THE STRANGLERS have announced a full UK tour for the New Year.

Branded as The Definitive Tour, the dates will feature the band presenting, as you might’ve guessed, what they consider their definitive set.  Kicking off in Liverpool on 6 March and climaxing in Manchester on 31 March, the tour will include a London show at Brixton Academy on 24 March.

The shows are set to coincide with the reissue of the band’s first seven albums, originally released on the United Artists and Liberty Labels, from their 1977 debut Rattus Norvegicus to 1981’s La Folie and including their first live album Live (X Cert) from 1979, all of which graced the UK Top 10, excepting La Folie which stumbled at a respectable No.11.

The band will be supported on all dates by THERAPY? who you may recall once recorded a version of The Stranglers’ ‘Nice’n’Sleazy’, produced by none other than Vive Le Rock contributor and MEMBRANES boss John Robb.

Full dates are….

6 March – LIVERPOOL O2 Academy
8 March – GLASGOW O2 Academy
9 March – INVERNESS Ironworks
10 March – KILMARNOCK Grand Hall
12 March – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
13 March – PORTSMOUTH Guildhall
15 March – BRISTOL O2 Academy
16 March – CARDIFF Tramshed
17 March – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
19 March – NORWICH The Nick Rayns LCR
20 March – SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion
22 March – LEEDS O2 Academy
23 March – LINCOLN Engine Shed
24 March – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
26 March – GUILDFORD G Live
27 March – READING Hexagon
29 March – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy
30 March – CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
31 March – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo

Tickets go on sale on Friday 15 September at 9.00am here.

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IAN DURY’s classic debut solo album is the get the deluxe expanded reissue treatment this autumn.

Having loitered in the backwaters of the pub rock scene for most of the 70s, Dury was catapulted to chart stardom on the back of New Boots And Panties, released by Stiff in September 1977. Although it featured neither of his Top 10 hits to that point, the album was declared platinum in 1979. Combining the alchemical songwriting partnership of Dury and the young Chaz Jankel with the bristling funk chops of rhythm section Norman Watt-Roy and Charlie Charles, it inspired the 80s shift of Britfunk from the clubs to the mainstream, giving it a new post-punk credibility into the bargain.

Reissued numerous times, the new 40th Anniversary edition comes bound in a 12″ x 12″ hardback book format, encasing a vinyl LP of the original album, along with 4 CDs comprising the original album, singles, demos, a John Peel session and a previously unavailable live broadcast from London’s Paris Theatre from July 1978. An eight-page booklet features sleevenotes by Phill Jupitus.

Set for release through Edsel/Demon on 27 October, it’s available to pre-order now through Amazon.


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Legendary New York punk club CBGB’s  is celebrated as part of a new season at London’s Barbican this autumn.

The Grime & The Glamour: NYC 1976-90 which runs from 29 September until 5 October, chronicles a period of significant cultural and historical change, before the artists and musicians moved out and the developers moved in.

Remembering CBGB’s is a triple-bill film event celebrating the impact of punk on the city’s cultural identity. Taking place on Friday 29 September and features The Blank Generation – Ivan Kral and Amos Poe’s behind-the-scenes document featuring Iggy Pop, Blondie and Patti Smith; M Henry Jones’ 1979 short Soul City; and  Maggi Carson,   Juliusz Kossakowski and Ric Shore’s Punking Out, examining the early years of NYC punk through outspoken and direct interviews with gig goers and members of The Ramones, The Voidoids and The Dead Boys. The event will be introduced by legendary journalist and Vive Le Rock contributor Kris Needs.

Other film being shown during the week include Susan Seidelman’s Smithereens, starring Richard Hell; Chantal Ackerman’s haunting News From Home; female erotic fantasy Variety; a documentary celebrating cabaret artiste and Warhol consort Tally Brown, New York; an early offering from the cinematic king of New York’s underbelly Abel Ferrara, Ms. 45 (aka Angel of Vengeance); and credited with capturing the last gasp of the downtown scene before its decline is Raul Ruiz’s The Golden Boat.

Full details of the season and tickets can be found on the Barbican website.

