Reviews: The Stranglers at Portsmouth Guildhall

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Like a fine wine, it appears The Stranglers only get better with age, leaving the audience calling for, not one, but two encores.

After the success of their Ruby Anniversary tour last year, the punk originals were back to tease a packed Portsmouth Guildhall to some fresh material as well as the classics.

With a career spanning over four decades, it is an impressive showing that front duo of Jean-Jacques Burnel and Baz Warne still feed so well off each other and the energy of the crowd.

It wasn’t until half an hour into the band’s two-hour stint, that they got their first big pop with the arrival of Jet Black on the drums.

Black was only at the kit for fours songs, but the punk rockers easily rolled into the one-two of Golden Brown and Always the Sun.

Things began to fade slightly, before dropping Peaches into the repertoire; however, it became apparent that The Stranglers weren’t pandering to the part-time fans tonight.

With the set coming to a close fans were graced with their cover of Walk On By, before the band returned for a second time to close the show with No More Heroes.

With a back catalogue spanning 40 years, and hardly a pause for breath in a two hour set, The Stranglers are still the definition of UK punk.