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
45
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
She
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
Alison
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)

Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Colston Hall, Bristol

Just over a year since we last saw the Spectacular Singing Songbook, it was back to the Colston Hall for another performance. We were treated to a 2.5 hour run through of the Elvis Costello back catalog albeit with slightly less reliance on the spinning wheel than last time.

I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down
High Fidelity
Uncomplicated
You Belong To Me/The Last Time
Spin 1 I Want You
Spin 2 Oliver’s Army
Spin 3 Good Year For The Roses
Stranger In The House – IMPROMPTU
Spin 4 Alison
Waiting For The End Of The World – IMPROMPTU
Beyond Belief – IMPROMPTU
Spin 5 She
Spin 6 Motel Matches
Spin 7 “Cash” – Cry Cry Cry
Spin 8 – “Beauty Or Beast” Jackpot
Bedlam
Drum & Bone
All This Useless Beauty
Napoleon’s Choice
A Slow Drag With Josephine
Jimmie Standing In The Rain
Suit Of Lights

Interlude
Shipbuilding
Dr. Watson, I Presume
Tramp The Dirt Down
My Three Sons

Finale
Chelsea
The Hammer Of Songs – Accidents Will Happen
Pump It Up
Peace, Love and Understanding
Joshua’s Spin – Spin 9 Watching The Detectives

Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Colston Hall, Bristol

Tonight Elvis was on tour accompanied by the giant wheel of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook. Unsuspecting volunteers were dragged up onto stage to spin the wheel and pick a song, and if they were really unlucky they were persuaded into the cage to dance. This gave us nearly three hours of music, interspersed with a bit of banter. The last 20 minutes or so was an up-tempo run through of some old classics to finish the night off.

At some point in the next couple of days the tracklisting will appear.

I Hope You’re Happy Now
Heart Of The City
Mystery Dance
Radio Radio
Spin 1 – Good Year For The Roses
Spin 2 – I’ve Been Wrong Before
Spin 3 – Chelsea
Spin 4 – “Imperial Chocolate” Jackpot
Shabby Doll
Almost Blue
Honey, Are You Straight Or Are You Blind?
Spin 5 – The Comedians
Spin 6 – Watching The Detectives/Help Me
Spin 7 – The Stations Of The Cross/Get Ready
The Hammer Of Songs – Oliver’s Army
Less Than Zero – IMPROMPTU
Spin 8 – Cash – Cry Cry Cry
Spin 9 – Accidents Will Happen
Spin 10 – God’s Comic
Beyond Belief – IMPROMPTU
Spin 11 – National Ransom

Interlude
A Slow Drag With Josephine – Napoleon Solo
Jimmie Standing In The Rain- Napoleon Solo
Tramp The Dirt Down – with the Imposters
Shipbuilding

Finale
Greenshirt
Red Shoes
Pump It Up
Peace, Love And Understanding
I Want You