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Elvis Costello on tour

North America: Elvis and The Imposters with Charlie Sexton are touring North America and co-headlining with Daryl Hall, in June and July 2024. They are playing 22 shows, started on June 4 in Troutdale, OR and finish on July 25 in Vienna, VA. Tickets are now on sale. Separately, Elvis and a brass section will play the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, RI on Saturday, August 3. Festival tickets are now on sale.

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UK and Ireland: Costello & Nieve will play twenty shows in the UK and Ireland in September and October. The tour begins in Leeds on September 2, includes the London Palladium on September 21 and 22, and finishes with four nights at Vicar Street in Dublin, September 27 to October 1. They also play Wolverhampton for the first time in 30 years. The Brodsky Quartet will join some shows in London and Dublin. Tickets are on sale on

A Face In The Crowd

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Elvis' and Sarah Ruhl's stage musical A Face In The Crowd will premiere with a run at London's Young Vic Theatre from September 10 to November 9, 2024. The production is directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah.

The show is based on Budd Schulberg's 1953 story and 1957 film adaptation. The book is by Sarah Ruhl.

Tickets can be booked through the Young Vic site now.

Cold War

Rupert Goold directed a new musical adaptation of Paweł Pawlikowski's Academy Award-nominated Cold War, with performances at the Almeida Theatre, London, England from November 30, 2023 to January 27, 2024. The play by Conor McPherson featured music from the original film with old and new songs by Elvis Costello, sung by the cast. The cast includes Anya Chalotra, Elliot Levey and Luke Thallon. Elvis and Diana Krall attended the press night on December 12. More details on Hear the BBC Radio 4 Front Row review on


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Chris Salt's play fell is "a compelling and moving story of two funny, sensitive lads trapped by a lack of hope and facing the challenges of being young adults in a rural community."

"A laugh-out-loud, heart-warming and heart-breaking comedy drama about the forging of an unlikely friendship in the shadows of the high fells; an ode to adolescence, dead dogs and dead dads under-scored by Elvis Costello."

The extent of Elvis' involvement in this production is not yet clear. The play toured in the UK in 2023.

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The Songs Of Bacharach & Costello

The Songs Of Bacharach & Costello, a four-album collection of Elvis' work with Burt Bacharach was released March 3, 2023. It is available as a "lavish" 4CD and 2 LP Super Deluxe Edition (this option has been put back to March 24 in the UK and EU due to production delays), and (with fewer tracks) as a 2 LP set (with lithograph), a 2 LP set (without lithograph) and as a 2 CD set. The Super Deluxe Edition is available also as a 45-song mp3 album. Order here or on Amazon and for £45 (July 2024).

Elvis has written about the album on his website. He previously revealed a few details In the February 2023 issue of Uncut:

"It's Painted From Memory [1998] and Taken From Life, which is a collection of songs that Burt and I wrote over the last 15 years for a proposed Painted From Memory musical. So you'll hear other people singing a couple of those original songs, but also a bunch of songs that have never been heard before. We've compiled them with a couple of the songs from Look Now [2018] and some recordings that were piano/voice explorations of what the songs would sound like if they were sung by other people. We've put them all together to create an impression of what it would have been like to have that score.
"There's another disc of live performances of Painted From Memory songs, mostly with Steve Nieve and myself, a couple of them orchestral. Finally, a whole album of Bacharach/David songs, which I thought would be fun to include. This is a love letter to Burt. We went into the studio last September and recorded two songs with Vince Mendoza conducting a 30-piece orchestra. So the bookends for this Taken From Life record are newly recorded. The Imposters and I recorded a third song, in Capitol Studios with an orchestra. It was a few years since we'd worked together, but it didn't take very long before I'm in the booth and he was on the call-back saying, 'Elvis, you're not singing the right melody.' So I had to be on top of it!".
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The Boy Named If (Alive At Memphis Magnetic)

Elvis Costello and The Imposters released the album The Boy Named If (Alive At Memphis Magnetic) digitally on November 25, 2022. It includes 10 tracks recorded with guitarist Charlie Sexton at Memphis Magnetic Recording in October 2021 and May 2022, plus a remix of "Magnificent Hurt" featuring chelmico. The album was released in Japan on two CDs on April 3, 2024 to coincide with Elvis and Steve playing shows there. Details (in Japanese) are here.

Read the full announcement at

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Rusty: The Resurrection Of Rust

The Resurrection Of Rust is the debut EP by Rusty, the duo of Elvis Costello and Allan Mayes, who first performed together in 1972. It contains two Rusty originals and covers of songs by Nick Lowe, Jim Ford, and Neil Young. Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas, Davey Faragher and Bob Andrews also play on the EP, which was produced by Elvis and Sebastian Krys. Order here: Amazon; (CD); (vinyl).

The Boy Named If And Other Children's Tales

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The new album by Elvis Costello and The Imposters was released 14 January 2022.

The official announcement is at

In a radio interview with WEVL FM 89.9 Memphis, Elvis shared a limited release 7" single containing a new track called "Magnificent Hurt" and "Farewell, OK" which was released online briefly at New Year 2021. "Magnificent Hurt" was released online on 27 October. "Paint The Red Rose Blue" was released online on 10 December. The Japanese CD release contains a bonus track, "Truth Drug."

Spanish Model

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Spanish Model is a version of This Year's Model on which Elvis' vocals are removed and replaced with Spanish language lyrics sung by different Spanish and Latino artists. The album, produced by Sebastian Krys was released on September 10 on vinyl, CD and digital formats. Order here:
A multi-part documentary on the making of the record is available on Elvis' YouTube channel here: "Part 1 - Descubrimiento (Discovery)" on YouTubePart 1 - Descubrimiento (Discovery) "Part 2 - Tiempo (Time)" on YouTubePart 2 - Tiempo (Time) "Part 3 - Contraste (Contrast)" on YouTubePart 3 - Contraste (Contrast) "Part 4 -Tumulto (Turmoil)" on YouTubePart 4 -Tumulto (Turmoil) "Part 5 - Deseo (Desire)" on YouTubePart 5 - Deseo (Desire) "Part 6 - Ambición (Ambition)" on YouTubePart 6 - Ambición (Ambition) 

Remastered This Year's Model

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Remastered version of This Year's Model produced by Sebastian Krys. Released September 10 on vinyl and CD, and available in limited vinyl release in combination with Spanish Model. Order here: Amazon or

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How To Play The Guitar And Y

An audiobook with words and music written, narrated and performed by Elvis is now available in some countries via Audible. Subscribe and/or listen here. It was also released by Amazon as an mp3 audio CD on May 24, 2022. A podcast version was released on Amazon Music on August 16, 2022.

La Face de Pendule à Coucou

A six-track EP featuring French language translations of songs from Hey Clockface was released online on March 26, 2021. This includes tracks previously released and features vocal performances by Iggy Pop ("No Flag"), Isabelle Adjani ("Revolution #49") and a remix by Tshegue. The lyric translations are by Muriel Teodori and AJUQ. Streaming options are here. This EP was released on 12" 45rpm vinyl on Concord Records on June 12, 2021 as part of Record Store Day in Europe and Japan.

Hey Clockface

Elvis Costello's album Hey Clockface was released October 30, 2020 by Concord Records. The album can be ordered along with various merchandise at and at Amazon.

"Newspaper Pane" was released October 16, 2020, as a single with a supporting lyric video streaming online. This is the fifth release from the album Hey Clockface. The music for "Newspaper Pane" was written and produced in New York by composer/arranger, Michael Leonhart in collaboration with guitarist Bill Frisell and completed by lyrical verses Costello added from his westward hideout via the miracle of telecommunications.

Trumpet player, Michael Leonhart then punctuated Costello's vocal with a horn arrangement, interweaving with Frisell's guitar and the playing of a New York rhythm section. Read more about it here,

Four other songs were available in advance of the album. On September 10 2020, the title track from the album, "Hey Clockface / How Can You Face Me?," was released online with an accompanying YouTube video. The track was recorded in February 2020 in Paris with Le Quintette Saint Germain.

