12 Bar, Swindon
Tuesday 8th November
Glenn Tilbrook has just embarked on an extensive acoustic tour for autumn 2011 which began in Norwich and ends in Glenn’s home of South East London with the final date at Blackheath Concert Halls on December 20th.
Glenn Tilbrook is one of the UK’s best-loved musicians, thanks to a career with Squeeze and on his own that has spanned 30 years, spawning Top-Ten hits all around the world such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Tempted’ and ‘Up The Junction’.
With his two solo albums, ‘The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook’ and ‘Transatlantic Ping-Pong’, he proved he’s lost none of the joie-de-vivre that became Squeeze’s trademark. For 2009’s album “Pandemonium Ensues”, he injected some fresh faces by recruiting new band The Fluffers and some prestigious guests in the shape of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis.
The Acoustic Tour 2011 will be different from anything that Glenn has previously done before. Whilst the first half will simply be Glenn on his own, the second half will see him joined by 2 more musicians, Simon Hanson (who drums with both Squeeze and The Fluffers) and also Chris McNally, featuring percussion, acoustic guitars, Ukeleles, Indian harmonium, bass and iPads in a completely new show. As well as performing songs from his back catalogue Glenn will be showcasing new unreleased solo material and music from The Co-Operative (Glenn’s collaboration with Nine Below Zero).
A new, unique and exciting aspect of Glenn’s 2011 tour is that every show is set to be recorded live and then made available at the end of the night from the merchandise stand. Speaking of the idea Glenn said “Over the years so many people have asked for recordings of the acoustic shows and now the audience will be able to take home a recording of the show that they have just enjoyed and were a part of”.
Last year saw Glenn taking a break from his solo work and returning to his roots with Squeeze and releasing the album ‘Spot The Difference’, a collection of 14 of their best-loved hits, re-recorded by the band to be as close to the original versions as possible (whilst challenging their fans to spot the difference!). As well as the album release the band took to the road with their biggest UK tour in over 10 years, a tour that capped an exhilarating 2010 for Glenn and his Squeeze band mate Chris Difford.
Throughout the summer Squeeze have performed at a number of festivals including a headline slot as part of the Greenwich Summer Sessions and an appearance at V Festival. The band also took part in the Concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall. Accompanied by a 30 piece orchestra the band took to the stage with an exclusive set of instruments customised by Damien Hirst. Following the concert, the instruments were auctioned at Christie’s and were the first guitar and drum kit to be sold in Christie’s April auction of Post-War and Contemporary Art. This special sale raised money for Teenage Cancer Trust and Love Hope Strength Foundation, two music focused cancer charities.
Most recently Squeeze’s contribution to music was noted when they were honoured with the Classic Songwriter award at the Mojo Honours 2011, an award that has previously been won by Ray Davies, Paul Weller and Johnny Marr. This follows on from a number of recognitions for Squeeze in the last few years. In March 2010 they had the site of their first ever gig in Greenwich commemorated by a PRS for Music Heritage Award, one of only a few bands to receive this honour alongside Blur and Dire Straits, and last October they were awarded with the PPL / Radio Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, joining the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Gary Barlow and Trevor Horn. In recent years Glenn and Chris have received the Ivor Novello award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music and also the Nordorff Robbins Icon Award.
Before the tour kicked off Glenn released the new album ‘The Co-Operative’ a collaboration between Glenn and Nine Below Zero. The self-titled album includes five self-penned new songs, three covers, and three self-penned instrumentals and will also be available to purchase at all of Glenn’s shows.
Clearly, for Glenn Tilbrook playing is about enjoying the moment and it’s that desire and enthusiasm that sets him apart from so many of his peers. Whether he’s playing to a room of 50 people or to a festival crowd, Glenn Tilbrook still gets the buzz from playing and making music that is all too rare among his peers or those he has inspired, and marks him out as a performer to be cherished.
US musician Steve Poltz, an old friend of Glenn’s, will be providing the support throughout the tour. Regarded as one of the most talented and prolific songwriters of our time, Poltz’s songs have been among the longest running ever on the Billboard Top 100 regularly appearing in movie soundtracks and television shows. Poltz’ solo body of work is an impressive collection of ballads, rockers and uniquely melodic acoustic numbers that reflect his incomparable style of alternate tunings and savage finger picking techniques.