"Man Of A Thousand Faces, Band Of A Thousand Voices"

"Some curious and bizarre comparisons made during the Revolver Tour" 

The Birmingham Press: Steve Beauchampe: May 18th, 2012 – Lennon and McCartney

"He could hardly fail. Elvis Costello, arguably Britain’s finest singer/songwriter since Lennon and McCartney (and don’t overlook the importance of those words ‘finest singer’), performing at Britain’s most acoustically splendid concert hall, and with  hundreds of quality songs at his disposal from his 35-year recording career."

Liverpool Daily Post: Laura Davis: May 17th, 2012 – The Child Catcher

The show’s now renowned format gave him the chance to reveal more of his personality than a traditional concert would – prowling the stage like the Child catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang looking for his next contestant and joking with those invited to spin the wheel.

The Times: Stephen Dalton: May 15th, 2012 – Eric Morecambe & Cole Porter

"Looking and sounding like Eric Morecambe’s impish rock-star nephew, Elvis Costello revealed his hitherto untapped talents as a music-hall comedian at the first British date of his Revolver tour."

But the final hour was pure joy, from the Cole Porter-style ditties of the singer’s most recent album, National Ransom, to the thunderous closing stampede of Costello classics, including Oliver’s Army and Pump it Up.

Liverpool Echo: May 14th, 2012 – Joker & Riddler

Prior to all this he struts round the stage with a cane and trademark hat as some kind of hybrid of the Joker and the Riddler.

STV: Kirsten Lynn: May 12th, 2012 – Rihanna

The smoky jazz lounge rendition of I'll take Care Of You was particularly impressive, with Costello channelling the sultry ways of Rihanna.

Irish Times: Tony Clayton – Lea: May 11th, 2012 – Tommy Cooper & Woody Allen

"It was as much a pleasure to see him channel his inner Tommy Cooper and Woody Allen as it was to realise that, in the middle of all the gaiety and wisecracks, he’s still got the nerve and steely self-possession to conclude a lengthy show (it lasted for almost three hours, no intermission) with a guitar-shredding version of I Want You"

The TimesNews.Com: Keren Rivas: April 30th, 2012 - Elvis Costello gives Durham crowd a psychedelic performance

Indyweek.com: Lisa Sorg: April 30th, 2012 – Bruce Springsteen

During the gig's three relentless hours, with an indefatigability and spontaneity reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen shows of yore, Costello played 35, 40, maybe 50 songs.

The Palm Beach Post: Andrew Nathanson: April 26th, 2012 – Pat Sajak

The giant wheel, a recreation from the plans of the original 1986 wheel, since donated to the Hartlepool Museum of Showbusiness Machinery according to Costello’s website, insures a unique show every night. Later spins by others garnered playing of “Peace, Love, and Understanding” and “The Joker.” Eat your heart out Pat Sajak.

Tampa Bay Times: Sean Daly: April 25th, 2012 – Young Scruff mouthing off to the cops

There he stood, in buttoned suit, clunky specs, porkpie hat, still able to hold a tune like a young scruff mouthing off to the cops

CTV News: Robert Collins: April 11th, 2012 – The Price Is Right

Last night at Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre the game show was the Spectacular Spinning Songbook; a twenty-foot wheel, possibly reclaimed from The Price Is Right, bearing the names of songs from Costello back catalogue

CliffView Pilot: Jerry Demarco: October 6th, 2011 - A Sultry Pink Panther styled version of Inch by Inch

Hour Community: Kevin Laforest: July 31st , 2011 – Six Stringed Samurai

"Costello seemed to be having a lot of fun, singing with a lot of conviction and proving to be quite the six-string samurai!"

3 Minute Record: Scott Allen:  July 2nd, 2011 – Chuck Woolery

Moving the show along, a couple is brought to the stage as the next contestants to the giant spinning wheel. Costello took the role of Chuck Woolery making a “Love Connection” joking with the two, “you might get lucky! The wheel has the power of love for couples” describing that a young man in Boston proposed to his girl on the spot

The Pitch: David Hudnall: July 1st, 2011 – A Four Headed One Man Rat Pack

Like a four-headed, one-man rat pack, Costello and the Imposters burned through hits, covers and back pages like time was irrelevant.

STL: Allison: July 1st, 2011 - Elvis Costello is just such a ringmaster. Minus the pickle juice.

Rochester City Newspaper: Frank De Blasé: June 18th, 2011 – Groucho Marx

Costello oversaw the proceedings with a particularly impish glee and with a slight Groucho Marx lean to his gate while expounding: "Round and round she goes. Where she stops, nobody knows."

Rolling Stone: Patrick Doyle: May 24th, 2011 – Bruce Springsteen, James Brown, Neil Young.

Next, the wheel landed on "Time," an umbrella topic that included songs with "Time" in the title. He performed a heartfelt take of Get Happy's "Clowntime is Over," a raucous "Strict Time" and then "Man Out of Time," which built like a Springsteen epic.

Costello set his guitar down, stepped offstage and wandered the crowd, at one point dropping nearly to his knees like James Brown.

He then performed a rousing "I Don't Want to Go to Chelsea" and then "I Want You," a thudding blues jam that had him stabbing his guitar Neil Young-style, his vocals drenched in effects, bouncing from speaker to speaker.

Boston Globe: Jonathan Perry: May 23rd, 2011 – Barnum & Bailey

With his trio of Imposters, Costello managed to cram nearly two dozen favorites (an ageless “Alison’’; the dub reggae-tinged “Watching the Detectives’’; the blunted boil of “Pump It Up’’) into a free-wheeling, two hour-plus set spiked with Barnum & Bailey-style banter.

Brown Cat Bakery: May 20th, 2011 – I Like Cake

Chicago Tribune: Bob Gendron May 16th, 2011 - Carnival-barker persona by talking like a snake-oil huckster –