Thirty-six years after Elvis Costello last played the venue, he returns – this time with The Imposters instead of the Attractions – to perform at the Miller High Life Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave., on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
According to the announcement, the show – part of Costello’s latest tour, called "Just Trust," in response to the musical questions: "Will they play my favourite song?," or, "Are they going to frighten the horses with a lot of excellent songs that are rarely performed?," not to mention, "Can I expect the hits of yesteryear and those of tomorrow?" – comes nearly four decades after E.C. and the Attractions played at what was then called the Auditorium as part of the "Punch the Clock" tour.
Trainspotters may remember opener Aztec Camera’s ill-fated set, cut short by technical difficulties.
"Just Trust," apparently, does not mean he will only play songs from 1981's "Trust."
Tickets for this year’s show – which is the tour’s closing night, at the moment – go on sale on Friday, June 28 at 10 a.m. at the Miller High Life Theatre box office and Ticketmaster.com.
Costello is touring this summer as a co-headliner with Blondie.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.