Better watch out – those Imposters and their fearless leader, the one and only Elvis Costello, will be coming to a city near you this summer. The English singer/songwriter and his band has booked another run U.S. of dates for their new show, “Imperial Bedroom & Other Champers.”
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MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, Fla.
You might have guessed that the tour will feature selections from his 1982 album, Imperial Bedroom. While tracks like “Beyond Belief,” “Almost Blue” and “Man Out Of Time” have been go-to songs on Costello’s setlists over the years, he’s planning to rework some tunes. His fall 2016 U.S. excursion included an electric version of the rarely performed “Pidgin English.”
Costello has also put together a new take on “Tears Before Bedtime” that you may find relevant to these times.
“We never intended to recite this book from cover to cover,” Costello 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 tour will include other tunes from Costello’s catalog. As he says, “You never know who or what you are going to encounter down the corridor to those ‘Other Chambers.’”
The June-July journey, which includes one night in Canada, begins in Berkeley, Calif.
June 3 – Berkeley, Calif., Greek Theatre At UC Berkeley
June 4 – Los Angeles, Calif., Greek Theatre
June 5 – San Diego, Calif., Jacobs Music Center At Copley Symphony Hall
June 7 – Albuquerque, N.M., Popejoy Hall
June 9 – Kansas City, Mo., Crossroads-KC
June 10 – Indianapolis, Ind., Murat Theatre
June 12 – Chicago, Ill., Huntington Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island
June 13 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Heinz Hall For The Performing Arts
June 15 – New York, N.Y., Rumsey Playfield / Central Park (Summerstage)
June 16 – Upper Darby, Pa., Tower Theater
June 17 – Canandaigua, N.Y., Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Pa.C (CMass.C)
June 20 – Richmond, Va., Richmond International Raceway
June 21 – Charlotte, N.C., Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 16 – Milwaukee, Wis., Riverside Theatre
July 18 – Kettering, Ohio, Fraze Pavilion For The Perf. Arts
July 20 – Toronto, Ontario, Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
July 21 – Cooperstown, N.Y., Brewery Ommegang
July 23 – Shelburne, Vt., The Green At Shelburne Museum
July 24 – Portland, Maine, Thompson’s Point
July 25 – Providence, R.I., Providence Perf. Arts Ctr.
A presale for select dates begins Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. Public onsales start March 3 at 10 a.m. All times local. Visit ElvisCostello.com for more information.