Liverpool Empire 13th May 2012

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Liverpool Empire 13th May 2012

Postby Top balcony » Mon May 07, 2012 4:34 am

Hi Gang

According to my records Impostor, John, Sulky, Olivers, Death and now VG are attending the forthcoming Empire show.

Why don't we try to meet before the show?

My plan is to speed away from the Top Balcony at Goodison immediately following the lap of honour etc, so I should reach town at 5.30-6ish. Imposter will be there earlier as he's only coming from the Ballierics - or somewhere quite like it.

(Will have to change out of my EFC shirt into my Brutal Youth one in a nearby telephone booth)

Doctor Duncan's pub is very close to the Empire and is probably as good a place as any to meet in.

Let me know if you're interested, would be good to see you.

I'm planning to send PMs too as a belt and braces type thing.

Lets hope by the time 5.30 comes Everton have secured 7th place, Arsenal 3rd and Blackburn safety (sorry this last one looks a big ask Mr Imposter).

The anticipation builds...

All the best

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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby The imposter » Mon May 07, 2012 11:32 am

I'll be there :)

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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby nicola76 » Tue May 08, 2012 12:40 am

Hi - I'll be heading down from Glasgow on the Sunday morning, and if in Liverpool in decent time, happy to come along for a drink

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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby The imposter » Tue May 08, 2012 6:49 am

nicola76 wrote:Hi - I'll be heading down from Glasgow on the Sunday morning, and if in Liverpool in decent time, happy to come along for a drink


Me too! What train you on?

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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby verbal gymnastics » Tue May 08, 2012 2:01 pm

Count me in.

Colin - you should wear your Everton shirt - that way you're bound to be picked to spin the wheel :lol:
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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby sulky lad » Wed May 09, 2012 2:33 am

Especially if Everton are the highest placed League side in Merseyside, just like us Gunners in London!!!

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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby DeathWearsABigHat » Wed May 09, 2012 11:38 am

I'm at Man City in the afternoon supporting my team QPR. We are going to lose so I'm hoping desperately that Bolton don't win.
I'm going to the EC gig with my mate who's a Bolton fan and we've already agreed that whoever stays up buys the 1st round.
I know the Doctor Duncan's well, a great pub so we'll try and come in and introduce ourselves to you lovely lot.
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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby Top balcony » Wed May 09, 2012 12:14 pm

sulky lad wrote:Especially if Everton are the highest placed League side in Merseyside, just like us Gunners in London!!!


What do you mean if?

By my maths our numbers are now up to 7ish - great

Still room for more

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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby nicola76 » Wed May 09, 2012 2:35 pm

The imposter wrote:
nicola76 wrote:Hi - I'll be heading down from Glasgow on the Sunday morning, and if in Liverpool in decent time, happy to come along for a drink


Me too! What train you on?


I'll be driving straight from Bellahouston Park after my run - fingers crossed for no roadworks anywhere on the M6!!!!

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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby oliversa1 » Thu May 10, 2012 10:35 am

I will only be there as long as you don't wear the shirt!!! Come on you Reds.
If Elvis sees you in it, he will have you thrown out, being a fellow Red Nose.

See you at 6.oo.
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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby The imposter » Fri May 11, 2012 7:54 am

So doctor Duncan's it is then?

What time are people arriving. I get into Liverpool about 4pm, so anytimes good for me

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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby verbal gymnastics » Fri May 11, 2012 10:40 am

So is Colin Top Balcony there to do our meet and greet?
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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby Top balcony » Fri May 11, 2012 2:36 pm

Verbal - hope to be available to sign autographs from 6 :D :D :D

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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby verbal gymnastics » Fri May 11, 2012 3:21 pm

Seeing as you haven't texted your mobile number, I'll look for the man surrounded by the beautiful people :wink:
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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby Top balcony » Fri May 11, 2012 3:59 pm

that should be a Brutal Youth surrounded by the beautiful people

If John turns up I'll leave the Everton shirt to him

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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby John » Sat May 12, 2012 12:53 pm

Mrs John and myself will be at the pub at about 7. Let's hope Elvis will be downbeat following tomorrow's results.

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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby And No Coffee Table » Sun May 13, 2012 2:31 pm

I'm not certain, but I think I see "Tiny Steps" on the wheel (in red, at 7 or 8 o'clock).
http://instagr.am/p/Kk8J8txEWa/

In 1986 "Tiny Steps" was played as a medley with "Ferry 'Cross The Mersey," and this is Liverpool...

