elvis costello, seattle, 4/26/15


For me, these were some of the highlights from the Elvis solo show last night.

  • We were treated to a video of Elvis’ father, Ross McManus, singing “If I Had a Hammer.” (See clips below.) Mr. McManus was a band leader, and according to Elvis, after years of performing on TV music shows, his dad quit doing it, grew his hair long, and sang political and social protest songs.
  • Elvis performed lots of early classics: “Red Shoes,” “Watching the Detectives,” “Accidents Will Happen.”
  • He also did a number of mid-career highlights, like  “Shipbuilding” and “Brilliant Mistake.”
  • There was unexpected material from the 1920s and 1930s – “Walking My Baby Back Home,” “Side by Side,” “I Surrender, Dear.” That last one was in honor of Tacoma native Bing Crosby.

I would have liked to hear something from his Delivery Man album but you can’t play it all in 2 hours and 15 minutes when you have a catalog as big as his.

Here’s the full set list. He played in front of and inside a giant TV screen.


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