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New song No Flag released
A new Elvis Costello original, No Flag, was released June 5, 2020. It was recorded at Suomenlinnan Studio in Helsinki in February. The song is available on Amazon, Amazon.uk, Apple Music, and Spotify. A lyric video can be seen on YouTube.
An announcement at elviscostello.com promises "the next installment of this story on July 10th."
Look Now, the album by Elvis Costello and The Imposters, was released worldwide by Concord Records on October 12, 2018. It was produced by Elvis and Sebastian Krys and recorded in Los Angeles, New, York, and Vancouver earlier in 2018. It is available in a standard edition with 12 songs and a deluxe (two disc) edition with 16 - the additional four tracks making up the "Regarde Maintenant" EP.
Elvis has talked about the songs on the new album in an interview published in the Irish Examiner.
Look Now won the Grammy in the 2020 Grammy Awards in the category of Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, winning over albums by Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, John Legend and Barbra Streisand. The winner was announced at the award ceremony on January 26. Elvis, Pete, Davey and Sebastian Krys were there to accept the award.
7" vinyl box set
The album has been released as a box set of vinyl singles. This special box set features 16 tracks on 8 colored vinyl 7" 45rpm singles from the deluxe version of Look Now. The release was scheduled for 1 March, then put back to 19 April, then put back again to 8 May, copies have now been shipped. Limited editions available from elviscostello.com include two bonus 45s with four new songs (which are also the four tracks on the Purse EP described below). Order online here: Amazon or here: Amazon.uk
Purse EP for Record Store Day
Elvis and the Imposters released the 12" vinyl EP Purse on Record Store Day, April 13, 2019. It contains four previously unreleased recordings: "Everyone's Playing House" (co-written by Burt Bacharach), "The Lovers That Never Were" (co-written by Paul McCartney), "If You Love Me" (co-written by Johnny Cash), and "Down On The Bottom" (co-written by Bob Dylan). A recent tweet from Elvis implied it would be released in the US only on Record Store Day and in other territories at another date. However, it was available worldwide on April 13. The EP was released digitally on May 10, 2019 on streaming services, iTunes and Amazon and Amazon.uk.
Elvis has been made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours list 2019. He has written on his website here about his decision to accept this honour.
The Americana Music Association gave Elvis Costello, Maria Muldaur, Delbert McClinton and the songwriting team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant lifetime achievement honors at the organisation’s annual awards show on Sept. 11 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
On October 18, the 2019 Spirit of Ireland gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York, NY honored Elvis Costello. Elvis performed a short set of three songs.
All announced live concerts have been postponed due to the current pandemic.
Elvis was due to play a concert with The Imposters at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Friday, April 24 and also to appear with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band in a tribute to Dave Bartholomew at the Festival on Saturday, April 25. Also appearing in the tribute to Dave Bartholomew were to be Jon Cleary and Al "Lil Fats" Jackson. The Festival has been postponed and will now take place in the Fall. Details are at nojazzfest.com.
Elvis and the Imposters were scheduled to play in Dallas, TX, at the House of Blues on April 22 and at the Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA, on June 10. New dates have not been announced. The Vienna appearance was originally promoted as part of a Summer Tour, with more dates to follow.
Elvis will be one of the special guests joining Rosanne Cash for an online event forming part of the Live with Carnegie Hall series. The event is titled "Present Perfect: Songs of Protest and Memory" and other guests include Brandi Carlile, Marc Cohn, Ry Cooder and John Leventhal.
Whilst observing "lockdown" at home in Vancouver, Elvis has used technology to join Steve Nieve's Daily Improvisation on nine Sundays. Typically Elvis and Steve chat and Elvis sings a few songs, accompanying himself on the guitar or piano, with Steve (observing lockdown at home in France) playing piano. See the Concert schedule for details.
Setlists from 2019 and 2020 can be found in the Gigography.
It promises "his unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through the previously undocumented emotional foundations of some of his best known songs and the hits of tomorrow. The book contains many stories and observations about his renowned co-writers and co-conspirators, though Costello also pauses along the way for considerations on the less appealing side of infamy."