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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby And No Coffee Table » Sun May 13, 2012 3:43 pm

Twitter:

Elvis Costello live at the Empire, just sang Ship building - nearly in tears here http://pic.twitter.com/jXzqtmIB


At the Elvis Costello gig at Liverpool Empire. Just segued from Alison to Watching the Detectives to Oliver's Army. Doesn't get much better

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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby Azmuda » Sun May 13, 2012 3:54 pm

And No Coffee Table wrote:I'm not certain, but I think I see "Tiny Steps" on the wheel (in red, at 7 or 8 o'clock).
http://instagr.am/p/Kk8J8txEWa/

This pic confirms it I think:
https://twitter.com/#!/steveyemm/status/201746756403331072/photo/1
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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby And No Coffee Table » Sun May 13, 2012 5:07 pm

More from Twitter:

Elvis Costello from tonights shoot at the Liverpool Empire a lovely venue to photograph in..on the stage Elvis... http://fb.me/12nxDzVhm


Another shot of Elvis from tonights shoot..im a big fan of his music. http://fb.me/1TV0Elre1


Elvis performing Radio Radio from tonights shoot. http://fb.me/1YtFus3YP


Ian Prowse at the Elvis Costello gig tonight. http://instagr.am/p/KlTNr3xEXy/


Another fine show by Costello, a shade over 2 1/2 hrs so decent VFM I reckon. Bonus guest appearance by a 'refreshed' @IanProwse too.


Tramp the dirt down for Tony Thatcher and New Labour MPs applauding - very strange.


Also...

Just a birthday card to my dad from Elvis Costello... http://pic.twitter.com/bkUhNZjK

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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby And No Coffee Table » Sun May 13, 2012 6:49 pm

http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/elvis-cos ... f9dfc.html

01. I Hope You're Happy Now
02. Heart of the City
03. Mystery Dance
04. Radio Radio
05. Brilliant Mistake
06. Poisoned Rose
07. Stations Of The Cross
08. Temptation
09. Everyday I Write the Book
10. Accidents Will Happen
11. Tiny Steps
12. Ferry 'Cross The Mersey
13. Shipbuilding
14. Watching the Detectives
15. Alison
16. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
17. Oliver's Army
18. I Still Have That Other Girl
19. Talking in the Dark
20. She
21. Slow Drag With Josephine
22. Jimmie Standing in the Rain
23. Please Please Me/ Be My Baby
24. No Dancing
25. Tramp The Dirt Down
26. National Ransom
Encore:
27. Beyond Belief
28. Tokyo Storm Warning
29. I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down
30. High Fidelity
31. Pump It Up
32. (What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding


There's a post on Facebook which says Ian Prowse was on "Ferry 'Cross The Mersey."

Was "Temptation" a tribute to Duck Dunn? (It bears a strong resemblance to Booker T. & The M.G.'s "Time Is Tight.")

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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby Azmuda » Sun May 13, 2012 8:09 pm

From:
http://www.iorr.org/talk/read.php?1,1609529,1609936,page=2

Just got back from the Elvis Costello/Imposters show in Liverpool (great show, by the way!), and all the pre-show songs played while the crowd was getting seated were by Booker T & The MG's in honor of Duck. The guys also played a bit of "Time Is Tight", which segued into Elvis' "Temptation".

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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby Azmuda » Sun May 13, 2012 11:37 pm

Tramp The Dirt Down - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1emSMioJsg
Pump It Up / Peace, Love And Understanding - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHCeljtT6gU

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Re: Liverpool Meet up?

Postby Pigalle » Mon May 14, 2012 1:40 am

While Ian Prowse was on-stage during PL&U Elvis included a very small piece of Bruce Springsteen's Rosalita (Come Out Tonight).

Also just before the band intros in Pump It Up was my mind playing tricks or were the Imposters not playing (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction?

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Re: Elvis/Imposters play Liverpool Empire 13 May 2012

Postby Man out of Time » Mon May 14, 2012 5:51 am

Review in the Liverpool Echo:

SOME would argue, where gigs are concerned, that if the concept isn't broken, don't fix it.

But Merseyside's own Declan McManus – better known to the world as Elvis Costello – has decided to break the mould with his spinning wheel show and combine the cheesy razzmatazz of an American TV quiz show with the conventional stage show.

It's certainly tongue in cheek, but works for both the audience and the man himself, whose galactic ascent to megastardom in recent years through his US TV show has clearly brought the showman out in him.

The premise is that he drags members of the audience up and gets them to spin the wheel, and whatever song it stops on, he and his tight three piece play.

Prior to all this he struts round the stage with a cane and trademark hat as some kind of hybrid of the Joker and the Riddler.

The problem with leaving the set list to chance is that there are some songs that are obviously more popular with the crowd than others.

Maybe, like any US TV quiz worth its salt, it was fixed, or maybe fate really was smiling down on the packed Empire, for everything you would have wanted to hear and more was belted out in that trademark sandpaper-on-vocal-chord voice: the exceptional Accidents Will Happen, the positively cinematic Watching the Detectives – which is so narrative it could be the synopsis of a TV show – and the brilliantly-crafted Every Day I Write The Book.

The songs came thick and fast, despite the interludes, including the stomping Oliver's Army and the frantic but super-tight I Don't Want To Go To Chelsea.

But the real highlights were the haunting Shipbuilding and Alison, which is arguably one of the rawest, most uncompromising love songs of the late 20th century .

When he dragged to the stage ex-Pele front man Ian Prowse for a duet of Ferry 'Cross The Mersey, you could have been forgiven for thinking Costello wrote it, given his inimitable voice and style.

This was a novel concept (with the amusement of Top Of The Pops-style dancing from the audience members dragged up) but, while it added some extra laughs to the proceedings, the music proved that it's the songs that really do all the talking.

9/10 Hats off

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