Elvis/Imposters Beacon Theatre New York, NY May 22, 2011

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Re: Elvis/Imposters Beacon Theatre New York, NY May 22, 2011

Postby verbal gymnastics » Mon May 23, 2011 10:34 am

I'm pleased some Punch the Clock songs are featuring - I love the funky guitar on Everyday I Write the Book and am pleased to hear the original version as opposed to the version he's played in the last few years.

I'd love to hear World and His Wife but I can't see that happening.
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Re: Elvis/Imposters Beacon Theatre New York, NY May 22, 2011

Postby alexv » Mon May 23, 2011 11:37 am

Looking forward to tonight's show. Anyone else going?

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Re: Elvis/Imposters Beacon Theatre New York, NY May 22, 2011

Postby sweetest punch » Mon May 23, 2011 11:57 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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Re: Elvis/Imposters Beacon Theatre New York, NY May 22, 2011

Postby sweetest punch » Mon May 23, 2011 1:39 pm

http://www.examiner.com/local-music-in- ... con-review


Elvis Costello at The Beacon

From the opening moments of last night's first of three sold-out shows at The Beacon, Elvis Costello seemed to be picking up where he breathlessly left off April 1 at the Gramercy Theater.

"I Hope You're Happy Now," Nick Lowe's "Heart Of The City," "Mystery Dance" and "Radio Radio" set a forest fire pace with no break in between. But as this show was part of his Revolver Tour--for which he's brought back The Spectacular Spinning Songbook for the first time in 25 years--he put out the blaze, if only momentarily, to begin the interactive, fun-filled evening's special agenda.

Reassuming his Napoleon Dynamite vaudeville emcee character, the beloved entertainer donned a black top hat and pointed to the immense spinning wheel with a black cane, explaining, while his band The Imposters vamped, that the 40-some songs affixed to it, to be chosen by lucky spinners plucked from the audience, would emcompass love, sex, death and dancing--though "not necessarily in that order." Indeed, the consummate showman could have been a circus ringmaster--and very well might be in his next artistic incarnation--but here he greeted his first spinner, then danced her off the stage after performing the first winning entry "Black And White World."

Incredibly, after "Flutter And Wow," the third spinner again landed on "Black And White World." "It's a good song, I grant you," Costello said modestly, "but let's say we spin it again." As if by magic, or perhaps Costello's not quite sleight of hand, she hit one of the "Jackpot" purple cards, this one simply titled "Girl" and bringing forth a triple-play of girl-themed songs: "This Year's Girl," "Girls Talk," and The Beatles' "Girl"--Costello proving to be one of the few who can credibly take on a John Lennon vocal with comparable intensity.

Another remarkable coincidence came when a brother and sister stepped up for a "double spin," she getting "Alison," he "Veronica." And a second "Jackpot" play brought forth a "Time"-sensitive set of "Strict Time," "Man Out Of Time," "Next Time Round" and the Rolling Stones' "Out Of Time"--during which Costello took the lucky girl who made the spin with him into the go-go dance cage off to the side of the stage for a little soft shoe.

Costello's voice, incidentally, showed none of the effects of the bronchitis which forced him to postpone last week's show in New Jersey. Rather, he was quite stunning vocally, most notably on songs like "The Long Honeymoon" and "God Give Me Strength," the latter songwriting collaboration with Burt Bacharach here a tour de force in which he strolled into the audience singing sans guitar, prompting Mike Meyers, who had selected it, to rush to the foot of the stage to take pictures.

But the sound was such that the whole band stood out: Bassist Davey Faragher's demanding backup vocal parts were spot-on, keyboard whiz Steve Nieve's kaleidoscopic patterns were clearly heard and master drummer Pete Thomas--"the one and only," as Costello so accurately introduces him--channeled Keith Moon on The Who's "Substitute," a surprise encore choice to go with Ray Charles' "Busted" and Costello standards like "Watching The Detectives," and "Pump It Up" (though this "Pump It Up" had Costello joining Nieve at the keys and doing it in 6/8 time).

