Costello’s first appearance at Meijer Gardens since 2011 focused heavily on tracks from his 1982 classic “Imperial Bedroom,” but also unearthed some rare gems.
Elvis Costello brought his band The Imposters to the Riverside Theater Sunday night as part of the "Imperial Bedroom and Other Chambers" tour.
At a time when heritage artists have been distinguishing their tours with reverent presentations of their classic albums, playing them in strict order, one side and then the other, Elvis Costello has found a more flexible vehicle in a tour to celebrate his 1982 Imperial Bedroom.
I think it was William Shakespeare who once wrote, “You can check-out any time you like but you can never leave."
Throughout his 40-year career, he has turned his consistently sophisticated and adventurous compositions into great-sounding records. But live, he has treated the songs as organic, dynamic vehicles, and shown himself unafraid to rearrange, reorchestrate and reimagine even his most popular hits.
Elvis Costello is willing to play along, but only if he can do it in his own unpredictable way. (As opposed to U2, who will embrace the obvious by playing the 30 year old Joshua Tree from start to finish on Sunday)
Following up the recording of his country-covers album, Almost Blue, in Nashville, Tenn., with famed producer Billy Sherrill, Costello hooked up with Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick to explore the furthest reaches of the pop landscape to create Bedroom, and it’s since remained his most expansive and rewarding record. The tour rolled into town Thursday night for a packed show at Central Park’s SummerStage.
It was a great pleasure to fulfill our postponed engagement at the beautiful Heinz Hall and to have it so warmly received by our friends in Pittsburgh.
It was therefore distressing to read that anyone was disappointed by the sound balance, although it must be stated that the following writer was clearly in a very small, if vociferous, minority.
Costello is too unique to go up there and play the songs from Imperial Bedroom in order, preferring to sprinkle in other songs from the era.
Elvis Costello takes fans into his ‘Imperial Bedroom’ for a terrific show at the Greek Theatre in L.A.
Elvis Costello and the Attractions released “Imperial Bedroom” in 1982 and so much did I love that album that I convinced the guy at the record store to sell me the promo poster off his wall, a photo of the singer-songwriter under which his name was printed next to an image of the album cover beneath which a one-word question – “Masterpiece?” – was posed.
Last night at the Greek Theater, Elvis Costello proved he’s still an original. He rocked the stadium for two hours and coursed through 30 songs that centered around his pinnacle album; Imperial Bedroom.
While the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is making headlines, a slightly lesser hysteria is greeting the 35th anniversary of Elvis Costello’s “Imperial Bedroom” album, which the artist is celebrating with a tour themed around the 1982 release. If the two anniversaries are not being commemorated with quite the same level of publicity, they are not completely unrelated events. A kingly gig Sunday night at L.A.’s Greek Theatre offered cause to consider a little bit of shared DNA.
Elvis Costello and his band are revisiting his 1982 album “Imperial Bedroom” on their latest tour, which stops in Kansas City on Friday. “We’re looking at these songs and asking, ‘How do we feel about them now?’ ” he says.
Costellos "Detour" pløjer sig igennem hele Europa i denne tid. I Danmark er vi blevet begavet med tre koncerter; Aalborg og Odense, og til sidst en udsolgt koncert i København.
Costello's "Detour" plows through all of Europe at this time. In Denmark, we have been gifted with three concerts; Aalborg and Odense, and finally out show in Copenhagen.
Call it an early Christmas present for fans, or a wonderful gift in support of the Owen Hart Foundation … either way, it was difficult not to feel the warm glow inside the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Saturday night.
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.
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.
At last night’s NYC tour closer, the second of two sold-out nights at the Beacon Theater, the reformed punk was backed by his longtime Imposters — the Attractions’ inimitable Steve Nieve on piano and Pete Thomas on drums, and Davey Faragher who replaced original bassist Bruce Thomas back in the ’90s — along with backup vocalists Kitten Kuroi and YahZarah. In a clever nod to the album cover, a Barney Bubbles painting titled “Snakecharmer & Reclining Octopus,” dayglo Picasso-fied revisions of Costello’s many albums appeared onscreen behind the musicians during the night. Meanwhile, the setlist was far from a run through of the album in order. Since it was technically billed as Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers, promising “the songs that led in and out of that velvet-trimmed playhouse,” other chambers received plenty of attention.
In case that oblique Trump dig wasn't clear enough, he finally cut loose and stuck the knife into the Republican presidential candidate. "If you're gonna vote for a fucking orange clown, you could pick Ronald McDonald," he told the crowd to genuine laughs and appreciative applause.
Elvis Imperial Bedroom show was such a triumph, why it should serve as a blueprint for anyone figuring out how to do the “album” show.
The proceedings hit a kinetic level not often seen at concerts headlined by performers of Costello’s vintage with the epic closer, “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.” Just as he had the last time he filled this room, Costello looked like he’s going to stick around a while. Heck, maybe even longer than Springsteen.
So many impeccably crafted lyrics, such rich and compelling melodies, and oh, what a deep catalog lined with gems to choose from.
Elvis Costello arrived at the appropriately resplendent Shea’s Performing Arts Center on Wednesday with a gift bag that overflowed with treats, and he wasn’t skimpy about handing them out.
The veteran British singer and songwriter was in full voice and fiery from on Sunday, Oct. 30, when he came back to the Michigan, this time with his band the Imposters, for a high-octane, conceptually satisfying epic of a show.
For his Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers tour, Elvis Costello promised to revisit selections from his 1982 album of the same name, as well as “the songs that led in and out of that velvet-trimmed playhouse.” With an almost 40-year deep catalog to pull from, Costello’s Saturday night show at The Chicago Theatre proved to be an eclectic and dazzling trip through some of his deep album cuts, big hits, and new, unreleased gems.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters accomplished what every band should – they left the audience thrilled and wanting more.
In terrific voice, Costello crooned and serenaded, cried and shouted, taking stock of unspeakable relationship ills while unfurling lyrics with encyclopedic depth.
Not that it wasn’t quite a brilliant performance. It was indeed, and there were quite a few thrilling moments throughout the evening, but it would have been quite a challenge for Costello & Co. to cut loose and really tear it up, as they were focused on – although certainly not exclusively restricted to – Imperial Bedroom, perhaps the most pivotal album in his long and eclectic musical career.
Costello took the worn-out concept of artists playing a classic album and made it something unique: He played his 1982 masterpiece "Imperial Bedroom" differently than on record, out of order and interspersing its tracks throughout his two-hour set in a way that made it feel less like an album being played and more like organic song selection.
The Imperial Bedroom and Other Chambers tour is on its third stop. A set list with some pretty interesting change ups and in the cavern of filth as I like to refer to the Orpheum. Elvis took us on a journey to what I consider one of his very best albums. With some added bonuses.
Displaying warmth and gratitude every time he moved around the stage and bowed or smiled at the crowd, Costello managed the ideal balance between humor and pathos as he recalled his father’s career as a singer (“Ghost Train”) and reworked his poppiest hit, “Veronica,” so that its inherent melancholy seeped through the bouncing melody he created with Paul McCartney.
The enduring image of Elvis Costello following his triumphant Detour concert Saturday night (Oct. 1) at Town Hall was of the beloved entertainer holding up a guitar like a trophy, as if he’d just magically pulled it out of his hat, or if he had been playing piano, standing up in proud acknowledgement of his SRO crowd’s standing ovation, as if he’d just pulled his intact head out of a lion’s mouth.
I know we’re only a few weeks away from Election Day, but can you imagine anything better than having Elvis Costello as our president? The 62-year old Englishman has already proven himself as one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our time, as evidenced by his nearly two-hour performance at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center on Monday night. So who's to say he wouldn't be just as good at running our country?
Elvis Costello performed solo at the Carlsen Center, playing songs from his forty-year career and proving why he is one of THE great contemporary songwriters.
A man divided by love and loathing, torn between the dark and the light — was, in fact, masking a rich polyphony, one mood deeply informing the other, enriching both, and, in turn, all of those fortunate enough to watch Elvis Costello work.
He has been considered one of the best and most prolific songwriters of the past 50 years, and Friday night inside Yardley Hall on the campus of Johnson County Community College, Elvis Costello proved why.
Costello charmed and challenged the audience with both old and new songs. Even his oldest hits gained vitality and currency in his solo performance; rather than rote repetition of former glories, they had the wry wistfulness of a 62-year-old composer reflecting on his remarkable, anything-but-misspent youth.
When Politik and pop combine is when Costello is at his finest, rocking behind a telecaster, fiery wit, thick-rimmed specs and a turn of phrase not often bettered on the British songwriting scene.
Costello’s numbers are mini-epics in themselves, brilliantly realised and orchestrated, memorable and marvellous, his inimitable quaver cutting through the great musicianship
Sweat-drenched but still pumped up, Costello launched into the Nick Lowe-penned (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding before finally taking their final bow after two and a quarter hours of pure class and musicianship that brought the Bristol Americana Weekend to a rousing, foot-tapping finale.
Flanked by the Imposters, Mr MacManus proves he's the very real deal.
There have been, and will be, many flashier performances to see this year, but few artists (and I include many much more famous names) will be able to draw on such a rewarding hinterland and astonishingly varied career. Elvis Costello is a remarkable chap and he can't come back to see us again soon enough.
