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Norfolk, VA, The Boathouse, October 26th
From Kenny Eldredge:
Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse, October 27th
I caught 2 toothbrushes, Glenn was on a local radio station and mentioned
he had a rather large collection of them. During "Tempted" about
100 of them flew onto the stage. Not used of course. I got
Glenn's autograph as I was walking to the concession area. He was
standing at the back of the Boathouse watching Nick Harper and I walked
by and did a double take and asked him if he would sign my concert ticket.
Which he did. Attendance was sparse, only about 300 people.
However, Glenn took the opportunity to invite everyone outside during his
2 song acoustic set. It was about 60 degrees, not too bad at all.
Chris Holland seemed bored, maybe the attendance had something to do with
it. Ash and Hilaire were very enthusiastic as was Glenn. At
times Glenn would get to talking very fast and lose me though I've heard
him speak on occasion. He asked the crowd once if we could understand
him. This was the second time I had seen them, this was definitely
Playlist (which I was given by the crew)
IS THAT LOVE
INTERVIEWING RANDY NEWMAN
WITHOUT YOU HERE
ACOUSTIC SET 2 SONGS
GOODBYE GIRL (GEURNSEY)
I WONT SEE YOU
DR JAZZ INTRO
IN THE MORNING
UP THE JUNCTION
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
BLACK COFFEE IN BED
GOODBYE GIRL (BOSTON)
ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART
BOOGIE WOOGIE GIRL (CHRIS HOLLAND)
PULLING MUSSELS FROM A SHELL
From Steve Guion:
The Boathouse show was fantastic! Glenn's acoustic set outdoors
was a first for me.....never seen anyone do something so bold and unplanned.
He should have taken me up on my request and played And Your Bird Can Sing....oh
Chris was definitely missed.....no Cool For Cats, Slaughtered......Love
Circles, etc. The new band is awesome.
Seeing as Norfolk is certainly no hotbed of rock n roll activity, I
feel fortunate to have seen Squeeze so many times at the Boathouse.....not
sure what the appeal is for you guys, but thank goodness you almost always
seem to play here.
I am a Squeeze fanatic! I have every cd and cd single (at least
what I can find in the import bins...can't always find every single around
these parts). Last two cds I purchased as overpriced imports only
to have the cheap domestic release come out a year later....oh well.......I
would pay $100+ for any one of your future releases.....you two are genius
songwriters that make pure pop heaven music.
Chris, you have to tour, man. Hope all is well with you health-wise.
Glenn, your solos are amazing. Most think Clapton is god when
it comes to guitar...and he is incredible......but you are the guitar-god
to me.....your solos just amaze me.....the one handed solo on In the Morning
was a site to see.
From Ellen Kleiman:
-- The band as a whole is incredibly musically proficient, very
tight, and well able to read Glenn Tilbrook's cues, which I suspect can
vary considerably. The solos were all great. The piano prelude
'Tempted' was so grandiose that I knew what had to follow, but it was a
nice bit of musical humor.
-- Glenn Tilbrook himself is a one-man show, appears to know it,
and still manages to have an extremely likeable performance persona.
He's just very charismatic, with amusing banter that really engages the
crowd. I particularly enjoyed it as he took the entire crowd outdoors
to do a couple of songs in a truly 'unplugged' manner. I was amazed
at his ability to effectively project his voice into the damp night air,
and our time outside by the water was truly the highlight of the evening.
His ability to lead the audience into temporary chaos -- sending 200 or
250 people outdoors for a sing-along -- and to bring them back into order
so quickly was an example his good rapport with the crowd. I suspect
that some of this is due to the nature of the Squeeze audience: usually
over thirty, a good mix of professionals and blue collar types, mostly
-- The venue, which I had never visited before and probably never
will again, was not really adequate to a band of Squeeze's caliber.
More people might have come out for a show in a better facility, maybe
one with chairs! Most people stood because there were no chairs near
the stage area.
-- All the songs were top-notch, very fun. 'Domino' is a
little bit funky, a little bit blues-y, but very Squeeze. I like
it a lot.
My only complaint, but it is a huge one, is that the volume was just
really too high. It was almost bearable at the very beginning of
the set, and it was just inhumane during the last sixty percent of the
show. I saw people trying to cover their ears. I wore ear plugs
all night long, because I'm a little fussy about my ears, and it was still
too loud for me. Apart from the offense of the volume itself, THE
MUSIC WAS DISTORTED, AND THAT IS THE REAL LOSS, in my opinion.
