Still playing with Squeeze - John is off with them to Japan for a tour at the end of
left to right: John Bentley, Glen Tilbrook, Steve Nieve, Gilson Lavis,
Bruce Thomas, Elvis Costello, Pete Thomas, Paul Carrack, Chris Difford
The pair met up years later in 1994 when John played with legendary Hull band THE RATS, at the
MICK RONSON Memorial Concert, at the Hammersmith Odeon.
Countless TV & Radio Shows all over the Globe including:-
JB has worked alongside many well known artistes over the years - including ELVIS COSTELLO * STING * PAUL CARRICK * & KEITH EMERSON
Soaking up the applause at the Filmore!
Living in Hull at age16 he took over the Higher Purchase payments on MICK RONSON's Statocaster
guitar and used it in his first band FLESH seen here at a concert in East Park, Hull in 1969.
The groups Bass Player TREVOR BOLDER went on to join THE SPIDERS FROM MARS!
John is well known for his unique approach and
inspirational ideas in the studio. He plays
several different instruments and is in demand
as a session musician. A dab hand at
production - John recently recorded several
trax for trendy Indie Band THE PICARDIE at his
own studio ....
Session Musician / Writer / Producer
John has also played with QUINTESSENCE * THE NASHVILLE TEENS * AKASHA
THE EARLY YEARS
During the 1990's John worked with BJ Cole in the TENDER MERCYS. The band opened up for TAMMY WYNETTE at Wembley Arena, and
backed GARTH BROOKS on TV during one of his early visits to the UK. JB also teamed up with JOOLS HOLLAND (again) when he
appeared as a special guest on THE TUBE
TOP OF THE POPS - SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - THE CHART SHOW - MTV - THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST - THE TUBE - and more recently -
NBC's THE LATE SHOW with JIMMY FALLON - THE AL MURRAY SHOW. THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW & GOOD MORNING AMERICA.
He headlined the Lugano Blues Festival In Switzerland with the BIG JIM SULLIVAN BAND.
JB toured the UK & Ireland in 1978 supporting the RAMONES playing guitar with the VIDEO KINGS
Originally joined as their bassist back in 1979. He played on the albums Argy Bargy ,
East Side Story, Sweets from a Stranger and the chart topping album 45's and
Under. The group split in 1983 and John re-joined them in 2007 - playing bass on all
their latest releases including Five Live, Live at the Filmore (thats the best one!),
Spot the Difference & several tracks on From the Cradle.
In 2007 Squeeze played at the Royal Albert Hall with an Orchestra conducted by Del
On their latest USA tour they played a sellout show at Radio City Music Hall in New
Since 2007 Squeeze have played to vast crowds of music fans at all the major UK
festivals including V Fest., The Isle of White Festival and Womad ...
He signed a record deal with Plane Groovy and
released a solo album exclusively on vinyl called
...based on a true story
photo Bebe Bentley
Squeeze / Elvis Costello & the Attractions
Born: 16/04/51 - did a bit of shopping
Instruments played: anything he could get his hands on
John continues to write/produce and can be seen playing live with his own band...
Flesh - Trevor Bolder,
John was a founder member of the FABULOUS POODLES and with
cult euro rockers BLOOD DONOR (pictured left at the Marquee)
Turn and Face the Strange is back by popular demand -
see Gigz page