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Difford And Tilbrook Songbook 2019 USA Tour!


The brilliant Squeeze ( are announcing the American leg of “The Difford And Tilbrook Songbook 2019” tour which will see the band play their extensive list of hits as well as rare, lesser-known gems from their back catalogue and solo careers.

Pre-sale tickets for most shows are available today between 10 am and 10 pm (Password: “TAKEME”) with general tickets for most shows available tomorrow at 10 am.

As always, for more information please visit:

As you may or may not know, Squeeze has:

Been hailed as the Lennon and McCartney of their generation, according to ( Rolling Stone

Played Coachella, headlined numerous festivals and has upcoming appearances at the KAABOO Del Mar and Bourbon and Beyond festivals

Have released 15 studio albums, 14 compilation albums, 4 live albums, 1 EP and 48 singles with ALL of Squeeze's hits having been written by Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford

The site of their first UK gig received a prestigious PRS For Music Heritage Plaque (that has also commemorated the debuts of Blur and Dire Straits)

Received an Ivor Novello award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, the Nordoff-Robbins Icon Award and the Mojo Icon Award

“I am over the moon to be announcing the 2019 tour with Squeeze,” says lead vocalist and guitarist Glenn Tilbrook. “We’ve had something of a renaissance in the last few years, and look forward to this continuing, as we will play a set of songs that are both new, contemporary and as innovative as people have come to expect from us; along with the old beauties.”

With a previous show at Coachella, forthcoming appearances at the KAABOO Del Mar and Bourbon and Beyond festivals, two critically-acclaimed albums in the last three years, numerous headlining appearances at festivals and sold-out solo shows, “something of a renaissance” seems like an understatement!

The band will bring their scintillating live performances to the USA with a mix of not only the hits, but also rarities that span their 45-year career both as Squeeze and solo artists.

“I feel excited about the tour,” adds guitarist Chris Difford. “It’s a great band full of dedicated, hardworking, passionate people and we have a fabulous catalogue of songs to dip in and out of, so I feel completely blessed. I can’t wait to strap on the electric guitar again and sing the songs that got me where I am today.”

Difford and Tilbrook have been compared to Lennon and McCartney since 'Take Me I’m Yours', their first release in 1978, blasted the band into the forefront of the UK music scene.

Following hits including 'Tempted', 'Black Coffee in Bed', 'Hourglass', 'Cool For Cats', 'Up The Junction' and 'Pulling Mussels From The Shell', Squeeze established themselves as a vital part of the quintessential rock scene.

These hits also established Difford and Tilbrook as two of the most prolific songwriters of their time with each amassing a wealth of melody-rich earworms over the past four decades as both Squeeze and solo artists.

The Difford and Tilbrook Songbook 2019 Tour will capture the works of two of the most talented songsmiths working today.

Tour Dates:

August 14, Pawling, NY, Daryl’s House
August 15, Derry, NH, The Tupelo Music Hall
August 16, Bensalem, PA, XCite Center at Parx Casino
August 17, Washington, DC, The Kennedy Center
August 20, Englewood, NJ, Bergen PAC
August 22, Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony Summer Stage
August 23, Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino
August 24, New York, NY, Pier 17
August 25, Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
August 27, Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent
August 29, Lenox, MA, Tanglewood
August 30, Munhall, PA, Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
August 31, Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
September 1, Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theater
September 3, Minneapolis, MN, The State Theatre
September 4, Omaha, NE, Kiewit Concert Hall at Holland Performing Arts Center
September 6, Arvada, CO, Arvada Center
September 7, Park City, UT, Deer Valley Resort at Snow Park Amphitheater
September 9, Seattle, WA, The Showbox
September 10, Salem, OR, The Elsinore Theatre
September 12, Oakland, CA, The Fox Theatre
September 13, Los Angeles, CA, The Orpheum Theatre
September 15, Chandler, AZ, The Chandler Center for the Arts
September 17, Austin, TX, The Paramount
September 18, Houston, TX, Warehouse Live
September 19, Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory
September 22, Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle

Ben Hobbs Gets NEW Remix From Catherine Duc!


The wonderful Catherine Duc (Voyager, Visions and Dreams) has just completed a new remix for London singer/songwriter Ben Hobbs and it is, trust me, rather fantastic.

A different version to the one she arranged for him back in mid-2018, this time his 'Blind to You (Stargazing Remix)' has been given a more ethereal lift on 'Blind to You (Till The Daylight Remix).'

'Blind to You (Till The Daylight Remix)'

Duc, a Grammy-nominated Vietnamese-Australian composer and producer of music blending elements of ambient, classical, electronica and world music has taken Hobbs' beautiful song and embedded a stunning gossamer of breathy ambiance and soaring light to it.

It truly has to be heard to be fully appreciated for Hobb's given musical genre of Downtempo/Chill Step has, without a shadow of a doubt, now been given a most magnificent and rarefied lift.

As for Hobbs himself, he has received coverage in Billboard Magazine and USA Today, has over 6 million Spotify plays, and has also performed with Alex Clare and Bright Light Bright Light.

Finally, and as always, for more information on both artists please visit:

Ben Hobbs @ Spotify

Ben Hobbs @ Facebook

Catherine Duc @ Spotify

Modern Romance's 'Tarzan Boy' on Detroit Radio!


The first single since the '80s from Pop Salsa band, Modern Romance, was officially released December 14th, 2018!

It had been approximately 32 years since the last single and “Rhythm Is My Lover” was not only that very same single, but also the title track from their eagerly awaited forthcoming album.

