Review: Elvis Costello spins his way into Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater
After a delay of several months, Elvis Costello and the Imposters finally brought their acclaimed Spectacular Spinning Songbook Tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday, in front of a rowdy, sold-out crowd of (fittingly) 2,012.
Sean Daly was in the house as "the coolest punk on the block" played old favorites (Alison, [What's So Funny 'Bout] Peace, Love and Understanding?) and invited fans onstage to spin a wheel to determine parts of the setlist. He writes:
Costello is a notoriously restless artist, and his 35-year career has taken him all over the genre spectrum: punk, country, jazz, that gorgeous team-up with Burt Bacharach. But this Revolver Tour is ripe with hits, or at least near-misses, that dot the early days of his prolific catalog. The opening cuts blurred together with a reckless, near-violent energy: I Hope You're Happy Now, Heart of the City, Miracle Man, Mystery Dance, Radio Radio.
With spastic movements, and constantly thumbing his glasses back on his face, Costello dared the audience to keep up. Stomping on effects pedals, he'd follow the whims of his audience (Clubland, Everyday I Write the Book) with his own fanciful wanderings.
For Sean's full review of Elvis Costello at Ruth Eckerd Hall, click here.
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