Order at Amazon and Amazon.uk. A Dutch language edition Trouweloze muziek en verdwijnende inkt was published on 1 December, 2015. A German language edition Unfaithful Music – Mein Leben was published on 9 November, 2015. Order the German edition at Amazon.de. An Italian language edition Musica infedele e inchiostro simpatico was published on 19 May, 2016. A Spanish language edition Música Infiel Y Tinta Invisible was published on 30 May, 2016. Order the Spanish edition at Amazon.es. A Swedish language edition Skamlös musik & bleknande bläck was published on 31 August, 2016. A French language edition Musique infidèle et encre sympathique was published in paperback on 18 October 2017. Order the French edition at Amazon.fr. An English language paperback edition of the memoir has also been published. An unabridged audio edition (PRHA 5214, 18 1/2 hours, 15 CDs) read by the author was released by Penguin Audio on 13 October, 2015.
Gary Stewart, who oversaw the reissue of many of Elvis' albums on Rhino Records (and then left the label to serve as the chief music officer for Apple's iTunes) died on 12 April, 2019 aged 62. Elvis has written an appreciation of Stewart here.
Milo Lewis, Elvis' Production Manager, died at home, suddenly, on February 18, 2016, aged 61. Milo worked with Elvis throughout his career, and had been his production manager on tour since 1983. Elvis wrote an appreciation of Milo here. A West Ham Football Club scarf was draped over an onstage monitor at the shows following his death as a mark of respect to Milo (who was a West Ham fan).
Allen Toussaint, the New Orleans composer, producer and performer, died on November 9, 2015 aged 77, while on tour in Europe. He co-wrote and recorded The River In Reverse with Elvis in 2005, and subsequently toured and performed with Elvis in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. His last concert appearance with Elvis was fittingly in New Orleans, in March 2015.
MOJO Magazine 265 (December 2015)
MOJO Magazine 265 (December 2015) has an interview with Elvis Costello as its cover feature. The magazine also includes a 15-track CD, Costello: A Collection of Unfaithful Music, featuring various artists' songs selected by Elvis. Among the selections are Steve Nieve's cover of The Birds Will Still Be Singing from a forthcoming album.
Fuji~Rama, instrumental album released on Steve Nieve's new record label
Country Darkness Vol. 2 E.P Vinyl and CD
A second four-track E.P, containing covers of Elvis' country and country-soul songs by My Darling Clementine featuring Steve Nieve, will be released on June 5. The four tracks are "Either Side Of The Same Town," "Different Finger," I Lost You" and "Still Too Soon To Know." In addition to Lou Dalgleish, Michael Weston King and Steve Nieve, the EP features Shez Sheridan (Guitars, backing vocals), Colin Elliot (Bass, cello, backing vocals), Dean Beresford (Drums) and Piero Tucci (Accordion). The EP was recorded in Paris and Sheffield. Pre-order the EP here: https://mydarlingclementinemusic.co.uk/.
A four-track E.P, containing covers of Elvis' country and country-soul songs by My Darling Clementine featuring Steve Nieve, was released on October 19, 2019. The four tracks are "Heart Shaped Bruise," "Stranger In The House," "That Day Is Done" and "I Felt The Chill Before The Winter Came." Order here.
Look Now 7" vinyl box set
Released on 8 May 2019 (see above).
The 1999 soundtrack to the Richard Curtis directed film Notting Hill includes "She" performed by Elvis Costello. Order here: Amazon.uk.
On the 20th anniversary of the film's release, Urban Legends released The Rugrats Movie: Music from the Motion Picture on vinyl on November 30th. Elvis features on one track on the album - "I Throw My Toys Around," by No Doubt. Order now at Amazon or Amazon.uk.
John McFee has re-recorded 12 old Clover songs for their new album, Homestead Redemption. Elvis sings a version of Mr. Moon on it. Clover's association with Elvis Costello goes back to My Aim is True, which John McFee, Sean Hopper, and Johnny Ciambotti, plus Micky Shine, played on.
