Daily Record 8th Febuary 2003

John Squire Live At King Tut's, Glasgow 7th February 2004


If this gig is anything to go by, the popularity of ex-Stone Roses quitarist John Squire is still going strong.

The gig sold out almost as soon as it went on sale, and full verse and chorus renditions of 'there's only one John Squire' from the fevered crowd went on almost all night.

Cool as ever, the youthful-looking Squire deflected any embarrassment by simply announcing 'that'll be me, then'.

Now on his second solo album since post-Roses band The Seahorses disbanded, John is still best known for his work over a decade ago. But the fans seem to be taking warmly to the new material, like the first album's title track Time Changes Everything and I Miss You. The new album Marshall's House might not be quite as good, but the likes of the breezy, jangling Summertime and the slower, more reflective Gas still received a good response.

But it was the Stone Roses' classics which saw the crowd go really crazy. Seemingly content with his own history, John's voice might sound a little out of place when compared to Ian Brown's, but his unique, incredibly emotive guitar playing was often the high point of Stone Roses' tunes. So songs such as Fool's Gold and Shoot You Down were among the live high-lights of the year. Hopefully the rumoured Roses' reunion will happen one day.

David Pollock

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