- 24 Jun 18
The Costello Show Rolls Into Grand Canal Square. Blinded By The Light: Pat Carty
There’s an argument to be made for including Elvis Costello in the same elevated company as someone like Bowie when it comes to consistency and stylistic (Kojak) variety. Since his breakthrough in 1977 – a momentous year, which also birthed the world’s greatest rock n’ roll magazine - he has veered all over the musical map, like a drunk trying to find the bathroom. From new wave to New Orleans, chamber music to country, blues to ballet, you name it, he’s taken a shot at it. What’s remarkable is how often he’s hit the target. He’s always good value live too.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, please take your seats, the performance will begin in a few minutes, and no drinks are allowed in the auditorium.” Hot Press and his loyal assistant, Mr White, do a bit of speed glugging, and swiftly find our chairs. No sign of our man for another twenty minutes, of course. When Costello does take the stage, looking fit and well, the Imposters launch into ‘Wonder Woman’ from the brilliant 2006 collaboration with the late Allen Toussaint, The River In Reverse. We’re seated not just up in the gods, but over to the side, so we have to lean over the balcony to see, and the sound is a bit dodgy – the voice is too loud, the band, especially the guitar, too quiet…
“Hang on!”, says everybody, “You got in for nothing, what are you complaining about?” That’s a fair point, and the Bord Gáis Theatre is a fine house, but these seats were odd, why are they even there? No matter, it’s the luck of the draw, you can’t win them all. Things get a lot better as the night goes on.