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.