Elvis Costello, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

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.

A still from Clubland, one of E.C.’s music videos that played before he took to the stage. It was this video that started it all for E, this one and New Lace Sleeves, back in 6th grade.

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.

Alison and Pump It Up played from inside the box.
Seriously, who needs Diana Krall?


(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes

Watch Your Step

Accidents Will Happen

Ascension Day


(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!)

Ghost Train

She (Charles Aznavour, Herbert Kretzmer)

Watching the Detectives

When I Write the Book w/ Every Day I Write the Book

Oliver’s Army

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)

Almost Blue

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.


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