Picks and Pans Review: Talking With...Elvis Costello
American fans, though, know what to expect on his just-launched 30-city U.S. tour to promote his latest disc, When I Was Cruel. It's a raucous return to form after such departures as Costello's sophisto-pop collaboration with Burt Bacharach. "It is essential to follow what you feel strongest about," explains Costello of his musical wanderings, "rather than feel you are a brand."
Costello—married for 16 years to former Pogues bassist Cait O'Riordan—takes that road-less-traveled approach to leisure as well. "We [vacationed] in the sub-Antarctic last year, and this year we're going to round Antarctica in an icebreaker," says Costello. "It's rugged seas down there, but it's great. It's a remarkable thing to lie on a black volcanic sand beach surrounded by 70,000 king penguins." Ah, 70,000 tuxedos, and no jacket required.