Squeeze
North American Dates 1999
reviews and setlists
Berkeley * San Francisco * Solana Beach * Anaheim
Los Angeles

Send your reviews here!!!

Berkeley, CA, Fantasy Studios, September 29th (radio broadcast)

Setlist:
Is That Love?
To Be a Dad
Domino
Without You Here
Melody Motel
Little King
Tempted
Take Me I'm Yours

From Steve Strange:

Excellent show!  Glenn was sporting the bright orange shirt with black polka dots, for you fashion-philes.  That audience you heard was quite small -- couldn't have been more than 20-25 people there, including the band folks and all the KFOG staff.

Glenn's commentary included the fact that he'd been here all of twelve hours, and had flown in from Australia, meeting the rest of the band flying in from England.  Jet-lag didn't seem to affect the performance though!  After the show, he did say that he feels funny playing as "Squeeze" without Chris.  I took this as meaning it's unlikely that we'll see him touring under the name "Squeeze" after this tour, unless Chris is there as well.

I'd just like to add that KFOG is a totally awesome radio station, and has done
a better job promoting Squeeze than any other station I've heard, and I told the
program director as much -- his response, "we love squeeze".

Looking forward to the show tonight!

San Francisco, The Fillmore, September 29th
A scan of the evening's setlist, courtesy of Geordan Rosario.

From Steve Strange:

The playlist from the Fillmore last night.  Hopefully my memory serves me well. These are definitely not in order.  But you can imagine the show front-loaded with newer stuff, and all the singles at the end and for the encores.

It's Over
Domino
Another Nail
Pulling Mussels
Footprints
Hourglass
Goodbye Girl
Interview with Randy Newman
Little King
To Be A Dad
Without You Here
Piccadilly
Tempted
Is That Love
Melody Motel
Annie Get Your Gun
Electric Trains
Temptation For Love
Some Fantastic Place
Third Rail
Take Me I'm Yours
Black Coffee
Up The Junction

There were two opening acts -- Nick Harper (wonderful as usual, but he had a relatively small audience), and Julia Darling with a full band.  I believe they are from New Zealand.  I enjoyed them as well.

From "SFPAC":

Great show in San Francisco.  A fine mix of old and new.  Great on live concert on KFOG radio in S.F. also the same day.  It was very disappointing when Glenn remarked that this will be it for Squeeze for awhile unless Chris returns and tours again. On the bright side Glenn did play a new song, "Interviewing Randy Newman", that he said will be on his solo record to be recorded next year.  He said this was the first time he played it for an audience outside of the tour bus.

From Ed:

Observations from the second row of last night's "What's wrong with this picture? tour"opening gig:

- I missed the full harmonies that people like Keith Wilkinson, Paul Carrack, Don Snow, and Chris D used to provide, but it seemed EVERYONE in the crowd knew all the lyrics and was singing the missing harmonies (just like at all the Squeeze shows I've ever been to);

- Everyone in the audience was so cordial & polite, which was just so darned nice to see in this day & age;

-Glenn never took his jacket off thru the whole sweaty show. He wore Nike hiking boots to match his beige suite;

- Glenn made a point to try to "talk slower" when he talked in between songs, apologizing for his "mumbling" and "getting to excited and talking to fast" -- much appreciated, Glenn!;

- It seems Glenn plays more aggresive lead guitar parts when Nick Harper's on the bill; I think he takes more chances, not wanting to be the "second best" guitarist of the evening;

- Everyone on stage looked like they were having a great time, even when some pushy woman in front of my wife & me jumped up uninvited on stage a couple of times (what WAS she thinking?);

- Ash Soan was good behind the drums, but he doesn't have as much a presence as Pete Thomas or Gilson (but really, not many drummers do);

- Glenn played a new song that he said may be on his Solo Album (!) a song called "Interviewing Randy Newman" -- I'll hold off any comments til other people have heard it...

- Squeeze came out for 2 encore -- if anyone gets any more, I'll be jealous!!

- XTC's Andy Partridge!!!!....did not open the show...

From Melinda Edens:

Ok, one word....BRILLIANT!  As always, we arrived about two hours early, in order to ensure a good spot at the front of the stage directly below Glenn....which incidentally, I would wait in line all day for if necessary.  Two openers, Nick Harper, whom always rocks the crowd and puts on a fabulous show, and Julia Darling, whom I was almost equally impressed with.

