British New Wave band Squeeze played a very fun show at the Goodyear Theater in Akron on Black Friday. Two co-founding members of the band, Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford have reassembled the band and they are currently supporting their latest record called The Knowledge which was released in October.
Difford and Tilbrook started Squeeze in 1972 just outside of London and have had several members in the band over that forty five year period. The current incarnation includes: Simon Hanson (drums), Stephen Large (keyboards), Steve Smith Jr. (percussion) and Yolanda Charles (bass).
The band sounded very tight, yet loose enough to still have fun on stage. On “Hourglass” Tilbrook really showed his guitar skills at the end of the song as he played some impressive licks on this black Telecaster.
Who knew this guy could shred?
A large video screen was placed behind the band and was effectively used throughout the show. Before “Rough Ride” Tilbrook mentioned that this song had “an opera singer and a children’s choir” and both were displayed during the tune.
During “Annie Get Your Gun,” about a dozen fans made their way to the front of the stage to dance in a makeshift pit. However after the song, security ushered those fans back to their seats. After a couple of songs were played, Difford mentioned that “Our policy is that you are welcome to dance if you want!” Which garnered a loud cheer from the fans.
Difford took over lead vocal duties on “Cool For Cats” while Tilbrook sang lead on the rest of the tunes.
A great version of “Take Me I’m Yours” saw the entire band take center stage. Large brought out an accordion, Smith played a bongo and other percussion and Hanson played a snare while the other three members played their respective instruments. You could tell that the band was have a great time, as was the audience.
Everyone remained on their feet as the band launched into perhaps their biggest hit “Tempted.”
The set ended with “If I Didn’t Love You” and “Slap and Tickle.”
After a brief exit from the stage, the band returned to encore with “Is That Love” and the great “Black Coffee In Bed.” This time security couldn’t stop the dozens of fans from coming to the front of the stage to sing along with the band. Tilbrook extended the song and took that opportunity to introduce the band and say that “I am truly happy to be right here playing with this band” as grins spread across the face of every band member.
It really was a fun show, full of great music and great musicians.
Cleveland native Brent Kirby opened the show with a 40 minute set of acoustic originals.