As no one had selected Costello's traditional closer "(What's So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding," he and The Imposters closed the show with the same exhilarating passion of its start. There were many who had been there 25 years earlier who couldn't tell the difference.
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Re: Elvis/Imposters Beacon Theatre New York, NY May 22, 2011

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Re: Elvis/Imposters Beacon Theatre New York, NY May 22, 2011

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Re: Elvis/Imposters Beacon Theatre New York, NY May 22, 2011

Postby bronxapostle » Tue May 24, 2011 9:24 am

uh oh...competition! which one's better??? now watch for last night (5-23) everyone will have to endure banalog!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Elvis/Imposters Beacon Theatre New York, NY May 22, 2011

Postby sweetest punch » Tue May 24, 2011 11:51 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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Re: Elvis/Imposters Beacon Theatre New York, NY May 22, 2011

Postby sweetest punch » Tue May 24, 2011 11:56 am

http://www.nj.com/entertainment/music/i ... spins.html

Elvis Costello's songbook spins at the Beacon Theatre
By Tris McCall/The Star-Ledger

And people wonder why his fans are obsessive about him.

There was Elvis Costello, the back of his sports jacket wet with perspiration, hunched over his hand-held microphone in the aisles of the Beacon Theatre on Sunday night. Onstage, his backing band the Imposters had already charged through 10 songs and would keep up the pace for 20 more, but they’d slowed down the tempo for an aching reading of "God Give Me Strength," a song Costello wrote with Burt Bacharach. Comedian Mike Myers stood onstage, too, a little awed in his Joy Division T-shirt, snapping photos of Costello as he worked the sold-out house.

And under the spotlight, Costello packed 10 Woody Allen movies’ worth of guilt, shame, romantic longing and urbane devastation into his performance. So effortlessly did he bring the character of the wronged husband in "God Give Me Strength" to life that it was difficult to believe that he was the same musician who had scrapped his performance at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair just five nights before due to throat problems.

"God Give Me Strength" earned Costello his second standing ovation of the evening. Many more were to come. By the end of the 2 ½-hour concert, audience members had given up on sitting down between songs; when Costello concluded with an extended run through "(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding," 50-year-olds in suits were bopping up and down like kids in the pit at Starland Ballroom. The Sunday evening show was the first of three sold-out shows at the Beacon, and the latest stop for Costello, his band, his go-go dancer and his gigantic yellow, red and purple wheel of songs.

The Spectacular Spinning Songbook — the Imposters’ repertoire splayed across a game-show wheel — was back in New York City after more than two decades in mothballs. Costello and his proxies stalked the concert hall, looking for volunteers to give it a spin. (He spotted and netted Myers early.) After playing the game, participants were invited to sit at an onstage minibar or dance in a go-go booth. And wherever the needle pointed, that’s what Costello and his band would perform.

Well, in theory. Costello is too much of a showman to hand his set lists over to Lady Luck completely. As he did the last time the Spinning Songbook toured, Costello had a habit of leaning on the big wheel and making it stop where he wanted it to. As a result, the tour offers more of a greatest-hits concert than its conceit would lead an uninitiated attendee to believe. There were obscure titles among the 40-plus songs listed on the wheel, but when the audience cheered hard for a particular number, Costello was unable to resist the temptation to tamper with (or ignore) his own device.

What he did with those selections was another matter entirely. Organist Steve Nieve and drummer Pete Thomas have been playing with Costello since the ’70s; bassist Davey Faragher joined the band a decade ago. The Imposters are basically the Attractions with Faragher replacing Bruce Thomas, and the Attractions — authors of some of the greatest small-combo arrangements in pop history — have always loved to kick their material around to see what happens.

