Squeeze – 6 October 2015 – live at De Montford Hall, Leicester

Squeeze – 6 October 2015 – live at De Montford Hall, Leicester

Is that love
Another Nail In My Heart
Electric Trains
Only Fifteen
Beautiful Game
Some Fantastic Place
The Truth
Elephant ride
Labelled With Love
Slap & Tickle
Black Coffee In Bed
Goodbye Girl
Cradle To The Grave
Harper Valley PTA
I Don’t Wanna Grow
Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)
Up The Junction

Snap, Crackle & Pop
Happy Days
Cool For Cats
Take Me I’m Yours

“Squeeze, the enduring British pop act whose songs have tenderly and wittily chronicled life and love stretching across four decades, are to play an extensive UK tour in the autumn – their first, as a band, for three years.

As well as a vast catalogue including hits such as Cools For Cats, Up The Junction and Tempted, it will include songs from forthcoming album From The Cradle To The Grave, which marks their first collection of new tracks since 1998.

Squeeze have long been a captivating live act with an array of chart hits – which also includes the likes of Take Me I’m Yours, Slap And Tickle and Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) – but for this tour there is a further treat with new tracks which will appear on From The Cradle To The Grave.

Support on the tour will come from poet and punk godfather Dr John Cooper Clarke, the bard of Salford.”

Here’s a review from the Leicester Mercury: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Review-Squeeze-John-Cooper-Clarke-Montfort-Hall/story-27940006-detail/story.html

“Squeeze are resurgent. Their first new studio album in 17 years, a soundtrack of songs from Danny Baker’s Cradle To Grave sitcom, gathers critical acclaim whilst the lead single from that album, Happy Days, finds itself getting regular airplay.

“The radio’s actually playing a new song of ours rather than an old one” exclaims (great) Glenn Tilbrook, now looking like an avuncular, ruddy faced farmer, during a four-song encore.

Yet, it would be foolish to suggest that the majority of the audience at De Montfort Hall want much more than a nostalgia trip on this wet Tuesday evening, writes Sean Tizzard.

Indeed, early in the two-hour set, there’s a propensity to play the obscure and the new which leaves punters restless and taking toilet breaks. It picks up later and predictably the biggest singalongs are reserved for without-chorus classics like [[Up The Junction]] and sad, country-tinged laments such as [[Labelled With Love]].

There’s an inordinate multitude of instruments on stage. Chris Difford almost manages to smile as he’s passed yet another guitar from his rack. Tilbrook moves to a Wurlitzer placed stage central. Slap ‘N Tickle registers as a set highlight as all six members of Squeeze stand in a line at the front of the stage with mandolin, bongos, guitars, double bass and accordion and proceed to folk up the proceedings.

Supporting Squeeze is Dr John Cooper Clarke. Looking more wiry and thinner than ever, he gets a warm response from a Leicester crowd seemingly well aware of his poetical picnic. The biggest whoops are saved for words that the ageing post-punk audience relate to; ‘bed blocker blues’, all about being in hospital when 60 plus gets knowing nods whilst many others chuckle quietly on his thoughts about weddings. “A wedding is a funeral where you can smell your own flowers”, states the Doctor.

A collection of impressive videos are projected on a screen behind Squeeze. During [[Goodbye Girl]], these images are old video clips and still photos of Difford, Tilbrook and all. You’re reminded of the uneasy tension that sometimes exists between these two old chums. But when Tilbrook’s soulful singing harmonises and merges with Difford’s gruffer, deeper spoken bass voice, you realise that there’s still a very special bond at play here.

Squeeze are still pulling mussels from their shells after all these years.”

Read more: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Review-Squeeze-John-Cooper-Clarke-Montfort-Hall/story-27940006-detail/story.html#ixzz3oGkuKobS
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