Glenn Tilbrook Announces Solo Tour 2018

Have guitar, will travel. That’s been Glenn Tilbrook’s unwavering mantra in a musical career stretching back to the 1970s, and which shows no signs of dimming as he sets out on the road again for a string of solo shows throughout March and Autumn 2018.

Fresh from releasing The Knowledge with Squeeze to critical acclaim back in November, it’s the acoustic concerts that are the focus of his attention, relishing the opportunity to get up close and personal with his legion of fans. Performing has always been his first love, and doing so away from the dynamic of his famous, much cherished – nay, adored – group keeps him fresh and engaged.

“For me, I think I would go mad if I was just doing Squeeze all the time,” he says. “Going out on my own is a chance to look around and experiment more, and then bring some of that experimentation back to the band. I’d like to think I’ve always done that; my last solo album (2014’s Happy Ending) infused so much of what Squeeze did subsequently. I think one of the dangers of being in a band like Squeeze is that you think you know what you are and you stick to it. I absolutely love and respect where Squeeze came from, but we can’t stay there. It just wouldn’t work. “That’s why it was important for us to incorporate as many new songs into the Squeeze live set as we can. There may be a couple where you’re thinking you’re chancing arm and you hope the old favourites will help carry them through, but on our last tour songs like ‘A&E’ and ‘Rough Ride’ (from 2017’s The Knowledge) were carrying themselves.

“For The Knowledge, we didn’t have the springboard of the TV series, so it was great to have the freedom to write about different stuff, things that Squeeze had never written about before. I think we managed to reassert ourselves in the marketplace; Squeeze are in a really strong position now, stronger than we’ve been for some time.” 

It’s that strength which gives Glenn the confidence to embark upon extra-curricular projects away from the band, hence the upcoming solo tour.

“It’s been a while since I’ve done solo gigs, and it will be great to have a lot of material to choose from, and to see how audiences react. I hate to use the cliché of it being a ‘journey’, but if the audience are with you for the ride it can be a lot of fun. They’ll hear some new stuff, some things they’ve loved from times gone by, a bit of everything. As long as I can mix it up and keep things fresh for myself I’m hoping it will be fresh for everyone else too.”

GLENN TILBROOK SOLO TOUR

Wed 17th October             The Ropetackle, Shoreham

Fri 19th October                 Open Norwich, Norwich

Sat 20th October                Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden

Sun 21st October               Medina Theatre, Newport

Mon 22nd October            The Musician, Leicester

Wed24th October              The Playhouse, Whitley Bay

 Thu25th October               Arc, Stockton

Fri 26th October                 The Brudnell, Leeds

Sat 27th October                The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

Mon 29th October              Stables, Wavendon

Tue 30th October                Glee Club, Nottingham

Thu 1st November               Arts Centre, Colchester

Fri 2nd November                 Theatre Brycheiniog

Sat 3rd November                 The Brewhouse, Taunton

Sun 4th November                The Lowry, Salford

Tue 6th November                Brindley Arts Runcorn

Wed 7th November              Live Rooms, Chester

Thu 8th November                 City Hall, Salisbury

Fri 9th November                   St John’s Church, Farncombe

Tue 20th November               Esptein Theatre, Liverpool

Wed 21st November              Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

Fri 23rd November                  Fruit, Hall 

Sat 24th November                 The Civic, Barnsley

Sun 25th November                 Pavilion Exmouth

Tue 27th November                 Artrix, Bromsgrove

Wed 28th November               St George Hall, Bristol

Thu 29th November                 Arts Centre, Pontardawe

Sat 1st December                     Union Chapel, London  

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