I’ve been attending big music festivals in Chicago every summer since 2005, but it’s been many many years since I arrived anywhere near early enough to see the opening wave of bands. There’s always bands I’d kinda like to see who play before 2:30pm but 3-day music festivals are work and you have to make … Continue reading Riot Fest 2018: Whole Lotta Shakin’
So I am watching Elvis Costello & The Imposters’ performance at Hyde Park on AXS TV. It was pre-Royal Baby. No lullabies were included. An hour-or-so-long set of the hits being rat-a-tat-tatted out with the drive of Pete Thomas on the drums like a high-speed stamping press.. Accidentswillhappenican’tstandupforfallingdownhighfidelityalisonradioradio. Barely a pause. At one point, a … Continue reading The Costello Variations
Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Caesar’s Windsor, April 21, 2012 In 1986—I think, as that was a long time ago, after all—the year that Elvis Costello and the Attractions put out Blood and Chocolate, they went out on tour in support of the record. I saw them at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Costello … Continue reading Costello: On with the Show
Twenty five years later, the Police return to the site of their last tour stop and turn a quick buck from eager suburbanites.
On the heels of not one but two new greatest hits compilations, Elvis Costello & the Imposters once again hit the road. Stephen Macaulay catches them at the State Theater in Detroit.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters put on the perfect rock and roll show in Ann Arbor, Michigan. And Stephen Macaulay might never bother seeing him in concert again. Why tamper with perfection?
Elvis Costello & the Imposters Freedom Hill Amphitheater, Sterling Heights, MI, July 15, 2003 “He may be older, but he surely isn’t tired.”—overheard observation Or maybe it has something to do with Diana Krall. There was Costello, looking more fit and trim than he has for years. An outdoor venue in July with the sun … Continue reading Elvis Costello & the Imposters: Now I Try to be Amused
We know musicians through a finite, bounded set of experiences. Primary are the artifacts, the recordings. Secondarily, there are the live performances that we attend. Although the attendance at a concert is more immediate and arguably more compelling than the playing of a disc, I’d like to suggest that the disc is primary because one … Continue reading Breaking Up With a Radio Sweetheart
When looking around for something to write about, I checked out rollingstone.com, figuring that there might be a hook or a bit of news that would be worth noting on this site. For example, I was pleased to see there that Elvis Costello will be releasing Cruel Smile next month, which will include live cuts … Continue reading Bang a Gong, Get It On