Sydney Daily Telegraph, January 20, 2006

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Costello's silent snub to city


Glenn Mitchell

Elvis Costello has joined a growing list of summer snubbers — Sydney Festival acts who only want to be seen and not heard.

Since he arrived earlier this week, Costello, the best-known act on this year's festival bill, has rejected constant requests for interviews from the press.

Costello is here with wife and singer Diana Krall, whom he met on a previous visit to Australia.

Yesterday, the elusive singer submitted to having his photo taken while rehearsing with the Brodsky Quartet at the City Recital Hall.

Wearing sunglasses and a multi-coloured scarf, Costello (real name Declan McManus) sounded in fine voice.

Perhaps he'd warmed it up during his impromptu performance with Russell Crowe at Newtown's Vanguard on Wednesday night.

After a single song yesterday he gave a simple "that's it" and the photographers filed out.

None of which seems to have harmed his ticket sales, with just a few spare seats left to Costello's four separate performances with the Brodsky Quartet, Steve Nieve and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, starting tonight.

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The Daily Telegraph, January 20, 2006


Stephen Downie reports on rehearsals for Elvis Costello's concert with Steve Nieve and The Brodsky Quartet, Friday, January 20, 2006, City Recital Hall, Sydney, Australia.

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