Baz Warne is back on home turf

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Sunderland-born Stranglers frontman Baz Warne will play his home town tomorrow night.

He returns to Independent, in Holmeside, with his band Robot Elvis for a rare live appearance and one of only two shows in Sunderland all year.

Friday’s gig follows his sold-out tour around the US with The Stranglers.

The punk legend will be joined by Dave Taggart, Joss Elliott and Baz Crosby to form Robot Elvis – a super-band, made up of committed professional musicians.

Support comes from local acts 27 Side Effects and Pussywillowfurry Venus.

Sunderland’s Baz Warne has been at the forefront of the national punk scene for decades. His first recordings to be released were with the Toy Dolls, who he toured with before forming the Troubleshooters in 1985.

The Troubleshooters later became The Smalltown Heroes, who broke the mould by releasing the world’s first interactive CD-rom single, Moral Judgment, which contained the band’s history, the video for Moral Judgment and gig footage.

Warne joined The Stranglers, famed for tracks such as Golden Brown and Peaches, in 2000, sparking a critical renaissance for the band.

* Robot Elvis play Independent tomorrow from 8pm. Tickets are £3 in advance and can be purchased on the door, or in person at Hot Rats in Stockton Road.