Squeeze came out to an enthusiastic crowd, Glenn looking sharp (as IMHO, he always does!) in a grey jacket and trousers with a blue shirt underneath.  He somehow managed to keep his jacket on throughout the night, which is more than I can say for a quite inebriated young lady standing directly behind my group, who saw fit to remove her top and throw it up on-stage at a most seemingly unimpressed Glenn.  He just let it lay there for awhile until she began demanding he give it back to
her, which he eventually did.  She was determined to make her presence known, as every time Glenn would speak she would yell out "WHAT....I can't understand you", to the point where it was getting a little ridiculous.  I think everyone around her was hoping she'd eventually pass out so we could get on with the show. 

I didn't bother keeping track of the setlist this time, I was too busy dancing and singing and just having a fantastic evening!  Glenn did mention Chris numerous times throughout the night, sort of explaining why he wasn't there, how he was doing, paying him the due homage, etc.. He was a very missed presence, and I am saddened to think we may have seen the last of Difford and Tilbrook onstage together as Squeeze. About half way through the show, the band left the stage and Glenn unplugged and went acoustic for a few songs.  It was an unexpected surprise, perhaps a vision of things to come (?). 

The show wrapped up with the traditional two encores, the audience beckoning them back out onto the stage for more.  If I had my way, they would have played all night and way into the next day.  But alas, all good things must come to a close.  Suzanne graciously invited us to stick around after the show until they came out, unfortunately the Fillmore people had other plans as they hurried everybody out immediately.  She then said we should wait by the tour bus, which was right out front, so we did.  Within a few minutes, one by one out they came.  We did the usual small talk, photo-op thing for awhile, it was mostly Glenn Nick and Suzanne.  Hil, Chris and Ash are always so quiet and reserved, they just head directly for the bus.  I asked Glenn if they would be coming out to meet and greet, so he went in and suggested that there were eager fans awaiting.  They did surface and graciously stood for photos, then back onto the bus.  I imagine they must have all been quite exhausted from their long journey, we completely understood. Nick Harper is a sweetie, very personable and accommodating.  He was just hanging around the crowd and seemed to be enjoying himself somewhat, even joking to (I guess it was) the bus driver that he "liked it here" and would be staying, then he waved goodbye as the driver played along, shutting the door of the bus behind him.  Quite a charming fellow, he is! =)

To wrap this up, let me just say to Glenn, Chris, Ash, Hil, Nick and Suzanne that they are the absolute best, we love you....we adore you, and PLEASE come back again SOON! 

Solana Beach CA, The Belly-Up Tavern, October 1st
From Jon Trask:

Well, let me start off by saying this is only my second time seeing the band,  so I may not have the same frame of reference as many of you.  For starters,  here's the set  list:

It's Over
Is That Love?
Electric Trains
Domino
Let the Good Times Roll
Walk Away
Up the Junction
Some Fantasatic Place
Tempted
Without You
Slap & Tickle
Interview With Randy Newman
Temptation for Love
Melody Motel
Take Me I'm Yours
To Be a Dad
Third Rail
Annie Get Your Gun
Pulling Mussels
Little King
Goodbye Girl
Another Nail
Footprints
Hourglass
Black Coffee

Whew, a generous over two hour set.  Now for the bad stuff.  The Belly Up  Tavern has to be one of the WORST places I have ever seen a show.  Due  completely to the people there.  One of the loudest and rudest audiences you can imagine.  It was in some ways just a "meat market" of people.  Had to ask the people who walked up and "joined" us at our table to please shut up as they we yelling louder than the band...and we were about 6 feet from the stage.

The band was in fine form, the background vocals specifically caught my attention as sounding better than the Coach House earlier this year.  Or maybe the mix was just better, because I could hear Chris much better this time...sadly, that was about the only thing I could hear better...except for the talkers.  I was also really "impressed" by the dozen or so people I saw bolt for the door as soon as Tempted finished.  Of course that pales in comparision to the airhead who shouted "Is this Squeeze" , when Julia Darling came on stage.  So absurd, it was almost funny.

In summation...Good band...lousy audience....but I guess everyone had a good time.

Anaheim CA, Sun Theatre, October 2nd
From Laurie Sevano:

I saw Squeeze for the first time in San Francisco in 1978, I believe, and I recall a fantastic night of dancing and beer and more dancing and everyone leaving the little club sweating bullets.

Since I felt as if last Saturday were to be the last time I'd see Squeeze, I wanted to go out like I went in... drinking and laughing and dancing and leaving the club all sweaty and flushed.

