Elvis Costello Windsor Ontario
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Elvis Costello at Windsor Ontario, Canada.



Having seen Costello many times over the year's and already seen him in Detroit on the "Spectacular Spinning Songbook" tour already in 2011 I knew what to expect.

As usual he lived up to expectation blasting through his extensive catalog of songs and interacting with his faithful admirers most of whom like me seemed to be of the vintage that have been following him for some considerable time!

... He started with a medley of "I hope you're happy now" (probably my favorite - although difficult to pick one song), Heart of the City and Mystery Dance (both from the first Album (My aim is true). He then went headlong into "Radio Radio" before pausing to start the audience participation part of the set where people are singled out to come and spin his multi colored wheel like a wheel of fortune - each segment having a song title or a "theme" such as "colors" for instance.

It is difficult to remember all the songs he played together with "The imposters" (Pete Thomas on drums and Steve Nieve on key boards from the original Attractions plus Davy Faragher on bass, but I know he played these:-

Everyday I write the book

Out of time ( great cover of the Stones classic)

Man out of time

I want you

Stella hurt



I can't stand up for falling down


Watching the Detectives

Tear off your own head (it's a doll revolution)

After nearly 2 hours of continuous great song after great song he finished with "Purple Rain" (yes that one) and left to great applause.

He came back and announced that he was playing the encore as a tribute to a good friend of his Levon Helm (drummer and founder member of The Band) who had passed away 2 days earlier. What a great encore it was - he played a spine tingling version of The Band's "Tears of Rage" before finishing, inevitably, with "What's so funny about Peace Love and Understanding".

The tour now heads to the UK so I recommend you Chelmsford guys get out and see him if you can get a ticket!

Julian Dench April 2012