Posted in music | pictures on October 7, 2011

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Elvis Costello

[Elvis Costello & The Imposters] were barely a third of the way through [their set] and had already played "Radio Radio," "No Action," "Miracle Man" and "(What's So Funny About) Peace, Love and Understanding," as well as a cover of Nick Lowe's "Heart of the City," before kicking into an amped-up version of the Larry Williams song cut by the Beatles, "Slow Down."

Which they didn't.

Following close behind was "I Don't Want to Go to Chelsea," "Shabby Doll," "Town Cryer" and "Little Fool."

So much for anyone trying to handicap a set list - for some of us a welcome change in the Internet age. Allow yourself the opportunity to be surprised, the message goes, and you will be.

Costello and the band sprinted from one marquee tune to the next, barely stopping to catch a breath in the 32-song marathon. Many of the set-ups came courtesy of "The Spectacular Spinning Songbook," a 12-foot-tall wheel that Elvis debuted a quarter-century ago. [Cliffview Pilot]

The above review comes from the first night of Elvis Costello's pair of dates at Wellmont Theatre. The second was last night (10/6) and pictures are in this post. Pictures from night one HERE.

Much like Wednesday and the United Palace show before it, the Spectacular Spinning Songbook was in full effect and controlled the evening's setlist.

More pictures from last night below...

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Comments (11)

Elvis Costello walked right into my apartment, ate my hummus, and then left... He spoke not a word, but had a stern look upon his brow.

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2011 6:17 PM

That portrait of Elvis is absolutely beautiful!! I was there, and this really portrays what an amazing show it was. GREAT PHOTOS!!!

Posted by Pearl | October 7, 2011 6:32 PM

Does anyone know if he's borrowing this spin-the-wheel gameshow trick from Yo La Tengo or did he do this long before they started doing this a while ago?

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2011 6:41 PM

^ ps ... Those photos are gorgeous!

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2011 6:42 PM

He started the wheel thing in the late 80s if I'm not mistaken.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2011 1:32 AM

If I finer song than "I Don't Want To Go To Chelsea" exists, I haven't heard it. Man would I like to hear that played live.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2011 1:34 PM

I hope a blind African American man beats him into a coma with his cane while screaming 'cracker' at him.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2011 1:55 PM

what is it with the Jersey fashion disasters? everybody invited up on stage looks horrible

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2011 2:28 PM

My right armpit sweats more than my left.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2011 4:05 PM

VERY NICE THANKS


My right armpit sweats more than my left.

Posted by Dora Games | November 3, 2012 1:54 AM

He started the wheel thing in the late 80s if I'm not mistaken.

Posted by Perry | November 10, 2012 6:22 AM

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