Elvis Costello will play his first full scale Irish tour for over two years when he embarks on a series of dates here in May.
After an extremely productive 1986 in which he released the two classic albums "King Of America" and "Blood And Chocolate" and toured extensively, EIvis decided to take a hard earned sabbatical and has only this month re-emerged with a new LP, "Spike". Recorded in London, New Orleans, Hollywood and Dublin, the album was produced by Costello himself along with T. Bone Burnett and Kevin Killen and features several Irish musicians including Donal Lunny, Steve Wickham and Davy Spillane.
A sometime resident of this country, Costello has turned up as special guest at gigs by everyone from Los Lobos to Christy Moore over the last couple of years. For his forthcoming tour, he will be performing solo at all shows but will be joined by his old cohort, Nick Lowe, for the finale each night.
Elvis Costello plays the Opera House, Belfast (May 16th, 17th) and Dublinís National Stadium (May 19th, 20th). Tickets are available from the usual outlets.