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The Stranglers launch tour, with dates at Lincoln Engine Shed and Nottingham Rock City, in memory of Dave Greenfield

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Rock band The Stranglers will be tearing up the stage in Nottingham and Lincoln as part of their UK tour.

The duo launch their tour at Lincoln’s Engine Shed on Tuesday and will also be at Nottingham’s Rock City on February 8, performing songs from their new album, Dark Matters, which was produced in lockdown.

The first single from the album, ‘And If You Should See Dave…’, is an honest tribute to much-missed keyboard player Dave Greenfield, who died a year ago from covid-19.

The Stranglers. Photo: Hiroki Nishioka (54236605)
The Stranglers. Photo: Hiroki Nishioka (54236605)

“A year ago, on May 3, my great friend and colleague of 45 years, Dave Greenfield, passed away, another victim of the pandemic.” said band member JJ Burnel.

“We had already recorded most of the album with him and during the lockdowns our only wish was to complete it as a fitting tribute to his life and work. I consider this to be one of our finest recordings.”

Surviving Stranglers band members, JJ Burnel and Baz Warne, completed Dark Matters remotely during lockdowns, making it their first album since 2012.

Greenfield features on eight of the 11 tracks, which were made over the course of two years at the band’s studios in Somerset, and southern France, produced by long-time collaborator Louie Nicastro.

A key member of The Stranglers for 45 years, Greenfield was a highly acclaimed keyboardist.

The Stranglers have had 24 top-40 singles and 18 top-40 albums in a career spanning six different decades.

First formed in 1974, through the punk scene, they released their first three albums ­— Rattus Norvegicus, No More Heroes and Black and White ­— within 13 months of each other.

Hit singles included Peaches, No More Heroes, Walk On By, Always The Sun, Strange Little Girl and Golden Brown.

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