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New Orleans, House of Blues, February 3rd 

    From Nicole Redo: 

    Yes, I'm finally back from my lovely little two day, 1,000+mile, mad amount of hours, roadtrip to see the boys in New Orleans and Austin. The Austin report will be coming up after this one. Both of these are going to be long, in hopes of giving you all a full feel of what a Squeeze show is like. 

    First off, let me say a bit about New Orleans and the House of Blues (HOB). New Orleans is an amazing city, worthy of kicking off a new tour. The French Quarter is just absolutely wonderful and I regret not being to spend more time and enjoy everything it has to offer. HOB has this evil/stroke of genius plan to get you to spend more money. Eat there before the show and you get to go in before the non-eating customers. The actually section you off away from everyone else if you have your dinner receipt and you get first pickings at either the seats or front of the stage. Naturally I ate because after 6 hours I was hungry and my poor leg was dying for a rest. 

    While in the city I met some wonderful locals and a fellow onelister at the show. Now HOB is a small, but cute little venue. And nice in that they have a waitress going around getting you drinks so you don't even have to leave your place at the front of the stage, very handy later on when you find you can't even walk in a straight line. 

    The opening act was Joybuzzer, not the crappy band the HOB was leading us to hear. The lead singer let us know that they've opened for many bands, but that his dad was stoked about them opening up for Squeeze because they are apparently his dad's favorite band. HOB are nazis when it comes to time so promptly at 9:45, though the band got on there a little late, Joybuzzer left the stage. 

    Squeeze came out to a wonderful round of applause. Fashion report: Glenn was sporting a dark suit, similar to the one he's wearing in the Hard Rock Live performance, and unlike other shows he kept the suit jacket on the entire time. As you will see by the setlist they played some of the big ticket items early on in the show, and during Tempted HOB has confetti rain down from the sky. The partyline on Chris is that he's in the hospital, that's their story and their sticking to it. As I said in an earlier quick post certain songs clearly are different without him, SFP and Take Me, I'm Yours are immediate examples. But different can be good and in this case it was. This time out when Tempted was sung Glenn did all the parts with no real back up by Christopher Holland. Hilaire is at the point now where he'll actually look at the mic when singing backup. Those who watching them during last summer's tour may remember that more often than not Hilaire was looking down and therefore his mouth was nowhere near the mic. 

    I slipped a note up on the stage letting them know that all the wonderful people at Squeezefan, the onelist and #Squeeze said 'hi' and wished Chris well. See, even at the shows I'm thinking of all my fellow fans that can't see them this time out. When it came time for introductions Glenn did one for Chris, pointing to the spot where he normally stands and making sure we all applauded long and hard for Chris. 

    The local people I had met, Shane and Melissa, were absolutely wonderful when the show ended. I normally collect set lists and with my leg in its cast I had no real shot at grabbing on one my own and the roadies couldn't hear me. Shane was good enough to move Glenn's fan, grab his setlist and hand it over to me. Being as drunk as I was I was never able to thank them properly so if anyone is ever at a show at HOB and meet them, tell them Nicole says 'thanks'. 

    Next was on to merchandise where I picked up the dark blue tour t-shirt that has a small version of the Domino cover on the front and on the back with the tour dates and "I'm Bonkers". Ther merchandise woman, I believe her name is Debbie but I could be dead wrong, actually recognized from the summer tour and nearly fainted when she saw me. The dark blue and the Grey t-shirt that has litle dog footprints on with 'Squeeze Domino  tour 99' on the front and the tour dates on the back are $20. Autographed cd is $30 and regualar cd is I believe $20. Tour programs from the UK fall tour are five bucks while supplies last and the Charlon cd single is $10. I highly recommend the tour program if they're still available. It thanks our own listparent/website gurus Chris and Jenn and at the merchandise booths there is a sign saying that the only other way you can get Domino is from the UK or going to Squeezefan.com. 

    After the show it was a small walk/stumble to a local bar where my new found friends and I had some more tasty beverages. We were later joined by Anjela, the fine onelister, I mentioned earlier and Tom, a NO tour guide who originally hails from England. And then much later on I stumbled through the streets to find a hotel where I attempted to sleep my night of mirth and merriment off. 

