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Squeeze duo back together for UK tour
Their tour is dubbed 'The At Odds Couple' but posters in the Town Hall lobby informed us that Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook were 'The Odd Couple'. A simple mistake - but the beginning of the show by the duo from Squeeze made me think it could be true.

Chris Difford, Glenn Tilbrook, Squeeze, The At Odds Couple
Odd couple?: Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook


The stage was laid out like an apartment with tables, chairs and a double bed. In the bed were Chris and Glenn and they proceeded to perform the first number, Take Me I'm Yours, wearing pyjamas and slippers.

Showing on the big screen at the back was a 40 year old film of the fresh faced Squeeze at the start of their career.

''If someone had told me then that 40 years later I'd be at Birmingham Town Hall performing in my pyjamas I'd never had believed them,'' joked Chris.

Glenn continued the gag by Hoovering the carpet as Chris spoke to the sold out crowd.

Normality quickly resumed as the duo donned their normal clothes and proceeded to raid the Squeeze back catalogue. As well as the hits, like Up The Junction, Tempted and Cool For Cats, there were album tracks and obscurities such as Halfway and Annie Get Your Gun.

Chris Difford, Glenn Tilbrook, Squeeze, The At Odds Couple
Together on stage: Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook at Birmingham Town Hall


Both musicians were allowed a handful of solo songs. Chris chose Wrecked, Fat as a Fiddle and Cowboys Are My Weakness, while Glenn picked Persephone, Ice Cream and Chat Line Larry.

Interestingly, there were two new songs, Beautiful Game and Cradle To The Grave, written for Danny Baker's forthcoming TV show and destined for a new Squeeze album.

Chris Difford, Glenn Tilbrook, Squeeze, The At Odds Couple
Solo: Chris Difford at Birmingham Town Hall


Some of the songs had their origins explained. We discovered that Cowboys Are My Weakness was written for KD Lang who declined to record it as she considered it a boy's song. Wrecked is about the time Chris and his flatmate stayed indoors all the time, smoking and listening to Tubular Bells. Persephone is about a girl encountered at the Big Chill festival.

There was more insights during four Q & A sessions which gave the audience the chance to quiz the stars. To be honest, the questions were better than the answers but how do you respond to 'how come Squeeze's keyboard player Jools Holland got so rich'?

Chris Difford, Glenn Tilbrook, Squeeze, The At Odds Couple
Poorer than Jools?: Glenn Tilbrook answering questions in Birmingham


Set-list

Take Me I'm Yours
Black Coffee in Bed
Slaughtered, Gutted and Heartbroken
Halfway
Electric Trains
Is That Love
Beautiful Game
Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)
Fat as a Fiddle
Wrecked
Cowboys are My Weakness
Up The Junction


(interval)

Some Fantastic Place
Cold Shoulder
Persophone
Ice Cream
Chat Line Larry
Points of View
Slap and Tickle
Everything in the World
Annie Get Your Gun
Tempted
Cool For Cats


(encore)

Cradle to the Grave
Labelled With Love
Goodbye Girl


Difford & Tilbrook's remaining UK tour dates:

Nov 13: Newcastle Theatre;
Nov 14: Edinburgh Queens Hall;
Nov 16: The Lowry, Salford;
Nov 17: York Opera House;
Nov 18: Union Chapel, London;
Nov 19: Warwick Arts Centre.
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Why? Squeeze duo Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook reunited for a UK tour
When: November 13 - 19, 2014
Phone: 0844 811 0051
Where: Newcastle, Edinburgh, Salford, York, London, Warwick
Cost: From £25 plus fees
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