Monday, April 30, 2012

Photos: The English Beat & Squeeze @ Roseland Ballroom

Dave Wakeling of The English Beat
Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze
The English Beat & Squeeze @ Roseland Ballroom - April 28, 2012
Photos: Al & Carmela Gersbeck / Review: Carmela Gersbeck

While I admit that I went to Roseland to see Squeeze and didn't have a clue who The English Beat were, I have to say that they blew me away.  From their opening rendition of "Tears of a Clown," they made it clear that they were there to party and expected everyone in the audience to do so -- and party they did! The English Beat played with enthusiastic energy and the sold out crowd danced and sang for their entire performance. (We downloaded their greatest hits soon after.)

After a short intermission, Squeeze joined the stage and proceeded to play non-stop hits for 90 minutes.  Glenn Tilbrook was in fine form, sporting a beard and suit, and the band seemed to enjoy the response of an already warmed up crowd. There was an entertaining graphics display that changed with each song and what I enjoyed most was that they avoided turning their show into an audience sing-along of every hit. The only song in which they encouraged audience participation in towards the end was when they played "Tempted," and the audience enthusiastically sang the chorus.

All in all, a fine performance and excellent show.


The Roseland show was the last date on Squeeze's tour, and the only shows on the horizon are The Hampton Court Palace Festival in June and Cropredy Festival (both in England). The English Beat on the other hand have dates booked through the end of August. Check all tour dates below, along with a full set of photos shot by Al & Camela... 

The English Beat 2012 Tour Dates
May 04
Saint Rocke Hermosa Beach, CA
May 05 Mozambique Laguna Beach, CA
May 10 Dixon May Fair- With The Romantics Dixon, CA
May 11 Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA
May 12 Madhaus LBC Long Beach, CA
May 18 Avalon Ballroom Santa Clara, CA
May 26 Punkrock Bowling and Music Festival Las Vegas, NV
Jun 01 Belly Up Solana Beach, CA
Jun 02 Fiesta del Sol San Diego, CA
Jun 22 MotorCity Casino Hotel Detroit, MI
Jul 04 Palisades Charter High School Pacific Palisades, CA
Jul 15 Bay State Cruise Boston, MA
Jul 18 Sellersville Theater Sellersville, PA
Jul 19 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE
Jul 20 Stephen Talkhouse Amaganset, NY
Jul 27 Wiens Family Cellars Temecula, CA
Jul 29 The Hangar@ the O.C. Fair Costa Mesa, CA
Aug 23 Powerstation Auckland, New Zealand
Aug 25 Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia
Aug 26 The Glasshouse at the Cambridge Hotel Newcastle, Australia
Aug 29 Fowlers Live Adelaide, Australia
Aug 30 Corner Hotel Melbourne, Australia
Aug 31 The Zoo Brisbane, Australia
Sep 01 Astor Theatre Mount Lawley Wa, Australia


  1. Squeeze is playing on July 10 at MPAC in Morristown, NJ with the B-52s.