I came away from the concert delighted with our twenty minutes outside,
and mourning the fact that I didn't get as much pleasure as I could have
from the music the entire band played. I felt like the musical sensibilities
of the evening got sacrificed to the gods of Big Bass.
Thanks for listening. I'm still very, very pro-Squeeze, and I
hope to hear the group at a better facility the next time.
From Will Harris:
Despite an undeniably pitiful audience turn-out, the Squeeze concert
at the Boathouse was easily one of the stronger area performances by any
band this year.
Currently touring behind their latest album, Domino, Squeeze have
no delusions about the majority of those who attend their concerts. Like
every band, they have their diehard fans, but, in the long run, they know
it's their best-of, Singles - 45s and Under, that brings in the majority
of the concertgoers.
Neither set of fans left disappointed.
Of Singles' 12 songs, 9 were played live...and of the remaining three
tracks, 2 of them were obviously left out due to their vocalist (or co-vocalist,
as on "Slap & Tickle"), Chris Difford, retiring from touring with the
band. The band also delved into less commercially-heralded portions of
their discography, playing "Melody Motel" (from Frank) and "This Summer"
It's ironic that what will likely prove to be the coolest Hampton
Roads concert moment of 1999 only occurred because of the low attendance.
Tilbrook sent the rest of the band offstage, then he suggested that, due
to the intimacy of the evening (i.e. the venue only being about 1/3 full),
perhaps things should be moved outside for a few songs. And with that,
Tilbrook strolled out, armed only with acoustic guitar. There was a brief
flurry of concern from the beer garden when it was realized that alcoholic
beverages weren't permitted to be taken outside, so Tilbrook gave them
a moment to quaff their drinks, then everyone followed along. Choosing
songs which easily gave themselves to audience participation, Glenn performed
solo acoustic renditions of "Goodbye Girl" and the more obscure "Piccadilly,"
from East Side Story before returing to the stage with the rest of the
The absence of guitarist/vocalist/lyricist Difford was never forgotten;
not that the very tight current incarnation of Squeeze didn't fill his
shoes handily, but, rather, Glenn Tilbrook wouldn't allow Chris to be forgotten.
His non-presence was mentioned almost immediately, and, when the band's
introductions were made toward the end of the evening, Tilbrook asked that
the audience pay homage to the currently-at-home-in-his-bed-and sleeping
They gladly did.
Closing the night with "Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)," Squeeze
sent the small but faithful crowd home with memories to last a lifetime.
From Marc DeSandre:
I attended the October 27th Squeeze show at my old place of
employ, The Variety Playhouse, in Atlanta's Little Five Points with a drummer
friend who is only marginally familiar with some of the "hits". Well,
add another fan to the roster - my friend didn't stop talking about what
a great unit the band is, and how strong Glenn's voice was the whole ride
home... not to mention the great songs.
Orlando, FL, Pleasure Island, October 28th
We fans all agree that a Squeeze show is more of an event (dare I say
"interactive" event?) than a concert, so, instead of a blow-by-blow, I'll
just highlight a few notable moments.
Glenn seemed particularly happy and bubbly, looking very youthful in
a baby blue suit, with a 4 button jacket (gold buttons - an ongoing gag)
and an orange patterned shirt. During "Randy Newman" the stage power
cut out and the amps, PA, lights, etc. went dead. Glenn not phased,
ran back quickly to grab an acoustic guitar to continue the fun "unplugged".
No need however - as soon as he got to the front of the stage, the power
was back. So, he ran back to grab his black tele, and picked up "Randy
Newman" at the chorus where they left off (the lights continued to flicker
on and off the rest of the song). Most "artists" would have been pissed
- these guys just laughed it off.
A little later, Glenn sent the rest of the band offstage, and grabbed
his acoustic for the Pied Piper portion of the show. He led us all
out into the chilly night through a side door and into the back parking
lot, back to a community recycling area, climbed atop a rather large dumpster,
and had a sing-a-long to "Goodbye Girl" and "Piccadilly".
When we went back inside, the floor area stayed packed through the end
of an incredibly entertaining show.
From Jason Peverett:
Ft. Lauderdale, FL, The Chili Pepper, October 31st
It's been around ten years since I saw Squeeze in concert at Sea World
here in Orlando (and once before in Oxford) and I couldn't wait. I was
lucky to go as my wife is due any time and I was afraid knowing my luck
she would go into labor the night of the show.
