Cheap Trick and Squeeze could have played it safe last night, sticking with their hits or pulling from their most recent albums. Instead, both bands selected songs for their sets at House of Blues that smartly spanned their careers and rewarded longtime fans.
Cheap Trick started the show (it’s a co-headlining tour, with the bands switching off nightly) with “Weight of the World.”
Singer Robin Zander still looks like a rock star, wearing sunglasses throughout most of the show and blinding the audience with a voice that hasn’t changed much over the years. Guitarist Rick Nielsen continually ran across the stage, while bassist Tom Petersson grinned from ear to ear. (Nielsen’s son played drums, since Bun E. Carlos is taking a break from this tour.) It's hard to believe they've been doing this for 35 years.
Highlights included “Borderline,” “Downed,” “Magical Mystery Tour,” and “The Ballad of TV Violence.”
Squeeze were sharply dressed and ready to rock. Like Zander, frontman Glen Tilbrook's vocals are still spot-on, especially when he sang harmonies with guitarist Chris Difford.
The band played some rarely heard songs during its set, including “When the Hangover Strikes,” "It’s So Dirty,” and “Hope Fell Down."
They saved some of their most popular songs for last, ending the show with “Tempted” and “Pulling Mussels.” —Karen Laney
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