“Elvis Costello spins an epic at the Wiltern”

The Orange County Register
Ben Wener: May 12th 2011

Out of 20-some shows in 20-some years of encountering Elvis Costello live, from suddenly announced club gigs to lavish evenings with Burt Bacharach, I’ve probably seen two or three consistently stronger performances than the one he and his first-rate band The Imposters turned in Wednesday night, their first of two sets at the art-deco Wiltern in Los Angeles this week.

But I don’t think I’ve seen a better one overall, and none have been nearly as memorable — in part because, like the Bacharach teaming, I know this is something I’ll likely never see again. Surely those who witnessed the debut of this Spectacular Singing Songbook idea at the Beverly Theater in 1986 must have felt the same way: by its very nature, the concept guarantees no other show will be quite the same.  More…