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His ability to transcend musical boundaries by producing rock, country, punk, new wave, and soul infused discs throughout the decades has made Elvis Costello an icon. Costello was born out of the british pub rock scene in the mid-70s and has been a prolific musician in every genre for the better part of four decades. Elvis Costello tour dates have been scheduled throughout the US this Spring, 2011 in support of his most recent album, "National Ransom."
Born Declan Patrick MacManus in London, Costello developed an interest in music at an early age and formed his first band in 1971 as a teenager. He soon went solo, sought and won a recording contract with Stiff Records and at the advice of his manager, he boldly changed his name to Elvis Costello. He released his debut, "Less Than Zero," in 1977, which was received with critical and commercial success and was certified with platinum status in the UK and the US. He also debuted his signature oversized glasses, a trend that have made him recognizable throughout the decades. Elvis Costello toured and performed throughout the US in support of his debut and famously stopped mid-song on an appearance at Saturday Night Live. Stunts, and hits, fostered his image as an eccentric singer-songwriter and ensured demand for his persona throughout the 80s.
Costello and his backing band, The Attractions, continued to release records throughout the early 1980s. Due to mounting tensions the group disbanded, and Costello was featured as a solo artist at the 1985 Live Aid Benefit Concert. He soon developed a musical relationship with legendary producer, T-Bone Burnett, who would go on to produce some of Costello's classic work. Under T-Bone's guidance, Costello released, "Spike," in 1989. The album featured Costello's biggest American hit, "Veronica," which was co-penned with Paul McCartney.
Costello coasted through the 90s, releasing ten albums, many of which included collaborations with various genres. He released the classical music collaboration, "The Juliet Letters," with the British string group, the "Brodsky Quartet." He also released an album with American pianist, Burt Bacarach, entitled "Painted From Memory," in 1998. Most notably, however, Elvis Costello was enshrined in pop culture with his appearances in the "Austin Powers" franchise where he played himself in the first two films. Elvis Costello concert dates were scheduled with his former backing band, "The Attractions," in the mid-90s for a brief reunion.
By the 2000s, Elvis Costello was still producing and touring. He formed a new back-up band, The Imposters, which included the same line-up as the Attractions minus their original bass player. Costello and T-Bone continued their close collaborations and in 2004, the duo were nominated for an Academy Award for their song "Scarlet Tide," which was featured on the soundtrack for the film "Cold Mountain." Costello also continued to collaborate with other artists, such as Alison Krauss, Marian McPartland, and Diana Krall (whom he married in 2003). The Elvis Costello concert schedule had him performing at dates in The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and a co-headlining gig with the Police for their 2007/8 Reunion Tour. Costello closed out the decade with appearances on the Stephen Colbert show and the NBC sitcom, 30 Rock, which reintroduced his quirky style to a new generation.
Costello returned in 2010, with new material, "National Ransom," and continues to tour and collaborate with other artists. He most recently played with the Strokes at Madison Square Garden in April, 2011. Throughout the decades, his contributions to music are unparalleled and Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #80 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time! The Elvis Costello concert schedule (2011) is currently available. Elvis Costello tour dates are booked across the United States this Spring and Summer. Make sure you catch this iconic singer-songwriter when he is in your area. Use Eventful as your source for Elvis Costello tour dates and venue information.
While most modern hip hop acts have shied away from playing actual instruments, The Roots have made a hugely successful career out of it. Their unique brand of hip hop and soul with a full band (including horn section) has led to sold-out tour dates and four Grammys. In addition to their own acclaimed albums, The Roots have also participated in acclaimed collaborations with artists like John Legend, Erykah Badu, and Duffy. As The Roots continue to evolve and grow, nothing seems too out of the ordinary for this groundbreaking hip hop collective.
The Roots was formed in 1987 by vocalist Black Thought and drummer Questlove while they were friends in high school. The duo began performing around Philadelphia and New York City, gathering a line-up of musicians that would change frequently throughout the band's career; including beatboxer Rahzel. After gathering a following of both hip hop and alternative fans with strategic tour dates, The Roots roared onto the mainstream with the release of Things Fall Apart in 1999. The album quickly went gold and won The Roots their first Grammy that year, and was followed by a performance at Woodstock '99. The Roots' political and social commentary began to grow stronger and stronger beginning with Game Theory in 2006 and continued on their next few albums.
The Roots album, Wake Up!, combined the group's increasing social commentary with the smooth R&B sounds of John Legend; an undeniably winning combination. After a collaborative album with Betty Wright, The Roots released their 13th album, Undun. The record was a concept album, following a man named Redford Stephens who's seduced by a life of crime. After a collaboration with Elvis Costello, the band released ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, which satirically dealt with the subject at violence in America.