The Red Accordion Diaries: Brigid Kaelin: June 1st, 2012
Playing with Elvis ... again.
The problem with Elvis is that he's just so completely down-to-earth it's hard not to be convinced he's a friend. Then you look over and see the Spectacular Spinning Songwheel and remember that you're joining him on-stage for a massive sold-out show in Glasgow and that, perhaps, this is kind of a big deal.
David and I bought tickets to the Elvis Costello show many weeks before the event, and I was just hoping to catch EC backstage for a quick hug and hello. But the minute I let him know we were coming to the show, I got an invite to bring my saw and accordion. Of course I was hoping that would happen, but I was also completely cognizant of the fact that he's got his own thing going and can't exactly just invite anyone on stage with him. So, yeah, I was not expecting anything more than a great concert and a fun weekend in Glasgow.
This particular tour just screamed for special guests, though, and it was such a fun night. Elvis's little brother's band, Biblecode Sundays, also joined the Imposters onstage ... you can see all of us below, in a video my dad found online. David was obeying the laws and not recording the show, so this and a few pics are all we've got to remember it by:
In addition to the above raucous finale, I played musical saw on a medley of "Mr. Feathers" and "God's Comic," plus sang a bit of backup. ("Put a vocal mic on Brigid!" was one of my favorite moments of soundcheck.) The show was so much fun, I almost wish I could have been in the audience. But giggling and chatting backstage with Biblecode Sundays while we watched Steve Nieve in awe (I got a private theremin demonstration post-soundcheck and wish I had more time to talk gear with SN) was oodles of surreal fun.
At least David got to see the show from the audience.
It's going to take everything I have not to name this little boy Elvis or Declan now.