When Elvis Costello’s first record was released in 1977, his bristling cynicism and anger linked him with the punk and new-wave explosion. Though the main connection he had with the punks was his unbridled passion, he tore through rock’s back pages taking whatever he wanted, as well as borrowing from country, Tin Pan Alley, pop, reggae, and other genres.
Over his career, that musical eclecticism distinguished him through his fiercely literate lyrics and richly diverse music. An on Saturday, June 28, ticketholders will have a chance to hear songs from his entire career when Costello takes the stage at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, N.H.
Costello was born Declan Patrick MacManus in London, England, and raised in Liverpool. The son of British band leader Ross MacManus, Costello took his pseudonym from Elvis Presley and his father’s stage name (Day Costello).
He began performing professionally in 1969 and was a musician and/or singer in many bands around London before forming a moderately successful pub-rock band called “Flip City” in the mid-1970s. Working full time as a computer operator, he landed his first record deal with Stiff Records in 1977 and recorded his first album, “My Aim Is True,” while on vacation. The album was a smash hit in England and landed Costello a worldwide distribution deal with Columbia records.
Costello formed his backup group, “The Attractions,” for his second album, then went on to record several popular and influential albums over the next decade. Today he is regarded as one of the most influential and popular singer/songwriters in modern music.
If you go
What: Elvis Costello in solo in concert.
Where: Captiol Center for the Arts, Concord, N.H.
When: Saturday, June 28,
How: Tickets available at the box office, 44 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; by phone at 603-225-1111; and online at ccanh.com. Cost is $82.50 for Gold Circle; $69.50 Orchestra/Mezzanine/Balcony; $34.50 Rear Balcony.