Elvis Lives (Costello that is)

San Diego Union Tribune April 12, 2010, by George Varga "There were so many remarkable musical moments during Elvis Costello's superb solo concert last night at downtown's Balboa Theater that it's difficult to rate one above another... ...The new material he debuted, including the as yet unrecorded "Jimmie Standing in the Rain" and "Slow Drag with Josephine," was uniformly impressive. So impressive, in fact, that he performed "Josephine" while sitting on the front of the stage, with no microphone for either his voice or his acoustic guitar, as the audience listened in hushed silence, the better to hear every word and inflection. It was a brave move, brilliantly executed... ...So was the pacing of the concert itself, which rose from a whisper to a scream, then back again, as Costello mixed such lesser known songs as "Bedlam" and "Motel Matches" with a stunning medley of "Radio Sweetheart" and Van Morrison's ebullient "Jackie Wilson Said." ... ...The multigenerational audience, needed no prodding to engage in call-and-response vocals with Costello on "The Angels Want to Wear My Red Shoes" and other favorites. In addition to "(What's So Funny About) Peace, Love and Understanding," the encores included two other cover versions, a heartfelt rendition of the classic George Jones country ballad, "Good Year for the Roses," and a haunting version of the jazz standard, "All or Nothing at All" ...