With the band set up in close formation and the most basic of lighting rigs, this was a back-to-basics rock'n'roll show, led by a much-underrated guitarist from the front on an array of instruments (and pedals) deployed for their sonic possibilities as much as any virtuoso fingering.
Have you heard the one about Elvis Costello going through the motions? No, neither have we. The singer, songwriter, author and transatlantic TV star was back treading the boards of the Phil last night. Once again, he confounded expectations. And made a big noise.
So Elvis emerges with his soul intact, one-time punks in bowties go home happy and most remarkably of all – despite the dress code and the opulence – we discover that with the right act you can stage an actual music festival anywhere… even on the banks of the Thames during the Henley regatta.
Costello proves to be a real showman, getting, on many occasions, sounding almost as if accompaniment.
You can not ask for or give more, this is love music and the rest is nonsense.
Nudity is sometimes the best way to show how well you know dress for the occasion.
Un formato espartano que crea una atmósfera íntima con el espectador perfecta para un espectáculo a medio camino entre concierto y monólogo.
Intimacy and energy alternated throughout the show.
A journey in stages not chronological but emotional, through songs, inspirations, friends, personal anecdotes of a very long life and subsequent career, performed with an intensity phenomenal in every little detail.
Elvis Costello has never been stingy about treating live audiences to new work. Back in tape-trading days, when fandom involved a lot of cassette-duping and licking stamps, it was always a thrill to acquire a static-filled, heavily-generated recording of an early show where he unveiled songs we’ve since grown to love.
Costello moved between electric guitar and piano, playing with the undiminished fury of his youth, packing in a dazzling range of numbers.
“Welcome to my opening night at the London Palladium – I’ve been waiting to say that since I was seven years old,” smirks Elvis Costello on the first of his solo Detour tour’s four nights in the illustrious home of light entertainment.
Allen Toussaint was on Elvis Costello’s brain Thursday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival — literally. Costello closed the Gentilly Stage wearing a purple Kangol-style cap decorated with a button that bore the likeness of a beaming Toussaint.
Costello will always be beloved for expressing the angst and outrage of youth with musical craftsmanship that has stood the test of time. And Thursday proved that his stage persona has stood the test of time as well, blending a sense of mature gentlemanliness with a certain un-extinguished wickedness.
Costello is no stranger to gruffness. It’s been an inseparable part of his live persona, and part of his performance charm. His voice is forceful, his guitar playing brutish at times. And yet, from melodies to lyrics to chord structures, his songs are deeply sophisticated and nuanced. That dichotomy can be thrilling.
Costello is well known as a brilliant songwriter, but almost every song at his concert was accompanied by a story that was crafted as carefully as the song. It felt like an intimate conversation between Costello and the sold-out crowd.
There was a knock on the door of our dressing room. Actually, less of a knock and more of a metallic rapping, loud enough to make us startle.
For more than 2 and a half hours Tuesday night, Elvis Costello guided fans on a tour from his childhood to his early days on tour, through his foray into New Orleans and to his life today as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
How did we come to be here in this sedan, on this tour, supporting Elvis Costello? Two sisters from Atlanta, one living legend from Liverpool …
Strolling out onto the stage with an electric guitar, Costello was shrouded in darkness as he looped the eerie reverb-drenched sounds. It was stunning as ever.
But for the most part, Detour, as the show was billed, featured Costello alone on assorted guitars and piano singing songs and telling stories that were frequently hilarious but also deeply moving on occasion.
In our millisecond attention span culture, where flash, pomp, and circumstance is usually the champion of the day, having a musician of Costello's caliber, with a catalog spanning parts of 5 decades, simply walk on stage, share his stories and his music in such a personal way, and have a silent room hanging on his every word and note was incredibly refreshing.
Perseverance and artistry paid off in a big way for Elvis Costello Thursday night at the Balboa Theatre. The 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was able to overcome his atypical vocal problems through determination, some key help from his potent opening act, Larkin Poe, and the sheer force of Costello’s personality and gem-filled songbook.
Like Etta James singing on the steps on the Riverside County courthouse or Rage Against the Machine playing to people hanging from the rafters at The Barn, Elvis Costello’s show at the Fox Performing Arts Center Tuesday night instantly became part of Riverside’s musical history.
It was the kind of special night that the 61-year-old Costello can seemingly deliver with ease so comfortable is he on stage with just an array of guitars, a grand piano and a microphone. But if you think about how prolific he’s been – and truly, he’s one of the greatest songwriters of his generation – and the fact that he swaps out nearly half of his set from night to night it’s apparent just how rare an artist he is.
Reminiscing and raucousness take turns in a (mostly) one-man show that touched down for a sold-out engagement at L.A.'s Theatre at Ace Hotel.
Over the course of the evening, he literally moved from a whisper to a scream, making the most of the dynamic possibilities of the solo format from delicately nuanced songs on which he played lightly on an acoustic parlor guitar through rockers in which he channeled that youthful anger of auld while bashing away on one of his amplified hollow-body electric instruments.
Costello was, as always, a witty and genial host, and watching his mischievous “Take that!” expressions after he nailed an unexpected song choice, or finished off the blistering, looped guitar solo on “Watching the Detectives” was a treat.
For a gifted songwriter such as Costello, the solo format works well, allowing the words and vocals to shine throughout. Detour showcases an artist who has lost nothing to the passage of time and the guest appearances from Larkin Poe enhance the performances. Well worth a look.
Diana Krall had already softened the Saenger Theatre crowd Thursday night (Nov. 12), with her sweetly melancholic song selection and vocal style. When her piano solo segued into a wistful rendition of the late Allen Toussaint's "Southern Nights," the audience melted completely.
The absolute highlight of the concert came when Costello returned from the shadows once again and he proceeded to perform a wonderfully stripped-back "Alison" with only his acoustic guitar and without a microphone. In the ultimate unplugged moment, Costello offered a revelation. Gently strumming the guitar strings with his thumb, Costello exhibited his own musicality, the full might of his voice and the powerful emotion packed into one of his greatest songs.
The legendary pop outfit brought along a very special guest in Elvis Costello and his band, the Imposters. Costello opened for Steely Dan, but in truth, this was a double-headliner treat for music fans.
Should it surprise anybody that Elvis Costello and his rugged yet nuanced backing trio the Imposters worked so well on a bill with the urbane, sophisticated Steely Dan on Monday at Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center? Hardly.
Elvis Costello and Steely Dan showed their fans the brilliance of aging cheese: sometimes the longer something sits, the better it becomes.
The intense, menacing psychotic fever dream of obsessive love "I Want You" was a deep cut that thrilled true fans. "Pump it Up" and his cover of Nick Lowe's "What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding" ended the set on a rocking note.
Sioux City! If you were looking for a master class in rock, you should have been at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Friday night. Elvis was outside the building, eager to help you get schooled.
Drawing from a career that’s included everything from punk rock standards to eclectic collaboration, Costello and his band, the Imposters, delivered a spirited, varied show that had the crowd alternately seated in silent reverence and as dancing in the aisles.
He got plenty of reaction from the crowd thanks to bravura vocal performances on “Flutter & Wow,” “Veronica” and “Everyday I Write the Book.” He also let the characteristically economical Imposters stretch out and jam a bit on “One Bell Ringing.”
Costello’s buttery voice was in fine form, and his musical wit was well-matched with the headliners’. On this night, both acts expertly allowed fans to experience the true measure of their artistry.
"His set list was, really, more adventurous than Steely Dan’s...switching from old favorites to recent numbers such as Flutter and Wow and Jimmie Standing in the Rain (which concluded with a beautiful bit of a cappella singing by Costello)."
Opening the show was Elvis Costello & the Imposters, a headliner in his own right, with an hour-long career retrospective that jumped genres, tempos, and vocal timbre.
It’s all good – terrific, actually – and the 18 songs they scattered over two hours fully satisfied the mostly full house, as did an hour long set from Elvis Costello & the Imposters.
For Costello and the Imposters, it was a warm, no-nonsense approach that helped them and the material feel timeless. Costello’s commercial peaks were never as towering as some of his contemporaries and his latter-career efforts have produced some gems.
After Costello's Portland show on Wednesday night, I heard someone behind me say that it was “like seeing the Who in their heyday,” and they weren’t wrong—just in terms of sheer endurance Costello outclasses every other artist his age, save maybe Springsteen.
He touched on country twang, reggae groove, New Wave synth silliness and fuzz-rock heroics, a mode he stayed in for much of the night. If you didn't know Costello was a guitar shredder, he made sure to let us in on the secret.
The night ends with Costello urging fans to leave their seats for a romp through (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love And Understanding.
A great night with a national treasure in fine form.
His voice was as ever his own distinctive tone that shaped and wormed its way around and above the amazing tone he pulled from every guitar he played or when he sat at the grand piano Elvis was entertaining with the full box of musical fireworks tonight.
The night ended with an outing of one of his earliest classics, (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding. A fitting finale indeed and a fitting sentiment too on a night when all those things ruled the Welsh capital.
That voice, sometimes a deep, mellow, heavy whisper, at others sailing to the top notes, and frequently a rock’n’roll screech, sounded as good as new.
