More blasts from the past! Of all the new wave bands that have been pillaged for substance over the past few years, we’ve been expecting some band — any band — to start taking notes from the oft under-appreciated sounds of Squeeze. But a Squeeze reunion? We will take that, thank you. Billboard reports:
U.K. pop/rock combo Squeeze has jumped on the reunion tour bandwagon and will play U.K. shows under that name this fall for the first time since 1999. Group member Glenn Tilbrook made the announcement on his Web site, saying the dates come in conjunction with an extensive Squeeze re-release campaign of which he and member Chris Difford “are really proud.”
Chris and Glenn haven’t performed as Squeeze since ’99, but their separation always seemed amicable to us. In fact, the failed attempt to get the band back together for VH1’s Bands Reunited was due more to scheduling conflicts than anything else. Nice try though, Aamer Haleem! Last we saw ‘em was in ’96 or so. Great as ever. They shouldn’t be too rusty on the tunes, either; whenever Difford and Tilbrook play live, the band’s tunes show up in the set, and just last year, Chris released South East Side Story, a countrified take on Squeeze classics.
No word on which other original Squeezers will join Chris on the tour, but keyboardist Jools Holland is pretty busy these days. Just UK tour dates for now, but let’s hope they schedule a show with former background-vocalist Aimee Mann — and that she stubbornly insists that they come to her. Aimee can be stubborn, right? Tour flyer after the jump.