Three other tracks released as singles were recorded at Suomenlinnan Studio in Helsinki in February 2020. "We Are All Cowards Now," was released August 14; the lyric video is here. Another track, "Phonographic Memory," was released on August 28. This is a spoken word track which was presented as a digital B-side to "We Are All Cowards Now." The spoken word video for "Phonographic Memory" is here.

"No Flag" was released June 5, 2020 and is available on Amazon,, Apple Music, and Spotify. A lyric video can be seen on YouTube. A French language version featuring vocals by Iggy Pop has also been released. [See Latest Releases below].

"Hetty O'Hara Confidential" was released July 10, 2020 and is also available on Amazon,, Apple Music, and Spotify, and its lyric video can be seen on YouTube.

As well as the songs from the Helsinki sessions, the album includes songs with Steve Nieve and "Le Quintette Saint Germain" recorded by François Delabrière in Paris in February 2020. It also includes material recorded in New York and produced by composer, arranger and trumpet player, Michael Leonhart in collaboration with guitarists, Bill Frisell and Nels Cline and completed, lyrically and vocally by Elvis, "via Electrical Wire." More details are at

Remastered expanded reissue of Armed Forces

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An expanded remastered vinyl box set reissue of Armed Forces was released worldwide on November 6, 2020.

"Personally curated by Elvis Costello, The Complete Armed Forces is the definitive statement of the legendary songwriter and musician's revered and essential 1979 album, featuring the classic hits "Accidents Will Happen," "Green Shirt," "Oliver's Army" and "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding."

Leaving no musical stone unturned, no lyric notebook unrifled through and no detail left out, this new super deluxe edition vinyl box set is a thorough excavation of Costello's vault from this metamorphic period of his early beginnings, painting as complete a picture as possible of the events that led to the making of the album, its creation, and the wild success that followed for him, and his band The Attractions, and ignited his career. Armed Forces is explored across nine pieces of vinyl (3 12-inch LPs, 3 10-inch LPs and 3 7-inch singles), including a new 2020 remaster of the album, B-sides, alternate versions and outtakes, demos, and a slew of live recordings – including 23 unreleased live tracks taken from three especially riotous concerts."

To promote this release, Elvis curated a playlist of tracks from the box set and songs by other artists that relate to them. This went under the title "Armed Forces 33⅓ Network."

The Complete Armed Forces can be streamed or purchased in two vinyl versions – 180-gram black vinyl and limited edition 180-gram multi-color opaque vinyl. Available here: Amazon and

Look Now

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Look Now, the album by Elvis Costello and The Imposters, was released worldwide by Concord Records on October 12, 2018. It was produced by Elvis and Sebastian Krys and recorded in Los Angeles, New York, and Vancouver in early 2018. It is available in a standard edition with 12 songs, and a deluxe two-disc edition with 16. The additional four tracks make up the Regarde Maintenant bonus EP.

Guests on the album include Burt Bacharach on piano for two songs and Kitten Kuroi, Briana Lee, and Tommy Faragher on backing vocals. The full album announcement is available at

Elvis talked about the songs on the new album in an interview published in the Irish Examiner.

Elvis has also written about the origins of Look Now and its relation to the proposed musical version of Painted From Memory. That article is on his website here and also here.

Look Now won the Grammy in the 2020 Grammy Awards in the category of Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, winning over albums by Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, John Legend and Barbra Streisand. The winner was announced at the award ceremony on January 26. Elvis, Pete, Davey and Sebastian Krys were there to accept the award.

7" vinyl box set

The album has been released as a box set of vinyl singles. This special box set features 16 tracks on 8 colored vinyl 7" 45rpm singles from the deluxe version of Look Now. The release was scheduled for 1 March, then put back to 19 April, then put back again to 8 May, copies have now been shipped. Limited editions available from include two bonus 45s with four new songs (which are also the four tracks on the Purse EP described below). Order online here: Amazon or here:

Latest releases

Vinyl album reissues
Music on Vinyl have released limited edition reissues of All This Useless Beauty (on gold vinyl), Mighty Like A Rose (on gold vinyl), The Juliet Letters (on purple vinyl), Kojak Variety (on turquoise vinyl) and Deep Dead Blue (on blue vinyl). On Twitter, Elvis has commented "Really mystified why these gimmicky, opportunistic releases are being punted out to "specialist" vinyl imprints by WB. These are CD era recordings that took advantage of the larger canvas." Details are here: All This Useless Beauty, Mighty Like A Rose,The Juliet Letters, Kojak Variety, Deep Dead Blue.

Fito Páez: EADDA9223

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Elvis makes a guest appearance on one track - Tráfico Por Katmandú - on this reworking of Fito Páez's classic 1992 release: El Amor Después Del Amor. The album had a digital and CD release in June 2023. Order the CD here:

Buddy Guy: The Blues Don't Lie

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Elvis makes a guest appearance on one track - Symptoms Of Love - on the new Buddy Guy album - The Blues Don't Lie - which was released in all formats on Sony Records on September 30, 2022. Order the CD here:

Rita Wilson: Now & Forever

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Elvis duets with Rita Wilson on one track - "Fire" (Bruce Springsteen's song) - on the new Rita Wilson duets album, according to Billboard magazine. Now & Forever was released on September 27. Order it here: Preview the track "Fire" "here" on YouTubehere .

Tommy McLain: I Ran Down Every Dream

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I Ran Down Every Dream - The new Tommy McLain album was released on August 25, 2022 on Yep Roc records. The title track features Elvis Costello. Elvis also co-wrote a second track, My Hidden Heart, with the album's producer - C.C. Adcock. Order the album here :
The Normyn Suites
The Normyn Suites - The 3rd Michael Leonhart album was released on March 25, 2022 on Sunnyside Records. "Shut Him Down" ft. Elvis Costello, Joshua Redman & JSWISS is the first track on the album. "Radio Is Everything" and "Newspaper Pane" from Hey Clockface are also included. The album features guests Elvis Costello, Joshua Redman, Donny McCaslin, Keyon Harrold, Larry Goldings, Bill Frisell, Nels Cline JSWISS and more... Order here: Amazon or here:

Fito Páez: Los Años Salvajes

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Elvis duets with Fito Páez on the track "Beer Blues" on the album Los años salvajes by the Argentine singer, composer and director. Elvis is one of several singers contributing vocals on the album, released on 22 November (coincidentally El día de Santa Cecilia). Fito is a longstanding fan of Elvis' and appeared on Spanish Model. Hear the song here.

Magnificent Hurt
Magnificent Hurt was released online as the lead single from The Boy Named If on October 27, 2021. Some promotional copies of the song on 7" single with Farewell, OK on the B-side are circulating. Listen to the song here: YouTube.

Johan Lindström Septett: On The Asylum released on vinyl February 2021

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A new song, What What, with music by Johan Lindström and lyrics and vocals by Elvis Costello is included on the new album by the Johan Lindström Septett.

Revolution #49 (Parlé)
A version of Revolution #49 with lyrics in French (translation by Muriel Teodori) and English by French actress Isabelle Adjani with Elvis Costello was released online on YouTube on January 15, 2021.

Farewell, OK

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A new song by Elvis Costello and The Imposters was posted to YouTube on December 31, 2020. This has since been deleted, but will appear on The Boy Named If in January 2022.

Elvis Costello avec Iggy Pop - No Flag (en Français)

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A version of No Flag featuring a vocal in French by Iggy Pop has been posted to YouTube. The lyrics were translated into French by Muriel Teodori and AJUQ. Rolling Stone magazine has also released an article and interview in which Elvis and Iggy talk about their "long-ranging friendship". Link is here . No word yet on whether No Flag (en Français) will receive a physical release.

Country Darkness Vol. 3 E.P Vinyl and CD


A third four-track E.P, containing covers of Elvis' country and country-soul songs by My Darling Clementine featuring Steve Nieve, was released on October 3. The four tracks are "I'll Wear It Proudly," "The Crooked Line," Indoor Fireworks" and "Why Can't A Man Stand Alone?." These tracks (and those from Volumes 1 and 2) form an LP - Country Darkness which was released on CD and download/streaming services on November 6, on Fretsore Records. Order the album and/or EPs here:

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me - Original Soundtrack
The Original Soundtrack Album of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, was re-released on vinyl on Record Store Day (October 24, 2020). It includes I'll Never Fall In Love Again performed by Elvis and Burt Bacharach.