Johnny Cash: Forever Words released April 6, 2018
Elvis sings I’ll Still Love You on a tribute album, Johnny Cash:Forever Words featuring lyrics written by the late Johnny Cash. Cash’s son John Carter Cash co-produced the new tribute album, which was released on Legacy Recordings. Hear Elvis talk about the song here. Order at Amazon or Amazon.uk
All You Need Is Me
Elvis appears in a new 10-part online Television Series All You Need Is Me, which "follows the career takeoff of Flynn Six, a young English rock band, signing its first contract with Capitol in Los Angeles. Camden's shabby pubs, and in the early stages of Arcade Fire, the webseries unveils behind the scenes and entrails of the music industry with humor and some cynicism". Watch a preview clip here: Studio Plus
Elvis has written a new song "You Shouldn't Look At Me That Way", for the soundtrack to the film Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool. The film is the true story of Hollywood film star Gloria Grahame, whose image was used in the slide show accompanying live performances on Detour. The film's director (Paul McGuigan) and producer went to to an EC show in 2016 at which, by coincidence, Elvis mentioned Grahame in his patter. “We knew it was meant to be,” McGuigan said “We went backstage and told him about the movie. He said, I’ll write you a song. And sure enough, on Christmas Day, it arrived in our emails. And it was perfect. ” Elvis has attended the film's premieres in London and Toronto and played at a party in Los Angeles following a screening of the film. Elvis performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live on US TV on Wednesday, January 10 to promote the film.
No news yet of a soundtrack album but the new song is available to download here Amazon.uk. Mary McCartney (daughter of Paul McCartney) has directed a video for the song, filmed in Liverpool, which is here: You Shouldn't Look At Me That Way.
Elvis is one of the guest artists appearing on the new album by The BibleCode Sundays - Walk Like Kings. He appears alongside Ronan MacManus and the other 3 MacManus Brothers, the first time all 5 have appeared on the same recording. The song was written after the posthumous discovery of a poem by Ross MacManus and recording of his voice appears on the track too. The album is available to download here: Amazon.uk.
'Mystery Single release on "Lupe-O-Tone" records
On 4 July 2017, "Lupe-O-Tone" records released a "mystery" single on 10 inch vinyl. This features a new EC song and a cover of a Paul Simon song, recorded with some of The Roots in New York, with Steven Mandel producing, and credited to The Imposter. The songs are American Tune and Lucky Dog. This is a limited edition item which was available to preorder here. The songs are also available to download online at I-Tunes and elsewhere.
The new album titled Non Ho L'Età by Spanish singer Vega features a duet with Elvis. Pete Thomas plays drums on the album, and Elvis duets with Vega (in Italian) on the track Dio Come Ti Amo. The album is produced by Sebastian Krys, who co-produced ‘’Look Now’’and also produced albums for La Santa Cecilia. Order a copy here: Amazon.ukBack Stabbers - a song which he has previously performed in a medley with King Horse.
Order at Amazon and Amazon.uk Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England featuring Elvis solo and Larkin Poe. Watch the trailer. Shown at selected Cineworld Cinemas in the UK and in Eire on 2 November 2015.
The film is playing in a small number of cinemas in the United States in 2016. The film, memoir and soundtrack album for the memoir are said to form a "triptych". The DVD and Blu-Ray were released on February 12. Order at Amazon and Amazon.uk.
The album Introducing Darlene Love (released September 18, 2015) includes a new song written by Elvis Costello for Love, "Forbidden Nights," as well as a cover of his 1994 song "Still Too Soon To Know." Elvis and Darlene appeared on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on US TV on October 12, 2015.
Elvis Costello is part of a group assembled by producer T Bone Burnett to create music for unheard 1967 Bob Dylan lyrics for Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, an album released on November 11, 2014. The deluxe CD is available to order here: Amazon • Amazon.uk.
The other members of the group are Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James, and Marcus Mumford. The group - "The New Basement Tapes", made their first live performances via three national television appearances in the USA in November. They performed on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on November 10, 2014, Ellen on November 14, 2014 and Jimmy Kimmel Live on November 19, 2014. They also played a concert in Los Angeles at the Montalban Theatre, and recorded a number of interviews and performances for radio broadcast.
