The ex-Stranglers frontman and his old band are going head to head for ticket sales when both come to Southsea over the coming weeks.
The Stranglers come to the Pyramids on Tuesday and Hugh Cornwell performs at South Parade Pier on April 6.
Being the only band out of the ‘four kings’ of the punk rock movement with a continuing successful recording career, The Strangers’ tour last February was a sell-out success and included a date at Southampton Guildhall and a busy major festival season.
The band returned to the UK with the Black and Blue Tour earlier this month with support from Wilko Johnson.
They are now busy working on a new album and they’ll showcase a few new tunes at the Pyramids, alongside classics like Peaches, No More Heroes, 5 Minutes, Duchess, Something Better Change, Always the Sun, Walk on By and Golden Brown.
The band is now lead by Jean-Jacques Burnel, who was originally a co-vocalist with Hugh until the latter’s departure in 1990.
Hugh, meanwhile, promises to perform rare Stranglers songs that he has never played live before, plus music from his most recent solo album Guilty, when he comes to South Parade Pier next month. The set list will include The Raven, Schoolmaam, Down in the Sewer, Toiler on the Sea, Walk on By and Feel Like a xxx.
He’s also released a limited edition 10-track covers album to coincide with the tour and he’ll be doing fan-choice encores. Vote at hughcornwell.com.
n Tickets: Stranglers £23, (023) 9282 4355/ Hugh £18/50, 0871 230 1101.