    Redo's life lessons that I will pass on to you, my fellow Squeeze fan: 

    1. New Orleans is a safe city. I can't think of any place else you can stumble around drunk at 2:30 in the morning and not get accosted. 

    2. Alcohol and seafood, namely crawfish and shrimp etoufee, do not mix. 

    3. If you've forgotten lesson number two Sprite and plain toast will help you survive the six hour drive. That and sleeping in a gas station parking lot for 30 minutes. 

    Now for the setlist. I'll let them the way they're actually put on the list and then in parenthesis put the actualy name. 

    Prisoner (The Prisoner) 
    Nail (Another Nail for My Heart) 
    Domino (Domino) {Beach Blanket Bingo version from album, not original live version heard during last summer} 
    Trains (Electric Trains) 
    It's Over (It's Over) [The Rat Bastard Song] 
    Walk Away 
    S.F.P (Some Fantastic Place) 
    Donkey (Donkey Talk) 
    Tempted 
    Junction (Up The Junction) 
    Summer (This Summer) 
    Melody (Melody Motel) 
    Dad (To Be A Dad) 
    Good Times [Cover song sung by Chris. He's got an incredible voice and I eagerly await the release of his first solo album] 
    Take Me (Take Me, I'm Yours) 
    King (Little King) 
    3rd Rail 
    Is That (Is That Love?) 
    Goodbye (Goodbye Girl) 
    Mussels (Pulling Mussels) 

    Encore 
    Sleeping (Sleeping With a Friend) [Now this song was not actually performed, but I did hear them do it during soundcheck. Another HOB goody is that if you go to the bathroom you can hear the soundcheck loud and clear. 
    Footprints 
    Hourglass 
    Annie (Annie Get Your Gun) 
    Coff-Hilaire-ee (Black Coffee In Bed) [I've no clue why it's done like this because it's not on the Austin set list]

Austin, Texas, La Zona Rosa, February 4th 
    From Cheryl Brown: 

    I went to the Domino Tour here in Austin tonight and I had to write and tell everyone how GREAT it was.  Even without Chris, it was one of the best shows I've ever seen.  For it just being the second night of the tour I expected alot more problems.  Not that there were no problems, Glenn's guitar was having trouble for the first half of the show.  But all in all that stuff never really matters. 

    The songs off the new album sounded great.  They did "Little King" (my personal favorite)," Domino", " Lost Children", and even Christopher sang a cover song.  Not a bad voice, not as distinctive as Jools voice. 

    The best part of the eveing was during "Footprints" when Glenn invited the audience on stage to dance.  And yes, I climbed my fat ass up on stage and danced through "Footprints", "Hourglass", and "Annie Get Your Gun".  About 30 people got on stage and we all just danced and danced.  The weight of all those people moving around had the stage bouncing up and down.  I must be old, but all I could think of was the liability if that thing collapsed.  It was great fun. 

    I really must say it's nice to be able to report on a show from the south.  It's usually the Northeast that gets all the good shows.  Now the big question is, Am I too old to drive to Dallas tomorrow night for the show there?? 

    From Rick McCall: 

    Just got back from the Squeeze show in Austin at La Zona Rosa.  Glenn was in excellent voice and spirits.  He said Chris is in the hospital and sends his love to all.  He was missed, but it certainly didn't cause the show to disappoint.  The new band is tight and Chris Holland is very strong on the keyboards, although they were too low in the mix.  Even though Glenn had repeated problems with his guitar, he maintained a good sense of humor about him in dealing with it. 

    One cool thing that happened was during the encore when Glenn invited everyone on stage who wanted to dance during the last song or two.  The crowd went nuts.  By the way, every time I see them , Glenn continues to amaze me with his guitar-playing prowess.  His voice has only gotten stronger and clearer over the years. 

    I was on the front row in the center (general admission, no chairs) and was able to grab the setlist after the last song.  They listed Some Fantastic Place as an encore number, but didn't play it.  Otherwise, the show went as listed.  Following is the setlist for those who are interested. 

