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Glasgow, December 3rd, King Tut's
From Jo. Freebairn:
Doncaster, December 5th, The Leopard
Not that long back from a brilliant gig tonight or maybe I should say
last night (looking at the time) in King Tut's, it was just fab.
Glenn was on stage for at least 2 hours solid and played a great variety
of Squeeze classics, his own songs and cover versions. He didn't have a
set list, just let the crowd pick and choose - well, within reason anyway.
The place was well packed, I'm sure it must have been a sell out and
I got to the front !
He started off with "Another Nail In My Heart". After that I can't remember
much of the order till just at the end.
Here's just a few of the songs he did in between.
Some Fantastic Place
Interviewing Randy Newman
Weather With You
Can't Buy Me Love
Annie Get Your Gun
Suspicious Minds etc. etc. etc....................
There were many many other great songs but I'm too tired tonight to
remember them all.
Crowd participation is one thing but Glenn took this quite literally,
twice getting someone out the audience to join him on stage. Paul was first
up but I can't remember the name of the song at the moment then a wee while
later Scott came on and did a great vocals for "Cool For Cats".
Glenn finished off his main bit with "Up The Junction" before leaving
the stage for a breather. He came back on for the encore and did "Labelled
With Love" which he let us sing most of. Finally there was "Pulling Mussels
From A Shell" and he was gone to echos of the crowd doing the tune to "Up
I was just glad he did "Labelled With Love" after yelling it out for
half the gig and asking nicely when I met him after the gig in Pleasure
Island, Orlando. Thanks Glenn.
Managed to catch the 'last' train home with 30 seconds to spare.
From Helen Burns:
Bristol, December 8th, Fleece & Firkin
My second Glenn Pub Entertainer evening and this was to be the night
I got up and duetted Temptation for Love with him (sure thing - and spend
the rest of my life curling up into a foetal position with shame and embarassment
every time I recall how I completely lost the harmony somewhere in the
middle bit. I think not. Judging by Kris Briggs' comments,
this must be a commonly held fantasy. Perhaps we should form ourselves
into a mutual support group; or better still we could offer our services
to Glenn as an all-woman backing ensemble. We could call ourselves
"The Squeezettes". Hmm. Sounds vaguely pornographic. Forget
that as well.)
'The Leopard' as a venue can probably be described diplomatically as
intimate and unpretentious. It was pretty crowded for a December
Sunday. GMT took to the stage at 9.15pm and waited a couple of minutes
before the light/muzak operator realised he was there.
Thereafter followed a frenetic succession of songs, often without even
a pause for a "cheers then" in between. I tried to remember them
all but failed miserably. Maybe up to half of them were covers of
other people's songs and a pretty esoteric mix they were; from Voodoo
Child and Wonderwall to Yellow Submarine. It was stream of consciousness
stuff. The second song he did was Monkey Up a Tree (that may not
be the right title) which was a Difford and Tilbrook song recorded by Dr
Feelgood in 1976. He had a few guest vocalists from the audience,
including the Compulsory Embarassing Pissed Man who attempted to throttle
Labelled With Love to death before G mercifully rescued it for posterity
(I'm in no position to mock - see 1st paragraph).
Of Squeeze songs there were most of the old favourites. My husband
was pleased to hear Cupid's Toy, which had been on his request list.
G succeeded in playing my 4 favourite Squeeze songs: SFP, The Truth,
Walk Away and Maidstone. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.
Believe me, in a place like 'The Leopard' it takes a quantum leap
of the imagination to consider yourself in Paradise.
He explained that his children now lived in Australia and how unhappy
he was that they were so far away, but that they were on their way over
to see him "as we speak". He then played Without You Here,
dedicated to them. Now, this was probably my least favourite song
from Domino. Interpreted as a romantic song I found it a bit slushy
for my taste. But Glenn's words have completely changed the context
of it for me and consequently it's zoomed right up the charts. Very
poignant. I really can't imagine how awful it must be to be separated
from your kids.
I was looking forward to hearing Interviewing Randy Newman and wasn't
disappointed by it. Some of the lyrics made me laugh out loud.
He really is so good with words (eg. his Independent Tour Diaries) that
it's a mystery to me why he hasn't written more over the years.
He played for 1 hour 50 minutes, including just one encore of 2 songs.
It was a bit shorter than usual but I'm not complaining. He gave
it his usual energy, commitment and enthusiasm. If there was little
in the way of audience participation or inter-song chat that may well be
because he had a long drive to London ahead of him after the show, which
seemed to prey on his mind a bit. He'd already driven down from Edinbugh
that morning. Also, some sections of the audience may not possibly
have been totally receptive to some of the more subtle nuances of his sense
of humour. He still found time to sign a poster for us after the
show, God bless him, even though he already had his snazzy silver parka
on. Very rock and roll!
From Liz Field:
After much deliberation (and lots of people e-mailing me to tell me
I'd be mad not to go!) I plucked up courage to go on my own to Doncaster
last night. Much to my delight, the first people I saw when I walked
into a rather seedy pub were David and Simone - not e-groupies due to their
lack of internet access - put huge fans all the same, whom I had recently
met at the Chesterfield gig. After an hour or so of reminiscing over
our favourite Squeeze moments, we were all ushered up to a small upstairs
room. It was small, sweaty and packed - absolutely perfect.
Glenn, as always, was on top form. I can't give you any sort of
set list, but he played for two hours - the usual mixture of Squeeze songs,
covers and, of course, Interview with Randy Newman. A few people
got up for a song or two, most notably a girl called Jodie who jammed with
Glenn as though they'd played together for years. The venue was too
small and tightly packed for any off the stage antics, but Glenn bantered
with the audience, who revelled at every moment.
