This year is a landmark for new wave icons The Stranglers.
The band, who emerged from various blues, jazz and classical movements, became figureheads of punk and then transcended music styles, are celebrating four decades in the business.
To commemorate this achievement, The Stranglers are embarking on a major world tour, kicking off in the UK in late February and rolling through Europe, North America and the Far East, before a series of festival appearances and special events still to be announced.
Portsmouth fans get their chance to see them on March 24 when they play the Pyramids, Southsea.
A series of anniversary reissues, rarities and collectors’ items will also be available.
These will mark their long, pioneering and often controversial career, which has seen them go from being the anti-establishment scourge of the music industry who were banned by the BBC, to becoming pillars of said establishment with their performance at the 2012 6Music Proms at the Albert Hall with a full orchestra.
The Ruby Anniversary Tour of the UK runs for 28 dates, including London’s Hammersmith Apollo, which the band first played in 1976.
It will see The Stranglers playing tracks from all of their 17 studio albums in a special 40th anniversary set, starting with debut Rattus Norvegicus.
Formed in 1974 as The Guildford Stranglers, the group quickly developed a pub-rock following and were scooped into the punk movement, opening for both Patti Smith and The Ramones.
Tickets for the Pyramids: £23.