    Prisoner 
    Another Nail In My Heart 
    Domino 
    Electric Trains 
    It's Over 
    Walk Away 
    Donkey Talk 
    Tempted 
    Up The Junction 
    This Summer 
    Melody Motel 
    To Be A Dad 
    Let the Good Times Roll 
    Take Me I'm Yours 
    Little King 
    Third Rail 
    Is That Love? 
    Goodbye Girl 
    Pulling Mussels From A Shell 
    ---------------------- 
    encore 
    Footprints 
    Hourglass 
    Annie Get Your Gun 
    Black Coffee In Bed 

    From Andrew: 

    WOW!! (cough, cough) I mean, "wow..." 

    Forgive me. My voice is fried, my eyes are pinned open, I have an extra 350 miles on the crapmobile, and I'm vaguely hung over.  But man oh man, was that show a goodie.  The show was scheduled for 8, and so I got there early to claim a spot up front.  By 7:45, there were about 50 people there by the looks of it.  Cavernous and not very inspiring to say the very least. But by the time Squeeze took the stage at 9 or so, the place was full. 

    Since they haven't been in Texas for awhile, I expected it to be a Greatest Hits show.  And to some extent, it was.  The earlier albums were represented more or less by the usual suspects (Mussels, Take Me, Tempted, etc.) But I was pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of songs from the more recent albums.  Third Rail has always been a favorite, and Domino sounded great.  I'm not sure how many of the folks there knew all the newer songs, but they seemed to have a good time in any case.  And when Glenn called the crowd to join him onstage...heavenly. 

    I never notice what people wear to the Oscars unless they are particularly hideous, but I made a special point of noticing Glenn's duds--an olive suit with a grayish shirt.  In fact, Chris H. and Hilaire seemed to be wearing some variation on that same outfit.  Chris D. was wearing...oh, yeah. 

    I geeked it up and wrote down all the songs to include here, but alas, I was scooped. Said a quick hello to Glenn at the bus, and left him to some of the scarier types that were lingering. I don't envy that aspect of his life.  I can only imagine how that is for some of your more recognized celebrities. 

    All told, outstanding show.  Discs seemed to sell briskly, and the tour program was a real bargain at $5.  The one they sold me during the SFP tour was $20.  The program lists every band that Squeeze has toured with, since the 70s, and the back page is entirely devoted to squeezefan.com.  The Becketts are thanked within as well.  Well done. 

    I feel like a Bay City Rollers groupie.  Or, for our younger readers, a N'Sync groupie. I'll stop now, but please check out the boys if you get a chance. 

    From Nicole Redo: 

    Feeling more than just slightly drunk and making personal protestations that I would never go drinking again I somehow survived the 9 hour total drive from New Orleans to Austin to catch the guys again. And this time out a friend joined me, a fellow who lives in Austin and who was letting me crash at his place. A mild fan of the band, anyone who rides in my car enough becomes that way or never gets a ride from again, he decided that he'd take a look at what all the fuss was about. 

    And did he pick a good show. This one was actually better than the New Orleans one. The energy level was a tad up and Glenn was in full guitar god mode. That is when all the equipment worked right. Not that he wasn't his usual guitar god self at NO, just that he seemed to get into a tad bit more than he did there. The band was also feeding off of that energy and going with the flow. Many props have to go to the keeper of the guiatars: Andy Bettis (sp?) who was constantly fiddling with the guitars and equipment on stage when something would go wrong. He was kept busy all night and didn't let us down. Glenn was also much more chatty in Austin than he was in New Orleans, feeding off whatever vibe the crowd was giving to have some fun with us. 

    And he was also Lord of the Sweat as he was in his full sweat glory going right through the shirt and suit jacked he had on. Fashion report: Once again Glenn was in a suit, but this time out the shirt was not tucked in. Hair wise it's definately curlier than it was during the summer. 