Shut Him Down - single: Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Elvis Costello & JSWISS


On 22 September, a single - Shut Him Down - by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Elvis Costello and JSWISS was released by Sunnyside Records as a digital download on Spotify and Apple Music. Elvis worked with Michael Leonhart on some of the songs on Hey Clockface.

Brutal Youth reissued on 2 LP red vinyl' Elvis and The Attractions 1994 album Brutal Youth was reissued by Music on Vinyl in a limited edition (1000 copies) 2 LP red vinyl set in July. Details are here.

Country Darkness Vol. 2 E.P Vinyl and CD


A second four-track E.P, containing covers of Elvis' country and country-soul songs by My Darling Clementine featuring Steve Nieve, was released on June 5. The four tracks are "Either Side Of The Same Town," "Different Finger," I Lost You" and "Still Too Soon To Know." In addition to Lou Dalgleish, Michael Weston King and Steve Nieve, the EP features Shez Sheridan (Guitars, backing vocals), Colin Elliot (Bass, cello, backing vocals), Dean Beresford (Drums) and Piero Tucci (Accordion). The EP was recorded in Paris and Sheffield. Order the EP here:

Different Finger - My Darling Clementine featuring Steve Nieve
A single from the E.P. - Different Finger, was released on 23 May, and is available digitally through the usual outlets.
The accompanying animated video is available to watch here: "Different Finger" on YouTubeDifferent Finger  - 3:37

Country Darkness Vol. 1 E.P, released on vinyl and download on 18 October 2019

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A four-track E.P, containing covers of Elvis' country and country-soul songs by My Darling Clementine featuring Steve Nieve, was released on October 19, 2019. The four tracks are "Heart Shaped Bruise," "Stranger In The House," "That Day Is Done" and "I Felt The Chill Before The Winter Came." Order here.

Look Now 7" vinyl box set

Released on 8 May 2019 (see above).

Notting Hill: Music From The Motion Picture released on 12 inch orange vinyl on 10 May 2019

The 1999 soundtrack to the Richard Curtis directed film Notting Hill includes "She" performed by Elvis Costello. Order here:

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Purse EP for Record Store Day

Elvis and the Imposters released the 12" vinyl EP Purse on Record Store Day, April 13, 2019. It contains four previously unreleased recordings: "Everyone's Playing House" (co-written by Burt Bacharach), "The Lovers That Never Were" (co-written by Paul McCartney), "If You Love Me" (co-written by Johnny Cash), and "Down On The Bottom" (co-written by Bob Dylan). The EP was released digitally on May 10, 2019 on streaming services, iTunes and Amazon and

The Rugrats Movie Soundtrack released on vinyl November 30, 2018

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On the 20th anniversary of the film's release, Urban Legends released The Rugrats Movie: Music from the Motion Picture on vinyl on November 30th. Elvis features on one track on the album - "I Throw My Toys Around," by No Doubt. Order now at Amazon or

Clover: Homestead Redemption released on CD, Summer 2018

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John McFee has re-recorded 12 old Clover songs for their new album, Homestead Redemption. Elvis sings a version of Mr. Moon on it. Clover's association with Elvis Costello goes back to My Aim is True, which John McFee, Sean Hopper, and Johnny Ciambotti, plus Micky Shine, played on.
Order the CD here: Amazon.

Johnny Cash: Forever Words released April 6, 2018

Elvis sings I'll Still Love You on a tribute album, Johnny Cash:Forever Words featuring lyrics written by the late Johnny Cash. Cash's son John Carter Cash co-produced the new tribute album, which was released on Legacy Recordings. Hear Elvis talk about the song here. Order at Amazon or


This documentary film by Frederick Wiseman about New York Public Library includes footage from October 2015 of EC discussing Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. Order at

All You Need Is Me

Elvis appears in a new 10-part online Television Series All You Need Is Me, which "follows the career takeoff of Flynn Six, a young English rock band, signing its first contract with Capitol in Los Angeles. Camden's shabby pubs, and in the early stages of Arcade Fire, the webseries unveils behind the scenes and entrails of the music industry with humor and some cynicism". Watch a preview clip here: Studio Plus

Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool / You Shouldn't Look At Me That Way released November 10, 2017

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Elvis has written a new song "You Shouldn't Look At Me That Way," for the soundtrack to the film Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool. The film is the true story of Hollywood film star Gloria Grahame, whose image was used in the slide show accompanying live performances on Detour. The film's director (Paul McGuigan) and producer went to to an EC show in 2016 at which, by coincidence, Elvis mentioned Grahame in his patter. "We knew it was meant to be," McGuigan said "We went backstage and told him about the movie. He said, I'll write you a song. And sure enough, on Christmas Day, it arrived in our emails. And it was perfect. " Elvis has attended the film's premieres in London and Toronto and played at a party in Los Angeles following a screening of the film. Elvis performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live on US TV on Wednesday, January 10 to promote the film.

No news yet of a soundtrack album but the new song is available to download here Mary McCartney (daughter of Paul McCartney) has directed a video for the song, filmed in Liverpool, which is here: "You Shouldn't Look At Me That Way" on YouTubeYou Shouldn't Look At Me That Way .

Walk Like Kings released September 29, 2017

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Elvis is one of the guest artists appearing on the new album by The BibleCode Sundays - Walk Like Kings. He appears alongside Ronan MacManus and the other 3 MacManus Brothers, the first time all 5 have appeared on the same recording. The song was written after the posthumous discovery of a poem by Ross MacManus and recording of his voice appears on the track too. The album is available to download here:

'Mystery Single release on "Lupe-O-Tone" records

On 4 July 2017, "Lupe-O-Tone" records released a "mystery" single on 10 inch vinyl. This features a new EC song and a cover of a Paul Simon song, recorded with some of The Roots in New York, with Steven Mandel producing, and credited to The Imposter. The songs are American Tune and Lucky Dog. This is a limited edition item which was available to preorder here. The songs are also available to download online at I-Tunes and elsewhere.

Flowers In The Dirt - deluxe edition, The Paul McCartney Archive Collection released March 17, 2017

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This remastered deluxe archive release of the 1990 Paul McCartney album, includes demos of nine songs written and performed by Paul McCartney and Elvis.

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Non Ho L'Età released March 3, 2017

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The new album titled Non Ho L'Età by Spanish singer Vega features a duet with Elvis. Pete Thomas plays drums on the album, and Elvis duets with Vega (in Italian) on the track Dio Come Ti Amo. The album is produced by Sebastian Krys, who co-produced Look Nowand also produced albums for La Santa Cecilia. Order a copy here:

Vinyl: Music from the HBO Original Series: The Essentials: Best of Season 1 released April 15, 2016

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A soundtrack album from the US HBO TV Series Vinyl was released on April 15, 2016. It contains a new EC recording of Back Stabbers - a song which he has previously performed in a medley with King Horse.

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Detour Live At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall DVD and Blu-Ray released February 12, 2016

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A film and DVD release for concert footage from the June 2015 Detour show at Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England featuring Elvis solo and Larkin Poe. Watch the trailer. Shown at selected Cineworld Cinemas in the UK and in Eire on 2 November 2015.

The film is playing in a small number of cinemas in the United States in 2016. The film, memoir and soundtrack album for the memoir are said to form a "triptych". The DVD and Blu-Ray were released on February 12. Order at Amazon and

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

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Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink — memoir by Elvis Costello.

It promises "his unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through the previously undocumented emotional foundations of some of his best known songs and the hits of tomorrow. The book contains many stories and observations about his renowned co-writers and co-conspirators, though Costello also pauses along the way for considerations on the less appealing side of infamy."

Order at Amazon and A Dutch language edition Trouweloze muziek en verdwijnende inkt was published on 1 December, 2015. A German language edition Unfaithful Music – Mein Leben was published on 9 November, 2015. Order the German edition at An Italian language edition Musica infedele e inchiostro simpatico was published on 19 May, 2016. A Spanish language edition Música Infiel Y Tinta Invisible was published on 30 May, 2016. Order the Spanish edition at A Swedish language edition Skamlös musik & bleknande bläck was published on 31 August, 2016. A French language edition Musique infidèle et encre sympathique was published in paperback on 18 October 2017. Order the French edition at An English language paperback edition of the memoir has also been published. An unabridged audio edition (PRHA 5214, 18 1/2 hours, 15 CDs) read by the author was released by Penguin Audio on 13 October, 2015.

