Lincoln Journal Star, December 1, 2014

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Elvis Costello to play first show in Lincoln

L. Kent Wolgamott

Elvis Costello will play Lincoln for the first time ever on March 3.

The Rococo Theatre date is the second of 13 "solo" appearances Costello is making in the Midwest and in Florida on a tour that has been dubbed "Detour."

Costello's only previous headlining Nebraska appearance was a 1982 show at the Omaha Civic Auditorium Music Hall with his band The Attractions. He most recently played Nebraska in 2008, opening for The Police with his band The Imposters at Omaha's CenturyLink Center.

He will be performing at the Rococo alone, as he did when he opened for Bob Dylan at the CenturyLink Center in 2007. His Rococo show will continue his acclaimed series of solo performances in North America and Europe this year.

The solo tours, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, "have given him opportunity to dig deep into one of modern music's deepest and most intensely satisfying catalogs," while The New York Times said of his Carnegie Hall appearance in June: "Costello offered something else: a continuing, challenging, intimate engagement with his songs, old and new."

The Journal Star review of his solo opening stint with Dylan seven years ago was:

"Costello ran through a surprising mixture of songs, both early and relatively recent. Always a charming devil, he led the audience in some call-and-response, played great guitar, worked the microphone like a pro to vary his songs and proved to be a great crooner and a great rock singer, switching easily from mode to mode."

Costello, 60, burst into the music world with his 1976 debut album, My Aim Is True, one of the best recordings of the New Wave era, the designation with which he was initially tagged. Costello and The Attractions then released This Year's Model in 1978 and Armed Forces in 1979. Those three records are all on Rolling Stone magazine's top 500 albums of all time list.

Costello and The Attractions were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

Costello and The Attractions split in 1986. Costello's solo work has ranged from country to jazz and includes a classical excursion with the Brodsky Quartet and collaborations with Burt Bacharach, New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint and, most recently, with hip-hop band The Roots on last year's Wise Up Ghost.

Costello's best-known songs include: "Alison," "(The Angels Want to Wear My) Red Shoes," "Pump It Up,' "Clubland," "Everyday I Write the Book," "Veronica," "So Like Candy," "Tear Off Your Own Head (It's a Doll Revolution)" and "Complicated Shadows."

Tickets for Costello's show go on sale Thursday at noon. Tickets are $125, $87, $67 and $47 plus fees. Tickets will be available at and at


Lincoln Journal Star, December 1, 2014

L. Kent Wolgamott previews Elvis Costello, solo, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, Rococo Theatre, Lincoln, NE.


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