Elvis Costello

British musician Elvis Costello shown performing Basel, Switzerland in 2014.

Georgios Kefalas

Back in December when tickets went on sale for rocker Elvis Costello’s April 9 show at Rialto Theatre, we warned you not to dawdle.

Tickets sold out in days — possibly hours — and for good reason: As far as anyone can tell, Costello’s show at the Rialto, 318 E. Congress St., might be his first in Tucson since the 1970s.

And this promises to be one for the ages. It’s called “Detour” and it does just that — takes us on a journey along roads less traveled by the 61-year-old London native.

Here are three reasons why we wish we had gotten tickets to his show at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9.

  • Intimate and up close: OK, so probably not living room close, but “Detour” is billed as an intimate show with multimedia elements. A screen on stage will flash family photos, those really great black and white ones, along with — we’re assuming and hoping — pictures of a young Elvis Costello with guitar slung over his shoulder in his early days.
  • The songs: It’s a safe bet “Alison” will come with a great story, and he might cast “Shipbuilding” against the tide of today’s terrorism-gripped world. We also hope “Radio Radio” and “Every Day I Write The Book” will get some good play.
  • Being part of Tucson music history: Let’s face it, if Elvis Costello waited this long to play Tucson, he won’t exactly rush back the next time he circles toward our general direction. This quite literally could prove to be a once-in-a-lifetime chance.

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at cburch@tucson.com or 573-4642. On Twitter @Starburch

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.