Music | August 13, 2022 7:04 pm

Elvis Costello Has an Ambitious Residency Coming to NYC in 2023

He hasn't indicated whether he'll take a similar approach in other cities

Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello of Elvis Costello & the Imposters performs during the 2022 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
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Elvis Costello has, over the course of many years, recorded a lot of music. A review of his most recent work with The Imposters, the album A Boy Named If, was his 32nd studio album, according to this review in Pitchfork. He’s recorded some all-time classic albums and has collaborated with everyone from The Roots to Burt Bacharach. He shows few signs of slowing down — including getting back together with his first band.

And it sounds like that momentum is set to continue through next year. As Ultimate Classic Rock reports, Costello announced a planned 2023 residency recently while he was a guest on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.

Costello plans to spent 10 nights at the Gramercy Theater. “I’m going to print a list of 10 songs a night that’s gonna give you a clue to what that night’s gonna be like,” Costello said. “And the other 10 songs that I might play are a secret.”

It’ll be interesting to see how this works out. The Ultimate Classic Rock article suggests Costello will have 10 songs that stay the same from show to show and 10 that will fluctuate — which seems like an understandable way to go about it. But Costello also said, “You’ll never hear the same song twice. It’s gonna be 200 songs over 10 nights.”

Either way, it sounds like a fine immersion into Costello’s music. He’s one of the handful of musicians who could make 10 nights of different songs all worth hearing.