Introducing Darlene Love

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The album Introducing Darlene Love (released  September 18, 2015) includes a new song written by Elvis Costello for Love, "Forbidden Nights," as well as a cover of his 1994 song "Still Too Soon To Know." Elvis and Darlene appeared on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on US TV on October 12, 2015.

Listen to "Forbidden Nights" on YouTube/Vevo. Order the album at Amazon and

Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes released November 11, 2014

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Elvis Costello is part of a group assembled by producer T Bone Burnett to create music for unheard 1967 Bob Dylan lyrics for Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, an album released on November 11, 2014. The deluxe CD is available to order here:

The other members of the group are Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James, and Marcus Mumford. The group, "The New Basement Tapes," made their first live performances via three national television appearances in the USA in November. They performed on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on November 10, 2014, Ellen on November 14, 2014 and Jimmy Kimmel Live on November 19, 2014. They also played a concert in Los Angeles at the Montalban Theatre, and recorded a number of interviews and performances for radio broadcast.

According to the Los Angeles Times, "One intriguing facet of the current project is the collaboration among the participants. Each has come up with his or her own music for many of the lyrics, resulting in multiple versions of the same songs and allowing a perspective on the ways different artists respond to Dylan's lyrics. Each artist takes the lead on the tracking of his or her song, and all provide suggestions and whatever instrumental and vocal support the others require, with Burnett overseeing final production."

Speaking to the London Evening Standard at an event in July to launch the album, Elvis said there had been a number of traps to avoid: "One is to go back in time, the other is to be intimidated and the third is to think that you are Bob and The Band because we're not. We're us, playing today with our own histories and our own preferences."

The making of the album is the subject of the documentary Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes continued . A trailer for the documentary is available here

Five "lyric videos" have been released: Nothing To It (sung by Jim James), Married To My Hack (sung by Elvis), When I Get My Hands On You (sung by Marcus Mumford), Spanish Mary (sung by Rhiannon Giddens), and Liberty Street (sung by Taylor Goldsmith).

In an interview with Billboard Magazine published in August 2015 T-Bone Burnett commented:

"Well, I'm thrilled with the way the recording sessions came out. That project was one of the most extraordinary events of my life, and I feel like it's still a work in progress. We got five people that didn't know each other together for 10 days and wrote and recorded 45 new songs. It was epic, and I don't think that really came across yet. There's a film we're editing now that I think may end up being the definitive version of that whole event, a concert film we shot at the Montalban, where everybody backed each other up with a vengeance. It was a one-time, one-night-only show, and Marcus Heiny, who has done some stuff with us at Capitol before and has done a lot of stuff with Mumford and Sons, came and filmed it. It was guerrilla filmmaking, to be sure. I mean, we decided to do it that morning, practically. That show was really the fruit of the whole experience. By the way, there are another 20-some-odd songs that we haven't released yet, and we might put out another album of that stuff next year. I look forward to being a steward of all of that material over the next several years."

Elvis and The Roots release Wise Up Ghost, September 2013

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Wise Up Ghost by Elvis Costello and The Roots was released on September 16, 2013 in the UK and September 17 in the US. Drummer Questlove tells Billboard: "We had 13 or 14 songs, but then we said, 'Ooh! Wait a minute! Let's replace four of these songs with four better songs! And now we have the tightest 12-14 song collection out of about 20 songs that we made."

A press release claimed a small number of test pressings were distributed as white labels on Record Store Day on April 20, but no copies have surfaced online, and a Rolling Stone article suggests the album was not completed until June 2013. A video for "Walk Us Uptown" was released July 22, 2013.

EC and The Roots were joined by Diane Birch and La Marisoul to preview songs from the album live on September 16, 2013 at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York City and appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the following night and on September 19, 2013. New York radio station WFUV (90.7 FM/ broadcast a recording of the full Brooklyn Bowl concert on September 17, 2013.

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On September 24 Elvis and Questlove joined David Dye on World Café on WXPN-FM to play a few tracks from Wise Up Ghost and talk about the recording of the album.

Wise Up Ghost is available on CD and vinyl. There is also a Deluxe CD version with three extra tracks. The CD is available here: The deluxe CD is here: The vinyl double album is here:

Wise Up: Thought, an EP of remixed tracks from Wise Up Ghost was released as a limited edition CD (2500 copies) on November 29, 2013 Record Store Day Black Friday. It was released digitally and on 10" vinyl on December 17. The EP contains seven tracks, five of them mixed by Karriem Riggins. More details here.

La Santa Cecilia: Treinta Dias

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Treinta Dias — Elvis guests on the Grammy winning album by La Santa Cecilia produced by Sebastian Krys and released on April 30 2013. Preview the new song at; order the CD from Amazon or

In Motion Pictures

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In Motion Pictures — a collection of fifteen Elvis Costello songs that have appeared in films — was released November 19 2012 from Universal. It is available at Amazon or More details at Direct Current.

The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook

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On 5 December 2011 Hip-O records released a limited-edition box – only 1,500 numbered copies worldwide – culled from the two dates Elvis and The Imposters played at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre in May 2011. The set includes a CD of 16 performances from both nights. An accompanying DVD showcases the second show on May 12 including a guest appearance from Susanna Hoffs. The box set also features a 10″ EP with an additional four songs, a 40-page hardbound book of photos and Costello's journal entries while on tour, a 20″ x 30″ poster, a limited edition tour postcard and a commemorative card signed by Costello himself.

On his own website Elvis has complained that the box set is over-priced (at around 268 US Dollars) and suggests that such a sum could be better spent on a Louis Armstrong box set. The Hip-O box set is here: The Louis Armstrong box set is here:

A CD only version of this album and the accompanying DVD have now been released at a more affordable price. These were scheduled for release on 24 January, then 6 March, and were finally released on 2 April 2012. You can order the CD here: and the DVD here: Amazon

The video trailer for the DVD release can be viewed here YouTube.

National Ransom

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Elvis Costello's album National Ransom was released on October 25 2010 internationally and November 2 2010 in the U.S, but the digital download offered on became available on October 24 2010. It was recorded with producer T Bone Burnett in Nashville and Los Angeles over an 11 day period earlier in 2010.

Musicians include all members of The Imposters and The Sugarcanes, plus Vince Gill, Marc Ribot, Buddy Miller, and Leon Russell. Elvis told Scotland's The Herald, "The ensemble ranges from two players to nine pieces and while some songs are very intimate and quiet, others are not."

A promotional single from the album: I Lost You was released internationally on October 18 2010.

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A digital 4 track EP, National Ransack, with tracks from the National Ransom Sessions was available as a pre-order Bonus. The offer was found on The album can be purchased as mp3, flac or Apple lossless downloads in addition to CD and vinyl. Three tracks are delivered immediately when download is purchased. This version of the album excluded the Japanese/iTunes bonus track I Hope. It is now available for download.

An alternate version of the title track has been posted on YouTube with an accompanying video under the title "The Return Of The Imposter". This has been promoted through Twitter and other social media and has featured in some of Elvis' solo concerts. See it here: YouTube.

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National Ransack was released as a 7" vinyl EP on December 21, 2010 according to the National Ransom website. It contained the songs previously available digitally through

Recent appearances


Elvis performed two songs with The Jazz Passengers at a Jazz Memorial for trombonist Curtis Fowlkes at Saint Peter's Church in New York, NY on May 1.

Japan: Elvis Costello and Steve Nieve played four shows in Japan, three in Tokyo and one in Osaka on April 8, 9, 11 and 12th.

Australia: Elvis Costello & The Imposters' Australian tour was rescheduled from 2023 to 2024 due to a COVID illness of a member of the band. In March and April, Elvis and The Imposters with Charlie Sexton played two nights at Byron Bay BluesFest; three shows at the Sydney Opera House and one in Melbourne.

