Legendary British songwriter Elvis Costello will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Nov. 3, his first Tampa Bay area appearance since 1982, when the then-"angry young man" was 27.
(More recently, fans caught a glimpse of Costello in December at U2's performance at the Ice Palace. Lead singer Bono acknowledged his pal in the crowd.)
Now a seasoned and respected pop veteran with two more decades under his belt, Costello's influence on similarly edgy, intelligent songwriters is inestimable. Costello's critically acclaimed 1977 debut, My Aim Is True, and the two followup albums, This Year's Model and Armed Forces, are considered one of pop's finest trilogies.
He has collaborated with some of pop music's most esteemed artists, including Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Tony Bennett, as well as with classical performers.
With his career in overdrive by the time MTV and videos came calling in 1981, the songwriter was quick to embrace the medium with snappy videos for hits such as What's So (Funny 'Bout Peace, Love and Understanding?), written by his friend and producer Nick Lowe, and Everyday I Write the Book, which featured lookalikes of British royal figures Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
Costello's song High Fidelity inspired the title of Nick Hornby's novel about a pop music obsessive, which was made into a movie starring John Cusack.
Tickets are $39.75 and $49.75 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 2 through Ticketmaster, through the Ruth Eckerd Hall ticket office at (727) 791-7400, and by ordering online at rutheckerdhall.com.