The STRANGLERS have a long history with the Camden venue, stretching back to a debut appearance fourth on the bill on a Leap Year February night in 1976. In mid-May, they supported Patti Smith on her two historic debut London shows. Then, on 4th July, they were chosen as the British representatives for the gig marking the Bicentennial of American independence, which saw them share the bill with The Ramones, who were making their UK debut. The aftershocks from this gig, to some extent, still resonate today. Two days into 1977 and The STRANGLERS made their last appearance at the Roundhouse as a support. With all their hard work suddenly showing signs of paying off, the RATTUS NORVEGICUS tour saw them headline for the first time that April. They were back in June, where demand for tickets was so high, they played the evening show preceded by a matinee and so sold out the Roundhouse twice in one day!