According to the Los Angeles Times, "One intriguing facet of the current project is the collaboration among the participants. Each has come up with his or her own music for many of the lyrics, resulting in multiple versions of the same songs and allowing a perspective on the ways different artists respond to Dylan’s lyrics. Each artist takes the lead on the tracking of his or her song, and all provide suggestions and whatever instrumental and vocal support the others require, with Burnett overseeing final production."
Speaking to the London Evening Standard at an event in July to launch the album, Elvis said there had been a number of traps to avoid: "One is to go back in time, the other is to be intimidated and the third is to think that you are Bob and The Band because we're not. We're us, playing today with our own histories and our own preferences."
Five "lyric videos" have been released: Nothing To It (sung by Jim James), Married To My Hack (sung by Elvis), When I Get My Hands On You (sung by Marcus Mumford), Spanish Mary (sung by Rhiannon Giddens), and Liberty Street (sung by Taylor Goldsmith).
In an interview with Billboard Magazine published in August 2015 T-Bone Burnett commented: "Well, I’m thrilled with the way the recording sessions came out. That project was one of the most extraordinary events of my life, and I feel like it’s still a work in progress. We got five people that didn’t know each other together for 10 days and wrote and recorded 45 new songs. It was epic, and I don’t think that really came across yet. There’s a film we’re editing now that I think may end up being the definitive version of that whole event, a concert film we shot at the Montalban, where everybody backed each other up with a vengeance. It was a one-time, one-night-only show, and Marcus Heiny, who has done some stuff with us at Capitol before and has done a lot of stuff with Mumford and Sons, came and filmed it. It was guerrilla filmmaking, to be sure. I mean, we decided to do it that morning, practically. That show was really the fruit of the whole experience. By the way, there are another 20-some-odd songs that we haven’t released yet, and we might put out another album of that stuff next year. I look forward to being a steward of all of that material over the next several years."
Wise Up Ghost by Elvis Costello and The Roots was released on September 16, 2013 in the UK and September 17 in the US. Drummer Questlove tells Billboard: "We had 13 or 14 songs, but then we said, 'Ooh! Wait a minute! Let's replace four of these songs with four better songs! And now we have the tightest 12-14 song collection out of about 20 songs that we made."
A press release claimed a small number of test pressings were distributed as white labels on Record Store Day on April 20, but no copies have surfaced online, and a Rolling Stone article suggests the album was not completed until June 2013. A video for "Walk Us Uptown" was released July 22, 2013.
EC and The Roots were joined by Diane Birch and La Marisoul to preview songs from the album live on September 16, 2013 at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York City and appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the following night and on September 19, 2013. New York radio station WFUV (90.7 FM/wfuv.org) broadcast a recording of the full Brooklyn Bowl concert on September 17, 2013.
Wise Up Ghost is available on CD and vinyl. There is also a Deluxe CD version with three extra tracks. The CD is available here: Amazon • Amazon.uk. The deluxe CD is here: Amazon • Amazon.uk. The vinyl double album is here: Amazon • Amazon.uk.
Wise Up: Thought, an EP of remixed tracks from Wise Up Ghost was released as a limited edition CD (2500 copies) on November 29, 2013 Record Store Day Black Friday. It was released digitally and on 10" vinyl on December 17. The EP contains seven tracks, five of them mixed by Karriem Riggins. More details here.
On Thursday May 14 Elvis took part in a webcast benefit for Jazz Foundation of America's COVID-19 Musicians' Emergency Fund.
On Friday March 27 Elvis played songs and answered questions in isolation as part of a series of online events in support of health service workers in the UK. The 42 minute recorded contribution from Elvis is available on YouTube here. See Artists4NHS on social media for details of other events and contributions. The link for donations is here.
The JustTrust UK Tour '20!, comprising thirteen dates in England, Scotland and Wales, starting in Liverpool on 28 February ended prematurely following the show at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. Shows scheduled for Oxford, Cardiff and Birmingham were postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Ticket holders for the Cardiff show will receive refunds, after the venue failed to agree a rescheduled date for the show in 2021. News of the Birmingham and Oxford shows is still awaited. Elvis tweeted about the decision to postpone the remaining shows here.
