It was a sell out crowd at the Metro, the place was rammed and had a really nice atmosphere.
Dr John Cooper-Clarke opened and was hilarious. Having not seen him before I hadn’t realised quite how much his schtick is a blend of stand-up and poetry, done in a horse-racing-caller delivery. Priceless. Shame about the noise spill from the band next door, kind of spoiled it a bit making it a little harder to pay attention, and it needs your attention.
Following on from @SteveT back in 2016 (http://theafterword.co.uk/squeeze/) I think we might have got a similar show – opening with Please Be Upstanding and Hourglass, a fair few tracks off the most recent albums, and a canter through the hits. The band were rock solid, it sounded perfect….but….there was only Glenn Tilbrook from the old days. I know they’ve had a relatively stable line up for nearly 10 years and a couple of new albums, but… Difford “won’t fly”, the drummer looks a bit like Gilson (and he hits the skins bloody hard), but it still comes across as Glenn and a backing band.
I’d be guessing more than 90% were over 50s, with a small contingent of their kids from the looks of things.
It made me think..
“How many members of Squeeze need to be present to still be officially Squeeze?” and “I like your old stuff better than your new stuff”