Squeeze - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool 4th November 2017

Photo credit - Gary Gilmurray
Photo credit - Gary Gilmurray

From the moment Squeeze took to the stage of the majestic Philharmonic Hall, you knew you were in for a great night. The band emerged to a capacity crowd, opening with Please Be Upstanding, taken from their new album The Knowledge, before ripping into their classic Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)

Patchouli, from the new album was up next, before the brass section from the wonderful support band, Nine Below Zero(NBZ), appeared for a rousing rendition of Hourglass and two new songs A&E and Rough Ride. A lively version of Annie Get Your Gun got the audience singing, before launching into another newbie, Innocence In Paradise. At the end Chris Difford mentioned Glenn Tilbrook was suffering from a cold, garnering much sympathy from the audience. Two songs from their previous album were played (Cradle To The Grave and Nirvana), but old favourites Cool For Cats and Another Nail In My Heart got everyone up on their feet.

Photo credit - Gary Gilmurray

After two more new songs (Departure Lounge and Albatross), the drummer, keyboardist and percussionist joined the others at the front for a well-received Take Me I’m Yours, before resuming their positions for a sublime Tempted And Wicked And Cruel, the latter from Difford and Tilbrook’s 1984 non-Squeeze album. 

Goodbye Girl and Up The Junction had the crowd roaring at the top of the voices, and with the masterful playing of NBZ’s harmonica player on Labelled With Love, you knew you were in the presence of greatness. Front man Dennis Greaves from NBZ assisted on an extended and guitar-fuelled Slap And Tickle, before finally reaching the encore of Is That Love and a near fifteen minute version of Black Coffee In Bed; the latter including a noisy rendition of Happy Birthday especially for Chris.

Like an old wine, Squeeze get better with age. The newer material sat comfortably between the old, and the addition of new bass player and percussionist made for great accompaniment to main protagonists Difford and Tilbrook. So was it a great night? Heck, yeah...

Find out more at www.squeezeofficial.com and check out the video for Patchouli taken from the new album The Knowledge below.

Gary Gilmurray