US: Elvis Costello & The Imposters with Charlie Sexton played fifteen shows in seven Southern US states (Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina) in January and February 2024. The 7-0-7 Tour began on January 10 in Tallahassee, Florida, and ended February 2 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Allan Mayes made a guest appearance at the concert in Austin, TX. Larkin Poe joined Elvis at the show in Nashville, TN. A brass section comprising Michael Leonhart, Donny McCaslin and Ray Mason appeared at the shows in Nashville and Atlanta. Elvis made a guest appearance with Rosanne Cash at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Miramar Beach on January 13.

On February 6, Elvis Costello performed with Hugh Jackman at "The Nearness of You," an annual benefit concert for cancer research at the Appel Room at Lincoln Center, New York City. Other performers included Diana Krall, Christopher Cross, Dianne Reeves and Branford Marsalis. The musical director was Will Lee with an all-star band featuring Randy Brecker and Steve Gadd, among others.


Elvis joined Billy Joel and his band at his concert in Madison Square Garden, New York, NY on December 19 to play two songs - Pump It Up and Allentown.

Elvis played at a fund-raising gala for the American National Parks Conservation Association, in New York on October 12.

Elvis and Steve Nieve played shows in Dublin, Helsinki, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Randers, Oslo, Hamburg, Berlin, Luxembourg, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels, Budapest in September, and shows in Geneva and Lucerne in October. The Oslo show featured Joker Out, the Paris show featured Le Quintette Saint Germain.

Elvis and Steve played three shows in Spain in September - Their outdoor show at Teatro del Generalife in Granada on September 2nd was cut short by an electrical storm which made it unsafe to continue.

Elvis and Steve played three shows in Italy at the end of August with Carmen Consoli. Elvis sang a number of songs in Italian.

Elvis and The Imposters with Charlie Sexton played a North American tour over 24 dates. Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets supported. A horn section comprising Michael Leonhart (trumpet, samplers), Donny McCaslin (tenor saxophone) and Ray Mason (trombone) joined for seven dates at the end of the tour.

Elvis and Steve Nieve - with Special Guest Nick Lowe enjoyed "four days and nights of music and adventure" in Iceland. Events included a Q&A session with Elvis and Steve, a private concert with Elvis and Steve and a public concert with Elvis, Steve and Nick at Harpa in Reykjavik on May 28. Elvis played a number of new songs at the private concert on May 26.

Elvis and The Imposters, with Charlie Sexton, joined Billy Gibbons and friends at the Brooklyn Bowl (Nashville) on March 12 for a concert to benefit Music Treatment Foundation. Details are here.

Elvis and The Imposters, with Charlie Sexton played 11 shows on the East coast of the USA. The tour started in Bethlehem, PA on February 23, 2023 and finished in Charlottesville, VA on March 10.

Elvis played a 10 night residency at New York's Gramercy Theatre from 9 - 22 February, 2023. Steve Nieve accompanied him for the fifth to tenth nights. Other artists joined for some shows, including the other Imposters, Charlie Sexton, Brigid Kaelin, Michael Leonhart, Rebecca Lovell, La Marisoul, Rob Mathes and Endea Owens. A setlist matrix showing details of the songs played (or to be played) on each of the ten nights is here.


On December 2, Elvis played a concert in Austin, TX to benefit the Musicans Treatment Foundation. He was joined by a bespoke backing band (The Earls of Austin) and other vocalists and musicians including Rosanne Cash, Nina Diaz, La Marisoul and Allan Mayes. The setlist was largely songs from King Of America.

Elvis performed with Jorge Drexler at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on November 17. Jorge and Elvis sang Tocarte which also won the award for "Song Of The Year". The previous night he appeared with Sebastian Krys at a charity concert in Las Vegas. Elvis sang with Cami, Jorge Drexler, Juanes and Fito Páez - all vocalists on Spanish Model.

On October 9, Elvis made a guest appearance at Radio City Music Hall in New York with Fito Páez. Elvis sang two songs, including a duet in Spanish.

At the end of September, Elvis played five shows in San Francisco. On September 29, he made a guest appearance at a charity event with Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne and others and sang Indoor Fireworks. Elvis joined The Great American Beauties and Allan Mayes at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Friday, September 30, 2022 to play the songs of Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia. These concerts were for the benefit of Prader-Willi Homes of California. He also appeared the following day at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco with Allan Mayes and The Great American Beauties. On the final day of the Festival, he appeared with Steve Earle to pay tribute to the late John Prine; and with Marcus Mumford and Rhiannon Giddens to play Pump It Up and two songs from Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes.

In August and September Elvis and The Imposters with Charlie Sexton played dates in the USA and Canada with support act Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets and (for selected dates) Nicole Atkins. Allan Mayes, Bob Andrews and Fito Páez also made appearances.

In June and July 2022 Elvis and The Imposters with Charlie Sexton played 11 dates in the UK, dates in Antwerp and Amsterdam and two shows in Denmark promoting The Boy Named If.

In May Elvis and The Imposters, with Charlie Sexton played the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival. They were joined by Tommy McLain and C.C. Adcock. Elvis also appeared with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band in a tribute to Dave Bartholomew. Elvis and the Imposters and Charlie Sexton also played a show in Tulsa, as part of celebrations to mark the opening of the Bob Dylan Centre. Elvis visited the centre and met the curator.

Look-Hear-Listen-Now - In May and June 2022, Elvis made four appearances at small UK venues to spend an easy hour of stories, questions and some surprises on the occasion of the release of The Boy Named If and Other Records. The first appearance (due to take place in Edinburgh on 28 May) was canceled as it clashed with the European Cup Final (in which Liverpool played). The "surprise" was that Elvis used these dates to promote the debut album from Rusty: The Resurrection Of Rust - CD copies were exclusively available from the venue and the independent record shops that had been involved in promoting the shows.


On November 18, Elvis and the Imposters appeared at the annual Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The band played two songs - Pump It Up and Farewell, OK. This event was televised in the UK on 19 December and subsequently in other countries. Elvis has frequently remarked on the fact that his father was on the bill when The Beatles appeared at the same event in 1963, Marlene Dietrich was also on the bill, with her accompanist, Burt Bacharach.

On November 11, 2021 a recorded interview with Elvis and two studio session tracks recorded in Memphis, TN in October 2021 were broadcast on BBC Radio 2. The session tracks featured Elvis and The Imposters with Charlie Sexton and included the new single Magnificent Hurt.

In October and November Elvis and The Imposters played 23 shows in the US on the "Hello Again!" Tour. Steve Nieve tested positive for COVID just prior to the first show in Port Chester, but the show went on with The Layabouts, a revised setlist and Elvis playing a little piano. Steve subsequently tested negative for COVID. Setlists from the tour are tabulated here.

Elvis played a show in Kansas City, MO. on August 27, 2021. The following day he played a free outdoor concert in Omaha, NE. Steve Nieve was unable to travel to the US for these shows due to COVID travel restrictions, so Charlie Sexton (on guitar) joined Elvis, Pete and Davey to form "The Layabouts" for these two shows.

Elvis appeared on the US network TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his audiobook "How To Play Guitar and Y" then sang Pump It Up with Juanes to promote Spanish Model. Elvis also appeared at Juanes' show in Los Angeles on October 2 where they again sang Pump It Up.

Elvis joined with Richard Thompson for an online "Conversation with Music" as part of the Montclair Literary Festival on April 7, 2021. Richard was launching his memoir Beeswing: Losing My Voice and Finding My Way 1967-1975.


Elvis was one of the special guests joining Rosanne Cash for an online event forming part of the Live with Carnegie Hall series. The event was titled "Present Perfect: Songs of Protest and Memory" and other guests include Brandi Carlile, Marc Cohn, Ry Cooder and John Leventhal.

Whilst observing "lockdown" at home in Vancouver, Elvis has used technology to join Steve Nieve's Daily Improvisation on nine Sundays. Typically Elvis and Steve chat and Elvis sings a few songs, accompanying himself on the guitar or piano, with Steve (observing lockdown at home in France) playing piano. Elvis has also appeared on the successor series The Immobile Tour, also singing live from his home in Vancouver. See the Concert schedule for details.

Elvis has also joined with former Rusty bandmate, Allan Mayes for a webcast to raise funds for the Musician Treatment Foundation. They played together on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 and on Monday, May 18, 2020.

On Thursday May 14 Elvis took part in a webcast benefit for Jazz Foundation of America's COVID-19 Musicians' Emergency Fund.

