Actor Billy Bob Thornton began a two-week concert tour Friday showcasing his rockabilly musical roots. He announced he's going to team up with rocker Elvis Costello on five upcoming Midwestern dates.

Actor Billy Bob Thornton began a two-week concert tour Friday showcasing his rockabilly musical roots. He announced he's going to team up with rocker Elvis Costello on five upcoming Midwestern dates.

Thornton, who began his music career playing drums and opening for artists including Humble Pie, Hank Williams Jr., and the Earl Scruggs Review, is touring in support of his Lost Highway debut, "Private Radio," released last fall. It includes the song "Angelina," about his wife, actress Angelina Jolie.

The actor/musician met Costello during his recent European tour and was joined by him on stage for a surprise guest appearance in Dublin. "I have always been an admirer of Elvis Costello, and when he jammed with us in Dublin, we had a great time. He is one of our generation's most prolific singer-songwriters, and I'm thrilled that he has invited me and my band to join him on his tour," Thornton said.

Thornton's "Private Radio" tour began at Los Angeles' El Rey Theater and continues to San Francisco; Austin, Texas; New Orleans; Atlanta; Toronto; Philadelphia; New York; and Stamford, Conn. He joins Costello for performances in Minneapolis; Detroit; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; and Cleveland.


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