Aural Sculptors - The Stranglers Live 1976 to the Present

Welcome to Aural Sculptors, a blog aimed at bringing the music of The Stranglers to as wide an audience as possible. Whilst all of the various members of the band that have passed through the ranks since 1974 are accomplished studio musicians, it is on stage where the band have for me had their biggest impact.

As a collector of their live recordings for many years I want to share some of the better quality material with other fans. By selecting the higher quality recordings I hope to present The Stranglers in the best possible light for the benefit of those less familiar with their material than the hardcore fan.

Needless to say, this site will steer well clear of any officially released material. As well as live gigs, I will post demos, radio interviews and anything else that I feel may be of interest.

In addition, occasionally I will post material by other bands, related or otherwise, that mean a lot to me.

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

David Bowie Phoenix Festival 1996

I only saw Bowie once at the Phoenix Festival in July 1996. The Festival was a fiasco. At the time Gunta's parents lived in Coventry and we thought that we would be clever and beat the crowds..... stay over in Coventry for the night and then take a leisurely drive over to the airfield near Stratford. A journey that should have taken 30 minutes took an awful 8 hours! Organisation of any kind of traffic flow broke down and many people missed the day's headline acts. It was the end of the Phoenix Festival, it did not reappear in 1997.

For his part David Bowie was amazing, playing a great set with a total command of the stage, and playing material from the previous year's 'Outside' album, which in some respects brought to my mind a meeting of Ziggy Stardust and Killing Joke!




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