Elvis, Pete, Davey and producer Sebastian Krys, were in Los Angeles, CA on January 26, to receive the Grammy Award for Look Now in the category - Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Steve was in Paris on the day of the ceremony. In accepting the award, Elvis remarked that the organisers had sent Steve's invitation to the wrong address.
Elvis and the Imposters with Kitten Kuroi and Briana Lee played a 24-date US tour which started on October 23 and ended on November 26 in Milwaukee, WI. The tour was entitled, “Just Trust” in answer to the musical questions: “Will they play my favourite song?" or, “Are they going to frighten the horses with a lot of excellent songs that are rarely performed?”, not to mention, “Can I expect the hits of yesteryear and those of tomorrow?". Setlists from the tour are tabulated here.
Elvis and The Imposter co-headlined with Blondie on a 13 date US tour in July and August.
In April, Elvis made a guest appearance at the 35th anniversary screening of This Is Spinal Tap, in New York City, joining the band for just one number - Gimme Some Money. This was Elvis' third appearance with Spinal Tap.
In November and December, Elvis and the Imposters played a nineteen date tour of the USA, titled "Look Now And Then", starting on the East Coast and finishing on the West Coast with a final show in Vancouver, Canada on 4 December. The tour was an opportunity to promote the new album (see above).
In September, Elvis and the Imposters played Riot Fest in Chicago, IL.
On 10 September, Elvis and Steve Nieve recorded a special edition of "Mastertapes", a BBC Radio 4 programme in which they were interviewed by John Wilson, played songs and answered questions from an invited audience. The programme was broadcast on October 13 and is available online. The recorded show is archived here.
In June, Elvis and the Imposters played the Nocturne Festival at Blenheim Palace, in Oxfordshire, England. They headlined the "Love Supreme" festival, at Glynde Place in East Sussex, England. They also played shows in theatres in Nottingham, Cardiff, Madrid, Dublin, Edinburgh and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. They also played outdoor shows in Antwerp (Belgium) and at Soest, (Netherlands).
Eight other shows were cancelled on medical advice following the procedure Elvis underwent in May. Elvis has issued this statement explaining the reason for the cancellation of remaining dates on the European Tour. His statement has been widely reported.
Elvis and the Imposters had been scheduled to play two shows as part of the Outlaw Music Festival in May, but Elvis canceled "as a consequence of a recently scheduled, non life-threatening surgical procedure."
In January, Elvis played a one-off charity show at Solana Beach, CA. with Burt Bacharach to raise funds for the victims of the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center Fire. Elvis and Burt played four songs from Painted From Memory and also I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself.
In November, Elvis joined Feist, Lana Del Rey, Ron Sexsmith, Sting and others at a tribute concert for the late Leonard Cohen at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Elvis sang two Leonard Cohen songs - The Future and Bird On The Wire. The concert was recorded by CBC, for broadcast on radio on 7 November and on TV on 3 January.
In October, Elvis attended the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Austin, TX and gave the induction speech for Rosanne Cash. He performed with Rosanne, Neko Case, Ry Cooder, John Leventhal and others. The ceremony was broadcast on PBS in the USA on New Year's Eve.
Also in October Elvis played a fundraising solo show in Austin, TX to raise start up funding for the Musician Treatment Foundation, a new Austin-based nonprofit organisation. At this show he performed a new song - Adieu Paris (L'Envie Des Etoiles) for the first time. Also, the charitable organisation "Little Kids Rock", held an event in New York, NY to honour Elvis Costello and Bonnie Raitt. Elvis sang with Bonnie and played with Paul Shaffer.
In September, Elvis played a private show in Aspen, CO then Elvis and the Imposters played an outdoor concert atop a mountain in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
In June and July, Elvis Costello & The Imposters brought their new show, “Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers” back to the US for a coast-to-coast Summer tour. They played twenty two dates, including the first Imposters show in Canada since 2012 and the first Imposters show ever in Vermont. Dawes were the opening act for the shows in Chicago, IL and Canandaigua, NY and Imelda May opened for two others in Charlotte, NC and Vienna, VA. Amy Helm opened three shows in Cooperstown, NY, Shelburne, VT and Portland, ME.
