Don’t be fooled by the title of Glenn Tilbrook’s latest album, Happy Ending, or at least not all of it. He’s happy, of course, and why wouldn’t he be? He’s more than earned his place at pop’s top table as one of our most cherished singers, guitarists and songwriters, not to mention an in-demand and endlessly endearing live performer. But more than 40 years after he first answered an ad placed by Chris Difford looking for like-minded sorts to form the band that became the much-loved evergreen Squeeze, an ending is nowhere in sight. Armed with ready wit, raucous vibes and a shed load of grin-inducing great songs, there are few musicians able to connect with their audience on such an immediate and warm level. The ever burgeoning festival circuit is frequently enriched by Tilbrook the troubadour, whether he be leafing through his own plentiful back pages or dashing off impromptu audience requests ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Tony Orlando Dawn, and all points in-between.
Steve Smith, lead singer of Grammy award-winning electronica act Dirty Vegas, is heading out on the road with Glenn Tilbrook, showcasing his solo acoustic material on 37 of the UK tour dates, starting in Weston Super Mare on October 25th 2016 and concluding in Cardiff on December 18th 2016. Glenn is a big fan of Steve’s work, saying “He’s one of the most singularly talented musicians I have ever had the pleasure to work with. From his SE London roots in the 90s, to his success in Dirty Vegas up to now, the US based Steve has been a force to reckon with in the music industry. I love him.” As part of Dirty Vegas, Steve has supported Moby, Underworld and Groove Armada, and was one of the first electronic artists to perform at the Grammy Museum in LA. They were No.6 in Billboard Magazine’s ‘Top selling Electronic artists of the 2000s’ with over a million albums. As a songwriter and producer he has remixed Platinum selling artists such as Madonna and Justin Timberlake, and the song ‘Late Nights and Street Fights’ from his first solo album This Town was used as the main theme for the FOX TV show ‘Standoff’, which was subsequently nominated for an Emmy. He has also taken on the role of composer, scoring the cult film ‘Boys Girls Guide to Getting Down’. This tour has special significance for Steve, who says “The first concert I ever went to was Squeeze at Woolwich Coronet in SE London back in the late 80’s. To be now heading out to play shows with Glenn is a huge life goal for me, first and foremost I am a fan and have been for a long time”.