On Wednesday April 29 and on Monday, May 18, Elvis reunited with Allan Mayes (the other member of Rusty) on a webcast to raise money for the charity Musician Treatment Foundation.

On Friday March 27 Elvis played songs and answered questions in isolation as part of a series of online events in support of health service workers in the UK. The 42 minute recorded contribution from Elvis is available on YouTube here. See Artists4NHS on social media for details of other events and contributions. The link for donations is here.

The JustTrust UK Tour '20!, comprising thirteen dates in England, Scotland and Wales, starting in Liverpool on 28 February ended prematurely following the show at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. Shows scheduled for Oxford, Cardiff and Birmingham were postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Ticket holders for the Cardiff show will receive refunds, after the venue failed to agree a rescheduled date for the show in 2021. Elvis hopes to reschedule the postponed dates as part of a UK tour in 2021. Elvis tweeted about the decision to postpone the remaining shows here.

Elvis, Pete, Davey and producer Sebastian Krys, were in Los Angeles, CA on January 26, to receive the Grammy Award for Look Now in the category - Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Steve was in Paris on the day of the ceremony. In accepting the award, Elvis remarked that the organisers had sent Steve's invitation to the wrong address.


Elvis and the Imposters with Kitten Kuroi and Briana Lee played a 24-date US tour which started on October 23 and ended on November 26 in Milwaukee, WI. The tour was entitled, "Just Trust" in answer to the musical questions: "Will they play my favourite song?" or, "Are they going to frighten the horses with a lot of excellent songs that are rarely performed?", not to mention, "Can I expect the hits of yesteryear and those of tomorrow?"

Elvis and The Imposter co-headlined with Blondie on a 13 date US tour in July and August.

Elvis played a short solo set supporting Neil Young, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, Canada on Tuesday May 14 and Wednesday May 15.

In April, Elvis made a guest appearance at the 35th anniversary screening of This Is Spinal Tap, in New York City, joining the band for just one number - Gimme Some Money. This was Elvis' third appearance with Spinal Tap.


In November and December, Elvis and the Imposters played a nineteen date tour of the USA, titled "Look Now And Then," starting on the East Coast and finishing on the West Coast with a final show in Vancouver, Canada on 4 December. The tour was an opportunity to promote the new album (see above).

In September, Elvis and the Imposters played Riot Fest in Chicago, IL.

On 10 September, Elvis and Steve Nieve recorded a special edition of Mastertapes, a BBC Radio 4 programme in which they were interviewed by John Wilson, played songs and answered questions from an invited audience. The programme was broadcast on October 13 and is available online. The recorded show is archived here.

In June, Elvis and the Imposters played the Nocturne Festival at Blenheim Palace, in Oxfordshire, England. They headlined the "Love Supreme" festival, at Glynde Place in East Sussex, England. They also played shows in theatres in Nottingham, Cardiff, Madrid, Dublin, Edinburgh and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. They also played outdoor shows in Antwerp (Belgium) and at Soest, (Netherlands).

Eight other shows were cancelled on medical advice following the procedure Elvis underwent in May. Elvis has issued this statement explaining the reason for the cancellation of remaining dates on the European Tour. His statement has been widely reported.

Elvis and the Imposters had been scheduled to play two shows as part of the Outlaw Music Festival in May, but Elvis canceled "as a consequence of a recently scheduled, non life-threatening surgical procedure."

Elvis and the Imposters played four shows in New York on 7,8, 9 and 11 March. Kitten Kuroi and Briana Lee sang backing vocals.

In January, Elvis played a one-off charity show at Solana Beach, California with Burt Bacharach to raise funds for the victims of the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center Fire. Elvis and Burt played four songs from Painted From Memory and also "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself."


In November, Elvis joined Feist, Lana Del Rey, Ron Sexsmith, Sting and others at a tribute concert for the late Leonard Cohen at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Elvis sang two Leonard Cohen songs - The Future and Bird On The Wire. The concert was recorded by CBC, for broadcast on radio on 7 November and on TV on 3 January.

In October, Elvis attended the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Austin, TX and gave the induction speech for Rosanne Cash. He performed with Rosanne, Neko Case, Ry Cooder, John Leventhal and others. The ceremony was broadcast on PBS in the USA on New Year's Eve.

Also in October Elvis played a fundraising solo show in Austin, TX to raise start up funding for the Musician Treatment Foundation, a new Austin-based nonprofit organisation. At this show he performed a new song - Adieu Paris (L'Envie Des Etoiles) for the first time. Also, the charitable organisation "Little Kids Rock," held an event in New York, NY to honour Elvis Costello and Bonnie Raitt. Elvis sang with Bonnie and played with Paul Shaffer.

In September, Elvis played a private show in Aspen, CO then Elvis and the Imposters played an outdoor concert atop a mountain in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

In June and July, Elvis Costello & The Imposters brought their new show, "Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers" back to the US for a coast-to-coast Summer tour. They played twenty two dates, including the first Imposters show in Canada since 2012 and the first Imposters show ever in Vermont. Dawes were the opening act for the shows in Chicago, IL and Canandaigua, NY and Imelda May opened for two others in Charlotte, NC and Vienna, VA. Amy Helm opened three shows in Cooperstown, NY, Shelburne, VT and Portland, ME.

In April, Elvis and The Imposters played the after-party for Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, DC.

In March, Elvis played rescheduled solo shows in Denmark, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, additional shows in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway and three solo shows in the UK.

In February, Detour continued and Elvis played solo shows in Oslo and Bergen in Norway and Helsinki, Finland - his first show in the city since 1978. He also played four shows in Sweden - his first there since 2014.


In December, Elvis played the annual charity concert of the Owen Hart Foundation which took place in Calgary, Canada. Elvis and The Attractions previously played at the same venue in November 1978.

In November, Elvis appeared at the Vancouver Writers Festival to talk about his memoir Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.

In October and November, Elvis & The Imposters played a dozen East Coast and Midwest shows in the US on the "Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers" tour. Elvis recruited three backing singers for these shows. The shows used as backdrops new versions of Elvis' album cover artwork, which was also available to buy in a printed book format. A show in Pittsburgh was cancelled because the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra was on strike and Elvis chose not to cross their picket line to perform.

In October Elvis continued his 2016 Detour with thirteen solo dates in the United States. These included Elvis' first show in Kansas since 1984. Larkin Poe supported, and in New Orleans and Nashville Elvis was joined by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

In September, Elvis played three solo shows in Japan with Larkin Poe, his debut shows in Macau and Taiwan and a show in Singapore.

In August, Elvis played the Ohana Festival in California.

In July Elvis and the Imposters played at the Henley Festival in England, Rock Zottegem in Belgium, at Bospop in the Netherlands, in Belfast, Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool and London and outdoor shows in Dublin and Galway in Ireland. Elvis also appeared at the Newport Folk Festival where he played with Larkin Poe, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dawes and Glen Hansard.

In June, Elvis appeared at the Songwriters' Hall of Fame, 47th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner in New York, NY, where he was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame alongside Tom Petty and the late Marvin Gaye.

After a short break for illness, Elvis' solo tour resumed on May 23 with seven shows in Italy and appearances in Switzerland and Spain in June. Larkin Poe played support on some dates.

In May, Elvis played five solo shows in England, supported by Larkin Poe. Elvis then canceled concerts in Antwerp, Paris, Utrecht, Aalborg, and Hamburg due to a "respiratory virus", before resuming Detour 2016 in Italy. The shows in Aalborg, Antwerp, Hamburg and Utrecht were rescheduled on March 4, March 12, March 14 and March 15. The cancelled show in Paris has not been rescheduled.

Elvis and The Imposters played an outdoor show at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. They were joined by The Crescent City Horns and Bob Andrews, keyboard player from The Rumour. Later that day Elvis played an unadvertised set with Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Preservation Hall.

In March and April, Elvis played solo shows in the USA, supported by Larkin Poe. In Santa Barbara he was joined onstage by John McFee and Jimmy Vivino. In Mesa, Arizona, he was joined by Nils Lofgren. Elvis debuted seven new songs from a project based on the 1957 film A Face In The Crowd. There is no word yet on when or how these songs may be recorded or performed again.

