeing the Stranglers live.

I was never a massive fan of the band - but I was a fan enough to have some of the singles and know them pretty well.

I was just starting secondary school in the Stranglers' heyday of the late 70s/early 80s. Back then people - well certainly all my friends - were much more attuned to what was happening musically and I had one friend in particular who was a big fan of the Stranglers, playing their music all the time, so they're a band that reminds me very much of my youth.

Flyer for Stranglers 2019

Back to the present and I had an opportunity to interview Jean-Jacques Burnel a few weeks before the gig. Even though I was talking to him on the phone, I was a little bit nervous as I've read the stories of what he did to journalists who have mildly disagreed with him in the past.

Having said that I'm not a journalist - I interview people for fun, not because I want to say something snarky about them to get a reputation, so I was fairly hopeful I wouldn't be tied up and thrown in the boot of his car.

And JJ turned out to be utterly charming and a pleasure to chat to, so I managed to wangle my way onto the guest list for this local show.

Sacriligiously I missed support act Dr Feelgood - their (almost) hometown gig too. At that time I was successfully arranging to swap my free downstairs tickets for a couple of free upstairs tickets with seats. I had a long day at work and I'm getting old ...

The Stranglers

The Stranglers were never a punk band to me - just a pop group who had some great tunes. I never thought much about pigeonholing and I wasn't really old enough first time round to appreciate the lyrics.

Jean-Jacques Burnel

They're very tight musically and Dave Greenfield is still an amazing keyboard player - his obvious love of endless arpeggios always set them about from other bands at the time. It's hard to believe he's 70 years old at the end of this month.

The Stranglers

A pretty much sold out crowd and from what I can tell, lots of satisfied customers too.

The Stranglers


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