    The setlist for Austin was pretty much the same as New Orleans except that it have SFP moved to the encore and it suffered the same fate as Sleeping With a Friend in that they didn't play it. My friend was greatly impressed with Hilaire's bass solo in Take Me, I'm Yours. And very quickly on he was dancing and singing what few words he knew along with the rest of the fans in the audience. 

    Then came the ever famous dancing moment. Glenn lets us know that he had only three rules that we needed to follow: 

     1. Don't stand in front of anyone. 
     2. Don't sing into a mic. 
     3. Don't sing into anyone's ear. 

    As long as those rules were followed you were perfectly allowed to get up on stage and dance, helping Glenn to live out a fantasy of being Tom Jones in '69 surrounded by dancing girls. Now of course I'd have been a fool to pass up this opportunity. Now also let's remember, if you read the NO report or are a regular at #Squeeze, that my ankle is in an air cast. But I damned whatever pain I was going to feel in the morning and was feeling at the moment and went up on stage. Some people were nice enough to give me a boost when it was apparent that I was not going to make it up on my own. I hobbled and moved my best with the rest of them, eliciting notice from those dancing behind me who were much impressed that I was up there in my condition. 

    After Hourglass Glenn accepted the fact that we weren't going anywhere and let us stay on stage for the rest of the encore set till it came time for introductions. Now you'll notice in the rules that he did not say you could not touch the band. So there was this woman behind him who was grabbing a feel of whatever she could touch when she could. It only became a problem when she got close to the guitar strap which had some electronic gizmo on it and then Andy Bettis, who was now sitting right by the stuff on stage, had to step in and protect the guitar. But other than that things were pretty liberal so those closest to Glenn or Hilaire were getting as close as they could to sing backing vocals bit without breaking rules number 2 and 3. 

    When it came time for introductions Glenn says we all have to leave now and then looks at his watch going, 'Is that the time? My, time to go home. Bye, Buh Bye.' During the stage dancing Suzanne was kind of standing off to the side and as I made my way I said hi to her and once again said hi on behalf of all you lovely internet fans. She smiled and said thanks and then I *jumped* down to the ground. Once again Glenn made sure we applauded Chris and reminded us that every word out his mouth came from Chris. We learned that we were lucky to get Hilaire in that apparently he had been sick and it might've been enough to keep him from flying over as well. Whoever made the comment at watching Ash's mouth during a show was right, it was fun looking every so often and watching Ash's mouth. It's kind of hard to explain so I'll let you all eventually experience it for yourselves. 

    Overall both shows were amazing and those who plan to see them are in for a special treat. The only mild disappointment is that they didn't play Dr. Jazz, something the NO fans were practically begging for. Melody Motel with its country music undertones went over quite nicely with the Austin bunch and I'm sure that same will happen for the Dallas/Ft. Worth bunch. I noted to my friend that they didn't play SFP in the encore and he said that dancing up on stage more than made up for that in his opinion. And I agree totally with him. Once again props to the roadies who were good enough to hand me a setlist when I asked for one. Yes, my ankle is in great amounts of pain, but it was worth it to see these shows. And I got another tour shirt, this time the grey, so now I can put off laundry for another day. 

    From K. Whalen: 

    The lineup for Squeeze seems to change with the seasons but this time it was different. The band hit the stage at La Zona Rosa in Austin minus founding member Chris Difford, rumored to be sick. 

    Without Difford (or onetime sidemen Jools Holland, Paul Carrack et al) sharing the spotlight, Glenn Tilbrook took center stage to deliver an impressive set of songs spanning Squeeze's 20-year recording history. That Tilbrook carried it off should be no suprise: Squeeze's sound, after all, is based almost entirely on his voice and guitar. Especially that distinctive voice that has as much range as ever. 
     
    That's not to say that Difford wasn't missed; his froggy backing vocal on "Is That Love?", for example. We didn't get to hear "Love Circles" or "Striking Matches" or "Someone Else's Heart." 

    We did hear, and see, a fast-paced show that begam with "The Prisoner" and ended two hours later with "Black Coffee in Bed." That the hits ("Tempted", "Hourglass", "Pulling Mussells") were played was no surprise but some of the other choices were interesting -- the aforementioned "The Prisoner", "Melody Motel," It's Over," "Third Rail." Several selections from the new Domino CD blended in well. A song by new keyboardist Chris ("Yes I'm Jools' Brother") Holland was Tillbrook's only break from the singing chores. 

