TURIN • The new John Lennon? Not even dreamed of. There was one and only Lennon who continues to exist even now that he is shrouded in legend. The name of the rocker that rises from the latest album by Paul McCartney, " Flowers in the Dirt," is not in a lookalike of the great Lennon nor claim to succession to the place that occupied the author of the beautiful 'People'. Elvis Costello, huge glasses for short-sightedness, the face of one who knows a lot and bizarre clothing, does not want to unseat anyone. Not a teacher from whom he learned so much when he was a musician in bands.
The comparison with the "cockroach" born from his last LP collaboration with Paul McCartney, who together with him has found long lost atmosphere. Since those early years, in the coloured smoke of Liverpool, when alongside Lennon had free rein to put notes on notes like a tower of Babel. Elvis Costello, whose name recalls the spaghetti with meat sauce and sensual moves of the Presley myth, he did go back through the decades: Lennon as he too is a multi-faceted talent, who draws from jazz and rhythm and blues, country, such as by British folk, with a sardonic voice and caressing, sometimes a little ' melancholy, just like his songs.
Among these, two in particular, "Veronica" and already hit-single "This Town," composed for four hands with former Beatles and included in "Flowers in the Dirt," are part of his latest album, "Spike." A disc made to sixty hands, by Roger McGuinn at Dirty Dizen Bass Band, Chrissie Hynde up to the same McCartney. with whom Elvis Costello opens his Italian tour which will start from the Coliseum theater in Turin on Monday June 19 (33 thousand Lira for the front stalls, 28,000 Lira chairs and 23,000 Lira seats in the gallery).
Even with this latest album, Costello, that in twenty years of career he has racked up an endless series of pseudonyms (Declan McManus, The Imposter and Napoleon), confirms brilliant songwriter, a musician of worship for refined palates. A craftsman of the seven notes able to wade in the water as in the jazz rock, but always maintaining a very personal style. Unique. As unforgettable as his concerts.