Due to overwhelming demand a 3rd Elvis Costello & The Imposters’ show has been added at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester on Sunday 03/11
Elvis Costello & The Imposters have announced a three-night run of shows this March, kicking-off at Brooklyn Steel (3.7) followed by two-nights at The Capitol Theatre (3.8 & 3.9)
The one and only Elvis Costello releases a brand new song
‘You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way’, written especially for the new movie ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’ (available now on Verve/Decca Records).
Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey, Feist, Philip Glass, K.D. Lang, The Lumineers’, Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, Damien Rice, Sting, Patrick Watson, Adam Cohen And Others To Mark Anniversary Of Icon’s Passing. Monday, November 6th 7:30 PM Bell Centre, Montreal
Elvis Costello: Solo - Hits & Headlines / Waifs & Strays: For the Benefit of The Musician Treatment Foundation
Elvis Costello has announced a solo concert to raise start-up funding for The Musician Treatment Foundation, a new Austin-based nonprofit aiming to create a future in which musicians from Austin and beyond can receive restorative treatment regardless of their ability to pay.
Inspired by Images of a Woman, the only known painting ever made by The Beatles. PledgeMusic is pleased to announce the launch of Art In A Corner, a project organised by social enterprise Eazl in support of two of the UK’s leading arts and music charities.
Singer, songwriter, composer, and producer. Master/interpreter of pop, punk, country, classical, jazz, opera, R&B, and other genres we’re probably forgetting. Actor, talk-show host, and best-selling author. One of the 100 greatest artists of all time (according to Rolling Stone).
Elvis Costello ended his “Imperial Bedroom and Other Chambers” Tour with a marathon 32 song, 2 and a half hour set at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Tuesday night.
Something about revisiting these songs on stage in 2016 must have goosed Costello’s creative juices, however, as he kept the tour going well into this year, bringing it to Thompson’s Point on a misty evening Monday.
Costello’s first appearance at Meijer Gardens since 2011 focused heavily on tracks from his 1982 classic “Imperial Bedroom,” but also unearthed some rare gems.
Elvis Costello brought his band The Imposters to the Riverside Theater Sunday night as part of the "Imperial Bedroom and Other Chambers" tour.
At a time when heritage artists have been distinguishing their tours with reverent presentations of their classic albums, playing them in strict order, one side and then the other, Elvis Costello has found a more flexible vehicle in a tour to celebrate his 1982 Imperial Bedroom.
Elvis Costello’s Imposter alias has lain dormant since the dark days of Thatcherism, when he released the policitally charged singles “Pills and Soap” and “Peace in Our Time” under the musical nom de guerre.
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100 Best Albums of the Eighties. From synth pop and rap to metal and funk, 100 best albums of the Eighties selected by the editors of Rolling Stone.No 38. Elvis Costello and the Attractions, 'Imperial Bedroom'
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I think it was William Shakespeare who once wrote, “You can check-out any time you like but you can never leave."
Throughout his 40-year career, he has turned his consistently sophisticated and adventurous compositions into great-sounding records. But live, he has treated the songs as organic, dynamic vehicles, and shown himself unafraid to rearrange, reorchestrate and reimagine even his most popular hits.
Elvis Costello is willing to play along, but only if he can do it in his own unpredictable way. (As opposed to U2, who will embrace the obvious by playing the 30 year old Joshua Tree from start to finish on Sunday)
Following up the recording of his country-covers album, Almost Blue, in Nashville, Tenn., with famed producer Billy Sherrill, Costello hooked up with Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick to explore the furthest reaches of the pop landscape to create Bedroom, and it’s since remained his most expansive and rewarding record. The tour rolled into town Thursday night for a packed show at Central Park’s SummerStage.
Costello talks reinventing 'Imperial Bedroom' live, and why making a musical is like trying to book "Beyoncé and Adele and Bono" all at once.
It was a great pleasure to fulfill our postponed engagement at the beautiful Heinz Hall and to have it so warmly received by our friends in Pittsburgh.
It was therefore distressing to read that anyone was disappointed by the sound balance, although it must be stated that the following writer was clearly in a very small, if vociferous, minority.
Costello is too unique to go up there and play the songs from Imperial Bedroom in order, preferring to sprinkle in other songs from the era.
Elvis Costello takes fans into his ‘Imperial Bedroom’ for a terrific show at the Greek Theatre in L.A.
Elvis Costello and the Attractions released “Imperial Bedroom” in 1982 and so much did I love that album that I convinced the guy at the record store to sell me the promo poster off his wall, a photo of the singer-songwriter under which his name was printed next to an image of the album cover beneath which a one-word question – “Masterpiece?” – was posed.
“Imperial Bedroom,” perhaps his finest hour, begins with a whisper of “History repeats the old conceits/The glib replies/the same defeats,” and with that the British rocker opens the curtains on a “windup world” of domestic bliss, artifice and duplicity.
Last night at the Greek Theater, Elvis Costello proved he’s still an original. He rocked the stadium for two hours and coursed through 30 songs that centered around his pinnacle album; Imperial Bedroom.
While the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is making headlines, a slightly lesser hysteria is greeting the 35th anniversary of Elvis Costello’s “Imperial Bedroom” album, which the artist is celebrating with a tour themed around the 1982 release. If the two anniversaries are not being commemorated with quite the same level of publicity, they are not completely unrelated events. A kingly gig Sunday night at L.A.’s Greek Theatre offered cause to consider a little bit of shared DNA.
Elvis Costello and his band are revisiting his 1982 album “Imperial Bedroom” on their latest tour, which stops in Kansas City on Friday. “We’re looking at these songs and asking, ‘How do we feel about them now?’ ” he says.
By popular demand, Elvis Costello & The Imposters bring their new show, “Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers” to the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles on the 4th of June, 2017.
After years of furious parrying with his obsessions in a long ride that's taken him from arsenic tinged punk psychodramas to gin-mill country & western weepers, Elvis Costello has made his masterpiece. Imperial Bedroom doesn't make its point by hurling bolt after bolt of hard-rock epiphany; rather, its intensity is cumulative, the depth of feeling evident in the hard-won wisdom of Costello's lyrics and his extraordinary attention to musical detail.
An album that impressively reclaims the artistic credibility that was nearly derailed by his creative output in the mid-’80s, McCartney’s eighth studio album is an absolute pleasure to rediscover today.
We’re pleased to announce the first play of the demo for ‘Back On My Feet’. The song – a co-write between Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello – tells the story of a man down on his luck, but ending on a hopeful note: “Give me your hand, til I’m back on my feet”.
Subway Moon is an on-going musical/video performing experience that combines the forces of professional jazz musicians and filmmakers with high-school music students from around the world. It is designed to be 1) a public performance series including jazz, poetry, and film; and 2) an educational and field-experiential program for students from a far-reaching compass of backgrounds.
A Complete Guide to Every Song Written By Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello During Their Partnership
Though his music can be heard in all corners of the globe, Paul McCartney’s songwriting process is impressively homegrown. When he teamed with Elvis Costello for sessions that would ultimately yield his 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt, the pair met at McCartney’s personal studio
The reissue of his 1989 collaboration with Elvis Costello reveals the art underneath its schlocky gloss.
The reissue of his 1989 collaboration with Elvis Costello reveals the art underneath its schlocky gloss. It is also the rarest of things: a McCartney record where you can sense his need to be loved.
The long awaited 10th release in the multiple-Grammy Award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection is available now, March 24, 2017. Paul’s 1989 international #1 album, Flowers In The Dirt, will be the latest classic solo work from one of the world’s most revered catalogues to get the special treatment across a multi-format reissue released by MPL/Capitol/UMe.
Costello recalls collaborating with the former Beatle in 1987—songs that are newly released on a reissue of McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt.
Just read these words in your head and you'll know why no less a poet than Leonard Cohen said, "We are all as footnotes to Chuck Berry"
It was the afternoon of Valentine’s Day.
The phone was ringing.
I picked it up and said, “Hello”…
That exuberant reply of, “Hey, Man” was no cliché…
Tommy LiPuma was always and always will be hip.
The 1980s had not been going well for Paul McCartney. A series of commercial flops left even the artist taking stock. “It was time to prove something to myself,” McCartney said back then. That he did. “Flowers in the Dirt,” released in 1989, marked a rebirth.
Costellos "Detour" pløjer sig igennem hele Europa i denne tid. I Danmark er vi blevet begavet med tre koncerter; Aalborg og Odense, og til sidst en udsolgt koncert i København.
Costello's "Detour" plows through all of Europe at this time. In Denmark, we have been gifted with three concerts; Aalborg and Odense, and finally out show in Copenhagen.
With Roy Orbison's landmark all-star 'Black & White Night' long form video being re-released in new format, Jennifer Warnes reveals its influence on Leonard Cohen
One of the great live long form rock video programs, Roy Orbison & Friends: Black & White Night, gets a makeover in a re-edited, remastered and expanded 30th anniversary version titled Roy Orbison's Black & White Night 30. Jennifer Warnes vividly remembers the intense production of Roy Orbison & Friends.
Co-written and performed with Elvis Costello - This rarity is taken from the forthcoming reissue of Paul’s 1989 Flowers In The Dirt album - available from March 24th
Call it an early Christmas present for fans, or a wonderful gift in support of the Owen Hart Foundation … either way, it was difficult not to feel the warm glow inside the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Saturday night.
The focus of this tour, obviously, was his acclaimed 1982 album Imperial Bedroom, which he and his Imposters band (keyboardist Steve Nieve, drummer Pete Thomas and bassist/vocalist Davey Faragher), intermittently supported by backup singers Kitten Kuroi and YahZarah, performed in its entirety, with excellent song choices also from Costello's early period thrown into the mix.
When Declan Patrick MacManus was just seven years old, his father — a musician of Irish descent — left home. But he remained a big inspiration to the young boy, and the two would go on to share a lifetime of music together. That young boy is better known as Elvis Costello.
The songs of Mose Allison had already been running around my head in an
elegant and timely chorus for several days, when the news of his passing
I had visited Village Recorders when Leon and Elton John were recording "The Union" and reminded him that we had met on one previous occasion, at a televised salute to Willie Nelson on which he had joined Willie and Ray Charles for a supernatural performance of Leon's great "Song For You", which Aretha Franklin or Donnie Hathaway had possessed until that evening.
He has the unique ability to whittle down every human emotion into a five-minute song. His ability to laugh at life in an ironic, satirical manner makes bad situations seem better. If you’re ever sad, there is bound to be an Elvis Costello song out there that sums up your exact feelings.
At last night’s NYC tour closer, the second of two sold-out nights at the Beacon Theater, the reformed punk was backed by his longtime Imposters — the Attractions’ inimitable Steve Nieve on piano and Pete Thomas on drums, and Davey Faragher who replaced original bassist Bruce Thomas back in the ’90s — along with backup vocalists Kitten Kuroi and YahZarah. In a clever nod to the album cover, a Barney Bubbles painting titled “Snakecharmer & Reclining Octopus,” dayglo Picasso-fied revisions of Costello’s many albums appeared onscreen behind the musicians during the night. Meanwhile, the setlist was far from a run through of the album in order. Since it was technically billed as Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers, promising “the songs that led in and out of that velvet-trimmed playhouse,” other chambers received plenty of attention.
In case that oblique Trump dig wasn't clear enough, he finally cut loose and stuck the knife into the Republican presidential candidate. "If you're gonna vote for a fucking orange clown, you could pick Ronald McDonald," he told the crowd to genuine laughs and appreciative applause.
Elvis Imperial Bedroom show was such a triumph, why it should serve as a blueprint for anyone figuring out how to do the “album” show.
Elvis Costello & The Imposters Dates Come This Fall Second Beacon Theatre Show Added By Popular Demand
Elvis Costello & The Imposters will return to the U.S. for twelve East Coast and Midwest shows this fall on the "Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers” tour. Second Beacon Theatre Show Added By Popular Demand.
The proceedings hit a kinetic level not often seen at concerts headlined by performers of Costello’s vintage with the epic closer, “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.” Just as he had the last time he filled this room, Costello looked like he’s going to stick around a while. Heck, maybe even longer than Springsteen.
The song drops you into a suspended, swirling reverie with a single bass note, a faint and floating organ sound, and a jazz-like drum rhythm that keeps the floor slipping beneath your feet. The music seems to hover and float mid-air.
So many impeccably crafted lyrics, such rich and compelling melodies, and oh, what a deep catalog lined with gems to choose from.
Elvis Costello arrived at the appropriately resplendent Shea’s Performing Arts Center on Wednesday with a gift bag that overflowed with treats, and he wasn’t skimpy about handing them out.
The veteran British singer and songwriter was in full voice and fiery from on Sunday, Oct. 30, when he came back to the Michigan, this time with his band the Imposters, for a high-octane, conceptually satisfying epic of a show.
I’ve been working my way through his catalog for the umpteenth time, trying to draw a definitive conclusion concerning his very best work in a canon that now numbers in excess of 25 albums, give or take a collaborative effort or two. I whittled it down to five essential releases. Which is a little bit reductive and stupid, if you think about it, but hey, these list-type things are all the rage on the internet, right?
For his Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers tour, Elvis Costello promised to revisit selections from his 1982 album of the same name, as well as “the songs that led in and out of that velvet-trimmed playhouse.” With an almost 40-year deep catalog to pull from, Costello’s Saturday night show at The Chicago Theatre proved to be an eclectic and dazzling trip through some of his deep album cuts, big hits, and new, unreleased gems.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters accomplished what every band should – they left the audience thrilled and wanting more.