In April, Elvis and The Imposters played the after-party for Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, DC.
In March, Elvis played rescheduled solo shows in Denmark, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, additional shows in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway and three solo shows in the UK.
In February, Detour continued and Elvis played solo shows in Oslo and Bergen in Norway and Helsinki, Finland - his first show in the city since 1978. He also played four shows in Sweden - his first there since 2014.
In November, Elvis appeared at the Vancouver Writers Festival to talk about his memoir Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.
In October and November, Elvis & The Imposters played a dozen East Coast and Midwest shows in the US on the "Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers” tour. Elvis recruited three backing singers for these shows. The shows used as backdrops new versions of Elvis' album cover artwork, which was also available to buy in a printed book format. A show in Pittsburgh was cancelled because the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra was on strike and Elvis chose not to cross their picket line to perform.
In October Elvis continued his 2016 DeTour with thirteen solo dates in the United States. These included Elvis' first show in Kansas since 1984. Larkin Poe supported, and in New Orleans and Nashville Elvis was joined by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
In August, Elvis played the Ohana Festival in California.
In July Elvis and the Imposters played at the Henley Festival in England, Rock Zottegem in Belgium, at Bospop in the Netherlands, in Belfast, Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool and London and outdoor shows in Dublin and Galway in Ireland. Elvis also appeared at the Newport Folk Festival where he played with Larkin Poe, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dawes and Glen Hansard.
In June, Elvis appeared at the Songwriters' Hall of Fame, 47th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner in New York, NY, where he was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame alongside Tom Petty and the late Marvin Gaye.
After a short break for illness, Elvis' solo tour resumed on May 23 with seven shows in Italy and appearances in Switzerland and Spain in June. Larkin Poe played support on some dates.
Elvis and The Imposters played an outdoor show at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. They were joined by The Crescent City Horns and Bob Andrews, keyboard player from The Rumour. Later that day Elvis played an unadvertised set with Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Preservation Hall.
In March and April, Elvis played solo shows in the USA, supported by Larkin Poe. In Santa Barbara he was joined onstage by John McFee and Jimmy Vivino. In Mesa, AZ he was joined by Nils Lofgren. Elvis debuted seven new songs from a project based on the 1957 film A Face In The Crowd. There is no word yet on when or how these songs may be recorded or performed again.
In Australia in January and February, Elvis gave a series of interviews to radio and TV stations in Sydney and Melbourne to promote the memoir.
Elvis and the Imposters played three shows in the USA headlining in their own right, whilst also supporting Steely Dan on tour.
Elvis played a "Detour" solo tour in the UK in May and June, taking him through 21 towns and cities including many that he has not played for some time, and one or two that he has never played before. He was supported for some of these shows by Larkin Poe and his brother Ronan MacManus. His show in Liverpool was recorded for future DVD release. A tabulation of all the songs played on the Detour tour in the US and UK is here: Detour.
Elvis played a "Detour" solo tour in March taking him through 13 U.S. cities, starting in Boulder, Colorado on March 1st and ending in Fort Lauderdale on March 18th. He was joined by Larkin Poe for many dates and by Allen Toussaint for his show in New Orleans.
Elvis was one of the many stars who appeared in the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special broadcast on NBC TV in the USA on 15 February. He also appeared at an after-party, held at the Plaza Hotel in New York, playing keyboards.
Elvis played solo at the Woman's Day Red Dress Awards show in New York, NY on February 10.
On 15 January Elvis made a surprise appearance at Davies Hall, in San Francisco to help celebrate Michael Tilson Thomas' 70th Birthday. He appeared alongside Boz Scaggs, Phil Lesh and Lars Ulrich to play the Beatles' song "Birthday". Elvis also narrated three performances of "The Soldier's Tale" by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.
Elvis appeared on one of final episodes of the Late Show With David Letterman, on April 23. He sang a medley of a Nick Lowe song - When I Write The Book , and his own song Everyday I Write The Book. He also played two solo shows in Seattle, WA in April.
