Elvis Costello, Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow and Apollo, Manchester

The Herald: Keith Bruce: May 14th, 2012

"All the echoes of an earlier era of music hall not only suits Costello's recent material – particularly in a later solo section that ends with a spot of ukulele strumming – but allows him to dip into any era of his career, as well as including reference to the recent death of his big-band singer father, and some sharp barbs about Leveson and the Government. In both cities, the song that brought the audience roaring to its feet was the Spike album's anticipation of the death of Margaret Thatcher, Tramp the Dirt Down."

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