Glenn Tilbrook

Squeeze star Glenn Tilbrook is asking fans to bring donations of food along to his Southport show tonight as he looks to give a boost to the country’s foodbanks. 

Glenn has enjoyed huge musical success alongside Chris Difford in Squeeze with hits including Cool For Cats, Up The Junction and Hourglass. He brings his solo show to The Atkinson on Lord Street in Southport this evening (Thursday, 17th March), in an event which was postponed last year due to the Covid pandemic. For tickets please visit: Glenn Tilbrook – Live music at The Atkinson, SouthportThe Atkinson 

People may have seen Glenn Tilbrook on the sofa on BBC Breakfast this morning, talking about his upcoming Squeeze tour and their support of the Trussell Trust and Help Musicians. 

He said: “See you in Southport tonight, don’t forget your donations!” 

Glenn’s work with the charity goes back a few years, and he says he has been shocked to see the need for support now is greater than ever. 

He said: “When I started to work with The Trussell Trust foodbank network on my solo tour back in 2018 I never imagined that the need would be greater now in 2022 than it was then.

“Again I am asking you all to please bring donations to my shows, there will be a dropbox each night to pop your donations in.

“There will also be collection buckets for any spare change you might have on you. 

“A few ideas of what sort of items would be good to donate, any dried goods like pasta, rice, lentils, pulses, UHT milk, cereal, tinned food, biscuits, tea, coffee.  Also toiletries like toothpaste, body wash, soap, shampoo, hygiene products, nappies. 

“All donations will go to the local Trussell Trust foodbank. 

“We did such a great job last time around, you were all so very generous.  I thank you in advance for your help.”

Glenn Tilbrook has 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.

Such is the continuing work ethic of a fellow who’s never been far from the action since Squeeze made their recording bow with the Packet Of Three EP in 1977. Those humble three tracks led to such enduring pop classics as Take Me I’m Yours, Cool For Cats, Up The Junction, Another Nail In My Heart, Tempted, Labelled With Love, Black Coffee In Bed, Hourglass (this could go on for a while…), not to mention landmark albums like Argybargy, East Side Story and Some Fantastic Place.

Squeeze’s demise in 1998 (though not permanent) saw Glenn embark on a solo career that spawned the albums The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook (2001) and Transatlantic Ping-Pong (2004), showcasing an ever-maturing songwriting talent. In 2009 came the fantastic energy of Pandemonium Ensues, an album made with his solo touring band The Fluffers.

Arguably, though, Happy Ending is Glenn’s most personal work to date, a series of evocative portraits of time, people and places, that included writing and vocal contributions by his own children Leon and Wesley, in addition to old friends Simon Hanson (Fluffers/reunited Squeeze drummer) and Dennis Greaves (Nine Below Zero, also Glenn’s compatriot in the side project band The Co-operative).

Anyone who has witnessed Glenn on the live stage can attest to the properness of his doings, as it were. 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 the plentiful back catalogue of Squeeze or dashing off impromptu audience requests ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Tony Orlando & Dawn, and all points in-between.

Glenn Tilbrook’s other forthcoming solo shows include: 

MARCH

Fri 18 March – The Playhouse, Whitley Bay https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/gle…/event/360058D2A4B30D0B )

Sat 19 March – The Devils Arse Cave, Castleton https://peakcavern.co.uk/glenn-tilbrook-saturday-19…/

Weds 23 March – Theatre Royal, Winchester https://www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk/book/233403

Thurs 24 March – Apex, Bury St Edmunds https://www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/details.cfm?id=589547

Fri 25 March – Robin 2, Bilston http://therobin.co.uk/js_events/glenn-tilbrook/

Sat 26 March – The Met Theatre, Bury https://themet.org.uk/event/glenn-tilbrook-2022/

APRIL

Fri 1st April – The Astor Theatre, Deal https://theastor.co.uk/what-s-on/glenn-tilbrook

Sat 2nd April – The Ropetackle, Shoreham by Sea https://ropetacklecentre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873625361

Sun 3rd April – Acapela, Cardiff – SOLD OUT

Fri 8th April – The Stables, Wavendon https://stables.org/boxoffice/ticket/106201

Sat 9 April – An Evening for Ed at The Albany, London (Rescheduled) https://www.seetickets.com/…/an…/the-albany/2191915

MAY

Fri 6th May – Villa Marina, IOM

JUNE

Thurs 2 June – St Georges, Bristol https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/whats-on/glenn-tilbrook/

Special guest appearances:

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel with special guest Glenn Tilbrook

Fri 3 June – St Albans Arena https://www.alban-arena.co.uk/…/steve-harley-cockney…/

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel with special guest Glenn Tilbrook

Sat 4 June – Cambridge Corn Exchange https://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/…/steve-harley-cockney

Sun 5 June – Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury https://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/whatson/glenn-Glenn Tilbrook

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