In terrific voice, Costello crooned and serenaded, cried and shouted, taking stock of unspeakable relationship ills while unfurling lyrics with encyclopedic depth.
Not that it wasn’t quite a brilliant performance. It was indeed, and there were quite a few thrilling moments throughout the evening, but it would have been quite a challenge for Costello & Co. to cut loose and really tear it up, as they were focused on – although certainly not exclusively restricted to – Imperial Bedroom, perhaps the most pivotal album in his long and eclectic musical career.
Costello took the worn-out concept of artists playing a classic album and made it something unique: He played his 1982 masterpiece "Imperial Bedroom" differently than on record, out of order and interspersing its tracks throughout his two-hour set in a way that made it feel less like an album being played and more like organic song selection.
The Imperial Bedroom and Other Chambers tour is on its third stop. A set list with some pretty interesting change ups and in the cavern of filth as I like to refer to the Orpheum. Elvis took us on a journey to what I consider one of his very best albums. With some added bonuses.
Marking a trend that would become one of the defining hallmarks of his career, Costello decided to defy expectations and switch sonic gears for his next project. The result was an album comprised entirely of country covers named Almost Blue, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this month.
Elvis Costello cancels his November 1st tour date at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA due to ongoing strike by the PSO
Elvis Costello has cancelled his November 1st tour date at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, PA because of an ongoing strike by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Heinz Hall is the Orchestra’s home venue.
Displaying warmth and gratitude every time he moved around the stage and bowed or smiled at the crowd, Costello managed the ideal balance between humor and pathos as he recalled his father’s career as a singer (“Ghost Train”) and reworked his poppiest hit, “Veronica,” so that its inherent melancholy seeped through the bouncing melody he created with Paul McCartney.
The enduring image of Elvis Costello following his triumphant Detour concert Saturday night (Oct. 1) at Town Hall was of the beloved entertainer holding up a guitar like a trophy, as if he’d just magically pulled it out of his hat, or if he had been playing piano, standing up in proud acknowledgement of his SRO crowd’s standing ovation, as if he’d just pulled his intact head out of a lion’s mouth.
I know we’re only a few weeks away from Election Day, but can you imagine anything better than having Elvis Costello as our president? The 62-year old Englishman has already proven himself as one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our time, as evidenced by his nearly two-hour performance at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center on Monday night. So who's to say he wouldn't be just as good at running our country?
Elvis Costello performed solo at the Carlsen Center, playing songs from his forty-year career and proving why he is one of THE great contemporary songwriters.
A man divided by love and loathing, torn between the dark and the light — was, in fact, masking a rich polyphony, one mood deeply informing the other, enriching both, and, in turn, all of those fortunate enough to watch Elvis Costello work.
He has been considered one of the best and most prolific songwriters of the past 50 years, and Friday night inside Yardley Hall on the campus of Johnson County Community College, Elvis Costello proved why.
The English singer- songwriter, 62, will bring his “Detour” concert to Oklahoma for a second time Monday night. Along with it comes a continuing Costello family tradition of performing live that stretches back to his musical grandfather, a huge stage prop shaped like an old-school TV set and stripped-down interpretations of iconic material spanning Costello's 40-year career.
Though he counts Haggard as one of his biggest country influences, he said he still sometimes discovers songs in the artist’s back catalogue that blow him away.
Costello charmed and challenged the audience with both old and new songs. Even his oldest hits gained vitality and currency in his solo performance; rather than rote repetition of former glories, they had the wry wistfulness of a 62-year-old composer reflecting on his remarkable, anything-but-misspent youth.
He grew up in England, but this veteran troubadour has a long history with the five boroughs. Now he’s back.
Wendell Jamieson, the editor of the Metro section, shares his experience at the Algonquin Hotel with his idol, the musician Elvis Costello.
Elvis Costello Announces Preservation Hall Jazz Band will join him at Saenger Theater on October 15th
Elvis Costello has announced that the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will join him onstage for a portion of his set at the historic Saenger Theater in New Orleans for his October 15th "Detour" solo show.
After playing a series of overseas shows, Elvis Costello will continue his solo “Detour” tour in the US with 12 shows across the Midwest and South, including Austin City Limits Live in Austin, TX, and Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium.
More than 175 world renowned artists including Sting, Robert Plant and Elvis Costello have joined forces to back a song that supports greater action to address the global refugee crisis.
Elvis Costello has revealed his plans for three New York City shows this fall: the debut NYC date of his “Detour” solo tour, Saturday, October 1, at the Town Hall, and two concerts billed as "Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers” on Sunday November 6 & Monday November 7 at the Beacon Theatre, the first full Elvis Costello and The Imposters dates in NYC since 2011.
Parker and Costello were in Brooklyn on July 26 to shed light on the craft of memoir writing. Parker’s book, a collection of hypothetical “thank you notes” written to men from her past, present and future entitled Dear Mr. You, was released in paperback in June, while Costello published his 674-page autobiography, Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink, last October to acclaim. “Most rock autobiographies,” wrote Dwight Garner in The New York Times, “seem tossed off and phoned in: tour souvenirs. Not this one.”
When Politik and pop combine is when Costello is at his finest, rocking behind a telecaster, fiery wit, thick-rimmed specs and a turn of phrase not often bettered on the British songwriting scene.
Costello’s numbers are mini-epics in themselves, brilliantly realised and orchestrated, memorable and marvellous, his inimitable quaver cutting through the great musicianship
Sweat-drenched but still pumped up, Costello launched into the Nick Lowe-penned (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding before finally taking their final bow after two and a quarter hours of pure class and musicianship that brought the Bristol Americana Weekend to a rousing, foot-tapping finale.
Flanked by the Imposters, Mr MacManus proves he's the very real deal.
With the band set up in close formation and the most basic of lighting rigs, this was a back-to-basics rock'n'roll show, led by a much-underrated guitarist from the front on an array of instruments (and pedals) deployed for their sonic possibilities as much as any virtuoso fingering.
Have you heard the one about Elvis Costello going through the motions? No, neither have we. The singer, songwriter, author and transatlantic TV star was back treading the boards of the Phil last night. Once again, he confounded expectations. And made a big noise.
So Elvis emerges with his soul intact, one-time punks in bowties go home happy and most remarkably of all – despite the dress code and the opulence – we discover that with the right act you can stage an actual music festival anywhere… even on the banks of the Thames during the Henley regatta.
Audra McDonald joined her fellow Shuffle Along co-stars Brian Stoke Mitchell and Billy Porter, along with Lin Manuel Miranda, Kelli O'Hara, Michael Cerveris, Joel Grey, Carole King, Bernadette Peters, and scores and scores of fellow members of the Broadway community last week to record the beloved Burt Bacharach / Hal David classic "What the World Needs Now Is Love" for a new charitable initiative, Broadway for Orlando
This evening kicked off with Marcus Mumford inducting Elvis Costello (suitable because the two worked together on the recent New Basement Tapes album of Bob Dylan re-imaginings). “I’m going to do a quick bit of stand-up,” said before leading the house band into Costello’s “Pump It Up.”
The late Marvin Gaye, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Chip Taylor and Chic (Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards) were inducted into the Songwriters Hall in New York City on Thursday night
Costello proves to be a real showman, getting, on many occasions, sounding almost as if accompaniment.
You can not ask for or give more, this is love music and the rest is nonsense.
Nudity is sometimes the best way to show how well you know dress for the occasion.
Un formato espartano que crea una atmósfera íntima con el espectador perfecta para un espectáculo a medio camino entre concierto y monólogo.
A conversation with markedly self-aware, often irreverent Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Elvis Costello can launch into any number of tangents. For this songwriting-focused exchange, he goes deep into the conflict of loyalties that fueled hit “Oliver’s Army,” his time-tested writing process, and why the identity of the subject of “Alison” shall remain a mystery.
Intimacy and energy alternated throughout the show.
A journey in stages not chronological but emotional, through songs, inspirations, friends, personal anecdotes of a very long life and subsequent career, performed with an intensity phenomenal in every little detail.
Elvis Costello takes his acclaimed Detour solo show for another spin in May including 4 nights at the London Palladium May 10th-14th.
I don’t usually like to reveal what goes on behind the green door but my current predicament demands that I am frank about this for those who care to read on…
Elvis Costello has never been stingy about treating live audiences to new work. Back in tape-trading days, when fandom involved a lot of cassette-duping and licking stamps, it was always a thrill to acquire a static-filled, heavily-generated recording of an early show where he unveiled songs we’ve since grown to love.
Six decades in, his shows are still a sell-out success, and Elvis Costello says even now, they feel like a ‘playground’. He tells Andy Welch why keeping a loose framework and not forcing new material does the trick every time.
Costello moved between electric guitar and piano, playing with the undiminished fury of his youth, packing in a dazzling range of numbers.
“Welcome to my opening night at the London Palladium – I’ve been waiting to say that since I was seven years old,” smirks Elvis Costello on the first of his solo Detour tour’s four nights in the illustrious home of light entertainment.
Long, digressive, funny and deeply moving, Elvis Costello’s stunning memoir is a sort of biography of popular music itself.
Allen Toussaint was on Elvis Costello’s brain Thursday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival — literally. Costello closed the Gentilly Stage wearing a purple Kangol-style cap decorated with a button that bore the likeness of a beaming Toussaint.
Costello will always be beloved for expressing the angst and outrage of youth with musical craftsmanship that has stood the test of time. And Thursday proved that his stage persona has stood the test of time as well, blending a sense of mature gentlemanliness with a certain un-extinguished wickedness.
Costello is no stranger to gruffness. It’s been an inseparable part of his live persona, and part of his performance charm. His voice is forceful, his guitar playing brutish at times. And yet, from melodies to lyrics to chord structures, his songs are deeply sophisticated and nuanced. That dichotomy can be thrilling.
Costello is well known as a brilliant songwriter, but almost every song at his concert was accompanied by a story that was crafted as carefully as the song. It felt like an intimate conversation between Costello and the sold-out crowd.
There was a knock on the door of our dressing room. Actually, less of a knock and more of a metallic rapping, loud enough to make us startle.
For more than 2 and a half hours Tuesday night, Elvis Costello guided fans on a tour from his childhood to his early days on tour, through his foray into New Orleans and to his life today as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
How did we come to be here in this sedan, on this tour, supporting Elvis Costello? Two sisters from Atlanta, one living legend from Liverpool …
Strolling out onto the stage with an electric guitar, Costello was shrouded in darkness as he looped the eerie reverb-drenched sounds. It was stunning as ever.
But for the most part, Detour, as the show was billed, featured Costello alone on assorted guitars and piano singing songs and telling stories that were frequently hilarious but also deeply moving on occasion.
Perseverance and artistry paid off in a big way for Elvis Costello Thursday night at the Balboa Theatre. The 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was able to overcome his atypical vocal problems through determination, some key help from his potent opening act, Larkin Poe, and the sheer force of Costello’s personality and gem-filled songbook.
In our millisecond attention span culture, where flash, pomp, and circumstance is usually the champion of the day, having a musician of Costello's caliber, with a catalog spanning parts of 5 decades, simply walk on stage, share his stories and his music in such a personal way, and have a silent room hanging on his every word and note was incredibly refreshing.
Like Etta James singing on the steps on the Riverside County courthouse or Rage Against the Machine playing to people hanging from the rafters at The Barn, Elvis Costello’s show at the Fox Performing Arts Center Tuesday night instantly became part of Riverside’s musical history.
It was the kind of special night that the 61-year-old Costello can seemingly deliver with ease so comfortable is he on stage with just an array of guitars, a grand piano and a microphone. But if you think about how prolific he’s been – and truly, he’s one of the greatest songwriters of his generation – and the fact that he swaps out nearly half of his set from night to night it’s apparent just how rare an artist he is.
Reminiscing and raucousness take turns in a (mostly) one-man show that touched down for a sold-out engagement at L.A.'s Theatre at Ace Hotel.
Over the course of the evening, he literally moved from a whisper to a scream, making the most of the dynamic possibilities of the solo format from delicately nuanced songs on which he played lightly on an acoustic parlor guitar through rockers in which he channeled that youthful anger of auld while bashing away on one of his amplified hollow-body electric instruments.
Costello was, as always, a witty and genial host, and watching his mischievous “Take that!” expressions after he nailed an unexpected song choice, or finished off the blistering, looped guitar solo on “Watching the Detectives” was a treat.
Elvis Costello has announced west coast US solo “Detour” dates for spring 2016. Costello’s solo dates over the last several years are lauded by critics and fans, called “unforgettable” and “The best showcase of [Elvis’] talent to date.”
Before Elvis Costello takes the stage at Luther Burbank Center on March 29 as part of his “Detour” tour, he shared with us his perspective on his life and career, and his ever-changing relationship with his own music.
For a gifted songwriter such as Costello, the solo format works well, allowing the words and vocals to shine throughout. Detour showcases an artist who has lost nothing to the passage of time and the guest appearances from Larkin Poe enhance the performances. Well worth a look.
By now, some of you may have heard rumour of an album called Momofuku and wonder what this record is…
Well, the real version is pressed on two pieces of black plastic with a hole in the middle. You may prefer other, more portable, less scratchable, editions that will soon become available for your convenience but this is how it sounds the best: with a needle in a groove, the way the Supreme Being intended it to be…
News of the passing of Sir George Martin could only ever be greeted by both sadness and the deepest gratitude.
George Martin produced the first 45rpm disc and long-playing records that I was given as a child. He produced the first E.P. for which I paid with my own pocket money. This is an experience that I know I probably share with thousands upon thousands, if not millions of listeners and admirers.
