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In celebration of the superb back catalogue that Messrs Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford have amassed over their forty five years as the ever present backbone of Squeeze the pair came to the South-East coast to entertain a packed out Leas Cliff Hall. 'The Difford And Tilbrook Songbook 2019' tour sees them on great form, playing with a full, extremely accomplished, band and very special guests, Heaven 17. Poignantly, as we fast approach the general election and the festive period, the tour is supporting the UK's biggest food bank charity The Trussel Trust. (Donations at Glenn Tilbrook's solo gigs have exceeded 3.5 tonnes since they began in 2018).
With a wealth of songs to play and an enthusiastic crowd itching to hear them it was no wonder that the evening started a little earlier than most so that Heaven 17 could begin the night with a chic slice of Electronic nostalgia. Martyn Ware, attired in a neon green shirt, shimmering suit and sporting his customary slicked back hair and Glenn Gregory, dressed head to toe in black and having long since lost his golden locks, played out a succinct set of '80's floor fillers to the delight of the audience. In the eight track set they went from, 'Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry' into a politically charged, '(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang' and onto the biggest surprise of the night, 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling'. The "Heaven 17 version of The Human League's version" as Gregory put it, got the crowd singing along and helped to pump up the atmosphere. Ware and Gregory, aided by Kelly and Rachel on backing vocals, then delivered their biggest song; their number two in charts from 1983, 'Temptation'. Rather aptly, giving a further nod back to the hedonistic '80's, it was given an extended remix, with Kelly in particular hitting the high notes.
Squeeze took to the Leas Cliff stage equally, if not even more, elegantly dressed than their predecessors. Difford and Tilbrook were both in smart suits, Chris wearing some very snazzy two-tone spectator brogues that wouldn't have been out of place in The Great Gatsby.(Forty five years in he's obviously no longer the cheeky chappy he once was but now more of a regal cross between Martin Scorsese and Ronnie Barker) They were quickly about their work with two tracks from '87's 'Babylon And On', 'Footprints' and 'Hourglass' sandwiching 85's 'Big Beng'.
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Squeeze changed the lyrics to song ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ while appearing on The Andrew Marr Show where Cameron was also a guest.
British band Squeeze sent a clear message to Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday’s edition of the ‘Andrew Marr Show’ when they changed song lyrics to criticise the ‘destruction of the welfare state’. The band appeared as the musical guests on the programme, which also featured Cameron giving his traditional new year interview.
Squeeze’s Chris Difford
When the band performed new song ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’, founding member Glenn Tilbrook sang a different version of the final verse as Cameron watched on. ‘I grew up in council housing, Part of what made Britain great, There are some here who are hellbent, On the destruction of the welfare state.’
Chris Difford - Squeeze performing on their 'Cradle to the Grave Tour' in Cambridge at Corn Exchange - Cambridge, United Kingdom - Friday 16th October 2015
It's got to the point now that I almost feel obliged to provide a bio when talking about Squeeze, the South London band who provided much of the new wave's most palatable moments. Formed in 1974 at the height of the pub rock era, childhood friends Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford had alongside them in their first incarnation one Jools Holland, and undoubtedly it was the period before his eventual departure in 1980 which saw most of their finest moments.
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4/5 Chris McNally on the Wurlitzer Piano and Engineering and Carly Dexter-Fry, Sal Ridsdale and Suzanne Tilbrook si… https://t.co/gulDFjvGSx
3/5 Featuring Louis Tilbrook on Drums, Myself on Bass and vocals, Leon Tilbrook on Rhythm Guitar, Wesley Tilbrook o… https://t.co/5j7ft3OkHf
2/5 We had a fun socially distanced live session at 45 R.P.M. Studios in glorious Charlton and Carly Dexter-Fry has… https://t.co/88uLWyQ1ea
1/5 This weeks cover is ‘Everyday People’, originally by Sly & the Family Stone. A song that’s sadly as pertinent n… https://t.co/zF8iRJZu3a
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1/2 Glenn Tilbrook - Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell cover) Hello yous, this weeks cover is a version of Jimmy Webb… https://t.co/GAm33TD6ee
5/5 We are sad not to see you all this summer but very much look forward to seeing you next year. Until we can en… https://t.co/Qn2Dkvcrlg
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3/5 We will let you all know the rescheduled dates as soon as we have them. All our own headline shows that were s… https://t.co/n7Gx2Pzdjl
2/5 ... “through the end of July are being rescheduled to summer 2021. We hope to announce these dates shortly an… https://t.co/o4AeGvUmIk
1/5 Please find below an announcement by Daryl Hall & John Oates about their summer 2020 dates that we are special… https://t.co/KqPTBhsXMX
7/7 Until next week, love Glenn xx https://t.co/azwipAKO1n
6/7 Here are some links again this week to fantastic organisations helping to feed people who are in need. USA:… https://t.co/5OJFgvSLTC
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4/7 The drums are delivered by the wonderful Louis Tilbrook, engineering as ever by Captain Chris McNally, and this… https://t.co/QfrTXR0SvA
3/7 I could have picked any song from this album but I chose ‘I Must Be In A Good Place Now’, for it’s melancholy c… https://t.co/ZRrQIuxdht
2/7 The album from which this song is drawn, the eponymous Bobby Charles, has become one of my favourite records wi… https://t.co/RZvypt7KSF
1/7 I am indebted to Barney Hoskyn’s wonderful book ‘Small Town Talk’ for introducing me to the writer of this week… https://t.co/hSP3TQ0nWJ