Squeeze this week announced that bandleaders Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford are busy finishing up work on a new studio album with a new lineup of the long-running group, which will head out on a just-revealed 13-date tour of the Eastern U.S. later this fall.
For both the new album and tour, Difford and Tilbrook will be joined by 2000s-era drummer Simon Hanson and keyboardist Stephen Large, plus new bassist Yolanda Charles, who has worked with Paul Weller and Eric Clapton, plus Dirty Vegas frontman Steve Smith on percussion, vocals and guitar.
On the band’s website, Tilbrook says:
“I’m very excited about the two new faces joining us for this album and tour … We are so lucky to have on Fender 5 string bass and vocals the legendary and fantastic Yolanda Charles, and on percussion and vocals of one half of Dirty Vegas the incredible Steve Smith. Adding more percussive clout and musical finesse to our already potent brew. This album and tour could be the best ever!”
And Difford adds:
“Its really great news that Yolanda and Steve are joining us on the new album and following tours. Yolanda gives so much to the back bone of our songs, and with Simon form a formidable rhythm section. Steve adds his spice with percussion and guitar, and they both sing too, which can only be a bonus. I’m really looking forward to chucking the jigsaw in the air to see where it all fits together with the new and old songs alike. I feel so grateful to have such great people in the band.”
No details of the album — the follow-up to 2015’s Cradle to the Grave — have been revealed, but the band did announce a new run of U.S. dates in November and early December, largely in the eastern portion of the country. More U.S. shows, presumably out west, are promised next year.
See full dates below.
Squeeze tour dates:
Nov. 14: Buckhead Theater, Atlanta, GA
Nov. 15: Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC
Nov. 17: Keswick Theater, Glenside, PA
Nov. 18: Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI
Nov. 19: Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
Nov. 21: The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA
Nov. 22: Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
Nov. 24: The Goodyear Theater, Akron, OH
Nov. 25: Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL
Nov. 26: Royal Oak Music Theater, Royal Oak, MI
Nov. 28: 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
Nov. 29: Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
Dec. 2: The Paramount, Huntington, NY
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