Chicago Tribune, May 6, 2007

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Elvis Costello doesn't want your wretched cash


Mark Caro

It's time for another installment of "Is this a sell-out?"

I've long appreciated that, unlike so many of his peers, Elvis Costello has refused to allow his songs to be used in ads. He's stubborn, he's pure, he's valuing his music more than his wallet, and bully for him.

He does sing Beethoven's praises in a new Lexus ad, though.

And when he and the Imposters play the House of Blues on Wednesday, you can buy tickets only if you have a Visa Signature card.

MasterCard? American Express? Sorry, this concert isn't for you.

Cash? They won't take your stinking cash.

But if you get out your Visa card and pay $97.50 plus service charges for a general admission ticket, he's all yours.

Rock 'n' roll!

Of more than 100 Pop Machine readers polled, 85 percent voted that yes, this is a sell-out.

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Chicago Tribune, May 6, 2007


Mark Caro comments on EC's deal with Visa ahead of his concert with The Imposters, Wednesday, May 9, 2007, House Of Blues, Chicago.


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