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Coming Events

Date Event
2003-01-26 Elvis is interviewed in NRBQ TV special
2003-11-04 Interview on Dan Hicks DVD
2003 BBC Radio 2 recorded concert from 2003-10-08: Newcastle, Opera House
2003 Elvis to appear in I Love Your Work movie
2003 Jazz drummer Lewis Nash records song with Elvis
2005 March EC Sings 2 Songs on Next Brodsky Quartet Album
2004-06-23 PBS Hank Williams documentary
2004-09-14 Pete Thomas on Har Mar Superstar recording
2004-09-25 New Book: Diving For Pearls
2004-09-03 Emmylou Harris: From A Deeper Well
2004-10 New Book: "Complicated Shadows: The Life and Music of Elvis Costello"
2005-02 Rhino re-issues of TJL (Gwendolyn)/Taking Liberties/King Of America
2005-02 Cait O'Riordan receives a makeover on the RTÉ TV program Off The Rails
2005-07-12 Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
unknown Elvis signs two-book deal
unknown Another greatest hits package to be released
unknown Forgotten live concert radio broadcast for release
unknown Elvis contributes to new Bacharach album
unknown T-Bone Burnett's Songbook
unknown Fire At Keaton's Bar & Grill planned to be on video
unknown Joni Mitchell Tribute Album
unknown 4 minutes of rare footage of EC+A from 1978 at The Hague to be aired
unknown Elvis on Scritti Politti documentary
unknown Elvis to write lyrics to song on tribute album to Bill Monre
unknown Robert deNiro has cast Elvis Costello for his new movie
unknown "Bright Blue Times" For Forthcoming TV Movie
unknown The Mayor Of Sunset Strip Documentary/Movie
unknown EC Recording Album With Son + Danny Goffey?
unknown New Album With The Brodsky Quartet
"Before the turn of the century" EC/Nieve Album


Interview on Dan Hicks DVD
Release Date: 2003-11-04

"Elvis Costello is featured in an exclusive interview on the upcoming Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks CD/DVD release, available everywhere November 4th from Surfdog Records.

"Dan Hicks has been a veteran of the folk scene for nearly forty years, starting off as the drummer for San Francisco’s The Charlatans and forming Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks in 1968. The DVD features a live performance from December 9, 2001 (Dan’s 60th birthday) with the original Hot Licks and 40 other musicians who have been in Dan’s various bands. It captures the first public performance by the original lineup of Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks in 20 years. The complete package also contains a CD of music from the live performance.

"Elvis Costello was also featured on Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks’ outstanding 2000 release \"Beatin’ The Heat.\" Elvis traded licks with Dan on the song \"Meet Me On The Corner\" which also featured Brian Setzer on guitar.

"If you have any questions about Dan Hicks or the upcoming DVD, feel free to email me at"

Emmylou Harris: From A Deeper Well
Broadcast Date: 2004-09-03

2004-09-03: BBC2 TV documentary on Emmylou Harris: From A Deeper Well; features Elvis - Documentary; Elvis rhapsodises about how perfectly he feels Gram Parson's and Emmylou's voices blend together, at one point saying they're not just the greatest duets in country music but the best duets ever recorded in popular music.

Jazz drummer Lewis Nash records song with Elvis
Release Date: 2003

"I just recorded one new song of Elvis's with him a few weeks ago. It will be featured on an upcoming release (this year). " - Lewis Nash; thanks to John Foyle

Elvis is interviewed in NRBQ TV special
Release Date: 2003-01-26

NRBQ are the subject of a new documentary by The Simpsons executive producer Mike Scully. Featuring interviews with Raitt, Keith Richards and Elvis Costello, the one-hour program will air January 26th on A&E. More.

PBS Hank Williams documentary
Release Date: 2004-06-23

"American Masters" bio of Hank Sr. coming up on PBS on June 23, and EC is one of the interviewees...

About: (#1706) "Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues"
Riveting and charismatic some nights, a broken drunk on others, Hank Williams was long an enigma whose hits define country music. From "Your Cheatin’ Heart" to "I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry," his "hillbilly" melodies seeped into the nation’s consciousness.
One-hour documentary includes: the first-ever on-camera interview with Williams' widow Billie Jean Horton; extensive interviews with son, Hank Williams Jr.; grandson, Hank Williams III; original band members; country stars George Jones and Ray Price; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg; home movies; and rare audio and film clips of early performances. Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris and Keith Richards are also interviewed

EC Sings 2 Songs on Next Brodsky Quartet Album
Release Date: 2004 Spring

In an interview with a Belgian newspaper on September 2003, EC told that the next Brodsky Quartet release will feature two songs that he sings


From The Brodsky Quartet web site:


The hugely successful Brodsky Song Show, a UK tour for the Contemporary Music Network which took place in February 2003, can be relived on two CD's when they come out in the Spring of 2004.

