Elvis & Imposters end tour Beacon 11/7/2016 NYC

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Postby bronxapostle » Mon Oct 24, 2016 6:23 pm

This one could be quite amazing indeedy.

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Postby stricttime81 » Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:55 pm

I will be there!
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Postby jmm » Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:29 pm

And election eve could add a whole additional angle
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Postby monkey2man » Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:50 am

if anyone has an extra ticket they can't get rid of, I'm looking. stubhub prices are astronomical for these beacon shows!

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Postby Arbogast » Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:30 am

Anyone have any idea when he'll actually be taking the stage tomorrow?

Tics say 7:30.

Also: A friend told me she got an email from the Beacon saying that due to tightened security ticketholders should allow 30 minutes for entry.

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Postby supplydavid » Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:39 pm

tonight's show just after 7.45 until 10.30

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Postby Man out of Time » Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:30 am

It is very nearly a year since Allen Toussaint died (on 9 November 2015) in Madrid.

You might expect another Toussaint song as well as "On Your Way Down" in the setlist tonight. Ascension Day was a favourite on DeTour, and in Madrid in June, Elvis also played "Freedom For The Stallion".

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Postby jmm » Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:27 pm

On your way down was a highlight last night!!
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Postby And No Coffee Table » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:03 pm

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Elvis Costello wasting no time offering political commentary on Election Eve, opening with NIGHT RALLY

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Postby bronxapostle » Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:11 pm

Nice start. Guess I'm missing a typical last night free for all. Glad for all there. Love this song. Caught it 4/1/79 at least. Let's hear what else I missed. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Postby bronxapostle » Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:12 pm

Thanks to Matthew B at fbook

Beacon Theater 11/7/16
Start: 7:55 PM

Night Rally
Lipstick Vogue
On Your Way Down
The Loved Ones
Accidents Will Happen
You'll Never Be A Man
Tears Before Bedtime
Moods for Moderns
Shabby Doll
Green Shirt
Human Hands
Watching the Detectives
The Long Honeymoon
Kid About It
Pills and Soap
King Horse
You Little Fool
Pidgin English

Encore:
Alison (vocals and guitar)
Little Savage (EC solo on piano)
Shot with His Own Gun (EC with Steve)
Almost Blue (EC on guitar with Steve)
Full band:
...And In Every Home
Seconds of Pleasure
Beyond Belief
Man Out of Time
Town Cryer
Everyday I Write the Book

Encore 2:
Blood and Hot Sauce (EC solo on piano)
A Face in the Crowd (EC and Steve on piano)
Full band:
American Mirror
Pump It Up
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding

End
10:43 PM

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Postby stricttime81 » Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:34 pm

bronxapostle wrote:Nice start. Guess I'm missing a typical last night free for all. Glad for all there. Love this song. Caught it 4/1/79 at least. Let's hear what else I missed. :lol: :lol: :lol:


Other than Night Rally you didn't miss anything BA. You picked the right night to go, the Sunday show was much better in almost every respect.It was still great. Night Rally alone was worth it for me, never heard it before.
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Postby And No Coffee Table » Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:56 am

More Twitter:

@ElvisCostello quotes @Neilyoung's "Love In Mind" during "Town Cryer" - very cool. #elviscostello #ImperialBedroom


#ElectionFinalThoughts "If you want to vote for a fucking orange clown, pick Ronald McDonald!" --@ElvisCostello at @BeaconTheatre


@ElvisCostello declared his candidacy tonight, @BeaconTheatre, ending 3 hour glorious gig with Nellie the Elephant. "Trump Trump Trump."

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Postby docinwestchester » Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:17 am

stricttime81 wrote:
bronxapostle wrote:Nice start. Guess I'm missing a typical last night free for all. Glad for all there. Love this song. Caught it 4/1/79 at least. Let's hear what else I missed. :lol: :lol: :lol:


Other than Night Rally you didn't miss anything BA. You picked the right night to go, the Sunday show was much better in almost every respect.It was still great. Night Rally alone was worth it for me, never heard it before.


All three backup vocalists to open the show. Sounded strong!

Pretty much the same setlist. A Face In The Crowd and Seconds Of Pleasure were not played on Sunday. This House Is Empty Now and High Fidelity were not played on Monday.

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Postby sweetest punch » Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:00 pm

http://www.billboard.com/articles/colum ... oncert-nyc

Elvis Costello Delivers 'Imperial Bedroom' Gems & Sick Trump Burn at NYC Concert

Elvis Costello & the Imposters played the second night of a sold-out run at New York City's Beacon Theater on Monday (Nov. 7) night. While the title of the show was Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers, Costello's 1982 classic Imperial Bedroom wasn't played start to finish -- although more than a dozen of its songs appeared during the night's generous 33-song set list. But even with the focus of the night on an album released 12 years before first-time voters were born, the fact that this nostalgia-mining concert was going down on America's Election Eve wasn't lost on the English singer-songwriter.

