Thursday, December 2, 2010

Postcard from the stage

Birmingham's Symphony Hall has perfect acoustics. This means it's a fantastic venue for classical music. It doesn't mean pop music should not be heard there; although the plush auditorium can have a restraining influence on the crowd.

The last time I saw Chris Difford, he was playing an intimate gig in an organic garden centre/cafe. So to find him reunited with Squeeze in grand surroundings was quite a contrast. In a good way. All the classics (my photo captured Difford and Tilbrook during the nostalgia of 'Pulling Mussels from the Shell') and a few new songs made for a great gig. There's been yet another change to the line up and the fantastic Steve Nieve on keyboards, for me, stole the show.

The popularity of the old songs is testament to the quality of the songwriting. Living up to the reputation of Symphony Hall was testament to the musical talent on stage. Good things come out of Greenwich...

2 comments:

Timberati said...

K,

Glad to see you're posting. I realize that I'm a dinosaur. I'll just go over here and listen to my 8-track...

postcardsfromk said...

I do still play my cassette tapes occasionally, Norm. Squeeze first came to my attention in about 1979 and the music isn't sounding too dated even if the technology I listen to it on has changed a little!

K