SQUEEZE – LIVE AT ULSTER HALL 4.9.2016

80s Pop Legends Glenn and Chris popped into Belfast last Sunday to perform at Ulster Hall.

Not that Glenn and Chris. Obviously, Glenn Hoddle was in Trnava commentating on the England match for ITV.

No, this Glenn and Chris is Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford from Squeeze, one of those bands who you know more songs than you realise.

They entered the stage unremarkably, Tilbrook strolling onstage playing a bluesy guitar solo before launching into Hourglass, with the saxophone bits being replaced by organs.

Squeeze are back after a 17 year absence, returning in 2015 with a new album, Cradle To The Grave. The title track, was the theme tune to the BBC 1 Sitcom of the (almost) same name.

As a side note, if you haven’t seen Cradle To Grave, you really should. It’s based on Danny Baker’s autobiography. If Danny Baker is involved in something, you know it’s going to be brilliant.

That song went down well with the audience, as did the song that followed it, a cover of Harper Valley PTA.

After Tilbrook hogging the microphone, it was Chris Difford’s turn in the spotlight, singing their signature song which he sang lead vocals on, Cool For Cats.

During the performance, the LED screen on the stage had visuals to sync up with the lyrics, including a newspaper clipping of a 14 year old Glenn Tilbrook being suspended from school for having long hair.

A lot of the songs had slight changes to them, compared with the recorded version.

Tempted began with Glenn Tilbrook performing solo at a piano, with the audience clapping along where there should have been a drum beat before performing the song as it is known.

Clapping seemed to be a theme throughout the show, and dancing. A lot of clapping along and dancing.

Unsurprisingly, all the big hits were performed – Is That Love?, Pulling Mussels From A Shell, Labelled With Love, Another Nail In My Heart and Up The Junction.

For the encore, they performed Black Coffee In Bed, which is what a lot of the audience were looking forward to by this point, literally, and then finished where it all began, by performing Take Me I’m Yours, their first hit single.

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