On one disc the Brodsky Quartet will be joined by Icelandic poet and playwright Sjon narrating his own creation Anna and the Moods, set to music by Julian Nott.

The second release will include a broad range of songs arranged for string quartet, featuring singer/song-writers such as Sting, Elvis Costello, Ron Sexsmith and Errollyn Wallen performing their songs, as well as songs composed by secondary school children sung by Jacqueline Dankworth and Ian Shaw. Watch this space.

Pete Thomas on Har Mar Superstar recording
Release Date: 2004-09-14

"Har Mar Superstar has recorded "The Handler," due Sept. 14, with
producer John Fields and guests the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Michael Bland and
Pete Thomas, Elvis Costello's drummer."

New Book: Diving For Pearls
Release Date: 2004-09-25

Author Paul Mathur

Paul Mathur is an established music journalist having had articles printed in NME, Melody Maker, The Guardian, Esquire and Elle. He has written the biography of Oasis Take Me There and ghost written Pete Watermans biography I Wish I Was Me.

New Book: "Complicated Shadows: The Life and Music of Elvis Costello"
Release Date: 2004-10

Author: Graeme Thomson

This biography is extremely comprehensive - about 140,000 words in length - and is the result of over two years research. It features much previously unpublished information on EC and corrects many inaccuracies which have grown up around his life and career.

For the first time in an Elvis book there is copious use of first hand accounts and contemporary sources. There are nearly 50 exclusive interviews used as primary sources in the book, dating from all periods of his life. Significant interviewees include: schoolfriends from Declan's primary and secondary schools; Allan Mayes (Rusty); Ken Smith and Steve Hazelhurst (Flip City); 'Honky Tonk' DJ Charlie Gillet; Dave Robinson (Stiff); John Ciambotti and John McFee (Clover); Bruce Thomas; Wreckless Eric; Ian Gomm; Roger Bechirian (co-producer); Clive Langer; Andrew Lauder (Radar & F-Beat); Chris Difford (Squeeze); various members of The Pogues; Bebe Buell; Paul Cassidy (Brodsky Quartet); Alex Cox; Steve Earle; Mitchell Froom; Bob Geldof; Richard Harvey; Marc Ribot; Bill Frisell; David Sefton (The South Bank and UCLA); Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Scheff & Ron Tutt and many others. In this way, I have been able to paint a rounded picture of Elvis as both a man and a musician.

This is the definitive work on Costello to date. In addition to a thoroughly comprehensive analysis of his life and his entire musical output, both on stage and in the studio, there are 36 pages of photographs, the oldest dating back to when he was 8 years old and many of which have never been seen before. The book also features previously unpublished lyrics from his earliest songs.

A Day On The Green
Release Date: 2004-11



Hits including Olivers Army, Watching The Detective, Alison, Accidents Will Happen, Everyday I Write the Book.

Music industry legend ELVIS COSTELLO is set to tour Australia later this year with very special appearances in the Yarra Valley, Hunter Valley & Canberra in November.

These concerts have not yet been announced to the public or the media! YOU are the first to know! Tickets will not be available until August but we would like to offer you a very special discount on the 'adayonthegreen' Platinum Package.

Platinum Package includes
· Food –3 course meal OR gourmet canapes throughout the event, depending on the venue. Tables and chairs provided.
· Beverages – unlimited beer, wine, water and soft drink
· Facilities – private toilets, beer garden-style marquee surrounded by picket fence
· Concert ticket
· Express entry aisle at the Box Office
· adayonthegreen gift to take home

This is a great opportunity for you to entertain clients and staff or simply do it in style with a group of friends.

For a limited time we can offer you the very special price of $239.50

BOOK NOW! This discounted Platinim Package offer is only valid until JULY 15.

Elvis to appear in I Love Your Work movie
Release Date: unknown

Elvis will appear as an actor (playing himself) and probably contribute music, in a new Cyan Pictures release titled 'I Love Your Work' which starts filming in LA in early January.

Elvis contributes to new Bacharach album
Release Date: unknown

Besides his Broadway retrospective, Bacharach has a new album in the works.