Early in the show, Costello nodded to the U.S. presidential election with a safely neutral question: "Are we sick of it yet? You know what I'm talking about.

"Times like these I remember the words Marx said -- Groucho, of course. 'Remember to keep a civil war in your head,'" Costello quipped to quizzical faces. "Well, it's funny when he says it," Costello followed up, which did get a few laughs from the crowd. Costello then lead the audience in a quick call-and-response of the Marx Brothers' Horse Feathers anthem "Whatever It Is, I'm Against It."

Later in the night, Costello circled back to the election and got significantly more pointed.

Mentioning his in-the-works stage musical version of the prescient, Andy Griffith-starring 1957 film A Face In the Crowd, Costello noted the story was about a man who "speaks the unthinkable and they put him on TV and the ratings are through the roof. Sound like anyone you know?"

In case that oblique Trump dig wasn't clear enough, he finally cut loose and stuck the knife into the Republican presidential candidate. "If you're gonna vote for a fucking orange clown, you could pick Ronald McDonald," he told the crowd to genuine laughs and appreciative applause.

That political commentary was slipped into the second encore, which found Costello performing three unreleased songs from that upcoming A Face In the Crowd musical: The title track, "Blood & Hot Sauce" (as Costello-esque of a song title as there ever was) and "American Mirror," which he dedicated to his American-born sons. While it was undoubtedly a risky move to play three new songs more than two hours into a nearly three-hour show, the material was sturdy enough that it kept the audience in their seats; the acerbic lyrics to "Blood & Hot Sauce" were particularly riveting.

But while Costello road-testing Broadway material in New York City and slamming Trump were the newsiest things that happened at the Beacon Theater, the majority of the night was dedicated to the past. Costello shared memories of meeting Andy Warhol at a New Year's Eve show years ago and saluted the two members of his excellent backing band who actually played on the 1982 LP Imperial Bedroom. As for the songs from that album, Costello -- who courts an image as the spokesperson for miserable romantic entanglements -- seemed especially happy on stage.

Quite possibly his glee had something to do with the opportunity to dust off nearly every song (and even a demo!) from Bedroom, an LP that's regarded as one of his classics but failed to produce any notable hits in the U.S. or U.K. Thus, while Costello has had to play "Alison" and "Everyday I Write the Book" ad infinitum over the years (and yes, he played them last night), he's performed less-heralded Bedroom masterpieces like "Human Hands," "The Loved Ones" and "Town Cryer" considerably fewer times over the decades -- and he seemed energized while polishing these old gems.

Even though the Imperial Bedroom material is less suited for an audience sing-along (unlike the ecstatic show-closer "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding") or a middle-aged head-banging session (like "Pump It Up"), it’s a distinct pleasure to watch a rock legend relish playing decades-old classics. Maybe evenings centered around King of America or Blood & Chocolate could be next….
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Postby sweetest punch » Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:11 pm

http://www.stereogum.com/1910261/elvis- ... ing-board/

Elvis Costello Looked Back — And Ahead — With Imperial Bedroom Tour

Given the newish trend of artists playing a classic album in concert, it’s not a huge surprise to learn Elvis Costello has joined the club. I can think of a dozen of his LPs I would happily hear him revisit in full, and Costello has always been keen to mix it up onstage, as on his Spectacular Spinning Songbook shows that had no predetermined setlist. But 1982’s Imperial Bedroom is not the obvious choice around which to base a tour. It’s not celebrating an anniversary or getting another reissue, and it didn’t have any big hits (Costello’s first US Top 40 single would come the following year with “Everyday I Write the Book”). Imperial Bedroom was also Costello & The Attractions’ first album to be labored over in the studio. For three months the band experimentied with orchestral flourishes and tape techniques under producer Geoff Emerick, an engineer on ambitious Beatles classics like Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper’s. “The process of making this record was both a ‘do-it-yourself’ education in using the studio like blank manuscript paper on which to work out the arrangements,” Costello would later recall in the liner notes of a Rykodisc reissue.

Moreover Costello & The Attractions’ seventh LP (in five years, incidentally) wasn’t misunderstood or maligned upon its release: it topped Pazz & Jop in ’82 and was deemed a masterpiece by Rolling Stone, which Columbia referenced winkingly in ads that asked: Masterpiece?. So while this run of a dozen shows (it would’ve been 13 had he not cancelled Pittsburgh in solidarity with the striking Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) isn’t meant to reform public opinion about an underrated work, it should at least remind people to revisit one of the dustier corners of a legendary catalog. Thirty-four years later there’s certainly no need for the question mark.

