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GLENN TILBROOK (Squeeze) announces US tour for new solo release

posted Oct 10, 2014, 11:12 PM by Vu Nguyen
Glenn Tilbrook
 will be returning to the States this fall for dates in support of his new acoustic solo album, Happy Ending. The tour kicks off on September 23 in Boston and will continue through the end of October, including two nights in NYC. (Scroll down for complete tour dates.) The album is available now through iTunes and most digital providers and will be released Stateside on June 10 as a special vinyl bundle that will include a limited-edition gatefold album, CD and download link.  
As half of the iconic songwriter team Difford and Tilbrook of beloved pop legends Squeeze, Glenn Tilbrook has written some of the most enduring pop classics of the '80s UK New Wave invasion with such global hits as "Tempted" and "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)."  With more recent performances at Coachella and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Live From the Artist's Den, Squeeze has proven itself to be relevant and enduring as new generations of fans discover the band's incredible songbook. 

Inventive, witty and stuffed with a twinkling treasure trove of brand-new melodies, Happy Trails proves that the man's musicality and sense of craft are as fresh and energized as ever. Tracks include the poignant orchestral story-song "Persephone;" "Rupert," a pean to Mr. Murdoch that's far more appealing than he deserves; the infectiously jaunty "Kev and Dave," about two brothers who run a pub; and a tender meditation on Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. Tilbrook is yet again in top form when co-writing with his old friend Chris Braide (currently working with Beyonce and Lana Del Ray) on the acerbic but funny dig at big businesses' lack of accountability in the catchy single "Everybody Sometimes."  Lyrics are all by Tilbrook.

"What I've tried to do is just strip my writing back to guitar or piano and start out from there.  One of the next goals I have is to make a sparse record, because I'm very good at putting in detailed information. I just like doing it."

But the details make this even more delightful. Beside Tilbrook on masterly bass and guitar (plus iPad keys and "atmospherics"), there are kazoos, sitar, Indian harmonium, ukuleles, bongos, Chinese drums and a full string arrangement by Lucy Shaw. There's assistance from Squeeze drummer Simon Hanson, multi-instrumentalist Chris McNally and Nine Below Zero guitar man Dennis Greaves. Tilbrook's offspring Leon (aged 10), co-wrote track "Bongo Bill" and both he and his brother Wesley (aged 7) assist on vocals.

"I'm really, really vibed up on what I'm doing now,"  says Tilbrook. "To me, this record takes its place alongside [Tilbrook and The Fluffers'] Pandemonium Ensues and [Squeeze albums] East Side Story, Argybargy and Cool for Cats, which are my favorite records that I have made. So that's five albums that I've thought, 'Yes! I've actually done that properly now.'"

Happy Ending? Not likely. With something this bouyant, brainy and brilliant, Tilbrook's just getting started.


Fri     Oct 10     San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar  (early show)

Sun   Oct 12     Denver, CO -  Solid Dove

Mon  Oct 13     Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar

Tue  Oct 14         Saint Paul, MN   -  Turf Club

Wed  Oct 15     Chicago, IL - City Winery

Thu   Oct 16     Evanston, IL -  SPACE

Fri     Oct 17     Cleveland, OH -  Beachland Ballroom

Sun   Oct 19     Pittsburg, PA - Hard Rock Cafe

Mon Oct 20         Asbury Park, NJ     Wonder Bar

Thu Oct 23         Riverhead, NY     Suffolk Theater

Fri Oct 24         Highland Lakes, NJ     Seckler Stage At Highland Lakes

Sat  Oct 25         New York, NY     Iridium Jazz Club