Dave Greenfield performs with The Stranglers in 2018
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Last year, The Stranglers lost their longtime keyboardist and singer Dave Greenfield after a battle with COVID-19. Before he died, the 71-year-old recorded the majority of the band’s new album Dark Matters. And now the surviving members have shared the record’s first single and tribute to him in And If You Should See Dave…
The Stranglers bassist JJ Burnel said: “A year ago, on May 3rd my great friend and colleague of 45 years, Dave Greenfield, passed away, another victim of the pandemic.
“We had already recorded most of the album with him and during the lockdowns our only wish was to complete it as a fitting tribute to his life and work.
“I consider this to be one of our finest recordings.”
The band’s tribute single to Dave will be available to stream from Friday, May 14.
Dave himself features on eight of the 11 tracks, which were recorded over two years at The Stranglers’ studios in rural Somerset and Southern France.
The keyboardist first joined the punk band in 1975, a year after its formation and famously played the harpsichord on Golden Brown and the organ on No More Heroes.
Dark Matters, The Stranglers’ first new album since 2012’s Giants, is released on September 10th.
All pre-orders, which can be made on the band’s official website, will receive a special bonus CD titled Dave Greenfield – A Tribute.
In a statement, The Stranglers shared: “This bonus CD, featuring 8 unreleased live recordings, was selected by the surviving members with a view to celebrating Dave’s unique talent.
“It includes two of the new tracks performed by Dave, live versions of four Stranglers songs that Dave is famous for having performed vocals on, and one of the last ever recordings of the band from their 2019 Japanese tour.”
Additionally, The Stranglers are going ahead with their 47-date UK and European tour in Dave’s memory.
Check out the Dark Matters full album tracklist and the band’s 2022 UK tour dates below.
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Dark Matters – Album Tracklisting
2. This Song
3. And If You Should See Dave…
4. If Something’s Gonna Kill Me (It Might As Well Be Love)
5. No Man’s Land
6. The Lines
9. The Last Men On The Moon
10. White Stallion
Full Final Tour UK 2022 *dates added*
Jan 25 – Engine Shed, Lincoln
Jan 27 – Music Hall, Aberdeen
Jan 28 – O2 Academy, Glasgow
Jan 29 – O2 Academy, Glasgow – SOLD OUT
Jan 31 – Victoria Hall, Stoke
Feb 1 – UEA Nick Rayns, Norwich
Feb 3 – G Live, Guildford – SOLD OUT
Feb 4 – O2 Academy, Brixton
Feb 5 – O2 Academy, Brixton – SOLD OUT
Feb 7 – Parr Hall, Warrington
Feb 8 – Rock City, Nottingham
Feb 10 – Uni Great Hall, Cardiff
Feb 11 – O2 Apollo, Manchester
Feb 12 – O2 Academy, Leeds
Feb 14 – Guildhall, Portsmouth
Feb 15 – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
Feb 17 – Dome, Brighton
Feb 18 – O2 City Hall, Newcastle
Feb 19 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
Feb 21 – O2 Academy, Bristol – SOLD OUT
Feb 22 – Hexagon, Reading
Feb 24 – City Hall, Sheffield
Feb 25 – De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Feb 26 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge – SOLD OUT
Tickets for The Stranglers Full Final Tour can be purchased here.
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