The anthemic "Pump It Up" was played as a slow waltz-tempo blues with Costello and Nieve back-to-back on piano and organ; character study "Veronica" (co-written with Paul McCartney and given an ornate arrangement on the "Spike" album) was reimagined as Byrds-style folk-rock; the ’80s pop hit "Everyday I Write the Book" became an exercise in heavenly, upbeat soul. (The Songbook also advertised something called "Watching the Detectives vs. Hoover Factory"; your correspondent was rooting hard for that one to come up.) Some selections prompted meditations on themes. One spin became an excuse to jam together a raucous version of the punk rock "This Year’s Girl," a slashing take on the much-loved B-side "Girls Talk" and a cover of the Beatles’ "Girl."

When Costello allowed the Spinning Songbook to take its own course, its choices proved inspired. "Black and White World," a track from the soul-rock album "Get Happy!!," gave him an excuse to show off his sensitivity on the sonorous low strings of his electric guitar. "Flutter and Wow," a little-known ballad from the recent "Momofuku" album, was even better — a slow-burning statement of a man surprised by desire. When the needle stopped at "Flutter and Wow," there were a few groans of displeasure; by the time the terrific song was finished, nobody was dissatisfied.

This, more than anything else, is what the Spinning Songbook is about. Costello loves to play the role of the cheeky carnival barker in the straw hat, but he’s also keen to confront the crowd with a visual representation of the depth of his catalog. There were 40 fantastic songs on that wheel, and he easily could have added another 40. He’s the rare artist whose album sides are every bit as fascinating as his world-famous material. In the midst of his hit-studded charge to the finish line, Costello dropped "Clowntime is Over, No. 2," an alternate take of a deep cut from "Get Happy!!" He sang the moody ballad just as passionately as he had when he performed the eternal "Alison."

Costello was not in full command of his remarkable voice. Signs of the bronchitis that forced the postponement of the Montclair show were evident. He was occasionally hoarse, and sometimes did not hit his high notes with the power that his fans are accustomed to hearing. But one of the most rewarding things about catching the Attract-, er, the Imposters in concert is watching how these skilled musicians pick each other up. When Costello struggled a bit with his Beatles cover, Steve Nieve compensated with some deft, impressionistic melodica. Faragher fell behind momentarily on "The Long Honeymoon," but Thomas was right there to catch him with a dextrous drum fill. And when the band started to cook, as they did on a scalding version of "(I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea," the live mixes became an electrical storm of organ flash, wailing theremin, overdriven guitar and snare-drum thunder.

The Imposters will come to Red Bank and Atlantic City in July, but these shows are not scheduled to include the Spinning Songbook. There are no immediate plans to make up the Wellmont date, but Costello has promised that should he add another leg to this tour, he’ll bring the Songbook to Montclair. Cross your fingers, folks.

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Re: Elvis/Imposters Beacon Theatre New York, NY May 22, 2011

Postby sweetest punch » Tue May 24, 2011 12:39 pm

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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Re: Elvis/Imposters Beacon Theatre New York, NY May 22, 2011

Postby docinwestchester » Sun May 29, 2011 9:03 pm

Entire show in mp3 format:

http://www.mediafire.com/?cemv6je6gywjo

This is my recording (larryrulz). Please do not upload any mp3 versions of other taper's recordings without their permission. Thanks!

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Re: Elvis/Imposters Beacon Theatre New York, NY May 22, 2011

Postby docinwestchester » Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:45 am

Finally, the DVD is on Dime. Not my best - way too many obstructed views - but watchable. I hate to call it "for completists only" (it's not even complete!), but that's probably the case.

http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-deta ... ?id=374414

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Re: Elvis/Imposters Beacon Theatre New York, NY May 22, 2011

Postby sulky lad » Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:42 pm

Well count me in that group ! Thanks very much, Doc

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Re: Elvis/Imposters Beacon Theatre New York, NY May 22, 2011

Postby sweetest punch » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:04 pm

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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Re: Elvis/Imposters Beacon Theatre New York, NY May 22, 2011

Postby docinwestchester » Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:16 pm



That's impressive, sp. You have eagle eyes when it comes to EC on YouTube! My new YT channel is "elvisisking45", but more important, my Vimeo channel is

http://www.vimeo.com/user5151889/videos

and this will contain all my EC material...eventually.


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