Chris Difford (of Squeeze)

Thursday
14
Mar

Dynamic Members of Acclaimed British Band Squeeze

 

Why you should see this show…

Chris Difford is a rare breed. As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as “Cool For Cats,” “Up The Junction,” “Labelled With Love,” “Hourglass,” and “Tempted.” Over the course of a 14 album career with Squeeze, it was clear from the very beginning that Chris Difford has few peers when it comes to smart, pithy lyricism. In his autobiography Some Fantastic Place: My Life In and Out of Squeeze, Chris Difford charts his life from his early days as a dreaming boy in south London to forming one of Britain’s greatest bands and beyond. Don’t miss Chris’s acclaimed solo tour to accompany his new book.
 

Chris Difford Bio
Chris Difford is a Grammy nominated and double Ivor Novello Award winning lyricist who has brought us characters and sketches from everyday life, and has successfully turned themundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite, for over 40 years. With his collaborator since 1973, Squeeze co-founder Glenn Tilbrook, Chris has written some of the most enduring and best loved songs of our time such as “Cool For Cats,” “Up The Junction,” “Labelled With Love,” “Hourglass,” “tempted,” and many others. Squeeze returned with Cradle To The Grave in 2015 followed by The Knowledge in October 2017. The band continue to tour extensively into 2018/2019. In his autobiography Some Fantastic Place: My Life In and Out of Squeeze, released August 2017 and nominated for Penderyn Music Book Prize 2018, Chris Difford charts his life from his early days as a dreaming boy in south London with a talent for poetry to forming one of Britain’s greatest bands and beyond. Chris’s solo tour to accompany the book included a sold out week at Edinburgh Fringe 2018. Chris hosts songwriting retreats and has done so for over 25 years, some in prisons, some in rehabs, but mostly in Somerset with the Buddy Holly Foundation. He is one of the country’s most respected songwriters and has co-written with a host of musicians and performers that reads like a veritable who’s who of the industry.
 

 

Steve Smith Bio
Whether performing at the world’s most famous music festivals or playing intimate acoustic sets, Steve Smith has done it all. The Grammy winning Artist has also composed for television and film and remixed Platinum selling artists such as Madonna and Justin Timberlake.

Following a bidding war for the band Dirty Vegas in early 2001, Steve and his bandmates Paul and Ben Harris signed with legendary UK label Parlophone- home to The Beatles, Coldplay and Radiohead. With the release of their first album, the band went on to tour the four corners of the globe, developing a reputation as a powerful and entertaining live act. In a two year meteoric rise, the band headlined their own worldwide tour and also supported such artists as Moby, Underworld, and Groove Armada.

Dirty Vegas stole the show at a number of international festivals including Coachella (USA), V Festival (UK), Roskilde (Denmark), and Fuji Rock (Japan). In the same period, memorable performances on late night TV shows such as David Letterman and Jay Leno demonstrated that Steve and his partners were more than just studio musicians. This climb to the top of the charts ultimately garnered the band three Grammy nominations, landing the Grammy award for “Best Electronic Song.” Dirty Vegas was the first electronic act to be nominated for a Grammy and the first recipients of Best Dance Recording. Other awards came along as well including Playboy magazine’s “Electronic Artist of the Year” and three “Dancestar” awards.

The band released their second album in 2004 sending them on yet another world tour resulting in their song “Walk Into The Sun” hitting the Billboard Dance Chart at No.1. Other songs from the acclaimed album were used in major television shows such as The O.C., and One Tree Hill as well as the films Running Scared and Goal.

In 2006 Steve moved to Boston, Massachusetts. Feeding off the musical inspiration of his new surroundings and joining forces with producer Anthony Saffery (“Cornershop”), he began creating his first solo album, This Town. The song “Late Nights and Street Fights” from the album was chosen by FOX TV to be the title theme to their new show Standoff. The title sequence and song were nominated for an Emmy in 2007.

In 2008, Steve toured the US for This Town highlighted by performances at the Sundance Film Festival and the South By Southwest Music Festival. With Steve back on the scene, Dirty Vegas partner Ben Harris encouraged the band to reform and they soon hit the road again to play shows the world over including performances at Glastonbury and Creamfields, as well as DJ shows on every continent.

April 2011 saw the release of the third Dirty Vegas studio album, Electric Love, released on Om Records. Upon its release, Electric Love entered the US i-tunes Dance Album chart at no.3 and Los Angeles radio station KCRW made their single from the album, “Little White Dove,” its “Record of the Week”.

The band subsequently embarked on a full US tour including New York, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Washington D.C. and festival performances such as Ultra Music Festival, Coachella and South By Southwest. The tour was highlighted with a performance at the New World Symphony Hall in Miami FL with a 30 piece symphony orchestra. International success came as well with “Little White Doves” reaching No. 6 on South Africa’s 5FM’s National top 40 chart.

Billboard Magazine recently named Dirty Vegas as the No.6 “Best Selling Electronic Artists of the Decade.” Following performances in March 2014 at South By Southwest in Austin, TX Dirty Vegas released their latest EP Let the Night to great success. The band again reached no. 3 on the US i-tunes Dance Album chart. As of May 2015 the lead single from the EP, “Let the Night” has officially reached Gold status in Italy.

In March, 2015, Dirty Vegas were special guest performers at the Grammy museum in Los Angeles. Currently, the band is preparing to release its fourth studio album and they continue to perform throughout the world. This year includes performances in India, Russia, Abu Dhabi and Italy, Sardinia, and Singapore.

In July 2017, the new wave band Squeeze announced that Smith had joined their official lineup as their new percussionist and backing vocalist.

 

Dining Options

You have two dining options when attending a show in our Concert Hall:

Rusty Anchor at the Music Box – If you’d enjoy a more extensive menu, we suggest you dine downstairs in the Rusty Anchor before your concert. The Rusty Anchor menu features a great mix of Cleveland Comfort food including a selection of seafood, steaks & chops. Reservations are required for parties of two or more. To make a dinner reservation, please click here or call our Box Office at (216) 242-1250 and allow 90 minutes to dine prior to the beginning of the show upstairs.

Concert Hall – Our Concert Hall menu is fast to the table and allows you to dine right in your ticketed seat. So, there is no additional reservation required. The Concert Hall kitchen will be open through intermission. Table side beverage service will continue throughout the concert.

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