Elvis Costello & The Attractions start a lengthy series of concert appearances just before Christmas which run well into the New Year. The series starts with seven nights at the Dominion Theatre in London, from December 18th to 24th.
Elvis & Attractions then get just Christmas Day and Boxing Day to play with their presents before going to Brighton on the 27th to start their tour at the Top Rank.
They then gig almost every night up until Jan 29th, visiting Portsmouth, Bath, Canterbury, Oxford, Hemel Hempstead, Ipswich, Birmingham, Derby, Liverpool, Manchester, Bradford, Newcastle, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Preston, Sheffield, Hanley, Leeds, Coventry, Leicester, Oldham, Taunton, Exeter, Cardiff, Bristol and (phew) Southampton.
Support acts will be American band Richard Hell & The Void-Oids, and Manchester's new wave poet
John Cooper Clarke. Costello and Cooper Clarke are close friends, having recently struck up a mutual
Elvis' new album, Armed Forces, is due on January 5. It includes a free, live EP featuring "Watching The Detectives," "Accidents Will Happen" and the magnificent "Alison."