U.K. punk survivors The Stranglers — singer-bassist Jean-Jacques Burnel, drummer Jet Black and keyboard player Dave Greenfield, plus former Toy Dolls guitarist Baz Warne — this week announced a belated U.S. release for the band’s 2012 album Giants, plus initial dates in late May and June for a planned North American tour.
Giants, the band’s 17th studio album and first in six years, was released in the U.K. in March 2012, but will finally arrive in the U.S. on May 28 via All My People & Fontana/INGrooves. If you haven’t heard it yet, you can preview the album via a stream of the single “Mercury Rising,” which is posted below.
The band will support the release with a North American tour that is slated to open with a May 30 concert in Detroit. So far, eight dates have been announced, including a lone West Coast stop at the Ink-n-Iron Festival — but more are promised (see full dates below).
In a press statement announcing the U.S. release and tour, Burnel says: “The band are currently on a creative and performing high and are really up for a visit to both the U.S. and Canada.”
The Stranglers North American tour dates:
May 30: Majestic, Detroit, MI
May 31: Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
June 1: Telus Theatre, Montreal, QC
June 3: Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
June 4: Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
June 5: Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
June 7: Cobra Lounge, Chicago, IL
June 9: Iron & Ink Festival, Long Beach, CA
More dates TBA
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
- The Godfathers announce new album ‘Jukebox Fury,’ U.K. tour with The Stranglers
- Stream: The Stranglers, ‘Time Was Once On My Side’ — off forthcoming album ‘Giants’
- Ex-Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell touring U.S., South America, U.K. this spring