Glenn must have thought we were a mad lot in Yorkshire - try as he might,
he couldn't get everyone to sing in time during a Smokey Robinson song
and someone was very eager for him to sing Cool for Cats!
At the end, I asked him to autograph a Chesterfield ticket which Simone
had found in her bag and told him that there were a lot of us there who
had been in Chesterfield - to which he said "cool" - I think he was quite
surprised. Actually, I had been amazed at how many familiar faces were
there - although, sorry Stephen and Lynn - I looked for you but didn't
see you. Then someone else came over and spoke to him so I raced
off the stage - feeling rather shy and embarrassed - a very rare occurrence
Another great evening and I'm sure all of you out there will understand
how great it was to meet Glenn, albeit very briefly, at last!
From Kay Jennings:
Newport, December 9th, TJs
Finally feel recovered enough to say something about Wednesday's gig
in Bristol. The morning saw me, ironically, heading for London (aware that
Glenn was heading the other way!) - horrible journey, late for my daughter's
Uni interview. Rushing back mid-afternoon - got lost, chucking it down
with rain, blowing a gale, mucho stresso - home just in time to rush out
again. It was a family occasion, both of my teenage daughters coming along
this time; the older one, on returning from the loo, told me she'd passed
Mr T in the corridor, wearing a 'cool' parka - 'he's quite short' was her
comment! Glenn wandered on stage to plug his own guitars in and mess with
the lights which were in his eyes, before launching into the well-known
routine; his Smokey Robinson to our badly-timed Miracles, an excruciating
rendition of Perfect Day towards the end, and my first 'experience' of
the Space Oddity thing - not really sure what that was all about, but David
Bowie obviously sings in a slightly lower key than Glenn! Of couse there
were the tried and trusted favourites - Mud In Your Eye, Suspicious Minds,
Ticket To Ride, I'm A Believer, Weather With You, I Hear You Knocking,
Wine Spodie Odie ( a rotten song but a good excuse for a glorious guitar
solo), Walk Away, SFP, Labelled With Love, Up The Junction, Another Nail,
Tempted, Goodbye Girl......you get the picture. We were also treated to
Introvert, Without You Here, and of course Interviewing Randy Newman, which
gets better with every hearing; and I think I startled him slightly when
he announced Guilty - I'd been going to ask for it and got a little excited!
On suggesting that any who wished could join him on stage to perform, a
chap called Stu got up and did a terrific version of It's Over (getting
the words right when Glenn, who was harmonising, got them wrong as usual!),
and rejoined him at the end for Take Me to allow Glenn to do twiddly guitar
bits; and then there was the chap who played percussion on a plastic beer
crate during Suspicious Minds..........and the drunken sods stood right
behind me who sang loudly (usually the wrong words!) and shouted a lot
(Charlton I can understand, but what's Torquay got to do with anything?)
All in all, a spiffing evening; two hours of perfection by the man my
17-year-old described as 'The Master'....oh, and I finally got to meet
Vicky, a squeezelist member whose father by a bizarre and freaky coincidence
I used to go to school with in the dim and distant past!
From Anne Thomas:
So, last night I dragged hubby to Newport as I didn't really want to
go on my own. He wasn't really impressed with Squeeze and only went under
When we got to Tj's there were only about 10 people in there Hubby went
to the bar and I had a look around - and there he was, standing in front
of me! I think he smiled back because I must have looked like a grinning
idiot! That's when I plucked up the courage to ask if he would sign the
poster that I'd "acquired" and my tickets. He was great - really friendly
and that's how I sort of dropped the "furry Glenn" thing into the conversation.
I told Glenn that there'd been a little discussion about his hood being
"fur" when he was a vegetarian and that's when he laughed and said that
it was artificial + then went and got it for me to see! He didn't say whether
or not he was still a vegetarian - but he did tell me how much he loved
his coat because he could stuff loads of things into the pockets!
After more "sensible" chat....off he went.
The gig was amazing! All the artists were very good....except the depressing
poet.. but that's just my opinion :o) (Glenn also said that he liked the
idea of this sort of gig where there were acts that you wouldn't normally
see together - he was enjoying it.)
There wasn't a big crowd there - but we were enthusiastic. Ok.. I'll
admit we were crap with the audience participation in Tracks of my Tears!
About a third of the way into the set - he just took his guitar off + told
everyone he was going for a p*ss! Off he strolled to the toilet and some
made use of the few minutes to get another drink (including hubby!). The
compere had missed Glenn saying where he was going and assumed he'd finished
+ was trying to encourage us to "Give it up for Glenn Tilbrook!!" lol.
Some tried to tell him that he'd only gone for a wee... but he didn't understand.....(he
was Scouse <g>...some of them have a problem with Welsh accents!) Glenn
in the meantime was wandering through the audience...saw the chair next
to me was empty..and sat down + asked me if I was enjoying the show!! I
told him that it was great + he could carry on from here if he wanted!
Then the compere spotted him :o( + he went back onstage.lol Then
he decided to have a change of scenery + went off the stage + stood by
the window + we all followed (I was going to say "like sheep" but I'm Welsh
+ you'd get the wrong idea <g>).
Yesterday afternoon he was on Radio Wales along with a band called Cripple
Creek. He invited them to Tjs last night too and they played a few songs
with him. Glenn looked as if he was having a whale of a time with them
- they sounded really good too.
As for the songs... totally brilliant! All the favourites were there
aswell as a few surprises. I loved Interviewing Randy Newman and also They
Cant Take That Away From Me was a great song.
We had a chat with Glenn after in the bar too. He's a lovely warm friendly
"Bloke from Woolwich" and Michelle, just do it... just go up + say "hello"
to him! It was easy!
BTW... hubby is now converted!
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