Elvis plays Singapore, March 7 2011

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Elvis plays Singapore, March 7 2011

Postby johnfoyle » Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:15 pm

http://www.marinabaysands.com/TemplateE ... s=Costello

Elvis Costello
Monday 7th March 2011 8.30pm

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Date: Monday 7th March 2011 8.30pm
Venue: The Grand Theater

Elvis Costello is a British singer-songwriter. He came to prominence as an early participant in London's pub rock scene in the mid-1970s and later became associated with the Punk/New Wave genre. Steeped in word play, the vocabulary of Costello's lyrics is broader than that of most popular songs. His music has drawn on many diverse genres; the young American critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine describes him as a "pop encyclopedia," able to "reinvent the past in his own image".

Costello has worked with Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Lucinda Williams, Lee Konitz, Brian Eno, and Rubén Blades, as well as many other musicians not listed above. Costello is also a music fan, and often champions the works of others in print. He has written several pieces for the magazine Vanity Fair, including the summary of what a perfect weekend of music would be. His collaboration with Bacharach honoured Bacharach's place in pop music history. Costello also appeared in documentaries about singers Dusty Springfield, Brian Wilson, Wanda Jackson, and Memphis, Tennessee-based Stax Records. He has also interviewed one of his own influences, Joni Mitchell.

In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #80 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Costello has released over 30 studio albums on his own and with the Attractions, the Imposters, or others.

http://blogs.todayonline.com/poparazzi/ ... -building/

Tickets go on sale Dec 18.

Tickets at $90 to $210.

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Postby johnfoyle » Sun Dec 19, 2010 5:36 am

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DATE
7 Mar 2011
Mon, 8.30pm

DURATION
Approx 2 hours

VENUE(S)
Grand Theater at Marina Bay Sands

TICKET PRICE (Exclude Booking Fee)
A Reserve - S$210 (c. €120.00)
B Reserve - S$170
C Reserve - S$140
D Reserve - S$110
E Reserve - S$90 (c.€52)


Please add to above price $3 Booking Fee per ticket for tickets above $20 and $1 Booking Fee per ticket for tickets $20 and below. Charges include GST where applicable.
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No admission for infants in arms & children under 3 years old. Children 3 years & above must purchase tickets for admission.

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Postby johnfoyle » Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:08 pm

http://www.todayonline.com/Entertainmen ... e-building

Today, Singapore

Elvis is in the building

Popular music just isn't very good these days, says Elvis Costello - just look at the Grammys


by Christopher Toh
Feb 24, 2011

HE BEGAN his career as the frontman for the post-punk outfit The Attractions, but Grammy-winner Elvis Costello has since gone on to build a venerable career, experimenting with a variety of genres and styles, and collaborating with some of the biggest and best names in the world of music, including The Kronos Quartet, Sir Paul McCartney, Allen Toussaint and Burt Bacharach, to name a few.

Throughout his career, Costello has consistently managed to produce music that, while not quite pop chart material, has always managed to intrigue the listener. It's no wonder then that his last album, National Ransom, following the Down South style of his previous effort, Secret, Profane And Sugarcane, was a critical hit.

"Well, I am aware that some people really like that album," he said over the phone from Vancouver. "But I don't think it was heard throughout the world on such a broad stage by very many people!"

That said, National Ransom could very well be his last record.

"I don't really plan any more recordings now," said the 56-year-old musician, adding that he didn't know if releasing records and CDs was necessarily the way to distribute music now. "I glad that the last one was such a strong record."

But don't go pressing the panic button just yet. "That doesn't mean I don't want to do any more recordings, but I'm not anxious about it," he explained. "It either happens or it doesn't. Should I not feel moved to write other songs, it would not be as if I couldn't perform any more."

