First Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello hit the studio together. Now they are hitting the road to demonstrate what came out of those sessions.
Bacharach and Costello don't plan on finding their way to San Jose (Calif.) anytime soon, but the legendary songwriters have let the ink dry on plans for a four-date tour in support of their recent collaborative effort, Painted From Memory, slated for release Tuesday (Sept. 29).
Getting underway Oct. 13 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, the twosome will then play one-night stands in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before bringing the mini-tour to an end with an Oct. 20 show at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., according to Jolyn Matsumuro, a representative at Mercury Records, the label that is releasing the album.
Featuring their Grammy-nominated effort, "God Give Me Strength" (RealAudio excerpt), Painted From Memory is the product of a collaboration between Bacharach -- known for penning tunes sung by R&B diva Dionne Warwick, such as "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," and "Walk On By," with songwriter Hal David -- and Costello, whose new-wave, guitar-pop past has produced such acclaimed albums as his 1977 debut, My Aim Is True, and pop hits such as "Veronica" and "Everyday I Write the Book."
Recorded over a two-year span at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles, the pair wrote the 12 songs for Painted From Memory in short bursts of five days at a time, stealing the odd moment to work in hotel rooms or Bacharach's writing room, and committed it to tape with Bacharach playing piano, as well as conducting a 24-piece string section, and Costello singing.
Burt Bacharach/Elvis Costello Tour Dates:
Oct. 13; New York, N.Y., Radio City Music Hall
Oct. 15; Washington, D.C., DAR Constitution Hall
Oct. 16; Chicago, Ill., Chicago Theatre
Oct. 20; Universal City, Calif., Universal Amphitheatre