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There’s still time to get your hands on the current edition of Vive Le Rock‘s sister mag Louder Than War!

With THE SMITHS on the cover, inside you’ll find 22 pages on Salford’s finest and the secret history of Manchester inside, including THE FALL, BUZZCOCKS, INSPIRAL CARPETS, HAPPY MONDAYS, DURUTTI COLUMN, JOY DIVISION, MAGAZINE, RUTHLESS RAP ASSASSINS and more….


We also talk to fast-rising new bands GIRL RAY, BITE THE BUFFALO and FUTURE WAR BRIDE.

All this and more than 20 pages of record, gig, book, film and DVD reviews….

Still available for a meagre £4.99 from all good newsagents and online here! But not for long!



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The latest in a long line of barnstorming Aussie rock’n’rollers JAMES McCANN & THE NEW VINDICTIVES head to Europe for dates next next month.

Western Australian McCann had been a member of Sydney garage-rockers HARPOON before returning to Perth to hook up with Gareth Liddiard in the fledgling DRONES. Eventually ending up in Melbourne, he eventually formed the New Vindictives, along the way finding time to collaborate with the likes of Spencer P Jones and Brian Hooper (BEASTS OF BORBON), Damo Suzuki (CAN), Ray Ahn and Peter Black (HARD-ONS) and more.



The latest album from the New Vindictives, Gotta Lott Move – BOOM!, which features the latest single ‘Sheena Says’, has just been released on vinyl through Beast Records and on CD – with three extra tracks! – through Off The Hip.

The band – featuring Tim Deane (guitar), Chris Taranto (bass) and Jackson Kite (drums) will be playing dates in France and Spain throughout October. See below….



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Burmese punk band THE REBEL RIOT are set to hit the UK! And a crowdfunding page has been set up to help them do it.

The band will be familiar to anyone who caught the film My Buddha Is Punk by director Andreas Hartmann at last year’s Doc’n’Roll Film Festival.

Formed in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), formed in 2007 after the Saffron Revolution, over the past ten years The Rebel Riot have captured the world’s attention with their outspoken music that mixes anarchist-punk politics with their own take on Buddhist philosophy, and they’ve put their ideals into action forming the Yangon chapter of Food Not Bombs, feeding the city’s homeless.

Now the Punk Ethics collective, who promote the progressive elements of the global punk scene, have set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise £5,000 bring the band to the UK to tour alongside screenings of the film. Visit the page and donate here.

Watch the My Buddha Is Punk trailer.


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Vive Le Rock is proud to present an exclusive premiere of the new video and single from Amsterdam based reggae punks JAYA THE CAT! ‘Sweet Eurotrash’ is the first single from the forthcoming album “A Good Day For The Damned” which will be released on November 17th by Bomber Music.

Sweet Eurotrash is a story about a night of sin, madness and questionable life decisions made in bathroom stalls and bedroom closets. A tale of overly jealous hotel maids and unreasonably early check out times. Basically, this is more general confusion from the reggae punk ensemble known as Jaya The Cat. When you and a handful of friends stay out all night and then stumble home together at dawn anything can happen. Tried and tested for you – the confusion, the madness, the swan, taking a bath in a dirty Amsterdam canal and the mess two relatively small pillows can make.

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METALLICA are to reissue their classic third album as a box set.
Master Of Puppets, widely regarded as a highpoint of the San Francisco band’s career, was originally released in the spring of 1986 through Elektra in the US – their first for a major – and Music For Nations in the UK, where it rocketed to a princely 41 on the album chart. It was the last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton who was killed in a tourbus accident in Sweden in September of that year.
The reissue will be available physically as a standard LP, standard CD, 3 CD expanded edition, and limited edition deluxe box set. It will also be available digitally as a standard CD (available to stream and download), a 3 CD expanded edition (available for download only), and a digital deluxe box set (available for streaming and download).
The expanded edition will include previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews, live tracks, and a 28-page booklet. The limited edition deluxe box set will include a 108-page hardcover book including never before seen photos, outtakes and previously unreleased interviews, three LPs, ten CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph, a folder with handwritten lyrics, and a set of six buttons.
Released through the band’s own Blackened label on 10 November, it’s available to pre-order here.


