The Stranglers and Stiff Little Fingers will roll back the years

Stiff Little Fingers are at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Friday.
Stiff Little Fingers are at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Friday.

A PAIR of veteran bands will show there’s life in the old punks yet with gigs on successive nights at a Tyneside venue this week.

Tomorrow, the O2 Academy in Newcastle will play host to The Stranglers, who are entering their 41st year with their March On tour.

The Stranglers bring their March On tour to the O2 Academy in Newcastle tomorrow night.

The Stranglers bring their March On tour to the O2 Academy in Newcastle tomorrow night.

The following night, Stiff Little Fingers, who have been going a mere 38 years, will play at the same venue.

Both bands are veterans of the late 1970s punk scene, but continue to draw big audiences with their incendiary live shows.

The Stranglers celebrated their 40th anniversary last year with their Ruby tour, and a celebratory boxset, Giants & Gems.

Despite the band’s advancing years – drummer Jet Black is 76, bassist Jean-Jacques Burnel 63, and keyboard player Dave Greenfield 65 – frontman Baz Warne hopes they will make a new record soon.

You’ve probably worked out by now, I don’t do ‘comedy’ songs.

Jake Burns, SLF

“It’s been three years since the last one, which is quite long enough,” said Sunderland-born Warne, a spring chicken at 50.

“We’ve started messing around with ideas, but we’re in no hurry.

“There’s no record company pressure on us any more to get stuff out, so we can take our time.”

Stiff Little Fingers have had a busy year too.

They released No Going Back, their first album since 2003, to their best reviews in years, and toured widely to promote it, including their first-ever shows in Australia and the Far East.

Songs like Trail of Tears, My Dark Places and Liar’s Club cover topics such as the recent enomic collapse, frontman Jake’ Burns’ personal struggle with depression, and continuing racism in the west.

“You’ve probably worked out by now, I don’t do ‘comedy’ songs ,” says Burns, but the band’s music continues to inspire fans both old and new.

Tickets are still available for both gigs from the venue on (08444) 772000, priced £25.87 for The Stranglers and £20. 81 for Stiff Little Fingers.