Chicago Sun-Times, October 12, 1986

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The eclectic Elvis: Costello shakes it up


Don McLeese

LOS ANGELES — "Well, shake it up baby, twist and shout...."

While a raucous "Twist and Shout" was just one of the surprises from Elvis Costello's concerts, the tour he launched with five shows in L.A. represents a determined effort to shake it up, to stir things up, to turn a rock concert into a roller-coaster rather than a pat performance.

Each night of the engagement had a different theme, a different flavor. The audience had no idea who might pop up to play with Costello. With audience requests and the "Spectacular Spinning Songbook," Costello often had no idea what he'd be singing next. Risking chaos, he was attempting to kick some life into the rancid corpse of rock 'n' roll. …



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Chicago Sun-Times, October 12, 1986


Don McLeese previews the Riviera Theatre stand of Costello Sings Again, Sunday, Oct. 12, Monday Oct. 13, and Tuesday Oct, 14, Chicago.


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