The Stranglers at the Southsea Pyramids

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Veteran punk rockers were out in force last night at a packed Pyramids to see an appetising double-bill.

First up was the legendary and influential Wilko Johnson.

Dressed in black and armed with his trademark Fender telecaster, he blitzed his way with all the great Dr Feelgood hits as though nothing has changed since the 1970s. he was aided by Blockhead, Norman Watt Roy (who is arguably the greatest bass player in the world).

It’s unusual for a band with such calibre as The Stranglers to continue to be successful for so long since the departure of original lead singer, Hugh Cornwell, who left in 1990.

Most recent singer Baz Warne took over vocal duties from Paul Roberts back in 2006. He has a reasonably menacing stage presence befitting of the role.

Star of the show though is bassist JJ Burnell who embraced the crowd with a moody and compelling performance.

Entering the stage with their anthemic Waltz In Black theme music, the band were soon into the big hits with Peaches and Always The Sun. The highlight though was left to the encore of Hanging Around and Duchess.

Despite many doubters, The Stranglers manage to pull off an engaging show to leave the fans old and new more than satisfied.