Last month I saw Elvis Costello and the Imposters live at Northrop Auditorium on the "Look Now and Then" tour. It was an excellent show, as Costello roared through 30 songs during two and a half hours. The songs covered Costello's entire career, ranging from "Alison" to several songs from Look Now, his new album that came out in October 2018. Costello has forged a career as one of the great songwriters of the rock era. He's also mystified critics, and occasionally the public, with his stylistic leaps as he's made albums of country covers, and collaborated with everyone from Paul McCartney, Allen Toussaint, Burt Bacharach, and Anne Sofie von Otter.
Costello is a passionate live performer, and he remains in excellent voice. Costello's guitar playing in concert is always a treat, and he took several lengthy solos. The Imposters are a pretty fantastic band, as they are made up of keyboardist Steve Nieve and drummer Pete Thomas, both of whom were in Costello's backing band the Attractions, and Davey Faragher on bass. The Imposters were also joined by Kitten Kuroi and Briana Lee on backing vocals.
The setlist was full of deep cuts from Costello's albums, but familiar favorites like "Everyday I Write the Book," "Veronica," and "Pump It Up" were scattered throughout as well. All in all, it was a memorable evening spent in the company of one of the greatest songwriters of our time.