As the evening drew to a close we were rewarded with a spine-tingling “Shipbuilding”, and Costello even sang a number unmic’d after the sound system was turned off for the night.
He has played with the greats of popular music, to Basel he came without accompaniment. Elvis Costello enthralls his audience with unbeatable troubadour songs and whipped hard guitar.
When Elvis Costello, who was playing the second half, came on towards the end of the set to take the vocals on ‘Point of No Return’, it seemed the only way was up.
So the start of the concert has been particularly strong, it was a real joy to music, which only further intensified.
In Costello each song can sound like the end of the world. Or like a new beginning.