“Unfaithful Music” proves that the man is a born writer, with or without guitar in hand. Costello’s abilities as a storyteller and shaper of sentences makes me wish he had written earlier and more often.
It is with deep sadness and the very fondest memories that we must report the passing of Milo Lewis.
I've loved the songs of Dan Hicks since I stumbled on "Where's The Money?" back in 1972.
That was one of Dan's early albums with The Hot Licks and like, "Striking It Rich" and "The Last Train To Hicksville" - filled with swinging music, sharp wit, dark humour and unique melodies like, "I Scare Myself".
He even offered an epitaph, way back when, with the song, "It's Not My Time To Go".
It never will be time.
Elvis Costello has an almost religious love of popular music and the people behind it, and the intensity of his love informs his eye, ear, timing and choice of words.
Costello’s vast autobiography comes as a treat for this diehard fan of his first five or six albums. It is no surprise that one of the best lyricists of the punk rock wars should be able to deliver an engaging and articulate work.
In 1987, Paul McCartney acted on a suggestion by his then manager and invited Elvis Costello to be his songwriting partner. Their work together would produce a number of finely crafted songs, including Elvis’ biggest single in the U.S. and McCartney’s last top 40 hit.
The book is partly a compendium of family reminiscences and true tales of the road and the studio, and partly an encyclopedia of musical influences and associations. There’s no index, but if there were, it would include the names of just about everyone in Britain and the United States who cut a side or played a concert between the invention of recorded sound and the day before yesterday.
But thank God for Costello’s acerbic sense of humour which makes the experience of reading his memoir such scurrilous pleasure as you read first-hand of the anarchy and insouciance of being an Attraction at large in Tokyo and in the USA.
It's a big book: nearly 700 pages. But then it's been a larger-than-life career, one bigger than Declan MacManus seemed to believe possible.
Both fascinating and frustrating, the result is, at least, utterly authentic and reveals much about Britain’s most brilliant songwriter of the post-punk era.
Unfaithful Music is a songwriter's memoir, focussed on craft. The structure is not temporal, but a life in songs. Creation is ineffable, a whole life brought to bear upon a few minutes.
"I have been so lucky to spend even this little time with Allen Toussaint.
I’m grateful to Blue Rider for allowing me to present these amended excerpts from Chapter 28 of “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink” to tell some of this story.
Allen was unfailingly gracious, elegant and musically curious.
We last shared the stage at the Civic Center in New Orleans in February of this year. As always, he was thoughtful, bringing a late Mardi Gras gift for my wife and asking after the well-being of my sons and my mother, who he had once visited on a trip around Merseyside.
He signed off every note and phone call the same way; “Looking Forward”.
I will miss him very much."
A compilation of rarities, deep cuts, and alternate mixes, Unfaithful Music serves as an excellent soundtrack and companion to Costello's new memoir.
Elvis Costello has revealed that he was so obsessed with the Beatles as a boy he tried to take John or Paul as a confirmation name. However his plans were blocked by the disapproving nuns at his secondary school.
The Works Presents Elvis Costello on RTÉ One
I woke this empty morning to the sudden departure of a great and good man.
There will be many better, more comprehensive tributes today from musicians, music lovers and New Orleanians who knew him well, so don’t stop here without going further to celebrate Allen Toussaint’s life. I met him on only a handful occasions and then only in a professional setting; others can attest to so much more.
But there are a couple of warm anecdotes that I treasure and that ought to be added to the day’s reflections on a gentle, giving soul and one of the finest composers who ever created American music.
Diana Krall had already softened the Saenger Theatre crowd Thursday night (Nov. 12), with her sweetly melancholic song selection and vocal style. When her piano solo segued into a wistful rendition of the late Allen Toussaint's "Southern Nights," the audience melted completely.
It starts with a touch of class. Before Elvis Costello and Rosanne Cash walk onstage at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House last night, the room goes dark and a screen above the stage lights up with a video of the late, great Allen Touissant on the piano and Costello singing. “The Greatest Love” from “The River In Reverse”. It won’t be the only New Orleans’ tang to tonight’s event.
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is an acutely self-aware, scathingly honest, passionate and poignant review of family, fame, fortune, mishap and misdemeanours.
If Costello didn’t make the venerable building levitate, it certainly danced, its lions roaring along with one of the heaviest talents in rock ’n’ roll history and one of the loudest lions of modern music itself.
Elvis is the same great storyteller he is in song, though the terrain is markedly different. On record Costello may crowbar five different viewpoints into three minutes. On paper he’s gotta be way more linear over the course of nearly 700 pages, which reveals the first of my five complaints about this excellent new memoir.
Costello, 61, is a raconteur now, riding a wave of positive reviews for his just-released memoir, “Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink,” a 670-page work that seems to have completed his transformation from a brawling disco antidote to an elder statesman of popular songwriting.
Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink is a memoir written with enough distance for Costello to reflect honestly on his extraordinary place in music.
“A lot of people have got spoilt and ruined by sudden success and pushing too hard. I thought I was an exception but I wasn’t as smart or in control as I pretended to be.”
This is Elvis Costello, writing in his memoir “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink,” in a style that permeates the remarkable book – confident, assured, but self-deprecating and self-aware, almost to a fault.
I spoke to Elvis as he prepared for the release of his new autobiography, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, a zibaldone of Liverpool which darts back and forth through the last century of the families that raised him: What follows is an edited transcript of our conversation. – Nick Curley
'Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album' is a compilation like few others, with more swaz than your average 'Best Of' and, at thirty-eight tracks in length, a true event of a listening experience.
As far as music memoirs go, Costello’s Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is in the upper echelon. It’s got it all: snide humor, tear-jerking tragedy, and plenty of dirty details about all your favorite rock immortals. Don’t let the 674-page bulk deter you; it’s a fluid, fun read
Elvis Costello Has Created A Soundtrack Album To His Memoir That Will Include Hits, Favorites And Two Unreleased Tracks
Elvis Costello has compiled a 38-track, 2-CD set 'Unfaithful Music &
Soundtrack Album' as a companion to his memoir
'Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink', Out Now.
Elvis Costello's autobiography offers musical influences, celebrity anecdotes and rock and roll mythology
In Costello's deep and expansive autobiography, the man born in London as Declan MacManus sorts through the truths, falsities, exaggerations, contradictions, triumphs and tragedies found in that other guy, "Elvis Costello."
It’s tender and gritty; soaring and melancholic; it runs across forty years of rock music and stands alongside the great rock autobiographies (see Dylan; see Richards).
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink (Penguin Viking) is, without doubt, one of the greatest self-penned appraisals of a popular entertainer’s life and work. It’s a scattergun narrative, leaping back and forth in time, but each remembrance, each assessment of people and places, each argument, each confession is presented in evocative, eloquent prose that mirrors the poetry of Costello’s own lyrics.
Unfaithful Music doesn’t live up to those expectations, though there are flashes of brilliance. Costello has an eye for capturing a person with one quick observation
A life story that jumps around in time from chapter to chapter (sometimes paragraph to paragraph), he chronicles the path from childhood and his career as a young star to playing a Paul McCartney tribute at the White House
"Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink" is less a memoir as we've come to expect it than a kind of creative autobiography, a portrait of the artist from the inside out.
It's probably no surprise that Elvis Costello's memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, out today, is thoroughly engrossing. Costello's gift for storytelling in song is without question, but like Bob Dylan's Chronicles, his book is truly remarkable in the way it presents a riveting, honest portrait of the author and the many A-listers he's tread the boards with, while ricocheting through the years at an almost breathless pace.
In short, writers like Costello because he has always taken writing seriously. That's obvious to anyone who pays attention to his lyrics, and it's even more apparent to anyone who reads Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, his charming new autobiography. The book is refreshingly free of salacious gossip and needless name-dropping; it's an intelligent self-assessment from a musician who went from angry young man to elder statesman of pop.
The topic of discussion is often his own songs, and he is, unsurprisingly, a witty and eloquent guide. There is none of the cryptic evasiveness of Dylan or McCartney’s chipper toss offs. Along the way we get a picaresque tale about how the only child of a Merseyside big band singer and a fiercely independent Liverpudlian woman became one of the great songwriters of the last fifty years.
The Sunday Times - Scathing, lachrymose and impassioned, Elvis Costello’s memoirs shine some light
Mr. Costello’s book, “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink,” manages to be all these things, and a pint of Guinness and a bag of chips. It’s streaked with some of the best writing – funny, strange, spiteful, anguished – we’ve ever had from an important musician.
In a world littered with uneven (and largely ghosted) celebrity memoirs, “Disappearing Ink” is a beautifully written revelation. Dare I blaspheme by declaring I liked it even more than the excellent memoirs produced by Bob Dylan and Keith Richards? Costello embraces the basic qualities of good storytelling: the use of detail, tension and humor. At 672 pages, “Disappearing Ink” is actually a breeze.
Elvis Costello's new memoir "Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink" will be published on Tuesday 13th October
The idiosyncratic memoir of a singular man, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is destined to be a classic.
In 2014, T Bone Burnett brought musicians Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Rhiannon Giddens and Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith together to record a series of newly discovered Bob Dylan lyrics written just before the recording of his revered album with The Band, The Basement Tapes. These sessions were documented by acclaimed documentarian Sam Jones and turned into the Showtime documentary Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued. We talked with Jones about the project’s origins, the stories he aimed to tell and what was cut during the editing process.
The absolute highlight of the concert came when Costello returned from the shadows once again and he proceeded to perform a wonderfully stripped-back "Alison" with only his acoustic guitar and without a microphone. In the ultimate unplugged moment, Costello offered a revelation. Gently strumming the guitar strings with his thumb, Costello exhibited his own musicality, the full might of his voice and the powerful emotion packed into one of his greatest songs.
The legendary pop outfit brought along a very special guest in Elvis Costello and his band, the Imposters. Costello opened for Steely Dan, but in truth, this was a double-headliner treat for music fans.
Should it surprise anybody that Elvis Costello and his rugged yet nuanced backing trio the Imposters worked so well on a bill with the urbane, sophisticated Steely Dan on Monday at Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center? Hardly.
Elvis Costello and Steely Dan showed their fans the brilliance of aging cheese: sometimes the longer something sits, the better it becomes.
The intense, menacing psychotic fever dream of obsessive love "I Want You" was a deep cut that thrilled true fans. "Pump it Up" and his cover of Nick Lowe's "What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding" ended the set on a rocking note.
Calling all Veronicas. Calling all Alisons. Calling all of everyone: A group of Boston musicians are coming together to pay tribute to the legendary Elvis Costello next month, and the lineup is an all-star squad of our city’s music scene.
Sioux City! If you were looking for a master class in rock, you should have been at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Friday night. Elvis was outside the building, eager to help you get schooled.
Drawing from a career that’s included everything from punk rock standards to eclectic collaboration, Costello and his band, the Imposters, delivered a spirited, varied show that had the crowd alternately seated in silent reverence and as dancing in the aisles.
He got plenty of reaction from the crowd thanks to bravura vocal performances on “Flutter & Wow,” “Veronica” and “Everyday I Write the Book.” He also let the characteristically economical Imposters stretch out and jam a bit on “One Bell Ringing.”
Costello’s buttery voice was in fine form, and his musical wit was well-matched with the headliners’. On this night, both acts expertly allowed fans to experience the true measure of their artistry.
"His set list was, really, more adventurous than Steely Dan’s...switching from old favorites to recent numbers such as Flutter and Wow and Jimmie Standing in the Rain (which concluded with a beautiful bit of a cappella singing by Costello)."
Opening the show was Elvis Costello & the Imposters, a headliner in his own right, with an hour-long career retrospective that jumped genres, tempos, and vocal timbre.
It’s all good – terrific, actually – and the 18 songs they scattered over two hours fully satisfied the mostly full house, as did an hour long set from Elvis Costello & the Imposters.
For Costello and the Imposters, it was a warm, no-nonsense approach that helped them and the material feel timeless. Costello’s commercial peaks were never as towering as some of his contemporaries and his latter-career efforts have produced some gems.
After Costello's Portland show on Wednesday night, I heard someone behind me say that it was “like seeing the Who in their heyday,” and they weren’t wrong—just in terms of sheer endurance Costello outclasses every other artist his age, save maybe Springsteen.
He touched on country twang, reggae groove, New Wave synth silliness and fuzz-rock heroics, a mode he stayed in for much of the night. If you didn't know Costello was a guitar shredder, he made sure to let us in on the secret.
Steely Dan Summer 2015 'Rockabye Gollie Angel Tour' With Special Guest Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Steely Dan’s 2015 “Rockabye Gollie Angel Tour” will extend into the summer with special guest Elvis Costello & The Imposters.
The night ends with Costello urging fans to leave their seats for a romp through (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love And Understanding.
A great night with a national treasure in fine form.
His voice was as ever his own distinctive tone that shaped and wormed its way around and above the amazing tone he pulled from every guitar he played or when he sat at the grand piano Elvis was entertaining with the full box of musical fireworks tonight.
The night ended with an outing of one of his earliest classics, (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding. A fitting finale indeed and a fitting sentiment too on a night when all those things ruled the Welsh capital.
That voice, sometimes a deep, mellow, heavy whisper, at others sailing to the top notes, and frequently a rock’n’roll screech, sounded as good as new.
It's fair to stay that although Elvis may be past his best vocally his guitar playing was right up there with some of the greats. As he skipped around the instruments he held so dearly I was amazed at his skill and pace.
Still looking like he could play for a few more hours, Costello finally left the stage to a standing ovation that was thoroughly deserved for a performance that reaffirmed him as one of the truly great troubadours of our time.