    Squeeze has long been a popular Austin draw and La Zona Rosa was packed. The enthusiastic crowd jammed the stage when Glenn invited everyone up to dance towards the end of the show. The crowd helped with the "Hourglass" chorus (take it to the bridge, throw it overboard,etc.). Women threw Glenn notes. People shouted out requests. And a good time was had by all.

Fort Worth TX, Caravan of Dreams, February 5th 
    From Erik Novales: 

    OK, I've just returned from a STELLAR show at the Caravan of Dreams! 

    Setlist: (mine, not official) 

     The Prisoner 
     Another Nail for My Heart 
     Domino 
     It's Over 
     Walk Away 
     Labelled With Love 
     Tempted 
     Up the Junction 
     This Summer 
     Melody Motel 
     To Be a Dad 
     Let the Good Times Roll 
     Take Me I'm Yours 
     Little King 
     Third Rail 
     Is That Love? 
     Goodbye Girl (Guernsey, for those interested :) ) 
     Pulling Mussels 

     Encore: 
     Footprints -> Hourglass 
     Annie Get Your Gun 
     Black Coffee in Bed 

    I don't have much to add to the observations made re: the Austin  and NO gigs -- Glenn acknowledged Chris D several times throughout the show, and the stage invasion took up most of the encore...except Glenn asked the audience (after they left the stage) to sing various bits of Black Coffee... 

    And yes, I did publicly embarrass myself by being damn near the first one on the stage. :) Let me say this: if you get a chance to do this, DEFINITELY do it!!! It's LOADS of fun! 

    One note: autographed Domino CDs were only $20 at this show. Regardless, I bought practically everything in sight at the merchandise stand. :) 

    The crowd seemed really into it -- initially nobody was dancing, but by the end of the show (and CERTAINLY during the encore) there were sizable contingents boppin' around... 

    That's it from this end -- looking forward to tomorrow night's show! 

    From Diana Dubois: 

    Wow! 

    I was worried early on.  The crowd seemed dead (the majority stayed seated until the encore) and the venue, while very nice, probably not best suited for Squeeze.  Glenn immediately suggested moving the tables back to make room for dancing, but later retracted realizing there wasn't any room. 

    Despite these obstacles they put on a great show.  He brought up Chris' absence many times, thanking him for the words. 

    The crowd didn't seem to be as familiar with Squeeze as many of us are... it cracked me up during Labeled With Love when there was applause when he sang "married the Texan."  I kept thinking "He's not the hero in this song."  The play list was very similar to Austin, I am sure someone else will post it. Particular hits with the crowd were Melody Motel, Pulling Mussels, Goodbye Girl. "Let the Good Times Roll" brought down the house. 

    Again, Glenn invited people to dance on stage and that was great fun.  Prior to that I had a great dancing spot in a raised area by the speakers on stage left.  For a while I danced alone, then some others joined me. 

    I bought a signed copy of Domino for $20 (is that a deal or what?).  I had a wonderful time, but I did miss Chris.  I had spent the whole of the show two years ago in DC under his mic dancing, and at times, cracking him up...and that is where I wanted to be last night.  But no complaints here.  It was a great show.  Best wishes to Chris. 

    From Fred Pratt III: 

