BY JAMES TWOMEY
Up The Junction legends, Squeeze, are making a one-night special homecoming appearance as part of their latest tour in November.
The Difford And Tilbrook Songbook 2019 will be heading to The Indigo at the O2 Arena in Greenwich. Songwriting duo Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford formed their partnership in Greenwich when Difford left an advert in a Blackheath shop window.
The tour will see the Greenwich legends play their extensive list of hits, as well as some rare, lesser-known gems from their back catalogue and solo careers.
Glenn, lead singer and guitarist, said: “I am over the moon to be announcing the 2019 tour with Squeeze.
“We’ve had something of a renaissance in the last few years, and look forward to this continuing, as we will play a set of songs that are both new, contemporary and as innovative as people have come to expect from us, along with the old beauties.
I’m also excited to have Heaven 17 with us – what an extraordinary time we will have.”
Chris, songwriter and guitarist, said: “I feel excited about the tour.
It’s a great band full of dedicated, hardworking, passionate people and we have a fabulous catalogue of songs to dip in and out of, so I feel completely blessed.
I can’t wait to strap on the electric guitar again and sing the songs that got me where I am today.”
At all venues on the tour there will be multiple food drop points and collection boxes, where people can donate non-perishable food and goods or money.
Food donated at the venues will be collected and distributed to the nearest Trussell Trust foodbank.
Glenn’s solo shows over the past five months have been raising food and funds for The Trussell Trust. Glenn said: “It’s disgraceful that in 2019 people can’t afford to put even the most basic food on the table.
I’ve been so humbled and moved by the generosity and compassion of the people coming to the gigs and donating. “So far, more than 1.5 tonnes of food has been raised for those that need it, and I can’t wait to see how much we can achieve when Squeeze tour later in the year.”
Chris added: “Like Glenn I can’t wait to see what can be achieved at our shows in the UK this autumn. Glenn very much inspired this idea and it beggars belief that people in this day and age have to feed themselves from a food bank.”
Lauded as a songwriting duo, Difford and Tilbrook have been compared to Lennon and McCartney since their first release in 1978 – Take Me I’m Yours – which blasted Squeeze to the forefront of the UK music scene.
Squeeze established themselves as not just a passing footnote in New Wave history, but as an important party of British music.
These hits also established Difford and Tilbrook as some of the most prolific writers of their time, with both amassing a wealth of melody-rich earworms over the past four decades, both as Squeeze and also in their solo work, too.