It's fair to stay that although Elvis may be past his best vocally his guitar playing was right up there with some of the greats. As he skipped around the instruments he held so dearly I was amazed at his skill and pace.
Still looking like he could play for a few more hours, Costello finally left the stage to a standing ovation that was thoroughly deserved for a performance that reaffirmed him as one of the truly great troubadours of our time.
Making a solo appearance at Bristol's Colston Hall Costello thrummed his way through a collection of era-defining music; songs that have not just stood the test of time but seem to hold new relevance for an uncertain, unequal modern world.
With her new show His Aim Is True: The Singular Songs of Elvis Costello at Stage 72, you'll meet the new Karen Oberlin. Gone are the controlled vibrato, upper range, emotional translucence, femininity, and the playfulness of a purveyor of American Songbook/pop.
The legendary songwriter performed more than two hours of greatest hits and other tunes at The Guildhall as part of his nationwide 21-date Detour tour.
Tonight at The Phil, playing an acoustic set, the tracks pared right back to the bone, his voice and the power and emotion of his lyrics were allowed to step right to the foreground. This was truly a spectacular show, from a musical legend with a songbook so dizzyingly good it sets your head spinning.
It was the personal touches such as the different set list for every gig, and insight into his family that made the show special.
The Last Year Of My Youth - unveiled on the Letterman show last year, even though he'd only written it the day before - showed that his brilliant songwriting skill remains undimmed.
It is not the only lost art of which Costello is a careful curator, and the continuing expansion of his own skill-set included some beautiful piano playing for songs that included Joni Mitchell's A Case Of You and a glorious slow gospel version of Sam & Dave's I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down.
The legendary singer heaves his huge songbook on stage for a night of retrospective brilliance
It is a reminder that Elvis Costello, contrarian or not, is generally wonderful. Next time you see him he will be entirely different, but I wouldn’t bet against him being wonderful again.
Still one of England’s best musicians, Costello appears to be only getting better with age. No longer the angry young man of the 1970s, he has settled into the role of a Leonard Cohen-esque elder statesman of rock and roll. Settled, sure, but his live performances, much like his voice, have lost none of their power.
"A cursory look at Setlist.fm, will testify, no two shows on the 21-date Detour are the same, allowing the 60-year-old Costello to detour in any direction with 400 songs in his canon"
"it’s a measure of Elvis Costello’s greatness that the series of rousing standing ovations he receives at the end of this remarkable show is entirely deserved."
Costello used to sneer with righteous rage. Now he is a profound showbiz veteran, from a country which should embrace him again.
The crowd loved it; singing, cheering and whistling along to every tune, and giving standing ovations after almost every other performance. There's certainly no doubt he deserved it.
Playing acoustically must be one of the hardest things a musician can do. Laid bare, it sees you out on a limb and having to rely on yourself to pull things off. You need to be a special person to do it at all. To do it this well, you need to have some of the best songs of their type ever written and a career that many would kill for. Tonight, you needed to be Elvis Costello.
"It is rare to see an artist so completely captivate a crowd without any accompaniment. But Costello pulled it off in spades."
Elvis Costello closed his ‘Detour’ solo tour Sunday at the Paramount Theatre with a fabulous night of music that included a rare film clip of his father, Ross McManus, writes rock critic Charles R. Cross.
On the final night of his Detour tour, this set was anything but short. Closing in on thirty songs, with three encores, Costello belied his sixty years by performing for over two and a half hours.
Last night, I really came to understand what total mastery of the artform is when I saw Elvis Costello play, mostly by himself, for approximately two and a half hours at Ft. Lauderdale’s Broward Center for the Performing Arts
A rare series of one-man appearances is what his "Detour" tour is comprised of; nothing but a full night of the witty, multitalented entertainer delivering the goods all by himself.
Costello’s stage resembled a mini-Pee-wee’s Playhouse seemingly designed to indulge his every musical whim – at least a half-dozen guitars, megaphones, microphones, effects pedals and a piano, all flanking a giant old-school tube TV called the Lupe-O-Tone.
Elvis Costello stops in Orlando next week on his Detour Tour, an aptly named production for the man whose career of nearly 40 years has been filled with musical tangents.
Word on Elvis Costello's solo tour is that he tends to roam freely through his extensive catalog, mixing hits and obscurities to come up with something fresh every night. And that's what he did, Friday night at the Mobile Saenger Theatre - but that wasn't the half of it.
Costello's New Orleans show served as a reminder that he is one of the few punk-era songwriters whose catalog could conceivably fuel sing-alongs around the campfire.
Seeing the man and his music alone — well, OK, with a little help from his friends — was a terrific treat.
Armed with a few acoustic guitars and as stacked a songbook as any living songwriter, Costello charmed, crooned and rattled the rafters.
Over the course of 31 songs – a setlist of both radio hits and deep cuts – the prolific artist gave fans a show that was truly unforgettable.
When Elvis Costello takes a stage, his energy, passion and distinct voice snap the room's attention. When he takes the stage solo, it's a mesmerizing two hours of music spanning his long and storied career.
To carry a room as big as the Uptown, a good one-person show requires an entertainer with either a large, vibrant personality or a deep reservoir of memorable music. Costello brought both.
He has an enviable zen quality to his performance, alternating between a gentle strum by thumb to striking a pose for emphasis as needed, with an occasional tip of the hat to acknowledge the crowd.
With only several instruments scattered about the stage as well as his voice and his songs, Elvis Costello delivered a career-spanning, breathtaking set that did away with a big band, elaborate staging or anything fancy and simply let his talent shine.
For two hours Tuesday night, Elvis Costello captivated more than 1,000 people in the sold-out Rococo Theatre with a brilliantly staged, played and sung 29-song performance
The theme of the show swirled around nostalgia and pride as he trotted out favorites from his long solo career and several covers, homages and hits from his many collaborations.
How do you bring together five musicians, each with significant catalogs of their own, and put them on the same stage without a hint of raging ego or argument over who gets the spotlight?
Easy. Just throw them some vintage, unreleased Bob Dylan songs to belatedly bring to the world.
There are those moments you wish you could freeze time and snatch up every person you love in the world, transporting them to your location. Halting the cosmos just long enough that all those wonderful people that make your life feel special could dance with you in a circle celebrating vitality and kinship. The Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Los Angeles just had one of those moments, featuring what may likely be the only performance ever from a supergroup of epic proportions, the affectionately named The New Basement Tapes.
“Costello can easily entertain a room for two and a half hours with no instruments other than voice, guitar, piano, lights and a handful of anecdotes”
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.
In Costello each song can sound like the end of the world. Or like a new beginning.
So the start of the concert has been particularly strong, it was a real joy to music, which only further intensified.
Elvis Costello - you do not have much more to say about this exceptional musician. Born in London in 1954 Costello announced Sunday evening the very special guest of the great 30-year-Posthof birthday party.
A house music evening with the pop chameleon Elvis Costello solo at the Burgtheater.
Vienna is glad that he had other plans this Saturday night - and will thank him in the extravagant addition block with multiple standing ovations.
It can be said with certainty that Elvis Costello is a real entertainer and a strong one-man show knows how to take sometimes is full of surprises.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
Rock and roll with a difference, really great hullabaloo. And entertaining.
Tonight Declan McManus takes his solo show “home” and song after song reinforces the oft held – and justified – notions of legend status he acquired over his 35 year career.
Stuttgart - Elvis Costello does not proceed, he does not wander, he bustles literally on the stage.
Party mood at Circus Krone. Standing ovation. Flowers for Costello and the Lovells. A thank you for a memorable evening.
Instead, a tour de force across the career of the 60 -year-old Declan Patrick MacManus. He is alone on the stage. The tea on the box evaporated, the five Gibson Collectibles shine in the spotlight.
He was once the horn-rimmed glasses nerd with punk attitude. But actually Elvis Costello plays fantastic powerpop. Equally captivating was now his appearance in Hamburg.
Right from the start, Costello goes full swing. He has a power and presence in both singing and guitar playing that is captivating.
On Wednesday night, he was back in Bergen - this time completely alone sold out house at mation scene with just guitar. Or six copies to be exact .
But Elvis Costello is a master who knows never to paint himself into a corner . Full track as he has both its own expression and their increasingly detailed musical map . Few others have such a breadth of musical acts , yet with a consistent voice .
The melodies are consistently strong and demonstrates time and again Costello's ingenuity, but equally important is how he builds his songs harmoniously and how he is looking to create its variation in the actual composition.
There’s a case to be made for Steve Nieve as rock 'n' roll’s greatest keyboardist, at least as an accompanist. Ebony and ivory have lived together not just in perfect harmony but frenzied excitement as Nieve has been the dominant instrumental force in Elvis Costello’s Attractions and, subsequently, Imposters.
Costello showed that if you just have a sufficiently talented and versatile singer, guitarist and songwriter, one can easily entertain a room for two and a half hours with no instruments other than voice, guitar, piano, lights and a handful of anecdotes.
Nieve's conversational pitch and virtuosic technique drew laughs, gasps and a standing ovation from the tiny audience.
“Watching the Detectives” was returned to its source material, with a lush and edgy film noir tone."
