Elvis Costello Coming To U.S.

Veteran British singer/songwriter currently is touring Europe.

British singer/songwriter Elvis Costello will be returning to North

America late next month to begin a 25-date tour of the U.S. and Canada,

his label, Mercury Records, revealed Thursday (April 22).

Currently, the 44-year-old rock veteran is touring Europe, a concert

swing that began April 10 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. On Friday

he is scheduled to play the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Scotland.

After Canadian dates in Calgary, Alberta, and Vancouver, British Columbia,

on May 21 and 24, respectively, Costello plays the Paramount Theatre in

Seattle on May 26 and stays in the U.S. through the tour's end, June 26

in New York.

The tour will be Costello's first series of gigs since he played a few

dates in October with pop songwriter Burt Bacharach, with whom he

collaborated on 1998's Painted From Memory. That album combined

Bacharach's knack for creating pop hooks with Costello's lyrical wit and

introspection. Songs included "The Sweetest Punch"

(RealAudio excerpt) and "Toledo"

(RealAudio excerpt).

Last fall, Costello described the songwriting experiments with Bacharach

in glowing terms.

"We found ourselves going toward the music you hear. A lot of minor-key

tonality, which obviously gives it an ominous sound sometimes," he said.

"I witnessed him composing a passage of music one day while we were

stuck in the middle of the song 'I Still Have That Other Girl' ... and

I actually watched him write it. And it took my breath away because he

got lost in it. Suddenly he wasn't even there; it was just happening."

Elvis Costello North American Tour Dates:

May 21; Calgary, Alberta, Jubilee

May 24; Vancouver, British Columbia, Queen Elizabeth Theatre

May 26; Seattle, Wash., Paramount Theatre

May 27; Eugene, Ore., Hult Center

May 29; Las Vegas, Nev., The Joint

May 30; San Diego, Calif., Copley Theater

June 1-2; Los Angeles, Calif., Wiltern Theatre

June 4; Santa Rosa, Calif., Luther Burbank Center

June 5; San Francisco, Calif., Golden Gate Park (part of Guinness Fleadh)

June 6; Phoenix, Ariz., Celebrity Theater

June 8; Salt Lake City, Utah, Abravanel Hall

June 9; Denver, Colo., Paramount Theatre

June 11; Minneapolis, Minn., Orpheum

June 12; Chicago, Ill., Chicago Motor Speedway (part of Guinness Fleadh)

June 13; Minneapolis, Minn., Orpheum

June 15; Detroit, Mich., Meadowbrook

June 16; Toronto, Ontario, Massey Hall

June 18; Montreal, Quebec, St. Denis

June 19; Boston, Mass., Suffolk Downs (part of Guinness Fleadh)

June 20; Baltimore, Md., Pier 6

June 22; Cleveland, Ohio, Nautica Stage

June 23; Vienna, Va., Wolf Trap

June 25; Philadelphia, Pa., Tower Theater

June 26; New York, N.Y., Randall's Island (part of Guinness Fleadh)