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Elvis Costello postpones Sept. 17 concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater




For the second time in as many days, Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater has lost a big Saturday-night show -- only this one hurts a bit more than losing Shaquille O'Neal's All-Star Comedy Jam.

Elvis Costello has postponed his much-anticipated Sept. 17 show at Ruth Eckerd Hall, due to an illness in the family. All shows on Costello's "Spectacular Spinning Songbook Tour" prior to Sept. 24 -- including dates in Clearwater, Hollywood and Jacksonville -- have been postponed. It's a huge bummer, as this was sure to be one of the signature shows of this fall in Tampa Bay. Critics have called it "Three hours of hilarity, musicality, and unabated joy."

Ticketholders should contact the Ruth Eckerd Hall box office at (727) 791-7400 for more info.

The complete announcement from Costello's people after the jump.

The announcement:

Elvis Costello Delays Sept 15- 22 Tour Dates, New Tour Start is Sept 24

It is with regret and sorrow that Elvis Costello announces that he must delay the start of the next leg of "The Spectacular Spinning Songbook Tour" until the 24th of September in Atlanta. This is due to matters pertaining to the very serious illness of a close family member. All shows prior to the 24th will be postponed.

A spokesman for the tour stressed that Mr. Costello's wife and children were in excellent health but declined to elaborate further hoping that people would understand the desire and need for calm and privacy at this difficult time.

Ticket holders for the shows from September 15th through September 22nd should contact the venue box office or ticket broker for further details. It is hoped that all of these dates will be rescheduled as early as possible in 2012.

The affected dates are:

9/15 - Mobile, AL - Saenger Theatre
9/17 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
9/18 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
9/19 - Orlando, FL - Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
9/21 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
9/22 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center

[Last modified: Friday, September 9, 2011 12:00pm]


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