Squeeze man at Shoreham's Ropetackle
Squeeze's Chris Difford is on the road with a different kind of tour '“ one which will see him read from his recent autobiography and regale his audience with stories from his time in one of the most successful British bands.
Alongside it all, he will be offering an acoustic set – all part of his Some Fantastic Acoustic Book Tour.
Chris is on the road with Boo Hewerdine with dates including the Ropetackle in Shoreham on April 20.
Chris will tell audiences about some of the key events in his life in music from his autobiography Some Fantastic Place and perform some of his biggest hits acoustically alongside tracks from Pants, a best-of album featuring songs from a stage play created by Chris and Boo a couple of years ago. Both album and book will be available to buy at the show.
As for the title of the book, also the title of one of Squeeze’s most popular songs, it sums up his experiences perfectly, Chris says: “It is one of the best songs we have ever written, and I am also very proud of the book. The book is not about the band really. It is about me. After 25 years of sobriety, I thought it was a good time to celebrate that sobriety, but really it is three books in one. It is about my early life and the middle book is about being in Squeeze and then it is about what is going on now. I have been writing it for five or six years. The sources were diaries, but it can be very fluid and selective.
“It is a very emotional read. If you want all the factual stuff, you can go to the Squeeze website. This is much more the emotional journey, and I am very pleased to have laid down my sword. The memory just flows. I really just enjoyed the process of writing it.”
A different process to writing lyrics. Over the course of a 13-album career with Squeeze, it was clear from the very beginning that Chris had few peers when it comes to smart, pithy lyricism. As Chris says: “Lyrics are really the personality that is within me, a need to write what I really am and to share stories for the stage.”
The tour is also the chance to put the focus on the album Pants: “I wrote it a couple of years ago with Boo, and it came out at the same time as a new Squeeze album which took priority. The Fancy Pants record just disappeared.”
The last ten years or so have seen the great Squeeze revival with the band getting back together again: “I think it has been great. When we came back together again, we were like the best Squeeze tribute band ever, but since then we have done a couple of new albums in quick succession, and we were able to move on, which has been really gratifying to do. A lot of that is down to (co-writer) Glenn’s production and his eye for detail. He is very thoughtful when it comes to going into the detail and getting it right. That’s his personality.”
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