Read part I.
Austin de Lone is a local Bay Area musician of some repute. As this article explains:
A utility keyboard player who has led many of his own bands - including the pioneering '70s band, Eggs Over Easy, whose 1971 stint in London is credited with starting that country's pub rock movement - de Lone has long been known as one of the nicest guys anyone could want on the bandstand. Those who have wanted him include Bonnie Raitt, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Commander Cody, Boz Scaggs, Lightnin' Hopkins and countless others.
He has also worked with Nick Lowe (in fact he teamed up with Bill Kirchner to open for Nick Lowe in San Francisco last month), and it was Nick Lowe who had introduced him to Elvis Costello.
Austin de Lone and his wife have two children, a daughter and a nine year-old son. His son was born with the chromosomal disorder Prader-Willi syndrome. People with this syndrome are insatiably hungry. Without constant supervision they would keep eating, and many die of morbid obesity. To get the kind of care they need most will need to live in a residential facility.
Towards that end the de Lones are launching the Richard de Lone Special Housing Project, "whose goal is to build a state-of-the-art residential care facility for Prader-Willi children and adults in the greater Bay Area, and to find ways to improve existing facilities."
Of course, that takes money, so their friend Elvis Costello decided to perform a benefit concert. But no ordinary concert; this concert marked the first time he ever performed the whole My Aim is True album live, and, moreover, with the same people he recorded it with.
Read part III.