Nick Harper came on first which was a big surprise as PI never has opening
acts. He did a great acoustic set with a kick ass version of Guitar Man
(the Elvis song). Then at 8 sharp Squeeze hit the stage. Glenn was very
funny the whole set and had the audience in the palm of his hand (a very
hard thing to do at PI). They opened with Is That Love and after a few
songs with the band Glenn performed solo. PI has a large movie screen behind
the stage that shows the band for the people at the back of PI. Most performers
ignore it, but not Glenn. He got Morgan, the camera girl, to act with him
like he was pissed at the camera. During If I Didn't Love You Glenn even
sat behind the drums and played!
PI always has two sets, one at 8 and one at 10, so I was wondering were
we gonna see the same show twice? No siree! The second set was kick ass
from Another Nail In My Heart all the way to Slap and Tickle! He didn't
mess around and joke as much, just played one hit after another.
If I could of chose one song for them to play it would've been Some
Fantastic Place, but instead Glenn did a solo performance of Piccadilly.
It was weird not seeing Chris there, but Nick Harper sat in on a few songs
where they needed a second guitarist.
My only wish is that I could see them at Ft. Launderdale and they release
another live CD!
May Squeeze live forever!
From Susan McCue:
After an 11 year hiatus, Squeeze returns to Florida! I had been looking
forward to this tour since it was announced for 2 reasons. Of course for
Squeeze, as I hadn't seen them in several years and secondly it afforded
me the opportunity to see my family. What a better combo could one want?
First, to explain a bit about Pleasure Island for those that have never
been there. It is an additional outdoors Disney park that is "party themed".
There are several housed dance clubs, jello shots sold in the streets of
the park, and New Years is celebrated with pyrotechnics and dancing every
night. At the end of the main street is a stage with a wide screen TV behind
it. Many groups have performed here over the years and when they perform,
there are always 2 shows. One at 8:00 and one at 10:00.
I arrived just to catch the end of Nick Harper's set. Cozying in a
few minutes later, the lights went back up and there they were in all their
glory without adieu jumping into Is That Love. It was deja vu for me seeing
these guys again. Same sounds, same riffs. I could of closed my eyes and
been anywhere in the world. Unfortunately this first set was rather ill
attended, but did not daunt the lads at all. Glenn was wearing a medium
grey suit with a light grey shirt. It was a treat to see his locks blowing
in the cool Florida breeze. Of course, there was the obligatory explanation
for Mr. Diffords' absence, and kudos to him from far away. After several
numbers, it was time for Glenn's acoustic set. He gave the audience the
choice of A, Glenn getting down off the stage and doing a walk about down
the streets of Pleasure Island singing, or B staying where he is and doing
requests. The crowd unfortunately chose B. During his acoustic set, Glenn
chose to play Wine Spolley Oley, Picadilly (by request) and If I Didn't
Love You. Glenn was so into this part of the set. You could really see
how he was enjoying himself. Kind of in his own private Idaho and constantly
yapping. During Picadilly, Glenn requested audience (albeit poor) participation
and throughout the set, kept trying to feel comfortable with his rock star
pose. (foot on the monitor) If I Didn't Love You saw Glenn mugging (not
to be confused with mum) for the camera girl that was projecting the images
on the wide screen in back. He asked her to do close ups with a back &
forward and left to right action. (ala Cool For Cats video) Near the end
of the song, Glenn promptly jumped up on the drum set and played the skins
and guitar at the very same time. Truly priceless. The next song,(Glenn's
new venture) I Won't See You was particularly nice especially with the
steel guitar. Halfway through the song, the rest of the band returned.
No more ad-libbing. The rest of the set was pure Squeeze.
I had the pleasure this time of catching Nick Harper's full set. What
amazing, passionate guitar skills. Not more than one verse into his first
song, saw him break his first string. He continued without missing a lick,
even after breaking a second string just before the end of that first song.
During his set, noticeable was Glenn on the sidelines snapping away pictures
Squeeze came out in full form, and thankfully for this second set, the
crowd had quadrupled in size. Glenn was in the same suit but with a dark
blue shirt. The band played on, song after another with the set list pretty
much being the same as the previous tour gigs. though, there was no SFP
and added was Christopher's Boogy Woogy Country Girl. Boom, boom, boom,
one song going into the next. Noticeably gone were Mr. Diffords' vocals.