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Class of ’77 punks THE CRAVATS return this month with their first new album in 37 years.

Dustbin Of Sound follows on the from last year’s pair of singles ‘Jingo Bells’ and ‘Blurred’ and is the first album to feature the reconvened line-up of The Shend, Svor Naan, Joe 91, Rampton Garstang and Viscount Biscuits.

Formed in Redditch in ’77, The Cravats released several records on the legendary Small Wonder label, including the classic The Cravats In Toytown album. They split in 1982, spawning The Very Things. The Shend and Naan got together in 2009 to play Rebellion, and they’ve continued to perform since.

An expanded reissue of In Toytown appeared on CD in 2012.

Dustbin Of Sound is due for release on 29 September through Overground Records. It’s available to pre-order here.

The Cravats play the following dates….

17 Sept – Star & Garter, Manchester (w/ Dead Objectives)
18 Sept – Marc Riley Show, BBC 6 Music
14 Oct – The Green Door Store, Brighton (w/ The Nightingales & Ted Chippington)
21 Oct – The Lexington, London (w/ Interrobang & The Astronauts)
4 Nov – The Flapper, Birmingham (w/ The Membranes & The Astronauts)
1 Dec – Wharf Chambers, Leeds (w/ Flies On You)
2 Dec – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesborough (w/ Turning Black Like Lizards & Pellethead)

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Check out the video for ‘Blurred’

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Guitar explorer RICHARD WARREN returns with a new album this month and Vive Le Rock is premiering this exclusive track from it.

The limpid rockabilly-flavoured ‘Last Breath’ is the second single to be drawn from Disentangled, Warren’s fourth album, which is set for release on 15 September through Hudson Records.

Hailing from Nottinghamshire, Warren began his career in the mid-90s with Mod rockers THE HYBIRDS on Heavnly, before switching to electronica as ECHOBOY for Mute Records at the turn of the millennium.

Since then, he has worked with various bands including STARSAILOR, KINGS OF THE SOUTH SEAS, SPIRITUALIZED and SOULSAVERS with Mark Lanegan and Dave Gahan, with whom he’s recorded three albums.

Disentangled is available on black and limited edition green vinyl and is available to pre-order here

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THE PROFESSIONALS are back with their second album, 36 years after the first!

The band, originally formed by SEX PISTOLS Paul Cook and Steve Jones, were resurrected by Cook and first-album bassist and guitarist Paul Myers and Ray McVeigh in 2015. With Jones now domiciled in the US, his role as frontman was taken by Tom Spencer of THE YO-YOS and THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG. McVeigh ducked out last year.

What In The World features 10 new tracks produced by Dave Draper, with Cook and Spencer co-producing. With basic tracks recorded at Zak Starkey’s studio outside London and Tower Studio in Pershore, the album also features numerous contributions from various transatlantic guests, including Jones, Billy Duffy, Mick Jones, Marco Pirroni, Duff McKagan, DEF LEPPARD’s Phil Collen and Chris McCormack of 3 COLOURS RED who has also been playing live with the band..

“In the studio we put the songs down as a three piece but what was needed was a second guitarist’s mind, to come from another angle,” they say. “Cookie dusted off his punk rock address book and made a few calls. All the guests added their own unique magic.”

To celebrate the release, the band play a pair of shows at….

27 Oct – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
28 Oct – The Garage, London

“We’ve been adding a new track or two to live shows but can’t wait to try some of the other new songs. We’re buzzing about the album, and can’t wait to spread the buzz. Of course there’ll be old stuff played too. We don’t cover Pistols stuff (apart from Silly Thing) but as the gig’s 40 years to the day from Nevermind The Bollocks was released, we might just add a cover or two!”

What In The World is set for release on 27 October through Automaton Records on CD, vinyl and download and is available to pre-order here.

Paul Cook recalls the Pistols’ ’96 reunion in the new edition of Vive Le Rock out now!

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