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Rob O'Connor

PREVIEW: Squeeze, Mavericks, Tunstall at Tanglewood Aug. 29

By Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019 Arts & Entertainment

Lenox — Nearly half a century after forming, Squeeze is as busy as ever playing live shows — dozens of them over the summer and fall months — and the British “new wave” band is bringing their road-tested act to Tanglewood on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. The Mavericks and Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall open the show.

Perhaps Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook are beginning to look like they might be almost about ready to start thinking about someday considering AARP membership, but the two men look like boys compared with Keith and Mick and many other seniors who rock.

Difford and Tilbrook have written many great songs together, but their Billboard chart history tells an incomplete story of their successes. For example, their 1981 “smash” hit “Tempted” has been covered by major pop acts like Richard Thompson and Joe Cocker. Yet it peaked at only No. 49 on Billboard’s Hot 100. (The song became popular internationally with the help of movies and television commercials.) It is mainly in Britain that the group has enjoyed significant radio successes with songs like “Cool for Cats,” “Slap and Tickle,” “Another Nail in My Heart,” “Pulling Mussels (from the Shell),” “Black Coffee in Bed,” “Hourglass” and others.

On Aug. 29, Squeeze fans can expect to hear material from the band’s recent albums, “Cradle to the Grave” and “The Knowledge,” as well as many longtime favorites.

Squeeze’s supporting acts are headliners in their own right:

  • KT Tunstall broke out internationally in 2004 with a live performance of her song “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” on “Later… with Jools Holland,” an English music television show hosted by one of Squeeze’s original members.
  • The Mavericks are a Tex-Mex, vintage country, rockabilly band from Miami, Florida. (Kind of like Bakersfield‘s Derailers — but with a dash of salsa.) This year the band is celebrating 30 years together, so their live sets are something like a greatest-hits show. They, too, have written some great songs.

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