South-London legends Squeeze have announced an extensive run of UK dates kicking off on Oct 7th 2017 at Birmingham Symphony Hall and ending on Nov 6th at the Royal Albert Hall. This follows the success of their North American tour in 2016 and the incredible reception to their latest album Cradle To The Grave. The band are currently working on a new album for 2017.
Chris Difford tells us “I’m excited to say Squeeze are planning a new album release and a UK tour for 2017. As I put pencil to paper to write some ideas for the next album I have to say how confident I am about our bands future. I’m excited that Nine Below Zero are opening up for us as they’re a band I have a huge amount of respect for. At last something to look forward to in 2017!”
The band has long been a captivating live act, and last year triumphed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury with The Guardian saying they “[went] down a storm… Squeeze’s success is a pretty infectious thing”.
As well as a vast catalogue including hits such as Cool For Cats, Up The Junction and Tempted, they also have Cradle To The Grave to draw on, their first collection of new tracks since 1998. This album marked the complete and, frankly, triumphant reintegration of the masterful song writing axis of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, in a beautifully-observed series of fond vignettes about childhood, growing up and the absurdities of the ride through life we’re all on.
The live band now features a six-piece line up with Chris and Glenn joined by Simon Hanson (drums), Lucy Shaw (bass), Stephen Large (keyboards) and Melvin Duffy (guitar and various instruments).
Support on the tour comes from Nine Below Zero. Since their formation in 1977 the band have carved out a strong reputation as a live band. Their latest album 13 Shades Of Blue (2016) features a horn section, keyboards, violin and backing vocalists which Get Ready To Rock see as “them evolving into a full blown big band who tackle the kind of soulful, funk and blues related influences that have made them an enduring and cutting edge band”.
TOUR DATES 2017
|Sat 7th||Symphony Hall Birmingham|
|Mon 9th||Theatre Milton Keynes|
|Tue 10th||St David’s Hall Cardiff|
|Thu 12th||Dome Brighton|
|Fri 13th||Colston Hall Bristol|
|Sat 14th||De Montfort Leicester|
|Mon 16th||Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth|
|Tue 17th||G Live Guildford|
|Thu 19th||Regent Theatre Ipswich|
|Fri 20th||Royal Concert Hall Nottingham|
|Mon 23rd||Hexagon Theatre Reading|
|Tue 24th||Cliffs Pavilion Southend|
|Thu 26th||City Hall Sheffield|
|Fri 27th||Corn Exchange Cambridge|
|Sat 28th||IC Harrogate|
|Mon 30th||Bridgewater Hall Manchester|
|Tue 2nd||Sage 1 Gateshead|
|Fri 3rd||Royal Concert Hall Glasgow|
|Sat 4th||Philharmonic Hall Liverpool|
|Mon 6th||Royal Albert Hall London|
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