In Australia in January and February, Elvis gave a series of interviews to radio and TV stations in Sydney and Melbourne to promote the memoir.


Elvis spoke at the memorial service for Allen Toussaint in New Orleans in November, and performed at a subsequent tribute concert.

Elvis has made numerous TV and radio appearances in the US, Canada and the UK to promote the release of his memoir - Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.AmazonAmazon.ukPenguin Books.

Elvis and The Imposters played twenty shows supporting Steely Dan on their 2015 "Rockabye Gollie Angel Tour". At the show in Atlanta, Georgia, they were joined by Larkin Poe.

Elvis and the Imposters played three shows in the USA headlining in their own right, whilst also supporting Steely Dan on tour.

Elvis played a "Detour" solo tour in the UK in May and June, taking him through 21 towns and cities including many that he has not played for some time, and one or two that he has never played before. He was supported for some of these shows by Larkin Poe and his brother Ronan MacManus. His show in Liverpool was recorded for future DVD release. A tabulation of all the songs played on the Detour tour in the US and UK is here: Detour.

Elvis played a "Detour" solo tour in March taking him through 13 U.S. cities, starting in Boulder, Colorado on March 1st and ending in Fort Lauderdale on March 18th. He was joined by Larkin Poe for many dates and by Allen Toussaint for his show in New Orleans.

Elvis was one of the many stars who appeared in the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special broadcast on NBC TV in the USA on 15 February. He also appeared at an after-party, held at the Plaza Hotel in New York, playing keyboards.

Elvis played solo at the Woman's Day Red Dress Awards show in New York, NY on February 10.

On 15 January Elvis made a surprise appearance at Davies Hall, in San Francisco to help celebrate Michael Tilson Thomas' 70th Birthday. He appeared alongside Boz Scaggs, Phil Lesh and Lars Ulrich to play the Beatles' song "Birthday." Elvis also narrated three performances of "The Soldier's Tale" by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.

Elvis appeared on one of final episodes of the Late Show With David Letterman, on April 23. He sang a medley of a Nick Lowe song, "When I Write The Book," and his own song, "Everyday I Write The Book." He also played two solo shows in Seattle, Washington in April.

In the UK in May, Elvis appeared on BBC TV's "The One Show" to promote the UK shows on his "Detour" solo tour.


In November, Elvis joined the musicians involved in recording Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes to promote the album through a series of appearances on TV and radio shows, and a live concert at the Montalban Theatre in Los Angeles. Elvis played three songs solo at a gala event at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. On November 28 Pete Thomas appeared as a guest/contestant on Spicks and Specks, a light-hearted music quiz show on ABC TV in Australia, telling stories from his life in music and playing a drum solo with rhythms from various Elvis Costello songs. It will be viewable online until December 28.

In October Elvis played a series of solo shows across Western Europe with support from Larkin Poe and Steve Nieve. He played a number of cities for the first time. The tour ended in London with a show where he was joined by Steve Nieve and shared the bill (and the stage) with Georgie Fame. The show was recorded by the BBC for radio broadcast, but none of it has aired.

In September, Elvis and The Imposters played an outdoor show at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California, and an indoor show at Sonoma State University. Elvis played two shows with Steve Nieve, Dennis Crouch and Karriem Riggins backed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. He played a make-up show in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for a show in June that he was unable to finish due to sickness. Elvis appeared on the Norwegian/Swedish TV Chatshow Skavlan with Anni-Frid Lyngstad from ABBA. He played solo shows in Tampere, Finland, Randers, Denmark, and Malmö, Sweden.

Elvis and The Imposters played the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle, Washington on August 30.

In July, Elvis played four solo shows in the UK in Swansea, Manchester, London and Bexhill-on-Sea and played a festival in Peer in Belgium. At the London show he was supported and joined on stage by Larkin Poe and the MacManus Brothers. Whilst in London he met journalists to promote Lost On The River:The New Basement Tapes.

In June Elvis played a thirteen-date North American solo tour. He also appeared at Massey Hall in Toronto and at the Montreal Jazz Festival. His concert in Ann Arbor, MI was rescheduled to 8 September as he was unable to finish the show there due to illness.

On 5 June Elvis appeared again on the Late Show With David Letterman and played a new song: The Last Year Of My Youth. He also appeared on the Morning Joe TV show to promote his forthcoming shows at Carnegie Hall in New York.

On 2 June, Elvis compered the 2nd PEN New England Song Lyrics Awards For Literary Excellence at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library And Museum in Boston, MA. This year the ceremony honoured Randy Newman and Kris Kristofferson. EC performed a song with Rosanne Cash. T Bone Burnett and Allen Toussaint also performed.

On 2 May EC played a solo show in Dubai as part of the "Blended" concert series, on the same bill as his wife Diana Krall.

In April EC and the Imposters played festival dates in Australia - the West Coast Blues & Roots Festival in Fremantle, Australia with a guest appearance from John McFee; the 25th Annual Byron Bay Blues Festival and the Deni Blues and Roots Easter Festival. They also played shows in Melbourne and Sydney before going on to New Zealand where they played a show in Auckland and the inaugural Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival. The Imposters also recorded tracks with Australian artist Heath Cullen.

EC and Steve Nieve joined other Irish and Anglo-Irish artists in a Ceiliúradh (Celebration) at the Royal Albert Hall in London to mark the first state visit to England of the President of Ireland. The show was broadcast in Eire, live on the radio and later on TV. Highlights from the show were broadcast in the UK on BBC4 on 13 April.

In March, EC and the Imposters played a show in Atlantic City, NJ. EC and The Roots with La Marisoul played a show in Port Chester, NY and two shows at the opening of the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV on 15 and 16 March. He also made a guest appearance with Jackshit during their show at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA. Elvis also recorded an interview for Newstalk ZB radio in New Zealand, to promote his shows in that country.

In February EC and The Imposters played a corporate conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.


In December The Spectacular Spinning Songbook visited Japan for the first time with Elvis and the Imposters playing three shows in Tokyo and one in Osaka. The third night's show in Tokyo was broadcast on subscription television.

In November Elvis played a solo tour of the North East states of the USA. Over the course of 19 shows he played 201 different songs, including many that he had never played solo before. A listing of all the many different songs played on this tour is here.

In October, Elvis played the Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California on the 26th and 27th. He also appeared at a charity concert 'Right To Rock' in New York, NY with Steven Van Zandt and Darlene Love.

In September, Elvis appeared at a concert at Town Hall, New York, NY, featuring music from the Coen Brothers' film Inside Llewyn Davis. He played three songs with different artists including T-Bone Burnett, Punch Brothers and The Secret Sisters.

EC played two songs at the second annual Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York, NY on the 28th

Elvis played three songs at the launch of the Apple IPhone 5, at Apple Campus in Cupertino, California. One of the three songs was Radio Soul which had not been played since he performed it with Flip City in 1975.

In August Elvis and the Imposters made a short tour of Norway playing four dates there and played a show in Monaco.

In July Elvis and the Imposters played festivals and theatres in Belgium, England, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland. This included a free show in Hyde Park, London.

Elvis made a return appearance at the annual Glastonbury Festival where he played the main (Pyramid) stage on the same night as The Rolling Stones. As is traditional, Elvis included a song - Out Of Time - by the headlining act in his set. His whole set was broadcast live online by the BBC. Parts of it were also shown on TV.

Elvis toured Ireland with The Imposters playing Cork, Derry/Londonderry as part of the celebrations of that city being UK City of Culture 2013 and at the Westport Festival where he was joined on stage by Glenn Tilbrook.

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In May and June Elvis toured the UK with The Imposters and "The Spectacular Spinning Songbook" on the '13 Revolvers tour. He played 18 dates, including three consecutive nights at London's Royal Albert Hall. See the Fan Forum for details. A tabulation of all the songs played on the Revolver tour in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and the songs that have featured on the Spectacular Spinning Songbook is here: The Revolver Tour.

On 26 May, Elvis and the Imposters appeared at the Sasquatch! Festival in Quincy, WA near Seattle. He was joined onstage by Natalie Bergman, half of American indie rock band Wild Belle. See the Gigography for full details of this and other shows listed above.

