Elvis Costello, who is in legal dispute with WEA Records which is the subject of a court hearing this week, will be touring Britain throughout March, just over a year since his last British dates.
The tour consists exclusively of towns where Elvis hasn't previously appeared and some of the venues haven't been used by rock bands before. All the halls have standing facility and promoter John Cord is hopeful that he will be able to use many of the venues for future gigs, as both he and Costello would like to save fans “travelling great distances to see bands playing the same tired old circuit.”
Tickets for all venues will be £3 and details of their availability will only be advertised locally to enable local fans to get first option on the tickets. Fans should watch their local papers. There is not one major British city covered by the tour and it's not known whether Elvis intends to be kind to urban kids as well later.
The tour starts at West Runton Pavilion on March 1 and continues at 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 Tidfyl Tiffany's 13, Llanelli Glen Ballroom 14, Aberwystwyth Great Hall 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 Stychfields Hall 27, Leamington Spa Pavilion 28, Swindon Oasis 29, Yeovil Johnson Hall 30, St. Austell Riviera Lido 31.
Although legal hassles have put a block on recording plans, a single "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down" is apparently released shortly on the F-Beat label.