Costello, who'll be performing at the Marina Bay Sands on March 7, is clear in his lament for the deterioration of the music industry. "I think the trouble is that the album has ceased to have the same meaning (as it used to)," he said. "Because (we get) these little compressed files which actually don't sound very good. The development of the record is kind of dismantled by the very nature of the way it's delivered, and I don't think it's worth the trouble, really. It's a lot of effort to put into making something that's just dismantled. And there really isn't a lot of respect for the form by the people who distribute it.

"I would rather really spend my time and my effort on presentations," he added. "I also never plan writing more songs. I have plenty of songs … and if I don't write any more then it won't matter because I've got plenty to work on."

His views on technology has been echoed by many musicians who've been down the road and round the block a few times, but Costello's disdain for the music business today is not confined to just the way it is distributed - it's also got to do with the music that's made.

"The thing is now the effort and the spectacle of (the song) is not equal to the emotion it's conveying," he said. "But that's not surprising.

"I also don't think you look to the hit parade for the music that has the most heart and soul. It's never been there, so why is anyone surprised it's not there now? It's always been in the corners, in the basement … Only occasionally, you get someone like The Beatles ... I think it's fairly undeniable that (The Beatles' music) was of great quality and also very popular, but most of the time the things that are very popular are just not very good."

For an example, he said, look to the recent Grammy Awards show. "I was at the Grammys - I refer to myself as an innocent bystander because it's like watching a road accident in slow motion at times - and as I said, a lot of the things that are really popular are not very good. You could see that it meant a lot to (the winners) what they were doing. But then, it doesn't matter if I like it or not - somebody else likes it and that's all that matters, really."

He didn't name names, but we're looking at you, Ladies Gaga and Antebellum.

So Costello's happy to just do his own thing which, he said, might surprise audience members who show up expecting a quiet, intimate "one man and his guitar" show.

"I have a lot of songs, and I know there some older songs people know, and in the two years, I've got newer songs. I like to surprise people by playing a song they don't expect to hear from me at all. Between all of that, there's enough to make a contrast. I think that people are sometimes surprised by the energy of a solo concert.

"Sometimes when you hear a band it can be very exciting at first but after a while it levels off with the same dynamic because the room doesn't always work well with amplified music. It's just the guitar and me, but … you can get lots of dynamics."



Elvis Costello performs March 7, 8.30pm at the Grand Theater at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets at $90 to $210 from Sistic.
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Postby Jeremy Dylan » Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:44 pm

He doesn't seem to be saying 'I will never make an album', rather 'I have no plans to make another album', which is a key difference. He may run into Mark Ronson on the street in two weeks and put out a great R&B record by August. Or it may be six years. Or never. He's not retiring.

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Postby johnfoyle » Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:57 am

Some of the quotes from Elvis seem a bit unusual in their structure. For instance, I also never plan writing more songs - how is that meant to be taken? It could be that Elvis was saying , as he has said before, that songs can appear out of the blue. It could also be taken , in a more literal sense, as a declaration to never write again. Maybe some of the vebal emphasis got lost between Vancouver and Singapore.

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Postby Jeremy Dylan » Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:50 am

It's also hard to tell when they're removed from their original context. The conversation may have gone like this:

Q - You seem to be making a lot of albums in quick succession these days. Have you already planned the next one?
A - I don't really plan any more recordings now. I'm concentrating on my live work at the moment.
Q - But do you still sit down and have writing days even when you're not working towards an album?
A - I also never plan writing more songs. I have plenty of songs … and if I don't write any more then it won't matter because I've got plenty to work on. I tend to be more spontaneous and write when I am inspired, unless I get a commission of some sort.

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Postby johnfoyle » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:06 am

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Postby johnfoyle » Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:22 am

http://www.timeoutsingapore.com/music/f ... s-costello

Interview: Elvis Costello

Armed with an encyclopaedic musical knowledge, a true wordsmith’s love of language and 35 years’ performing experience, Elvis Costello waxes lyrical on a life in music prior to his MBS show on 7 March


published on 'Oct 05 2009' (references in the text make this publication date doubtful - JF)


If you’re not busy at the same time, do you and the lady wife [Diana Krall] travel together round the world on tours?
We travel so much that it is the greatest luxury to be at home.

