Elvis Costello, real name Declan McManus, is an English singer, songwriter and musician from London, who's known as one of the stand-out acts that dominated the British punk and new wave scene throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
He released his debut album, ‘My Aim Is True’, in 1977, and formed The Attractions as his backing band shortly after, though he currently performs with the Impostors. His second album, ‘This Year's Model’, followed in 1978, and his third album, ‘Armed Forces’, was released in 1979, and featured his most successful single, Oliver’s Army.
He’s released over 20 more records including ‘Imperial Bedroom’, in 1982, and ‘The Juliet Letters’, in 1993. His latest record ‘Wise Up Ghost’ came out in 2013, and was a collaboration with The Roots. In 2003 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Despite boasting a career that spans over 40 years, he’s showing no signs of stopping and manages to maintain a fresh and relevant image whatever the date. This is one of the qualities that has allowed him to remain a highly-respected live performer well into the 2010’s, and why he’s still getting booked for massive gigs and festival slots too. In 2015, he played 21 dates as part of his Detour Tour!
Elvis Costello last headed across the UK and Ireland for shows in March 2017, but now he'll come back with his band the Imposters to play a summer show at Blenheim Palace as part of this year's Nocturne Live, with surrounding headline shows in Edinburgh, Dublin and Cardiff, and across Europe. Catch him live by checking out the tour dates and ticket information on Stereoboard below.
Mon 24th Jul 2017
Take a look at the songwriting credits on the Crazy World of Arthur Brown’s seminal 1968 single Fire and, alongside those of the bandleader and his co-conspirator, Vincent Crane, you’ll find the names Mike Finesilver and Peter Ker. Less than a decade later, with the royalties from the record tucked in their pockets, the duo would turn four walls in north London into a den of punk creativity.