- 06 Jul 18
Elvis Costello has called out the editorial team at The Sun newspaper for their patronising coverage of news of his cancer – and invoked the paper's disgraceful treatment of news of the Hillsborough disaster into the bargain...
He may have cancelled his tour following surgery for 'very aggressive' cancer, but Elvis Costello has lost absolutely none of his legendary spikiness.
The Sun newspaper had reported that the singer cancelled his tour as he 'battled' aggressive cancer. However, Elvis was having none of the implied jingo-ism. He first pointed out that he had cancelled his tour to recover – not to 'battle'. In addition to calling the tabloid and its reporters out for that particular spin, he also made a cutting reference to the newspaper's ignominious role in relation to Hillsborough Disaster of 1989, in which 96 people died. The Sun's portrayal of the tragic events of that day amounted to a completely inaccurate, deliberately provocative and utterly mendacious slur on Liverpool fans. It resulted in a mass boycott of the daily across much of Liverpool.
Elvis' mother, Lilian Alda was from Liverpool.
Typical “S*N” laziness. People who can’t write for people who can’t think.
Don’t need your sympathy.
Tell that to the 96@elviscostello
— Elvis Costello (@ElvisCostello) July 6, 2018
The singer played a blinder when he visited Dublin less than two weeks ago. Read the full review here: hotpress.com/Elvis-Costello
And once again, here's to a complete recovery, Elvis. We're thinking of you...