On Thursday last week, E spent the evening with the two men who mean the most to her: One she fell in love with in 6th grade, when she and her mom went to New Jersey to visit former neighbors. They had something called MTV.
And the other, of course, the fella who brought her along on this sabbatical.
And so, 2015 and Detour: Elvis Costello solo — on piano or one of many different guitars (w/ hand-offs courtesy of a trusty guitar-wrangler), with a ukulele, and now and then accompanied by a wah pedal to great effect.
Was it a good show? It was fantastic! Part of what made it so special to us is that Ménière’s disease can make amplified live pop music unbearable.
It was truly a brilliant concert. And we were grateful for both the respectful audience of about 2,000 people (thank youse, Glaswegians!), and our good seats.
Here are a couple of images, snapped without a flash but with utter joy — so not terribly in focus — and most of the set list.
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
Watch Your Step
Accidents Will Happen
(I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea
A Case of You (Joni Mitchell)
Shot With His Own Gun
Walking My Baby Back Home (with whistling!)
She (Charles Aznavour, Herbert Kretzmer)
Watching the Detectives
When I Write the Book w/ Every Day I Write the Book
a bit of If I Had a Hammer (video of Elvis Costello’s father Ross MacManus performing this)
Good Year for the Roses
Pump It Up
Side By Side (as in Traveling Along)
I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (Sam & Dave)
Who’s The Meanest Gal In Town Josephine
Jimmie Standing in the Rain (introduced with a story about E.C.’s grandad, closed with lines from Brother Can You Spare a Dime)
I Want You
(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding (w/ Ronan MacManus & Luke James Dolan of Brand New Zeros, who also performed an opening set)
Read a local arts review here.