The focus of this tour, obviously, was his acclaimed 1982 album Imperial Bedroom, which he and his Imposters band (keyboardist Steve Nieve, drummer Pete Thomas and bassist/vocalist Davey Faragher), intermittently supported by backup singers Kitten Kuroi and YahZarah, performed in its entirety, with excellent song choices also from Costello's early period thrown into the mix.
When Declan Patrick MacManus was just seven years old, his father — a musician of Irish descent — left home. But he remained a big inspiration to the young boy, and the two would go on to share a lifetime of music together. That young boy is better known as Elvis Costello.
The songs of Mose Allison had already been running around my head in an
elegant and timely chorus for several days, when the news of his passing
I had visited Village Recorders when Leon and Elton John were recording "The Union" and reminded him that we had met on one previous occasion, at a televised salute to Willie Nelson on which he had joined Willie and Ray Charles for a supernatural performance of Leon's great "Song For You", which Aretha Franklin or Donnie Hathaway had possessed until that evening.
He has the unique ability to whittle down every human emotion into a five-minute song. His ability to laugh at life in an ironic, satirical manner makes bad situations seem better. If you’re ever sad, there is bound to be an Elvis Costello song out there that sums up your exact feelings.