Liverpool Echo, May 2, 2002

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Liverpool Echo

UK & Irish newspapers

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"Our" Elvis is a pops attraction

Costello joins big top bill

Joe Riley

Adopted Scouser Elvis Costello is the latest signing for Liverpool's Summer Pops.

The London-born singer, who spent most of his childhood on Merseyside, will play the 4,500-seater big top at King's Dock on July 22.

Costello will appear with his band The Imposters, making it his only summer appearance in the North-West.

It will be his first gig with a band in Liverpool since his days with his original backing group The Attractions, when hits such as "Oliver's Army" and "Watching The Detectives" turned him into a household name.

Two members of The Attractions, keyboardist Steve Nieve and drummer Pete Thomas, also return for the King's Dock concert.

The Pops will give Liverpool audiences their first opportunity to hear Costello perform material from his first new album for seven years When I Was Cruel.

Elvis said today: "I am really looking forward to the show. Singers are always guaranteed to get that something extra when they play Liverpool."

He joins an all-star lineup for the month-long summer music festival.

Among stars already booked are Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach, Tony Bennett, Bryan Adams, Shirley Bassey, Van Morrison, David Cassidy, Bryan Ferry, UB40 and Supertramp.

Summer Pops promoter Chas Cole said: "I am really glad that Elvis has agreed to do this show, especially in view of the special relationship he has always had with Liverpool."


COPYRIGHT 2002 MGN Ltd.

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Liverpool Echo, May 2, 2002


Joe Riley profiles Elvis Costello ahead of his concert with The Imposters, Monday, July 22, 2002, King's Dock, Liverpool, England.


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