Elvis Costello leads a "Stiffs Greatest Stiffs Live Tour" across Britain in November. He will be joined by Ian Dury, on stage for the first time since ill-health forced him to leave the Kilburns, Wreckless Eric, Nick Lowe and Larry Wallis, all of whom will be appearing with their own bands.
Each group will be on stage for about 20 minutes and, as they will all be using the same PA system, the intermissions and "roadies cabaret" should be minimal.
The tour, under the slogan "Dumping Music On The People," begins at High Wycombe Town Hall on October 3 and continues at Bristol Exhibition Centre 6, Bath University 7, Loughborough University 8, Middlesbrough Town Hail 9, Liverpool Empire 11, Glasgow Apollo 13, Sheffield Polytechnic 14, Leeds University 15, Croydon Fairfield Halls 16, Norwich University Of East Anglia 18, Brighton Top Rank 19, Salford University 21, Leicester University 22, Rochdale Champness Hall 24, Birmingham Town Hall 25, Cardiff Top Rank 20, Wolverhampton Civic Hall 27, London Lyceum 28, Guildford Civic Hail 31, Aylesbury Friars November 2, Colchester Essex University 3, Newcastle Polytechnic 4, Lancaster University 5.
Elvis Costello will be appearing with the Attractions; Ian Dury will be appearing with his new band — Davey Payne sax, Roudette bass, Charley Charles drums and Chaz Jankel guitar; Wreckless Eric will be backed by Roudette, Davey Payne and Ian Dury on drums; Nick Lowe, who will be taking to the road for the first time, has not yet fixed his backing band but it is expected to be a seven-piece line-up with two drummers; Larry Wallis, formerly with the Pink Fairies and Motorhead, is now making an album with the Rods' rhythm section but be will be using another band for the tour.
A live album, Stiffs Greatest Stiffs Live will be available from October 7 at the Bath gig, on sale only at the tour venues for £1.99. The running order for the bands will change nightly.