Squeeze & John Cooper Clarke in AUSTRALIA

Tue 15 Aug, 2017

Tour dates & tickets: Squeezeofficial.com/shows

South-London legends Squeeze have announced a run of Australian & Asian dates for 2018, kicking off at the Tivoli in Brisbane on April 26th and heading through to Macpherson Stadium in Hong Kong on May 8th. The line-up will feature founder member Glenn Tilbrook, long-standing touring members Stephen Large & Simon Hanson, and the new addition of bassist Yolanda Charles and Steve Smith on percussion.

The band are currently in the studio recording the follow up to 2015’s critically acclaimed ‘Cradle to the Grave’ which was written as a soundtrack to Danny Baker’s BBC TV sitcom ‘Cradle To Grave’ (starring Peter Kay).

Yolanda, an accomplished session musician who has toured with the likes of Paul Weller, Eric Clapton and Hans Zimmer tells us “I’m so excited to be invited to play with Squeeze. The guys were a pleasure to record the new album with and I know playing the live shows will be a fantastic experience.”

Steve, lead singer of Grammy award-winning electronica act Dirty Vegas, has previously supported Glenn Tilbrook on tour and has a deep personal connection with the band’s music, saying “I don’t know how many musicians get the chance of a lifetime to join the very first band that they ever went to see in concert. I was fifteen went I first saw this band, now I get to be part of an incredible line up, who are not only great musicians but lovely human beings too.”

Squeeze first formed in 1973, shortly after Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook had begun their songwriting partnership, brought together by an ad in a sweetshop window. By 1977 they had made their recording debut and enjoyed a string of hits which lasted until 1982, the maturity of their songs outliving their initial burst of chart activity on the back of New Wave. Over the years there have been solo careers and occasional separations, but the Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriting duo Chris and Glenn reunited ten years ago to relaunch Squeeze and have been touring, writing and recording together since.

Live review quotes:

Difford and Tilbrook deliver a rousing reminder of their talent for tuneful and touching glimpses of everyday life. ****” – The Guardian

“A crowd on their feet sang back new songs as though they were decades-old classics. *****” –The Times

2018 tour dates:
Thurs 26th April 2018 – Tivoli, Brisbane
Fri 27th April 2018 – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Sat 28th April 2018 – Forum, Melbourne
Mon 30th April 2018 – The Gov, Adelaide
Tues 1st May 2018 – Astor Theatre, Perth