Where some rock or pop musicians might use an orchestra as more or less a bigger version of their usual backing band, Costello’s arrangements, which conductor Scott Dunn had praised him for in his introduction, tended to retool the songs more completely.
Unlike lesser "pop artist with strings" Bowl gigs that tend to drape simple songs with unsubstantial, one-size-fits-all backing, each measure during Costello's set was its own tiny epiphany. The so-called Impostor is also an Arranger.
Red feather in an electric blue fedora, bright magenta blazer: Details of style are not lost on Elvis Costello, who headlined Bumbershoot’s main stage just a few minutes early of his 6:15 p.m. set time on Saturday.
Over two very different shows Elvis Costello pushed his ambitious boundaries even further, Steve Swift was witness to an artist who refuses to stand still.
After just one song the show was stopped by security after a fish slice in the VIP area was misplaced. Costello pleaded with the audience to “calm down a bit” as fans were dragged over security barriers to avoid spoiling their clothes against a tray of spilled Pimms.
One of a string of rare solo appearances, this was an unpretentious, stripped-down affair. Without visual gimmicks or keyboard-toting wingmen to back him up, Costello drew upon his astonishing catalogue of classics. The results were electrifying.
"it's the brotherly love onstage and affection from the charmed audience that illuminates Kew Gardens."
He is truly incomparable and as the “On Air” light fades after two and a half hours and a standing ovation it feels as though it’s been a rare experience.
"delivering two and a half hours of album cuts and classic favorites concocted in such a way that each night is distinctly and delightfully different."
Elvis Costello's visit to Swansea's Brangwyn Hall last night showed us a performer whose mastery of light and shade, of the art of surprise, and of the vast palette of musical delights available to one so gifted, was second to none.
Elvis Costello will be performing solo at this years Kew The Music outdoor festival in London's Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew with support acts MacManus Brothers and Larkin Poe.
"He performed solo, his output a range of materials from four decades in the business, including the recent “The Last Year of My Youth,” which he proclaimed a work still in progress"
For the encore, husband Elvis Costello joined Krall onstage. He had a sold-out performance of his own earlier in the evening in the nearby Symphony Hall.
This was a stripped-down celebration of one of rock’s most rewarding catalogues and an artist of almost limitless scope.
Rock 'n' roll may not have been invented in Delaware, but for one night Costello made it the only place for a rock fan to be.
On Tuesday night, he pulled some of those deep, deep tracks out of that memory in his first ever show at New York's Carnegie Hall. Playing alone on stage with either his guitar or a piano, Costello entertained the crowd with 29 of his classic songs.
It’s not that you become more accomplished. It’s that you have to remember not to go too close to the model — to still keep the idiot part of yourself alive,”
A truly masterful showman. Binging it all down to a whisper from a scream. An intimate, raucous and inspiring evening.
The venerable singer-songwriter delves into his deep catalog in this career-spanning solo show.
Costello offered something else: a continuing, challenging, intimate engagement with his songs, old and new.
"Costello's 29-song stand amounted to a one-man Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, drawing upon material as far back as pre-dating 1977's My Aim Is True and as freshly composed as last week"
Costello sat at the organ offering pure entertainment with a side of simple brilliance.
It was a night that served as a reminder of Costello's versatility -- playing solo or with others, on his own songs or on covers, he's one of the few artists for whom it doesn't seem like a ridiculous idea to give a standing ovation after every song.
Elvis Costello’s solo tours in recent years have been constructed around themes that change from night to night, depending on the singer’s mood.
Flanked by a veritable arsenal of guitars, Costello regularly shifted from one six-string to the next, often using his effects pedals to sample his playing
"His songs, stripped bare, were elemental and undeniable."
"his dramatic and passionate vocal delivery that included whistling, expert acoustic and electric guitar playing and animated storytelling"
An evening with Elvis Costello playing 32 songs spanning four decades over two hours and 30 minutes: That probably describes a dream scenario for anyone who’s followed him over the years, but it happened.
Elvis Costello has been doing brief regional tours of the United States for the past few years, and these "SOLO" tours, as he calls them, have given him opportunity to dig deep into one of modern music's deepest and most intensely satisfying catalogs.
Costello displayed his unwavering commitment to excavating the memories, meanings and mysteries held in song
"Without any Attractions, Imposters, or special guests, this was the first performance on a new solo tour for the 59-year-old dabbler in nearly everything considered rock 'n' roll since the expression was invented."
Costello’s concert showcased the depth and breadth of his work and his influences — from the first song he wrote (“I was a profound 17-year-old”) to one he wrote last week before going on “Late Night with David Letterman”
Costello played some furiously flailing guitar to the point that it might not have been surprising if he'd dropped in something by Hendrix.
A fantastic display of songwriting and musicianship, and more impressive, a fresh, enthusiastic, and at times, quite emotional performance.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters may have played at the Civic just over a year ago but any possibility of deja vu soon evaporated a few songs in.
The atmosphere in the photographer's pit of the Mojo stage at Byron Bay Bluesfest is like the beginning of the Melbourne Cup.
On Sunday, Elvis Costello and The Roots took the stage together for the second performance of a two-night engagement at the Brooklyn Bowl, a new venue with an old look via exposed duct work and brick walls.
Elvis Costello and The Imposters at EX Theatre Roppong December 12th, 2013. "His experience, showmanship and love for performing really shines through in his live show."
"Armed with two acoustic guitars, two electric guitars, a piano and a microphone, Costello put on an epic two-hour solo performance."
"His phrasing and chord changes don’t sound like anyone else. In a world of imitators, Elvis Costello is unique."
The tireless troubadour finished up with “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding,” stomping, gesturing and strumming his electric guitar. Again, the guitar fed back on its rack as he walked off the stage, bringing one of the better shows you will see in your lifetime to close.
"He then concluded the stellar show with “What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding” on electric guitar, proving you don’t need a backing band to rock out."
Elvis Costello at the F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA, November 25, 2013
Elvis Costello has war, peace on his mind at solo Lisner Auditorium show
"Give Elvis Costello a guitar, and he'll weave a spell destined to keep the audience captivated."
"He is a chameleon of musical talent, whose weekend stop in Easton proved just he doesn't have to play by the book to get appreciation and respect from his fans."
"In a dark suit and fedora, wearing his trademark glasses, Costello played a 29-song, two-hour-and-15-minute show that spanned his 35-year career."
" It was a satisfying, wide-ranging show, full of interesting twists and turns."
"In between his riveting performances, Costello regaled the audience with tales of his tours past."
"Since he’ll perform solo at the Lisner on Friday, we’ve rounded up some of Costello’s songs about — what else? — loneliness."
"there are few if any as talented and as highly respected for both their art and craft by both fans and fellow musicians."
"It’s a testament to his abilities as a performer, as well as to the gorgeous venue, that the first (the aforementioned “Dirty Rotten Shame”) was sung off-mic."
"when Costello hits the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston on Thursday, November 14, he’ll have only a guitar in hand (or perhaps a ukulele)"
"marvelous, two-hour solo concert, an intimate offering that was a perfect fit for the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall."
'I'd like to introduce my special guest for this evening," Elvis Costello said to the audience at the Merriam Theater Sunday night. "It's me."
"The result was a delicious and revelatory evening of song-smithing and showmanship, particularly so on the historic stage that has seen world premieres of many of the shows that Costello has mined"
"Elvis Costello shared something special with us Thursday, something complete. But he, like every true genius, left the stage a puzzle unsolved."
"Yet another standing ovation sent Costello and the crowd off into the November chill, their love affair still intact."
Throughout his superb solo set at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Wednesday night, Elvis Costello constantly reminded the audience that this was his “gospel show.”
"Monday’s show did not star Costello the Angry Man, or Costello the punk, or the genial TV host of "Spectacle." It was, instead, introspective, illuminating and, in many places, touching."
"For the second encore he brought out his electric guitar for a raucous version of “I Want You,” with the fuzzed-out tone fitting perfectly with the lyrical themes of rage and jealousy."
"Costello enthralled the standing-room only crowd at the Calvin Theatre with a two-hour (including encores) set that visited numerous facets of the singer-songwriter's storied career, including many tunes not often performed live."
"Elvis Costello is a Bridge School Benefit veteran, and his seven-song set was an early highlight."
Krall is an artist who loves what she's doing, puts her heart and soul into it, and really seems to care about those who come to see her.
The dream date between UK punk standard-bearer and Philly’s polymath funk-and-beyond band heats up onstage in Brooklyn
Elvis Costello And Adam Driver Sing "Please, Mr. Kennedy" At The Inside Llewyn Davis Tribute Concert
"Elvis Costello stepped in to perform Timberlake’s song from the film, “Please, Mr. Kennedy"
When Justin Timberlake couldn't make Sunday's concert celebrating the music of the new Coen Brother's movie, "Inside Llewyn Davis," master of ceremonies John Goodman told the crowd Timberlake's understudy would perform instead.
"Good morning," Questlove of the Roots announced with a grin just after 10 p.m. last night, taking the throne behind a white Ludwig drum kit. "Welcome to what we call the manifestation of a dream."
"the highlight of his set came when Swedish cellist Svante Henryson stepped on for a nuanced rendering of “Shipbuilding”
Har det vært noen bedre rockekonserter i Bodø noen gang? Neppe!
