Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Elvis Costello is planning to spend a month this summer on the road in North America. On most of the dates he has scheduled, which kick off July 2 in Toronto
Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Elvis Costello is planning to spend a month this summer on the road in North America. On most of the dates he has scheduled, which kick off July 2 in Toronto, he'll backed by the Imposters, although a trio of Canadian dates will find him paired only with keyboardist Steve Nieve.
The Imposters, made up of two-thirds of Costello's longtime compatriots the Attractions -- Nieve and drummer Pete Thomas, rounded out by former Cracker bassist Davey Faragher -- will be on the road through a July 19 show in Berkeley, Calif. As previously reported, they will also join Costello July 27 in Nigata, Japan, for the final day of the Fuji Rock Festival.
Before heading overseas, Costello and Nieve will play shows in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary. Over the past decade or so, the pair has occasionally gone out together performing hits and deep selections from Costello's catalog, often drastically rearranged to suit the guitar/keyboard setup, and to showcase Nieve's at times manic playing style.
The tour will be Costello's third North American trip since the April 2002 release of "When I Was Cruel" (Island/Def Jam). The acclaimed set debuted at No. 20 on The Billboard 200 and reached No. 3 on the Top Internet Albums Sales chart. The album -- which was followed by "Cruel Smile," an odds-and-ends album of live unreleased songs, live recordings, and remixes -- has sold 194,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Currently, the artist is said to be in the studio working on a new album, due Sept. 23 through Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Classics. At deadline, no information as to the scope of the recording was available.
Costello will take a break from recording to be honored by publishing rights organization ASCAP with its Founder's Award, presented annually to songwriters for exceptional contributions to music. He will also be seen on the U.S. Memorial Day (May 26) broadcast of the "Willie Nelson & Friends" birthday tribute concert on TBS. Taped in March in New York, the special featured Costello and fiancee Diana Krall performing "Crazy" with Nelson.
Here are Costello's upcoming dates with the Imposters:
July 2: Toronto (Hummingbird Centre)
July 6: Chicago (Taste of Chicago)
July 7: Vienna, Va. (Wolf Trap Filene Center)
July 9: Philadelphia (Festival Pier @ Penn's Landing)
July 11: New York (Central Park SummerStage)
July 12: Boston (FleetBoston Pavilion)
July 13: Gilford, N.H. (Meadowbrook Farm Musical Arts Center)
July 15: Sterling Heights, Mich. (Freedom Hill Amphitheater)
July 16: Denver (Universal Lending Pavilion)
July 18: Las Vegas (Hard Rock Hotel-The Joint)
July 19: Berkeley, Calif. (Greek Theatre)
July 27: Nigata, Japan (Naeba Ski Resort)
Here are Costello's upcoming dates with Nieve:
July 21: Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)
July 23: Edmonton, Alberta (Jubilee Auditorium)
July 24: Calgary (Calgary Folk Music Festival)