Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Stranglers: Baz Warne; the Stranglers Are Back in the Toon This Month. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Chats to with Local Lad Baz Warne

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Stranglers: Baz Warne; the Stranglers Are Back in the Toon This Month. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Chats to with Local Lad Baz Warne

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Byline: GORDONBARR

BAZ Warne is fresh from performing at a charity do in Sunderland.

The Stranglers' guitarist and vocalist, who still lives in his home city, has just done a gig at the Roker Hotel for myeloma cancer research for a mate and is now gearing up for two weeks of rehearsals for a full-blown tour with his band.

"I agreed to do the gig for a mate of mine who passed away and I did some stuff on my own and jammed with some mates who I used to be in bands with," he tells me.

"It was lovely, one of those evenings where I saw faces I hadn't seen in years, had a few beers, a load of crack, and raised a lot of money for charity.

"Now it's all my energy on The Stranglers. The last rehearsal we had, it was well and truly coming together."

The Stranglers are at the O2 Academy, Newcastle on March 29.

"We're not promoting anything this time around. We did the same year before last, on the Black & Blue tour, which was hugely successful.

"With the success of (2012 album) Giants and the momentum that has been building up the last six or seven years since we've been a four-piece again, everyone seems to want to know again.

"There's a real buzz and impetus for the band and the fans just keep coming in their droves. It's fantastic."

The UK tour, which starts tonight in Edinburgh, will take fans through the whole Stranglers' career, from 1977's debut album Rattus Norvegicus to the present.

"To be honest, irrevocably the business has changed, going out in support of an album these days isn't really necessary as album sales are negligible," he says.

Hard copy CDs, very few people buy them any more, you are looking at downloads, and as long as people know the record's available, they'll go and buy it in their own time.

"As for live, this band has always been a huge live draw. The one thing we are hesitant about is it becoming a nostalgic, heritage thing, and because we are still recording and releasing new material, that is not the case. …

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