“Elvis Costello in a gem of a show at the Pageant”

stltoday.com: Daniel Durchholz: July 3rd, 2011

Costello interpolated songs like Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Help Me,” and Them’s “I Can Only Give You Everything” into his own tunes, creating something new along the way. The technique was never more effective than when he began Bob Dylan and the Band’s apocalyptic “This Wheel’s on Fire,” then moved into his own impassioned post-Katrina plea for New Orleans, “The River in Reverse.”
It was a powerful but sobering moment in a concert that otherwise offered nearly three hours of hilarity, musicality and unabated joy.

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