Elvis Costello jumps into the spotlight in a black suit, with the obligatory horn-rimmed glasses and a white hat that makes him look pleasant summery. Costello (60) is an original, a music-jack of all trades: The Briton was the end of the 70 intellectual punk, then new wave, rock and roll, funk, blues, jazz, string quartet, piano ballads and orchestral suites for Shakespeare plays - and everything he has brought to Berlin to his solo show.
"I have chosen a theme for the evening," he announced to the sold-out Admiral Palace. "It's about love and betrayal!" Short break. "That's what I've written over 400 songs!" One week could be the smart play by Brite so, but he leaves it at "only" about three hours. 20 songs, the main set, the first addition (to which he brings the opening band Larkin Poe on stage) consists of eight songs - play as much as other bands main set! Then again, there are six songs, then another two. Elvis Costello says it really well with his fans!
Seven acoustic guitar, an electric guitar and a piano he brought, constantly changing instrument and mood, but he has also just better: with voice and accompaniment, he alternates between punk-loud (as in "Watching the Detectives") and gentle -leise (particularly acclaimed: his hit "She"). Even with the second song "Radio Show" he animated the audience to sing along, thanks later with anecdotes from his life, as he tuned his guitar wrong quietly turned in his first ever appearance in a pub and the wilder posed - "that was the concert of my life! "
For the last encores, Costello is first the piano, then picks up the guitar out, and since it holds no more on the seats: With standing ovations the Admiralty Elvis Costello celebrates. But he has his best moment, as he pointedly stands next to the microphone and unreinforced sings. And the Admiralty is still. Goosebumps!