Well, Glenn and friends gave me exactly what I needed. I heard songs I haven't heard in years ("Piccadilly" comes to mind--I started writing all the songs down, but after I left my seat, well....). Glenn never left the stage, sitting only for a bit to play some accoustic stuff. The crowd was pretty tame. No, they were a bunch of corpses (Glenn gently encouraging the crowd to mill about a bit) until he did "Take Me I'm Yours" and we all never looked back. MOST of the place was on their feet, singing and clapping, and it was great!

He did no encores--like I said, he never left the stage--and 24 or 25 songs later (I lost count) he finally turned his back to us--his jacket completely soaked--and walked off.

Drive four hours, drive eight, drive 18 if you have to; but don't miss out.

Oh, Nick Harper was charming and terrific, but Julia Darling just didn't seem to belong on the bill. She and her band were excellent, but out of place for my taste.

From "Chtycthy":

Great gig, strange crowd.  Squeeze, in whatever incarnation, deserves a far wider audience.  Glenn Tilbrook was wonderful as always.  Well worth seeing anytime, any place.  Nick Harper extraordinary opening.

From Kris Briggs:

Still reeling from an incredible weekend of Squeeze!  I was very fortunate to be able to enjoy two nights in SoCal - after I cut my yearly vacation in half and invested in a plane ticket to get me home early enough for the Saturday, October 2, show.  Was it worth it?  You bet!  A night with Squeeze is all the holiday I need!

The Anaheim show was held in the new Sun Theatre, another of those stuffy Orange County dinner theaters that is so darned prohibitive in getting people up and moving.  Especially people in ultra-conservative (read: boring) Orange County.  Very slow to fill, as concertgoers in Southern California consistently feel it is beyond their ability to show up on time for *anything*.  The venue holds about 1,200, I believe, and was about 75 percent full by the time Squeeze came onstage - mediocre attendance that I partially attribute to the fact that Elvis Costello tickets for the same night in Los Angeles went on sale a full week before the Squeeze date was even announced, and I imagine a large overlap with the Squeeze and Costello fan bases.  My adoration for Mr. Costello aside, I made the absolute perfect decision in going with the Squeeze show!

As the very happy winner of my first setlist (Glenn's!), here it is, as printed:

It's Over
Is That Love
Electric Trains
Domino
Walk Away
Junction
Interviewing Randy
S.F.P.
Tempted
Without You Here
---
Glenn's Acoustic Set
(Temptation for Love)
(Slap & Tickle)
(Piccadilly - by request)
---
Melody
Dad
Take Me
3rd Rail
Annie
Good Times (not played)
Mussels
King
Goodbye
Nail
---
Footprints
Hourglass
---
Coffee

The opener of "It's Over," while one of my Squeeze faves, was sadly prophetic.  Whether or not it was chosen by the band intentionally to bear some hidden message, it enlisted a weak smile on my part and allowed me to look at the concert in a whole new light, fully appreciating it as the probable end of a brilliant musical era.  My feelings were confirmed early in the show with Glenn's explanation of Chris Difford's absence, eventually igniting cheers from the crowd in honor of Chris' quest to maintain his sobriety, which Chris feels is threatened by touring.  Glenn also shared the decision that was made with Chris that the band should tour as Squeeze to promote "Domino" while Chris sorts some things out, and that perhaps Squeeze would be "going their separate ways" following the tour.  But on a high point, Glenn enthusiastically announced plans for his upcoming solo album scheduled for release next year!

While Chris' presence was sorely missed (but always felt in his poetic lyrics), what followed was the pure excitement of something that could almost be called The "Glenn Tilbrook, Guitar God" Show, seeming to me a preparation for things to come in his solo career that can only be called amazing!  With a very tight band of Ash Soan, Hilaire Penda and Christopher Holland, who all seem incredibly comfortable and genuine playing the songs that were originally recorded long before they joined Squeeze, each song was played as if it were a high-powered encore, including awesome energy and edgy guitar solos by Glenn that haven't been heard before in quite this same capacity.  Forget pop music, folks, this is the raw excitement of pure rock-n-roll guitar playing - and he absolutely JAMS!

Special treats of the show included a brand new song written by Glenn, the first lyrics he's written in 25 years since joining with Chris.  Titled "Interviewing Randy Newman," it's about, you guessed it, his recent interview of one of his musical icons.  In the great tradition of the intricate and detailed lyrics by Chris that always challenged Glenn to cram so many words into one great song, Glenn has followed in Chris' lyrical footsteps with this humorous, detailed  and fast-paced song providing an account of Glenn's nervous preparation for the interview.  A very snappy sound and fun lyrics were met with enthusiastic cheers from the audience, and leaves great anticipation for next year's solo album!