Making a solo appearance at Bristol's Colston Hall Costello thrummed his way through a collection of era-defining music; songs that have not just stood the test of time but seem to hold new relevance for an uncertain, unequal modern world.
With her new show His Aim Is True: The Singular Songs of Elvis Costello at Stage 72, you'll meet the new Karen Oberlin. Gone are the controlled vibrato, upper range, emotional translucence, femininity, and the playfulness of a purveyor of American Songbook/pop.
The legendary songwriter performed more than two hours of greatest hits and other tunes at The Guildhall as part of his nationwide 21-date Detour tour.
Tonight at The Phil, playing an acoustic set, the tracks pared right back to the bone, his voice and the power and emotion of his lyrics were allowed to step right to the foreground. This was truly a spectacular show, from a musical legend with a songbook so dizzyingly good it sets your head spinning.
It was the personal touches such as the different set list for every gig, and insight into his family that made the show special.
The Last Year Of My Youth - unveiled on the Letterman show last year, even though he'd only written it the day before - showed that his brilliant songwriting skill remains undimmed.
It is not the only lost art of which Costello is a careful curator, and the continuing expansion of his own skill-set included some beautiful piano playing for songs that included Joni Mitchell's A Case Of You and a glorious slow gospel version of Sam & Dave's I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down.
The legendary singer heaves his huge songbook on stage for a night of retrospective brilliance
It is a reminder that Elvis Costello, contrarian or not, is generally wonderful. Next time you see him he will be entirely different, but I wouldn’t bet against him being wonderful again.
Still one of England’s best musicians, Costello appears to be only getting better with age. No longer the angry young man of the 1970s, he has settled into the role of a Leonard Cohen-esque elder statesman of rock and roll. Settled, sure, but his live performances, much like his voice, have lost none of their power.
"A cursory look at Setlist.fm, will testify, no two shows on the 21-date Detour are the same, allowing the 60-year-old Costello to detour in any direction with 400 songs in his canon"
"it’s a measure of Elvis Costello’s greatness that the series of rousing standing ovations he receives at the end of this remarkable show is entirely deserved."
Following the success of his solo shows last year, Elvis Costello announces a 21-date UK tour called ‘Detour’ in the early summer of 2015.
The crowd loved it; singing, cheering and whistling along to every tune, and giving standing ovations after almost every other performance. There's certainly no doubt he deserved it.
Playing acoustically must be one of the hardest things a musician can do. Laid bare, it sees you out on a limb and having to rely on yourself to pull things off. You need to be a special person to do it at all. To do it this well, you need to have some of the best songs of their type ever written and a career that many would kill for. Tonight, you needed to be Elvis Costello.
"It is rare to see an artist so completely captivate a crowd without any accompaniment. But Costello pulled it off in spades."
Elvis Costello closed his ‘Detour’ solo tour Sunday at the Paramount Theatre with a fabulous night of music that included a rare film clip of his father, Ross McManus, writes rock critic Charles R. Cross.
Elvis Costello’s music has inspired a lot of book titles, most notably Bret Easton Ellis’s Less Than Zero and Imperial Bedrooms. Last summer, EW senior writer Anthony Breznican published his own novel, a dark coming-of-age thriller called Brutal Youth. Here’s his personal tribute to the album that inspired it.
The long-awaited and greatly anticipated memoir by one of the music world’s most iconic and influential performers and songwriters, Elvis Costello, will publish in Fall 2015.
On the final night of his Detour tour, this set was anything but short. Closing in on thirty songs, with three encores, Costello belied his sixty years by performing for over two and a half hours.
Last night, I really came to understand what total mastery of the artform is when I saw Elvis Costello play, mostly by himself, for approximately two and a half hours at Ft. Lauderdale’s Broward Center for the Performing Arts
A rare series of one-man appearances is what his "Detour" tour is comprised of; nothing but a full night of the witty, multitalented entertainer delivering the goods all by himself.
Costello’s stage resembled a mini-Pee-wee’s Playhouse seemingly designed to indulge his every musical whim – at least a half-dozen guitars, megaphones, microphones, effects pedals and a piano, all flanking a giant old-school tube TV called the Lupe-O-Tone.
Elvis Costello stops in Orlando next week on his Detour Tour, an aptly named production for the man whose career of nearly 40 years has been filled with musical tangents.
Word on Elvis Costello's solo tour is that he tends to roam freely through his extensive catalog, mixing hits and obscurities to come up with something fresh every night. And that's what he did, Friday night at the Mobile Saenger Theatre - but that wasn't the half of it.
Costello's New Orleans show served as a reminder that he is one of the few punk-era songwriters whose catalog could conceivably fuel sing-alongs around the campfire.
Seeing the man and his music alone — well, OK, with a little help from his friends — was a terrific treat.
Armed with a few acoustic guitars and as stacked a songbook as any living songwriter, Costello charmed, crooned and rattled the rafters.
Over the course of 31 songs – a setlist of both radio hits and deep cuts – the prolific artist gave fans a show that was truly unforgettable.
When Elvis Costello takes a stage, his energy, passion and distinct voice snap the room's attention. When he takes the stage solo, it's a mesmerizing two hours of music spanning his long and storied career.
To carry a room as big as the Uptown, a good one-person show requires an entertainer with either a large, vibrant personality or a deep reservoir of memorable music. Costello brought both.
He has an enviable zen quality to his performance, alternating between a gentle strum by thumb to striking a pose for emphasis as needed, with an occasional tip of the hat to acknowledge the crowd.
With only several instruments scattered about the stage as well as his voice and his songs, Elvis Costello delivered a career-spanning, breathtaking set that did away with a big band, elaborate staging or anything fancy and simply let his talent shine.
Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James & Marcus Mumford Banded Together For One Night In November at L.A.’s Ricardo Montalban Theatre.
For two hours Tuesday night, Elvis Costello captivated more than 1,000 people in the sold-out Rococo Theatre with a brilliantly staged, played and sung 29-song performance
The theme of the show swirled around nostalgia and pride as he trotted out favorites from his long solo career and several covers, homages and hits from his many collaborations.
The marquee outside the Rococo Theatre has for months advertised Elvis Costello's sold-out show as a solo event, and its aim is pretty true. But concertgoers can expect a visit to the stage from sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell during Costello's set.
Elvis Costello has announced thirteen new "Solo" North American tour dates, dubbed "Detour" which will travel through the Mid-West and Southern U.S., after commencing on March 1st in Boulder, Colorado and concludes in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on March 18th. Tickets On Sale Now!
If you pick up Diana Krall’s new album Wallflower, a good first play would be in the car late at night on a moonlit stretch of country highway.
That’s how I heard it for the first time and it was a great way to end a very long day.
MTT Leads The San Francisco Symphony In Performances Of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, With Elvis Costello As Narrator & Actor Malcolm McDowell As The Devil, January 16-18.
Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) leads the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in performances of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (The
Soldier’s Tale) with Elvis Costello as narrator and actor Malcolm
McDowell as the devil, January 16-18, 2015 at Davies Symphony Hall.
It's something new, even for Costello, the rocker whose collaborations are as numerous as they are unpredictable. His latest engagement -- narrating composer Igor Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du soldat" ("The Soldier's Tale"), about a Faustian bargain -- will pair him with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, members of the San Francisco Symphony and the distinguished British actor Malcolm McDowell.
Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct "The Soldier's Tale" with the San Francisco Symphony in January 2015 at the Davies Symphony Hall.
The New Basement Tapes, the band name assumed by these five songwriters, each of whom took turns composing arrangements for Dylan’s lyrics, speaks more to the notion of reviving the spirit of those storied sessions in the present than adding to their legacy by resurrecting and completing these once abandoned songs.
The result is a disparate, mysterious collection of music tied together through a common set of musicians, in a similar way to the original.
The legend’s lyrics are always poignant, but it is difficult to best him. The best a performer can do is provide beautiful artistic homage. The New Basement Tapes deliver on that in spades.
How do you bring together five musicians, each with significant catalogs of their own, and put them on the same stage without a hint of raging ego or argument over who gets the spotlight?
Easy. Just throw them some vintage, unreleased Bob Dylan songs to belatedly bring to the world.
There are those moments you wish you could freeze time and snatch up every person you love in the world, transporting them to your location. Halting the cosmos just long enough that all those wonderful people that make your life feel special could dance with you in a circle celebrating vitality and kinship. The Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Los Angeles just had one of those moments, featuring what may likely be the only performance ever from a supergroup of epic proportions, the affectionately named The New Basement Tapes.
The new album, Lost On The River, from The New Basement Tapes is available now! Download now at all retailers, and deluxe packages are available from our store that include exclusive photo lithographs, fan posters, vinyl, and more.
“Costello can easily entertain a room for two and a half hours with no instruments other than voice, guitar, piano, lights and a handful of anecdotes”
Elvis Costello collaborated with Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons),to create music for a treasure trove of long-lost lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 at the time he was creating the original Basement Tapes.
As the evening drew to a close we were rewarded with a spine-tingling “Shipbuilding”, and Costello even sang a number unmic’d after the sound system was turned off for the night.
He has played with the greats of popular music, to Basel he came without accompaniment. Elvis Costello enthralls his audience with unbeatable troubadour songs and whipped hard guitar.
When Elvis Costello, who was playing the second half, came on towards the end of the set to take the vocals on ‘Point of No Return’, it seemed the only way was up.
In Costello each song can sound like the end of the world. Or like a new beginning.
So the start of the concert has been particularly strong, it was a real joy to music, which only further intensified.
A house music evening with the pop chameleon Elvis Costello solo at the Burgtheater.
Elvis Costello - you do not have much more to say about this exceptional musician. Born in London in 1954 Costello announced Sunday evening the very special guest of the great 30-year-Posthof birthday party.
Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, Loudon Wainwright III,
David Johansen Among The Artists Featured On Boardwalk Empire Volume 3: Music From The HBO® Original Series, Out October 27 From ABKCO Records & iTunes.
Vienna is glad that he had other plans this Saturday night - and will thank him in the extravagant addition block with multiple standing ovations.
It can be said with certainty that Elvis Costello is a real entertainer and a strong one-man show knows how to take sometimes is full of surprises.
Elvis Costello is to join a stellar lineup of artists including Norah Jones, Regina Spektor and Loudon Wainwright III on the new Boardwalk Empire Soundtrack.
A solo Costello’s only onstage affectation was a glowing ‘On Air’ sign, its intimation of a radio session in progress and the modest arrangement of guitars and a piano around the singer reaching for an up-close-and-personal atmosphere.
All was also still just drowned out by a standing ovation. After a career of nearly forty years Costello remains a master of his craft, and he still does not avoid the risks.
Amidst the two-and-a-half hours played, his family roots, his punk days (Watching the Detectives, Shipbuilding, Oliver’s Army and more were all present) and his current status as a transatlantic conduit to the Great American Songbook were all explored, the latter through April 5th (written with “my friends Roseanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson”) and a sublime contribution from Dylan’s New Basement Tapes, Lost On the River.
Even when armed with a new song (The Last Year of My Youth), Costello keeps us enthralled, such is the power of this bloke's presence and presentation.
Here Costello can both wallow in his great entertainer persona, while allowing the songs, as Eric Cantona might have put it "to live and to breathe".
Rock and roll with a difference, really great hullabaloo. And entertaining.
Tonight Declan McManus takes his solo show “home” and song after song reinforces the oft held – and justified – notions of legend status he acquired over his 35 year career.
Stuttgart - Elvis Costello does not proceed, he does not wander, he bustles literally on the stage.
Party mood at Circus Krone. Standing ovation. Flowers for Costello and the Lovells. A thank you for a memorable evening.
Instead, a tour de force across the career of the 60 -year-old Declan Patrick MacManus. He is alone on the stage. The tea on the box evaporated, the five Gibson Collectibles shine in the spotlight.
Elvis Costello will be performing Solo across Europe this Autumn
including Paris, Vienna, Brussels, Amsterdam, Dublin, Belfast, London and many more.
He was once the horn-rimmed glasses nerd with punk attitude. But actually Elvis Costello plays fantastic powerpop. Equally captivating was now his appearance in Hamburg.
Right from the start, Costello goes full swing. He has a power and presence in both singing and guitar playing that is captivating.
On Wednesday night, he was back in Bergen - this time completely alone sold out house at mation scene with just guitar. Or six copies to be exact .
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When their regular conductor can not be on today's broadcast of "Tonight with Ylvis Live " , the Bergen Brothers duo sets off to the borders for a replacement .
But Elvis Costello is a master who knows never to paint himself into a corner . Full track as he has both its own expression and their increasingly detailed musical map . Few others have such a breadth of musical acts , yet with a consistent voice .
The melodies are consistently strong and demonstrates time and again Costello's ingenuity, but equally important is how he builds his songs harmoniously and how he is looking to create its variation in the actual composition.
There’s a case to be made for Steve Nieve as rock 'n' roll’s greatest keyboardist, at least as an accompanist. Ebony and ivory have lived together not just in perfect harmony but frenzied excitement as Nieve has been the dominant instrumental force in Elvis Costello’s Attractions and, subsequently, Imposters.
Costello showed that if you just have a sufficiently talented and versatile singer, guitarist and songwriter, one can easily entertain a room for two and a half hours with no instruments other than voice, guitar, piano, lights and a handful of anecdotes.
The program is visited by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho, artist Elvis Costello and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Watch It now...
Nieve's conversational pitch and virtuosic technique drew laughs, gasps and a standing ovation from the tiny audience.
Buzz Aldrin, Tom Jones, Elvis Costello, Weird Al, and Aerosmith To Be Featured In The Simpsons Boutique Collection
“Watching the Detectives” was returned to its source material, with a lush and edgy film noir tone."
