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"
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)