Drummer Jet Black was regularly derided for being practically ancient when The Stranglers were first adopted by the punk movement in the late seventies.
Decades on and he is still there – well almost.
He was absent for the band’s show at Sheffield’s O2 Academy.
“Jet’s having a cup of Horlicks, a lie down and a rest”, said chirpy front man Baz Warne.
It’s fair to say age – Jet’s now in his mid-seventies – is finally catching up with the elder statesman.
There are a few less karate kicks coming from iconic Stranglers’ bassist JJ Burnel as well, but these days there’s rather less of the audience wanting to take a pop at the martial arts expert.
It’s the music that does the talking and a packed auditorium is treated to greatest hits package.
The decidedly mellow Golden Brown got one of the biggest cheers of the night – maybe a sign that the long-in-the-tooth audience that have grown up with the band are getting more at ease tapping their feet at the back rather than moshing at the front.
Walk On By was one of the standout tracks of the night – that and the band’s enduring Peaches, with its thundering bass line.
No More Heroes, is still one of the best songs ever penned and it was a fitting end to what is a near annual visit to Steel City from the ‘Men In Black’.