Especially since these new lads didn't do much back-up at all. Of curious
interest was Hilaire, who during both sets did not take his eyes off of
his bass. He never made eye contact with any band member nor the audience.
It was as if he was in "the zone" all alone with his marvelous sounds.
During the extended version of Take Me I'm Yours, shenanigans began to
start again, seeing Glenn intentionally continually untuning his guitar
to heighten the sound for the audience. This song also prompted Glenn to
play the keyboards momentarily and then for him & Christopher to do
a walk about on the stage, even going up to the second level of the stage
(where the dancers usually go-go) and hang out over the railing sans instruments
while Hilaire was doing a bang up solo. Unfortunately,Glenn & Christopher
took their antics a bit far and Glenn missed his intro at the end of Hilaire's
solo. This prompted smiles from Glenn & Chris, but Hilaire didn't miss
a beat. Still not looking anywhere on the stage with his eyes fixed down
on his instrument, he continued in a professional manner with his own made
up notes. Eventually, Glenn & Christopher came down to finish up the
song. They finished up the set to cheers from a booming crowd wanting more.
The lads came back for only a one song encore, Slap & Tickle. I presume
this was an intentional short encore as they were running overtime and
their equipment had to be removed from the stage way before midnight to
prepare the stage for the dancers for their New Years celebration.
What a fantastic show in all. Making it even more enjoyable was meeting
fellow Squeeze listers Jo & Susan from Scotland and other Squeezesters.
After the show, I expressed my admiration of the Wichita Lineman song to
Glenn, when I saw this curious look on his face. (no, I do not stalk Canadian
radio stations) I quickly explained that I had heard it on the internet
and he seemed a bit more relaxed and pleased. Off into the night the lads
went to celebrate New Years with the other revelers.
From Paul Slingbaum:
Just returned from the last gig of the current Squeeze tour at the Chili
Pepper in Ft.Lauderdale Florida, Halloween night. Whew! Obviously happy
to be getting home and loose as a goose they were unbelievable, especially
since I'm not sure they EVER played here before. Having seen them many
times in the past in New York, Philly and New Jersey, I was well aware
of just how good they were live and the new line-up, except for missing
Chris Difford, does not disappoint. Opening act Nick Harper was fun and
interesting playing his unique solo acoustic style and was joined by Glenn
for several impromptu duets before the main event. Even the
DJ from the local radio sponsor had to comment that she'd been waiting
for this for 20 years, meaning I guess Squeeze playing the South Florida
wasteland. I was having too much fun to keep track of the actual
set order but some highlights were a new song Glenn has been working on
solo called Interviewing Randy Newman, a marathon Slap & Tickle featuring
the cool bass solo by Hilaire, a dead stop, Chris H.singing a version of
the oldie Let The Good Times Roll, starting again, a costumed promenade
across the stage by a feather caped & masked Nick Harper and 2 teeny-angels
plucked from the crowd of Halloween revelers, and a duet drum solo featuring
Nick Harper and Ash and more. Super was a totally faithful acoustic
solo rendition of If I Didn't Love You I'd Hate You by Glenn as the first
encore wearing a Prince Valiant Wig. Other high points, Messed Around,
Goodbye Girl (as always), and the crowd pleasers from ArgyBargy.
Boys, if you read this PLEASE don't skip South Florida again, as you could
tell from the enthusiastic response, we missed you!
From Susan McCue:
The lads had 2 days off between gigs. A first for this tour. Being the
last U.S. gig before heading back over the pond, the lads had some R 'n
R for those 2 days in South Beach. Thinking to myself, what will this show
bring, I am wrecked with nervousness. But, Chili Peppers? This dance club
usually see's the likes of grunge type bands as their mosh pit attests
to (also making it difficult to see the band over the monitors). The tension
mounts as we are treated to Nick Harper's guitar strumming. After only
one delightful song, Glenn joins in with his guitar in a pull over
shirt for 2 numbers. Nick really had the crowd's attention. So much,
that he played on overly long set. He kept looking at his watch and saying
"oh, just one more". His encore song of Titties and Beer had the crowd
applauding for more. To our surprise, on the last 2 chords, Glenn jumps
out on the stage in his polka dot shirt and grabs his guitar and Ash jumps
behind the drum set and they both join Nick for a very loud and long last
chord. How amazing and utterly Glenn. This kind of eased my angst and answered
my previous pondering of what this show would bring. You better watch out,
here comes a tornado....
