(ed: i have come down with a bad case of gig-envy – i am a ‘yuuge!’ uk squeeze fanboy..some of the best lyric-writers in the business..)
These days it’s a welcome sight to see veteran acts whose original members are on good terms.
Of course, it’s even better when these old friends continue touring together — as in the case of U.K. pop enthusiasts Squeeze – whose ‘Join the Dots’ tour wrapped in recent weeks.
During the band introduction portion of the act’s November 24 concert at the Goodyear Theater in Akron Ohio – vocalist/guitarist Chris Difford casually mentioned that he and the group’s other principal songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Glenn Tilbrook have known each other for 45 years.
The comment came near the end of an ebullient marathon concert that illustrated Squeeze’s ageless energy and piquant catalog.
The group emerged in the late ’70s as riotous post-punks with a knack for melodic pop irreverence – jaunty keyboard accents and slice-of-life lyrics.
As the years progressed Squeeze shape-shifted through many styles and iterations – finding the biggest U.S. chart success with the brisk, horn-bolstered hit ‘Hourglass’ from 1987’s ‘Babylon and On’ LP.
In Akron that tune was an exuberant blast – its acrobatic chorus loads of motor-mouthed fun.
In fact unbridled joy was a theme of the concert.