Elvis Costello weighed in at the Hope and Anchor on Wednesday night after an extensive and obviously wearing two and a half month European tour. The man himself, minus keyboards, but plus excess weight, was appearing for apparently the last time in England until 1981.
The surprise gig due to a foul-up in the recording of a specially organised concert in Paris, which was being recorded for an American radio station. The next best venue of course being the Hope and Anchor.
This must be the place where he enjoys playing most, where the audience becomes a part of the performance. And he exceeded himself, playing a light and hot set of basically Soul and R 'n' B, the most notable tune being "Walk And Don't Look Back" which even surpassed Peter Tosh's cover. There was notably manic guitar playing from Martin Belmont of the Rumour who replaced a much lamented Steve Naive, to whom an accident has apparently happened. The privileged audience of 100 or so obviously enjoyed the entire proceedings as did Elvis himself, replying with five encores. Also spied enjoying themselves there were Bette Bright and Clive Langer out of his box, and Glen Matlock lurking in the shadows. Nice one, Elvis.