Concert Review: Squeeze with the B 52’s at the Bank of America Pavilion Boston
On the spur of the moment my 16 year old daughter and I decided to go and see Squeeze with the B 52’s at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston MA on July 11th. It was a great night to go and listen to two great bands right on Boston harbor at one of the best summertime venues. My original plan was to try and get in to the show for free, as I have on many occasions. But once we got to the venue I decided to see how much it would cost to get in. At only $25 a ticket, it was worth paying for.
Surprisingly the B 52’s were on first. I thought with there following and popularity that they would go on second. This is the third time I have seen the B 52’s over the past 15 years and they sounded great! Everyone around me was dancing and singing along from start to finish. From the first notes of "Hot Corner" to the last notes of "Rock Lobster" they were having fun with the crowd. Both Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson were in fine vocal form and Fred Schnieder sounded the same as he did back in the 80’s, great! With Keith Strickland taking the lead on guitar the Backing musicians were excellent.
Through the whole set list which included Mesopotamia, private Idaho, Lava, Give Me Back My Man,Funplex, Roam, 52 Girls, Love in the Year 3000, Too Much to Think About,Whammy Kiss,and Love Shack of course. The backing band was tight and did there jobs perfectly. They are no spring chickens but still had a lot of energy. The crowd was quite varied with some people dressed in outrageous costumes and others dressed like the just came from the office. It was a great show and I hope they come around as the headline act next time.
When Squeeze came out they broke right into "Take Me I'm Yours". This was only the second time I had seen Squeeze and I was disappointed that the band only had two original members, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook. The first time I saw them I think there was only one original member missing. It was good but after listening to the squeeze live album “around and a bout” over all these years I was disappointed in the song selection. I know bands like to promote the new album but this band has so many classic hits it was a little hard to listen to unknown songs.
It was still a decent show with a lot of excellent moments. The set list for Squeeze consisted of If I Didn't Love You, In Quintessence, Is That Love, Tommy, Top of The Form, Another Nail In My Heart, Melody Motel, Cool For Cats, Up the Junction, Honey Trap, Goodbye Girl, Bang Bang, Annie Get Your Gun, Hourglass, Pulling Mussels From the Shell, Tempted, Slap and Tickle and Black Coffee In Bed. The highlighted titles are the ones I am unfamiliar with.
Overall it was an nice night out on the harbor with two great bands that can still get it done. If I had to give a score it would be 3 out of 5 stars.