On 17 May, Elvis appeared at the 12th annual "A Great Night In Harlem" show at the Apollo Theater, in New York City, NY. He sang with Macy Gray and others.

On 11 May, Elvis and the Imposters played a one-off show at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas.

On 30 April, Elvis appeared at a A Tribute to Toussaint - a fundraising concert in New Orleans, honoring Allen Toussaint. The show was taped by Louisiana Public Broadcasting for future broadcast.

On 10 March, Elvis appeared with Clare Bowen at a T J Martell Foundation gala concert to honour T Bone Burnett and Vince Gill, at the Hutton Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee.

On 7 March, Elvis appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York for a charity concert honouring the music of Prince. He performed with Princess and The Roots who were the house band for the event. Elvis played a smaller rehearsal show at the City Winery in New York on 6 March, as a warm up for the Carnegie Hall show.

On 28 February, Elvis and The Imposters played at a charity event at Madison Square Garden in New York to raise funds for Teen Cancer America.

In January and February "The Spectacular Spinning Songbook" visited Australia for the first time as part of a seven date tour. Five shows formed part of the "A Day on the Green" season, where Elvis and The Imposters were supported by Sunnyboys, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons and others. The remaining two dates in Melbourne and Sydney were Spectacular Spinning Songbook shows in theatres. Elvis and The Imposters also headlined a show at The Civic in Auckland, New Zealand in January, his first concert in that country since 1999.


Elvis Costello & The Imposters appeared at 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's' benefit concert in New York on November 10. They played a set with "The Spectacular Spinning Songbook," including a couple of songs with Michael J. Fox.

Elvis appeared again at the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and played two shows with Jim Lauderdale and Bill Kirchen for the Sixth Annual Richard de Lone Special Housing Project benefit Concert on 6 October. On 16 October, Elvis appeared at the Little Kids Rock benefit concert in New York, NY, honoring Steven Van Zandt.


Elvis has been made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's birthday honours list 2019. He has written on his website here about his decision to accept this honour.

The Americana Music Association gave Elvis Costello, Maria Muldaur, Delbert McClinton and the songwriting team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant lifetime achievement honors at the organisation's annual awards show on Sept. 11 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

On October 18, the 2019 Spirit of Ireland gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York, NY honored Elvis Costello. Elvis performed a short set of three songs.

50 Songs For 50 Days (Elvis Costello's October Surprise)

On his website, Elvis wrote an introduction to a selection of 50 of his songs. He posted one a day, starting on September 15 2020. He wrote:

"I have created this installation of "50 Songs For 50 Days," presenting lyrics written over the last 50 years - most of them my own - and heard on recordings made between 1977 and 2020, including several that will be issued here for the first time. These songs were written in response to events over these many years but it strikes me that you may find something useful in them at this present moment; a joke, a motto or even a couple of dance steps to keep the blood pumping and the hot sauce at hand. I hope these songs will amuse, console or even infuriate, because passive indifference is hardly the way forward. From September 15th, we will bring you a different song every day for the next 50 days via the miracle of your favourite streaming service and the wonder of the internet. Please stay tuned."


Burt Bacharach died of natural causes on February 8, 2023. His death came less than a month before the planned release of The Songs Of Bacharach & Costello. Elvis and Burt first worked together in 1995 on "God Give Me Strength." Elvis wrote about Burt in the liner notes for the 1998 release Magic Moments - The Definitive Burt Bacharach Collection. Elvis also talked about his collaboration with Burt in an interview in the London Times just before and after Burt's death.

Paddy Callaghan, aka Xavier Valentine, Elvis' "minder" and travelling companion died on March 5, 2021. Paddy was familar to fans who would wait to meet Elvis at the stage door after a concert. He also had a role in the early Spectacular Spinning Songbook shows - "your guide from your place in the stalls to your place in the stars" -managing the flow of audience members to join Elvis on stage to spin the Wheel. Elvis has published an appreciation of Paddy here.

Gary Stewart, who oversaw the reissue of many of Elvis' albums on Rhino Records (and then left the label to serve as the chief music officer for Apple's iTunes) died on 12 April, 2019 aged 62. Elvis has written an appreciation of Stewart here.

Milo Lewis, Elvis' Production Manager, died at home, suddenly, on February 18, 2016, aged 61. Milo worked with Elvis throughout his career, and had been his production manager on tour since 1983. Elvis wrote an appreciation of Milo here. A West Ham Football Club scarf was draped over an onstage monitor at the shows following his death as a mark of respect to Milo (who was a West Ham fan).

Allen Toussaint, the New Orleans composer, producer and performer, died on November 9, 2015 aged 77, while on tour in Europe. He co-wrote and recorded The River In Reverse with Elvis in 2005, and subsequently toured and performed with Elvis in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. His last concert appearance with Elvis was fittingly in New Orleans, in March 2015.

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MOJO Magazine 265 (December 2015)

MOJO Magazine 265 (December 2015) has an interview with Elvis Costello as its cover feature. The magazine also includes a 15-track CD, Costello: A Collection of Unfaithful Music, featuring various artists' songs selected by Elvis. Among the selections are Steve Nieve's cover of "The Birds Will Still Be Singing" from a forthcoming album.

Other news

  • Americana Sin Lagrimes Ahead of his appearance at the online 2021 UK Americana Music Awards where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award, Elvis shared "a treasure hunt of songs, a shoal of red herrings for you to smoke or roast. Some of them are tunes that I wrote in an echo to earlier signals from another, newer world, others were written or recorded on-location, a few of them in cahoots with actual Americans." Read more here.
  • Elvis is one of 12 composers who have written pieces inspired by chapters of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, which was published 150 years ago (in 1865). These pieces were performed at a concert in Crear in Argyll in Scotland, by Ashley Wass (piano) and Matthew Trusler (violin) with Jamie MacDougall (narrator). Elvis's piece relates to Chapter 5: Advice from a Caterpillar.
  • On 9 November 2013, BBC TV aired a ninety minute long biographical documentary on EC called Mystery Dance. A sixty minute version has also been aired in the UK and France. More details are here. The documentary maker - Mark Kidel, talks about his work here. It is hoped that the documentary will air on BBC America at some point.
  • On 25 October 2013, Elvis received an Honorary Degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. Prior to this he took part in a workshop with some of the Conservatory students on songwriting, and gave a public lecture. More details are here.
  • Whilst at the Sasquatch! Festival, in Washington State, Elvis joined with Mumford & Sons to record a version of "The Ghost Of Tom Joad" which was filmed for A video recording of that performance is available here.
  • On 7 May 2013, Elvis moderated "SiriusXM's Town Hall with Burt Bacharach" which featured Bacharach answering questions from a studio audience about his life and celebrated career. You can see some of the interview session here and here. Burt suggested that work was in hand with Chuck Lorre, creator of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, to write a musical based on the album Painted From Memory. Although the musical has not been staged, Elvis told Billboard that a new compilation release of Painted From Memory will include "some other songs we've written that people still haven't heard".
  • Elvis was in the news following the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Bradford MP George Galloway wrote "Tramp the dirt down" on his Twitter feed - the name of the 1989 song in which Elvis attacks Lady Thatcher. The song, from the album Spike, which was never released as a single reached #2 in the pop MP3 download chart.
  • Steve played a series of shows in the US and Australia in 2014 in which he played his versions of Elvis Costello songs under the title "Steve Nieve plays Elvis Costello."

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Piano Day 2024

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An instrumental album by Steve Nieve was released in digital format in March 2024. A vinyl release on his own record label, Trouville Records will follow.

You can preview and order the album here.

Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album

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The 38 track two-CD companion to Elvis' memoir released on October 23, 2015, covers his career from 1975 to 2013 and includes two unreleased tracks, "I Can't Turn It Off" and "April 5th."

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Rough Notes

Rough Notes

Memoir by Bruce Thomas.

Thomas was "prompted to write Rough Notes when a friend told him: 'There's only one history of rock …and pop and you were there!'

It follows his career from the paper-round he did to buy his first guitar and see the Beatles — all the way through to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 …and beyond.

He recalls his time as bass player with Elvis Costello and the Attractions — setting the record straight on the so-called feud between him and the singer — and includes accounts of working with Paul McCartney, touring on Elton John's private jet..."

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