Hard to believe how long it's been since I saw him in concert. (He was young and snarling, playing with the Attractions -- and having the Rubinoos open the show.). The official word:
Elvis Costello makes a rare stop in Cleveland June 16 at the Palace Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 28 at 11am.
Elvis Costello has announced ten new "SOLO" tour dates in the mid-west and mid-south U.S.A beginning June 9th, the first time since 1999 (when touring with keyboardist Steve Nieve) that he's headlined the area with such a stripped down setup. For the last several years, Costello has been playing about a month of solo dates in the U.S. a year, region by region. They are some of the most adventurous and lauded performances of his career -- the last run in November 2013 was called “remarkable” (Esquire) and "exhilarating" (American Songwriter) -- and they reflect the musician's astonishing breadth of material.
In Los Angeles in 2012, the OC Register called Costello's solo show "spellbinding" and said that Costello's set list "touched on cornerstone numbers and obscurities of his own, but...also dipped back to pre-Elvis, pre-Beatles, pre-the-other-Elvis and prewar tunes that illustrated his familial roots in the riches of both the Great American Songbook and England’s dance hall and music theater traditions."
In November, 2013, the DCist pointed out that "It’d be tough to name another songwriter who’s produced as much original material over the last 35 years, and it’s impossible to name another who mines his back catalog as equitably onstage. Most artists have only a handful of songs they’ll ever play from any particular album. With Elvis, any tune he’s ever released is fair game." The Washington Post wrote that “Costello showed that real rockers don’t need amplification or sound processors to rock out."
"Elvis Costello - SOLO" June 2014 Tour Dates:
All tickets on-sale Friday, March 28 except as noted
Monday 9th St. Paul, MN - O’Shaughnessy
Tuesday 10th Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
Wednesday 11th Chicago, IL – Copernicus Center (on-sale April 5th)
Friday 13th Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theater
Saturday 14th Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Monday 16th Cleveland, OH – Palace Theatre at PlayhouseSquare
Tuesday 17th Louisville, KY – Palace
Thursday 19th Atlanta GA – Cobb Energy Centre
Friday 20th Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
Saturday 21st Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Don’t miss ELVIS COSTELLO - June 16th, 7:30pm at the Palace Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. Tickets start at just $10 and are available this Friday, March 28 at 11am at playhousesquare.org, 216-241-6000 or the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office.