British rock band, Squeeze will visit the F.M. Kirby Center on Monday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m., with special guest Marshall Crenshaw.
Tickets go on sale Friday, June 21 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at the Sundance Vacations Box Office at the F.M. Kirby Center, by phone at (570) 826-1100 and online at www.kirbycenter.org. A Kirby Member Pre-Sale will begin Wednesday, June 19 at 10:00 a.m.
Squeeze first formed in 1973, shortly after Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook had begun their songwriting partnership, brought together by an ad in a sweetshop window. By 1977 they had made their recording debut and enjoyed a string of hits which lasted until 1982, the maturity of their songs outliving their initial burst of chart activity on the back of New Wave.
Over the years there have been solo careers and occasional separations, but the Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriting duo reunited ten years ago to relaunch Squeeze and have been touring, writing and recording together since.
2015 saw the release of the critically acclaimed ‘Cradle to the Grave’ which was written as a soundtrack to Danny Baker’s BBC TV sitcom ‘Cradle To Grave’ (starring Peter Kay). This album marked the complete and, frankly, triumphant reintegration of the masterful songwriting 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 new line-up features the addition of bassist Yolanda Charles and Steve Smith on percussion. Charles is an accomplished session musician who has toured with the likes of Paul Weller, Eric Clapton and Hans Zimmer. Smith is the lead singer of Grammy award winning electronica act Dirty Vegas, who has previously supported Glenn Tilbrook on tour. Along with Charles and Smith are the long-standing lord of the keyboards, Stephen Large and bringing up the rear is drummer Simon Hanson.
Over the course of a career that's spanned three decades, 13 albums, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations, film and TV appearances (Buddy Holly in "La Bamba") and thousands of performances, Marshall Crenshaw's musical output has maintained a consistent fidelity to the qualities of artfulness, craftsmanship and passion, and his efforts have been rewarded with the devotion of a broad and remarkably loyal fan base.