Behind the scenes

The Feeling and headliners Squeeze talk about their musical influences backstage.

Squeeze get spotted for charity...

Squeeze showcase Damien Hirst artwork at Concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall.

An exclusive set of instruments customised by Damien Hirst and created especially for British band Squeeze, were auctioned off at Christie’s.

The Damien Hirst collection featured two ‘Spot Guitars’, a Fender Telecaster and a Fender Stratocaster, as well as a Yamaha ‘Spot Drum Kit’. All the instruments were hand painted by Hirst with his iconic spot design and signed by the artist himself.

The instruments took centre stage when Squeeze performed at Concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall on 22 March 2011, and were the first guitar and drum kit to be sold in Christie’s April auction of Post-War and Contemporary Art. This special sale expected to raise around £60,000, and will be split between two music focused cancer charities, Love Hope Strength Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust.

The Fender Stratocaster will go on view ahead of being offered in the September sale, from 10-14 September 2011.

Christie's auction catalogue is available, both in hard copy and as an e-catalogue online.

There are five different ways to bid at Christie’s auctions – bidding in person, bidding remotely using Christie’s Live™ online bidding service, leaving a written bid with the auctioneer or online and bidding via the telephone.

Simon Davies, CEO of Teenage Cancer Trust said: “We’ve been staging our concerts at the Royal Albert Hall for over ten years and had some huge stars perform for us, but we’ve never combined such exceptional art and music in such a creative way before. It was an incredible night, and we hope these amazing instruments raise lots of money to help young people in the UK fight cancer.”

Mike Peters, two times cancer survivor and founder of Love Hope Strength said: “I am so honoured to be able to work shoulder to shoulder with Teenage Cancer Trust in the fight against cancer. This generous action from Damien Hirst and Squeeze will help us recruit Bone Marrow Donors at rock concerts throughout the UK and raise awareness of our campaign to increase the age of UK Bone Marrow Donors in line with countries like Canada, USA and Germany. LHSF is fortunate to have the dedicated support of Squeeze singer Glenn Tilbrook, and together we have lead teams of musicians, trekkers and cancer survivors to some of the highest places on earth, raising funds and proving you can survive cancer and go on to achieve remarkable things.”

Photography

All images by Yui Mok, Press Association

Squeeze

Since reuniting in 2007, Squeeze have undertaken four major sold out tours of the US and UK and have become firm festival favourites, with hits like Up The Junction, Tempted and Cool For Cats. Long-time friends and collaborators, The Feeling, will be special guests on the night, alongside a few other surprise appearances.

The new Squeeze line-up, features Squeeze veteran John Bentley, Tilbrook’s Fluffers cohort Simon Hanson and keyboard player Stephen Large.

My soundtrack

Glenn Tilbrook


What was the first single/album you bought?

SINGLE: HOLE IN MY SHOE BY TRAFFIC/ALBUM: THE MONKEES

Who was the first band you saw live?

T-REX

What music/musician had the biggest influence on you as a teenager?

JIMI HENDRIX

In a film about your life – what would be your theme tune?

ANYTHING BY NINO ROTA

What music do you find inspiring?

MUSIC WITH HEART AND SOUL

Is there any song or piece of music that gives you comfort?

LULLABY OF BIRDLAND BY GEORGE SHEARING

What song never fails to cheer you up?

LET THERE BE LOVE BY NAT KING COLE

When you were a teenager, what band did you want to be in and why?

I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE SQUEEZE AND WAS WHERE I WANTED TO BE

Do you have a favourite album cover/artwork?

REVOLVER BY THE BEATLES

Is there a song or album that for you, represents ‘teenage angst’?

PET SOUNDS BY THE BEACH BOYS


Chris Difford



What was the first single/album you bought?

Pictures of Lily - The Who

Who was the first band you saw live?

The Who

What music/musician had the biggest influence on you as a teenager?

Pete Townsend

In a film about your life – what would be your theme tune?

Born Free

What music do you find inspiring?

Folk music

Is there any song or piece of music that gives you comfort?

Lux Aurumque Eric Whittaker

What song never fails to cheer you up?

The more i see you by Chris Montez

When you were a teenager, what band did you want to be in and why?

The Who, because it was loud and fun, it would have been like being in a gang which i loved.

Do you have a favourite album cover/artwork?

Beatles White Album

Is there a song or album that for you, represents ‘teenage angst’?

Pictures of Lilly - The Who

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