    Last night's show at Caravan of Dreams in Ft. Worth, Texas, was a memorable one, indeed.  Myself and two friends who also are longtime Squeeze fans have been anticipating this show since it was announced, and we were not disappointed!  We all recalled that our introduction to Squeeze in the 70's came by, like a lot of us in the States, Video Concert Hall, which was a precursor to MTV.  We used to see videos of Another Nail For My Heart several times a day along with a great Who performance of Baba O'Riley, Gary Numan's Cars, Spider's New Romance, and Nazareth's Holiday to name a few.  Squeeze instantly became our favorite band after seeing the videos and picking up copies of Argybargy and playing them endlessly.  So last night's show was our first time to see the band live, and what a treat it was.  Of course, we were disappointed not to see Chris. But he has more important business at hand and is certainly in our thoughts and prayers.  Glenn acknowleged Chris twice and jumped to the spot where he usually stands during the introductions.....pretty classy indeed (and you could tell heartfelt as well).  I was impressed with the new lineup and thought they were all wonderful musicians.  Chris Holland did an excellent job as did Ash and Hilaire.  Let the Good Times Roll with Chris H. on vocals (the 12th out of 22 songs played) was the turning point of the concert as far as getting the place rocking.  Of course, I realize it's impossible to play every song, but I really would have liked to have heard Some Fantastic Place and Everything in the World.  We all really liked "It's Over" and were pleasantly surprised to hear "Labelled With Love."  Only three songs were played from Domino:  Domino, To Be A Dad and Little King....all were well received, I thought.  I could'nt wait to by my copy of Domino at the show, and I don't want to make the New Orleans fans mad, but the autographed copies were marked down from $30 to $20. I bought the gray Domino 99 Tour t-shirt (like the paw prints) for $20 and the bargain tour booklet for $5.  I've never more enjoyed spending $45.  My wife and I are planning on catching a show in the northeast (hopefully) this fall.  The show received a good review in this morning's Dallas Morning News.  Click on the hyperlink to read it for yourself.  Opening act was an Austin,TX/Atlanta, GA group called Cadillac Vodoo Choir.  The barefooted lead singer was a dead ringer for Jim Morrison with his shades on and sounded like Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes. Their music very much sounded like the Black Crowes, although a couple of the tunes sounded like some old Rod Stewart stuff.  The keyboard player impressed by playing multiple instruments (trombone & congas).  Their drummer looked like Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd/Rossington-Collins Band and he rocked.  Kind of felt sorry for him though as we were leaving and he was standing at the door holding up CD's for sale.  Oh, the life of a young band needing to eat.....   Well, I'll finish by saying it's great to be a Squeeze fan and now I can say I've seen my all-time favorite band in person.  For everbody going to the upcoming shows, you have a lot to look forward to--I'm envious!!    Here was the setlist (in order): 
     
    The Prisoner 
    Another Nail For My Heart 
    Domino 
    It's Over 
    Walk Away 
    Labelled With Love 
    Tempted 
    Up the Junction 
    This Summer 
    Melody Motel 
    To Be A Dad 
    Let the Good Times Roll 
    Take Me I'm Yours 
    The Little King 
    Third Rail 
    Is That Love 
    Goodbye Girl 
    Pulling Mussels (From the Shell) 
    Encore: 
    Footprints 
    Hourglass 
    Annie Get Your Gun 
    Black Coffee in Bed 

    From "Mic": 

    I want to add my 2cents about last night's concert in Fort Worth.  It truly rates as one of the best concerts I've heard in a long, long time.  Though Chris was definitely missed, Glenn very capably carried the frontman duties with the tight support of the other band members.  This incarnation of Squeeze is good. . .. as good as it gets imho.  As I sat there for the first few numbers, it hit me how it must have affected Glenn to look to his left and not see Chris there - especially knowing why he was not there. 

    For the fashion conscious, Glenn was in a purple long sleeved shirt with olive slacks.  Played a black Telecaster through a Mesa amp - great sound there too. 

    Though the set list was identical to Austin's, the songs still sounded very alive.  Domino, in particular, came off much better than the CD - the raw, funky edge of it done live really makes that song come alive. 

    If they are anywhere close (hey - I drove from Houston to Fort Worth to see them, but that doesn't give me sainthood or anything - just shows that I enjoy them) - take this opportunity to see them.  It is definitely worth it. 

    From Danny Grizzle: 

    No doubt, this was an excellent show. Caravan of Dreams is an intimate dinner-theater arrangement with a capacity of about 550. This was the first time I have ever experienced a major act in such a small venue. 

