Elvis Costello Reveals New LP After Cancer Scare

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Eight years after his last full studio solo album, and 10 after his last with the Imposters, Elvis Costello will release a new album—his first for Concord Records. The album, Look Now, coming October 12, was formally revealed on July 27, three weeks to the day after the singer-songwriter revealed that he had “a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy.”

The demands of his recuperation from surgery required him to cancel the six remaining dates of his European tour. But a North American tour this fall will continue as planned.

Costello co-wrote two of the songs on Look Now with Burt Bacharach, who makes a guest appearance on piano on those two ballads, “Don’t Look Now” and “Photographs Can Lie.”

“Burnt Sugar is So Bitter” was written with Carole King. The album was co-produced by Costello and Sebastian Krys – the Latin Grammy Producer of the Year for 2007 and 2015.

“I knew if we could make an album with the scope of ‘Imperial Bedroom’ and some of the beauty and emotion of ‘Painted From Memory’, we would really have something,” said Costello.

Listen to “Suspect My Tears,” released on September 7

Two other songs from Look Now, “Unwanted Number” and “Under Lime” have been released. Listen to them below.

In the meantime, Costello and the Imposters will still launch a 20-city North American tour in November. The run begins Nov. 2 in Bethlehem, Penn., and continues through Dec. 4, when it winds up in Vancouver, B.C. The title of the tour is “Look Now and Then…It’s Elvis Costello & The Imposters.”

The band includes Steve Nieve (keyboards), Davey Faragher (bass) and Pete Thomas (drums).

Related: The inside story of Costello’s U.S. launch

Costello’s last album under his own name was 2010’s National Ransom, for the Hear Music/Universal label. That was preceded in 2008 by Momofuku, with the Imposters, for the Lost Highway label. In 2013, Costello teamed with the Roots to release Wise Up Ghost for Blue Note Records.

Watch the lyric video for “Unwanted Number” from Look Now

Look Now Track Listing

1. Under Lime
2. Don’t Look Now
3. Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter
4. Stripping Paper
5. Unwanted Number
6. I Let The Sun Go Down
7. Mr. & Mrs. Hush
8. Photographs Can Lie
9. Dishonor The Stars
10. Suspect My Tears
11. Why Won’t Heaven Help Me?
12. He’s Given Me Things

Deluxe Special Edition Tracks
13. Isabelle In Tears
14. Adieu Paris (L’Envie Des Étoiles)
15. The Final Mrs. Curtain
16. You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way

Listen to “Under Lime” from the new album

The title of the new tour bears some similarity to that of Costello’s Las Vegas run of 2017, which was called “Now/Not Now.”

Elvis Costello 2018 Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

Nov 02 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Nov 03 – Atlantic City, NJ – Mark G Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Nov 04 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
Nov 06 – Asbury Park, NJ – Paramount Theatre
Nov 07 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Resort Casino
Nov 09 – Wallingford, CT Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre
Nov 10 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre
Nov 11 – Buffalo, NY – Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Nov 13 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Nov 15 – Minneapolis, MN – Northrop Auditorium
Nov 17 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
Nov 19 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theatre
Nov 21 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
Nov 23 – Thackerville, OK – WinStar World Casino
Nov 25 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
Nov 27 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Nov 28 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues Anaheim
Nov 29 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Dec 01 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
Dec 03 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
Dec 04 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Watch Elvis Costello perform in Oxford, U.K., in June 2018

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  1. Mike Cote
    #1 Mike Cote 28 July, 2018, 08:11

    Costello also released an album in 2009: “Secret, Profane and Sugarcane.” It was a sequel to “National Ransom.”

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