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Squeeze to sell new songs direct to fans at gigs

Tim Ingham
Squeeze to sell new songs direct to fans at gigs

Squeeze have announced they will tour the UK in November and December - and offer fans instant post-gig recordings of each set via a 'pop-up shop'.

Founding members and songwriters Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford will play 22 nights (see below for full listings) and will move from the stage to the pop-up shop each night.

Fans will then be able to buy a recording of that evening's show which will include the first new Squeeze songs for 14 years.

It is not the first time the band has taken control of their own recordings; in 2010, they re-recorded many of their hits to sound as similar as possible to the original masters on an album cheekily called Spot The Difference.
 
Tilbrook said: "When Squeeze signed to a major label in 1978 the phrase they used to describe our first album was 'A Giant Step Sideways'. That world no longer exists and I definitely don't mourn its passing.

"I love the opportunities and surprises thrown up by the digital age and the fading away of the major labels. Being able to innovate and take control of our own destiny is something I could only have dreamt of back then. So this Pop Up Shop tour is where we're at now... a combination of new songs and technology, of musicianship and experience that make this tour for Squeeze 'A Giant Step Forward'."
 
The band are working closely with 'ethical' merchandise company Sandbag on the pop-up shops. 

“With the traditional record label no longer relevant for us, our relationship with the merchandisers is increasingly important in order to help us deliver quality products for our fans” added Tilbrook.
 
Difford added: "It's taken a long time to get ourselves back to the writing table, mainly because we've been touring our greatest hits packages in the UK and in the States. Time for new material, and things have moved on. Glenn now co writes the lyrics and as before produces the music in his South London studio. Simon Hanson, John Bentley, Lord Large are the backbone of the lineup.

"The tour and album will prove I hope that we can move with the times and use our imaginations to sell our songs. I'm looking forward to next year and holding the old fashioned version of the new album in my hands, but for the meantime we are tooled up like travelling sales men and going on the road with new songs and our live show. See you at the Pop Up Shop.”
 
Meanwhile, on October 12 BBC4 will screen a brand new documentary ‘Squeeze: Take Me I'm Yours’ which reappraises the song-writing clout of Difford and Tilbrook, and shows why Squeeze hold a special place in British Popular music.
 
Contributions will come from former band members Jools Holland and Paul Carrack, together with testament from Elvis Costello, Mark Knopfler and Aimee Man.

Pop Up Shop 2012 UK Tour (featuring special guest Paul Heaton)
Fri 16 Nov Guildford G Live 0844 7701 797
Sat 17 Nov Cambridge Corn Exchange 01223 357 851
Mon 19 Nov Bristol Colston Hall 0117 922 3686
Tue 20 Nov Plymouth Pavilions 0845 146 1460
Wed 21 Nov Brighton Dome 01273 709 709
Fri 23 Nov Bournemouth O2 Academy 0844 477 2000
Sat 24 Nov Reading Hexagon 0118 960 6060
Mon 26 Nov Cardiff St David’s Hall 029 2087 8444
Tue 27 Nov Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall 0844 871 7627
Wed 28 Nov Southend Cliff Pavilion 01702 351 135
Fri 30 Nov Birmingham Symphony Hall 0121 780 3333
 
Sat 01 Dec Manchester O2 Apollo 0844 477 2000
Sun 02 Dec Sheffield O2 Academy 0844 477 2000
Tue 04 Dec Leeds O2 Academy 0844 477 2000
Wed 05 Dec Nottingham Royal Concert Hall 0115 989 5555
Thu 06 Dec Norwich UEA 01603 508 050
Sat 08 Dec Newcastle City Hall 0191 277 8030
Sun 09 Dec Glasgow O2 Academy 0844 477 2000
Mon 10 Dec Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 0151 709 3789
Wed 12 Dec London HMV Forum 0844 847 2405
Thu 13 Dec London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 0844 477 2000
Fri 14 Dec London Indigo O2 0844 477 2000

 

 


 

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