The 8 p.m. concert is free to the public and benefits Stand Up 2 Cancer, a foundation that seeks the cure to cancer. No word yet on whether Costello is opening the show as well -- or whether he's just being a session man. We're checking on that.
[Edit, 3 p.m.: MLB tells me that Costello is not opening the show; he's "joining Sheryl mid-concert for a few songs."]
Crow met the press last week in St. Louis and teased that there would be a special guest. Looks like Elvis is that guest. The full press release is after the jump.
Major League Baseball announced today that Elvis Costello will join Missouri native and nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow as her special guest at the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Charity Concert presented by Pepsi on Saturday, July 11 under the iconic Gateway Arch at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The concert, which will be free to fans, is the culmination of a day-long celebration of baseball history and recognizes the $1 million donation made by Major League Baseball to Stand Up To Cancer. The concert will be streamed live compliments of Pepsi on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, and fans watching the live stream will be encouraged to donate to Stand Up To Cancer.
"Having long cherished my Dad's catcher's mitt from his time with the Bidston Indians in the local, post-war, Merseyside amateur leagues, inspired by visiting USAAF baseball enthusiasts, I'm delighted to take part in this event," said Costello. "Having given up my chance to play sports for a life in music, I cannot think of anything better than sitting in with Sheryl and her band for a few surprise numbers and a rocking good time in St. Louis."
"I am thrilled that my good friend Elvis Costello has agreed to join me for the Major League Baseball All-Star Charity Concert in my backyard under the St. Louis Arch," said Crow. "In addition to being a tremendous performer and a musical inspiration for me, I know he shares my feelings on the importance of fighting cancer, so I want to thank him for supporting this concert which benefits such a worthy organization in Stand Up To Cancer."
The concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, July 11. Prior to the concert, the St. Louis Cardinals @ Chicago Cubs game on FOX will be aired live at the concert location for fans to view, beginning at 3:00 p.m. CT. All visitors will be screened at security checkpoints before entering.
The 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Charity Concert presented by Pepsi is part of a series of charitable events and activities leading up to the MLB All-Star Game. This year's All-Star activities are focused on MLB and its business partners giving back to important charitable causes and celebrating the importance of community service. In addition to Pepsi, MLB sponsors Budweiser, Sharp and Taco Bell are also proud partners of the event.
In a musical career spanning more than 30 years, Elvis Costello is perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and for concert appearances with pianist Steve Nieve, as well as acclaimed collaborations with Burt Bacharach, The Brodsky Quartet, Paul McCartney and other prominent artists. Costello won a Grammy for "I Still Have That Other Girl" from his 1998 collaboration with Burt Bacharach, 'Painted From Memory." Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Costello's new album 'Secret, Profane & Sugarcane' (Hear Music) recently debuted at #13 on the Billboard 200, the musician's highest album chart position since 1980's 'Get Happy.'
Major League Baseball has responded to United States of America President Barack Obama's call for community service through "United We Serve," a program which begins today to encourage all Americans to be part of building a new foundation for America by engaging in sustained and meaningful community service. The initiative will focus on four key areas: energy and the environment, health care, education, and community renewal. President Obama is encouraging all Americans to visit www.serve.gov to find service opportunities in their area. The concert will be an environmentally focused event featuring the Major League Baseball Green Team, a group that will collect recyclable bottles and cans at the show. Pepsi and Aquafina are supplying more than 100 recycling bins that will be located around the Arch grounds. Major League Baseball has a relationship with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), who advises MLB on ways for the League and its Clubs to implement practices and policies that are environmentally-friendly.