In the UK in May, Elvis appeared on BBC TV's "The One Show" to promote the UK shows on his "Detour" solo tour.
In November, Elvis joined the musicians involved in recording Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes to promote the album through a series of appearances on TV and radio shows, and a live concert at the Montalban Theatre in Los Angeles. Elvis played three songs solo at a gala event at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. On November 28 Pete Thomas appeared as a guest/contestant on "Spicks and Specks", a light-hearted music quiz show on ABC TV in Australia, telling stories from his life in music and playing a drum solo with rhythms from various Elvis Costello songs. It will be viewable online until December 28.
In October Elvis played a series of solo shows across Western Europe with support from Larkin Poe and Steve Nieve. He played a number of cities for the first time. The tour ended in London with a show where he was joined by Steve Nieve and shared the bill (and the stage) with Georgie Fame. The show was recorded by the BBC for radio broadcast, but none of it has aired.
In September, Elvis and The Imposters played an outdoor show at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA and an indoor show at Sonoma State University, CA. Elvis played two shows with Steve Nieve, Dennis Crouch and Karriem Riggins backed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. He played a show in Ann Arbor in Michigan, where he was unable to finish a show in June due to sickness. Elvis appeared on the Norwegian/Swedish TV Chatshow "Skavlan" with Anni-Frid Lyngstad from ABBA. He played solo shows in Tampere in Finland, Randers in Denmark on and Malmö in Sweden.
In July, Elvis played four solo shows in the UK in Swansea, Manchester, London and Bexhill-on-Sea and played a festival in Peer in Belgium. At the London show he was supported and joined on stage by Larkin Poe and the MacManus Brothers. Whilst in London he met journalists to promote Lost On The River:The New Basement Tapes.
In June Elvis played a thirteen-date North American solo tour. He also appeared at Massey Hall in Toronto and at the Montreal Jazz Festival. His concert in Ann Arbor, MI was rescheduled to 8 September as he was unable to finish the show there due to illness.
On 5 June Elvis appeared again on the Late Show With David Letterman and played a new song: The Last Year Of My Youth. He also appeared on the Morning Joe TV show to promote his forthcoming shows at Carnegie Hall in New York.
On 2 June, Elvis compered the 2nd PEN New England Song Lyrics Awards For Literary Excellence at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library And Museum in Boston, MA. This year the ceremony honoured Randy Newman and Kris Kristofferson. EC performed a song with Rosanne Cash. T Bone Burnett and Allen Toussaint also performed.
On 2 May EC played a solo show in Dubai as part of the "Blended" concert series, on the same bill as his wife Diana Krall.
In April EC and the Imposters played festival dates in Australia - the West Coast Blues & Roots Festival in Fremantle, Australia with a guest appearance from John McFee; the 25th Annual Byron Bay Blues Festival and the Deni Blues and Roots Easter Festival. They also played shows in Melbourne and Sydney before going on to New Zealand where they played a show in Auckland and the inaugural Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival. The Imposters also recorded tracks with Australian artist Heath Cullen.
EC and Steve Nieve joined other Irish and Anglo-Irish artists in a Ceiliúradh (Celebration) at the Royal Albert Hall in London to mark the first state visit to England of the President of Ireland. The show was broadcast in Eire, live on the radio and later on TV. Highlights from the show were broadcast in the UK on BBC4 on 13 April.
In March, EC and the Imposters played a show in Atlantic City, NJ. EC and The Roots with La Marisoul played a show in Port Chester, NY and two shows at the opening of the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV on 15 and 16 March. He also made a guest appearance with Jackshit during their show at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA. Elvis also recorded an interview for Newstalk ZB radio in New Zealand, to promote his shows in that country.
In February EC and The Imposters played a corporate conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.
In December The Spectacular Spinning Songbook visited Japan for the first time with Elvis and the Imposters playing three shows in Tokyo and one in Osaka. The third night's show in Tokyo was broadcast on subscription television.
In November Elvis played a solo tour of the North East states of the USA. Over the course of 19 shows he played 201 different songs, including many that he had never played solo before. A listing of all the many different songs played on this tour is here.
