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Elvis Costello
Office of Major Events
Hill Auditorium
8 p.m., Sunday, April 22
By Steven Susser
.WHEN JIM Boyd, Daily Opinion
Page editor, was asked his
opinion on this man, he was left utterly
speechless with awe. Finally com-
posing himself, he said, "subtle" and
"sublime." He concluded his utteran-
ces with, "probably the most talented
artist to hit our shores since Pablo
Picasso." He is Elvis Costello.
This legend is coming to Ann Arbor
April 22nd at 8 p.m. for the only
Michigan appearance of a limited tour.
Hill Auditorium will host both Elvis and
warm-up T-Bone Burnett on a
memorable musical night.
Declan McManus was born in London
in 1955 and raised on such groups as The
Who, the Kinks, the Beatles and a host
of Motown artists.. In a Rolling Stone in-
terview he said, "I had something of an
ambition to be a professional musician.
I was already playing guitar in high
school - playing in folk clubs on my
own. I was writing my own songs -
dreadful songs, performing them more
or less religiously."
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dubbed Elvis in a marketing scheme,
released My Aim Is True and his career
took-off. Says interviewer Greil Mar-
cus, "With My Aim Is True, recorded
with the American country-rock band
Clover and produced by Nick Lowe,
Costello stepped out as a major figure
in British new music." The release of
Aim in the United States coupled with a
successful "Saturday Night Live" ap-
pearance, brouight a terrific response.
Now with such greats as This Year's
Model, Armed Forces, Imperial
Bedroom, and Punch The Clock, behind
him, Costello can rightly be called the
most important force in contemporary
music.
He has long been known as an angry
and difficult person,- by the jour-
nalists whom he has traditionally shun-
ned and the concert-goers he once
disdained. Recently, as evidenced by a
new-found openess to communication
and a mellower tone on Imperial
Bedroom and Punch The Clock, he has
loosened-up a bit. He says about his
image, in a Los Angeles Times article,
"I think I was definitely beginning to
lose control of things. It's too personal
to go into all of it, but I will say I made
several wrong turns in, succession
around the time of the Armed Forces
album I found myself getting farther
and farther from what I started out to
be and'moving toward all the things I
hated."
Asked in the same article why he was
doing interviews again he said, "I think
it's just time. I've been making records
for five years now, and certain things
probably need some explanation."
For all his revealed temperence and
garrulity, Elvis' songs continue to hold
a vibrant bitterness, often centering
around romantic rejection and
betrayal. One senses from his lyrics a
pent-up anger that must be released.
No one who has heard the savage
scream on side one of Imperial
Bedroom can deny this rage; add to

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this, such lines as There's no money-
back guarantee on future happiness
and the image is one of a cynical man
denigrating people and their society.
This portrayal, however, does not do
justice to Costello's range and variety.
He can combine the anger of Armed
Froces with the vulnerability in the
song "Human Hands," the fun jaz-
ziness of "Shabby- Doll" and the
sprightiness of "Tears Before Bed-
time" - all three on Imperial
Bedroom.
It remains to be seen what side Elvis
will bring with him to his upcoming ap-
pearance, maybe we will see them all.
He is performing solo, so his softer
melodies may flow out when he is alone

on stage. There will be, however, a
piano appearing with Elvis, so maybe
there will be some accompaniment.
T-Bone Burnette, one of the most in-
telligent new masters of poetic rock and
folk, will join Elvis. His moving and
thought-provoking lyrics will almost
definitely prepare the mood for his suc-
cessor.
$11.50 tickets are still available at all
Ticket World Outlets. Yes, you have
finals. I know schoolwork is terribly
hard. Of course it's a bad time. But to
see the most vibrant and original rock
performers of the day in a limited solo
engagement is an event which surely
merits a study break.-W

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