Elvis Costello in Royal Circus: Climbing to a climax

All was also still just drowned out by a standing ovation. After a career of nearly forty years Costello remains a master of his craft, and he still does not avoid the risks.

Elvis Costello, Usher Hall: A commanding show

A solo Costello’s only onstage affectation was a glowing ‘On Air’ sign, its intimation of a radio session in progress and the modest arrangement of guitars and a piano around the singer reaching for an up-close-and-personal atmosphere.

Elvis Costello, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Amidst the two-and-a-half hours played, his family roots, his punk days (Watching the Detectives, Shipbuilding, Oliver’s Army and more were all present) and his current status as a transatlantic conduit to the Great American Songbook were all explored, the latter through April 5th (written with “my friends Roseanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson”) and a sublime contribution from Dylan’s New Basement Tapes, Lost On the River.

A Solo Costello Is Still Having Fun

Even when armed with a new song (The Last Year of My Youth), Costello keeps us enthralled, such is the power of this bloke's presence and presentation.

Solo Elvis Costello shows that his aim is still true

Here Costello can both wallow in his great entertainer persona, while allowing the songs, as Eric Cantona might have put it "to live and to breathe".