Where some rock or pop musicians might use an orchestra as more or less a bigger version of their usual backing band, Costello’s arrangements, which conductor Scott Dunn had praised him for in his introduction, tended to retool the songs more completely.
Unlike lesser "pop artist with strings" Bowl gigs that tend to drape simple songs with unsubstantial, one-size-fits-all backing, each measure during Costello's set was its own tiny epiphany. The so-called Impostor is also an Arranger.
This week, a funky, gritty single dropped -- remember singles? It has the feeling of a classic 45, to be played by your local radio station until the disc scratches. From Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, it's sung by Elvis Costello, written by Bob Dylan (a 26-year-old Bob Dylan), and entitled "Married To My Hack."
Don't think that just because Elvis Costello is joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic for two shows at the Hollywood Bowl this week that the former Angry Young Man of the British new wave movement has gone soft now that he's turned 60.
Red feather in an electric blue fedora, bright magenta blazer: Details of style are not lost on Elvis Costello, who headlined Bumbershoot’s main stage just a few minutes early of his 6:15 p.m. set time on Saturday.
Today a second track off the album Lost On The Rover: The New Basement Tapes, the terrific “Married To My Hack,” sung by Elvis Costello, was released.
“You can get on your high horse imagining that you’re influencing events by standing on stage and singing songs. But if you don’t sing what you feel, then what are you doing? Are you just providing a mild distraction while we tumble along toward the rotating knives?”
I am a successful rock and roll star who can’t take the pressures of this sleazy business any longer. My time is not my own. I can’t spend time with the people I like, it’s always touring, touring, touring, photo sessions, photo sessions, photo sessions, records, records, records. I’m going nuts. I’ve finally decided to run away and live the free life exploring my hidden talents under the big top. I know my manager will kill me if he learns my plans, but I don’t care. I just CAN’T TAKE IT!
Over two very different shows Elvis Costello pushed his ambitious boundaries even further, Steve Swift was witness to an artist who refuses to stand still.
After just one song the show was stopped by security after a fish slice in the VIP area was misplaced. Costello pleaded with the audience to “calm down a bit” as fans were dragged over security barriers to avoid spoiling their clothes against a tray of spilled Pimms.
One of a string of rare solo appearances, this was an unpretentious, stripped-down affair. Without visual gimmicks or keyboard-toting wingmen to back him up, Costello drew upon his astonishing catalogue of classics. The results were electrifying.
"it's the brotherly love onstage and affection from the charmed audience that illuminates Kew Gardens."
He is truly incomparable and as the “On Air” light fades after two and a half hours and a standing ovation it feels as though it’s been a rare experience.
"delivering two and a half hours of album cuts and classic favorites concocted in such a way that each night is distinctly and delightfully different."
Elvis Costello's visit to Swansea's Brangwyn Hall last night showed us a performer whose mastery of light and shade, of the art of surprise, and of the vast palette of musical delights available to one so gifted, was second to none.
Elvis Costello will be performing solo at this years Kew The Music outdoor festival in London's Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew with support acts MacManus Brothers and Larkin Poe.
"He performed solo, his output a range of materials from four decades in the business, including the recent “The Last Year of My Youth,” which he proclaimed a work still in progress"
For the encore, husband Elvis Costello joined Krall onstage. He had a sold-out performance of his own earlier in the evening in the nearby Symphony Hall.
This was a stripped-down celebration of one of rock’s most rewarding catalogues and an artist of almost limitless scope.
Rock 'n' roll may not have been invented in Delaware, but for one night Costello made it the only place for a rock fan to be.
It’s not that you become more accomplished. It’s that you have to remember not to go too close to the model — to still keep the idiot part of yourself alive,”
On Tuesday night, he pulled some of those deep, deep tracks out of that memory in his first ever show at New York's Carnegie Hall. Playing alone on stage with either his guitar or a piano, Costello entertained the crowd with 29 of his classic songs.
The venerable singer-songwriter delves into his deep catalog in this career-spanning solo show.
A truly masterful showman. Binging it all down to a whisper from a scream. An intimate, raucous and inspiring evening.
Costello offered something else: a continuing, challenging, intimate engagement with his songs, old and new.
"Costello's 29-song stand amounted to a one-man Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, drawing upon material as far back as pre-dating 1977's My Aim Is True and as freshly composed as last week"
Costello sat at the organ offering pure entertainment with a side of simple brilliance.
It was a night that served as a reminder of Costello's versatility -- playing solo or with others, on his own songs or on covers, he's one of the few artists for whom it doesn't seem like a ridiculous idea to give a standing ovation after every song.
Elvis Costello’s solo tours in recent years have been constructed around themes that change from night to night, depending on the singer’s mood.
"He absorbs others' music with the academic rigor of a cultural anthropologist and the intuitive, ecstatic fervor of a revival preacher, giving back to each tradition as much as he gets"
Flanked by a veritable arsenal of guitars, Costello regularly shifted from one six-string to the next, often using his effects pedals to sample his playing
"His songs, stripped bare, were elemental and undeniable."
"his dramatic and passionate vocal delivery that included whistling, expert acoustic and electric guitar playing and animated storytelling"
An evening with Elvis Costello playing 32 songs spanning four decades over two hours and 30 minutes: That probably describes a dream scenario for anyone who’s followed him over the years, but it happened.
Elvis Costello has been doing brief regional tours of the United States for the past few years, and these "SOLO" tours, as he calls them, have given him opportunity to dig deep into one of modern music's deepest and most intensely satisfying catalogs.
Costello displayed his unwavering commitment to excavating the memories, meanings and mysteries held in song
"Without any Attractions, Imposters, or special guests, this was the first performance on a new solo tour for the 59-year-old dabbler in nearly everything considered rock 'n' roll since the expression was invented."
Costello’s concert showcased the depth and breadth of his work and his influences — from the first song he wrote (“I was a profound 17-year-old”) to one he wrote last week before going on “Late Night with David Letterman”
Elvis Costello solo tour dates in the mid-west and mid-south U.S. beginning June 9th, the first time since 1999 (when touring with keyboardist Steve Nieve) that he's headlined the area with such a stripped down setup.
"I have the freedom in the solo show to tell the story anyway I want," Costello said. He might group together songs dealing with exile and travel and the performing life — a way-of-life experience he shares with his grandfather and father.
Elvis Costello will make his Carnegie Hall debut as a headliner with two solo shows dubbed "The Last Year Of My Youth” on Tuesday, June 24th and Wednesday, June 25th.
When asked about any pre-show rituals, the singer cracked, “Other than the slaughtering of the goats, no.”
USA TODAY premieres a studio demo of The Comedians, penned by Costello. Orbison's son, Alex, describes it as "a beautiful song about forlorn, twisted abandonment" and "one of the best 'Orbison' songs that Roy did not write, if not the best."
Costello played some furiously flailing guitar to the point that it might not have been surprising if he'd dropped in something by Hendrix.
A fantastic display of songwriting and musicianship, and more impressive, a fresh, enthusiastic, and at times, quite emotional performance.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters may have played at the Civic just over a year ago but any possibility of deja vu soon evaporated a few songs in.
The atmosphere in the photographer's pit of the Mojo stage at Byron Bay Bluesfest is like the beginning of the Melbourne Cup.
Elvis Costello, one of the highlights of the Queenstown Blues and Roots Festival next Saturday, confirms Shane Gilchrist's suspicions: he's a lyricist not short of a word.
Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James & Marcus Mumford Gather In Capitol Studios With Producer & Project Creator T Bone Burnett To Write Music For Long-Lost Bob Dylan Lyrics From 1967 And Record Completed Songs For New Album.
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is proud to announce the release of "Out Among The Stars" (Columbia/Legacy), a remarkable new album comprised of 12 recently discovered Johnny Cash studio recordings, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
On Sunday, Elvis Costello and The Roots took the stage together for the second performance of a two-night engagement at the Brooklyn Bowl, a new venue with an old look via exposed duct work and brick walls.
Elvis Costello has added a Melbourne show at Hamer Hall on Thursday 17th April following a public outcry that a headline performance for the city was left off his upcoming Australian tour schedule.
Elvis Costello brings ‘Ghosts’ and more from his unique catalogue to Atlantic City March 8.
It is with regret that Chugg Entertainment today confirms that Elvis Costello & The Imposters' Adelaide date at the Thebarton Theatre on the Thursday 17th April, will no longer be going ahead. Less than anticipated ticket sales have unfortunately made it impossible to proceed.
You want to know why Pete Seeger is beaming? He was watching a rocking set from Wanda Jackson. So much for the old folk music versus rock and roll conflict.
La Santa Cecilia Win a Grammy!
Elvis Costello & The Roots will be the first act to play the rapidly developing Linq entertainment district.
When I was finishing up the Top 12 Records of 2013 series, I reached out to Steven Mandel to get a few thoughts about MY #1 album of the year, Wise Up Ghost.
Elvis Costello on his love affair with the South
Elvis Costello and The Imposters at EX Theatre Roppong December 12th, 2013. "His experience, showmanship and love for performing really shines through in his live show."
Elvis Costello & The Roots Premiere Lyric Video for ‘Walk Us Uptown- Antibalas Rework: Available For Viewing Exclusively on Esquire.com
Wise Up: Thought Now Available Digitally & on 10” Vinyl.
"Armed with two acoustic guitars, two electric guitars, a piano and a microphone, Costello put on an epic two-hour solo performance."
"You took a different approach with Wise Up Ghost than most others have with their albums. What was the mission?"
Elvis Costello and The Roots have announced the release of Wise Up:
Thought – Remixes and Reworks.
"His phrasing and chord changes don’t sound like anyone else. In a world of imitators, Elvis Costello is unique."
The tireless troubadour finished up with “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding,” stomping, gesturing and strumming his electric guitar. Again, the guitar fed back on its rack as he walked off the stage, bringing one of the better shows you will see in your lifetime to close.
"He then concluded the stellar show with “What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding” on electric guitar, proving you don’t need a backing band to rock out."
Elvis Costello at the F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA, November 25, 2013
Elvis Costello has war, peace on his mind at solo Lisner Auditorium show
"Give Elvis Costello a guitar, and he'll weave a spell destined to keep the audience captivated."
"He is a chameleon of musical talent, whose weekend stop in Easton proved just he doesn't have to play by the book to get appreciation and respect from his fans."
"In a dark suit and fedora, wearing his trademark glasses, Costello played a 29-song, two-hour-and-15-minute show that spanned his 35-year career."
" It was a satisfying, wide-ranging show, full of interesting twists and turns."
"In between his riveting performances, Costello regaled the audience with tales of his tours past."
"Since he’ll perform solo at the Lisner on Friday, we’ve rounded up some of Costello’s songs about — what else? — loneliness."
"there are few if any as talented and as highly respected for both their art and craft by both fans and fellow musicians."
"It’s a testament to his abilities as a performer, as well as to the gorgeous venue, that the first (the aforementioned “Dirty Rotten Shame”) was sung off-mic."
Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance, the first-ever documentary portrait of one of the greatest musicians and songwriters of our time. Mark Kidel’s film is currently playing on BBC's iPlayer until Sunday 17th November 2013.
"when Costello hits the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston on Thursday, November 14, he’ll have only a guitar in hand (or perhaps a ukulele)"
"marvelous, two-hour solo concert, an intimate offering that was a perfect fit for the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall."
'I'd like to introduce my special guest for this evening," Elvis Costello said to the audience at the Merriam Theater Sunday night. "It's me."
"The result was a delicious and revelatory evening of song-smithing and showmanship, particularly so on the historic stage that has seen world premieres of many of the shows that Costello has mined"
"Elvis Costello shared something special with us Thursday, something complete. But he, like every true genius, left the stage a puzzle unsolved."
"Yet another standing ovation sent Costello and the crowd off into the November chill, their love affair still intact."
Steve Nieve, longtime keyboard player for Elvis Costello & The Attractions, adds another stellar recording to his list of credits via Together, an album featuring such artists as Costello, Sting, Laurie Anderson and Squeeze’s Glenn Tilbrook.
"Mark Kidel’s film was a deftly constructed trip through a restless, shape-shifting career"
Today we explore the work of Elvis Costello. Imperial Bedroom may have been released in 1982 (that's more than 30 years ago, mind you), but Mr. Costello is still making headlines today--most recently with his collaboration with the Roots entitled Wise Up Ghost (and Other Songs).
Is Shipbuilding the finest - perhaps the most poignant - of protest songs? Many would agree, but as Alan Connor writes, lyricist Elvis Costello described it as "less a protest song than a warning sign".
Throughout his superb solo set at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Wednesday night, Elvis Costello constantly reminded the audience that this was his “gospel show.”
"Monday’s show did not star Costello the Angry Man, or Costello the punk, or the genial TV host of "Spectacle." It was, instead, introspective, illuminating and, in many places, touching."
"For the second encore he brought out his electric guitar for a raucous version of “I Want You,” with the fuzzed-out tone fitting perfectly with the lyrical themes of rage and jealousy."
We sincerely hope that in these three evenings of music we show what an amazing force the string quartet can be. Old, new, serious, humorous, enormously colourful and endlessly adaptable.' - Brodsky Quartet
"Costello enthralled the standing-room only crowd at the Calvin Theatre with a two-hour (including encores) set that visited numerous facets of the singer-songwriter's storied career, including many tunes not often performed live."