You’ll be the first artist to perform at Marina Bay Sands Grand Theater. According to one weblink I saw, you will ‘gratify audiences from all around the world’. That’ll be nice. Have you seen Marina Bay Sands yet? It’s pretty big. There’s a casino too, if you’re feeling lucky after the gig.
‘Gratifying’ people is what I was made to do. I haven’t seen either the theatre or location but I won’t be a patron of the gambling room. I will wager but never bet odds.

So your Asian tour is stopping off in Hong Kong, Japan and Korea. Is there an Asian city you prefer performing in above all others?
I do not have a favourite. Obviously, I have visited Japan for more than 30 years, while I am making my Korean debut, so comparisons are not really possible.

A lot of people over here know you for your rendition of ‘She’ (it comes up a lot on TV trailers, local radio and love-song compilations) but some are probably a bit young to know your older stuff. For someone who’s written so many originals, does it get on your nerves that one of your most famous tracks is a cover?

There is an old saying: ‘You don’t buy a house if you only like the door.’ I would be surprised if people come to a concert only to hear one song. I’ve had a number of successes [with] other people’s songs, so it would be foolish of me to resent them. What reason do people have for attending the show? They will hear songs from every year and even from the future.

The last album National Ransom was another collaboration with T-Bone Burnett, who produced some of your older records and like yourself is highly prolific and diverse, having worked with a wide range of artists including Counting Crows and Gillian Welch. What is the special quality he brings that makes you two jell?

We have had a great time together. He has never needed to lie about [his] height. He knows the words and which ones to say among musicians. I am in complete agreement with [his] dislike of mp3 and other brittle, insubstantial methods of insulting your ears and brain.

You’ve revived your Spinning Songbook gimmick for the upcoming American tour with The Imposters, and the Singapore gig will be a greatest-hits set too. Is that big wheel coming out over here too?

‘The Spectacular Spinning Songbook’ is not a ‘gimmick’ but a highly sophisticated system of avoiding the obvious and a finely tuned piece of showbusiness machinery that is still under construction at a secret location, so will not appear in Singapore on this occasion.

You’ve been pursuing a country tip of late, but is there any particular period of your career you tend to avoid when you’re playing live – albums where you’re perhaps not so proud of the results, collaborations that didn’t work as well as you’d hoped?

I tend to avoid my infant years.

We’ve got our Mosaic Music Festival just after your gig – the big festival of the year with artists like Aphex Twin, Saint Etienne, The National, Jamie Lidell, Joanna Newsom and The Bad Plus all playing. You’re on an Americana tip at the moment but are known for your eclectic tastes – do any of those names appeal? Which current artists do you prefer?
You like the word ‘tip’, don’t you? Did you win it in a raffle? Seriously though, I very much enjoyed Joanna Newsom’s last release. She is a tremendous artist. Anyone who confidently issues a triple album in these days gets my vote.

I loved your TV show Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…. My favourite episodes were the ones with Bruce Springsteen, Jenny Lewis/She & Him/Jakob Dylan, and Rufus Wainwright with his (sadly now deceased) mother Kate McGarrigle. Who was your favourite guest?

Those were all fine shows. I loved singing [The Miracles’] ‘You Really Got a Hold on Me’ with Smokey Robinson, doing crazy background vocals with Kris Kristofferson for Norah Jones’ setting of an unpublished Hank Williams lyric, twanging the electric guitar on Neko Case’s ‘Prison Girls’ and sharing the last verse of [The Band’s] ‘The Weight’ with Ray LaMontagne in a one-off band with Levon Helm on drums. That was an unbeatable evening. The Imposters gave terrific backing to Bono and The Edge, and Bruce Springsteen could not have been more generous with his time. I think many people’s favourite single performance was that of Jesse Winchester. It completely stopped the show and brought a tear to the eye of several people present.

