American Rock Scene: LittleQueen: April 25th, 2012
Elvis Costello will be playing at The Florida Theater, located in Jacksonville, on April 27 and he’s bringing his interactive show, complete with a spinning set list wheel along with him. Members of the audience will be invited to spin the gigantic vaudevillian contraption and select the next song Costello plays on the set list. Costello’s website gave the following description of the show:
For the first time in 25 years, Costello will let the fans rule the repertoire. In the return of the Spinning Songbook, an oversized Wheel of Fortune takes center stage and leaves the performance of Costello classics and musical genius to chance. The good news is that there are no losers in this playful interactive show.
Costello’s creativity connects with the audience. And, once again this iconic and versatile artist delivers a legendary performance that is not to be missed.
The interactive show is part of Costello’s current ‘Revolver Tour’, which arrives following an acclaimed run of US dates during the Spring and Summer of 2011. Due to popular demand a flood of rave reviews, the tour was extended three times drawing over 10,000 attendees in New York City alone and received rave notices from coast to coast. Rolling Stone Magazine gave the following review of the show:
“The show combined the kitsch of a game show and lounge act:….when he wasn’t singing or slamming at his guitars, Costello worked the stage like a burlesque-club emcee, cracking wise at a mile a minute and spinning a dandy’s walking stick.”
Under a by-line, “Singer jams hits, rarities and covers in epic two-and-a-half-hour long show”, another Rolling Stone reported that, “Costello switched from a Fender to a gold Les Paul, howling away and wailing on piercing wah-wah notes. He rocked out even harder to “Uncomplicated,” feeding off the energy of a female dancer in the go-go cage shaking maracas.”