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Squeeze Duo Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook at Birmingham Town Hall

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Songs and stories from their 40 year career
They admit they have often been 'at odds' with each other but Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook have put their differences behind them to embark on their first UK tour as a duo in almost 20 years.

'The At Odds Couple' tour will feature songs and stories from their time together in Squeeze and as solo artists. The show plays Birmingham Town Hall on November 11.

Squeeze, Chris Difford, Glenn Tilbrook, At Odds Couple
At odds: Squeeze duo Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook

"There is a lot of history and myth to our relationship,'' explains Chris. ''There have been times when we've not gotten on and not communicated with each other but we are now at a place where we have a lot of respect for each other.

"No relationship is plain sailing, whether it be personal or work, but over the years we've come to understand our differences and similarities and learnt to co-exist alongside each other."

Adds Glenn: "The last few years have been really interesting. We've talked more than ever and reflected on our relationship and it's brought us to this point."

As well as performing Squeeze hits like Up The Junction and Cool For Cats, Chris and Glenn will be dusting down some previously unrecorded songs they in the band's infancy but never recorded. There will also be tracks from their solo careers and, as they have been working on new Squeeze material set for release in 2015, there could be some brand new songs.

Chris and Glenn formed Squeeze in 1974, with Jools Holland on keys and Paul Gunn on drums. John Cale produced their debut EP, Packet of Three, and self-titled album but it was 1979's Cool For Cats Long Player that brought them to mainstream attention.

Squeeze, Chris Difford, Glenn Tilbrook, At Odds Couple
Cool: Glenn Tilbrook

Various line-up changes followed – for example, at one point Paul Carrack replaced Jools Holland – but Squeeze disbanded for the first time in 1984. They reformed but broke up again in 1999.

Chris and Glenn worked on solo projects before reforming the band again in 2007. In 2010 Squeeze's contribution to music was noted with the site of their first gig being awarded a prestigious Music Heritage Plaque, an honour that joins their Ivor Novello for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, their Nordoff-Robbins Icon Award, and the Mojo Magazine Icon Award.

Chris and Glenn's two-man show is just another landmark to 'squeeze' onto their CV.

Squeeze, Chris Difford, Glenn Tilbrook, At Odds Couple
Joker in the pack: Chris Difford

The At Odds Couple Tour dates:

Nov 2: Cambridge Corn Exchange;
Nov 3: Northampton Derngate;
Nov 6: Reading Hexagon;
Nov 7 & 8: Union Chapel, London;
Nov 10: Guildford G Live;
Nov 11: Birmingham Town Hall;
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 founders Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook tour as a duo for the first time in 20 years.
When: November 11, 2014
Phone: 0121 345 0600 (Birmingham Town Hall)
Where: Birmingham Town Hall
Cost: Ł25, Ł37.50 plus transaction fee
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