Will that show be re-commissioned?
Not at the present time.

What do your kids like to listen to – do you play them your own favourite music at home, or do they make their own discoveries?
They like all kinds of music: Nat ‘King’ Cole, The Beatles and Geeta Dutt are current favourites. They are just discovering that sound also comes from those flat, round, black discs of vinyl and shellac. ‘When My Sugar Walks Down the Street’ conjures a completely different picture in the mind of a four-year-old.

The recent album of yours I enjoyed the most was the one you did with Burt Bacharach, Painted from Memory. Is there any chance you two might work together again?
Burt and I wrote two further songs over the last couple of years. I would be happy to work with him any time.

If push came to shove, would you be able to choose your favourite from your own songs that you’ve recorded since 1977?

Like anybody, a favourite song would depend on the mood of the day. I always like the answer that is attributed to Duke Ellington to the question, ‘What is your favourite composition?’. He would apparently reply, ‘My next.’

I last saw you at the Glastonbury Festival in 1995 with The Attractions. You played for about three hours and totally rocked. ‘Pump It Up’ was amazing. Thanks for that.
Three hours? Really? I’m glad you enjoyed the show. See you again soon.

Elvis Costello performs on 7 Mar at MBS Grand Theatre.

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Postby Jack of All Parades » Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:38 am

Wow-a shout out and appreciation for Joanna Newsom and her last record- good stuff!
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Postby johnfoyle » Sat Mar 05, 2011 3:26 pm

Elvis' site 'n Facebook page are now carrying the interview -

http://www.elviscostello.com/news/Elvis ... apore./101

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Postby alexv » Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:58 pm

It's amazing that the EC site would post this particular interview, unless the idea is to laugh at the whole thing. Maybe there was a language barrier at work here, but this interviewer is right at the top of the list of inane interviewers that EC has been confronted with. Elvis "gratifies" audiences; the Spinning Songbook is a "gimmick"; and EC has been on country and American "tips". I love how EC, gently, puts him in his place. Of course, the interviewer hasn no clue. Best part of the thing is finding out that the twins, currently, love Nat King Cole, the Beatles, and Geeta Dutt. I am assuming the lady wife Diana Krall has been pushing Nat, and Ec the Beatles, but what about Dutt?

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Postby Ypsilanti » Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:54 am

I kind of got the feeling this was another Odile Husband situation...it's all so odd and the publication date on EC's site is 5/03/11...
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Postby alexv » Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:19 am

Oh, maybe that's it, Ypsi. Didn't think of that.

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Postby johnfoyle » Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:54 pm

It's way past show time in Singapore....

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Postby sweetest punch » Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:59 am

Since you put me down, it seems i've been very gloomy. You may laugh but pretty girls look right through me.

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Postby johnfoyle » Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:14 am

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ELVIS COSTELLO - LIVE IN SINGAPORE
MUSIC
Mar 082011


Posted by Kevin


The Grand Theater (at Marina Bay Sands) could not have gotten a more appropriate baptism than to host the legendary singer-songwriter Elvis Costello’s solo performance last night. This was Costello’s second gig in Singapore, after appearing at the Esplanade Concert Hall in 2009 during the Sun Festival.

This time around, Costello focused very much on his ‘oldies’ – at least thirteen songs from his first six albums (circa 1977 to 1982). And so for this romantic diehard, it was an absolute treat to witness Costello weigh into such classics such as Watching the Detectives, Red Shoes, Alison, Radio Sweetheart (off My Aim Is True), Pump It Up (off This Year’s Model), Green Shirt, Oliver’s Army (off Armed Forces), Hoover Factory, New Amsterdam (off Get Happy), Good Year For the Roses (off Almost Blue) and Beyong Belief, Almost Blue (from Imperial Bedroom).

The last track mentioned, truly left a lump in my throat, a gorgeous jazz-inflected beauty that Costello delivered with heartfelt emotion and power! As a singer-songwriter-performer, Costello’s lusty performance was instructional as he commanded the almost sold-out venue with dynamic vocal and nimble guitar fingers.

