Elvis Costello – Colston Hall, Bristol

This was my fourth trip to the Colston Hall to see Elvis Costello, and the first solo performance.

Support came from Larkin Poe who weren’t bad, but not necessarily someone I’d seek out again.

Elvis appeared on stage just after 8:30 and played for over two hours. The songs were intermingled with stories about his life and family. Most of the songs were performed on guitar, a few on piano, and some with support from Rebecca and Megan from Larkin Poe. To be honest the latter weren’t as good, and were a bit of a disappointment, I’d have preferred a purely solo set. Despite that it was a superb evening.

(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
Watch Your Step
Accidents Will Happen
Ascension Day
Church Underground
Either Side Of The Same Town
Shipbuilding (piano)
I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (piano)
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
Ghost Train
When I Was Cruel No. 2
Watching The Detectives
When I Write The Book/Everyday I Write The Book

Pads, Paws And Claws (with Larkin Poe)
Nothing Clings Like Ivy (with Larkin Poe)
Down On The Bottom (with Larkin Poe)
That’s Not The Part Of Him You’re Leaving (with Larkin Poe)
Blame It On Cain (with Larkin Poe)
Stranger In The House (with Larkin Poe)

Oliver’s Army
Pump It Up
Good Year For The Roses (with Larkin Poe)

Side By Side (piano)
Jimmie Standing In The Rain
(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding? (with Larkin Poe)

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