Ten minutes later, there the guys were, all ready to satisfy our angst.
The first time in awhile that I haven't seen Glenn without a suit on. Just
grey pants and the same bright blue shirt from Orlando. Hilaire & Christopher
though, looked particularly snappy. Hilaire being decked out in a dark
brown suit with an olive green shirt and Christopher in a light grey 3
piece suit with a black shirt and dark wide striped tie. After seeing this
and hearing the first verse of Is That Love, I knew this was going to be
the show of all shows. And how right I was! This was pure Squeeze, with
one song after another. No acoustic set, no requests, just Squeeze all
the way. Except for the missing bass vocals you wouldn't know there was
a different line-up than 20 years ago. The set-list was pretty much the
same as previous gigs except for the inclusion of SFP. And how appropriate.
Tonight, this indeed was Some Fantastic Place!!!
Nothing goes better with a Squeeze show than Halloween. a time change,
2 days off with R 'n R and supposedly the last US gig ever. The crowd was
overly into the show and some of the items ending up on stage were: a wig,
a feather boa, toothbrushes, a novel, song requests, panties, Halloween
candy and a fake stick of dynamite. Though the guys were as tight as ever,
that didn't exclude them from some Halloween antics. Glenn wearing a long
wig for one of his songs, then Christopher wearing it giving the peace
sign during his Let The Good Times Roll solo. Also, at one point, Nick
Harper scared the dickens out of the band as he casually strolled across
the stage wearing a bird mask with 4 foot plumes coming out of his head!!!
Everyone was "up". Hilaire was smiling and really enjoying the entire show.
Both him and all the other guys did back-up vocals on all the songs. It
was as if nothing was wrong with this picture. Unfortunately, there was
the typical "drunk guy" insisting
on hearing Brown Eyed Girl, but it seemed comical considering all the
antics and being Halloween. Other Squeeze highlights was Glenn's one handed
guitar playing (simply unprecedented) and also his subliminal message on
I Won't See You as he changed the lyrics to "and now Squeeze is over".
Once these guys took the stage, they never let go of it until they had
left the crowd frenzied. The mix was set proper for the venue with no one
instrument over powering the other. Glenn had played rhythm and lead at
the same time. This was the quintessential show.
However, an encore of 3 songs and giving final kudos to all of the "behind
the scenes people" during the tour sadly brought this house down, and wanting
even more. But it was over.
My personal kudos to fellow Squeezesters Eric & Brian and to Debbie
the merchandise girl. I had the privilege of meeting and speaking to her
during the sets. What a refreshingly nice person. After the show backstage,
me not wanting to be in the limelight, I was sitting over to the side while
there was a small crowd around Nick Harper. Debbie grabbed my hand asking
if I had met Nick yet and pulled me up. While with her other hand, grabbed
Nick out of the small crowd and properly introduced me to him. What a nice
thing to do. Nick was very congenial and I told him how much I enjoyed
seeing him pulling every note out of his guitar. I also noted that I believed
that this was the first time on the tour that he hadn't broken a string.
He remarked how he hadn't noticed, but how right I was. All the lads were
exceptionally congenial. I was fortunate enough to receive one of Ash's
drum sticks and asked him to sign it for me. I remarked how he didn't appear
to be tanned considering 2 days on the beach. He replied to me that if
I saw his bum, I would see how tanned he really is. Thank you for that
this show literally took me a few days to not only recuperate from,
but to digest it. So much has happened since my 1st Squeeze show in 1978
at Hurrahs in NY. In retrospect: at this gig, a Squeezester called his
brother on his cell phone during the show so he could hear Messed around
live.- We are fortunate to have a no less than marvelous squeezefan web
site to inform us of all upcoming gigs.-Also, thanks to the computer, we
have a list server so we can all receive the latest Squeeze info, as well
as #squeeze to chat about our musical interests with other Squeezester,
etc.-We can also order CDs from the internet and thanks to VCRs, can view
some previous Squeeze moments.-And how sweet is it to have the capability
of making CDs or cassettes to relive our Squeeze memories?
One handed guitar playing, solo Pub tours, and the uniqueness that only
Squeeze can afford to give their fans is what will bring them into the
millennium. It will only keep getting better.....
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