Elvis Costello 11/21/22

Coming on Friday (November 25th) is Elvis Costello & The Imposters‘ surprise new studio set, The Boy Named If (Alive at Memphis Magnetic). The album is a companion to this year’s The Boy Named If collection, which has just snagged a Grammy nom for Best Rock Album. The new set features Costello and the band tackling favorites by Paul McCartney & WingsNick Lowe, the Beatles, the Byrds, and the Rolling Stones, among others.

The set was recorded live-in-the-studio during tour rehearsals October 2021 and May 2022 at Memphis Magnetic and captures what Costello says are: “Some of our favorite songs while negotiating with any tricky angles in our new tunes.”

Elvis Costello told us he was a Byrds die-hard from day one: [“The band itself, the Byrds, were the band that I’d followed and like, a lot of people, I suppose you might say they were an American vocal group that answered the Beatles in some ways. And then they became, like, a psychedelic group, almost in a way — the 5D album — and by the time they got to the Sweetheart Of The Rodeo, that was quite a shock. But there was nothing tongue-in-cheek about it. It was clear that a song like ‘Hickory Wind’ was very sincere.”] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . was very sincere)

The tracklisting to The Boy Named If (Alive at Memphis Magnetic) is:

“Magnificent Hurt” (Costello)
“Truth Drug” (Nick Lowe)
“Penelope Halfpenny” (Costello)
“So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star” (McGuinn/Hillman)
“What If I Can’t Give You Anything But Love?” (Costello)
“The Boy Named If” (Costello)
“Let Me Roll It” (Paul McCartney/Linda McCartney)
“Every Day I Write The Book” (Costello)
“Out Of Time” (Jagger/Richards)
“Here, There And Everywhere” (McCartney)
“Magnificent Hurt” – remix (Costello/chelmico)

Elvis Costello & The Imposters will next perform on December 2nd in Austin at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. Costello and friends will be salute his 1985 classic, King Of America.

  • Elvis Costello North American tour dates (subject to change):
    February 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
    February 23 – Bethlehem, PA – Wind Creek Event Center
    February 25 – Atlantic City, NJ – Ovation Hall
    February 26 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
    February 28 – Ithaca, NY – State Theatre
    March 2 – Kingston, NY – Ulster Performing Arts Center
    March 3 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre
    March 4 – Worcester, MA – Hanover Theatre
    March 6 – Portsmouth, NH – The Music Hall
    March 7 – Beverly, MA – The Cabot
    March 9 – Washington, DC – Warner Theater
    March 10 – Charlottesville, VA – The Paramount Theater

SOURCE: Press release

TL; DR

  • Coming on Friday (November 25th) is Elvis Costello & The Imposters‘ new studio set, The Boy Named If (Alive at Memphis Magnetic).