Despite a legal battle with WEA Records over the release of his new single — which is being heard in court this week — Elvis Costello and the Attractions will be going ahead with a British tour.
The tour — in March — consists exclusively of towns where Costello has never previously appeared. And many of the venues have never been visited by rock bands before.
All gigs on the tour are stand-up halls.
West Renton Pavilion March 1, Margate Winter Gardens 2, Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall 3, Hastings Pier Pavilion 4, Lincoln Drill Hall 6, Peterborough Wirrina Stadium 7, Halifax Civic Hall 9, Matlock Pavilion 10, Shrewsbury Tiffany's 11, Merthyr Tydfil Tiffany's 13, Llanelli Glen Ballrooms 14, Aberystwyth Great Hail 16, Colwyn Bay Pier 17, Southport Floral Hall 18, Wakefield Tiffany's 19, Sunderland Mayfair 20, Lasswade Sports Centre 22, Dunfermline Kinema 23, Ayr Pavilion 24, Carlisle Market Hall 25, Stafford Stychfield Hall 27, Leamington Spa Pavilion 28, Swindon Oasis 29, Yeovil Johnson Hall 30, St Austell Riviera Lido 31.
Tickets for all concerts are priced at £3.00, and to keep the "local flavour" ticket outlets will only be advertised in local papers.
A lengthy court dispute now seems certain to surround the release of Elvis Costello's new single "Can't Stand Up For Falling Down" was originally scheduled for release on a new label known as Off Beat, formed by Andrew Lauder and Elvis' manager Jake Riviera after the collapse of Radar Records.
But although the single was played on Radio 1 last week (and a video shown on TV programme Tiswas) it has now dropped as WEA Records previously distributed Elvis' material though Radar, obtained an injunction to prevent the record from being released.
A High Court hearing to settle the issue was adjourned today (Tuesday) and should continue later this week.