Elvis & The Imposters Edinburgh 16/6/2013

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Re: Elvis & The Imposters Edinburgh 16/6/2013

Postby sweetest punch » Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:11 pm

http://www.scotsman.com/the-scotsman/sc ... -1-2969176

Gig review: Elvis Costello and the Imposters

ELVIS’ army has gathered from far and wide. Well, quite a lot from Glasgow anyway and, as he thunders on past the last train witching hour in a packed nearly three-hour set, chances are a few of them ended up here to stay.
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Costello has a novel approach to the perennial “problem” facing long-established stars with an expansive back catalogue of hits. He dusts off alter-ego Napoleon Dynamite (who predates the film of the same name, by the way) to introduce the “spinning songbook”.

“Take a look at these hits”, he says, and sure enough there are plenty of them when you see them on paper, or indeed 20ft multi-coloured disc. In similarly gimmicky vein, the set features a cage-dancing podium bedecked with beads, and there is a dancing girl and a game-show style hostess. The latter – “the mysterious Josephine” – fetches members of the audience up to spin the wheel to pick a song which is then played, while said audience members watch on stage, initially from golden bar stools at the end of Steve Nieve’s piano, before eventually being cajoled into a wee dance on the podium.

Costello, in fine, ageing like fine wine voice throughout, also goes for a couple of wanders, including one up to the circle to sing Almost Blue, while the other prop, the “Hammer of Songs”, like a fairground test your strength game, allows a Canadian couple to request Clowns and Fiddlers. It’s showy, fun and adds unpredictability without unduly diverting proceedings – in fact, only four or five songs are selected this way and the vast majority of classics that had been “missed” are dextrously woven together in a rousing finale or, more accurately, second half.

The band are excellent, adapting seamlessly to the various impromptu amendments to the set list and giving every sign of enjoying themselves immensely, not least Nieve scampering back and forth behind a mighty suite of keyboards. 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.
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Re: Elvis & The Imposters Edinburgh 16/6/2013

Postby docinwestchester » Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:19 pm

verbal gymnastics wrote: Love field! Wow!

Always nice to hear one of the many good songs on GCW.

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Re: Elvis & The Imposters Edinburgh 16/6/2013

Postby The Towncryer » Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:51 pm

Awesome best concert in years

Highlights The Judgement,green Shirt,New Lace Sleeves , Tramp and Man out of Time

Four feet from Elvis in the Circle during Almost Blue

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Postby sulky lad » Tue Nov 05, 2013 5:44 am

Kjell's recording now up on dime - apologies in great amounts for the delay in upping this ! :oops: http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-deta ... ?id=470861
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Re: Elvis & The Imposters Edinburgh 16/6/2013

Postby Azmuda » Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:32 pm

Based on its url, this pic on www.Steinway.de was evidently taken in Edinburgh by Steinway's Gerrit Glaner.


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Re: Elvis & The Imposters Edinburgh 16/6/2013

Postby Man out of Time » Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:43 am

Review posted at Bluezulumusic blog on 18 June 2013.

There are also a set of photos embedded in the blog post, which the author says are copyrighted, so I have not added them here.

"Elvis Costello & the Imposters @ the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh 16 June 2013

Next up for the Vaudevillian act that is Elvis Costello and The Imposters Spectacular Spinning Songbook tour was Edinburgh on Sunday night, the venue was Edinburgh's Festival Theatre. The former Art Deco Empire, which dates back to the 1920s, was extensively renovated in 1994 and reopened in time for the Edinburgh Festival (hence the name). The 1,900 seat theatre was packed to the 'gods' and you could feel the anticipation as we took our seats.

The band positively bounded on to the stage at 20:00 and stormed straight into I Hope You're Happy Now from 1986's Blood and Chocolate album and then raced through the next four or five songs without stopping. Clearly they were in the mood to entertain and get trough as many of their back catalogue as possible in the allotted time. So we also got Nick Lowe's Heart of The City, Mystery Dance and Radio Radio all before we could really show our appreciation!

On stage, the Imposters were lined up in a row behind the "Executive Lounge" and "go-go" cage whilst Elvis Costello, aka Napoleon Dynamite, stood front and centre. However, the stage was dominated by “the show-business marvel of the age”, the Spectacular Spinning Songbook wheel which stood, festooned in garish hues, to the right of the stage. The backdrop was a huge TV set with a version of the test card permanently displayed in bold stripes which reflected a variety of vibrant colours depending on what stage lights fell on it. There was activity and a joyous, riot of colour everywhere. The visual impact of a gig can be as important as the audio and this was a fabulous balance of both senses.

