Essential cover art, and phone numbers for venues and DVD news
Here's your peek at the cover art, thanks to Squeeze's online publicity folks. (Wow, I wrote, Squeeze as if it were an existing entity. Haven't done that in years.) Also courtesy them, is the following press release, with phone numbers of venues and a remindr that tickets go on sale Friday.
Key points from the press release: 1) Release date is April 30, so mark your calendars. 2) There will be an Essential Squeeze DVD release of their videos, which includes a full-length 1982 concert (since this originates from the UK, I'm guessing that the DVD will be in PAL format and not the US format) 3) Diff also has an album scheduled to come out in 2007.
** The Quintessential Tour starts November 27th, 2007 **
Tickets on sale Friday 16th March @ 9am
Legendary songwriters Squeeze are set to reunite this year for a series of very special live dates on The Quintessential Tour, their first live shows this century. Eight years since their last tour and almost 30 years on from the release of their eponymous debut album, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook's live return will see them perform a host of their classic pop gems including Cool For Cats, Take Me I'm Yours, Hourglass, Black Coffee In Bed, Slap & Tickle, Pulling Mussels (From The Shell), Up The Junction and many more.
The tour follows the upcoming album release of Essential Squeeze (Universal Music TV) on April 30th, the definitive hits collection (with two previously unreleased tracks) showcasing the very best of the bands 25 years contribution to the fine art of the pop single. Also released on the same day is the Essential Squeeze DVD, containing all their best pop promo videos (never before available on DVD), plus a full length live concert from 1982.
Since Squeeze originally disbanded, Difford has continued recording and is currently completing his second solo album provisionally titled Another Day Above Ground. The album will be released in the UK in the Summer 2007. On the live front, he is touring the USA for the first time in ten years with his acoustic trio during February and March. Difford will be undertaking a UK tour with his full electric band in May/June 2007 with a London date at The Jazz Cafe, Camden on 3 June 2007.
Tilbrook has been extensively touring the UK, America, Australia and Japan over the last 7 years. 2001 saw the release of his first solo album, The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook, 2004 the release of his 2nd critically acclaimed solo album Transatlantic Ping Pong. In 2006 came the release of a feature length documentary Glenn Tilbrook: One For The Road about life as a touring musician on the road in the US. Glenn is currently working with his band, The Fluffers, on his 3rd solo album due for release later this year.
Squeeze are as relevant today as they ever were with the likes of The View, The Feeling, Razorlight, Fountains of Wayne, Ron Sexsmith and Kasabian citing them as a major influence. Formed in South London in 1974, the band enjoyed revered success releasing acclaimed albums including Argybargy, Sweets From A Stranger, Frank and Ridiculous. They headlined Madison Square Gardens in New York in 1982 and toured relentlessly to rapturous crowds.
SQUEEZE - UK Concert Date
Tue 27 November SOUTHAMPTON GUILDHALL 023 8063 2601
Thu 29 November GLASGOW CARLING ACADEMY 0870 169 0100
Fri 30 November NEWCASTLE CITY HALL 0191 263 5000
Sat 1 December WOLVERHAMPTON CIVIC HALL 0870 320 7000
Mon 3 December BRISTOL COLSTON HALL 0117 922 3686
Tue 4 December LONDON HAMMERSMITH APOLLO 0870 606 3400
Fri 7 December MANCHESTER APOLLO 0161 832 1111
Sat 8 December LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC 0151 709 3789
£32.50 Regional. £35.00 for Hammersmith Apollo.
24hr CC Hotline: 0871 2200 260 / 0871 230 6230
Buy online: www.gigsandtours.com