And now their second single "Tarzan Boy 2019" has just been re-released as a Beatport Exclusive on May 27th, 2019 (with an official release date of June 3rd on Sobel Nation Records - distributed by Warner Brothers)!

But wait, even better news is that "Tarzan Boy 2019" has hit Detroit radio and is now on rotation for all the US fans to enjoy!

For those not in the know, Modern Romance released a cover of Baltimora’s “Tarzan Boy” back in 1985.

The single was released on Carrere in France and was distributed by Atlantic Records in the United States.

Formed in 1981, Modern Romance had a string of hits in the '80s with chart favorites such as “Everybody Salsa," "Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey," “Cherry Pink and Apple Bloom White,” “Best Years Of Our Lives,” "Walking In The Rain," and so many more.

Modern Romance obviously still performs today with the only original member Andy Kyriacou now on vocals and the world-renowned Steve Etherington also part of the group.

FYI: On June 1st, the song which featured mixes by Billboard charting remixers Spin Sista, Joel Dickinson, E39, Joe Gillan, and Jose Jimenez opened at #28 on the North American Dance Charts.

"Tarzan Boy 2019" (Spin Sista Radio Edit)

"Rhythm Is My Lover" - Amazon Digital Purchase Link

ADAM ANT announces tour opener Glam Skanks!


ADAM ANT has announced Hollywood rockers Glam Skanks to open his 2019 Friend or Foe USA tour in which he’ll be playing the landmark album live in its entirety for the first time, including “Goody Two Shoes” that made him a household name, plus his classic hits and personal favorites.

The tour runs from September 4th through October 1st, 2019.

Glam Skanks are a buzz band known for their provocative, colorful style with influences ranging from T Rex and The New York Dolls to Aerosmith, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.

Their forthcoming album, Anywhere In Between is produced by GRAMMY-nominated producers Bruce Witkin and Ryan Dorn.

Glam Skanks - Veronica Witkin (guitar), Millie Chan (bass), Vanessa McNiel (vocals) and Jessica Goodwin (drums) - were formed in Los Angeles in 2013 and, after selling out local clubs including the world-famous Viper Room, they quickly emerged as a buzz band for their provocative, colorful style with influences ranging from T. Rex and The New York Dolls to Aerosmith, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.

The band have also opened for Alice Cooper, The Skids, played as Cherie Currie’s (The Runaways) backup band, have jammed with Steven Tyler, toured Europe twice and director Kevin Smith featured their music in his 'Yoga Hosers' film starring Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith.

As for ADAM ANT, well, as I'm sure you are all well aware by now, he is ALL of the following:

• GRAMMY nominee
• Named MTV’s Sexiest Man Alive
• 8 singles in the Top 40, globally, in one week
• 22 hit singles
• Q Icon award
• 2 Ivor Novello Awards
• Winner of the first Brit Award

ADAM ANT Friend or Foe USA Tour 2019
Wednesday, September 4, Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theatre
Friday, September 6, St. Louis MO, The Pageant
Saturday, September 7, Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
Sunday, September 8, Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre
Wednesday, September 11, Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
Friday, September 13, Detroit, Royal Oak Music Theatre
Saturday, September 14, Cleveland, OH, Masonic Auditorium
Sunday, September 15, Toronto, ON, The Danforth Music Hall
Tuesday, September 17, Boston, MA, Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Thursday, September 19, New York NY, Beacon Theatre
Friday, September 20, Philadelphia, PA, Merriam Theater
Saturday, September 21, Mashantucket, CT, Fox Theatre
Monday, September 23, Washington, DC, Lincoln Theatre
Wednesday, September 25, Greensboro, NC, Carolina Theatre
Friday, September 27, Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall
Saturday, September 28, Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
Sunday, September 29, Orlando, FL, Hard Rock
Tuesday, October 1, Miami, FL, The Fillmore

Glenn Smith, Founder of Magnatar, Passes Away

Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th, 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.

Glenn’s band-mate and cousin, keyboardist Dave Norton, and co-founder bassist, Joey Costa, have committed at the urging of Glenn’s family, to keep Magnatar moving forward as a recording and performing band.

Magnatar are also planning to bring in a second guitarist, Jerry Hemby of Ormond Beach, Florida, to help fill the void. Jerry Hemby has a long history with Glenn, Dave and Joey that goes back decades, and reunites 3 of the original Hot City / Fantasia members from the early 1970’s.

Before his untimely passing, Glenn composed a number of new tracks for a follow up to 2018’s Parallel Worlds, and the band plans to honor Glenn and his music on the second Magnatar album, due for late 2020 or 2021.

The 2018 CD by Florida-based Magnatar, Parallel Worlds is shaking up the world of progressive instrumental rock. The music on Parallel Worlds was composed by the late Glenn Smith, who adds some truly intriguing textures on his electrified 1971 Harmony A Style mandolin.

It’s quite unique that a mandolin player would compose an all-instrumental, progressive, jazzy, rock-fusion album but for open-minded progressive music fans interested in new and classic sounds, Parallel Worlds will prove to be a memorable listening experience.

Providing a first class instrumental rock sound for Glenn are his very capable band mates Joey Costa (bass), Reed Hayes (drums), Ryan Rivas (guitars) and Dave Norton (keys).

Instrumental progressive rock fans must give Parallel Worlds a good listen. Magnatar is now seeking press and airplay from the finest publications and radio stations in the US and beyond.

Based in DeLand, Florida, the five piece Magnatar spans three generations of musicians. With three of the founding members having a history of relations going back 60+ years, the five current members of Magnatar are defining the progressive instrumental rock sound of today.

Magnatar @ Facebook