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Effortlessly proving that they’re getting better with age, the Squeeze core of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook fronted what was at truly remarkable concert, played before a packed-to-the-rafters audience. ‘We’ve not played in Hull for a very long while,’ Glenn lamented, ‘so we’re glad to be back!’

Touring in support of their latest album, “From the Cradle to the Grave,” the first “all new” recorded output for almost twenty years, Squeeze wasted no time in launching into a high-energy set of songs spanning their entire four-decades-long career. Glenn, as usual, stood stage-centre, taking on the bulk of vocal duties, though he was more than happy to “hand over” to Chris when it came to “Cool for Cats,” an offbeat pop song like no other, a true British classic. No sooner had Chris started crooning, and a huge handful of people jumped from their seats and surged towards the stage: standard Squeeze show protocol. Dancing whilst singing along, the suddenly uprooted crowd had no intention of moving as Chris and Glenn powered on, presenting melody-drenched anthems such as “Tempted,” “Up the Junction” and “Labelled with Love.”

Armed with a four-piece band, Chris and Glenn were in perfect company, the resultant sound as vibrant as could be. Above them, arty videos accompanied each song on a big screen, transforming the event into a multimedia audio-visual experience like few others, a selection of videos featuring photos and snippets of live footage culled from their heyday in the late seventies and eighties. It’s hard to believe that Jools Holland once played keyboards for the band.

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‘Chris and I have known each other for forty-three years,’ declared Glenn, audibly surprised that they’d made it through so many ups and downs. It’s impossible to deny that the music industry is all the better for their enduring partnership… a partnership that will hopefully continue to spawn even more albums in the near future.

Returning to the stage for a four-song encore, they graciously bowed out with a superb version of “Take Me, I’m Yours,” audience applause sending the institution that is Squeeze scurrying off on a high.


(Steve Rudd)


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