Connecticut Post, July 23, 2011

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Gathering Of The Vibes

Vibes 2011 – Saturday, 10:30 p.m.

Sean Spillane

Elvis Costello was amazing. I know a lot of people that wish they were here, and all I can say is "You should've been."

He's been touring with his Spinning Song Wheel, but that obviously wouldn't work at a festival. Instead he relied on a set filled almost entirely with his greatest hits.

His voice wasn't as strong as it normally is, but he did make brief mention of the fact that he got "out of his sick bed" to perform. Still, he sounded fine.

He added a couple of cover songs to his set, including "This Wheel's on Fire," by Bob Dylan, and a couple by Nick Lowe, including "(What's So Funny About) Peace, Love and Understanding," which is more associated with Costello and Lowe by this point.

More importantly, Costello, in his encore, performed the title track from his album "Sulphur to Sugarcane," which namechecks Bridgeport, although it's not certain if he's talking about the host city of the Vibes.

Anyway, the lyrics say, "Down in Bridgeport, the women will kill you for sport," so I hope it's another city of the same name.

Either way, his mentioning Bridgeport drew a loud reaction from the concertgoers, most of which have never heard the song.

Costello even got into the spirit of the Gathering of the Vibes by performing The Grateful Dead's "It Must Have Been the Roses," which thrilled the crowd to no end.

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Connecticut Post, July 23, 2011


Sean Spillane reviews Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Saturday, July 23, 2011, Gathering Of The Vibes, Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT.


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