27 February, 2017Print
Elvis Costello & The Imposters Bring Their "Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers" Tour Back To North America This Summer
By popular demand, Elvis Costello & The Imposters bring their new show, "Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers," back for a coast-to-coast North American run of 23 dates this June and July. Last fall, Costello debuted the tour to rave reviews.
The show takes songs from the 1982 album, "Imperial Bedroom" as a starting point, but as Costello told our roving reporter...
"We never intended to recite this book from cover to cover. 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."
Standout songs from "Imperial Bedroom" like "Beyond Belief," "Almost Blue" and "Man Out Of Time" have remained in Costello's repertoire throughout the years, but a blazing electric version of the rarely performed "Pidgin English" was among the many highlights of an initial run of dates that concluded at the Beacon Theatre in New York on the eve of the recent election.
Speaking of the second part of the show's title, Costello added, "You never know who or what you are going to encounter down the corridor to those 'Other Chambers.'"
The Imposters - Pete Thomas on drums, Davey Faragher on bass and vocals and Steve Nieve on piano and keyboards - will once again be augmented by accompanying vocalists, Kitten Kuroi and YahZarah.
At recent shows, these singers joined Costello at the microphone for a sparse but beautiful version of "Alison," while "Everyday I Write The Book" was returned to its original recorded arrangement in a set that goes from hushed ballads to a rock and rhythm finale.
A sensational version of the "Get Happy" song, "King Horse," Allen Toussaint's "On Your Way Down," the Burt Bacharach/Elvis Costello ballad, "This House Is Empty Now" and "American Mirror" from the forthcoming stage musical "A Face In The Crowd" have been among the "Other Chambers" visited so far...
Here's what critics said about the first run of "Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers":
"intricate and ornate" - Wall Street Journal
"timeless pop mastery" - Washington Post
"interpret the whimsy and wonderment that made 'Imperial Bedroom' one of Costello's most resounding victories" - Village Voice
"the staggeringly brilliant smart-rock songsmith and jazz-loving musical polymath [digs] deep into his enormous back catalog..." - TimeOut NY
Elvis Costello & The Imposters Tour Dates
June 3 / Greek Theatre / Berkeley, CA
June 4 / Greek Theatre / Los Angeles, CA
June 5 / Copley Symphony Hall / San Diego, CA
June 7 / Popejoy Hall / Albuquerque, NM
June 9 / Crossroads / Kansas City, MO
June 10 / The Murat Theatre / Indianapolis, IN
June 12 / Huntington Bank Pavillon at Northerly Island / Chicago, IL
June 13 / Heinz Hall / Pittsburgh, PA
June 15 / Central Park Summer Stage / New York, NY
June 16 / Tower Theatre / Upper Darby, PA
June 17 / Constellation Brands - Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center / Canadaigua, NY
June 20 / Richmond Raceway Complex / Richmond, VA
June 21 / Charlotte Metro Credit Amphitheater / Charlotte, NC
June 22 / Filene Center at Wolf Trap / Vienna, VA
July 16 / Riverside Theatre / Milwaukee, WI
July 17 / Meijer Gardens Amphitheater / Grand Rapids, MI
July 18 / Fraze Pavillion / Kettering, OH
July 20 / Sony Centre for the Performing Arts / Toronto, ON
July 21 / Brewery Ommegang / Coopertown, NY
July 23 / The Green at Shelburne Museum / Shelburne, VT
July 24 / Thompson’s Point / Portland, ME
July 25 / Providence PAC / Providence, RI
July 16 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre
July 18 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion
July 20 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
July 21 - Cooperstown, NY - Brewery Ommegang
July 23 - Shelburne, VT - The Green at Shelburne Museum
July 24 - Portland, ME - Thompson's Point
July 25 - Providence, RI - Providence PAC
For ticket info visit: elviscostello.com
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