    Visibility was excellent, much better than when I last saw Squeeze at the Bronco Bowl in Dallas. I would only hope that touring houses this size is financially feasible -- my quick calculations of ticket price vs. capacity indicates a nightly gross of only $12,000, and that to be split between the house cut, a warm up act, plus the expenses of roadies and travel. 

    I wound up giving away two tickets to complete strangers on the sidewalk outside, who were heading into the movie house next door. The woman seemed thrilled, the guy... I couldn't tell. She seemed to be selling him. 

    To fill in a little texture and detail, it was incredible to be up close and see the amount of exertion Glenn puts into the vocals. It is all a very muscular activity, with evidence bulging in his face and neck and across his throat to beneath his ears. A large fan at his feet was tilted up into his face, lifting the curls off his brow, but still he frequently resorted to mopping his face with a towel. The room was very comfortable, certainly not oppressive with heat or overly bright lights. 

    Despite the intensity required to deliver the vocals, Glenn was at ease, and quickly reverted to good natured grinning and cajoling with the audience between songs. Chris was missed. 

    The guitar virtuosity is amazing. Glenn played a single Stratocaster all night, with none of the guitar problems reported in Austin, although he did retune an the fly several times in mid song. No surprise, considering the punishment he was inflicting on the strings. At every instrumental break, he delivered guitar solos that would humiliate most 90's MIDI musicians in a ironic contrast of sharp and highly physical, lightning precision finger work on the fret board producing an effortless sounding stream of flawless notes and musical phrasing. 

    Most guitarists can't do 2 bars of licks this hot during band introductions. Glenn pumps it out all night. 

    As for the rest of the band: Christopher Holland looks much younger in person than in the Domino jacket photos, where he hides behind sunglasses. Make no mistake, he has command of the keyboards, and his presence covers a lot for the lack of a rhythm guitar. Chris adroitly handled several keyboard solos. As reported to the list previously, he does sing 1 song, and that was plenty. Category: crooning along with a rock band. Perhaps when he takes courage, sharpens his edge, and perhaps selects better material, he will develop into a fine vocalist. 

    Hilaire was provided the only remarkably different arrangement to one of the classic Squeeze album cuts. For the most part, everything was done in straight rendition. Hilaire seemed genuinely amused and grinned uncontrollably when, during the encore as Glenn invited the audience to dance onstage, a couple of women interlocked fingers over his shoulders and to either side of his head, surrounding and entrapping him as they danced through several songs. Probably some sort of recurring musician's road fantasy. 

    Ash -- For the most part went unnoticed, which may be the mark of a truly great drummer. People were dancing, it was happening... 

    One thing I was looking for was Glenn lost in the lyrics. That didn't happen. He was flawless, dammit. I still can't understand some of this stuff, even with Glenn close enough to read lips.

Fort Worth TX, Caravan of Dreams, February 6th 
    From Erik Novales: 

    We may as well just give them the keys to the city/cities/DFW metroplex. 

    Squeeze threw down another fabulous show at the Caravan of Dreams tonight, with a much larger crowd in attendance. (Apparently word spreads around here fast, as tonight's show sold out...) The venue cleared out the front area (which, yesterday, had been full of tables and chairs), and the place was quickly packed. Fortunately I was front-row, right of center... 

    (It's at this point at which I must apologize for being one of those mean, nasty, six-foot-tall people who stands at the front and blocks the view of everyone else. And, to make things even worse, I was wearing a HAT! 100 demerits! :) ) 

    Official setlist: 

     Slap and Tickle 
     Another Nail for My Heart 
     Domino 
     It's Over 
     Walk Away 
     Labelled with Love 
     Tempted 
     Up the Junction 
     This Summer 
     Melody Motel 
     To Be a Dad 
     If I Didn't Love You 
     Let the Good Times Roll 
     Take Me, I'm Yours 
     Little King 
     Third Rail 
     Is That Love? 
     Goodbye Girl (Guernsey again) 
     Pulling Mussels 

     1st encore: 
     Footprints -> Hourglass 

     2nd encore: 
     Annie Get Your Gun 
     Black Coffee in Bed 

    What actually happened...Slap and Tickle was the last song of the encore, If I Didn't Love You opened, and First Thing Wrong replaced If I Didn't Love You's place in the list above. Also, they only played one encore, of all those songs listed above (+ Slap and Tickle). 

