Chris Difford dropped out of Squeeze in 1999 because he was tired of touring.
“And the reason I returned was to start touring again,” Difford, 53, says with a laugh. In other words, go figure.
But Difford’s return to the Squeeze fold, in conjunction with the release of his latest solo album, “The Last Temptation of Chris,” has allowed he and songwriting partner Glenn Tilbrook to reactivate the group they started 33 years ago in London, winning critical acclaim for clever pop hits such as “Tempted,” Cool For Cats,” Black Coffee in Bed” and “Hourglass,” among others.
“I’ve never been that far away from (the band) to be absolutely truthful,” Difford said. “I’m glad to have a balance in my life now, but it feels great again. It’s really exciting, and we’ve got a really fabulous band, so, yeah, I’m thrilled.”
But Difford cautions that the Squeeze reunion is only for touring purposes at this point, with no plans for a new Squeeze album to follow 1998’s “Domino.”
But the band isn’t talking about an album at this time, Difford said. “Glenn’s got a solo record coming out very soon, and I’ve just had a solo record come out, so ... (Squeeze) is kind of like the mothership, and we’re satellites that go off.”
A new album “would be nice. It would be an interesting thing to do,” Difford says, but he adds that “for the time being, we’ve got quite a lot on our plate, so I don’t expect anything to happen any time soon.”
Squeeze and Aimee Mann perform Friday (Aug. 29) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $59.50 reserved, $40 general admission. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www. royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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