Has there been a better rock concert in Bodø ever? Hardly!
Costello selv spilte gitar, og hadde festivalprofil Svante Henryson med som gjest på tre av låtene i settet, deriblant velkjente "Shipbuilding".
Costello himself played guitar and had festival profile Svante Henryson as a guest on three of the songs in the set, including the famous "Shipbuilding".
Und dann kommt Elvis Costello, ein vielfach ausgezeichneter Musiker mit einer gehörigen Portion Weltruhm. Passt nicht? Passt wunderbar.
"At the exact second he starts to caterwaul its enervating coda, all feels irredeemably lost and you’re left yearning for the implausible return of his deceased namesake."
AEG Live and The Royal Parks confirm Friday 12th July in Hyde Park to be Free! -
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"rattling through a fantastic opening flurry including the Blood & Chocolate highlight I Hope You're Happy Now, I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down and the louche ragga noir of Watching the Detectives"
So, as we bid a fond farewell for now to the Spectacular Spinning Songbook, we would like to send our thanks to all in attendance as we trampled in the footsteps of Arthur Askey, the Tiller Girls and Mr. Pastry around the lovely vaudeville houses and haunted concrete boxes of the land.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Blackpool Opera House, 13 June 2013 and Manchester Apollo, 14 June 2013
The Spinning Songbook tour is evidence that one of Britain's finest songwriters and performers is on top of his game.
Has Costello ever been in better voice, especially on Shipbuilding? And what dignity he brought to Tramp The Dirt Down, not glorying in the dementia death of bete noir Margaret Thatcher but vehement in saying the song’s political sentiments still stood.
"Tramping Down the Dirt finishes the set, followed by a generous encore including Oliver’s Army, and ending up with Love, Peace and Understanding, the sentiment and the sound rousing the Festival Theatre to its feet in a well-deserved ovation."
There were pockets of haunting intimacy threaded through the general mischief and two – count ’em – whistling solos. Now, that’s entertainment.
Here he is again, our beloved entertainer imagining his future from Accrington station back in 1937 though tonight he's years from being a forgotten man in an indifferent nation.
"there is also something tangible hanging in the air capable of turning good nights into great ones. Perhaps it's just a solid bond between performer and punter... whatever it is, it existed in the Philharmonic Hall on Hope Street last night."
For their intimate cover, Costello and Mumford & Sons added a bit of Woody Guthrie's "Do Re Mi" to Springsteen's original.
"not to mention the frenetic I Don't Want To Go To Chelsea and Watching the Detectives, with its sinister, accusatory guitar riff."
Elvis Costello returns to the Royal Albert Hall with his Spectacular Spinning Songbook revue, a concept he first toured with in the late 80s, and which shows no signs of dating with three sold-out nights at the venue offering proof of his enduring popularity.
The celebrated singer-songwriter delivered an angry, emotional, wild and wayward 28-song set that was more than any fan could reasonably ask for, says Neil McCormick.
Watching the Detectives becomes a dub labyrinth; Radio, Radio is as nervy as the day it was written. "The clock says we have to go," he says, then carries on anyway, still happily thumbing his nose at authority.
In a day where the word legend is so freely used in the music industry to describe some quite mediocre talents, only in a handful of cases does the description fit and Costello is certainly one of them.
Costello's two-and-a-half-hour, 25-song-plus performance in front of a packed and lively house did not disappoint.
His latest tour sees him mining the rich vein of his varied writing and recording career in a show that brings him closer to his audience than ever before.
Only an artist with a fine and extensive back catalogue could pull a show like this off. And only one with supreme confidence in their songs would try it.
The 1958 Art Kane photo "A Great Day in Harlem" featured 57 jazz musicians posed on the steps and sidewalk in front of a Harlem brownstone. It is arguably the most famous jazz photo ever taken.
Early in Tuesday night's (April 30) star-studded 75th birthday tribute to Allen Toussaint at the Harrah's Theater in New Orleans, the honoree was called on stage to accept a pair of long-overdue Grammy nominee medallions.
Allen Toussaint celebrated his 75th birthday surrounded by an audience of fans and a stage full of singing stars on Tuesday night at Harrah’s New Orleans Theatre.
Elvis Costello busted out the never-released 1999-era track “Moonbeam Levels,”
"To put a punctuation mark on their set, Costello and the Imposters concluded by playing a version of the Who’s classic song “Substitute.”"
Over two hours, the dazzling vaudeville approach,the random set-list device and Kelly the shagadelic go-go dancer had comprised an ingenuously fresh and often hilarious inroad to Costello's vast catalogue.
The main Friday evening kick-off concert at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park belonged to Elvis Costello this year.
"He picked up the uke and dropped his delivery to a near whisper on a straight-from-the-heart, old-school love song that seemed targeted to her: “I Know Why (And So Do You)"
"Who else of his caliber but maybe Springsteen would dare such an astonishing move? Like the rest of his performance, only magnified hundredfold, it was spellbinding – and ended much too soon"
Elvis Costello didn’t bask in his thunderous greeting from the audience. He just picked up his guitar and played.
It takes a big song to fill an hour's programming dedicated to it but Shipbuilding – written by Elvis Costello and Clive Langer, and sung by Robert Wyatt– easily justified Is It Worth It? (Radio 2)
Equal parts carnival barker and Ronnie Barker, he brings members of the
crowd up to spin the wheel with the help of glamorous assistant, and
Tess Daly lookalike, Katya from the Ukraine
Quick Costello Doesn't Have The Sense To Finish On Time
"Elvis Costello Alone In Eindhoven"
He inherited this soft spot for this form of entertainment from his grandfather and his father, who were both musicians in entertainment orchestras.
The Happy Wheel In Top Form With The Only Concert In Germany.
That Elvis Costello has many variations is known, but the two sold-out performances that the glass wearing singer/songwriter has done in the past few days in the Ancienne Belgique and the Royal Circus couldn't be more different.
The Red Accordion Diaries: Brigid Kaelin: June 1st, 2012
"He thought he was the King,
Le Roi de Belgique
But it was just another very foolish way to speak
A trick they do with mirror and with chemicals
The words of love once whispered were replaced by cries and shrieks"
Regretfully, we have to announce that tonight's Spectacular Spinning Songbook concert by Elvis Costello and the Imposters at the Anvil Theatre in Basingstoke has been postponed due to short term vocal fatigue and doctors advice.
"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."
All the echoes of an earlier era of music hall not only suits Costello's recent material – particularly in a later solo section that ends with a spot of ukulele strumming – but allows him to dip into any era of his career
"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."
With a flapper girl, go-go dancer, and as much chance as a game of Russian roulette, nauseating circus colours and a real live version of his Spectacular Spinning Songbook both decorated the stage, and decided the fate of Elvis Costello's quick fire set.
To some, Elvis Costello’s 35-year career may come off like a game of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. When the tail lands on the gut, he unleashes an angry anthem. Near the heart? Time for a ballad. On a hoof? Must be the cue for a ballet. Right on the rear? How boring.
“If I spun the wheel 100 times, I would expect a normal distribution of speeds with a standard deviation of 0.1 radians per second."
E.C. and the Imposters would like to thank Marisol of L.A. band, La Santa Cecilia for lending her wonderful voice to "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" during our return to The Wiltern Theatre with the "Spectacular Spinning Songbook".The show was also lit up by the appearance of our...
Elvis Costello & The ImpostersAmsterdam, The Netherlands June 5th, 2012Overture - featuring the former Mother Superior of Our Lady of Perpetual Torment, Dixie De La FontaineI Hope You're Happy NowHeart Of The CityMystery DanceUncomplicatedRadio RadioThe Spectacular Spinning SongbookShipbuilding -...
Critic's pick: Elvis Costello and the Imposters, 'The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!!'
"Get a hold of it, Brian, and spin it and don't let the fact that these people's happiness in the next five minutes is completely in your hands. Spin that wheel!"
New York Times: Nate Chinen: March 7th , 2012.
Keith Richards, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon pay tribute at JFK Library
Elvis Costello, Keith Richards, Paul Simon, Salman Rushdie pay tribute to Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen at JFK Library
Elvis Costello, Ottawa International Jazz Festival, June 24 2011
1. Elvis Costello & the Imposters at the Pageant, July 1 2011.
We at www.elviscostello.com find ourselves unable to recommend “The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook” as the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire.All our attempts to have this number revised have been fruitless so we are taking the following unusual step.If you want...
A Pastoral Address From The Right Reverend Jimmy Quickly
DeMorgan.be: Bart Steenhaut: 10th November 2011.Halverwege zijn al maanden uitverkochte concert in de Elisabethzaal doetElvis Costello een bekentenis. "Het nummer dat ik nu ga spelen haat ikécht", zegt hij. Wat volgt is een bloedstollende versie van 'Everyday IWrite The Book', een van...
Berliner Morgenpost: 8th November 2011.It's the ultimate test for a musician, when he introduces himself without a band to his fans. Elvis Costello mastered the challenge of Germany in his only concert bravura. With changing guitars he entertained the more than 3000 listeners in the Tempodrom in Berlin...
