Elvis Costello Sets Tour, After Dates With Blondie

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Elvis Costello has announced the “Just Trust” tour with the Imposters for Fall 2019. It follows a 13-city, coast-to-coast co-headlining tour featuring Costello & the Imposters and Blondie that kicks off July 20 before wrapping August 10.

The October-November tour is entitled “Just Trust,” notes the announcement, “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’?

“To which we say: Just Trust Elvis Costello and The Imposters.”

The band features Steve Nieve on keyboards, Pete Thomas on drums, and bass and vocalist Davey Faragher, augmented by singers Kitten Kuroi and Briana Lee, all of whom were heard on the 2018 Concord Records release, Look Now.

See the dates below. Tickets are available here and here.

Costello and Blondie shared spots near the top of the U.K. singles chart 40 years ago when Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” sat neck-and-neck alongside Elvis Costello & the Attractions’ “Oliver’s Army.” The same week, Blondie’s album Parallel Lines reached #1 on the album chart while Costello’s Armed Forces landed at #3.

The Imposters are: Steve Nieve (keyboards), Davey Faragher (bass) and Pete Thomas (drums). Costello’s recording career began in 1977 with the release of My Aim Is True in a catalog that include such highlights as This Year’s Model, Get Happy, Imperial Bedroom, King of America, Blood & Chocolate, The Juliet Letters with the Brodsky Quartet, The River In Reverse with Allen Toussaint and Wise Up Ghost with the Roots.

Costello’s 1998 release Painted From Memory contained the first of more than 30 songs composed with Burt Bacharach, while the 2017 boxed set reissue of Paul McCartney’s Flowers in the Dirt includes 15 demo duet recordings made by McCartney and Costello prior to the release of the albums Spike and Flowers in the Dirt on which his co-written hit singles, “Veronica” and “My Brave Face” were first released.

Related: Elvis Costello and the Attractions’ Armed Forces album at 40

Costello previously appeared alongside Deborah Harry with composer/poet Roy Nathanson and the Jazz Passengers both in concert and on the recordings “Fire at Keaton’s Bar and Grill” and “Individually Twisted” in the ’90s.

Watch Elvis Costello and the Imposters perform in 2018

Since the release of their self-titled debut album in 1976, Blondie has racked up four Billboard Hot 100 #1 hits—“Heart of Glass,” “Call Me,” “The Tide Is High” and “Rapture”—as well as six #1s on the U.K. singles chart, including “Maria,” “Sunday Girl” and “Atomic.” Debbie Harry will publish her memoir, Face It, on October 1. Blondie’s Chris Stein recently released a photo book of his own titled Point of View: Me, New York City, and The Punk Scene, following his successful first photo book, Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk.

Related: Looking back at Blondie’s smash Parallel Lines album

Elvis Costello, Pete Thomas and Steve Nieve are all members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as is Blondie.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Blondie Co-Headlining 2019 Tour Dates
7/20 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/21 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
7/23 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
7/24 – Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
7/26 – Washington DC @ The Anthem
7/27 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
8/1 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl Theater At The Palms
8/2 – Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Summit
8/4 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
8/5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
8/7 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
8/8 – San Francisco, CA @ Concord Pavilion
8/10 – Seattle, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

Watch Blondie perform earlier this year

Elvis Costello & The Imposters “Just Trust” Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

10/23 – Charlottesville, VA @ Sprint Pavilion
10/24 – Hershey, PA @ The Hershey Theatre
10/26 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre
10/27 – Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
10/29 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
10/30 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
11/01 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
11/02 – Greensboro, NC @ Piedmont Hall
11/04 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
11/05 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
11/07 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Broward Center for Performing Arts
11/08 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
11/10 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater
11/11 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
11/13 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre
11/15 – Memphis, TN @ Graceland Soundstage
11/16 – Carmel, IN @ Center for Performing Arts
11/17 – Louisville, KY @ The Palace Theatre
11/19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
11/20 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theatre
11/22 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
11/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
11/24 – Madison, WI @ The Orpheum Theater
11/26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller High Life Theatre

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