Another great moment was Glenn's solo acoustic set, a rare treat indeed for us Yanks who aren't able to enjoy the frequent pub tours he makes through England.  "Temptation for Love" was beautiful, and fulfilled my personal dream of singing one of my favorite songs right along with my favorite singer.  (Okay, okay, I was sitting in my chair singing very quietly to myself, but a girl can dream, can't she?!)  It was followed by a great rendition of "Slap & Tickle" and then he opened it up to hollered requests that lead to "Piccadilly."  How wonderful it was to hear some Squeeze favorites that aren't on the usual bill!

Glenn's gentle urgings throughout the show for folks to "please feel free to get up and mill about, even if it is to go to the bathroom," went unheeded until "Take Me, I'm Yours" got  several brave fans on their feet, but then down again for "Third Rail."  It was "Annie Get Your Gun" that finally brought a few folks down the aisle, only to be held back by event staff.  Glenn's invitation that, "really, it's okay to let them go," caused a flood of people to rush to the stage, and then, all of a sudden, hey, it's a Squeeze party - dancing, singing, clapping, bobbing up and down, the whole bit!   Having finally whipped the crowd into a proper frenzy, the band made the wise decision to play straight through to the "Black Coffee in Bed" finale, complete with the usual audience heyheyheys and wohohohohs.  They left the crowd begging for more and finally giving them the cheers and ovations they deserved for such an amazing show!

Kris' Squeeze adventure continued in L.A... see below.

From Stephanie Artavia:

This is not going to be much of a review, just set lists.  I'm horrible at reviewing...

Nick Harper opened with:

No Truth Up In The Mountains
My Baby
Radio Silence
new song possibly titled Aeroplane
Kilty Stone
Twisted
There were a couple others in there that I can't recall the titles too. 
Great set by Nick.  Such an amazing Guitar player.  After one song, he broke a string and in less then a couple minutes he had changed it  on stage.  Back to listening to those cd's...

Julia Darling played next.

Squeeze played:

(list snipped - see above)

Excellent show.  Not very crowded, plenty of space to get up and move around. Glenn practically had to drag people out of their seats to go and dance.  At "Annie Get Your Gun" everyone in the place was up dancing til the end.  It was great.  They just played straight through.  They didn't stop and then come back for an encore.  At the end, the crowd was just cheering and yelling for them to come back and even after the music and house lights came on we still stood and cheered.

Someone had asked about merchandise...  There are two types of t-shirts at 20.00 each.  One is a Squeezefan.com shirt and the other is a Domino one.  There's a new program for the US dates, cd's of the Charlton song and Nick's cd's.

I'm glad I was able to make it. Reminds me of all the past Squeeze shows and how much the band has changed and grown over the last 25 years.  Thanks Glenn and Chris for the music as well as all other past and present Squeezers. Thanks also to Suzanne.  If it weren't for you, I would have missed seeing the band. It was really appreciated.  Good luck with the rest of the shows and I look forward to hearing how the other shows are.

Los Angeles CA, House of Blues, October 3rd
From Robert Edmond:

It's Over
Is that Love
Electric Trains
Domino
In The Morning
Walk Away (on the list but not performed)
Up The Junction
Interviewing Randy Newman
S.F.P.
Tempted
Without You Here

Glenn's acoustic set

Slap 'n Tickle
Temptation For Love
(my request) Labeled With Love

Full band again

intro to Dr. Jazz
Melody Motel
To Be A Dad
Take Me I'm Yours
3rd Rail
Annie Get Your Gun
Let the good times roll (on the list, not performed)
Pulling Mussels
Little King
Good-bye Girl
Another Nail For My Heart

Encore

Footprints
Hourglass
Black Coffee In Bed

I have no review. Just one word: Fantastic!!

From John Ohman:

Can history repeat itself? Well, I believe the last chapter of Squeeze is soon to be closed (once again). Following the "What's Wrong With This Picture Tour," and the push of "Domino" subsides, Difford and Tilbrook will go their separate ways, albeit forever remaining pals I'm sure.

But don't shed too many tears, for Glenn will soldier on as a soloist, presumably in classic Squeeze form. Lord willing, he'll have a long and fruitful road ahead of him. I mean, did you see his 42-year-old face?  Glenn's skin is as clean and smooth as my baby girl, Riley Rose.

Case in point, 35 minutes into the set at the House of Blues (LA) Sunday night, Mr. Tilbrook assumed once again his Pub Entertainer persona and dazzled us with a handful of acoustic tunes. His sunny charm and sonic genius were delights to behold. 