"For our German-speaking readers: Rave Notices For Vienna Concert Hall Show"
Best wishes for a speedy recovery go to Hubert Sumlin who recently joined us at the Wellmont Theatre, Montclair for a run of songs that he first performed with Howlin’ Wolf. Hubert’s spirit and humour are undimmed by less robust health and it was a gas for us to share the stage...
We cannot close here without tipping our hat to Hubert Sumlin who joined us at the Wellmont Theatre, Montclair for a run of songs that he first performed with Howlin’ Wolf.
So, as we say farewell to the Spectacular Spinning Songbook for the year of 2011, we’d like to thank all of those who attended, span, swung the hammer and tripped the light fantastic…I would especially like to thank the Imposters both for their remarkable playing and for being sterling fellows,...
Huntington News: 10th October, 2011Huntington, WV (HNN) - Arriving in Huntington 20 minutes before show time, British music icon Elvis Costello once again proved the value of the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center and the Marshall Artists Series. Costello and his band almost did not make their...
Baristanet: Erika Bleiberg: 6th October, 2011"One of my favorite moments — and I was in good company in my appreciation, based on the cheering — was when he was alone on the stage and stepped away from the microphone. Costello’s vocals carried unassisted through the venue, and...
Cliffview Pilot.com: Jerry Demarco: 6th October, 2011:The diabolical “I Want You” smoldered, as it should, building in vicious intensity, with Costello jack-hammering the guitar and Pete Thomas – as muscular and lightning-fast as ever -- snapping the skins. It was almost as if John...
Hippiesaredead.com: 4th October, 2011The highlight of the evening came when Costello invited the crowd to leave the venues seating chary behind and rush the stage. Only at that point did it truly come together and feel like a rock show. Surrounded by an adoring fanbase, the band delivered...
Examiner: Jim Bessman: 3rd October, 2011"One other wheel-spinner merits special mention: the lovely Mary Louise Parker. She may not have survived last week's Weeds' season-ending cliffhanger, but she was certainly alive here, responding to Costello's "feel free to shake a tail feather"...
Elvis Costello & The ImpostersHuntington, WVOctober 8th, 2011Overture - featuring the former Mother Superior of Our Lady of Perpetual Torment, Dixie De La FontaineI Hope You're Happy NowHeart Of The CityMystery DanceUncomplicatedRadio RadioThe Spectacular Spinning SongbookClubland - Spin 1This Wheel's...
Newsday: Glenn Gamboa: 30th September, 2011"When people started screaming for “Alison” in the middle of the song, he simply walked to the mic and finished it up and then walked off the stage. He did not return, ending what was still a wonderful opening night for The Paramount.Costello...
The Imposters returned to the stage to join him on “Sleep of the Just,”
Nashville Scene: The Spin: 25th September, 2011How ‘bout getting show highlights like a smooth “Watching the Detectives,” which saw Costello singing walking around the theater floor? Or a captivating, slow-drawn take on Bob Dylan & The Band’s “This Wheel's on Fire”...
As the 57-year-old applied smooth vocals to cinematically narrate 1981's "Watch Your Step," it became clear rock 'n' roll got lucky when Costello made the genre his main vocation.
Creative Loafing: James Kelly: September 26th, 2011In spite of his well-documented disdain for the somewhat stuffy Chastain Park vibe, Costello was a gentleman throughout the set, opening with a four-song roar, then donning his top hat and becoming the slightly demented hostRead More……
American Songwriter: Blake Boldt: September 26th, 2011This wasn’t a night to be predicting anything. Elvis Costello’s stop at the Ryman Sunday night was most notable for its wacky format: A part of his Spectacular Spinning Songbook Tour, the performance established him as suave ringmaster...
"The Revolver Tour" will resume this Saturday at Chastain Park, Atlanta before proceeding to the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville and the Murat Theatre, Indianapolis and beyond. Thanks go to our friends in Alabama and Florida for their understanding over the urgent need for the postponement of shows...
Jacksonville.com: Tom Szarloeta: September 16th, 2011.Today’s issue of Jack was supposed to be all about Elvis Costello, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who was scheduled to appear at the Florida Theatre next week. But Costello had to postpone his show, leaving us scrambling for something to put...
It is with regret and sorrow that Elvis Costello announces that he must delay the start of the next leg of "The Spectacular Spinning Songbook Tour" until the 24th of September in Atlanta. This is due to matters pertaining to the very serious illness of a close family member. All shows prior...
The New York Times: Jon Pareles: May 24th, 2011“If I can’t cheat, who can?” he teased.But the real and gratifying cheat was that there is, in the end, no way to keep Mr. Costello’s songs in any shallow entertainment mode. His torrents of words hold desire, rage, wounds and revenge,...
Rolling Stone: Patrick Doyle: May 24th 2011"For the final encore, Costello emerged in a gold suit and leopard-print hat and welcomed an audience member who exemplified the downside of a show with such heavy crowd participation. After Costello began the tender classic "Alison," she made...
Another Report From Our Georgian Correspondents
In which Larkin Poe opens for the fantastic Elvis Costello (in Interlochen, Michigan). Holy, freaking, flying monkeys of fire; what an amazing night.... Thank you, thank you to Elvis and all his amazing folk for having us along! For more information about the little ole' opening band, please visit:...
"We share your regret and disappointment at the recent cancelations in your most excellent town but they were due to circumstances beyond the control of all concerned. When the original show was postponed due to illness on 20th of July, it was rescheduled with surprising...
Naption Urban Daily: Max Mertens: 2nd August, 2011Elvis Costello will be turning 57-years-old this month, yet his Saturday headlining set proved that he still has more energy than many bands at Osheaga half his age. Despite having a significantly smaller crowd than Eminem the previous night, the English...
” Elvis Costello, playing with his crack band, The Imposters, though billed as an acoustic performance, included gentle numbers such as “American Without Tears,” “Brilliant Mistake” and “Scarlet Tide” (with a guest appearance by Emmylou Harris).
"There was a go-go dancer, dressed in classic Hullabaloo, as well as audience members who also came up on stage to dance in the cage. And it was an extremely danceable night of songs"
Examiner.com: Jim Bessman: 24th July, 2011 "Sky high temperatures being what they were, he did wear less than his usual business attire, doffing the dark suit jacket for long-sleeved shirt and vest. Longtime keyboard ace Steve Nieve at least picked up the sartorial slack, in what appeared to be...
The Hartford Courant: Jack Coraggio: July 25th, 2011"Elvis Costello and the Imposters brought an unbelievably fantastic show that likely proselytized some New Wave converts. An energetic closer of "Pump It Up" and the fitting "What's So Funny (About Peace, Love and Understanding)"...
"Not without his own brief tribute to Jerry Garcia, Costello's version of "It Must Have Been the Roses," was another highpoint of the show --
Connecticut Post: Sean Spillane: 23rd July, 2011"Costello, in his encore, performed the title track from his album “Sulphur to Sugarcane,” which namechecks Bridgeport, although it’s not certain if he’s talking about the host city of the Vibes.Anyway, the lyrics say, “Down...
"The first spin of the wheel yielded “This Wheel’s On Fire.” Then came “I Want You,” “Joanna,” “Episode of Blonde,” “Bedlam” and “Girl"....
"Costello's mastery of lyrics, melodies, and arrangements were on full display all night.
Charlotte Observer: Courtney Devores: 17th July, 2011"He appeared solo to begin a quieter, rootsier run of songs that included “Sulphur to Sugarcane” then encored looking fittingly `70s movie thug in a shiny copper leather jacket and leopard print hat for “Watching the Detectives.”...
"Costello definitely gave the audience, estimated at 1,500, its money's worth, showing them that a rock concert doesn't simply have to be a series of songs performed live."
Following boffo business at the box office, popular demand and press acclaim, Elvis Costello and the Imposters will be bringing the Spectacular Spinning Songbook to most of their dates during July. 7/16 Belk Theater-Charlotte, NC7/18 N. Charleston PAC-N. Charleston, SC7/19 Wolfe Auditorium-Asheville,...
Elvis Costello and the Imposters today answer the call of unanimously cheering audiences and critics from coast to coast, announcing a further extension of the massively successful Spinning Songbook tour with a string of fall dates in the Eastern U.S., on sale July 15.
Elvis Costello & The ImpostersSt. LouisJuly 1st , 2011 Overture - featuring the former Mother Superior of Our Lady of Perpetual Torment,...
Costello interpolated songs like Sonny Boy Williamson's "Help Me," and Them's "I Can Only Give You Everything" into his own tunes, creating something new along the way.
3 Minute Record: July 2nd, 2011Before calling for song three, shouts and applause rose from the audience as out from the shadows walked Eddie Vedder to the stage! In town for his date at the Fabulous Fox Theatre the same night, Vedder helped Costello belt a raucous version of The Who classic “Substitute.”...
Riverfront Times: Christian Schaeffer: July 2nd, 2011"As Costello and his crew left the stage, drummer Pete Thomas gave an errant spin of the wheel as the house lights came on. It landed on "I Want You," almost certainly Costello's darkest song of violent lust and barely contained sexual...
The Larryville Chronicles: July 1st, 2011"I especially dug the second-encore jamboree with the Southern sisters from the opening act, who added some sweet pedal steel to 'Sulphur to Sugarcane' with Costello vamping it up to lyrics like 'I gave up married women cause I heard it was a sin / Now...