At last night’s NYC tour closer, the second of two sold-out nights at the Beacon Theater, the reformed punk was backed by his longtime Imposters — the Attractions’ inimitable Steve Nieve on piano and Pete Thomas on drums, and Davey Faragher who replaced original bassist Bruce Thomas back in the ’90s — along with backup vocalists Kitten Kuroi and YahZarah. In a clever nod to the album cover, a Barney Bubbles painting titled “Snakecharmer & Reclining Octopus,” dayglo Picasso-fied revisions of Costello’s many albums appeared onscreen behind the musicians during the night. Meanwhile, the setlist was far from a run through of the album in order. Since it was technically billed as Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers, promising “the songs that led in and out of that velvet-trimmed playhouse,” other chambers received plenty of attention.

Among those chambers was unlikely opening number “Night Rally,” a This Year’s Model track that was omitted from the US release. And there were a few more left-field choices (including a soulful cover of a song by the late Allen Toussaint) before getting to the nitty gritty of the evening.

“Welcome to the Christmas Eve edition of Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers, the show that finds the way from the war room to the bedroom,” Costello offered from under a bright red fedora. “Look at your little faces. It’s just like Christmas Eve and you’re just like waiting for Santa to come down the chimney and see what he brings you. Are you sick of it yet?”

“Nooo,” the crowd shouted back.

“Not the show! You know what I’m talking about.”

Oh, the election. We’re trying to forget about that for a few hours, Elvis!

If you’re familiar with the widely available Imperial Bedroom demos, you know tracks like “Town Cryer” and “Man Out Of Time” were originally conceived as much faster songs. Hearing them at different tempos can sometimes reveal new depths, emphasize different phrasings. Costello strapped on his Jazzmaster for a slowed-down, funereal “Tears Before Bedtime” that succeeded along these lines. I know the name on the tip of your tongue / And I know that accusing look / Everybody knows I’ve been so wrong / That’s the problem and here’s the hook. Kuroi and YahZarah added gorgeous harmonies. “Almost Blue,” the lugubrious Chet Baker-inspired throwback, was another obvious highlight, strummed by Costello on acoustic guitar alongside only Nieve. He wrote the trad-pop ballad after recording his unlikely country covers album of the same name.

“…And In Every Home,” Bedroom’s most Beatlesque moment thanks in no small part to a 40-piece orchestra, got its first outing in over 33 years on this tour; a golden-suited Nieve, who wowed with his dramatic fingerwork whenever he was onstage, recreated the strings with synths and a laptop. (Likewise, the cheating-spouse narrative “The Long Honeymoon” seemed to have preprogrammed accordion.) Album outtake “Seconds Of Pleasure” was played for just the fifth time ever. (Fun fact: Costello once offered it to ABBA’s Frida for her first English solo album, but producer Phil Collins apparently rejected it.) Some of the songs from this era are admittedly a little fussy for a rock concert — Costello joked that the last four or five weeks of recording Imperial Bedroom “were me locked in the studio with a big bag of weed, overdubbing millions of backing vocals that didn’t make any sense” — but in the setting of NYC’s majestic uptown theater, they worked.

If there are any Imperial Bedroom songs casual fans know beyond “Almost Blue,” they’re “Man Out Of Time” and “Beyond Belief,” as both have rightly been included on various career anthologies. The former deals with a politician caught in a sex scandal; the latter is harder to parse but does deliver one of the great anxious Costello vocal recordings as he dances from the lowest to the highest points of his register, swallowing phrases that overlap one another. “I never was much good at writing live songs,” Costello explained, “like Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift.”

Imperial Bedroom is stylistically varied, a little too long, and cynical in the way it articulates the private turmoil of failed relationships. In other words, it’s an Elvis Costello album. But the show’s generous running time — it was nearly three hours — meant there was room for the legend to road test three songs from A Face In The Crowd, his planned musical based on the 1957 Elia Kazan movie. Costello sat at the piano for these, and a third singer (Ace Ono) joined the rest of the band on the rousing “American Mirror.” The show, he said, is about “a Hillbilly singer that comes out of nowhere and gets put on television.” This led to the inevitable political endorsement, since it was Christmas Eve after all: “If you’re gonna vote for a fucking orange clown, you can vote for Ronald McDonald.”

If you wanna see bespectacled, retirement-age, white guys lose their shit, go to an Elvis Costello concert and wait for “Pump It Up.” That and “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?” made for an uplifting coda. In the end, the conceit of the evening, along with the new material, had primed the audience for the hits. Here’s hoping he does Armed Forces next.

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Terrific review. Thanks.
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