What Happens Next: Gang Of Four announce Pawtucket show; here are two locals we’d like to see open

In an exciting announcement made earlier this week, British post-punk icons Gang Of Four will be coming to the Met in Pawtucket this October 3 — with tickets going on sale tomorrow — for what should be an interesting occasion. The current state of the band is a unique one, with guitarist Andy Gill being the only founding member left and leading a crew that includes Jonny Finnegan on drums, Thomas McNeice on bass, and John “Gaoler” Sterry taking over on vocals following the departure of Jon King in 2012.

The new incarnation of Gang Of Four put out an album this past February titled What Happens Next and it seems as if the band is leaning more towards industrial stylings. There are a few collaborations with the likes from The Kills’ and the Dead Weather’s Allison Mosshart on the album but we doubt that she’ll be showing up. Will we see classics like “Damaged Goods,” “I Found That Essence Rare,” and “To Hell With Poverty” take a different tone? Will the latest edition of the group be heavy on the new material and leave fans in a state of confusion?

I guess we’ll have to wait until the show. No openers have been announced as yet but a few people have been singing the praises of local acts Way Out and Beta Motel to take the slot. Let’s see what is decided by the powers that be at the Met and remain patient until the leaves change color.

Until then, get re-acquainted with Gang Of Four — now and then — via some links below…