Billy Squier: Rock Star at the Grove of Anaheim
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The last date listed for Billy Squier was Wednesday September 23, 2009 / 8:30pm.
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I'm a huge fan of Billy Squier and was really looking forward to this show. But he came on staged and apologized "ahead of time" for not wanting to play any of his hits. He played songs from all of his albums. It was sad to see so many people walking out.
Multi-platinum rock vocalist/guitarist Billy Squier will perform at the Grove of Anaheim. Squier is best known for his string of smash hits in the ‘80s, including “The Stroke” and “Rock Me Tonight.”
Though he learned piano at a young age, Billy Squier wasn’t serious about music until seeing Eric Clapton in the late ‘60s which inspired him to dedicate his life to performing. He played with a string of bands in the ‘70s before signing with Capitol Records to release his solo debut, Tale of the Tape, in 1980. His second album Don’t Say No (1981) became a smash, with the lead single “The Stroke” becoming a worldwide hit, hitting the Top 20 in the U.S. “In The Dark” and “My Kinda Lover” were successful follow-up singles and Don’t Say No reached the Top 5, lasting well over two years on Billboard’s album chart and selling nearly 4 million copies. His third album, Emotions in Motion (1982) birthed another major hit with “Everybody Wants You,” and in 1984 Squier released his fourth album, Signs of Life which marked his third consecutive platinum release. Squier continued to record music throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, releasing Hear & Now (1989), Creatures of Habit (1991), Tell the Truth (1993) and Happy Blue (1998) before taking a break.
Recently, Billy Squier has toured with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band and performed at the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame to raise money for educational programs. His song “The Big Beat” has been sampled by hip-hop artists Jay Z (“99 Problems”) and his song “Lonely Is the Night” is featured on the game Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s. In 2008, he recorded his first new collection of songs since Happy Blue’s release. 2009 marks his first major solo tour since 1991.