SQUEEZE and PAUL HEATON
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ANY fears that this would be just another greatest hits stage show by a band going through the motions were dispelled from the moment Squeeze came on stage.
Chris Difford and Glenn Tillbrook, often mentioned in the same breath as Lennon and McCartney and the Davies brothers, are writing together again.
And the new material sounds terrific.
News songs including Tommy and From The Cradle To The Grave were outstanding and well received by an audience of devoted fans.
But, of course, there was plenty of room for the older material to show its excellence.
The current Squeeze line-up of Difford and Tillbrook, John Bentley (bass), Stephen Large (keyboards) and Simon Hanson (drums) did full justice to songs which ranged from the early punkish stomp of Bang Bang through Some Fantastic Place and Hourglass to the newest material.
Highlights included Up The Junction of course, Pulling Mussels, Cool For Cats and an acoustic section that gave a new life to some familiar tunes.
They closed with an acoustic Goodbye Girl, walking out through an audience that had been treated by a night of magnificent music.
Earlier, former Housemartin and Beautiful Souther Paul Heaton proved to be a stellar warm-up act.
Songs old and new, punctuated by plenty of banter, meant this was one warm-up act that would have been worth the trip to Plymouth on its own.