The new Grand Theater seems comparable to the Esplanade Concert Hall, although less classy in terms of decor, it looks like a good alternative venue for gig organizers certainly. However, at the very beginning, Costello opted to open with a minus-one National Ransom and the sound was distorting so badly that it actually hurt my ears! Thankfully, once Costello strapped on a guitar, the sound settled down nicely. I liked especially how Costello used distortion effects on his acoustic guitar for some of the harder-edged songs.

All in, Costello played a two-hour set and the crowd were well-satisfied at the end. Would really love to see him perform with a full band still though… what do say, Elvis?

Thanks to Lotus Lee-Chin and Amanda Osborne.

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Postby Man out of Time » Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:32 pm

For any of you out there who were worried this might not surface...

From an unlikely source: http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/elvis-costello/2011/marina-bay-sands-grand-theater-singapore-singapore-7bd2065c.html

1. National Ransom
2. Green Shirt
3. Either Side Of The Same Town
4. Veronica
5. A Good Year For The Roses
6. New Amsterdam/You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
7. A Slow Drag With Josephine
8. Jimmie Standing In The Rain
9. Everyday I Write The Book
10. I Hope You're Happy Now
11. A Voice In The Dark
12. Watching The Detectives
13. Hoover Factory
14. Alison
15. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?

Encore 1

16. Beyond Belief
17. All Or Nothing At All
18. She
19. I Cried For You
20. Oliver's Army
21. Almost Blue
22. Radio Sweetheart/Jackie Wilson Said
23. I Hope

Encore 2

24. Pump It Up
25. My Three Sons
26. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
27. I'm A Mess

It looks reliable. What the good people of Singapore made of Hoover Factory, one can only guess. Number 19 would be new. There is an old standard of this name by Gus Arnheim; Arthur Freed and Abe Lyman. I trust it was this version and not the song of the same name by Katie Melua :) .

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Postby And No Coffee Table » Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:46 pm

Thanks.

"I Cried For You" was also played in Osaka. (The initial setlist misidentified it as "Big Boys Cry.")

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Postby krm » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:48 am

http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BN ... 67117.html


Costello an energiser bunny at S'pore gig
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Wed, Mar 09, 2011


By Yong Shu Hoong

ARTIST: Elvis Costello
VENUE: Marina Bay Sands Grand Theatre
WHEN: Monday
ATTENDANCE: 1,500

BRITISH singer-songwriter Elvis Costello was all gutsy enthusiasm at his latest solo concert in Singapore.

The 56-year-old last played here at a sold-out concert in 2009, and he seemed eager to reprise that success. Sometimes, he came across as a little too eager.

Kicking off at 8.40pm, just 10 minutes after the scheduled show time, he hollered out songs like Green Shirt and Veronica, while furiously strumming a guitar he had picked from a selection of six onstage.

To enhance the live experience, he lavished most of his songs with new arrangements, often topping them off with a guitar flourish and, at times, a little jig for added cheer.

The rendition of New Amsterdam, from his 1980 album Get Happy, was wrapped inventively around a cover of The Beatles' You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, while classics like (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding and Watching The Detectives retained their spunk and spirit.

But it was a pity that re-arrangements and layers of guitar piled upon beloved tracks like Everyday I Write The Book and Alison obscured their familiar melodies. During the show, which unveiled Marina Bay Sands' 2,155-seat Grand Theatre, the predominantly foreign crowd was advised jovially by Costello not to do anything "unspeakable" to the brand-new seats.

Unfortunately, the sound at the venue came across as muffled and a tad too loud, so it was sometimes difficult to clearly make out the lyrics sung or understand what the singer was saying between songs.

There were also annoying instances where audience members left midway during the concert, never to return.

