Elvis Costello and The Imposters announce Australian tour

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Elvis Costello and The Imposters announce Australian tour

Credit: Mark Seliger

Elvis Costello and the Imposters will be appearing at Melbourne's own Palais Theatre for one night only.

Marking 45 years since the release of Elvis Costello’s debut album My Aim Is True, he’s returning to Australia in 2023 following appearances at the 34th Annual Bluesfest in Byron Bay over the Easter Long Weekend.

He’ll be appearing at Sydney Opera House on Sunday April 9 and Monday April 10 and he’ll be at Melbourne’s own Palais Theatre on April 13.

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Among his 600 published titles, Costello is perhaps best known for the songs, “Alison”, “Pump It Up”, “Everyday I Write The Book”, while a popular concert favourite is Nick Lowe’s ever-timely “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding”.  He has appeared worldwide with The Attractions, first visiting Australia in 1978, then in solo performance in 1984 and with Steve Nieve in 1999.  For the last twenty years he has toured and recorded with The Imposters – Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas, Davey Faragher – and they will be joined on these dates by guest guitarist, Charlie Sexton.

Since the 2017 release of the GRAMMY-winning, Look Now, Costello and co-producer, Sebastian Krys have worked on seven record releases together, including The Boy Named If and The Resurrection Of Rust in 2022.

“It’s been twelve years since our first appearance at the Byron Bay Bluesfest – when we shared an evening bill with Bob Dylan, and I got to sit in with Mavis Staples,” says Elvis Costello. “I see a number of friends and favourites are on this year’s bill, so who knows what thrills, spills and encounters may take place.”

“The very name of the venue probably should have got my attention when I first arrived in Melbourne in 1978, pursued by a press posse after a slight dust-up in Sydney. After all, the ‘Hammersmith Palais’ was my dad’s place of work for most of my childhood. It seems I am destined and disposed to return to venues called the “Palais”, like a homing pigeon or some other more tuneful bird. The proximity to the seaside and a fun-fair only adds the thrill.

“The Imposters and I are not bringing any vaudevillian contraptions with us on this occasion, but we will be joined by our guest guitarist, Charlie Sexton and a stack strong recently recorded songs that have caused the hits and headlines of the repertoire to either ring out anew or fight for their place in the show.

“We are ready as anybody can be and look forward to seeing you there.”

Pre-sale tickets go on sale Wednesday, 12th September 2022 at 12pm, and general public tickets on sale on Friday, 15th of September 2022 at 9am AEST.

It’s going to be huge, grab your tickets by heading here.