Legendary Attractions And Imposters Keyboardist Collaborates With Sting, Costello, Laurie Anderson, Glenn Tillbrook, Robert Wyatt, Ron Sexsmith, Vanessa Paradis, Alain Chamfort & More
Elvis Costello Talks to Judd Apatow About Wise Up Ghost, His Album with the Roots, and His Musical with Burt Bacharach
Judd Apatow’s big career break happened while he was waiting in line for an Elvis Costello concert. That’s kind of a long story (read on to hear him tell it), but it’s just one of the many reasons Vanity Fair was so excited to match up these two creative powerhouses for a conversation pegged to Costello’s recent album, Wise Up Ghost, and upcoming East Coast tour.
Singer/songwriter Elvis Costello has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the oldest independent school of music in the U.S.
"Elvis Costello is a Bridge School Benefit veteran, and his seven-song set was an early highlight."
Elvis Costello talks at New England Conservatory
Steven Mandel, the co-producer of Elvis Costello and The Roots' Wise Up Ghost, on dream projects, guerrilla tactics, and the magic of mistakes.
Live Nation is proud to announce the lineup and ticket information for the 27th annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts at Shoreline Amphitheatre. This year's concerts will take place on Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA.
"Costello's unmistakeable vocal weaved in through the organised chaos of The Roots."
Krall is an artist who loves what she's doing, puts her heart and soul into it, and really seems to care about those who come to see her.
With Don Was, Elvis Costello and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in the same room, talk of music is inevitable, and it's sure to be seasoned with respect, history, and even a drop-in by Dave Chappelle.
Grooves are murky and loose, a melding together of soul, hip hop, ska and funk, discordant electronic sounds, some beautiful string arrangements, a nice brass section and more than a nod to the 1970s.
Recently Okayplayer had the unique opportunity to interview Elvis Costello and Questlove–the principal troublemakers behind the recent Wise Up Ghost album from Elvis & The Roots.
"Sharp and soulful in equal measure, matching Costello's biting storytelling with The Roots' propulsive, funk-driven grooves"
Biblecode Sundays frontman Ronan McManus talks to Geraldine Gilmartin about family, his musical make-up and brother Elvis Costello.
A New Element Surfaces on Music's Periodic Table: Elvis Costello and Questlove Break Bad on Wise Up Ghost
Professor Costello, Professor Questlove: congratulations on your remarkable achievement for the greater good of music. You’ve done us proud.
"I've ended up with this strange career of basically doing what the f--- I want," Costello tells THR. His latest effort, "Wise Up Ghost," may be the musician's most rhythmic work yet."
"Each song begs the question, “Where has this pairing been for the past few decades?”
"The lack of any rapping whatsoever though means that Wise Up Ghost is in fact a funk album; and a damn good one at that."
Costello, Questlove, and engineer/producer Steven Mandel reveal the process of making their groove-laden, song-driven, totally new, occasionally familiar-sounding album, Wise Up Ghost -
"A beautiful and entertaining fusion of seemingly disparate genres that come together flawlessly to make something altogether new and exciting"
The dream date between UK punk standard-bearer and Philly’s polymath funk-and-beyond band heats up onstage in Brooklyn
Elvis Costello And Adam Driver Sing "Please, Mr. Kennedy" At The Inside Llewyn Davis Tribute Concert
"Elvis Costello stepped in to perform Timberlake’s song from the film, “Please, Mr. Kennedy"
When Justin Timberlake couldn't make Sunday's concert celebrating the music of the new Coen Brother's movie, "Inside Llewyn Davis," master of ceremonies John Goodman told the crowd Timberlake's understudy would perform instead.
"This is that rarest of rare occurrences - a meeting of musical superstars that comes off as organic, inspired and necessary"
"an abundance of metaphors, slick rhythms and an array of haunting yet jazzy melodies that brim with energy and Costello’s signature thought-provoking lyrics"
"On Wise Up Ghost, Elvis Costello and The Roots created the perfect balance of songwriting, soul, and hip hop"
"It’s hard to recall a record in recent memory that pays such rich rewards off of so much heightened suspicion and curiosity"
"Wise Up Ghost is littered with gems. The beautiful strings intro to “Sugar Won’t Work,” for example, leads right into a smooth, groovy 70s bass line"
Wise Up Ghost is a perfect fall record. As a perfect soundtrack to the change of season, keep it on heavy rotation for the coming weeks.
The songs are gritty, moody and full of humidity — a thick, instrumental, vintage soul album infused with subtle hip hop.
"For me, there's no such thing as sounding too funky," says Costello, and while Wise Up Ghost often sounds menacingly sparse, it is also propelled by thick grooves.
I hope the "Number One" etched into the album's cover is an indication that this is not merely a one-off collaboration but rather just the beginning of a beautiful musical relationship. This record is pure gold from every angle."
"Wise Up Ghost just might be dressed in “the ghostly clothes of jazz” and be the thing that “shivered the cities down to the last radio,” to paraphrase the beardy Beat."
"Lyrically, the album may paint things black, spewing one dire social and political pronouncement after another. But the music sweetens the dread with excitement"
"Its legacy will be less a product of what section it finds itself in a record store than it is a reflection of the commonly arrived upon realization that there are only two types of music in the world, good and bad. Take it or leave it, Wise Up Ghost is great. "
"Good morning," Questlove of the Roots announced with a grin just after 10 p.m. last night, taking the throne behind a white Ludwig drum kit. "Welcome to what we call the manifestation of a dream."
These tracks conjure up a late-night, cinematic feel reminiscent of Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield’s 1970s output, yet their tasteful minimalism ensures that they also feel utterly modern.
If we are, as Costello seems to be suggesting, careening toward the apocalypse, at least we’re getting there in style.
It’s rare that a record comes along that so boldly states its own greatness, and it’s rarer still that such an album actually lives up to that promise. Wise Up Ghost does. [B+]
"Right place, right people, right time; those things aren’t even the half of it."
”It’s a moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies. I went stark and dark on the music, Elvis went HAM on some ole Ezra Pound shit.”
"the combination of one of England’s great lyricists and production from arguably America’s most forward-thinking band resulting in a crisp, funky, even dangerous sounding album as political and as relevant as anything this year. 9/10"
It’s amazing, and the Roots are ideal collaborators, intertwining their sound with the melodic bile Costello spits into the mic. It’s got grooves to spare"
The Telegraph: Elvis Costello and the Roots have created a very cool, politically charged collaboration.
Dousing us with a soundtrack supreme, The Roots and Elvis Costello have proven that timelessness outweighs relevance. We needed the wakeup call; they provided it and then some.
Elvis Costello and the Roots team up for a marriage made in heaven.
Electronic Musician October issue features a cover story on Wise Up Ghost, a collaboration between Elvis Costello and The Roots. Here, Costello tells us more about the evolution of the songs and studio sessions.
Questlove describes the result as an ''apocalyptic love story … It's a moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies. I went stark and dark on the music, Elvis went HAM on some ol' Ezra Pound shit.''
Elvis Costello and The Roots have announced that a collaborative album entitled Wise Up Ghost will be exclusively released by Blue Note Records on Tuesday September 17th...
“Walk Us Uptown,” the first single from Costello’s full-length collaboration with The Roots, is possibly the funkiest thing he’s released to date.
Terry Staunton spins the wheel with Elvis Costello and takes him back through the years, and discusses Thatcher's death, Britain today, and protest songs.
"the highlight of his set came when Swedish cellist Svante Henryson stepped on for a nuanced rendering of “Shipbuilding”
“Refuse to Be Saved,” “Wake Me Up,” “Viceroy’s Row” find Elvis spitting vitriolic wit over spare and menacing funk backings.
Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood New Jersey announces some great new shows that you won't want to miss! Get ready for Elvis Costello, Monday, November 4, 2013 at 8 PM, Lisa Marie Presley, Thursday, October 10
“Elvis is steeped in the music and lore of the twenties and his ‘It Had To Be You’ is a classic take on a classic song that has entertained audiences for decades and decades.
Har det vært noen bedre rockekonserter i Bodø noen gang? Neppe!
Has there been a better rock concert in Bodø ever? Hardly!
Costello selv spilte gitar, og hadde festivalprofil Svante Henryson med som gjest på tre av låtene i settet, deriblant velkjente "Shipbuilding".
Costello himself played guitar and had festival profile Svante Henryson as a guest on three of the songs in the set, including the famous "Shipbuilding".
We've been suggested a wide array of liquors, but never Pimm's #1. That is, until Nate Weber, general manager of the Libertine slid the "Elvis Costello Lost in Missouri" across the bar to us. So what is it, exactly?
"“Walk Us Uptown,” is a dark, mysterious minimalist funk jam"
Elvis Costello and The Imposters leave the Wheel behind for summer shows and play a host of European dates
Elvis Costello and The Imposters will drop the wheel off in Canterbury
and head back out on the road in July and August for a run of European shows.
“Will you wash away our sins in the crossfire and cross-currents/As you uncross your fingers and take out some insurance . . .
Und dann kommt Elvis Costello, ein vielfach ausgezeichneter Musiker mit einer gehörigen Portion Weltruhm. Passt nicht? Passt wunderbar.
Premiere Single & Lyric Video for ‘Walk Us Uptown’ TODAY!
Available For Streaming & Viewing Exclusively via Pitchfork.com
Artists Also Unveil ‘Wise Up Ghost’ Album Art
"So heading down to a neat Soho hotel for a couple of beers and a playback of Wise Up Ghost – an intriguing sounding collaboration between Elvis and The Roots"
"At the exact second he starts to caterwaul its enervating coda, all feels irredeemably lost and you’re left yearning for the implausible return of his deceased namesake."
El concierto de Elvis Costello and The Imposters del próximo 26 de julio pasa a celebrarse en la Sala Razzmatazz
"Regretfully, we have to announce that tonight's concert by Elvis Costello and the Imposters at the Capitol in Offenbach has been cancelled due to a throat infection and doctors advice"
AEG Live and The Royal Parks confirm Friday 12th July in Hyde Park to be Free! -
Existing ticket holders to get full refund -
Elton John, Ray Davies, Elvis Costello & More Announced For British Summer Time Concert At Hyde Park
The multi-million selling, incomparable Elton John is to lead star-studded line-up celebrating the best of British songwriting at the final Friday of Barclaycard's British Summer Time concerts at London's Hyde Park.
"rattling through a fantastic opening flurry including the Blood & Chocolate highlight I Hope You're Happy Now, I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down and the louche ragga noir of Watching the Detectives"
Elvis Costello & The Imposters will perform at the 2013 Glastonbury Festival on Saturday 29th June on The Pyramid Stage.
So, as we bid a fond farewell for now to the Spectacular Spinning Songbook, we would like to send our thanks to all in attendance as we trampled in the footsteps of Arthur Askey, the Tiller Girls and Mr. Pastry around the lovely vaudeville houses and haunted concrete boxes of the land.
Elvis Costello makes his Derry debut this week, when he plays The Venue on Thursday (June 27). It's another highlight in their City Of Culture 2013 celebrations.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Blackpool Opera House, 13 June 2013 and Manchester Apollo, 14 June 2013
The Spinning Songbook tour is evidence that one of Britain's finest songwriters and performers is on top of his game.
Has Costello ever been in better voice, especially on Shipbuilding? And what dignity he brought to Tramp The Dirt Down, not glorying in the dementia death of bete noir Margaret Thatcher but vehement in saying the song’s political sentiments still stood.
"Tramping Down the Dirt finishes the set, followed by a generous encore including Oliver’s Army, and ending up with Love, Peace and Understanding, the sentiment and the sound rousing the Festival Theatre to its feet in a well-deserved ovation."
There were pockets of haunting intimacy threaded through the general mischief and two – count ’em – whistling solos. Now, that’s entertainment.
Here he is again, our beloved entertainer imagining his future from Accrington station back in 1937 though tonight he's years from being a forgotten man in an indifferent nation.
The all-star recording of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a southern
gothic supernatural musical from co-conspirators Stephen King, John
Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett, is now available to buy at Amazon & iTunes
"there is also something tangible hanging in the air capable of turning good nights into great ones. Perhaps it's just a solid bond between performer and punter... whatever it is, it existed in the Philharmonic Hall on Hope Street last night."
For their intimate cover, Costello and Mumford & Sons added a bit of Woody Guthrie's "Do Re Mi" to Springsteen's original.
"not to mention the frenetic I Don't Want To Go To Chelsea and Watching the Detectives, with its sinister, accusatory guitar riff."
Elvis Costello returns to the Royal Albert Hall with his Spectacular Spinning Songbook revue, a concept he first toured with in the late 80s, and which shows no signs of dating with three sold-out nights at the venue offering proof of his enduring popularity.
"21st-century version of Watergate-era funk – Armed Forces by way of There's a Riot Goin' On"
The celebrated singer-songwriter delivered an angry, emotional, wild and wayward 28-song set that was more than any fan could reasonably ask for, says Neil McCormick.
Watching the Detectives becomes a dub labyrinth; Radio, Radio is as nervy as the day it was written. "The clock says we have to go," he says, then carries on anyway, still happily thumbing his nose at authority.
In a day where the word legend is so freely used in the music industry to describe some quite mediocre talents, only in a handful of cases does the description fit and Costello is certainly one of them.
Costello's two-and-a-half-hour, 25-song-plus performance in front of a packed and lively house did not disappoint.
His latest tour sees him mining the rich vein of his varied writing and recording career in a show that brings him closer to his audience than ever before.
Only an artist with a fine and extensive back catalogue could pull a show like this off. And only one with supreme confidence in their songs would try it.