But hardcore fans who stayed through the two-hour gig warmed up enough to rise from their seats and sing during the two extended encores, which included the rousing Oliver's Army, Pump It Up and a medley of Radio Sweetheart and Van Morrison's Jackie Wilson Said, as well as his romantic hit, She, and a subdued cover of his wife Diana Krall's All Or Nothing At All.

With over 30 studio albums in Costello's catalogue, it was likely that fans would engage in post-show debates over what other songs he should have played (Shipbuilding being a notable omission).

But he should be commended for showcasing some evocative tracks from his genre-hopping latest album, National Ransom - like A Slow Drag With Josephine and Jimmie Standing In The Rain - which he described as throwbacks to the 1920s and 1930s.

Praise for dazzling musicianship aside, this gig served as a reminder that Costello is, foremost, a songwriter whose inkwell of inspiration for penning timeless classics hasn't dried up.

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Re: Elvis plays Singapore, March 7 2011

Postby Adam from Oz » Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:46 am

Great to see the Nick Lowe cover (I'm A Mess) as the last song!

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Postby johnfoyle » Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:54 am

Nice slide show at this link -

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/ ... 18/1/.html


Elvis Costello sings Monday blues away

By Raquel Lee, channelnewsasia.com

09 March 2011

SINGAPORE - Undeterred by the Monday night crowd, blues singer-songwriter Elvis Costello bounces on stage, all fired up and ready to go.

His enthusiasm however, was met with stone cold passivity as fans were just contented to stay put in their seats and let the 56-year-old give the performance they paid for, as he belted out songs like 1979 classic “Green Shirt” and 1989 single “Veronica”.

Don’t be fooled by the silent crowd though, because after every song the audience burst into a rousing round of applause almost like they were telling the veteran performer, “don’t worry, we love you, it’s just that it’s a Monday.”

Known for his smooth rich vocals, the blues singer had to also combat the less-than-stellar sound system of the Theater at Marina Bay Sands.

The patchy sound rendered the soloist either muffled or barely audible as he was overpowered by the music.

Maybe that was the reason he decided to sing without a microphone just for a while because, at his age, hollering out songs takes its toll.

With a list of 30 studio albums and 41 years of crooning under his belt, the songwriter who performed to a sold out concert in Singapore in 2009 seemed to have lost the audience when back in town again for his second Singapore jaunt.

It was disappointing to spot audience members slinking off before the end of the show and more making their way to the exit after the first encore.

But that was when the true fans showed themselves as they swayed and cheered on for more Costello’s singles like “She”, “A Slow Drag With Josephine” and “Jimmie Standing in the Rain” during the second encore.

“Play one more for my radio sweetheart!” cheered the crowd when Costello went into “Radio Sweetheart” to end on a high with the enthusiastic loyal crowd who offered a standing ovation.

When the house lights went up to groans form the bedazzled crowd , there was only person who did not perform up to standard, and it was not Costello. It was the person manning the theatre’s sound.

- CNA/sf

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Postby sweetest punch » Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:54 am

New Amsterdam / Hide Your Love Away (partial): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q61ukT1pr80
Alison (partial): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9S7yX1Z ... er&list=UL
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Postby verbal gymnastics » Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:52 pm

johnfoyle wrote:If push came to shove, would you be able to choose your favourite from your own songs that you’ve recorded since 1977?
...I always like the answer that is attributed to Duke Ellington to the question, ‘What is your favourite composition?’. He would apparently reply, ‘My next.’


After the Birmingham show last year a fan asked Elvis "What's the best song you've ever written?". I said "The next one" and Elvis smiled and said "Good answer".

I thought I had given a great off the cuff answer. I didn't know it had been said before. Unless Elvis is getting me mixed up with The Duke. :lol:
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Postby sulky lad » Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:42 pm

What, John Wayne ?? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Elvis plays Singapore, March 7 2011

Postby verbal gymnastics » Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:01 pm

No silly.

The Duke was Duke Ellington; Sir Duke was Wellington and the Iron Duke was John Wayne.

Didn't they teach you anything at school? :roll: :lol:
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