An Evening of Fun High Energy music with The Psychedelic Furs & Squeeze

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The Psychedelic Furs at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ on October 10th, 2023

Review and Photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Danny Zelisko Presents (https://www.dannyzeliskopresents.com/ )
Venue: Celebrity Theatre (https://celebritytheatre.com/ )
Date: Tuesday October 10th, 2023

Following the punk movement in the 70s, came a set of new bands that were part of the British new wave movement in the late 70s.  This sound was back to the classic rock & roll style of the late 60s and early 70s.  Two of the premier bands that were part of the British new wave were The Psychedelic Furs & Squeeze.  After over 40 years these two band still rock and the audience at tonight show really enjoyed them.  The new wave style consisted on a rhythm section with a strong baseline and driving percussion that provides the heart pound rhythm for all of the songs.

If you grew up in the era when MTV actually played music videos, then you will be familiar with this style of music.  If you get the chance to see both The Psychedelic Furs & Squeeze perform together, I would highly recommend it.  They are entertaining and the music is just fun.


The Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ on October 10th, 2023

The Psychedelic Furs are an English rock band founded in London in February 1977. Led by lead vocalist Richard Butler and his brother Tim Butler on bass guitar, the Psychedelic Furs are one of the many acts spawned from the British post-punk scene and considered part of the new-wave rock movement.  The current lineup consists of lead singer Richard Butler, bassist Tim Butler, drummer Zachary Alford, guitarist Rich Good, Keyboardist Amanda Kramer and saxophonist Mars Williams.

After Squeeze, The Psychedelic Furs had a lot to live up to.  They did it and even more.  Between lead singer Richard Butler and saxophonist Mars Williams, they extruded an energy that was infectious.  From the very first song, the audience was on their feet and dancing along.

The Psychedelic Furs at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ on October 10th, 2023

They started the show with “Into Like a Train” which is a fast-moving song got the audience rocking.  They did not let up as they moved into “Mr. Jones”.  Finally, they slowed it down a little with “Heaven”.  The Psychedelic Furs are best known for their song “Pretty in Pink” which was the theme song for John Hughes classic 80s movie of the same name.  Tonight’s performance was a mix of all of their classic songs from most of their albums.  They ended the show with their hit, Heartbreak Beat”.

Check out The Psychedelic Furs on their social media sites and see if they are coming to a city near you.  You will not be disappointed.

The Psychedelic Furs Social Media sites:
Website: https://thepsychedelicfurs.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/psychedelicfurs/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pfurs/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/PsychedelicFursVEVO


The Psychedelic Furs

Photos by Fred Kuhlman 2023, All Rights Reserved


Squeeze

Squeeze at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ on October 10th, 2023

Squeeze was never a chart-topping band in the US.  They did much better in England.  However, they are a fan favorite when it comes to performing live.  This is the first time I had seen Squeeze live and I have to say they were great.  The energy they had on stage was infectious and the audience was standing most of the set.

They started the show with “Take Me I’m Yours” that has a strong bassline.  One of my favorite songs was “What Have They Done?”.  It is a pop song that just makes you want to get up and dance to it.  After 18 songs and 80 plus minutes of energetic songs we were just getting started for the night.

You can see if Squeeze is coming to a city near you on their website or Facebook page.

Squeeze Social Media sites:
Website: https://www.squeezeofficial.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squeezeofficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/squeezeogram/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/SqueezeOfficial


Squeeze

Photos by Fred Kuhlman 2023, All Rights Reserved



The Psychedelic Furs Setlist:                        (Album)
Into You Like a Train                                       (Talk Talk Talk)
Mr. Jones                                                         (Talk Talk Talk)
Heaven                                                            (Mirror Moves)
You’ll Be Mine                                                (Made of Rain)
Wrong Train                                                    (Made of Rain)
President Gas                                                  (Forever Now)
The Ghost in You                                            (Mirror Moves)
In My Head                                                     (World Outside)
Pretty in Pink                                                  (Talk Talk Talk)
No‐One                                                           (Made of Rain)
This’ll Never Be Like Love                               (Made of Rain)
Sister Europe                                                   (The Psychedelic Furs)
Heartbeat                                                         (Mirror Moves)
Love My Way                                                  (Forever Now)
Heartbreak Beat                                              (Midnight to Midnight)


Squeeze Setlist:                                              (Album)
Take Me I’m Yours                                          (Squeeze)
Hourglass                                                        (Babylon and On)
Up the Junction                                               (Cool for Cats)
Here Comes That Feeling                               (Argybargy)
What Have They Done?                                 (Excess Moderation)
If I Didn’t Love You                                        (Argybargy)
Another Nail in My Heart                               (Argybargy)
Vanity Fair                                                      (East Side Story)
Slap & Tickle                                                  (Cool for Cats)
Electric Trains                                                 (Ridiculous)
Goodbye Girl                                                  (Cool for Cats)
Annie Get Your Gun                                       (45’s and Under (Single))
Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)                    (Argybargy)
Tempted                                                          (East Side Story)
Cool for Cats                                                   (Cool for Cats)
Black Coffee in Bed                                        (Sweets From a Stranger)
Is That Love                                                    (East Side Story)
Black Coffee in Bed (Reprise)                         (Sweets From a Stranger)

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