Elvis Costello has a new album, a new single and a new record label. What's more, he's about to embark on his most ambitious tour ever.
Costello's new album is Blood & Chocolate and is released on Friday, September 19 on his own independent IMP label. The album unites Elvis with the Attractions and with his original producer Nick Lowe, who recorded the LP with Colin Fairley.
A single from the album, "Tokyo Storm Warning," is released on Friday, August 22. The single was co-written with the Pogues' bassist Cait O'Riordan and is a seven minute long track in two parts on the seven inch release with the 12 inch featuring the previously unreleased original "Black Sails In The Sunset."
The release of this album on the IMP label marks the end of Elvis' relationship with RCA. All previous Elvis LPs on RCA and his first ever LP, My Aim Is True, will be available through IMP before the end of the year.
Following the release of Blood & Chocolate, Elvis undertakes a world tour which will arrive in Britain on November 23. All the dates will be a series of residencies in small intimate theatres, featuring a number of guests and surprises. Sets will feature appearances from Elvis Costello and the Attractions, the Costello Show, the Confederates, the Coward Brothers and others. Special features will include "The Spectacular Spinning Songbook" which will take the form of a giant spinning wheel with 40 song titles on it, which invited members of the audience will spin and the appropriate number will be played.
British and Irish dates are: London Royalty Theatre November 23-29, Dublin Olympia December 1, 2 and 3, Edinburgh Playhouse 5 and 6, Liverpool Royal Court 8 and 9.
Ticket prices and box office details will follow next week in News Digest.