South London’s favourite sons will return to what they do best this winter when Squeeze take to the road for their biggest UK tour in over 10 years! Having just got back from a sell-out US tour, the boys will invite their fans to “Spot The Difference” at 22 dates across the country, kicking off in Bournemouth on 14th November and concluding by coming home to play three separate London venues in four days.
Releasing their first EP – the cheekily titled ‘Packet Of Three’ - in 1977, Squeeze shot to fame thanks to the pithy ‘kitchen-sink’ lyrics and new wave guitar music that have since become their trademark. Having numbered Jools Holland and Paul Carrack within their ranks, and working with the likes of Elvis Costello and Velvet Underground’s John Cale, Squeeze became a fixture of the UK’s music scene over the course of their 13-album career, before splitting in 1998.
Despite tentatively reforming in 2007, Squeeze have so far refused to tread the well-worn reunion path by trading on their past glories, which have included hit singles on both sides of the Atlantic such as Cool For Cats, Tempted, Hourglass and Up The Junction. Instead they have gradually been re-establishing the informal live show that made them such favourites in the first place, their festival appearances and gigs to date honing the chemistry that saw co-founders and ever-presents Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook win an Ivor Novello and become dubbed ‘The New Lennon and McCartney’.
A massive influence on the likes of Lily Allen – who called them “pretty much my favourite band of all time” – Mark Ronson, The Feeling, Broken Bells, Nick Hornby and Andy Burrows (Razorlight, I Am Arrows), Squeeze are now playing like they never went away.
They are joined on this tour by fellow Squeeze favourite John Bentley, with the line-up completed by Glenn’s solo bandmate Simon Hanson on drums. Although Stephen Large has toured with the band since 2007 – notably
playing the keyboard solo for ‘Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)’ on an iPad on a recent US TV performance – he is now
taking a sabbatical to be MD for Duffy's band. So Squeeze are proud to welcome their old friend Steve Nieve back into the fold. As well as appearing on several Squeeze albums, he was formerly a long time member of Elvis Costello’s band The Attractions, and is already a key part of Squeeze’s most able line up yet – Glenn commented
"we now welcome with open arms and baited breath the incredibly talented Steve Nieve, who joins a long list of pianists that have joined Squeeze for a second time. Both I and my colleagues in Squeeze are dead chuffed."
This set of dates will cap an exhilarating 2010 for the Squeeze boys. In March they had the site of their first ever gig in Greenwich commemorated by a PRS for Music Heritage Award, one of only a few bands to receive this honour alongside Blur and Dire Straits, and in October they were awarded with the PPL / Radio Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, joining the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Gary Barlow and Trevor Horn. Meanwhile the summer found them playing to their fans in the USA – Squeeze having long made a mockery of the belief that English bands cannot travel across the pond. Both continue to gig separately as well. Glenn is currently working on his fourth solo record with old friends Nine Below Zero, while Chris has also been busy with his new album ‘Cashmere If You Can’, which saw a release this summer through the innovative new Saturday Morning Music Club label.
Glenn Tilbrook continues to be involved with the Love Hope Strength Foundation, and this year trekked to the summit of Mount Fuji, following previous expeditions to the top of Kilimanjaro and Base Camp at Everest. LHS will have a stand at each of Squeeze’s shows to spread information on the music-centric charity’s work fighting cancer.
With their new album ‘Spot The Difference’ Squeeze have successfully recaptured the vigour of their performances first time round, inspiring Chris and Glenn to set aside some time early next year to start writing the first new Squeeze material in over a decade.
More than 30 years after ‘Packet Of Three’, will Squeeze fans be able to spot the difference? Certainly not if the infectious enthusiasm that the band still bring to their live shows is anything to go by!
Sunday 14TH November Bournemouth O2 Academy
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