    Apparently the band thought the stage invasion was a little wild on Friday, because Glenn cautioned the crowd about behaving. But, from my view, it was even more rowdy tonight...people kept cutting through the crowd to try, apparently, to get to the other side of the stage...?! They also had bouncers onstage for the stage invasion, which I don't think 
    they had on Friday... 

    Highlights: 

    1) Glenn introducing Chris H. on the drums...at which time Chris skittered over to the drumkit for a moment until Glenn realized his mistake. :) 

    2) The audience going positively wild before the encore... 

    3) The band seemed a bit more loose and relaxed tonight. 

    4) A nice introduction of the band by a DJ from the local radio station sponsoring the show. Minor, yes, but good to see Squeeze gettin' props from the disk jockeys... 

    5) The mix seemed better tonight, although it could be simply because I was in a much different spot. 

    6) Oh, umm, yeah, the whole damn show was brilliant. :) 

    Mishaps: 

    1) Glenn had minor guitar/pedal problems on a couple of songs. 

    2) During the stage invasion, it looked to me like several women were molesting poor Hilaire as he was throwing down the groove to Footprints (and indeed, through the rest of the encore)... 

    3) Somebody came up to me during the encore asking me if I was "Pete". Sorry, no... :) 

    From Gary Maxwell: 

    I attended Saturday night's show in Ft. Worth with a group of friends, and it was simply fantastic.  I didn't know about Mr. Difford's absense until that day, and I must admit that it squelched my enthusiam just a bit. However, Glenn and the band more than made up for Chris' absense.  The crowd loved every moment, and I personally wore out my voice in a vain effort to sing Chris' missing vocal parts at the top of my lungs.  I was especially pleased that the band played some tracks from their most recent albums and didn't just focus on "the hits"-- although they certainly played most of them, that's for sure.  I was also thrilled to pick up a CD copy of "Domino" for only $20, since I had just about resigned myself to spending $40 on the import version from CDnow (Note: Glenn mentioned that "Domino" will be released in the states in May). 

    All in all, a fantastic evening.  By the way, I think it's quite ironic that I saw a Chris-less Squeeze show back in 1992 in Dallas (and that one was great, too).  Thanks to Squeeze for a great night.

    From Michelle Heaney:

    Well, just about everything's been said regarding the shows at Caravan by now.  (Erik and Rob--couldn't find you guys--we should have planned a little better.)  Yes, the shows were ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC.  Just incredible.  Of course Chris was missed and I wish he could have been there, but Glenn et al were so outstanding, it was barely noticed that he wasn't present.  A more detailed Glenn fashion report:  Fri-deep purple twill shirt (not tucked in), tan pants, brown boots.  Sat-indigo blue silk shirt (not tucked in), creme pants, same brown boots.  I thought Glenn looked and sounded better than ever.   I got some great pictures Fri night--I was lucky enough to get a seat close up front.  Sat night was MOBBED in the joint.  They had moved away all the tables and chairs from the center for people to stand.  I got a table along the side close to the front, but visibility was extremely poor due to everyone standing. 

            Highlights: 
            -Getting up on stage Fri night during the encore of Footprints and fighting my way directly behind and to right of Glenn by the time Annie was played.  What an awesome feeling!  Sat night was just too jam packed everywhere. 
            -They played Labelled with Love both nights! 
            -Every single song just blew me away with how incredible it sounded. 

            Disappointments: 
            -Not coming out for "meet and greet" with fans either night.  Debs told me Fri night it's been rather grueling for them and they've just been getting back on the bus and going back to their hotel. 
            -Not playing Electric Trains or SFP. 
            -Just too many people crammed in on Sat--couldn't see too much! 
            -Only playing for 1 hour, 45 mins each night. 

    Overall, 2 fabulously excellent shows!!  Those of you attending the California and Arizona shows, enjoy--you are in for a huge treat!  To everyone else, I'm sure they'll be back! 


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