Taskboy, July 13, 2006

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Elvis Costello at the BoA Pavilion

Joe Johnston

Last night, Sally and I saw Elvis Costello with Allen Toussaint at the Bank of America Pavilion (which was once called Harborlights). On this tour supporting his River In Reverse album, Elvis reworked many of his classics with a smoking New Orleans horn section. The 2½ hour show (no opening act and two encores) opened with a thundering version of "What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding." Elvis played several of his standards throughout the evening, including "Chelsea," "Watching the Detectives," "Pump It Up," "Poisoned Rose," "Clubland," and "Alison" — which was particularly noteworthy as it was arranged for horns. However, the real fun was had when Toussaint played his classic bluesy rock.

Really, this was one of the better shows I've seen. Almost no pretension and nearly all performance. The light show was minimal and there were no stage theatrics. Elvis did take a few (well deserved) swipes at President Dubya, but that was OK with most of the crowd.

You can read the Boston Globe's review or listen to a brief interview with Elvis. I definitely need to pick up his new album.

One member of the crowd who nearly stole the spotlight from the main stage was a bald gentleman in a white T-shirt that bore lettering colored like the American Flag. He was very highly animated at the start of the show, intensely thrusting his fingers in a peace sign at the stage in a "throwing the goat" sort of way. Most of the time, these gestures were entirely inappropriate for the mellow songs of the evening and people around us began to openly mock this attendee by thrusting peace symbols in unison. Boston: a town of mockery and hate.

Tags: Allen ToussaintBank Of America PavilionHarborlights PavilionThe River In ReverseNew Orleans horn section(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?(I Don't Want To Go To) ChelseaWatching The DetectivesPump It UpPoisoned RoseClublandAlison


Taskboy, July 13, 2006

Joe Johnston reviews Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint with The Imposters and The Crescent City Horns, Wednesday, July 12, 2006, Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, Massachusetts.


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