The Stranglers left hanging around again as final UK tour is rearranged for second time

This will be the last time: The Stranglers’ bass player JJ Burnel and guitarist Baz Warne will play Leeds next February on their Final UK Tour

THE Stranglers are putting back their Final Full UK Tour for a second time, moving their April 26 gig at Leeds O2 Academy to February 12 next year.

In a statement from the veteran punk-era alumni, they say: “We are, once again, incredibly saddened to confirm that we have had no alternative but to reschedule the planned 2021 spring tour.

“This decision has not been taken lightly, especially as the tour has already been moved back, but the ongoing issues surrounding the Covid pandemic are continuing to play havoc with live music.

“Due to the uncertainty around the tightening of lockdown regulations in the UK and the rollout of the vaccinations over the coming months, it was decided that the tour should be postponed until early 2022.”

The statement continues: “It has been an immense challenge to move the tour again but ultimately we are determined to make it happen as planned from the outset.

The poster for The Final Full UK Tour 2022 by The Stranglers, taking in Leeds O2 Academy on February 12 and Sheffield City Hall on February 24 next year

“After almost a year of inactivity on the road, the band are all chomping at the bit to get back to playing live but our safety, as well as that of the crew and fans, is of paramount importance.”

The Leeds concert already had been rearranged from November 12 2020, and tickets remain valid for the new date after the second delay.

“We hope you understand that we have been left with no other choice and, believe us, we share your disappointment,” say the band, led by bassist and lead vocalist JJ Burnel. “Look forward to seeing you all on the road next year.”

The Final UK Tour 2022 will be In Memory of Dave: long-serving keyboard player Dave Greenfield, who died on May 3 last year, aged 71.

The Stranglers are promising an extensive, full-production tour on “the last time they play together in this format” on a 24-date itinerary, performing songs spanning their 45-year catalogue of 23 British top 40 singles and 17 top 40 albums. “Fans can expect to hear all the classics and get the full rock’n’roll experience for one final time,” they say.

Tour support will come from Ruts DC. Ticket information can be found at:

Let’s just hope Something Better Change soon on the Coronavirus front to ensure the final tour will finally go ahead.

The Stranglers call time on big tours with autumn gigs. Leeds and Sheffield beckon

The Stranglers: last full-scale tour in 2020

THE Stranglers, still going strong after 46 years, have decided their 21 October and November dates will be their final “extensive full production UK tour”.

“This is the last time we intend to play together in this way,” they say, after announcing Yorkshire gigs at Sheffield City Hall on October 30 and Leeds O2 Academy on November 12. “While we may not be checking out completely just yet, this will be the last opportunity to see us playing together in a comprehensive touring format.”

No more heroes on the road on full UK tours post 2020, autumn’s shows are a chance to enjoy peaches from a back catalogue of 24 Top 40 singles and 18 Top 40 albums before they walk on by to other ways of still gigging.

Responding to “overwhelming demand” from Stranglers fans, the invitation went out to Ruts DC to be this autumn’s special guests, so, yes, they will be Staring At The Rude Boys.

Meanwhile, The Stranglers – The Movie, a crowd-funded documentary that “attempts to cram the band’s complex story, full of wild anecdotes, into one film”, will be released imminently.

Tour tickets go on sale on Friday at and