It took him 44 years and a global pandemic to get out of it, but Elvis Costello will finally play First Avenue for the first time on November 4 after canceling his concert that same night at the Mystic Lake Casino.

The punk-era British songwriting hero and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer demanded vaccine proof or negative test results at all of his concerts during an autumn tour of the United States. United with his group The Imposters. Mystic Lake has resisted such demands during its events. No one is saying if this is the reason for the change of venue, but you probably don’t need to keep watching the detectives to come to that conclusion.

All tickets for the Mystic Lake show will be automatically refunded. New tickets for the First Ave show go on sale Thursday at noon for $ 60 through

Costello, 67, made his first tour of America in 1977, when First Avenue was in its disco phase as Uncle Sam’s. Instead, he played at Jay’s Longhorn Bar for the first time in Minneapolis. By the time First Ave became more of a rock club in late 1979 (changing its name to Sam’s), it had already graduated from larger venues.

First Avenue and its sister venues became the first major performance spaces in Minnesota to implement a vaccine or negative test requirement for all of its shows starting in mid-August.

Mystic Lake wouldn’t let the Jonas Brothers make the same demands on their amphitheater concert last month. Casino representatives – who have yet to respond to a request for comment regarding Costello – said at the time that the Jonas Brothers’ policies “do not match our current protocols, developed under the direction of SMSC. [Shakopee-Mdewakanton Sioux Community] Tribal public health. “