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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Elvis Costello Delivered a Career-Spanning, Intimate Performance at the Pageant: Review, Photos and Setlist

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STEVE TRUESDELL
  • Steve Truesdell

Since fans are used to seeing Costello with some version of the Imposters (which is itself a slight change from his golden-era backing backing the Attractions), hearing the singer supported by folk instruments and female voices put a new shine on his songs. "Indoor Fireworks" and "Brilliant Mistake" were the standouts of this set; both are from 1986's King of America, Costello's first foray into what we now call "Americana" and what was, in hindsight, a predictor of his fascination with our country's folk heritage.

Costello returned for a brief solo set, this time inside the oversized television that served as the stage's backdrop and scrim. "Alison" came first, played tenderly on an overdriven Fender Jazzmaster, while "Pump It Up" and a cover of Dinah Washington's "TV is the Thing (This Year)" were broadcast through a jumbo-sized hollowbody. The ladies of Larkin Poe came out for the obligatory but always stirring "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" before ending with a soulful, contemplative "Lost on the River." It was one of several songs from The New Basement Tapes that Larkin Poe assisted on; Costello seemed especially taken with those formerly lost songs of Bob Dylan that he helped revive.

Fans who missed out on the sold-out show can take some solace that Costello and the Imposters will be back this summer to play the shed formerly known as Riverport as the opening act for Steely Dan. Just don't expect this range of songs or for the intimacy of the Pageant to translate to the lawn seats.

STEVE TRUESDELL
  • Steve Truesdell

Set list:

1. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes 2. Cheap Reward 3. Watch Your Step 4. Accidents Will Happen 5. Ascension Day 6. Church Underground 7. 45 8. Deep Dark Truthful Mirror 9. Shipbuilding 10. Let Me Tell You About Her 11. I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down 12. Oliver's Army 13. Shake Yourself Loose (T-Bone Burnett) 14. Veronica 15. Walkin' My Baby Back Home (standard; written by Roy Turk and Fred E. Ahlert) 16. Ghost Train 17. Beyond Belief 18. Watching the Detectives 19. Man Out of Time

Encore with Larkin Poe 20. Pads, Paws & Claws 21. Love Field 22. Hidee Hidee Ho #16 (Bob Dylan/The New Basement Tapes) 23. Down on the Bottom (Bob Dylan/The New Basement Tapes) 24. Blame it on Cain 25. Diamond Ring (Bob Dylan/The New Basement Tapes) 26. Indoor Fireworks 27. Brilliant Mistake

Solo Encore 28. Alison 29. TV is the Thing (This Year) (Dinah Washington) 30. Pump It Up

Final Encore with Larkin Poe 31. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding 32. Lost on the River (Bob Dylan/The New Basement Tapes)

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