Scottish Sun, July 14, 2016

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Scottish Sun
  • 2016 July 14

UK & Ireland newspapers

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Elvis Costello had the Barrowlands
rocking' to the rafters


Scottish Sun

From the first chord of the majestic "Big Tears" rocker Elvis had the old venue rockin' to the rafters.

As the old hits were rolled out the great man even had time to take a swipe at Boris Johnson's appointment as Foreign Secretary.

And Elvis, now 61, didn't disappoint his army of fans with a fantastic set that belied his years.

From the sublime "Good Year For The Roses" to the energetic "Watching The Detectives" and "Green Shirt," the sheer quality of his back catalogue shone through.

There was even a bit of Beatles thrown in with a brief cover of "Polythene Pam" and a magnificent version of Brinsley Schwarz's "(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love And Understanding."

An appreciative audience also lapped up hits "Oliver's Army" and "Alibi" as the tunes kept coming at a ferocious rate.

Elvis's backing band, part composed of long term musical allies including ace drummer Pete Thomas and keyboard wizard Steve Nieve, never put a foot wrong throughout the 25-song set that had the crowd in raptures right to the end.

Two encores demanded by the faithful at the end says it all.

This is easily up there with the best gigs of the year.

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The Scottish Sun, July 14, 2016


The Scottish Sun reviews Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, Scotland.


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