"All new stuff," he says. "I've already written five-six numbers. It's going to be very different. I'm going to make it for an English company....The English have always been on my side, they discovered me. It would be the right audience to start with."

The album will include contributions from Dr. Dre and Elvis Costello, with whom he collaborated on a 1998 album, "Painted From Memory."

T-Bone Burnett's Songbook
Release Date: unknown

Legendary music producer T-Bone Burnett was telling people at the New Yorker festival last weekend that he has signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster. He is expected to tap lots of his old charges - from Bob Dylan to Elvis Costello - to contribute to the songbook. "The gist [of the book] is top artists submit music they have never performed and will never perform - so the only way the buyer of the book can hear it is if they perform it themselves," said one knowledgeable source. T-Bone's last big hit was with the soundtrack for "O Brother, Where Art Thou."

History of Stiff Records
Broadcast Date: 2001-12-08 & 12-15

BBC Radio 2 in the UK will be broadcasting a two part history of Stiff Records on 8 and 15 December between 20.00 GMT and 21.00 GMT.  BBC Radio 2 is broadcast online at:

More details of the two Stiff Records shows are available at:

EC features in the audio trailers for the show, and in the material on the website.  In the audio trailer, TV presenter and Radio 2 DJ Jonathan Ross talks about seeing the picture sleeve for "Alison" in a record store, and wondering who the geek in the picture was.  But as Ross puts it - he bought the record because at the time he looked just like the geek in the picture. 

CD Release of Best of Sessions At West 54th (Vol 1)
Release Date: unknown
  1. SHERYL CROW - Everyday is a Winding Road
  2. DAVID BYRNE - I Zimbra
  3. JOHN HIATT - Cry Love
  4. BEN FOLDS FIVE - Brick
  6. SUZANNE VEGA - Caramel
  7. THE MAVERICKS - Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down
  8. ANI DIFRANCO - 32 Flavors
  9. ELVIS COSTELLO & BURT BACHARACH - Painted From Memory
  10. SHAWN COLVIN - Diamond In The Rough
  11. Sinead O'Connor - The Last Day Of Our Acquaintance
  12. EMMYLOU HARRIS - Wrecking Ball
  13. LOU REED - Set The Twilight Reeling

Smile will be theme song in Japanese TV drama
Release Date: unknown

The bonus track "Smile", from the Japanese release of When I Was Cruel, will be the theme song for upcoming TV drama called "100 Million Stars Falling from the Sky" by Fuji TV (Japanese TV Station).

This information was announced on a morning TV news program, and later in a more detailed newspaper article that includes EC's comment about the recording of "Smile". The article says that recording of the song was offered to EC by Fuji TV, and EC in return offered the idea of covering "Smile" after he heard the outline of the drama story.

Complete article translation to follow......... thanks to Hiroko Maeta

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
Release Date: 2005-07-12

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz [2005-07-12; CD; Concord Jazz SoundSaver] - Musictap advise release from 2003-05-03ev: NYC, Mahattan Studio recording; broadcast 2003-09-30: NPR, Piano Jazz - with Marian McPartland

The Right Spectacle DVD
Release Date: Unknown

A unique collection of the visual works of Costello for the first time on

DVD, 'The Right Spectacle' features a total of 27 videos that include
material rarely seen since the release of the singles they supported.
Elvis has also recorded a witty and lively audio commentary full of
incredible insights for each of the videos, the DVD also includes close to
70 minutes worth of very rare archive footage culled from an array of TV
broadcasters from The Netherlands, Sweden and the UK, all presented in a
collectable digipack with comprehensive production notes penned by Elvis
himself. A very special package and a must for fans! RECOMMENDED

1 (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
2 Pump It Up
3 Radio Radio
4 (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding
5 Oliver's Army
6 Accidents Will Happen
7 I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down
8 High Fidelity
9 Love For Tender
10 Possession
11 New Amsterdam
12 Clubland
13 New Lace Sleeves
14 Good Year For The Roses
15 Sweet Dreams
16 You Little Fool
17 Everyday I Write The Book
18 Let Them All Talk
19 The Only Flame In Town
20 I Wanna Be Loved
21 Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
22 Veronica
23 This Town
24 The Other Side Of Summer
25 So Like Candy
26 Sulky Girl
27 13 Steps Lead Down

"Bright Blue Times" For Forthcoming TV Movie
Viewing Date: Date unknown

A new Elvis song w as aired on a March night on Irish radio, called "Bright Blue Times", which will be featured in an upcoming British TV movie (unfortunately, the name's not available). The song is described as "slow, moody, sparce and jazzy and sounds like a home demo with everything played by EC." Elvis will apparently also be co-scoring the rest of the movie.

