Chicago Sun-Times, August 7, 1989

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Elvis Costello puts together new band
with new repertoire


Don McLeese

Thousands of fans will hear Elvis Costello at Poplar Creek Wednesday night, but when he played the Riviera Night Club all last week, the hall was practically empty.

Of course, that's the way Costello wanted it. Every afternoon Costello and his accompanying musicians rehearsed for five hours at the Riv, and what sounded like a diverse musical aggregation at the beginning of the week seemed like a real band by the end.

The first surprise about the band that Costello has dubbed the Rude Five is that it includes six musicians in addition to Elvis. Guitarist Marc Ribot and percussionist Michael Blair are familiar from the band of Tom Waits. Bassist Jerry Scheff and keyboardist Larry Knechtel are veteran West Coast session aces (Scheff's credits include a stint with the other Elvis, while Knechtel played on hits by the Mamas and the Papas, Johnny Rivers and many others). …


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Chicago Sun-Times, February 13, 1989


Don McLeese profiles EC ahead of his concert with The Rude 5, Wednesday, August 9, 1989, Poplar Creek, Hoffman Estates, IL.


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