Third Royal Albert Hall date added June 6th
Also Plays Milton Keynes Theatre June 9th
Elvis Costello and The Imposters play 18 UK shows
The 1958 Art Kane photo "A Great Day in Harlem" featured 57 jazz musicians posed on the steps and sidewalk in front of a Harlem brownstone. It is arguably the most famous jazz photo ever taken.
One of television’s most successful sitcom writers is joining with Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello to create a musical based on the artists’ 1998 album “Painted From Memory.”
Early in Tuesday night's (April 30) star-studded 75th birthday tribute to Allen Toussaint at the Harrah's Theater in New Orleans, the honoree was called on stage to accept a pair of long-overdue Grammy nominee medallions.
Allen Toussaint celebrated his 75th birthday surrounded by an audience of fans and a stage full of singing stars on Tuesday night at Harrah’s New Orleans Theatre.
"The Official Hot 100 - Ask Me Tomorrow"
Los Angeles quartet La Santa Cecilia this week release their major label debut Treinta Días, a record that finds the former buskers teaming up with none other than Elvis Costello.
The song from 1982 was written by Elvis Costello and Clive Langer for Robert Wyatt and has been recorded in several versions by Elvis Costello himself, Suede, June Tabor, Hue and Cry, Tamsin Archer and The Unthanks.
You might not suspect from its lovely, breathy lead vocal and deceptively languid, vaguely bossa nova lilt that La Santa Cecilia's latest single, "El Hielo" is actually a fiery protest anthem.
Elvis Costello busted out the never-released 1999-era track “Moonbeam Levels,”
"To put a punctuation mark on their set, Costello and the Imposters concluded by playing a version of the Who’s classic song “Substitute.”"
Legendary Band The Who To Be Joined By Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter Elvis Costello & The Imposters For February 28 Concert At The Theater At Madison Square Garden for the Who Cares Benefit For Teen Cancer.
Elvis Costello and The Imposters do it all again in 2013
Following the success of his 2012 ‘Revolver’ UK tour, Elvis Costello
has decided to revolve again this year, wheeling his gigantic
vaudevillian contraption up and down the country for 16 highly
Over two hours, the dazzling vaudeville approach,the random set-list device and Kelly the shagadelic go-go dancer had comprised an ingenuously fresh and often hilarious inroad to Costello's vast catalogue.
The Roots & Elvis Costello Team Up for Album in 2013
"It was really love at first sight," Questlove says of the project, to be followed by another Roots record "& Then You Shoot Your Cousin"
Australasia continues its lengthy love affair with Elvis Costello when the acclaimed singer-songwriter returns in January 2013.
'In Motion Pictures' features the songs of Elvis Costello used in movies, originally brokered and now hand-picked, with the sometimes reluctant and defiant blessing of Mr. Costello, by the mysterious Tinsel Town insider known as Moon Conway.
In an effort to aid those suffering from Hurricane Sandy, Jetty have designed a relief t-shirt which will allow them to "Unite & Rebuild!" Profits from the sales of this custom, Jetty T-shirt will go to victims of the storm who are in direct need of assistance as well as the emergency response units who risked their lives to save others.
Stephen Colbert loves music and loves to sing. That's why Fresh Air's Terry Gross asked him to bring a few songs that mean a lot to him and tell her why.
IN 2012, major rock 'n' roll tours are big business with every element organised in fine detail. That's not just behind the scenes.
With some bands it also includes the set lists, which might only vary slightly as the tour makes it way around the globe. And Elvis Costello is having none of that.
The main Friday evening kick-off concert at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park belonged to Elvis Costello this year.
A Bagatelle & Jambouree - Saturday October 6th, 2012
"He picked up the uke and dropped his delivery to a near whisper on a straight-from-the-heart, old-school love song that seemed targeted to her: “I Know Why (And So Do You)"
"Who else of his caliber but maybe Springsteen would dare such an astonishing move? Like the rest of his performance, only magnified hundredfold, it was spellbinding – and ended much too soon"
Elvis Costello didn’t bask in his thunderous greeting from the audience. He just picked up his guitar and played.
Elvis Costello & The Imposters have announced two September concerts, one at Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Pavilion on Saturday, September 15th and the second at Chicago’s “Riot Fest” on Sunday, September 16th.
"Quiet About It", a newly recorded collection of the songs of Jesse Winchester is available now on iTunes.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters are to perform at South Korea’s Jisan Valley Rock Festival on Friday 27th July and Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival on Sunday 29th July and are scheduled to perform before Radiohead on each date:
It takes a big song to fill an hour's programming dedicated to it but Shipbuilding – written by Elvis Costello and Clive Langer, and sung by Robert Wyatt– easily justified Is It Worth It? (Radio 2)
Equal parts carnival barker and Ronnie Barker, he brings members of the
crowd up to spin the wheel with the help of glamorous assistant, and
Tess Daly lookalike, Katya from the Ukraine
Quick Costello Doesn't Have The Sense To Finish On Time
"Elvis Costello Alone In Eindhoven"
He inherited this soft spot for this form of entertainment from his grandfather and his father, who were both musicians in entertainment orchestras.
The Happy Wheel In Top Form With The Only Concert In Germany.
That Elvis Costello has many variations is known, but the two sold-out performances that the glass wearing singer/songwriter has done in the past few days in the Ancienne Belgique and the Royal Circus couldn't be more different.
The Red Accordion Diaries: Brigid Kaelin: June 1st, 2012
"He thought he was the King,
Le Roi de Belgique
But it was just another very foolish way to speak
A trick they do with mirror and with chemicals
The words of love once whispered were replaced by cries and shrieks"
Regretfully, we have to announce that tonight's Spectacular Spinning Songbook concert by Elvis Costello and the Imposters at the Anvil Theatre in Basingstoke has been postponed due to short term vocal fatigue and doctors advice.
"Looking and sounding like Eric Morecambe’s impish rock-star nephew, Elvis Costello revealed his hitherto untapped talents as a music-hall comedian at the first British date of his Revolver tour."
All the echoes of an earlier era of music hall not only suits Costello's recent material – particularly in a later solo section that ends with a spot of ukulele strumming – but allows him to dip into any era of his career
"Looking and sounding like Eric Morecambe’s impish rock-star nephew, Elvis Costello revealed his hitherto untapped talents as a music-hall comedian at the first British date of his Revolver tour."
"Costello’s performance was dark, brooding and movingly intense.
With a flapper girl, go-go dancer, and as much chance as a game of Russian roulette, nauseating circus colours and a real live version of his Spectacular Spinning Songbook both decorated the stage, and decided the fate of Elvis Costello's quick fire set.
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. Limited ticket availability at all venues.
To some, Elvis Costello’s 35-year career may come off like a game of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. When the tail lands on the gut, he unleashes an angry anthem. Near the heart? Time for a ballad. On a hoof? Must be the cue for a ballet. Right on the rear? How boring.
“If I spun the wheel 100 times, I would expect a normal distribution of speeds with a standard deviation of 0.1 radians per second."
The master showman does it again. A spectacular music event where “on demand” takes on new meaning!
E.C. and the Imposters would like to thank Marisol of L.A. band, La Santa Cecilia for lending her wonderful voice to "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" during our return to The Wiltern Theatre with the "Spectacular Spinning Songbook".The show was also lit up by the appearance of our...
"There are whole other decades of great Elvis music to discover.
West Coast Dates - 2012
Elvis Costello & The ImpostersAmsterdam, The Netherlands June 5th, 2012Overture - featuring the former Mother Superior of Our Lady of Perpetual Torment, Dixie De La FontaineI Hope You're Happy NowHeart Of The CityMystery DanceUncomplicatedRadio RadioThe Spectacular Spinning SongbookShipbuilding -...
Critic's pick: Elvis Costello and the Imposters, 'The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!!'
"Get a hold of it, Brian, and spin it and don't let the fact that these people's happiness in the next five minutes is completely in your hands. Spin that wheel!"
Elvis Costello & the Imposters today announce new West Coast dates for the unpredictable, uninhibited Spectacular Spinning Songbook tour in 2012
Elvis Costello & The Imposters: The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!! Live CD and DVD Available April 3rd
On April 3rd, 2012, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release thedeluxe edition of Elvis Costello & The Imposters: The Return Of TheSpectacular Spinning Songbook!!! The digipak includes a CD, DVD and 28page booklet filled with musings from Napoleon Dynamite (aka ElvisCostello), the emcee of The...
British pop artist Sir Peter Blake has taken inspiration from his most famous artwork – the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club album cover – to celebrate the British cultural figures he most admires as he marks his 80th birthday.
New York Times: Nate Chinen: March 7th , 2012.
Thursday, March 1st , 2012 – “ Elvis Costello backed by Fallon’s house band the Roots performed “Brilliant Disguise” from Springsteen’s album “Tunnel of Love” . Elvis Costello also perfomed Bruce Springsteens "Fire".
Keith Richards, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon pay tribute at JFK Library
Elvis Costello, Keith Richards, Paul Simon, Salman Rushdie pay tribute to Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen at JFK Library
Monday's session of World Cafe is dedicated to Elvis Costello a London native who's been reinventing what it means to be a rock musician since 1970. Spanning punk, new wave, underground rock and even bluegrass, Costello has more than 30 studio albums to his name, and has collaborated with many of the...
Amnesty is streaming all 76 tracks, including Elvis Costello's version of "License To Kill", on their Facebook page.
The Irish Times - December 31, 2011
6 Elvis Costello and the Imposters -
Elvis Costello, Ottawa International Jazz Festival, June 24 2011
1. Elvis Costello & the Imposters at the Pageant, July 1 2011.
It’s only money
It’s only numbers
Woe betide all this hocus pocus
They’re running us ragged at the first attempt
“Man goes beyond his own decision
Gets caught up in the mechanism
“King’s reign beneath umbrellas
Hide pennies down in cellars
Elvis Costello is proud to announce the return of the “Spectacular
Spinning Songbook” to Los Angeles on the heels of 2 triumphant sold out
shows at LA's famed Wiltern Theatre last spring.
We at www.elviscostello.com find ourselves unable to recommend “The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook” as the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire.All our attempts to have this number revised have been fruitless so we are taking the following unusual step.If you want...
A Pastoral Address From The Right Reverend Jimmy Quickly
Elvis Costello and the Imposters today announce the first SpectacularSpinning Songbook dates of 2012 with shows in the SoutheastUS this April. Stay tuned for more Spinning Songbook dates coming soon.The tour hit more than 30 cities in 2011, garnering acclaim at everyturn –...
Berliner Morgenpost: 8th November 2011.It's the ultimate test for a musician, when he introduces himself without a band to his fans. Elvis Costello mastered the challenge of Germany in his only concert bravura. With changing guitars he entertained the more than 3000 listeners in the Tempodrom in Berlin...
"For our German-speaking readers: Rave Notices For Vienna Concert Hall Show"
"In his generous set – I counted 25 songs and it runs 25 minutes over – the highlights include an exquisite, stripped-down "Good Year for the Roses", sung like it belongs in a David Lynch/Wim Wenders film, a suitably vicious ("though it nearly took a miracle to get...
Who knew when I was enjoying “Tiny Steps,” “Alison,” and “So Like Candy” that THAT guy could sing like THIS?
Elvis Costello sings "Monster Went And Ate My Red 2" with Sesame Street's Elmo and Cookie Monster. Episode "Baby Bear's Doll" which Airs on PBS Kids on Friday 21st October.
Los Angeles Times: Todd Martens: 18th October, 2011It's never too early to get the young'uns comfortable with the idea that at some point between the ages of 15 and 20 a significant other will most likely instill in them a lesson in absolutely brutal heartbreak.So when some folks in The Times' office...
Exclusive performance of Elvis Costello's “Jimmie Standing in the Rain” now available on the T Bone Presents The Speaking Clock Revue album, which is the Amazon MP3 “Daily Deal” – Get it today for only $3.99! In October 2010, T Bone Burnett organized an impressive...
Best wishes for a speedy recovery go to Hubert Sumlin who recently joined us at the Wellmont Theatre, Montclair for a run of songs that he first performed with Howlin’ Wolf. Hubert’s spirit and humour are undimmed by less robust health and it was a gas for us to share the stage...
We cannot close here without tipping our hat to Hubert Sumlin who joined us at the Wellmont Theatre, Montclair for a run of songs that he first performed with Howlin’ Wolf.
So, as we say farewell to the Spectacular Spinning Songbook for the year of 2011, we’d like to thank all of those who attended, span, swung the hammer and tripped the light fantastic…I would especially like to thank the Imposters both for their remarkable playing and for being sterling fellows,...
It says much about how far we’ve traveled from those heady days of flying on Pan-Am, Braniff and Allegeny Airlines, that a curling iron or Alexander Graham Bell’s less attached cousin could be mistaken for a “suspicious object” and cause such a fright. The Imposters were on their...
Huntington News: 10th October, 2011Huntington, WV (HNN) - Arriving in Huntington 20 minutes before show time, British music icon Elvis Costello once again proved the value of the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center and the Marshall Artists Series. Costello and his band almost did not make their...
Baristanet: Erika Bleiberg: 6th October, 2011"One of my favorite moments — and I was in good company in my appreciation, based on the cheering — was when he was alone on the stage and stepped away from the microphone. Costello’s vocals carried unassisted through the venue, and...
Cliffview Pilot.com: Jerry Demarco: 6th October, 2011:The diabolical “I Want You” smoldered, as it should, building in vicious intensity, with Costello jack-hammering the guitar and Pete Thomas – as muscular and lightning-fast as ever -- snapping the skins. It was almost as if John...
Hippiesaredead.com: 4th October, 2011The highlight of the evening came when Costello invited the crowd to leave the venues seating chary behind and rush the stage. Only at that point did it truly come together and feel like a rock show. Surrounded by an adoring fanbase, the band delivered...