The Mayor Of Sunset Strip Documentary/Movie
Viewing Date: Date unknown

Look for the new issue (March 99?) of Rolling Stone (w/ Rob Zombie on the cover), you'll find a picture of EC and Beach Boy founder Brian Wilson in the Random Notes section.  Elvis and Brian were brought together to take part in the new documentary/movie about famed Los Angeles DJ Rodney Bingenheimer entitled The Mayor Of Sunset Strip.  It is unclear if there is a collaboration involved.

EC Recording Album With Son + Danny Goffey?
Release Date: Date Unknown

Cybersleaze had this to report recently:

British singer ELVIS COSTELLO has dumped his backing group THE ATTRACTIONS for the last time - to work with a band half his age. The OLIVER'S ARMY hitmaker is recording a new album with the aid of his son MATTHEW on bass and SUPERGRASS drummer DANNY GOFFEY. And after the Attractions failed to score any hits since they reformed in 1993, Costello has vowed never again to reunite the band who helped him rise to fame in the late 1970s. He says, "Now that I don't have a band anymore I'm experimenting with loops, and a very young band. If I was a year older, I'd be the combined age of the rhythm section - and I'll be 44 next year. I think that's the way I'll put bands together from now on." Maybe it is not the band, darlin'. How 'bout writing some classic songs again?
This remains unconfirmed, however. There's been no independent confirmation that this group has done (or is planning) to do any recording other than the song "The Bridge That I Burned" on Extreme Honey.
EC To Appear On Joni Mitchell Tribute Album
Release Date: 2000 late (nothern) summer

Elvis was interviewed on Australian radio station JJJ on the program Creatures, by Francis Leach. He disclosed that the track he'll be covering for the upcoming Joni Mitchell tribute album, on Reprise Records, will be Edith And The Kingpin, from his favorite Joni album, Hissing Of Summer Lawns.

See also:

Elvis on Scritti Politti Documentary
Viewing Date: 2000


Scritti Politti Documentary In The Works

Dec 10, 1999, 2:30 pm PT

Elvis Costello, Prefab Sprout's Paddy MacAloon, and Mos Def are the initial artists confirmed to participate in a documentary film on Scritti Politti, which may possibly air on the BBC next year.

Filming is set to begin in Los Angeles and New York in January on the as-yet-untitled film, and will include previously unseen footage of Green Gartside recording with Miles Davis during the sessions for Provision, Scritti's 1988 album. The film will also include video culled from John Peel sessions, television appearances, and music videos as well as extensive interviews with Gartside himself, who was in seclusion for most of the '90s. The singer will discuss his preoccupation with philosophy, his fascination with hip-hop, and growing up in Wales, among other things, in the film.

Filmmaker Matthew Springford is behind the project.

Scritti Politti, who will return in February, 2000, with its first album in 11 years, Anomie and Bonhomie (Virgin), is best known in the States for its 1985 hit, "Perfect Way." Additionally, Gartside is currently considering the possibility of putting together a live band and tour next year.

-- Kevin Raub

New Album With The Brodsky Quartet
Release Date: 2005-03

In an interview with a Belgian newspaper in September 2003, EC told that the next Brodsky Quartet release will feature two songs that he sings. EC also told that there are plans for a full second EC & Brodsky Quartet album.

Update on 2004-11-02

The Brodsky Quartet's website has been updated. Where it was previously promising new releases on their own record label in September 2004 (which didn't happen) it now says:

"In MARCH 2005 the Brodsky Quartet are set to launch Brodsky Records, their own record label. This occasion will be marked with the release of two CD's. The quartet will complete their Britten/Tchaikovsky triptych with the recording of Tchaikovsky's quartets no. 2 & 3. The second release, 'Moodswings', is an album featuring a broad range of songs for string quartet and voice including songs with singer-song-writers Sting, Elvis Costello, Ron Sexsmith, Meredith Monk, Bjork, Richard Rodney Bennett and Errollyn Wallen, as well as songs composed by secondary school children sung by Jacqueline Dankworth and Ian Shaw.

Both discs will be available from March 2005 in record shops in the UK, as well as on this website, and from April 2005 in the rest of the world."