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Elvis Costello Plots North American Summer Tour

Joined by longtime backing band the Imposters, singer-songwriter launches 20-date trek in June celebrating ‘Imperial Bedroom’

Elvis Costello & the Imposters announced a North American summer tour launching June 3rd in Berkeley, California and concluding July 25th in Providence, Rhode Island. The 20-date run – a continuation of their fall 2016 trek, “Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers” – uses material from 1982’s Imperial Bedroom as a jumping-off point.

In a statement, Costello clarified that the band isn’t aiming for nostalgia with their recent shows. “We never intended to recite this book from cover to cover,” he said. “Listen to our new arrangement of ‘Tears Before Bedtime’ – it gets straight to the real meaning of that song, the way we hear and feel it today. Back in 1982, I might have been a step or two ahead of our crowd in the tragic, romantic stakes, but I sense that they’ve all caught up with me now.”

The current Imposters lineup features Costello’s long-running backing band – drummer Pete Thomas, singer-bassist Davey Faragher and keyboardist Steve Nieve – along with guest vocalists Kitten Kuroi and YahZarah.

Imperial Bedroom, produced by famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, features Costello classics like “Beyond Belief” and “Almost Blue.” The album, which Rolling Stone dubbed a “masterpiece” upon its initial release, ranks at Number 166 on our 500 Greatest Albums list. Pre-sale ticket information for the Imposters shows are available at his official website

Elvis Costello & the Imposters North American Summer Tour

June 3 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre (Berkeley)
June 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
June 5 – San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall
June 7 – Albuquerque, NM @ Popejoy Hall
June 9 – Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads
June 10 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Murat Theatre
June 12 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
June 13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
June 15 – New York, NY @ Central Park Summer Stage
June 16 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
June 17 – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC)
June 20 – Richmond, VA @ Richmond Raceway Complex
June 21 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre
July 18 – Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion
July 20 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
July 21 – Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang
July 23 – Shelburne, VT @ The Green at Shelburne Museum
July 24 – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point
July 25 – Providence, RI @ Providence PAC

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