The lot of you know that last year our top blokes celebrated their silver anniversary together. Moreover, with regard to inventing whip-smart, eloquent vignettes, Difford and Tilbrook are still the cream of the crop.

As I think about my wife and wee daughter, family, friends AND Squeeze, they are ALL living evidence of the fullness of God's blessings in my life. Many thanks!

Good luck, good fellows...farewell and Godspeed. 

In love,
John H. Ohman
Mission Viejo, CA

p.s. 'Interviewing Randy Newman' was brilliant, Glenn...pure power-pop!

From Kris Briggs:

A continuation of Kris' report that began in Anaheim... See above.

The Los Angeles House of Blues show the following night was just as incredible, and was happily met with a much more enthusiastic crowd in a much more party-friendly venue.  A seemingly capacity crowd was treated to a very similar setlist, with "Walk Away" replaced by a terrific version of "In the Morning," joined onstage by Nick Harper on rhythm guitar.  Along with "Temptation" and "Slap & Tickle," Glenn played "Labelled with Love" by request during his solo set, one that I had not heard live before and found to be very touching as a live acoustic version.  In general, Glenn's electric guitar solos seemed slightly more subdued than the previous night, but still rocked with incredible raw energy!  Christopher, Hilaire and Ash sound as awesome as they did their first time 'round last spring, playing each song sounding as if they were the original recording band.  They have an obvious enthusiasm for the music and appear to love being onstage being Squeeze, and appear to really enjoy supporting Glenn.  And it's especially great to see Ash back in the lineup!

Two opening acts made for a great triple bill.  A guitar god in his own right, Nick Harper blew the audience away with a powerful acoustic guitar set the likes of which I have never seen before!  At one point he played so hard that he broke his D-string, but ensured the audience that his "G-string is still intact."  Alternating between intricate detail work and forceful strumming, Nick took total command of his audiences with overwhelming guitar talent mixed with entertaining showmanship and humor.  Leaves me very much looking forward to future Nick Harper US appearances!  Word to the wise: Nick comes on first for about a 30 minute set, and starts *promptly* at the scheduled time.  Do not be miss him, and do not be late - even if you live in California!

Julia Darling and her four bandmates have a great stage presence with a hard-edged rock/pop sound, mixing in the slightest measure of the ethereal that gives her edgy rock sound a more feminine feel.  Her powerful voice comes from the heart, and it's apparent that she is very comfortable with her music and being onstage.  She has a good commercial appeal to her, and should fit in nicely with the current wave of female guitarists.

Oh, before I forget - Fashion Report!  Saturday's Glenn looked great in an olive gray silk suit with slate gray shirt - not a wrinkle or a rumple in sight!  Christopher looked terrific Sunday in dark jeans and a hip black woolen double-breasted coat.  Winner of the Fashion Star Award has got to be Hilaire, looking very sharp Sunday in a dark green silk suit and geometric print shirt - quite natty, indeed!  Bonus points go to Ash for his black leather pants!

Be sure to visit the concessions stand for lots of new goodies not at the spring show!  A brand new tour program is filled with terrific photos (a must have!), along with two T-shirt styles and a cool baseball cap.  "Domino" on CD is available, along with Julia Darling's latest, as well as "Smithereens" and "Seed" by Nick Harper.  (I've had "Seed" on backorder through CDNow.com for months, so it's a good idea to grab stuff at the show if you're interested.)

So, "What's wrong with this picture?" is the question of the day.  Well, I think we all know the answer to that.  What's right with this picture, though?  A lot!  A very talented band fronted by one of the most entertaining and talented performers of our generation!  Twenty-five great years of thoughtful and memorable music.  And, yes, a very exciting future to look forward to!  Sure, I'm not happy to see the end of the band that has been responsible for so many happy moments in my life - as a matter of fact, I even tear up a bit as I write this - but it's not really over, despite what the song says.  Let's just say that the hourglass has no more grains of sand - it's simply time to turn it over and start again with something new!

To Glenn, Chris, and all members of Squeeze past and present:  Thank you for the past 15 years that you have been so important in my life by sharing your 25 years of talent, and for all the musical enjoyment that you continue to offer me in the future.  Best of luck to you in all that you do!

With lots of love from a devoted fan forever,
Kris Briggs


Next Page
Back to Page Three of 1999 US Tour
Back to Page Two of 1999 US Tour
Back to Page One of 1999 US Tour
Return to the Main Page