Monday, May 21, 2007

Elvis Costello's set list 9:30 Club, Washington, DC 5.18.07

An amazing, electrified, energetic show at Washington DC's famed 9:30 Club. Elvis poured out 33 songs, mostly from his old vault, in just under two hours. An acoustic version of Alison brought down the house and me nearly to tears. The Washington Post said this:

Costello's willingness to fling open the back pages of his extraordinary songbook is one of the qualities that make him such a superb live performer. Of course, his daring would be in vain if the tunes didn't kill, but aided by the Imposters, Costello drove home the curios and the kinda-hits with such unrelenting kinetic force that you barely had time to remember the chorus of one tune before he counted off the next.
Here's the complete set for you other EC geeks:

  1. Welcome to the Working Week
  2. Shabby Doll
  3. The Beat
  4. Lover's Walk
  5. Secondary Modern
  6. Strict Time
  7. Brilliant Mistake
  8. Country Darkness
  9. Temptation
  10. Clubland
  11. Beyond Belief
  12. Kinder Murder
  13. Alibi
  14. Watching the Detectives
  15. American Gangster Time
  16. Lipstick Vogue
  17. Riot Act
  18. I Hope You're Happy Now
  19. No Action
  20. You Belong to Me
  21. Waiting for the End of the World
  22. High Fidelity
  23. Uncomplicated
  24. Radio Radio
  25. The Impostor
  26. Alison
  27. Sleep of the Just
  28. The River in Reverse
  29. Monkey to Man (w/Alan Toussaint)
  30. Yes We Can Can (Alan Toussaint solo)
  31. Hey Bulldog (Beatles cover)
  32. Pump it Up
  33. (What's So Funny About) Peace, Love & Understanding?

A special message to my no. one-and-a-half fan, DW: I finally posted something. So that set list I kept wasn't a complete waste after all.

Cheers Y'All,



pluto said...

I have a recording of this show if you are interested.

Nerina said...

Thanks for writing this.

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