After a rollickin' start to the show, Costello doffed his 'pork pie' hat and donned a top hat and "Napoleon Dynamite" stepped up to the front of the stage, with walking cane to hand, and explained that the colourful fairground-style wheel of musical fortune would be spun by "those members of the audience brave enough to come up onto the stage" and have a go. So, over the next couple of hours, we had a regular parade of aunties, friends and couples from as far afield as Glasgow, Fife and Canada on the stage to try their hand at selecting a particular song off the Spectacular Spinning Songbook. One group even managed to get the wheel to stop on their particular choice, the wonderful Alison from Costello's début album from 1977 My Aim is True! Having made their selection, the participants were then guided by the lovely and mysterious 'Josephine' to take a seat at the 'executive lounge' and thereafter to take their turn in the 'go-go' cage whilst the band performed the selected song/songs and the former Mother Superior of Our Lady of Perpetual Torment, Dixie De La Fontaine gyrated about the stage. What larks and, to be fair, everyone seemed to really enjoy their time on stage, often revelling in the 'intimacy' of having Costello sing to them 'personally'. Along with the Spectacular Spinning Songbook, first seen in 1986 as part of the ‘Costello Sings Again’ tour, we also had this time out the 'Hammer of Songs', another fair ground attraction favourite. These are a great idea as it makes for a new experience, especially for the band, at every gig. It is probably why the guys on stage seemed to be having a really great time, at one point even breaking out in nervous laughter as they were totally unaware what song Elvis was going to kick off with next!

At one point we had a poignant moment when, having just sung the magnificent Suit of Lights from 1986's King of America album, Costello told us that he had written the song about his late father and went on to tell us of his struggle with dementia and how awful that particular condition is. So bad is it, he said, that he would not wish it on his worst enemy and he seemed genuinely moved when he then introduced the next number, the acerbic Tramp The Dirt Down from Spike (1989).

This time out, the 58 year old Elvis Costello, born Declan Patrick MacManus, had assembled almost the original Attractions line up as the backing band The Imposters. So we had the 55 year old Steve Nieve (born Steven Nason) on keyboards, probably my favourite rock keyboard player of the modern era, the 58 year old Pete Thomas on drums (about whom Tom Waits has said he is "one of the best rock drummers alive"!) and finally, 56 year old bassist Davey Faragher, the non original Attraction, but no less of an attraction for that! Davey has been 'an Imposter' since 2001 and has also worked with The Monkees, David Crosby, Counting Crows, Dusty Springfield, Bonnie Raitt and Buddy Guy, to name a few, so he's "no bad, an 'at" as we say around these parts! With that quality of backing band, we were clearly in for a treat, the bass and drum pounded out a rock solid rhythm keeping the songs coming fast and furious, whilst the piano and organ solos from Mr Nieve were a joy to behold on many songs and I particularly liked his work on Struct Time, Chris Farlowe's Out of Time, Almost Blue (which Costello sung from the upper gallery!) and the late George Jones' Good Year For the Roses. I should also add that the "Little Hands of Concrete", as Costello sometimes refers to his guitar playing ability, was on great form too. His guitar solos on Radio Radio, Strict Time and Chelsea were top notch. In addition, Walking My Baby Back Home, which he played solo on acoustic guitar, and Jimmie Standing In The Rain, the end of which he sang without amplification, were both wonderful renditions.

So, after an exhausting 2 hours and 20 minute set (Costello by now drenched in sweat, his suit would have needed a quick visit to the dry cleaners), the band took their leave and we went through the customary "we want more" stuff to entice them back on stage. Luckily for us, they returned for a blistering encore, which consisted of almost all of the songs that I would have chosen, had I been lucky enough to be on the stage and get to pick my favourites! We had Chelsea, New Lace Sleeves, Greenshirt, Red Shoes, Pump it Up (by which time we were on our feet) and then finally a cracking version of Nick Lowe's 1974 (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding brought the show to an end, and what a show. It had it all: humour; pathos; 38 great songs; vibrant colours; dancing girls and above all great musicianship, oh, and my mate got hit on the head by Elvis' chewing gum!. It could only have been bettered if they had played my personal favourite Indoor Fireworks!

A big thank you to Elvis Costello and the Imposters, hope to see you all again soon.

Show started at 20:00
I Hope You're Happy Now
Heart Of The City
Mystery Dance
Radio Radio

"Lips" Jackpot - Spin 1
Lipstick Vogue
Lip Service

Alison - Spin 2
"Cash" - Spin 3
Cry Cry Cry
Song With Rose - impromptu
Flutter & Wow - Spin 4
Love Field - impromptu
"Time" Jackpot - Spin 5
Strict Time
Man Out Of Time
Out Of Time

Beyond Belief - Spin 6
Just About Glad - impromptu
The Hammer Of Songs
Clown Strike
The Judgement - impromptu
Watching The Detectives - impromptu
Almost Blue - impromptu
Shipbuilding - Spinners Choice
Oliver's Army
Good Year For The Roses
A Slow Drag With Josephine
Walking My Baby Back Home - Solo
Jimmie Standing In The Rain
My Three Sons
Suit Of Lights
Tramp The Dirt Down

New Lace Sleeves
Red Shoes
Pump It Up
Peace, Love and Understanding

Show ended at 22:45"


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