Elvis Costello will bring the ‘Spectacular Spinning Songbook’ to the UK and Ireland in May 2012. Opening on the 9th in Dublin, the tour concludes in Basingstoke on the 27th of May.
An overture of five uninterrupted rock and roll tunes announces Elvis Costello & the Imposters to the stage, after which members of the audience are invited to spin the gigantic vaudevillian contraption and select the next song.
Tickets on sale now and are available to buy from www.bookingsdirect.com / 0844 338 0000. Prices start at £30. Limited ticket availability at all venues.
Elvis Costello & The Imposters play:
Wed 9th DUBLIN, The O2 Dublin
Fri 11th GLASGOW, Clyde Theatre
Sat 12th MANCHESTER, Apollo Theatre SOLD OUT
Sun 13th LIVERPOOL, Empire Theatre
Tue 15th BIRMINGHAM, Symphony Hall SOLD OUT
Wed 16th BRIGHTON, Brighton Centre
Fri 18th NEWCASTLE, Newcastle City Hall
Sat 19th NOTTINGHAM, Royal Concert Hall
Sun 20th BOURNEMOUTH, BIC
Tue 22nd BRISTOL, Colston Hall SOLD OUT
Wed 23rd LONDON, Royal Albert Hall SOLD OUT
Thurs 24th LONDON, Royal Albert Hall
Sat 26th CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange SOLD OUT
Sun 27th BASINGSTOKE, The Anvil SOLD OUT
Fortune may deliver hits such as ‘Oliver’s Army’, ‘Everyday I Write The Book’ and ‘Watching The Detectives’ or land on a ‘Jackpot’ selection such as ‘Time’ and ‘Girl’, demanding a sequence of songs, each containing these words.
Such career highlights as ‘Shipbuilding’ or ‘God Give Me Strength’ can spin into view alongside hidden gems from the Costello songbook like, ‘Town Cryer’ or tunes by The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash and, of course, Bob Dylan’s ‘This Wheel’s On Fire’.
Bolder participants may shake a tailfeather in the Hostage-To-Fortune Go-Go Cage, while the more reserved take a seat in the Society Lounge.
‘The Revolver Tour’ arrives following an acclaimed run of US dates during the Spring and Summer of 2011. Due to popular demand, the tour was extended three times drawing over 10,000 attendees in New York City alone and received rave notices from coast to coast.
Rolling Stone said the show combined, “the kitsch of a game show and lounge act:....when he wasn't singing or slamming at his guitars, Costello worked the stage like a burlesque-club emcee, cracking wise at a mile a minute and spinning a dandy's walking stick.”
Under a by-line, “Singer jams hits, rarities and covers in epic two-and-a-half-hour long show”, another Rolling Stone reported that, “Costello switched from a Fender to a gold Les Paul, howling away and wailing on piercing wah-wah notes. He rocked out even harder to "Uncomplicated," feeding off the energy of a female dancer in the go-go cage shaking maracas.”
The New York Times opined that there was, “no way to keep Mr. Costello’s songs in any shallow entertainment mode. His torrents of words hold desire, rage, wounds and revenge.”
The Los Angeles Times described the show as “the kind of uniquely invigorating experience that warrants a buzzword all of its own; inspiring.”
This acclaim was echoed in review after review:
“Given the gig’s by-pant-seat, chimerical format, Costello’s consummate ability to entertain, his like-wine-aged croon and the band’s master musicianship in meeting him at every step, this was by far one of the most engaging and outright fun shows…” – Nashville Scene
"Unfettered, free-wheeling fun" – Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"The Wheel was the perfect way to shake up a set list with a couple decades' worth of excellent material" – Columbus Dispatch
"Three hours of hilarity, musicality, and unabated joy" – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It's hard to imagine any other musician in the world playing the show that Elvis Costello did" – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Elvis Costello has the goods to entertain without relying on props, stunts or tricks. But when he does employ them, it actually turns out to be that much better.” – Oakland Free Press
The Imposters are Steve Nieve (keyboards), Pete Thomas (drums) Davey Faragher (bass)
Elvis Costello’s original wheel tour took place in 1986, opening at the Beverly Theatre, Los Angeles with Tom Waits as a guest M.C. and visiting New York, Paris, Stockholm, Rome, before playing for three nights at the Royal Albert Hall.
Costello donated the original Spinning Songbook wheel to the Hartlepool Museum of Showbusiness Machinery but this new one has been reconstructed from the original blueprints.