ReviewSTL: Allison: July 1st, 2011"He selected a preteen who excitedly danced her way onto the stage and spun “Bedlam” as the next song. She jived first in an on-stage lounge and later in the go-go dancer’s cage as the band performed a version that had been slightly slowed down...
StarTribune: Jon Bream: June 30th, 2011Costello had fun with whomever came onstage to spin his rock roulette wheel. There were two women, best friends since high school who had been listening to Elvis for 30 years; a young woman and her grandmother; a series of married couples, etc. and hurled some...
The Journal: Jeremy Zoss: 30th June, 2011With each spin of the wheel, Costello and the band launched into a veritable mini-concert. Each bite-sized set was accompanied by its own theatrics, such as a caged go-go dancer with boundless energy, Costello singing in the aisles and remixed versions of some...
At one point, he just took over and, without explanation, offered a medley of the Band's jubilant rocker "This Wheel's on Fire" and the smoldering blues "The River in Reverse."
City Pages: Jeff Gage: 30th June 2011The first member of the audience who got to spin the big wheel sitting on stage at the State last night was a woman named Heidi. She ran up on stage, squealing with delight, and gave Elvis Costello an enormous hug. "My friend and I have been following you for...
Torontoist: Jim Kelley: 25th June, 2011"Costello brings the night to a subdued and dignified close with “I Hope,” a bonus track from the Japanese pressing of his latest, National Ransom. A crowd-pleasing two hours and 40 minutes after it began, the Spectacular Spinning Songbook...
"We are pleased to announce that Steve Nieve is completely well, having experienced a severe muscle spasm during the Spectacular Spinning Songbook show in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The episode forced Mr. Nieve from the stage after two stellar piano performances of the songs "Black Sails In The...
Buffalo News: Jeff Miers: 26th June, 2011"During a brisk-tempoed take on “Turpentine,” keyboardist Nieve played theremin, and set the stage for a lengthy guitar solo from Costello, who seemed to be fully partaking of the pleasures afforded by an abused wah-wah pedal. He blew another...
The Globe And Mail: Brad Wheeler: 24th June, 2011To a theatre full of people who adored him, Elvis Costello reflected their good taste and justified their fandom. The big, illuminated and colourful wheel that dominated stage right was the Spectacular Spinning Songbook, a gaudy gyrating résumé...
canoe.ca: Jane Stevenson: 24th June, 2011"Whether he realizes it or not, he is cool, talented, charming and often quite sexy, whether he’s crooning a ballad or rocking out intensely." Read More......
Ottawa Citizen: Lynn Saxberg: 24th June, 2011Ottawa — Singer-songwriter Elvis Costello bounded on to the stage of the TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival and lit into what was probably the most rocking concert ever witnessed at the venerable festival.Instead of relying on a wheel-driven game...
Three New Spectacular Spinning Songbook Shows Added, More Anticipated.Elvis Costello and the Imposters announced additional dates featuring the Spectacular Spinning Songbook, with three new tri-state area shows this fall, on sale Friday, June 24. The shows include Costello's re-scheduled May 18 performance,...
The Oakland Press: Gary Graff: 21st June, 2011Highlights included an emotive "I Want You," "Doll Revolution," "So Like Candy" (one of several songs Costello's co-written with Paul McCartney), "New Lace Sleeves" and "Pills and Soap." During one of the...
The Writing Life: Katey Schultz: 22nd June, 2011"The band played for about two hours, effectively nonstop. For the last 40 minutes, 80% of the audience was on their feet, with perhaps 100 folks slammed up against the edge of the stage, bouncing and twitching to the beats""Sitting their...
"Men Knock Upon My Door In Odd And Even Numbers But None Of Them As Wild As I Discovered In Columbus"
My Favorite Songs Of All Time - Elvis Costello "Relationship Status: Uncomplicated" Colin Gawel.com: JUNE 21, 2011Among the many, many reasons I love rock n roll so much is that infidelity is strongly encouraged and is in fact essential to maintain a healthy bond. Sure, I may be in a committed...
The Columbus Dispatch: Gary Budzak: 20th June, 2011"There were women dancing throughout the show in the go-go cage, and Costello himself even did a stint in it, and it reminded one of something out of Austin Powers or Laugh-In and worked as a gilded bird cage - at one point, Costello sang And Your...
Rochester City Newspaper: Frank De Blase: 18th June, 2011"After spinning the wheel guests were invited to sit in the mondo cool lounge and sip something blue in fancy stemware or dance in the go-go cage. This included one young lady --- I'm guessing about 14 years old --- that had some moves that...
Democrat And Chronicle: Jeff Spevak: 18th June 2011"Today's jazz haikuIn rock, and life too,the wheel is a funny gameloaded with jokers"Read More...... The People Of Rochester Speak......Read More.
Pittsburgh Tribune: Rege Behe: June 17th, 2011The wheel landed on some rare gems, notably "Silky Girl" and "Party Girl."All of the audience participants were female -- including an adorable 11-year-old named Lily -- save one guy named Jack from Cleveland who was greeted with a round...
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Scott Mervis: 17th June, 2011Then, Elvis ran off, changed and returned in the guise of game-show host Napoleon Dynamite, promising "songs about love, songs about sex, songs about death, and dancing, but not necessarily in that order." The first spin, in the rain, from...
Even despite the gold lame jacket he sported at the end of the night, Costello can only delve so far into gaudy tastelessness -- the songs are just too good to go there. The wheel brought up "King's Ransom", which led to the country soul of "Indoor Fireworks" and the dry wit of "Brilliant...
Following boffo business at the box office, popular demand and press acclaim, Elvis Costello and the Imposters announced today that they will be bringing the Spectacular Spinning Songbook to most of their dates during June and July. 6/15 Wolf Trap-Vienna, VA6/16 Trib Total Media Amphitheatre-Pittsburgh,...
The Wall Street Journal: Marshall Heyman: 3rd June 2011One of the things that's frustrating about going to a fund-raiser at Cipriani 42nd Street is that, sitting through speeches and waiting for dinner to be served, you could eat a lot of breadsticks. The perfectly salty Cipriani carbohydrates are usually...
My many years in showbusiness have taught me that the audience is actually a group of individuals who - though deserving of respect and any even affection – may be transformed into an angry beast in the frenzy of the night. I take the precaution of keeping a whip and chair close at hand, at all...
Rolling Stone : David Fricke: May 25th 2011Elvis Costello came out of the gate on May 24th – the last night of a three-show run at New York's Beacon Theater and the final date of his "Revolver Tour" – like he was playing the concert in reverse. The singer-guitarist and his Imposters...
Hartford Courant: Eric R.Danton Well that's a bold thing: West Hartford resident Mike Youmans proposed to his girlfriend, Hilory Wagner of Glastonbury last Friday on stage at an Elvis Costello concert in Boston.Costello's set lists this tour are determined by fans spinning a wheel of fortune marked with...
Female First: 26th May 2011Hip-hop star AHMIR '?UESTLOVE' THOMPSON enjoyed an impromptu jam session with Elvis Costello on Tuesday (24 May 11) when the veteran rocker invited THE ROOTS drummer to join him onstage in New York.Costello was performing with his band, The Imposters, on the last of three dates...
nj.com: Tris McCall: 24th May 2011 When Costello allowed the Spinning Songbook to take its own course, its choices proved inspired. "Black and White World," a track from the soul-rock album "Get Happy!!," gave him an excuse to show off his sensitivity on the sonorous low strings of...
Boston Globe: Jonathan Perry: May 23rd 2011.When a songwriter like Elvis Costello takes as many risks, twists, and turns as he does — collaborating with Allen Toussaint and Tony Bennett; writing for Johnny Cash and teaming with Paul McCartney — there’s only one thing left to do: Expect...
Boston Herald: Jed Gottlied: May 22nd 2011Elvis Costello & the Imposters began Friday’s packed Citi Wang Theatre gig sprinting through five songs in 16 quick minutes. One of them, “Uncomplicated,” even crammed in three (admittedly clipped) guitar solos.That was just the beginning....
Boston Herald: Jed Gottlied: May 22nd 2011Costello doctored a spin to land on “Napoleon Solo,” did “A Slow Drag With Josephine” on his own then brought out brother Ronan MacManus and band for a pair of duets. Read More.....
philly.com: Dan DeLucaThe terms fun and Elvis Costello don't necessarily go hand in hand. But on Thursday night, they got up to dance together in a go-go cage during a terrifically entertaining two-hour show at the Tower Theatre.Costello, ably backed by the Imposters, the crack three-man...
Brown Cat BakeryElvis walked off after those two songs, changed into a gold jacket, and came back with the guys for another set. No one spun the wheel. They just played song after song, after song. Then it was over (pouty face.)I just bought a ticket to see Elvis at the Wolf Trap on June 15th. Woohoo!Read...
The Revolver Tour Resumes At The Tower Theatre at 8pm, Tonight, Thursday the 19th of May.
Essential Junk: Returning to stage later in the night, and always the showman, Costello lamented the missing spinning wheel but joked there’s an app for that. On cue, an i-Pad appeared on stage with a camera trained on its screen as his attractive assistant brought a medley of women on stage to...
