Historic was a word to describe the performance by Elvis Costello who flew in from Dublin to headline. It was certainly very long and very entertaining, an extension of the open affable Elvis on show earlier this year in London, he played by himself, then with the "Napoleonic Jukebox," then duetted with David Hidalgo from Los Lobos on "American Without Tears," and finally raised the curtain to do a full set with The Attractions.
Costello's success is to bring new life to his back catalogue and give the impression of an artist still growing, still aware. He played at least 12 cover versions — from "Sign 'O' The Times" to Abba's "Knowing Me, Knowing You."
Particularly memorable was a new song specially written for we "country folk" in third-term Thatcher's Britain. It centres on a rap where Elvis sees young millionaire George Michael on The Jonathan Ross Show,