Examiner: Jim Bessman: 3rd October, 2011"One other wheel-spinner merits special mention: the lovely Mary Louise Parker. She may not have survived last week's Weeds' season-ending cliffhanger, but she was certainly alive here, responding to Costello's "feel free to shake a tail feather"...
Elvis Costello & The ImpostersHuntington, WVOctober 8th, 2011Overture - featuring the former Mother Superior of Our Lady of Perpetual Torment, Dixie De La FontaineI Hope You're Happy NowHeart Of The CityMystery DanceUncomplicatedRadio RadioThe Spectacular Spinning SongbookClubland - Spin 1This Wheel's...
Newsday: Glenn Gamboa: 30th September, 2011"When people started screaming for “Alison” in the middle of the song, he simply walked to the mic and finished it up and then walked off the stage. He did not return, ending what was still a wonderful opening night for The Paramount.Costello...
The Imposters returned to the stage to join him on “Sleep of the Just,”
Nashville Scene: The Spin: 25th September, 2011How ‘bout getting show highlights like a smooth “Watching the Detectives,” which saw Costello singing walking around the theater floor? Or a captivating, slow-drawn take on Bob Dylan & The Band’s “This Wheel's on Fire”...
As the 57-year-old applied smooth vocals to cinematically narrate 1981's "Watch Your Step," it became clear rock 'n' roll got lucky when Costello made the genre his main vocation.
Creative Loafing: James Kelly: September 26th, 2011In spite of his well-documented disdain for the somewhat stuffy Chastain Park vibe, Costello was a gentleman throughout the set, opening with a four-song roar, then donning his top hat and becoming the slightly demented hostRead More……
American Songwriter: Blake Boldt: September 26th, 2011This wasn’t a night to be predicting anything. Elvis Costello’s stop at the Ryman Sunday night was most notable for its wacky format: A part of his Spectacular Spinning Songbook Tour, the performance established him as suave ringmaster...
"The Revolver Tour" will resume this Saturday at Chastain Park, Atlanta before proceeding to the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville and the Murat Theatre, Indianapolis and beyond. Thanks go to our friends in Alabama and Florida for their understanding over the urgent need for the postponement of shows...
Jacksonville.com: Tom Szarloeta: September 16th, 2011.Today’s issue of Jack was supposed to be all about Elvis Costello, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who was scheduled to appear at the Florida Theatre next week. But Costello had to postpone his show, leaving us scrambling for something to put...
It is with regret and sorrow that Elvis Costello announces that he must delay the start of the next leg of "The Spectacular Spinning Songbook Tour" until the 24th of September in Atlanta. This is due to matters pertaining to the very serious illness of a close family member. All shows prior...
Elvis Costello and the Imposters today answer the call of unanimouslycheering audiences and critics from coast to coast, announcing a furtherextension of the massively successful Spinning Songbook tour with astring of fall dates in the Eastern U.S., on sale now.Having begun as a brief two-week stint...
Elvis Costello kicks off his new series of intimate interviews and performances with some of the biggest names in music by welcoming Bono and The Edge.In front of Costello’s live studio audience, the U2 vocalist and guitarist discuss the forming of their band. “We had no history of musicianship,”...
Song of the Day: 'Sparkling Day,' Elvis CostelloThe Star-ledger: Jay Lustig: 22nd August, 2011You would have never predicted it during his angry-young-man days, but Elvis Costello should now be considered one of the greatest crooners of his generation. He doesn't often work in a lushly romantic style,...
Elvis Costello's original song 'Sparkling Day' will lead the soundtrack of Focus Features August 2011 release 'One Day'
Twenty years. Two people…To be released by Focus Features in theaters nationwide on Friday, August 19th, 2011, One Day stars Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe). Directed by Lone Scherfig (director of An Education, Academy Award-nominated for Best Picture),...
Confusion surrounds who now owns the grade II-listed historic pier in Colwyn Bay.It has been closed since its owner was made bankrupt in July 2008, and it came under the control of a trustee in bankruptcy.The trustee has now formally given up any interest in the pier because its condition is getting...
On August 16th, 2011, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) releases digitally the motion picture soundtrack for the new movie One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. The soundtrack "One Day" features a brand new track written and composed exclusively for the movie by Elvis Costello;...
Like The Dew.com: Jeff Cochran; 15th August, 2011Tuesday, August 16, 1977. It was a scheduled day off, but there I was anyway, at Peaches Records and Tapes in Atlanta, perusing a shipment of Oldie 45s delivered the evening before. I was the store’s singles buyer, a prominent slot....
Current: Enrique Lopetegui: 3rd August, 2011.After a few seconds of a Hammond-driven version of U2’s “Mysterious Ways,” Elvis Costello puts his guitar down, grabs the microphone, and, while the band keeps playing the song, transforms himself into Spectacle’s master of ceremonies....
George Harrison was an inspiration to many musicians across the world. In 1971, his friend Ravi Shankar asked him to help the children of Bangladesh. George took action by hosting the Concert for Bangladesh in support of UNICEF. Elvis Costello is proud to join the anniversary celebration...
"We share your regret and disappointment at the recent cancelations in your most excellent town but they were due to circumstances beyond the control of all concerned. When the original show was postponed due to illness on 20th of July, it was rescheduled with surprising...
Today Elvis Costello is proud to honor the legacy of George Harrison and the very first major music concert for a cause “The Concert for Bangladesh”. Join me in supporting the great work of the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF and their work with the children affected by the famine in Africa.
Elvis Costello sincerely regrets that due to illness he must postpone his July 22nd Elvis Costello and the Imposters concert date at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Elvis Costello sincerely regrets that due to illness he is postponing his July 20th Elvis Costello and the Imposters concert date at Innsbrook Pavilion in Richmond, VA.
Following boffo business at the box office, popular demand and press acclaim, Elvis Costello and the Imposters will be bringing the Spectacular Spinning Songbook to most of their dates during July. 7/16 Belk Theater-Charlotte, NC7/18 N. Charleston PAC-N. Charleston, SC7/19 Wolfe Auditorium-Asheville,...
Elvis Costello and the Imposters today answer the call of unanimously cheering audiences and critics from coast to coast, announcing a further extension of the massively successful Spinning Songbook tour with a string of fall dates in the Eastern U.S., on sale July 15.
Bleacher Report: Alex Carson: July 8th, 2011Sometimes I like to cruise through Wikipedia by using the random article link.Today, while clicking said link, an Elvis Costello album randomly appeared on my screen. It contained a track listing that made me think quite a bit about the Mariners.I suppose...
"We are pleased to announce that Steve Nieve is completely well, having experienced a severe muscle spasm during the Spectacular Spinning Songbook show in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The episode forced Mr. Nieve from the stage after two stellar piano performances of the songs "Black Sails In The...
Three New Spectacular Spinning Songbook Shows Added, More Anticipated.Elvis Costello and the Imposters announced additional dates featuring the Spectacular Spinning Songbook, with three new tri-state area shows this fall, on sale Friday, June 24. The shows include Costello's re-scheduled May 18 performance,...
Following boffo business at the box office, popular demand and press acclaim, Elvis Costello and the Imposters announced today that they will be bringing the Spectacular Spinning Songbook to most of their dates during June and July. 6/15 Wolf Trap-Vienna, VA6/16 Trib Total Media Amphitheatre-Pittsburgh,...
On January 29, 2010, Neil Young was honored as the 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year. At a gala event in Los Angeles, superstar artists paid tribute to the legendary singer, songwriter and performer with inspired versions of some of his most memorable songs.Elvis Costello's performance of Neil Young’s...
Rolling Stone: Barry Walters: 7th June, 2011In the fall of 2009 – during downtime on his Working On A Dream Tour – Bruce Springsteen taped an amazing appearance on Elvis Costello's talk show Spectacle. Recorded at Harlem's Apollo Theater, the two artists talked for hours and performed an...
The Revolver Tour Resumes At The Tower Theatre at 8pm, Tonight, Thursday the 19th of May.
To all our fans and friends in Mexico and South America we regret to announce that due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to cancel our tour scheduled for early April. We hope to be able to reschedule and return in the near future!
Time Out Singapore: 05.03.11Armed with an encyclopaedic musical knowledge, a true wordsmith’s love of language and 35 years’ performing experience, Elvis Costello waxes lyrical on a life in music prior to his MBS show on 7 MarchIf you’re not busy at the same time, do you and the lady...
"Puck 1" an excerpt from Carolina Crowns 2009 production entitled "The Grass is Always Greener." The music is 'Puck 1" from Elvis Costello's Il Sogno.
"Groucho Costello: Fashion Leader and Oracle.""And when you were 15 your life was changed completely by 'Tamla Motown', which song?""Bernadette""If you had just one sentence to describe 'Spike', what would it be?""Totally Brilliant"To see more of this...
"The Future Lies Ahead" Elvis Costello has just released his 33rd studio album… and it might be his last. Feeling that the era of the album was ending, the rock veteran says he threw everything he had into National Ransom, a double-LP, single CD as wildly varied and absolutely...
"Happy Christmas To All And To All A Good Night"... Wishing You An Improbably Peaceful 2011"
Elvis Costello's National Ransom Set For Release October 25th International & November 2nd U.S.A From Hear Music/Concord Music Group; Produced By T Bone Burnett All members of The Imposters and The Sugarcanes feature in a wide variety of groovy new combos with guests Vince Gill, Marc Ribot, Buddy...
Keillor Welcomes Costello To A Prairie Home Companion's Town Hall Shows, December 3rd and 4th (NEW YORK) Garrison Keillor and crew are heading into a six-show run in New York at The Town Hall (West 43rd Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway). While tickets for...
Ahead of his sold out performance at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 28th June Elvis Costello has announced that he is gifting one of his Gibson acoustic guitars to the Picket music venue in Liverpool. The venue will raffle the instrument to raise funds for the work it does with young bands. The Gibson...
Elvis Costello kicks off his European tour tonight at the Royal Festival Hall in London playing at Richard Thompson’s “Meltdown”. Over the month of June Elvis Costello will be playing other dates in the UK including Birmingham, Oxford, Cardiff, Liverpool, Gateshead & Glasgow. Elvis can also be...
Allen Toussaint joins The Sugarcanes on the stage at JazzFest in New Orleans
The Sugarcanes played a short run of theatre dates from Boston through Washington, D.C., the United Palace, New York, Richmond, Virginia, Atlanta and Jacksoville, Florida and two headlining festival appearances, concluding at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
E.C. sang, "She Came In Through...
"True Blood Volume 2"
The album contains a newly recorded Lucinda Williams song, "Kiss Like Your Kiss" which features a harmony vocal from Elvis Costello.
Speaking to minister of information, The Right Reverend Jimmy Quickly, Costello said:
"This is one of the best vocal performances of Lucinda's...
Elvis Costello and Imposters play Reno, close with "Folsom Prison Blues" and "I Trust" by Roger McGuinn.
The Reno Gazette-Journal:
"British rocker Elvis Costello played to what was probably his biggest crowd ever in Reno on Saturday...90-minute show that had fans dancing in the aisles...Its the...
It is after considerable contemplation that I have lately arrived at the decision that I must withdraw from the two performances scheduled in Israel on the 30th of June and the 1st of July.
One lives in hope that music is more than mere noise, filling up idle time, whether intending to elate or lament....
By Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune
April 30, 2010, 9:00AM
The indefatigable Elvis Costello apparently still had energy to burn after leaving the Fair Grounds on Thursday. Five hours after wrapping up his set on the New Orleans Jazz Fest's Gentilly Stage with his band the Sugarcanes, he appeared...
There is no easy way to receive bad or shocking news but there seems to be something especially cruel and abrupt about electronic mail. It is the modern equivalent of the curt bereavement notices of the telegraphic era.
So it was that I read of the sudden passing of my friend,...
"Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes show at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on June 28th is presently their only appearance in the U.K."
Concerts at the Birmingham Symphony Hall on June 21st, Oxford New Theatre on June 23rd and St. David's Hall, Cardiff on June 24th are all Elvis Costello solo concerts,...
While reading the sad news of Charlie Gillett's passing, I had a vivid memory of being in a darkened kitchen in1975 and tuning in his "Honky Tonk" radio show to hear Tommy McClain's "Sweet Dreams" or Bobby Charles' "Small Town Talk", records that I could neither obtain or afford.
Anyone in his...
When word arrived of the passing of T-Bone Wolk., I just happened to be in a recording studio with a number of colleagues with whom we had both worked during the mid-80s and early 90s.
After the initial shock, we spent some timesimply talking about T-Bone’s beautiful playing and...
Elvis Costello shines in Neil Young Project
By Alexander Varty
At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday, February 18.
Whoever coined the all-too-appropriate phrase “let the games begin” probably wasn’t thinking about the epic battle that played out between Canada and the United...
Elvis Costello will be part of the amazing lineup for Hal Willner's Neil Young Project, a two-night live tribute to the Canadian rock icon at Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Theatre. He will join Lou Reed, Ron Sexsmith, Emily Haines and James Shaw of Metric and dozens of other artists and it all goes down...
Elvis Costello will appear on A Prairie Home Companion, Thursday, February 4th, in a special, first time live Cinecast of the show from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN. Thursday’s show will be beamed into hundreds of movie theaters around the the United States and Canada, and will also air...
January 8, 2010 - This week's installment of Piano Jazz marks a true milestone, as host Marian McPartland appears as a guest on the program with guest host Elvis Costello. In part one of this all-new interview, McPartland and Costello recount some memorable moments from the program's 30-year (and counting!)...