In October, Elvis played the Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California on the 26th and 27th. He also appeared at a charity concert 'Right To Rock' in New York, NY with Steven Van Zandt and Darlene Love.
In September, Elvis appeared at a concert at Town Hall, New York, NY, featuring music from the Coen Brothers' film Inside Llewyn Davis. He played three songs with different artists including T-Bone Burnett, Punch Brothers and The Secret Sisters.
Elvis played three songs at the launch of the Apple IPhone 5, at Apple Campus in Cupertino, California. One of the three songs was Radio Soul which had not been played since he performed it with Flip City in 1975.
Elvis made a return appearance at the annual Glastonbury Festival where he played the main (Pyramid) stage on the same night as The Rolling Stones. As is traditional, Elvis included a song - Out Of Time - by the headlining act in his set. His whole set was broadcast live online by the BBC. Parts of it were also shown on TV.
Elvis toured Ireland with The Imposters playing Cork, Derry/Londonderry as part of the celebrations of that city being UK City of Culture 2013 and at the Westport Festival where he was joined on stage by Glenn Tilbrook.
In May and June Elvis toured the UK with The Imposters and "The Spectacular Spinning Songbook" on the '13 Revolvers tour. He played 18 dates, including three consecutive nights at London's Royal Albert Hall. See the Fan Forum for details. A tabulation of all the songs played on the Revolver tour in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and the songs that have featured on the Spectacular Spinning Songbook is here: The Revolver Tour.
On 26 May, Elvis and the Imposters appeared at the Sasquatch! Festival in Quincy, WA near Seattle. He was joined onstage by Natalie Bergman, half of American indie rock band Wild Belle. See the Gigography for full details of this and other shows listed above.
On 7 March, Elvis appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York for a charity concert honouring the music of Prince. He performed with Princess and The Roots who were the house band for the event. Elvis played a smaller rehearsal show at the City Winery in New York on 6 March, as a warm up for the Carnegie Hall show.
On 28 February, Elvis and The Imposters played at a charity event at Madison Square Garden in New York to raise funds for Teen Cancer America.
In January and February "The Spectacular Spinning Songbook" visited Australia for the first time as part of a seven date tour. Five shows formed part of the "A Day on the Green" season, where Elvis and The Imposters were supported by Sunnyboys, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons and others. The remaining two dates in Melbourne and Sydney were Spectacular Spinning Songbook shows in theatres. Elvis and The Imposters also headlined a show at The Civic in Auckland, New Zealand in January, his first concert in that country since 1999.
Elvis and The Imposters appeared at 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's' benefit concert in New York on 10 November. They played a set with "The Spectacular Spinning Songbook", including a couple of songs with Michael J. Fox. See the Gigography for details.
Elvis appeared again at the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and played two shows with Jim Lauderdale and Bill Kirchen for the Sixth Annual Richard de Lone Special Housing Project benefit Concert on 6 October. On 16 October, Elvis appeared at the Little Kids Rock benefit concert in New York, NY, honoring Steven Van Zandt.
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
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 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.
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 released 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 is available to purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray (see below).
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.
Appearance on Other Artists Albums
Elvis appears on Jamey Johnson’s recent album which is a collaborative celebration of Hank Cochran’s music. Elvis and Jamey duet on “She’ll Be Back”. Livin’ for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran also includes appearances by Willie Nelson, George Strait, Alison Krauss,and many others, each singing a duet with Johnson.
Elvis appears on the soundtrack album of the horror musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County - a collaboration between Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T-Bone Burnett. The album was released in both single CD and CD + DVD deluxe format, on 4 June 2013, via Hear Music and is available here: Amazon • Amazon.uk.
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
Elvis and Questlove are on the cover of the German edition of Rolling Stone magazine dated September 2013. Inside there is an article previewing Wise Up Ghost.
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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Nightspot, a ballet with choreography by Twyla Tharp and a score by Elvis Costello opened on March 28, 2008 at Miami's Carnival Center for the Performing Arts.
'Elvis Costello's richly atmospheric score,..swells and swirls with emotion, taking audience and dancers along for a heart-snapping ride.'
'...a spectacularly bad-ass ballet'
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.