I doubt any woman could satisfy me sexually to the degree that the Costello show satisfied me as a music fan. He played for two and a half hours and did three encores. He covered Nick Lowe, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones AND The Who. He played at least one song from nearly every single one of the albums...
At one point, Costello went out into the crowd with a wireless mic and we lost site of him but were still impressed. I've seen a few artists go out into the crowd, most memorably Lenny Kravitz, and I always think it's a cool move. Well, cooler than Kravitz going into the crowd (did I mention he wasn't...
Walter Tunis: The Musical Box. We always knew there was something of the carnival barker in Elvis Costello. He may forever be viewed as a champion songsmith that has continually taken huge stylistic risks with his music over the past 35 years. But last night at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, he left...
Las Vegas Weekly: Spencer Patterson “(I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea” started intensely, only to devolve into a faux-funk jam session more appropriate for Phishheads than an overwhelmingly older Pearl crowd.Costello ultimately did produce a wheel … on an iPad screen atop a music...
Chicago Tribune: Bob Gendron: May 16th 2011Add tacky game-show host to the list of Elvis Costello's myriad guises. It's just one of the roles he played Sunday at a nearly sold-out Chicago Theatre, where a giant revolving wheel and audience interaction guided a marathon 140-minute concert loaded with...
Randy Lewis: May 12th 2011Long before the word “interactive” became an entertainment-industry mantra, Elvis Costello was there with his fabled "Spinning Songbook."A quarter century after he first cooked up the idea that exponentially amped up the practice of taking requests from...
The Orange County RegisterBen Wener: May 12th 2011Out of 20-some shows in 20-some years of encountering Elvis Costello live, from suddenly announced club gigs to lavish evenings with Burt Bacharach, I’ve probably seen two or three consistently stronger performances than the one he and his first-rate...
As a special feature of this tour, Elvis had listed a bunch of his songs on the Spectacular Spinning Songbook and was inviting selected members of the audience up to the stage to give it a spin. The song that the wheel landed on would be the song that the band would play. I would've...
This was actually my first time seeing Costello live (in-person that is). I’m perhaps what you might call a “casual fan” of sorts. My wife certainly has a deeper understanding of the catalog than I do. However, that didn’t stop me from having a great time. ...
"The Revolver Tour" receives ten standing ovations in Oakland.
Consequence Of SoundPaul de Revere on May 7th It’s impossible to talk about New Orleans and its music (and broader culture) without talking about the city’s recent strife. Period. So forgive me, apolitical readers, and political ones who flinch at the possibility of bring preached to.It goes...
Two performing legends proved they can still tell the musical stories their generations of fans want to hear last night.Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello both delivered powerhouse shows at the Byron Bay Bluesfest proving their advancing years had in no way diminished their extraordinary abilities.Dylan, nearing...
The start was breathless, four songs banging up against each other like late running commuters impatient at the turnstiles: coming through, coming through, make way. I Hope You’re Happy Now noisy and rollicking, Tear Off Your Own Head busy and sneakily poptastic, High Fidelity brisk soul dancing...
Slick and sharp as ever, Elvis Costello showed his State Theatre audience that at 56 he may be seasoned but to just about everyone’s taste.In a 90-minute set that ranged over four decades of his cleverly crafted material, Costello and his band The Imposters moved seamlessly from crowd favourites...
Back in 1979 Elvis Costello & The Attractions celebrated April Fools’ Day by playing a total of three shows in New York City. Thirty-two years later, Costello has duplicated the feat in spectacular fashion.<iframe title="YouTube video player" width="350" height="300"...
Elvis Costello Joins Furthur for Band’s Final New York Blowout.He fronts the band on classics like 'Tennessee Jed' and 'Friend of the DevilRolling Stone : By Patrick Doyle March 28, 2011When Furthur hit the stage for their third consecutive headlining showat Radio City Music Hall last night (and...
South China Morning Post Elvis lives. In a remarkable solo performance in the Cultural Centre last night, Elvis - Elvis Costello that is - showed his songs are just as sharp, his lyrics as biting and his voice as powerful as they were when the British singer-songwriter burst onto the scene as the angry...
Christmas with Elvis Costello: killing, cold, and a great catalogChicago Sun Times: Mark Guarino: 22.12.10 Christmas with Elvis Costello evidently does not include chestnuts roasting, sleigh bells ringing or children singing while dressed as Eskimos. Monday night at the Chicago Theatre, he paid...
Rolling Stone: Costello brought out Emmylou Harris for his entire set, beginning with a lovely duet on Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why.” They also song the Everly Brothers song “Love Hurts,” which Harris performed with Gram Parsons shortly before his death. Pegi Young...
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Despite the persistent rain falling by the bucketful, no one could wipe the blissful grins from our faces. And the reason for our joy? Elvis Costello. He chose to wear a silly, white boater, assembled a band of superb guns-for-hire (with guitarist Jim Lauderdale...
Scotsman.com: Fiona Shepherd: 06.07.10
Judging by the modest attendance at this show, Elvis Costello's current country-fuelled incarnation appears to have flown under the radar. To date, his cover of George Jones's Good Year For The Roses remains his best known foray into maudlin country, but his...
Herald Scotland: Keith Bruce: 05.07.10
Confounding our expectations and surprising us at every turn, Elvis was back in the building with a whole new company of musicians and yet another radical revision of his back catalogue.
Actually, it was more than that. Not only does Costello bring a fresh...
Diesel Therapy: 01.07.10
… saw Elvis Costello at the Sage last night. The band were fabulous: Jerry Douglas (dobro), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), etc. As a non Elvis fan I was amazed at his talent. Great songs, witty delivery and what a voice. When he hits the high notes … You can’t ignore his wonderful...
Vanessa Monaghan: GoldenPlec.Com
There always seems to be one or two artists that you say ‘I wouldn’t mind seeing them’ but never get round to, Elvis Costello was one but I was still unsure what to expect.
Upon entering the venue the first thing I notice is that the audience seems to be more...
The Irish Times: 03.07.10
"Old pros with a great line in nostalgia" - For some years we have stopped believing that he is the best thing since the invention of the wheel – his last truly brilliant album, in our opinion, was 2003’s North – but it would be a foolish person indeed to bet against...
The Shields Gazette: Terry Kelly: 02.07.10
The other Elvis launched last night's brilliant musical cocktail with a Sun Records classic by The King.
Looking dapper in grey suit and tie, with a white hat perched on his head, Costello shouted "How are you?" to his Tyneside fans before tearing into Mystery...
Irish Independent: 03.07.10
This organic, often languid, sound works well with expressive vocals of the Liverpool-raised singer of Irish stock.
As expected, there's a strong emphasis on the newer material; although, in truth, the low-tempo pace soon tries the patience. Luckily, a stunning...
Catherine Jones: Liverpool Echo: 29.06.10
TWO years ago he made a Capital of Culture appearance in this very hall alongside the RLPO.
But this time Elvis Costello was the main attraction in a return visit to the city that, if it didn’t actually breed him, certainly raised the teenage music maker.
Laura Davis: Liverpool Daily Post: 29.06.10
Costello was a man of few words but considerable wit , making light of England’s defeat in Sunday’s World Cup match – "Wayne Rooney? More like Mickey Rooney" – though he had been performing with Paul McCartney in Hyde Park at the time of the game.
Reg Little: The Oxford Times: 28.06.10
his plan to play a solo show or it was going to be quite a night. Two hours later we had our answer as Elvis left the building, acoustic guitar held aloft, his suit still unbuttoned. A set that had begun with a no-nonsense Red Shoes, from his debut album, ended...
This being a solo tour I was half expecting Costello to lean on his gentler bluegrass numbers, but he has so many in built effects and settings on his voice he has no problem summoning up the drama and dynamics needed for his all-angels-and-edges rock, even without a band. So we got it...
David Owens: South Wales Echo: 26.06.10
TWO musical greats hit Cardiff this week playing vastly different venues, yet both eagerly awaited by fans to whom both have acquired a somewhat god-like status.
Pre-empting McCartney at the Millennium Stadium this evening, the equally talented and highly...
Kate Clarke: South Wales Evening Post: 24.06.10
YOU might call Elvis Costello the ultimate magpie. He made venomous, tongue-twisting rock his calling card, before easing into sophisticated modern standards, smouldering through neglected R'n'B gems, teaming up with 1960s Bossa-pop maestro Burt Bacharach...
Ben Walsh: The Independent 23.06.10
"I've been wading through all this unbelievable junk/ And wondering if I should have given the world to the monkeys," he spits out with relish on "God's Comic" in this blistering solo set. It's about time we reclaimed our very own Elvis, and thanks to Richard Thompson's...
Tim Adams: The Guardian: 21.06.10
As Father's Day gifts go, it would be hard to imagine a better present than the one offered by Elvis Costello to his dad: the perfect concert at the Festival Hall. Elvis dedicated his second number Veronica (the song about his paternal grandmother that he wrote with...
From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 27, 2010, by Suzanne Van Atten
"Working their way through selections from Costello’s most recent “Sacred, Profane, and Sugarcane” album and interspersing numerous unique covers, the band shined brightest in the jaw-dropping redone versions of Costello’s...
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...