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Elvis Costello & The Imposters take ‘Imperial Bedroom’ tour to Bethlehem on Oct. 23

Elvis Costello & The Imposters take ‘Imperial Bedroom’ tour to Bethlehem on Oct. 23
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From a press release:

Elvis Costello & The Imposters will return to the United States for 13 East Coast and Midwest shows this fall on the Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers Tour, including a stop at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which are $69.50, $79.50, and $89.50, plus fees, are on sale now and can be purchased at, the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem),, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Both Costello’s “Detour” solo show on Oct. 1 and his Nov. 6 Beacon Theatre show with The Imposters are sold out. A second Beacon Theatre show has been added for Monday, Nov. 7.

Costello will frame selections from 1982’s “Imperial Bedroom” album with “the songs that led in and out of that velvet-trimmed playhouse.”

Asked to elaborate on the show, Costello added, “You must have known by now that we wouldn’t play this kind of show by anyone else’s rules. You’ll hear all the songs that fit the bill – hits and headlines, waifs and strays. In the words of the great Eric Morecambe, ‘I am playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order.'”

Elvis Costello & The Imposters are just finishing a U.K. tour that’s getting raves with the paper in Costello’s hometown of Liverpool, writing, “Over a mammoth two-and-a-half-hour set, this tight, well-drilled unit took us on a breathless journey through Costello’s prolific recording career. The levels of energy and musicianship on display were remarkable as the band tore through around 30 songs.”

The Imposters’ last U.S. performance came in April during a “thrashing” and “soaring” (The Times-Picayune) headlining set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

This new tour begins less than a week after the end of Costello’s critically acclaimed solo “Detour” performances, which the LA Times hailed as “disarmingly revealing” and “uproariously funny.”

Since 2002, Elvis Costello has toured and recorded extensively with his band The Imposters, featuring bassist Davey Faragher along with original Attractions members, drummer Pete Thomas and keyboardist Steve Nieve.