Opening band The English Beat hit the stage running. This high energy upbeat performance would make you think this was a young group but really they been around many years in fact since the late 70s. Their music is crossed with pop, ska, punk rock and reggae. Starting off with “Rough Rider” a reggae style ska beat had the place jumping. Leading into “The Tears of a Clown” a crowd favorite. At one point singer Ranking Roger grabbed a cellphone from a fan and video himself as he sang a song. It was certainly a highlight for this lucky fan. The set consisted of 17 songs with most of their hits ending the set with “Mirror in the Bathroom” which left the crowd wanting more from them as they exited off the stage.
As the members of Squeeze entered the stage cheers from the crowd increased as they started to play. The set started off with Hour Glass which all the fans picked up on and sung along. Next up was “Nirvana” a somewhat melodic tune from there Cradle to the Grave album. On to the next song “Is that Love” a classic song which brought back memories for many in the crowd. The whole night was packed with many hits that all could remember with a total of 23 songs. Ending the night with “Black coffee in bed” and “Take Me I’m yours”.
Squeeze a British band formed back in the early 70s and lasted up until the early 80s when they broke up to until 1985 when they reformed again. They tour for a while until they called it quits again in 1999. Around 2007 the band reform to do some tours around the US and United Kingdom and have not stopped. A new remastered album merged in 2007 Spot the Difference and in October of 2015 the release of Cradle to the Grave.
If you are a fan of “Squeeze” and “The English Beat” I would suggest getting a ticket and enjoy a fun filled night.
The English Beat: http://englishbeat.net/