“As Costello and his crew left the stage, drummer Pete Thomas gave an errant spin of the wheel as the house lights came on. It landed on “I Want You,” almost certainly Costello’s darkest song of violent lust and barely contained sexual rage. Fitting, then, that after a night of excess, the wheel leaves us with a message about insatiable desire. The crowd certainly would have stuck around for one more song, or twenty, but Costello understands that showbiz adage: Always leaving them wanting more”
The Larryville Chronicles: July 1st, 2011
“I especially dug the second-encore jamboree with the Southern sisters from the opening act, who added some sweet pedal steel to ‘Sulphur to Sugarcane’ with Costello vamping it up to lyrics like ’I gave up married women cause I heard it was a sin / Now I’m back in Kansas City I might take em up again.” Who doesn’t love when singers include the name of the city they’re in!”.”
“He selected a preteen who excitedly danced her way onto the stage and spun “Bedlam” as the next song. She jived first in an on-stage lounge and later in the go-go dancer’s cage as the band performed a version that had been slightly slowed down and jazzed up since its release on 2004′s The Delivery Man.”
Down in front, a night’s convention of happily married couples chicken-danced to devilish and desperate songs about the hells of divorce and infidelity. “I Want You,” turned the stage lights blood red. In this trial-like song that throws a cheating heart and its victim through an incinerator, he wrenched and wailed some of his sickest lyrics three times over: Did you call his name out as he held you down? The irony was rich, jolly and irreproducible.
Then he sang the lines of the once-TV-banned “Radio, Radio.” I wanna bite the hand that feeds me / I wanna bite that hand so badly / I wanna make them wish they’d never seen me. In this bizarre world, Costello’s conquest of America turns the would-be gimmick of the Revolver Tour into a rising phoenix…
Sarah Rodman, Boston.com / June 26, 2011
“You’re in the living room, but if you take two steps this way, you’re in the kitchen,’’ says Andrea Zonn with a smile.
Zonn is gamely giving a visitor the nickel tour of the cozy confines of the tour bus that she’s been living on for the past few months as part of James Taylor’s backup band.
“We are pleased to announce that Steve Nieve is completely well, having experienced a severe muscle spasm during the Spectacular Spinning Songbook show in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The episode forced Mr. Nieve from the stage after two stellar piano performances of the songs “Black Sails In The Sunset” and “Talking In The Dark”. Thankfully, he is now completely recovered and “The Revolver Tour” will next play the State Theatre in Minneapolis on Wednesday the 29th of June.
“On the eve of the Grand Rapids show, an impromptu decision was made to incorporate the Spectacular Spinning Songbook in the appearance at Meijer Gardens, a beautiful setting not originally thought to be suitable for the presentation, as shows there take place in both broad daylight and are completely open to the elements. Although forecast bad weather did not make an appearance, the show took a rather unexpectedly dramatic turn after about 55 minutes when Mr. Nieve was suddenly unable to continue. More…
“During a brisk-tempoed take on “Turpentine,” keyboardist Nieve played theremin, and set the stage for a lengthy guitar solo from Costello, who seemed to be fully partaking of the pleasures afforded by an abused wah-wah pedal. He blew another killer solo during an inspired reading of “Clubland,” added significant guitar grit and muscle to the previously clean and neat “Beyond Belief,” and simply burned through a punk-fueled “Stella Hurt.”
To a theatre full of people who adored him, Elvis Costello reflected their good taste and justified their fandom. The big, illuminated and colourful wheel that dominated stage right was the Spectacular Spinning Songbook, a gaudy gyrating résumé for the amazing singing Elvis. “Round and round it goes,” he said like a dandy carnival barker more than once, “where it stops, nobody knows.”
One could say the same thing about Costello, an untiring artist whose remarkableness and charm were in plain sight and pleasing earshot for two hours and more. It was a merry, rocking event, enjoyed by the Cole Porter-loving post-punk onstage and surely everyone else in the building – with non-stop highlights.
“Whether he realizes it or not, he is cool, talented, charming and often quite sexy, whether he’s crooning a ballad or rocking out intensely.”
Due to China Forbes’ recently announced surgery and enforced break from performing, she will be replaced by the fabulous Storm Large for ‘The Symphonique Tour’ in Europe this Fall.
Thomas Lauderdale on Storm Large: “I always hoped we could find a way to collaborate. She is a brilliant, beautiful, charismatic and seductive star who would give Jayne Mansfield a run for her money. While we are disappointed that China is unable to perform with us, I am delighted be able to introduce Storm Large to European audiences.”
View a complete listing of tour dates on our SHOWS page.