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In April 2012 "The Revolver Tour" reached the West Coast of the USA, Vancouver and Windsor, Florida and North Carolina.
The European leg of "The Revolver Tour" with The Imposters starts in May and continues into June. Dates include: Aarhus, Amsterdam, Basingstoke, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Dublin, Glasgow, Hamburg, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Paris, Zurich and two shows at London's Royal Albert Hall. Elvis will also play three solo shows rescheduled from last year, in the Netherlands, Sweden and Iceland.
In 2011 Elvis and The Imposters toured the USA and Canada. On "The Revolver Tour" part of the set-list was chosen by ”The Spectacular Spinning Songbook”, a monumental game-show wheel that featured 40 song-titles, including hits, rarities and very unexpected covers. Set lists for each show appeared on Elvis' own website. Over 100 different songs have been performed on the tour, although not all on the same night. A tabulation of all the songs played on the tour, and the songs that featured on the Spectacular Spinning Songbook is here: The_Revolver_Tour.
Elvis played solo dates at the Sligo Live festival and in Athens, Belfast and Vienna in October and in November played solo shows in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania and Turkey. Shows in Belgium, Iceland, the Netherlands and Sweden were postponed due to the ill-health of Elvis' father. All but one of these (Malmo) have been rescheduled for 2012. See the Concert Schedule and Gigography for details.
On 5 December 2011 Hip-O records released a limited-edition box – only 1,500 numbered copies worldwide – culled from the two dates Elvis and The Imposters played at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre in May 2011. The set includes a CD of 16 performances from both nights. An accompanying DVD showcases the second show on May 12 including a guest appearance from Susanna Hoffs. The box set also features a 10″ EP with an additional four songs, a 40-page hardbound book of photos and Costello’s journal entries while on tour, a 20″ x 30″ poster, a limited edition tour postcard and a commemorative card signed by Costello himself.
On his own website Elvis has complained that the box set is over-priced (at around 268 US Dollars) and suggests that such a sum could be better spent on a Louis Armstrong box set. The Hip-O box set is here: Amazon | Amazon.uk. The Louis Armstrong box set is here: Amazon | Amazon.uk The Louis Armstrong box set is currently out of stock at Amazon.com, as allegedly the Louis Armstrong museum have bought up every copy from the US Distributor.
A CD only version of this album and the accompanying DVD have now been released at a more affordable price. These were scheduled for release on 24 January, then 6 March, and were finally released on 2 April 2012. You can order the CD here: Amazon | Amazon.uk and the DVD here: Amazon
The video trailer for the DVD release can be viewed here YouTube.
Elvis Costello's latest album National Ransom was released on October 25 2010 internationally and November 2 2010 in the U.S, but the digital download offered on www.nationalransom.com became available on October 24 2010. It was recorded with producer T Bone Burnett in Nashville and Los Angeles over an 11 day period earlier in 2010.A short film about the making of the record is available to view online at ElvisCostello.com.
Musicians include all members of The Imposters and The Sugarcanes, plus Vince Gill, Marc Ribot, Buddy Miller, and Leon Russell. Elvis told Scotland's The Herald, "The ensemble ranges from two players to nine pieces and while some songs are very intimate and quiet, others are not."
A promotional single from the album: I Lost You was released internationally on October 18 2010.
A digital 4 track EP, National Ransack, with tracks from the National Ransom Sessions was available as a pre-order Bonus. The offer was found on www.nationalransom.com. The album can be purchased as mp3, flac or Apple lossless downloads in addition to CD and vinyl. Three tracks are delivered immediately when download is purchased. This version of the album excluded the Japanese/iTunes bonus track I Hope. It is now available for download.
An alternate version of the title track has been posted on YouTube with an accompanying video under the title "The Return Of The Imposter". This has been promoted through Twitter and other social media and has featured in some of Elvis' solo concerts. See it here: YouTube.
Pomp & Pout: The Universal Years
Hip-O will release the compilation Pomp & Pout: The Universal Years February 08, 2011 (U.S.). No release date for the UK has been announced. This collection was originally scheduled for release in August 2010, but appears to have been delayed to avoid a clash with promotion for National Ransom. Amazon | Amazon.uk
Season One of Elvis' TV series Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... was released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 17 '09 in the US and Canada. The series is also available from iTunes US, which has a free excerpt featuring Elton John and Diana Krall available in HD or standard definition.
Season Two aired in the US from December 9 '09 with guests including Bono, The Edge, Neko Case, Jesse Winchester, Sheryl Crow, Ron Sexsmith, Ray LaMontagne, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Levon Helm, Allen Toussaint, Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson, and Bruce Springsteen. It was scheduled for release on DVD and Blu-ray in the US on December 7, '10, but appears to have been pushed back to an April 30, '11 release. The Canadian release date now appears to be 7 June '11.
The Costello Show, a series of live CDs from the archives, began with the September 29 '09 reissue of Live At The El Mocambo and continues on January 12 '10 with the complete Hollywood High concert from 1978.
The Ricky Gervais film The Invention Of Lying included Elvis' version of Sitting, the 1972 hit by the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens. There has been no word about a soundtrack album. Blu-ray: Amazon | Amazon.uk, DVD: Amazon | Amazon.uk
Kats Karavan: The History Of John Peel On The Radio, a 4CD box set released on October 26 '09 in the UK, included High Fidelity from a BBC session recorded 1980-02-25. Amazon | Amazon.uk
Appearance on Other Artists Albums
Stephen Colbert hosted a Christmas special in 2008 on Comedy Central. “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!” was shown on Nov. 23 as a one-hour program and featured musical performances by artists including John Legend, Elvis Costello, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson and Feist.[]
Long, thoughtful , very informed analysis of all things Costello . Quote- he gives us a place to find parts of ourselves in his seemingly endless catalog of beauty and bile
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'Elvis Costello's richly atmospheric score,..swells and swirls with emotion, taking audience and dancers along for a heart-snapping ride.'
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Dai Griffiths' book Elvis Costello (Icons of Pop Music) is an in depth examination of many facets of Elvis' career, along with witty asides like "Costello is Marmite on slightly burnt toast."
Special Guest - Elvis Costello
Elvis guests on some albums.
In conjunction with the offering of the Elvis Costello Jazzmaster guitar, Fender.com has added Elvis Costello to its lineup of Fender Artists.
The Elvis Costello Heritage Trail
A fan walks the streets of Elvis' U.K. upbringing.
David Hepworth's interview with Elvis conducted on February 16th 2008 appeared in the April '08 edition of The Word Magazine - FULL TEXT
Elvis and Amsterdam recorded The Searchers' 1964 hit Don't Throw Your Love Away for Covers And Collaborations - The Number Ones Album, released February 4, 2008 in the UK. Listen to the song now at Amsterdam's MySpace page.
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"I'm often told that my work isn't emotional, that it's an intellectual exercise, jumping from style to style for its own sake.But of course it all comes from emotion, so maybe it's something lacking in the listener to not hear that. It really isn't some big jigsaw puzzle that needs to be explained. It's too much effort to do these things just for effect."
Record Mirror, April 1981. Illustration by David Street
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